Judging Panel

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.

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.

Carmel Booth

Carmel is a chartered accountant with more than twenty years’ experience of providing financial and commercial advice to private and public sector clients. She is the Chief Executive of Atlantic Gateway, a partner at Calderstones Consulting and a Member of the Liverpool City Region Superport Committee.

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.

Tarun Kapur CBE

Tarun is the Chief Executive and Academy Principal 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.

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.

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