Our Judges

The BBAs pride themselves on having a large panel of over 20 independent expert judges and each month we introduce you to a few:

Nadeem Ahmad

Founder, Templeton & Partners

Many companies are transforming to fit recent D&I trends. Templeton and Partners was founded on the principle of D&I 25 years ago, operating as diverse and inclusive since 1996.

99% of recruitment companies only operate locally. Templeton build scalable, specialist international tech teams for international businesses across multiple locations. Our global team speak 25 languages to engage tech talent wherever they are in the world and deliver them to companies building tech teams across 40 countries. 

In 2021 Nadeem was named Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year in the Best Business Awards and Business Leader of the Year in the Recruitment & Employment Confederation Awards. 

Today Templeton is a truly diverse company with an 80% diverse, 65% female workforce spanning over 20 nationalities and four generations. In 2021 Templeton doubled our global office presence from 4 to 8, by opening offices in Paris, Warsaw, Bangalore and New York. Templeton has grown into a £14million revenue business with eight global offices and a client base that includes FTSE 100 leaders, Fortune 500 companies and the world’s largest businesses. 

Visit: Templeton & Partners

Matthew Box

Founder, Inclusion.Me Ltd

Matthew Box has worked as an Occupational Therapist for over 18 years in various fieldworker and management roles. He is also an experienced disability access auditor, having worked with large organisations such as Selfridges, the Arab National Bank, Theatre Royal and various regional councils.

He is the founder of Inclusion.Me Ltd, a rapidly expanding nationwide independent Occupational Therapy (OT) & Disability Access Auditing company specialising in providing expert OT interventions, as well as advise on disability access issues to both the private and public sectors.
Matthew has played a key role in Inclusion.Me winning a Local Business Accelerator Award, as well as 2 Best of the Best awards (Outstanding Entrepreneur & Customer Service) and 2 GBE awards (Outstanding Professional & Customer Service).

Visit: inclusion.me.uk

Lord Rami Ranger CBE

Rami is an entrepreneur and social and political reformer. His business interests span from his principal company, Sun Mark, which is an international supermarket products marketing and distribution company, to interests in diverse fields ranging from shipping and beverage manufacturing to property development. Sun Mark is the only company to have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise for five years running. Rami was awarded the IOD Director of the year for a Large Company in 2013 and the Global Icon Award for International Trade & Enterprise in 2014. He was also named the Man of the Year at the GG2 Leadership Awards presented by the Prime Minister, David Cameron. In his speech David Cameron singled out Rami as an example of how people can assimilate into British society and become highly successful and a role model for others.

In November 2012, Rami was asked to join the Princes Trust Enterprise Fellowship. The Fellowship is a collective of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs which works to enable The Prince’s Trust to reach young people and to pass on their experience and expertise to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. Rami is also Chairman of the British Sikh Association.

In 2015 he was made a Freeman of the City of London in recognition of his charitable work and his support for British trade and industry. He recently donated £250,000 to The London Southbank University to help support and inspire student and graduates to engage in business. Rami received an MBE in 2005 and a CBE the 2016 New Year Honours List for services to business and community cohesion.  In 2019 Rami was invited to join the House of Lords.

Sir Michael Lockett KCVO

Sir Michael has a portfolio of businesses that operate across the communications spectrum, centred around corporate, political and institutional leadership. In essence, everything which is needed to build, protect and sustain reputation. Starting in advertising, Michael swiftly established his own business: LIVE; which became the largest independently owned live marketing company. Here he spearheaded the worldwide re-launch of British Airways and the Hong Kong Handover Ceremony. At LIVE, he was also involved in developing ‘the story’ for London’s successful bid to host the London 2012 Olympic Games. This was closely followed by the winning campaigns for Sochi (2014 Winter Olympics) and Rio in 2016.

During the 1992 General Election campaign, he assumed leadership of the Conservative Party’s presentation unit for Prime Minister John Major. After 15 years, his role concluded with the successful leadership campaign for Prime Minister David Cameron. He was director of the Golden Jubilee Concerts at Buckingham Palace in 2002 and has worked with the office of HRH the Prince of Wales since 2004. 2012 proved to be a momentous year with Michael having concluded his role of CEO on the Thames River Pageant in June, as well as chairing the companies which handled both the Royal launch of The Shard, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. In September 2012 he was knighted for his work on the Diamond Jubilee.

Other large scale projects include the staging of the UK hosted G8 summit in Northern Ireland in June 2013, and the Opening Ceremony of the second Global Skills and Education Forum in Abu Dhabi in March 2014. Through his private office, he also works for a number of corporate leaders to assist them in the delivery of their transformation agendas and reputation management. He is a Director of The Oracle Cancer Trust at The Royal Marsden, and in his spare time, is a fanatical sports enthusiast, and ex-player of Leicester Tigers Rugby Club.

Samie Al-Achrafi

CEO, Marmalade Fish

Samie Al-Achrafi is an award-winning speaker, author and podcaster. He is recognised as one of the world’s leading voices on values and culture change, and has won a host of accolades including Most Visionary Business Transformation CEO, Game Changer of the Year, and Most Influential CEO of the Year.

His career spans six continents, working with governments and organisations around the world to create high-performance cultures underpinned by values. In 2019, Samie presented a TED talk on Why Business Needs Our Humanity, and the following year authored the bestselling book #Time4Humanity.

