Meet the 2021 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.

 London & South East 

2020 judges 

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