The panel of impeccably independent Judges are solely responsible for selecting the Winners. They will give time to go through all the Finalists’ nominations with care.
Andrew Hodgson / Senior Partner, KPMG Bristol
Andrew is Office Senior Partner for KPMG in Bristol, leading a team of 450 colleagues working across the South West. He also heads KPMG Corporate Finance across the South of England, providing advice to private companies, entrepreneurs and finance providers. He became a Partner at KPMG in 2008.
Andrew joined KPMG in 1990 and has specialised in Corporate Finance since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1993. Since then he has advised clients on the full range of domestic and cross border transactions, including company sales, acquisitions, management buyouts, business planning and strategic advice. He was also seconded to the in-house M&A teams of two FTSE 100 groups.
Anna Starkey / Creative Director, We The Curious
Anna is Creative Director of We The Curious - Bristol’s interactive science centre. With a Physics degree and Science Communication MSc, she has worked across science and the arts, from Science Museum Explainer, UK Particle Physics Outreach Officer and Director of Impossible Projects at a multidisciplinary public neuroscience lab, to producing televised BBC Proms and live Royal Opera House global cinema broadcasts. She series produced the first series of BBC Young Dancer and is a BAFTA-nominated children’s animation writer. Anna is a trustee of The Paraorchestra and Friends and a Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce Fellow.
Clare McDermott / Business Development Director, Soil Association Certification
Clare McDermott is Business Development Director for Soil Association Certification, the UK’s largest organic certification body. She works with many inspirational businesses, large, small, in retail and food service and with the producers working to make our food system more sustainable.
Clare has a long held passion for food and for ensuring access to good food for all, making Organic accessible as part of that. , s She is also an award winning marketer, working across all aspects of buying, marketing, fundraising and retail, with a passion for delivering direct behaviour change through consumers that will support the fast growing organic market.
Jane Roscoe / Executive Dean, UWE
Professor Jane Roscoe is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education at UWE Bristol. Her career includes senior posts in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, in both Higher Education and Television. She was the Director and CEO of The London Film School, and spent 10 years with SBS in Australia as a Head of Channels , responsible for Acquisitions, Commissioning and Programming for SBS 1 and 2. She sits on a number of academic and industry boards both in the UK and Internationally.
Jim Shaw / Partner, Shaw & Co. LLP
Jim runs Shaw & Co. LLP, a boutique advisory firm based in Bristol which has for the last six years been involved with some of region’s more notable transactions such the sale of Pukka Herbs to Unilever and the buy-out of Vouchercloud from Vodafone. As well as arranging transactions, Jim and his team advise on growth and funding of some of the regions most exciting businesses. Jim’s introduction to Bristol was as a student at Bristol University where he studied Physics.
Leona Briggs / Partner, Osborne Clarke
Leona is a Partner and head of Osborne Clarke's property litigation practice, the firm’s wider litigation practice group; and is on the firm's Executive Board.
Leona has worked in the industry for over 20 years, advising investors, developers and corporate occupiers on property disputes. She advises a wide range of clients and has acted for a number of residential and commercial developers and investment funds on misrepresentation and breach-of-contract claims, option disputes and complex landlord and tenant disputes. She has a particular expertise in land rights for telecoms operators and of regulatory disputes arising in connection with such rights.
Sarah Thorp / Owner, Room 212
Sarah Thorp is the owner of Room 212 a gallery offering artwork and jewellery made exclusively by Bristol artists. As an Avon Wildlife champion she transformed the central part of Gloucester Road with pavement planters full of flowers. Her Gloucester Road Art Banners project installed giant artwork to lampposts. Sarah organises the North Bristol Art Trail and Glos Rd Central Mayfest. She built an Eco House behind Room 212 and offers open house days to inspire environmentally friendly building. She is currently setting up an artist residency in Castara, Tobago in order to bring Bristol artists to the Caribbean.
Savita Willmott / Chief Executive, Bristol Natural History Consortium
Savita Willmott has been Chief Executive of Bristol Natural History Consortium since 2006, leading projects across the city including Festival of Nature, BioBlitz, and the annual Communicate conference. Savita helped Bristol win the title of European Green Capital in 2013, and was one of the directors of the Bristol 2015 programme. She is on the board of Bristol Festivals and numerous local and national charities and events. She lives in central Bristol and loves Bristol’s food, drink and events scene.
Simon Peacock / Director, JLL
Simon heads up the South and Wales region for JLL, one of the largest property consultancies in the South West & Wales. As part of his current role he is on the UK Executive for JLL and recently oversaw Bristol’s major office move to 31 Great George Street that modernised working practices, improved energy efficiency and created a healthy and collaborative environment.
A qualified RICS surveyor, Simon worked in London for six years before relocating to Bristol and he has been an active contributor to the South West property and development sector ever since, holding the role of Chairman of the local BCO Committee for many years.