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Because the Koreo Prize is the storytelling competition of the year, we felt it is right for submissions to be judged by a panel of trailblazing, social change making, cross-sectoral champions.

The 2017 judging panel come from of all four corners of the professional landscape, reflecting the complexity and collaborative nature of the Prize. Our judges are all doing extraordinary work tackling various social issues directly. So, drumroll please:

Julie Bentley, CEO of Girl Guiding

julie-bentley_roundJulie, CEO of Girlguiding UK, has dedicated herself to the not-for-profit sector, beginning as a youth worker running a drop in-service for unemployed young people. On moving to London Julie became a young people’s drug and alcohol worker, supporting people on some of the most deprived estates in Bermondsey and Southwark. She has held senior leadership positions in the not for profit sector for twenty years, including: Assistant Director of Charterhouse (A grant-making body supporting the local community), Director of Corporate Services at ARP (a drug and alcohol charity supporting people affected by addiction), CEO of The Suzy Lamplugh Trust (a national personal safety charity) and CEO of Family Planning Association (a national sexual health charity).

Julie is Vice Chair of the housing charity Shelter and Patron of Seham Village Appeal, which builds schools in India. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration, is a qualified counsellor and is a fellow of The Windsor Leadership Trust.

In 2014 she was named on the Radio 4 Women’s Hour Power List of Game Changers in the UK and was voted Britain’s Most Admired Charity Chief Executive at the Third Sector Awards.

John Upton, Managing Director at LEON

With extensive experience of multi-site consumer-facing retail, franchise and commercial activities, John Upton is delighted be part of Naturally Fast Food chain LEON.

LEON’s core mission is to help everyone to eat well and live well.  John divides his time between restaurants and looking for ways for LEON to accelerate its mission, including growing LEON’s reach through new channels like delivery and developing new UK & International partnerships.

John is a passionate developer of people and strongly believes in the value that culture, training, effective leadership and role modelling can make to an organisation. He was formerly a senior director in McDonalds UK.


Indy Johar, Co-founder of Architecture00 and Dark Matter Labs

indy-johar_roundIndy Johar is an architect, co-founder of Project 00 and Dark Matter Labs and a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield.

Indy, on behalf of 00, has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham and the HubLaunchpad Accelerator, along with working with large global multinationals & institutions to support their transition to a positive Systems Economy. He has also co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, whilst supporting several 00 explorations/experiments including the wikihouse.cc, opendesk.cc. Indy is an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative and a director of WikiHouse Foundation.

Indy is a Fellow of the RSA, Respublica Fellow, JRF Anti-Poverty Strategy Programme Advisory Group member and a member of the Mayor of London’s SME Working Group and most recently a member of the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission.

Anna Taylor, Executive Director at the Food Foundation

anna-taylor_roundAnna joined the Food Foundation as its first Executive Director at the beginning of June 2015 after 5 years at the Department for International Development.  At DfID Anna led the policy team on nutrition and supported the delivery of the UK’s global commitments to tackle undernutrition.

Before joining DfID Anna worked for a number of international organisations including Save the Children and UNICEF. She has been at the forefront of international leadership on nutrition for several years and supports programmes in a wide range of contexts in Africa and South Asia.   Anna has also worked for the UK Department of Health. In 2014 she was awarded an OBE for her work to address the global burden of undernutrition.

Natalie Campbell, Co-founder of Very Good Company and Co-chair at Grant Thornton’s Vibrant Economy

natalie-campbell_roundNatalie Campbell is Co-Founder of A Very Good Company (AVGC), a global social innovation agency with a vision is to create a world where people can feel good, do good and live better. AVGC has delivered innovative programmes including supporting the training of employees in health awareness and financial literacy on behalf of M&S and helping Channel 4 reimagine how corporate social responsibility is delivered across the company to focus on community, the environment and people.

Natalie has recently been appointed government advisor to a review launched by the Minister of Civil Society to increase the socioeconomic impact of mission-led businesses in the UK economy. Earlier in 2016, Natalie was invited to serve as a champion for Grant Thornton’s Vibrant Economy initiative which seeks to stimulate ideas and actions that realise the shared potential of businesses, cities, people and communities across the UK. In June 2015, Natalie was appointed by to the Board of the BIG Lottery Fund UK. She plays an active role in championing the relationship between the Fund and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector, particularly where there is a connection with young people.

