Uberglam virtual Awards, 17 September 2020


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Ben Heald

Chairman, Sift

Ben is the chair of three Bristol organisations: St George’s Bristol; Sift, a publishing company that owns AccountingWEB, MyCustomer & HRZone and Bristol Pound, Bristol’s own payment platform. He studied psychology at University of Bristol, then qualified as an accountant with KPMG in London, before starting his entrepreneurial journey by founding Sift in 1996. Ben also chairs BDG, an affiliate marketing company based in Milton Keynes. He is also an investor, keen park runner and cyclist.


Caroline Herbert

Chief Commercial Officer, Bristol Sport

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Kathryn Davis

Head of Tourism, Destination Bristol

Kathryn Davis has spent almost all of her professional life working in tourism, hospitality and leisure, the last 20 years of which have been with Destination Bristol. This has taken her from a marketing executive, pioneering digital communications, to head of tourism, working on regional, national and international programmes across all areas of the visitor economy.  Kathryn is also a non-executive director at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, a member of the Tourism Management Institute and a regular speaker at industry events. In 2018, she was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism at the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism awards.

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Mike Livings

Branch Director, Marsh Commercial

Mike has more than 35 years’ experience in the commercial insurance sector gained through his role as group managing director of Linaker Insurance Brokers and, most recently, as branch director of Marsh Commercial (formally Jelf). He has in-depth expertise in a wide range of commercial insurance matters including property and casualty insurance, revenue protection, directors’ and officers’ liability and cyber risks. Mike has helped a number of organisations with cyber risk management, business continuity planning and re-engineering insurance programmes to achieve significant cost savings.

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Sado Jirde

Director, Black South West Network

Since the moment of her appointment as director, Sado Jirde has been working on raising BSWN’s profile to a leading organisation in addressing race equality and socio-economic systemic barriers to inclusion through high level stakeholder engagement, including the Mayor’s Office, LEP, the Universities and others. In doing so, she has been instrumental in the reshaping of the BAME Voluntary sector through the introduction of pioneering development infrastructure to maximise under-utilised assets and build social enterprises capacity. For the past five years, Sado has worked towards the development of a placed-based approach to inclusive economic growth, culminating in the design of a BAME Enterprise Hub.

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Sam Bell

Owner, Hair @ 58

Bristol born Samantha Bell is the owner of the award winning independent salon, Hair at 58, on Cotham Hill. With 24 years of experience, Sam regularly works at New York, Paris and London fashion week and has just finished working on celebrity X Factor. Sam was also shortlisted as a finalist of the Wales and South West British Hairdresser at the 2019 British Hairdressing Awards, further proving her creative talent within the UK hairdressing industry.

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Thanh Quan-Nicholls

Founder, Collaborative Places UK

Thanh has recently set up Collaborative Places UK with Mike Zeidler, a new trade association for coworking and national body which supports collaborative communities. Thanh is also co-founder for Women’s Tech Hub Bristol, joining Serrie Chapman and Constance Fleuriot in 2015 to host regular tech meet-ups for women. Women’s Tech Hub is a social enterprise working on increasing gender diversity in the tech sector and supporting a two-way conversation between women and industry. She also provides economic consultancy services to help organisations to deliver business outreach, inward investment and coworking.


Tim Bartlett

Director of Business Development & Marketing, Bevan Brittan

Tim has held senior marketing roles within healthcare and financial services including North Bristol NHS Trust, Lloyds Bank, AXA and Santander. He now works within the UK-wide Top-100 commercial law firm, Bevan Brittan, the market-leading law firm in health and social care, housing and local government. It advises over 800 businesses across the UK including those in manufacturing, construction, technology and energy and resource sustainability.

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Tom Morris

Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic

Tom Morris is artistic director of Bristol Old Vic and has been associate director of the National Theatre since 2004. Previously he was the artistic director of BAC from 1995 until 2004 and has worked widely as a journalist, broadcaster and freelance writer, producer and director. Tom was also founding chair of the JMK Trust, has served on the boards of Complicite & Punchdrunk, has honorary doctorates from UWE and Bristol University and has an OBE for services to Theatre.