Meet the judging panel

The unstoppable EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists are assessed by an independent panel of judges, most of whom have previously participated in EY Entrepreneur Of The Year UK programme.

2019 judges 

  • London & South East

    • Matt Isaacs, Co-founder & Chairman, Essence and Chair of Judges
    • Jack Bowman, Partner, Oxbridge Capital Investments 
    • Farida Gibbs, CEO, Gibbs Hybrid 
    • Irina Hemmers, Partner, Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP 
    • Henrietta Morrison, Founder, Executive Chair and Brand Director, Lily's Kitchen 
    • Simon Stewart, Founder and CEO, The Growth Stage 

     

  • Midlands & South West

    • Nicholas Georgevic, Chairman and Chief Executive, Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care - Co-chair of Judges 
    • Tracy Lewis, Executive Chair, Inspired Thinking Group (ITG) - Co-chair of Judges 
    • Rosie Ginday, Founder, Miss Macaroon 
    • Wendy Merricks, CEO, Jumar Solutions 
    • Gurinder Sunner, Investor, BGF 
    • Michael Ward, CEO, Gateley Plc 

     

  • North

    • Steve Smith, Director, Daisy Group Holdings - Chair of Judges 
    • Lucy Armstong, CEO, The Alchemists Northern Limited 
    • Jonathan Bell, Head of North West, LDC 
    • Jacqui Hall, MD, CNG Ltd 
    • Clare Roberts, Chief Executive, Kids Planet Day Nurseries
    • Jonathan Seaton, Founder and CEO, Twinkl Educational Publishing 
  • Scotland

    • Andy Lothian, Group CEO, The Insights Group - Chair of Judges
    • Vicky Brock, Co-Founder and CEO, Vistalworks and Get Market Fit 
    • Jim Pettigrew, Chairman of the board, CYBG/Virgin Money 
    • Theresa Shearer, Group CEO, The Piper Group 
    • Mike Sibson, Investor, BGF 
    • Jane Wood, UK Nations and Regions Director, BT Group 
  • United Kingdom

    • Diane Foreman, CEO, Emerald Group Ltd - Chair of Judges
    • Dr Deborah O'Neil FRSE, Chief Executive Officer, NovaBiotics
    • Bhikhu Patel, Co-founder and Co-chairman, Waymade Capital 
    • Simon Rogerson, CEO, Octopus Group
    • Jon Wright, Partner, JamJar Investments