Judging this year's Awards were a panel of representatives from our supporting partners together with Visa, our lead sponsor. Judges visited all 38 shortlisted high streets, assessing each one based on their original entry against four pillars of success: Community, Customer Experience, Environment and Digital Transformation.
Alan delivers Business in the Community’s strategy in Scotland, working across the public, private and third sectors to support inclusive economic growth and the UN’s Global Goals. He is passionate about the role of business in society.
Alex Schlagman is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded SaveTheHighStreet.org and JoinJo.com. SaveTheHighStreet.org is a coordinated industry-wide movement powered by high street shopkeepers and supporters across the UK. JoinJo.com is the digital assistant for local businesses.
Chartered Architect and Policy Chair for the Federation of Small Business, Andrew McRae is one of Edinburgh’s most prominent independent retailers. His shop in the Old Town is a magnet for Harry Potter fans across the world.
Aodhán Connolly is the Director of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium (NIRC), the leading trade body for retail in Northern Ireland. Aodhán has a particular interest in high street regeneration and marketing.
Brigid has been in her current role since 2009 and is a member of the Government’s High Streets Forum and Director of the Tourism Alliance. This is her 4th time judging these awards.
Chris leads on marketing, markets intelligence, business support, start-up schemes and partnership programmes at the NMTF and coordinates the delivery of the Mission for Markets campaign.
Colin Neil MBA is the CEO of Hospitality Ulster, a Board member of Tourism Northern Ireland and Chair of the TNI Audit & Risk Committee.
With a love of tech, Dan started his journey working on local market stalls, progressing to selling chip & pin payment facilities to independent shops and now focuses on retail tech as MD of Downyourhighstreet.com.
David is Executive Director of HospitalityCymru, the Wales arm of UKHospitality, the association representing hospitality businesses including Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs, Brewers and more. A former journalist, he’s an experienced communications and public affairs specialist consultant.
Ed has held a number of senior roles in companies including BCSC and the British Retail Consortium. He is also a regular contributor to government working groups including the Future High Streets Forum.
Glyn has been Chief Executive of Retail NI since January 2008 after seven years as Head of Parliamentary Affairs with the Federation of Small Businesses in Northern Ireland. He is also Chair of Recycle NI.
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.
Hannah is Co-director of Nudge Community Builders, bringing empty buildings back into use for long term local benefit in her local community. She is passionate about local people and businesses making a difference to where they live.
Ian has held roles at the British Property Federation and British Chambers of Commerce, representing both property owners and small businesses. He has also helped to promote and establish the UK’s Build-to-Rent sector.
James has been ACS chief executive since 2006, focusing on representing the interests of local shops to government and improving the understanding of the convenience sector.
Jane is Enterprise & Culture Director at Business in the Community. Previously, Jane worked in marketing for some of the UK's leading consultancies on a number of programmes and initiatives to aid local economic regeneration.
A business owner of over 20 years and Chairman of Pitshanger Village Traders' Association, John led the campaign which saw Pitshanger Lane crowned GBHS London category winner 2015/16.
Johnny Hayes MBE was Chairman of Bishy Road Traders Association which won the Great British High Street Award in 2015. Johnny actively encourages improving high streets and is an Independent Councillor for City of York Council.
Kate Nicholls was appointed CEO of UKHospitality, the powerful voice representing the broad hospitality sector, in April 2018, having previously worked as CEO & Strategic Affairs Director of the ALMR, trade body for high street eating and drinking out.
Martin is Managing Director and Founder of Nimbus Disability, a consultancy service working across a range of industries providing practical and tangible support in meeting and exceeding legal obligations toward disabled people.
Mark is currently President of Revo, Director of Hark and past Chairman of the Governments distressed retail property taskforce. Prior to joining Hark, Mark ran DTZ's (now Cuhsmans) retail and leisure business in the UK and mainland Europe.
In his current role, Ojay works with Government Ministers and business leaders across the UK and Ireland on a range of policy issues including tax reform, local government finance and retail and urban regeneration.
Peter has 20 years of experience as a senior business development professional, in payment and marketing technology companies, focussed on innovative solutions that help SME’s grow their businesses.
Property and Asset manager involved in managing shopping centres and major new town developments in the UK. Founding chairman of Revo Scotland and involved in representing Glasgow City Centre retail and the first Glasgow BID.
After 25 years working for a FTSE 100 financial services company, Sally-Anne is now semi-retired and is a Non-Executive Director of several Social Enterprises. She is the Treasurer of Homebaked a community-owned bakery and cafe based in Anfield.
Director and Visiting Professor at Institute of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University. Former CEO of ATCM and Town Centre Manager in Romford and Reading, Simon has been working with high streets for over 25 years.
Woodrow Kernohan is the Director of John Hansard Gallery, part of the University of Southampton and Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. In May 2018, the Gallery relocated to its new home in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter.
Vin has been an independent retailer for over 35 years and National President of the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) 2016-18. He has served as Chairman of BIRA direct and on the Legal & Parliamentary Affairs Committee.