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.
Alastair Currie / Owner, Alastair Currie Events
Alastair has lived and worked in Bristol throughout his 37-year career working within the events industry.
Alastair owns and runs Alastair Currie Events which designs and manages spectacular events for private and corporate clients and CMC Marquees providing high spec structures for events. Alastair is also Chairman of SLX which supplies technical solutions for live events and Fosters Events who deliver catering for prestigious outdoor events and key venues like the Bristol Old Vic.
Beyond work Alastair has played an active role in education and a number of its charities within the city.
Alison Bevan / Director, Royal West of England Academy
Alison is Director of the RWA (Royal West of England Academy), Bristol’s first Art Gallery.
An Art History graduate with a family background in tourism, she took up her current role in 2013 after fourteen years as Director of Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, an award-winning visitor attraction.
She is a Fellow of and Mentor for the Museums Association, an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Bristol and was chair of the South Western Federation of Museums from 2009-12. She was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2013 for services to Cultural Heritage in Cornwall.
Andrew Cheater / Wealth Manager, LGT Vestra
Andrew is a wealth manager at LGT Vestra having worked in the industry for over 16 years.
He has specialised in advising entrepreneurs, High Net Worth families and professional partners across the South West on all financial matters.
He has built strong relationships and added significant value by working closely with his vast network in the Bristol professional community.
Andrew's previous experience includes senior positions at Coutts both in London and Bristol.
Anne Anketell / Chief Executive, Bristol Charities
Anne joined Bristol Charities as chief executive in October 2013.
Having started her career as a social worker she moved into the area of housing care and support and was previously the managing director of Centra Support which is now part of the Clarion Group –one of the country’s largest Housing Associations.
Anne is also a non-executive director of Affinity Trust which is a national learning disabilities charity.
She moved to Bristol four years ago and enjoys eating out in Bristol, the cinema, the theatre and takes every opportunity to experience Bristol`s lively and varied music scene.
John Hirst / Chief Executive, Destination Bristol
In December 2012, John was appointed chief executive of Destination Bristol, leading a dedicated and high-quality team promoting Bristol as one of England’s top tourist destinations.
Prior to this John had focused for 10 years on retail regeneration in Bristol and between 1980 and 1997 was a retailer with an international organisation.
Tourism in Bristol is worth £1.3b per annum. The challenge is to encourage even more visitors into the region from all over the world, an interesting task in these difficult times with tight budgets.
John lives in Bristol, and his interests include cycling, running and snowboarding.
Martino Burgess / Lawyer, Gregg Latchams
As well as heading up Gregg Latchams’ corporate team, dealing mainly with local and national SMEs, Marti has a wide range of local responsibilities.
She chairs the St Paul’s Carnival, sits on the business board on WECA Local Enterprise Partnership and is part-owner of Lakota Nightclub. She is a tireless advocate for BME and business issues in the Bristol community.
She has also recently been asked to chair the new Bristol @ Night Board which is being established as the voice of the night time economy.
Mike Livings / Branch Director, Jelf
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 at Jelf.
Mike has in-depth expertise in property and casualty insurance, revenue protection, directors’ and officers’ liability and cyber risks. He has helped a number of organisations with cyber risk management, business continuity planning and re-engineering insurance programmes to achieve significant cost savings.
Mike's clients include listed companies, professional services firms and owner-managed businesses in a wide variety of sectors such as manufacturing, technology, automotive and real estate.
Nick Sturge / Co-founder, Engine Shed
Nick has a first in Electronics and Computing and co-founded Motion Media Technology which listed in 2000 hitting a peak valuation of £270m.
Nick grew the Bristol SETsquared high-tech business incubator to be ranked the world’s best university business incubator, in 2015.
In 2013, Nick co-founded Engine Shed, a collaboration between Bristol University and City Council, which houses the SETsquared Centre and other projects to drive inclusive growth.
Nick chairs the IoD South West and sits on IoD National Council. He is vice-chair of the West of England LEP High Tech Sector Group and on the steering board of TechSW.
Peaches Golding OBE / Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol
In addition to being Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol, Peaches is the independent chair of the Bristol Water Customer Challenge Panel, non-executive consultant of Moon Consulting, and Trustee of the SS Great Britain.
She was High Sheriff for Bristol in 2010, was awarded the OBE in 2009, an honorary MBA in 2010 followed by an honorary Doctorate by the University of the West of England in 2017, and an honorary Doctorate by the University of Bristol in 2018.
Her board appointments span health, media, and education sectors.
An alumna of the University of North Carolina, she is married to Bob Golding.
Head shot photo credit to Jon Craig
Stephanie Marshall / Head, BBC South West
Stephanie Marshall is the Head of the BBC in the West. She looks after radio stations in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Bristol and oversees the region’s television news, current affairs and politics programmes, as well as digital content.
Stephanie, a journalist, has spent thirty years in newsrooms at a national, regional and local level.
As a BBC Television editor, she was responsible for one of the country’s most successful award-winning news programmes.
At the network she edited one of the BBC’s flagship news programmes and worked on the UK News online site. She started her career in newspapers before working in radio – both at the BBC and the Independent.