Midlands & South West judging panel 

Charles Brady

Solicitor, Entrepreneur, Plc Director

Charlie Brady

Charles is a successful entrepreneur with extensive experience of the different stages in the lifecycle of owner-managed/entrepreneurially led businesses. He’s founded several successful startups, including Central Law Training, which offers post-qualification legal training; Hatton Blue, a workflow management software development business; and ICT which delivers international financial compliance and money laundering training.

Charles was also the CEO of Wilmington plc from 2002-2014, developing it as an information, technology and training provider in a range of professional markets, including Banking, Healthcare, Law, Accountancy, Pensions and Insurance. During that time, Wilmington Group acquired over 10 owner-managed/entrepreneur-led businesses with a variety of legal structures and financial arrangements. His experience working with businesses of this kind meant that he frequently retained most of the senior management team, and in some cases enabled the original entrepreneurs, or investors, to exit. Charles is currently a non-executive director at 4imprint plc, a FTSE 250 company. As a regional judge in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ UK 2021 Awards, Charles is looking for entrepreneurs who can build sustainable businesses, taking great ideas and creating the best business structure they can to maximise opportunities.