Immy Kaur, Co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham

immy-kaur_roundImmy is a co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham, a network of citizens, makers, doers, entrepreneurs, activists and dreamers committed to building a better Birmingham and better world. Immy is Director of Project 00 a collaborative studio of architects, strategic designers, programmers, social scientists, economists and urban designers practicing design beyond its traditional borders, ventures include WikiHouse, Open Desk, Civic Systems Lab and more.

Immy was one of the original founding team members that produced Birmingham’s first ever TEDx. Over the last 5 years Immy has curated and produced TEDxBrum as licensee including: The Next Revolution at mac, Birmingham (2012), Marking the Map at Millennium Point (2013) and DIY at the Library of Birmingham (2014).

In 2016, Immy organised Birmingham’s biggest TEDx event and she is planning to launch CityCamp to explore how an ideas community can make a fairer and more democratic city. Immy led a team to produce the FutureShift Festival in Birmingham and co – designed The Civic Foundry as part of the Cabinet Office funded Hub Launchpad programme, an open social venture accelerator programme.


Martin Sandbrook, Director of the Schumacher Institute

martin-sandbrook_roundMartin Sandbrook is the Director of the Schumacher Institute. He has explored many areas in his professional work: he has been an accountant, a senior manager in public and private sectors, a process consultant and a lecturer in Business and Management at Bath Spa University. In 2007, he took time out from his working life to study the Responsibility and Business Practice MSc at University of Bath, an experience that changed his life and professional direction. He now combines his passion and commitment to the ideas of sustainability and systems thinking with his experience in management, supporting individuals and organisations to make the shift to more systemic approaches to action and change.

Caroline Mason, CEO at the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

caroline-mason_roundCaroline is the Chief Executive of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, one of the leading community grant making foundations in the UK. Before joining Esmée, Caroline was Chief Operating Officer at Big Society Capital and preceding that, Charity Bank.  Caroline was also the co-founder of Investing for Good, a social investment advisory firm and one of the first Community Interest Companies.

Before joining the social sector, Caroline had an eighteen-year track record of creative and innovative product development in the financial services sector.  With Reuters, she managed the global development of real-time news and television services and then pioneered the introduction of web technology products.  She also had her own consulting company, working with several financial institutions to develop new business and products including an electronic brokering service and a global wealth management business for a private bank. Caroline is a Board Member of EVPA (European Venture Philanthropy Association).  She is also a trustee of SafeLives, Impetus-PEF, and is on the advisory board of Big Society Capital.

Dr. Gary Haq, Senior Research Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York

gary-haq_roundDr Gary Haq is human ecologist and senior research associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York. He undertakes research on a wide range of environment and development issues which include air pollution, climate change, transport, community resilience, behavioural change, public participation and environmental assessment. He has undertaken projects in Asia, Africa and Europe working with UN agencies, city authorities, media organisations, NGOs and community groups. He is the author of five books and numerous academic papers and policy reports.

Vicky Sleight, Managing Director, EMEA, iTalent Corp and Founder and CEO for Perfect Ltd

vicky-sleight_roundA diversity and inclusion thought leader and passionate in driving for impact and change, Vicky was the creator and driving force behind the GSMA Connected Women programme: a global initiative which to highlight the opportunities available to women in the mobile industry at all levels, accelerate the female digital economy, and increase the number of women in senior management positions. She has led many events and initiatives aimed at teaching young girls, leadership, entrepreneurship and the possibilities and careers available to them in ICT, with the aim of reducing the gender skills gap.

Vicky is a regular speaker at conferences and events as well as participating in sessions for BBC World News’ business reports on diversity.  Most recently she has also become part of the Executive Advisory Board to lead National Mentoring Day, whose aim is to reach the goal of every person in the UK knowing how to access a mentor by 2020 and also to expand the day globally.

Judith Grant, Head of Wellbeing at Royal Mail


Judith Grant is Associate Director of Health and Wellbeing at Mace Group and is responsible for strategic occupational health, occupational hygiene and wellbeing delivery across the global construction, consultancy & FM business. Formerly, as Group Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing at Royal Mail Group, Judith achieved success in developing and delivering wellbeing strategy and programmes (including the Feeling First Class wellbeing brand and the First Class Mental Health programme), in addition to overseeing the occupational health and wellbeing contracts.

