Judges & Judging

The judges include association executives with roles that suit the categories, and one expert consultant per category, so that the most experienced and expert people are judging.


Simon Bull

Membership Consultant
Institute of the Motor Industry

Richard Ellithorne

Membership Services Director
Builders Merchants Federation

Sheryl Fernando

Membership Director
UK Finance

Jodie Gray

Director of Strategic Development
English UK

Richard Lambert

Chief Executive Officer
National Landlords Association

Rachel Lambert-Forsyth

Director of Membership and Professional Affairs
Royal Society of Biology

Riad Mannan

Event Portfolio Development Manager
The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Clare Paredes

Head of Communications
National Housing Federation

David Parker

Director Conferences and Events
Royal College of Physicians

Valli Rajagopal

Digital Learn Ltd

Lorraine Reese

Head of Conferences and Events
Biochemical Society

Rennie Schafer

Chief Executive Officer
Federation of European Self Storage Associations

Paul Sloggett

Head of Member Engagement
Chartered Institution of Wastes Management

Karen Smith

Head of UK Marketing
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Antonia Stratford

Head of Public Affairs

Ian Thompson

British APCO

Anthony Wilkinson

Director of Operations
Research Quality Association

How does the judging work to ensure fairness and the right entry wins

Our judges are experts in the field of the category, not just Association CEOs who often have limited knowledge of the complexities

  • Each category is judged by three judges or more, who independently score each entry based on the category guidance and weighting set up by the Awards team
  • Judges can't be led to select a particular winner by other judges who may have a louder voice or strongly expressed points of view, as the judges do not know who is judging the same categories as them
  • If a category does not have enough entries, because we do not have sponsors of the categories, we can procede with the category
  • We are using state-of-the-art secure and confidential awards management and judging system provided by Eventfolio / Pixl8 Group
  • Judges agree a code of conduct, which is closely monitored