Judges visited all of the shortlisted high streets, assessing each one based on their original entry against the four pillars of success: Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, Environment and Innovation.
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Sundeep is Chief Judge of the Great British High Street Awards 2019. As Head of Merchant Services for Visa her team is responsible for managing client relationships and the commercial objectives for acquirers and merchants.
Tony has led Locality since 2014. He is a former civil servant, working on neighbourhood regeneration and health improvement. He also led the national charity Living Streets between 2008-14.
Martin founded Nimbus Disability in 2006, which supports business to improve customer service for disabled people. The Access Card scheme run by Nimbus is now a commonplace tool to support both disabled people and businesses.
Caroline is a Partner and Head of Cushman & Wakefield’s Manchester office. She has a strong track record of advising public sector partners on strategies to support the transformation of their town centres.
Joe is the co-founder of The Teenage Market, giving young people a free platform to showcase their talents. Since 2012, Joe has worked with over 40 places to set up their own Teenage Market events.
Emily is the founder and director of Meanwhile Space, the social enterprise which improves neighbourhoods by bringing redundant buildings into use for local communities. Emily is also a trustee of Meanwhile Foundation.
Giulia is a leading planning consultant and has delivered some of the UK’s key city centre regeneration schemes including Liverpool One and is a recent Past President of Revo.
Emma leads the development of British Land’s new town centre at Canada Water in London. She joined the Executive Committee in 2019 and is also a board member of Pathways to Property.
David is UKHospitality’s Executive Director in Wales and is a leading strategic communications and public affairs consultant, with over 20 years’ experience of the hospitality, tourism and food and drink industries.
Harvin is Chair of BPF Futures, the British Property Federation’s network for those with 10 years’ or less experience in real estate. He is also an Apprentice Surveyor at CBRE.
Katie is a manager in her family business Victoriana Florist in Alness, Scotland, the town that won the Champion Award for Scotland in 2018.
Dean is a Crickhowell-based businessman with a background with companies in the City of London. He managed Crickhowell’s successful bid to win the overall High Street of the Year award in 2018.
Graham has been helping raise the profile of markets nationally and internationally, making them a key component of revitalising High Streets. In 2012 he was awarded an OBE for services to retail markets.
Aodhán is the director of the NI Retail Consortium, responsible for engagement with the NI Assembly, Westminster, the Oireachtas and Europe. He has worked with government at all levels to champion 21st Century High streets.
Ed is the CEO at Revo since 2016, leading its transformation from BCSC. Previously he was Director of Policy and Public Affairs at BCSC and was a lobbyist for the BRC and worked on policy in Government.
Sophia is a champion and enabler of community participation and leadership in design and placemaking. She works to support a more collaborative approach to shaping our built environment, to improve place quality and equality.
Martyn Evans is Creative Director at U+I, a regeneration property development company with a £12bn portfolio, Chairman of Croydon Council's housing development company Brick by Brick and Deputy Chair of the London Festival of Architecture.
Allan Farmer, Head of Place, Corra Foundation: I lead the development and delivery of the People in Place programme which uses innovative place-based approaches to support people and communities to create positive change.
Elizabeth led on the 2018 GBHS submission for Altrincham, on behalf of the BID and Trafford Council, when the town won Champion High Street for England. Elizabeth was awarded the ATCM’s ‘Inspirational Leader of the Year’ 2019.
Pete leads on L&G’s investments with Local Authorities, Central Government, NHS, and Universities. Pete is an Honorary Professor at UCL, Senior Non-Exec Director at the Young Foundation, and involved with local community programmes in Harlesden, London.
Joe is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Market Traders’ Federation (NMTF). He leads the operational delivery of the NMTF, which promotes the retail markets industry.
Surinder is a retailer at All Seasons DIY, a local store, always striving to source goods at down to earth prices. Immediate Past President of Bira - working hard to level the playing field for independent retailers.
Stephen is CEO of Manufacturing NI representing the sectors 5,500 businesses who employ 86,000 people across the province. He has 20 years’ experience in company development, technology and creative marketing.
Woodrow is the Director of John Hansard Gallery, an internationally recognised and locally engaged contemporary art gallery in Southampton. Since reopening in its new city centre space, it has been shortlisted for the Freelands Award.
Mark became Chief Executive of the Local Government Association in November 2015. He brought to the LGA ten years’ experience as a Council Chief Executive.
David is Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium and Head of Devolved Nations for the BRC. Prior to this he was Assistant Director at CBI Scotland, and previously worked at the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.
James is the Association of Convenience Stores Chief Executive and is a member of ministerial advisory groups including the Retail Sector Council, the Future High Streets Forum and the National Retail Crime Steering Group.