Currently completing a PhD in Occupational Health Psychology and Management at the University of Nottingham Judith has an interest in academic research on workplace wellbeing; her thesis is focused on socioeconomic status, obesity and dietary behaviours. With a background that includes working in community health for a local authority, in corporate health promoting wellbeing programmes to businesses and personal training both for a gym and privately, Judith has a varied background in health and wellbeing promotion.

Paul Cleal, Partner at PwC

paul-cleal_roundPaul has been a partner in PwC London since 2001 having joined the firm from local government in 1996.  During that time he has served clients in infrastructure finance, government and international development and authored a number of publications on economic development of cities and public sector strategy.  He has also held a range of leadership positions including Head of Human Capital on the UK Board, leader of the Government & Public Sector practice and more recently on the Leadership Team for PwC Africa while based in Lagos, Nigeria. He has received public recognition for his work promoting diversity in business and has served on the board of the Social Mobility & Child Poverty Commission among other external appointments.

Professor Henrietta Moore, Director of UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity

Professor Henrietta L. henrietta-moore_roundMoore is the founding Director of the new Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London where she also holds the Chair of Philosophy, Culture and Design.   A distinguished cultural theorist, Professor Moore’s recent work has focused on global sustainable futures. At the Institute for Global Prosperity she is developing new approaches to prosperity that go beyond current models based on economic growth. Drawing on cutting edge interdisciplinary research as well as insights and innovations from designers to healthworkers, entrepreneurs to architects – as well as communities themselves – Professor Moore’s approach to prosperity places well-being, institutional change, citizenship, and social justice at its heart.

Anjali Ramachandran, Co-founder at Ada's List

anjali_round-resizedAnjali Ramachandran is co-founder of Ada’s List, a global community for women in technology. With nearly 2500 members and growing steadily, Ada’s List aims to create a more equal, inclusive technology industry by empowering its members to succeed in their careers. Their 2015 UK General Election survey was covered by the Telegraph, amongst other publications.
Anjali is also a freelance editorial consultant with Storythings, a London and Brighton-based storytelling company for the digital age. She is on the board of Photoworks, a visual art non-profit. In her spare time, she writes the Other Valleys newsletter, featured in Forbes, which covers innovative and creative technology news and projects from the emerging markets. She has worked in the past with Nike in Asia, and was most recently Head of Innovation at media agency PHD in London working with clients like Sainsbury’s and Warner Bros.

Clive Fathers, Partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP

Clive Fathers is a partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP, where he has worked for the last 16 years. Prior to joining Grant Thornton in February 2001 he spent 12 years working within the larger accountancy firms.

He joined Grant Thornton to develop and lead their Employer Solutions business, which provides advice on tax issues as they relate to global mobility, employment taxes, share schemes and Employee Benefits.  That team is now 60 strong in London, with over 100 specialists nationally.  In his latest role, which he has been undertaking since July 2014, he has the pleasure of leading 300 of the firms brightest tax minds, as Head of the London Tax business.

Clive specialises in international personal tax issues as they relate to the international relocation of individuals.  His expertise ranges from tax, social security and pensions considerations to working with clients to develop and implement international assignment policies.  He is also responsible for the development of this service line across the Grant Thornton International network of member firms.

Fern Miller, Chief Marketing Officer, Digitas LBi

As Chief Marketing Officer, International at DigitasLBi, Fern has overall responsibility for the agency’s new business, marketing and brand strategy in the UK and internationally.
Until December 2015, Fern was Chief Strategy Officer, International at DigitasLBi, leading the agency’s planning discipline across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

In her previous role as planning director at creative agency Karmarama, Miller worked for brands including the BBC, lastminute.com and Unilever. She has extensive experience working on campaigns across the banking, FMCG, charity and retail sectors and has also held senior positions at DLKW, JWT and Delaney Fletcher Bozell.

Fern holds a degree in English from the University of Oxford. She knits enthusiastically, draws occasionally and collects theatrical costumes nonsensically.

For more information and to download a submission pack, visit the Koreo Prize page.


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