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Judges & Assessors 2021

Áine Rogers

Áine Rogers

Áine Rogers – Director, UKI Small Business, Cisco

Áine Rogers Leads Cisco’s Small Business for the UKI theatre. She is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of this segment executing on Cisco’s defined go to market combining global short mid- and long-term strategies with developing existing local routes to market in new ways to best serve smaller enterprises on their digitisation journey whose technology adoption, consumption and needs have changed drastically in recent years. Critical to the overall success and market share capture will be running the business successfully while re-imaging small business at true scale. Working effectively with multiple stakeholders within Cisco and partnering in new ways with channel, distribution and Eco System partners will be key to realising continued success.

Áine Joined Cisco from Oracle in 2010 and has held numerous roles within Channel managing and growing every profile of partner to great success. After 8 years in channel, she joined GMSI supporting both the UKI Commercial and Small segments as a Segment Business Partner. Áine re-joined the UKI sales operation to head up small business in 2020.

Áine is passionate about people, her team and talent. An advocate for organic growth of talent within all organisations Áine works to connect people, teams and businesses to invest in the future talent of this industry.

Emma Knight

Emma Knight

Emma Knight - Head of Media & Public Affairs for Stagecoach Group

Emma heads up external communications strategy for Stagecoach, the UK’s largest bus and coach operator. Stagecoach employs over 24,000 people and runs around 8,300 buses, coaches and trams.

Emma started with Stagecoach in 2007, and has a 23-year career in setting strategy and leading media relations, public affairs, stakeholder engagement and crisis management within the public transport industry.

Emma is a passionate supporter of local communities, and is leading the Stagecoach Cares Charity Committee recently launched as part of the company’s new Sustainability Strategy. Outside of work, Emma is a volunteer call companion for the charity Re-engage, which provides vital, life-enhancing social connections for older people.

Glynis Whiting

Glynis Whiting

Glynis Whiting - Managing Partner, TIAO

Glynis has 30 years leadership experience in EU and UK public policy, business development, innovation and high impact projects to address global challenges. As President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium 2011-2015, she focused on change, business development and growth in the organisation.

As Vice-Chair of COBCOE 2015-2018, she helped steer the business network that linked over 90 British overseas chambers of commerce and business groups across the world, with a core membership of 41 British bilateral chambers of commerce and over 12,000 businesses across Europe.

Building on this experience, in 2016 Glynis became a founding partner in TIAO (Trust Is An Outcome) which has developed Connects.world, the global online B2B matchmaking platform for trade and business development opportunities for Chambers of Commerce, business associations and their company members.

​Hannah Greenaway

​Hannah Greenaway

Hannah Greenaway - Sustainability Strategy and Planning Manager, Virgin Media O2

Hannah is an experienced corporate responsibility and sustainability professional with a proven record in developing, implementing and communicating effective responsible business strategies to deliver sustainable solutions and business benefits.

Hannah has worked within business, government and charity sectors, spanning industries from engineering and the built environment to media and digital technology.

Working within the Corporate Responsibility Team at Virgin Media O2, Hannah is focused on delivering environmental and social initiatives that create lasting change.

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannahgreenaway/

​Helen Mitchell

​Helen Mitchell

Helen works at the intersection of innovation, corporate change and social responsibility, designing innovation and engagement strategies for established brands.

During her corporate career, Helen has held senior positions as Global head of marketing and digital distribution at Barclays, Director of EMEA eCommerce at Fidelity, Vice President of eCommerce at Deutsche Bank and, most recently, Group director of innovation, change and communications at BMI Group, the multi-national roofing manufacturer where she also set up and chaired the global Women’s leadership council. In 2017 she was appointed as sole fintech specialist to the UK Department for International Trade to help attract international venture capital investment into the UK tech sector. She is also co-founder of Blukudu, the London-based agency that creates multi-million pound collaborations between incumbent brands and startups.

Helen has an honours degree in fine arts from Oxford University, a post-graduate diploma from University College London and she recently completed the Cambridge University Institute of Sustainability Leadership course.

Ian Talbot

Ian Talbot

Ian Talbot is Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland. Prior to that Ian held positions as a Director of Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase in Ireland and overseas for 18 years. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, working in their Dublin and Luxembourg offices, and also holds MA and BBS degrees from Trinity College, Dublin. He is Deputy President of Eurochambres and a Director of several companies.

