The Judges

Head Judge – Alison Jones

Alison is the founder of Practical Inspiration Publishing, a partnership publishing company, and author of This Book Means Business. She worked for 25 years with leading companies such as Chambers, Oxford University Press and Macmillan. She was Director of Innovation Strategy at Palgrave Macmillan.

Alison provides executive coaching, consultancy and training services to publishers, she regularly speaks and blogs on the publishing industry, and is on the board of the Independent Publishers Guild.

Katie Prescott

Business Presenter & Producer on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme

Trevor O'Hara

Award-winning Founder & CEO of Advisor FM

John Williams

Founder of The Ideas Lab, author of Screw Work, Break Free and Screw Work, Let’s Play.

Obi James

Executive Coach and Founder of OBJ Coaching Limited

Andrew Priestley

Business Coach, Entrepreneur Mentor, Business Strategy, Speaker, Author, Publisher, Chairman Charity

Warren Cass

Professional Speaker & Author

Sue Ingram

Trainer and Speaker for managers on conducting essential feedback conversations.

Chris Radford

Non Exec Director, Brand strategy consultant, Director at Henry's Avalanche Talk and Purbeck Holidays

Lucy Barkas

Founder of 3WH, Leadership Influencer, Entrepreneur, Author & Speaker

Emma House

Director of Publisher Relations, The Publishers Association.

Andy Gooday

Founder of & Published Author

Andy Cristin

Portfolio Finance Director, Board Advisor, SME specialist

Nadine Dereza

Business presenter and Conference chair, Co-author of the 5-star rated Insider Secrets of Public Speaking.

Martin Norbury

Business growth advisor, award-winning entrepreneur and author of I Don’t Work Fridays.

Jane Frankland

CISO Advisor, Speaker, Author & Champion for Women in Cyber Security

Rebecca Godfrey

Team and Leadership Development Consultant, Founder of Etheo Limited

Thomas Power

With over 300,000 followers on Twitter, Thomas spends his time filtering patterns, shapes, trends, memes and feeding the Board Members which he serves with choices to consider, people to meet, events to attend.

Scott Summers

Director of Training, Co-Founder at The Skills Farm, Keynote Speaker, Radio Presenter, Author

Jacq Burns

Literary Agent & Publishing Mentor, co-director of London Writers’ Club and author of Write a Bestseller.

Sue Richardson

Owner, SRA Books, publisher of The Authority Guides; writing consultant and speaker.

Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas

Content Creator and Curator, Mentor, Speaker, Author. Business Partner of Shaa Wasmund.

Ginny Carter

The Author Maker. Business book ghostwriter and writing coach.

Rick Rowan

Chief Executive Officer & Founder at NuroKor BioMedical

Derek Mason

Engineer, Designer, Consultant, Mentor, Innovator

Suzanne Collier

Founder of, the Careers Guideance and Development Consultancy to the book and publishing industry.

Carl Reader

Leading expert and advisor to small businesses. Founder of the #BeYourOwnBoss movement. Author of The Startup Coach & The Franchising Handbook.

Sian Prime

Coach, Facilitator in Innovation and Creative Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Barbara Khattri

Director, Transforming Team Cultures the Elaro Way

Claire Perry-Louise

Culture & Community Consultant, Author & Speaker

Mark Burgess

Best selling author & speaker, Host of the TV show ‘Raising Your Game’, Entrepreneur, Real Estate expert in marketing automation & AI