The awards are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts, the judging is a rigorous two stage process including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.

John Ardern

Director of Homes, New Charter Group |

John Ardern is Director of Homes at New Charter Group. John has been in this role since October 2013 and is responsible for Asset Management and Development of New Homes

He is an experienced Management Consultant, learning and development professional and Human Resource Specialist with 34 years experience dealing with Central, Local Government issues and the Housing Sector.

He is qualified with the Institute of Management Services and Institute of Personnel Development. He is also an executive Coach.

He has proven leadership and change management skills involving motivating and developing teams to achieve business objectives through significant organisational change. He also provides specialist consultancy services to other organisations in embedding systems thinking, training as well as the development of new systems, processes and application of continual improvement tools and techniques.

Liz Attenborough

Owner, Magpie's Nest |

I am a director at Magpies Nest Limited, based in Stalybridge Tameside. Magpies Nest is a multi award winning independent, gift, handbag and accessory store. I am passionate about the retail industry, especially independent retailers. 

Christine Amyes

Deputy Chief Executive New Charter Housing Trust Group |

Christine is Deputy Chief Executive at the New Charter Group, a social business based in Tameside owning over 19,500 homes, with a turnover of £100 million and a workforce of 900 people. Our mission is to provide GREAT Homes, GREAT Neighbourhoods and GREAT People

Her responsibilities include risk management, human resources, organisational development, facilities management, health and safety, business transformation, and legal and governance services. She has worked with a range of public and private sector organisations, helping them to build great organisations and to maximise the impact their people have.

Christine is passionate about education and is a Director of the Great Academies Education Trust sponsoring three academies in Tameside and one in Rochdale responsible for 4,500 children and 650 employees. She is also Chair of Governors at Copley Academy.

Christine is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

David Berry

Head of Employment and Skills, Tameside MBC |

Joanna Booth

Creative Director, Social Media Makes Sense |

As a social media expert and trainer, Jo has overseen the social media successes of projects like the BBC hit series Poldark through to running a series of ‘Digitally Savvy’ workshops for the Business Growth Hub to hundreds of SMEs. She blogs for diverse brands including Sage, Microsoft, Yahoo, Guardian Small Business and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.  She presents on the Virgin Media Learn Digital Skills Channel and Business Growth Hub Digital TV.  Jo is a public speaker and young entrepreneur.

Gillian Bradley

Proprietor, Bradleys Bakery |

I am a partner at the award winning Bradley's Bakery based in Hurst Cross, Ashton-Under-Lyne. I own and manage the business with my husband Mark who’s Mum Alice started the business in 1960 in Oldham. We employ a team of 10 staff. Bradley’s have been awarded Retail Business of the Year at the Pride of Tameside Business awards for two years running in 2011 and 2012. We have won several awards for our pies at The British Pie awards. In June 2016 we were voted regional winners for the North of England and Northern Ireland at The Family Business Awards, which were hosted by Family Business United. Our bakery is a retail bakery and our pies are available to buy from our shop in Ashton-Under-Lyne .We also specialise in pork pie wedding cakes and bespoke celebration pies

Phill Brown MBE

Managing Director, Benchmark Building SuppliesLTD |

As the Tameside President of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Strategic Board of the Business Growth Hub, the Stockport Economic Alliance Committee, and a Governor of two local FE Colleges, Phill Brown has a sustained track record of partnership working with public and private organisations, in Tameside and across Greater Manchester.

Phill was proudly awarded the MBE in the 2014 Queens Birthday Honours List for Services to Business and Apprenticeships in the Greater Manchester region.

Phill founded Benchmark Building Supplies from a Greenfield site in Romiley, Stockport, 12 years ago. Since then Benchmark has grown to be Greater Manchester’s leading Independent Builders Merchants, with six trading branches around the M60 Greater Manchester Ring Road.

The company is currently expanding at around 20% per year with employment of 70 people and sales of £12m per annum. Clients include AGMA (the Ten Greater Manchester Authorities), housing associations, large public companies and over 800 live trading accounts predominantly in small private construction sector.

In November 2016, Phill sold the business to Saint Gobain, Europe’s largest manufacturer and distributor of building materials with a collective turnover exceeding £18b. Their intention to adopt the renowned Benchmark Brand into their ever growing portfolio will keep the quality existing team in place.

Kevin Harrison

Managing Director, Pest Guard North West Ltd |

Managing director of a multi award winning company. Pest Guard North West Ltd has grown significantly over the years, growing from strength to strength. We continually raise the professional standards in pest control, supporting you and the environment.

We exceed customers expectation to deliver the promise

Alan Havery

Proprietor, Leading Edge Hair and Beauty |

An experienced retailer with proven multi-channel experience gained at board level within the retail, wholesale, franchise, licensing and e-commerce sectors both in the UK and internationally.

Highly skilled in change management, restructuring, recruitment, training of staff and in managing large teams in multiple locations and countries. Operating in the mid-market to luxury sectors in product areas which include: food & drink, fashion, footwear, fragrance, hair and beauty, leather goods and accessories working with and alongside all the major department store groups in the UK. Managed lease negotiations and store opening programmes with the landlords of the major shopping centres, factory outlets, train stations and airports throughout the UK.