​Peter Harman

​Peter Harman

Peter Harman has worked in the public and private sectors for over 40 years.

Initially in the Bank of England and subsequently in management and leadership development, most recently he held a number of senior roles in starting and growing businesses and their supportive environments across the UK and globally.

 Rishi Madlani

Rishi Madlani

Rishi is head of Climate & Sustainable Finance for NatWest Group which encompasses the bank’s activities supporting the bank and its customers transition to a lower carbon economy. The bank has announced a target of £100bn of funding and financing to support climate and sustainable finance.

Outside the bank Rishi is chair of the Camden Council pensions committee and serves on the boards of the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association and UK100.

Sinead O'Grada, Head of Marketing, Small Business EMEA at Facebook

Sinead O'Grada, Head of Marketing, Small Business EMEA at Facebook

Sinead O'Grada - Head of Marketing, Small Business EMEA at Facebook

Sinead leads the Economic Impact Marketing team at Facebook, with responsibility for all marketing efforts for small businesses across EMEA.

​Steve Charles

​Steve Charles

If ever there was a crusader for the cause of membership organisations then Steve is probably it. Steve had ten highly successful years running the membership and commercial services at two Chambers of Commerce, during which time both organisations won multiple industry awards for their success.

In 2012 Steve moved to Quest and became Head of Business Partnerships with a strong focus on helping partner organisations achieve their objectives by making the most of the business support services supplied by Quest. The number of partners Quest work with has multiplied in recent years and Quest is now one of the main service providers to UK membership organisations.

Tiana Portugal

Tiana Portugal

Tiana has helped ambitious marketing teams achieve exponential growth in both FTSE 100 companies and start-ups. Working in Marketing roles at Experian, Lloyds, Tide and currently as a Marketing Director at Funding Circle, Tiana believes in delivering high performance, through caring deeply about customers. She's also supported several young entrepreneurs as a Prince's Trust Business Mentor.

​Victoria Georgalakis

​Victoria Georgalakis

Having started her career in financial services marketing working for brands including American Express, Lloyds Bank and AXA, Victoria transitioned to a customer service and claims role at AXA.

She spent 7 years at SYKES (now Sitel) as Managing Director for the EMEA region supporting diverse clients such as Sonos, Sony, HSBC, Kellogg’s and P&G, utilising a work at home approach pre-pandemic. Victoria is now building a portfolio career including non-executive roles and executive coaching.

Warren Ralls

Warren Ralls

Warren Ralls – Managing Director, UK Network, British Business Bank

Warren leads UK Network team responsible for collaborating with external stakeholders and acting as the eyes and ears of the Bank in the regions. He joined the Bank in 2019 as a Director in the UK Network, leading the team operating across the East of England and the South.

Before joining the Bank, he was Director of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Network across England, working closely with the 38 private sector LEP Chairs and their CEOs. Prior to that he held the role of Director at the Regional Development Agency for the South East of England, and previously Deputy Chief Executive at Business Link Surrey.

BCC REACTS TO UNION CONNECTIVITY REVIEW

Businesses continually operate between all four nations of the United Kingdom and an effective strategic transport network is critical to that.

CHAMBER NETWORK DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED AT MISSED OPPORTUNITY ON RAIL IMPROVEMENT PLANS

This will be huge disappointment to the thousands of businesses that were relying on HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail to fire up economic regeneration through the improved capacity and connectivity of our rail network.

BCC RESPONDS TO LATEST ONS INFLATION FIGURES

Commenting on the inflation statistics for October 2021, published today by the Office for National Statistics, Head of Economics at the BCC Suren Thiru, said: “The latest data confirms that inflation is on a significant upward trajectory. “October’s upturn was largely driven by rising household energy costs following the increase in Ofgem’s energy price cap, rising fuel prices and the partial reversal of the VAT reductions for hospitality and tourism which drove up restaurant and hotel prices."

BCC RESPONDS TO LATEST ONS LABOUR MARKET FIGURES

Record job vacancies suggest that the chronic staff shortages encountered by businesses are intensifying and this could derail the recovery by forcing firms into a more long-lasting decline in their operating capacity.