Judging panel 2018

As in previous years, the Knowsley Business Awards were judged by Knowsley Place Board Members. These are senior professionals spanning sectors from education to retail, property to manufacturing. Their combined global experience in business is outstanding and the awards provide all those shortlisted with an opportunity to showcase their achievements and success to these highly influential independent experts.

A huge thank you to our 2018 judges for making this year’s Knowsley Business Awards the best yet!

The judging panel for 2018 included:

Andrew Dickman
Andrew is a Chartered Surveyor and director of db symmetry, a joint venture between Delancy and Barwood Developments. Andrew has delivered over 2,000,000 sq. ft. of new business space across the NW, including the logistics centre recently occupied by Matalan in Knowsley as their new regional distribution facility. Andrew is currently leading on a number of new development projects here in Knowsley.

Carmel Booth
Carmel is a chartered accountant and Partner at Calderstones Consulting, previously at KPMG and Deloitte. She has more than 20 years’ experience of advising businesses and governments on transformation programmes, infrastructure and major investment opportunities.  Carmel has advised on many of the North West’s high-profile developments and is also a Board Member of the National Museums Liverpool and the University of Liverpool.

Edward Perry
Edward Perry is the Chair of the Knowsley Place Board and Operations Director of Knowsley Hall & Safari Park. His professional background is incredibly diverse including time in the Army, teaching archaeology and working in the heritage sector.

John Irving, Chief Exec of John Lennon Airport

John Irving
John Irving is the Chief Executive of John Lennon Airport, having taken up the post in March this year. A qualified management accountant, Mr Irving was formerly the chief commercial officer at Newcastle Airport, and has also held senior commercial and financial positions at Newcastle United FC and Procter and Gamble.

Lesley Martin-Wright
Lesley has a joint role as the Chief Executive of Knowsley Chamber and Head of Knowsley’s new Growth Hub – a joint initiative from the Chamber and Knowsley Council’s Business Investment Team. Her career has spanned all elements of marketing and business development and she is a passionate advocate for businesses, particularly small and medium sized enterprises.

Mike Harden
As Chief Executive of Knowsley Council, Mike is responsible for leading on major regeneration initiatives and working closely with businesses to drive forward investment and prosperity in Knowsley. A chartered accountant by profession, Mike has gained extensive and varied experience within a local government setting and has worked in Knowsley for 18 years.

Stuart Lord Jaguar Land Rover

Stuart Lord
Stuart Lord is the Director of Operations at Jaguar Land Rover in Halewood where the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport are made. The plant employs 4,200 staff, a figure that has trebled since 2010, across its 300-acre site. Stuart started work at Ford in Halewood in 1992 and was part of the team that launched the Ford Fiesta and KA in South America. In 1999, he came back to Halewood and played a major part in the refit of the plant during its transition from Ford to Jaguar.

Tarun Kapur CBE
Tarun is the Chief Executive and Academy Principle of The Dean Trust, an organisation dedicated to improving educational outcomes for children. The trust manages a number of academies across the North West, including the Lord Derby Academy in Knowsley.