As the founder and CEO of Marmalade Fish, Samie leads a team of world-class facilitators and coaches to bring humanity to business, reaching over 1 million people in 2020. Marmalade Fish was the first certified B Corporation in the GCC, and has been named Best Organisational Change Consultancy and Change Management Company of the Year. Samie is also a partner at ELEPHAS® Paris, the first beauty brand in the world dedicated to elephant conservation.

Samie gained a double first-class degree in philosophy and theology with a specialisation in ethics from the University of Durham, and a Master of Science in Management (with distinction) from the University of London. He studied Leading Global Businesses at Harvard Business School.

Interesting facts: Samie is a pluviophile, his passion is aviation (hoping one day to own a retired 747!), and he loves exploring nature trails while listening to podcasts. He is a reiki master and regularly participates in neurofeedback training to access the full range of brainwaves and states of consciousness, delta being his favourite.

Samie is a Fellow of the RSA, and a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and CMI. He is also an NLP practitioner, executive and systemic coach, and assessor with the British Psychological Society.

Visit: https://www.samiealachrafi.com/

Sharon Welch

Managing Director, Bid Writer Consultancy

Sharon is Managing Director of the multi award-winning Bid Writer Consultancy, which was established in 2014. The company’s ethos is to provide affordable bid-writing support to small- and medium-sized companies to help them win government contracts.

Following a successful 30 year career in business development roles within charities and private sector companies, Sharon understood that winning contracts was becoming increasingly important to help businesses thrive and grow. Her business model – providing freelance writing support seven days a week, and out of hours – recognises that small business owners often have to prioritise their ‘day jobs’, while trying to respond to complex bid requirements within funders’ deadlines.

As a member of the Association of Bid and Proposal Management Professionals Sharon is committed to helping companies win business by making technical writing spring to life – painting a clear picture of each companies’ experience and expertise. In the past three years, Sharon and her team have supported clients of all sizes and sectors to win contracts in excess of £130 million.

Visit: www.bidwriterconsultancy.co.uk

Neil Fineberg

Managing Director, The Finegreen Group

Neil Fineberg is the Managing Director of successful award winning recruitment & development consultancy, The Finegreen Group – focused on helping organisations (predominantly Healthcare) recruit & develop the best people to Executive / Management positions; now also providing executive education, mentoring and board governance reviews.  With 13 years of experience in his field, Neil has built up a business with excellent networks at the highest levels across the NHS, private healthcare and international healthcare arenas, as well as strong links to education, local government and large private sector providers of services to the Healthcare industry.

Finegreen helps healthcare organisations appoint to the full spectrum of specialisms – everything from Boards and Non-Executives to HR & OD, Finance, Estates & Facilities, Project/Programme Management, Procurement, Commissioning, Strategy, Business Development, Clinical & Corporate Governance and Operational Management – together with their Medical / Clinical Division where they have a particularly high quality database of senior clinicians. In short, Finegreen see themselves as a true one-stop shop for senior levels of the recruitment industry.

Recent awards include:

  • Winner – HealthInvestor Awards – Recruiter of the Year 2013, 2014 & 2016
  • Winner – Best Business Awards – Best SME 2013-2016
  • Winner – CV Magazine – Best Upper Level Recruitment 2016
  • Winner – Talk of Manchester Awards – Agency of the Year 2015
  • Winner – Best4Recruitment Awards 2013 & 2014

Visit: www.finegreen.co.uk

Nicky McCrudden FCMI

Managing Director

After injury precluded Nicky from the career she had planned, it took several years to discover her passion for organisational learning and development.

Today, she is MD of the highly successful McCrudden Partnership, a consortium of businesses dedicated to providing highly effective learning to operational managers in both the public and not-for-profit sectors. As a Fellow of both the Chartered Management Institute and the Royal Society of Arts, she blends her passions for learning, management and creativity to produce multi-award winning training programmes, including most recently the Silver award for the Best Training Partnership at the National Training Journal (TJ) Awards in 2019.

Over the last decade, serial entrepreneur, author, and public speaker Nicky has progressed from a ‘harry potter’ business operating from the cupboard under-the-stairs to managing a team of highly sought after L&D experts with an enviable client list.

Today, the McCrudden Partnership offers both strategic learning and development planning, and bespoke, high-impact learning solutions to hundreds of organisations ranging from medium-sized charities through to hospital trusts with thousands of staff.

Visit: mccruddenpartnership.co.uk

Ian Hughes

Managing Director, Consumer Intelligence

Driven by his passion for information technology, Ian has made it his life’s work to help companies understand how to improve their world by helping them better understand and serve their customers. He started his career by combining his love for IT with Marketing in roles at M&S and MM Group, and went on to form eCharity.com during the .com boom.  In 2003, he launched Consumer Intelligence – an insight partner for financial services which uses its unique data offering to provide compelling consumer understanding and a comprehensive view of the marketplace, inspiring confident decisions that build consumer trust. Ian is also Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing, an I Love Claims Board member, and a graduate of Harvard Business School.

Visit: www.consumerintel.com

Howard McKenzie

Managing Director, HMSL

Howard McKenzie spent 30 years as a manager and academic in education and training rising from tenant dairy farmer to Principal of a large College in Scotland. In 2008 he returned to the portfolio life of a consultant building an international client base in the engineering, financial services, education and publishing sectors. He remains the senior academic consultant for Pearson plc. – Direct Delivery who deliver education and training to 20000 students across the Gulf region. He is deployed to make high level educational management interventions including a four month assignment as Interim Dean at TQ Pearson Makkah College in Saudi Arabia. Howard is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Chartered Director with experience of providing high level advice and support for Boards and companies. He is also a published romantic novelist.