Simon Jones

Relationship Director, Commercial and Private Banking, Natwest |

Bill Jennings

Director, JDA Architects |

Andy Johnson

Head of Product Management,Brother UK |

I’ve worked at Brother for 20 years in a variety of roles. I have a keen interest in Technology and Innovation which has led me into becoming a STEM Ambassador in which I encourage and inspire young people to achieve more and progress further in Technology

Sherrilee Jones

Sales and Marketing Executive, Quest Media Network Ltd |

Sherrilee Jones is Sales and Marketing Executive at Quest Media Network Ltd, incorporating the Tameside Reporter, Tameside Radio and Glossop Chronicle.

Sherrilee has worked with the newspaper group for the last 17 years, working across all aspects of the company in sales and marketing and is a familiar face to many local businesses across the borough, helping them to meet and deliver their advertising and marketing needs.

Sherrilee has lived in Stalybridge all of her life and has strong local roots which fuels her passion to support local businesses.

Nicola Joyce

Partner, Usher Spiby & Co Chartered Accountants |

Jan Lord

Proprietor, Guide Bridge MOT & Service Centre |

I'm very proud to be at the helm of a successful, multi award winning family business. Guide Bridge MOT & Service Centre in Tameside has grown from a one-man-band to 10 employees (6 of whom are family) since it was founded in 2003. 

In recent years the garage has won a number of prestigious awards including the Pride of Tameside Awards – Business of the Year 2014 and 'Going the extra mile' in 2015 and was chosen to be the flagship garage for the RAC in 2016. 

Jackie Moores, Principal & CEO, Tameside College

Jackie has lived, studied and worked in Tameside and Greater Manchester all her life. She was a pupil at Fairfield High School from 1978 to 1982 and attended Tameside College between the ages of 16 and 19. She is now the Principal of Tameside College and Clarendon Sixth Form College. Jackie has worked within education for many years within Greater Manchester previously working at Salford City College and City College Manchester. She also works as an Ofsted inspector, inspecting other colleges and providers throughout England and is a governor at a Tameside secondary Academy and is a director of an Academy Trust.

Robin Monk

Executive Director - Place |

Robin joined the council in 1978 as a student Environmental Health Officer graduating from the University of Salford in 1982 with a BSc in Environmental Services. 

Robins’ entire career has been with the council and has worked in most areas of Environmental Health. In recent years as a Senior Manager he has been responsible for Engineering and Property Management and recently became the Executive Director for Economic Growth, Investment and Sustainability.

The service area is responsible for not only Environmental and Technical Services but also Asset Management and the Tameside Investment Partnership. The directorate takes the Strategic lead on planning, transportation, housing and inward investment in the borough.

Andrew Nickeas

Start-up Advisor, Business Growth Hub |

Tony Powell

Deputy Chief Executive, New Charter Housing Group |

Tony has over 40 years’ experience of working in Local Authority and Social Housing.  Extensive knowledge of Housing Management, Housing Advice, Homelessness, Supported Housing, and community Regeneration.  In recent years, he has developed a number of partnerships/consortiums, and has established the Commercial Partnership Directorate which has enabled the Group to position itself to achieve its wider Corporate Plan Objectives.

As a member of the New Charter Management Team, he is responsible for developing and delivering the strategic direction of the Group, Performance Monitoring, Risk Assessments, Governance, new development, asset management and New Charter Building Company.

Tony is a Director of the Great Academy Education Trust and a Chair of Governors at a local Primary School, and Board Member for Challenge4Change.  

Tim Rainey

Assistant Executive Director, Tameside MBC |

Gareth Scargill

Commercial Manager, Oxford Innovation Ltd |

Nigel Skinner

Executive News Editor, Quest Media Network Ltd |

Nigel Skinner is Executive News Editor at Quest Media Network Ltd, incorporating the Tameside Reporter, Tameside Radio and Glossop Chronicle.

He has been the editor of the Tameside Reporter for the last 17 years, the paper highly commended in the Weekly Newspaper of the Year category at last year’s prestigious North West 02 Media Awards.

Nigel has more than 30 years experience of working in the journalism and PR profession, was previously an editor at two newspaper titles in Yorkshire and a PR Executive, helping deliver tailored solutions for business clients' marketing requirements. He has made Tameside his home.


Clare Taylor

Fund Development Coordinator, Action Oldham Fund |

Jo Walker

Start-up Manager, Business Growth Hub |

Linda Willows

Head of Legal and Business Management, Brother UK Ltd |

An MBA qualified in both in house legal and credit management has a wide insight into business strategy and her role varies from negotiation of multi-million GBP legal contracts to supporting small business through empathetic financial arrangements.

More recently Linda has been involved in the development of Brother UK’s in house learning and development program supporting all colleagues to enable them to transition and refine their skills and adapt to the fast-paced change in the technology industry.  Brother UK Ltd have been awarded Investors in People Platinum accreditation and recently The Princess Royal Training Award 2017 for their approach to colleague development.

A lifelong learner and business coach “making a difference through working with others” is Linda’s key philosophy.

Claire Wolstenholme

Managing Director, Bennett Staff Bureau |

I started with the business as an apprentice back in the early 90’s, attending day release, private shorthand and sales training.  Working my way up the ranks, covering all aspects of the business. 

Bennett Staff Bureau, established since the early sixties and is Tameside’s / North West’s awarding winning Service Provider of both temporary and permanent recruitment within Commercial, Industrial and the Catering Sectors.