Suzanne is responsible for the Regeneration and Infrastructure Programme at Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in Northern Ireland. This work supports the City Centre economy to connect business and residential communities to the High Street.
CEO Business In the Community, The Prince’s Responsible Business Network helping UK companies lead the world in responsible business practise of which thriving communities are an essential part.
Willie is the Executive Director in Scotland of UKHospitality. He has been involved in the hospitality and tourism sector throughout his career and was previously an executive director at VisitScotland.
John Martin has been a business owner for over 20 years, Chairman of Pitshanger Village Traders' Association and leader of campaign for Pitshanger GBHS London Category win 2015/6 as well as GBHS judge 2018.
Andrew is one of Edinburgh’s most prominent independent retailers. He has been a member of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) since 2008 and has used the organisation’s services to grow and protect his business.
Charlotte is a town planner at Quod. As part of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel Charlotte is exploring how a generational shift could affect infrastructure needs for the future.
Catherine joined the Institute of Place Management and The BID Foundation as its Executive Director in May 2018, following seven years as a BID practitioner in Winchester.
Becky Myles is a public sector procurement professional with 20 years’ experience and Chairperson of Newport-on-Tay Traders’ Association since 2017. Becky led the campaign which saw Newport-on-Tay crowned GBHS Rising Star Scotland winners 2018.
Colin joined Hospitality Ulster as Chief Executive in 2008, with experience in retail, city centre management and economic development. Colin is a member of the Institute of Directors and the Northern Ireland Government Affairs Group.
John is the Director of Future High Streets, a social enterprise committed to the regeneration of town centres. He led the Government funded report Town Centre Investment Zones, published by the British Property Federation.
As CEO of the British Property Federation Liz spearheaded the successful campaign for Real Estate Investment Trusts. In 2015 she moved on to develop a portfolio career which now spans several public and private sector non-executive roles, all involving property.
The driver behind award winning global marketing initiatives, with an executive background spanning finance, energy and FMCG. Joining Visa in 2011, she has led its marketing strategy for South Europe, and emerging markets.
Phil is the CEO of Scotland’s Towns Partnership and the National Programme Director for BIDs in Scotland.
Simon Quin is Co-Chair of the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has a leading role in developing and delivering the High Streets Task Force.
Glyn is the Chief Executive of Retail NI and was previously the Head of Parliamentary Affairs with the Federation of Small Businesses in Northern Ireland. He was a judge last year for the GBHS Awards.
Mark has worked in retail property for 25 years and is President of Revo. Since founding Ellandi in 2008 it has been instrumental in delivering change to over 35 town centres across the UK.
Jackie has 30 years’ experience in property, specializing in public-private sector partnerships; from 2014 to 2016 Jackie was Specialist Adviser to Government on urban regeneration. She is also the Founder and COO of UK Regeneration.
Alex Schlagman is a Founding Partner of SaveTheHighStreet.org - An industry movement supporting local high street businesses, local high street champions and other high street stakeholders across the UK.
Brigid has been in her current role since 2009 and is a current Director of the Tourism Alliance. This is her 5th time judging the Great British High Street awards.
Hannah is Co-director of Nudge Community Builders, bringing empty buildings back into use for long term benefit in her local community. She is passionate about local people and businesses making a difference to their communities.
Sally Themans was a co-entrant and winner for Bridgnorth of The Great British High Street - Large Market Town in 2016. She is a business trainer as well as an experienced marketer and communications expert.
Kate runs a community pharmacy and was Chair of the Chamber of Trade in Cowbridge, the town that won 2018’s Rising Star Award for Wales. She also won the Town Citizen of the Year award.
Alan leads BITC in Scotland, working across the public, private and third sectors to support inclusive economic growth and widespread adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Deborah manages the development and the delivery of CBI’s membership proposition. She has 25 years’ experience in strategic partnerships, product development, marketing and business strategy.
MD of multi-environmental award winning family business, chair of TodConnect (business partnership), winner GBHS Rising Star 2018 #OurPlanetTod – making our town cleaner, greener and kinder, former University Lecturer, District Councillor and Operational Researcher.
Sally-Anne Watkins is a qualified accountant, with 30 years working for a FTSE 100 financial company. Since retiring, she now works with social enterprises and community businesses, assisting with governance, finance and business planning.
Mark is the Executive Director and co-Founder of Rivington Hark, one of the UK’s leading town centre rejuvenation specialists. He is a past president of Revo and Past Chair of the Governments Retail property Taskforce.
Graham has over thirty years’ experience in supporting the retail markets industry and his biggest achievement is starting the Love Your Local Market Campaign eight years ago which is now the world's biggest markets celebration.