LONDON, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
*Baroness Bottomley chairs panel, with Julie Meyer, Martin McCourt and Sir Eric Peacock among the Judges*
The National Business Awards, in partnership with Orange, has today revealed this year's judges. The Juries will determine the country's leading businesses and business leaders, across 17 categories, for 2012.
Led by Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, the panel comprises of nearly 100 of the country's leading CEOs, Entrepreneurs and Senior Directors including Business Economist, Professor Dominic Swords, Carmen Ayo, Technology Specialist, UKTI, Philip King, CEO Institute of Credit Management, Julie Meyer, CEO of Ariadne Capital, Sir Eric Peacock, Chairman at Baydonhill plc and Martin McCourt, former CEO of Dyson and Director at Montagu Private Equity. *See notes to editors for more judges.
Baroness Virginia Bottomley, Chair of Judges said: "This year has seen tough developments across the UK economy so business has to be all the smarter and even more determined to move ahead. We are interested to see how businesses have adapted and developed in order to succeed. We will be looking for leaders who can demonstrate true originality, innovation and tenacity in their field. I'm looking forward to working with the other judges to identify and reward the very best in UK business."
The National Business Awards are distinguished by a robust judging process that begins with an initial shortlist based on a written submission, which is then scored by a panel of judges to determine ten finalists in each category. Finalists are then invited to present live to a panel of judges in London, who will determine an overall winner in each category.
Ruby McGregor-Smith, CEO, MITIE, 2011's Orange Leader of the Year winner said: "As a previous winner, I know that the judging process for the National Business Awards is rigorous - something that validates the whole programme making it fair and winning all the more worthwhile."
"The calibre and breadth of judges involved each year are a reflection of the credibility and prestige of the programme" said Alex Evans, National Business Awards Programme Director, who added: "We would also like to thank the judges for giving up their time to be involved in finding Britain's most exemplary businesses."
Finalists will be announced in August and winners will be revealed at the National Business Awards gala dinner and awards ceremony in London at the Grosvenor House Hotel on the evening of Tuesday 13th November.
The deadline to enter the National Business Awards is 27th June 2012, visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for more information and a full list of judges.
The National Business Awards supports Help for Heroes, a charity that offers support and advice for wounded soldiers.
Notes to editors:
*Judges confirmed as of 21 June 2012 (subject to change)
Charles Ward, Chief Operating Officer, Intellect
Khurshed Dehnugara, CEO, Relume
Julie Meyer, CEO, Ariadne Capital
Eric Peacock, Chairman, Baydonhill plc
Stephanie Hussels - Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, The Cranfield School of Management
Richard Alvin, Director, Business Matters
Phil Lander - Senior Director, EMEA, BlackBerry/Research in Motion
Simon Feary, CEO, Quality Management Institute
Martyn Hart, CEO, National Outsourcing Association
Jamie Liddell, Editor, Outsource Magazine
Oliver Greenfield, Head of Sustainable Business and Economics, World Wildlife Fund
Robin Fieth, Executive director, finance & operations, ICAEW
Will Oulton, European Head of Responsible Investment, Mercer
Blanca Palos, Senior CR Index Manager, Business in the Community
Philip King, CEO, Institute of Credit Management
Allan Biggar, CEO & Chairman, All About Brands plc
Steve Pateman, Executive Director of Corporate, Commercial and Business Banking, Santander Corporate Banking
Carmen Ayo, Technology Specialist, UKTI
Michael Hayman, Co-founder, StartUp Britain
Stephen Jones, Director, Talk Business
Martin Stiven, VP Business, Orange
Sarah Farrugia, Founder, Advocateur
James Stickland, Executive Director, Office of the CIO, Technology Business Development, JP Morgan Chase
Andrew McClelland, Chief Operations & Policy Officer, IMRG
William Higham, Director, Consumer Electronics, Intellect
Keith Tilley, EVP Europe, SunGard Availability Services
Sarah Noble, CEO, EQ2 Consulting
David Keene, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, UK and EMEA, Salesforce
Lee Perkins, Managing Director, Small Business Division, Sage UK
Tom Thomas, Chief Executive, The Institute of Commercial Management
Phil Lander, Senior Director, EMEA, BlackBerry/Research in Motion
Martin McCourt, Director, Montagu Private Equity
Yvonne Quinn, Business Growth Programme, Cranfield School of Management
Leslie Copeland, CEO, Vitesse Media
Jo Causon, Chief Executive, Institute of Customer Service
Claudia Hathway, Editor, Customer Strategy
Rob Hawthorne, Managing Director, Client Service, Barclays Corporate
Albert Ellis, Chief Executive Officer, Harvey Nash
Simon Perryman, Director of Employer Engagement, UK Commission for Employment and Skills
Andrew Hague, Managing Director, Croner
Peter Whitehead, FT Recruitment & Appointments Editor, FT
Tim Whittard, Investment Director, Business Growth Fund
Kanya King, CEO, MOBO Organisation
Awards categories 2012
Categories open to enter:
- The Orange Innovation Award
- The BlackBerry Growth Strategy of the Year
- The ICAEW Sustainability Award
- The Santander Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year
- The Huawei Customer Focus Award
- The Croner Employer of the Year
- Transformational Change of the Year
- Start-up Business of the Year
- Small Online Business of the Year
- E-commerce Strategy of the Year
- Business Enabler of the Year
- The Entrepreneur of the Year
Categories run by nomination only:
- The Orange Leader of the Year
- The Daily Telegraph Award for a Decade of Excellence
- The 3i International Growth Business of the Year
- The Leadership Diversity Award
- The Coutts FTSE 100 Business of the Year
About the National Business Awards
Open to organisations of all sizes from all sectors across the UK, the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange is the UK's most prestigious independent business recognition platform with its particular emphasis on excellence, innovation and ethical business. Now in its eleventh year, the National Business Awards connects the nations' professionals through its annual awards ceremony; year-round thought leadership and round table events; and is UBM plc's flagship awards programme. Visit http://www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for further information or follow us on Twitter @businessawards.
About Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes (H4H) was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry after a profoundly moving visit to Selly Oak Hospital in the summer of 2007. Bryn and Emma met some extraordinarily brave young men who had been badly wounded and they just wanted to do something to help. The charity was launched in October 2007 and provides direct, practical support for those wounded, injured or who have become sick in the line of duty and their families.
About Orange UK
Orange is the key brand of the France Telecom Group, one of the world's leading telecommunications operators. With almost 131 million customers, the Orange brand now covers Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates.
In the UK, Orange provides high quality GSM coverage to 99% of the UK population, and 3G coverage to more than 93%.
Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Brand Services Limited.
On July 1 2010, the company became part of Everything Everywhere, one company that runs two of Britain's most famous brands - Orange UK and T-Mobile UK - with plans to transform the industry by giving customers instant access to everything, everywhere, offering them the best value, best choice and best network coverage in the country. Everything Everywhere Limited is the UK's biggest communications company, with a combined customer base of almost 28 million people and more than 720 retail stores across the country. Everything Everywhere Limited is registered at Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9BW under the registered company number 02382161.
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