Meet the judges
Michael Palin

Michael Palin is the CEO of St Helens Council and director of St Helens Chamber of Commerce. Previously Michael was the Executive Director at Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. In this role, he was responsible for strategic economic development activities and relationships with government, local authorities and the combined authority.

Rekha Mehr MBE

Rekha Mehr MBE is part of the founding team that brought MassChallenge, the start-up friendly accelerator, to the UK. She is also the founder of Pistachio Rose and Moonrekha. Rekha has spoken internationally on the start-up landscape, sharing her own experiences and best practice. In 2016 she was awarded an MBE for services to enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Dax Lovegrove

Dax Lovegrove advises businesses and NGOs on sustainability through various roles including Trustee at Earthwatch, adviser to the National Business Awards, and judge on Business Green awards. Previously he was the Director of Sustainability and Innovation at King sher. Before this role he led WWF UK’s work with business for just over a decade.

Charmian Love

Charmian Love is co-founder and Director of Volans. She specialises in designing ‘breakthrough’ innovation strategies by brokering cross-sector partnerships between business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and policy-makers. Her recent report makes a case for collaboration between corporate venture capital and impact investment.

Oli Barrett MBE

Oli Barrett MBE is a co-founder of Cospa, helping companies and causes to create and grow ventures that make money, and make a difference. He brought speed-networking to the UK and has hosted and spoken at events around the world. He is an advisor to the Centre for Entrepreneurs and co-founded the national campaign, StartUp Britain.

The Faces
Anthony Fletcher
Graze’s Anthony Fletcher is revolutionising our snacking habits.
London   Consumer markets 
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Asif Hamid
The Contact Company
Asif Hamid is redefining customer service outsourcing.
North west   Technology, media and telecommunications 
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Dr David J Hardman MBE
Innovation Birmingham
The CEO whose business is business incubation.
Midlands   Public sector 
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