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.
Alison Bracey / Owner, Bracey Interiors
Alison has worked within her own Interior Design Practice in Bristol for over 30 years and has a wealth of experience not only in design but also in running a small business, employing staff, etc. Alison was one of the key people involved in making Clifton Village a Business Improvement District and she is a member of their Board. She is keen to promote local businesses and the diversity and expertise within the South West and has been a mentor to several local designer.
Dominic Davis / Partner, Burges Salmon
Dominic has been a partner in Burges Salmon's corporate finance team since 2011. His links to Bristol date back to his school days at Bristol Grammar School and then Law School at UWE after his degree at Cardiff University. Dominic started his legal career at a leading City law firm where he worked for five years before moving back to Bristol. He specialises in complex UK and cross-border M&A transactions and joint ventures and regularly advises overseas investors investing in the UK. He is well placed to judge on the Awards having strong business links in the region and as a partner at Bristol’s largest law firm.
Emma Stenning / Chief Executive, Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Royal Trust
Emma is Chief Executive of Bristol Old Vic, Deputy Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe, Chair of The Bike Shed Theatre and a trustee of Headlong and Cheek by Jowl. Previously, she was Head of Producing at Manchester International Festival and Head of Theatre (London) at Arts Council England. Through her career she has made theatre on the London Fringe, in the West End and on both national and international tour, working for (among others) the RSC, Complicite and Battersea Arts Centre.
George Cardale / Head of Residential Development Sales, Savills
George is Head of Residential Development Sales for the UK, specialising in the sales and marketing of new build and refurbished property. George is based in Bristol but spends time in London and the rest of the UK. He has 23 years’ worth of experience of selling property, specialising for the last 17 years in the sales and marketing of New and Refurbished properties. George advises clients on the most effective mix, size and type of accommodation in order to maximise values. He was President of the BPAA in 2006 and is currently a member of the South West Regional Board for the RICS.
Graham Brown / Managing Director, Plaster
Graham moved to Bristol nine years ago, attracted by its strong events culture. He set up Plaster PR and immediately won the Bristol Harbour Festival, thanks to previous work on International Festival of the Sea in 2005. Graham grew the business from three to 14 people and he and the team at have increased the Bristol portfolio steadily ever since. Plaster PR now have some of Bristol’s most vibrant businesses as their clients: the Balloon Fiesta, Colston Hall, Upfest, Encounters Festival, Eat Drink Bristol Fashion and The Pony & Trap, to name a few. They also help events get started, such as The Other Art Fair, Taste Chocolate and Valley Fest, which launched in 2016. Plaster also do their bit for charity helping The Hobbs Show and working with their local community in Bedminster.
Josh Eggleton / Chef Patron, The Pony & Trap
Josh Eggleton is Chef Patron of multi-award winning pub The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna, founder of Salt & Malt, a fish cafe and tearoom overlooking Chew Valley Lake, director of pop-up restaurant Yurt Lush and festival Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, Chicken Shed, believed to be the UK’s only all organic fried Chicken restaurant and popular Redland pub, The Kensington Arms. As a proud Bristolian with a keen entrepreneurial spirit, Josh is always keen to promote the city’s thriving culinary scene and has helped to firmly cement Bristol’s place on the culinary map. At just 33 years old, Josh remains one of the youngest Michelin Star chefs in the country and has come a long way since commencing his culinary career in a Bristol chip shop some 15 years ago.
Monika Radclyffe / Centre Director, The Bristol SETsquared centre
Monika Radclyffe is responsible for The Bristol SETsquared Business Acceleration Centre, where she manages the Centre’s strategy and delivery of incubation activity to the 65+ high-tech ventures. Monika's career includes: facilitating open innovation programmes between corporates, academics and start-ups and global innovation events at Fortune 500 firm Cognizant. Leading delivery on fintech innovation programmes at innovation consultancy ENTIQ. Setting up a student incubator at the University of Westminster. Running an entrepreneurial community of 6,000 members and setting up two co-working spaces and a digital acceleration programme at Dreamstake in London. Monika holds an MSc in Business Innovation and in her spare time runs a small arts business called Macrame Art and spends time outdoors.
Sarah Mead / Director, Yeo Valley
Sarah Mead was born and bred in London. She spent three years at Dance School where she formed a dance troupe with Liz Hurley, touring the capital and regularly getting pelted with food. Luckily she met Tim and moved to Somerset to become a farmer’s wife. Four children later she now works full time at Yeo Valley and is responsible for the HQ Canteen, Events and keeping the Organic Garden ‘growing’. And, if that wasn’t enough, Sarah is also busy planning this year’s Valley Festival and sticking her nose into Community Projects!
Sarah Robertson / Head of Marketing, Colston Hall
Sarah Robertson is Communications and Special Projects Director at Bristol Music Trust, the organisation that runs Colston Hall. She has worked at the Hall for nearly 10 years and has lived in Bristol since 2005. Sarah has worked in arts venues across the city and region, including Bristol Old Vic, Bath Festivals and Aardman Animations.
Tim Greene / Headmaster, Clifton College
The early part of Tim’s career was spent in the University sector. He remained at Oxford following his MA and DPhil., holding a range of academic appointments including a Senior Research Fellowship at Jesus College. In 2001 he moved from Oxford to take up a Lecturership in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Exeter. In 2005 he moved from Exeter to become Head of Chemistry at Queen's College, Taunton and then onto Clifton in 2006 as Head of Chemistry. In 2013 he took up the post of Deputy Head Academic and in 2016 became Head of College.