Panel Of Judges For #FBOTY2021 Announced

Each year we pull together a panel of judges to help review, deliberate and finally determine the winners of the Family Business of the Year Awards.  It is never an easy decision and we really do appreciate the time and effort they spend to make sure that the right businesses are crowned the winners, and ultimately determine the Supreme Champion Family Business of the Year.

Our judges come from a variety of backgrounds, family business leaders, academics and respected advisers working with family businesses around the UK and beyond.  Each judge reviews and scores the submissions on a range of factors from family involvement, values, heritage, impact and governance to name a few and then the results are combined and the winners determined.

The credibility of the awards is driven by the diverse nature of the judges and we really do appreciate their endeavours.

Our judging panel for 2021 includes:

Ben Fowler
Managing Director, Western Pension Solutions
Western Pension Solutions is a bespoke consultancy working with family businesses across the UK to address their pension challenges and one of the subsidiaries of the Vestey Food Group, a long standing, multi-generational UK family firm.

Jody Downes

Business Development Director, Mattioli Woods
Mattioli Woods is one of the UK’s leading providers of wealth management and employee benefit services to family businesses and their owners across the UK.


Simon Cotton
Chief Executive, Johnstons of Elgin
Johnstons of Elgin, is a woollen mill in Elgin, Scotland. The mill established in 1797 is the same mill which produces cashmere garments today and the business is the second oldest family firm in Scotland and a previous winner of two Family Business of the Year Awards.

Mike Kane
Partner & Head of Family Business, Turcan Connell
Turcan Connell is a legal firm of leading lawyers and tax specialists based in Edinburgh, Glasgow & London


Jane Wylie-Roberts
Chief Executive, Stafffinders
Jane is the second generation CEO of Stafffinders, a family business that has offered award-winning temporary and permanent recruitment for over 50 years and is Scotland’s oldest recruitment agency.


Professor Claire Seaman
Chair of Enterprise and Family Business, Queen Margaret University
Family businesses, business families and the role families play in the development of enterprises and enterprising behaviour is the focus of Claire’s research at Queen Margaret University and the topic of her most recent book, ‘The Modern Family Business.’

Norma Stewart
Founder & Managing Director, Kin Alliance
Norma is a family business consultant advising families on all things family office and family business including structures, governance and next generation development.


Alexandra Nelson
Partner & Head of Family Business, Birketts
Birketts is a top 100 full-service law firm with five offices in East Anglia and London, providing expert legal advice to businesses and individuals.


Lyn Calder
Partner & Head of Family Business, Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP
Lyn is a Corporate Finance Partner at Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP and advises family business clients across the Central Belt of Scotland and beyond.


Keira Proctor
Managing Director, A. Proctor Group Group Ltd
Second generation family business supplying a range of breather membranes, aerogel insulation, timber cladding, acoustic flooring & groundworks solutions and previous winners of two Family Business of the Year Awards.


Sheena McDermott
Networks and Innovation Lead, Be the Business
Be the Business is a not-for-profit movement seeking to help every firm in the country improve their performance.


Sian Steele
Family Business Adviser and Founder, Sian Steele Consulting
Providing advice and support to family and private businesses and business owning families including strategy, governance, succession planning and talent development.


Sue Howorth
Founder & Director, The Family Business Network
The Family Business Network is a trusted community for family business collaboration and learning.


Ally Maughan
Founder & CEO, People Puzzles
People Puzzles are experienced HR directors offering HR Services & Support to entrepreneurial businesses across the UK.


Steve Scarlett
Partner, Lovewell Blake
Steve is a partner at Lovewell Blake providing accounting, audit, taxation and advisory services to a portfolio of corporate clients, with a particular interest in family owned businesses.


Graham Burns
Director, FWB Park Brown
Experienced Recruitment and Executive Search Professional with over 18 years of experience working with family businesses and entrepreneurial firms in London and throughout Scotland.

Jacqueline Jackson
Partner, Thomas Jardine & Co, Expert in Family Business, Hon Teaching Fellow & Productivity Ambassador

Jacqueline is the leader of a 5th generation family firm that helps to get other family firms to where they want to be.


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