Meet our judging panel for 2019

Our judging panel is made up of business experts from a variety of industries. They carefully assess the entries and decide based on the information supplied which entrants will be selected as finalists and winners.

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Roma Bhowmick

Roma spent 16 years in the City of London working for a Blue chip service based organisation, culminating in a role as MD/Head of Division. Subsequent to this she moved into the technology sector and started a ‘high growth’ business delivering innovative technology solutions. In 2003, having achieved her business goals she sold half of the business to her partner and became an independent consultant, a Business Link Adviser and then an approved Grant Thornton ‘Growth Coach’ (via the Government funded, Growth Accelerator programme) helping CEOs/MDs and their management teams to achieve their growth objectives in a variety of sectors. Her specific area of expertise has been in challenging and developing business strategy and supporting organisations and teams through change – helping business grow faster.

In 2006 she was awarded Freedom of the City of London for ‘services to management consultancy’ in recognition of her work. Roma also works part time at the University of Hertfordshire as a Senior Lecturer teaching strategy at post graduate level where she is also completing a Doctorate.

Roma now concentrates on working with a mixed portfolio of established, “high growth” business owners and Boards on further development of business strategy, as well as programmes for change (including senior level management development training and coaching). Her current client base includes businesses from turnover of £1m to £43m and sectors – PR, Fashion, Luxury retail, Investment Management, Brokerage, High Tech and Aviation services.

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Krishma Vaghela

As a Franchise and Business Development Consultant, Krishma has 10 years of experience in the franchise industry leading, operating, transforming, developing and turning around multiple small businesses, using her diverse skills, restructuring, optimisation, new process and service implementation. The past 4 years, Krishma has very quickly been recognised for her efforts, securing her place as a 5 times awards finalist. Krishma also has a wealth of experience recruiting and training franchise and business partners and supporting them with business development. Krishma specialises in working with start-ups, small businesses and emerging franchisors, mentoring and supporting them through the different stages of franchising

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Cleveland Scott York have been part of our judging panel since the awards started in 2015. As intellectual property lawyers they work with a wide variety of companies and bring a wealth of business knowledge to our judging panel.

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Cheryl Luzet

Wagada was started by Cheryl Luzet and having won one of our awards in 2016 Cheryl came onboard as a judge and sponsor. Cheryl has grown her company into a thriving digital marketing agency and brings her expertise in business to our judging panel.

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Crane and Staples have been part of our judging panel since the awards started in 2015. They bring a team of solicitors  to our judging day who all have great business knowledge and experience and an eye for detail!

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Experienced with commercial banking Clydesdale bring all their business knowledge and experience to our panel.

Beverley Coulter, Private Development Manager, Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank,  comes with over 20 years banking experience, spending the last 16 years in high net worth relationship management roles.  Her experience is providing market leading financial solutions to wealthy individuals and their families.

She is joined on the Clydedale judging team by David Manlove and Paul Wainwright.

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Shilpa Panchmatia

Working daily with fast moving ambitious companies as a business coach, Shilpa has her finger on the pulse spotting winning businesses and lends those well honed skills to sit on the judging panel.

Shilpa is a seasoned entrepreneur having built and sold two businesses in the past two decades. She has been there in the trenches and understands the intricacies of the business building cycle and its how to really recognise true success pillars. As an accredited high growth business coach with Grant Thornton, she has vast experience with growth companies and supporting and mentoring them to evolve through transformation, strategic planning, mastery and developing and winning mindset.

 

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Darrin Salt

Darrin Salt is Managing Director of the SCA Group and he has been delivering his IT and business process expertise to clients for more than 25 years. In his leadership role at SCA, Darrin has worked on a broad range of projects relating to software, IT installations, Digital Transformation, information security and cloud computing.

Darrin’s personal ethos is all about quality customer service and ethical sales policies that have been with SCA throughout its transition from being a traditional hardware/software supplier to becoming a leading managed IT service provider. Darrin is particularly proud that in 2018, SCA was awarded as one of Britain’s Top 50 Managed IT Companies.

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Roni Savage set up Jomas Associates in 2009. It is an innovative company of engineering and environmental geologists, serving the construction industry. They assess ground conditions before any buildings or structures can be constructed and design foundations that keep buildings standing; clean up contamination in the ground and ensuring all sites are suitable for use.

Roni volunteers with YMCA and Mayor’s fund for London, supporting the social mobility campaign, and helping other women find their feet and pursue dream careers. She is a regular speaker at events and provides free mentoring and coaching. She has appeared on Skynews Sunrise, promoting female bosses and gender balance.