The Judges

  • Chris Walker

    Chris Walker

    Regional Managing Editor of Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales
    Chris is Regional Managing Editor of Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales as well as Senior Managing Editor, Trinity Mirror Regionals. He started his journalistic career as a junior reporter on the Bradford Telegraph & Argus in 1974. During his reporting career, he covered many regional, national and international stories, including the first murder, arrest, trial and appeal of Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, the attempted assassination of the Pope, the miners’ strike and six general elections. He has been a primary school governor since 1998, vice-chair for about 12 years and chair of the curriculum committee for more than eight.

  • Lesley Martin-Wright

    Lesley Martin-Wright

    Chief Executive of Knowsley Chamber
    Lesley is chief executive at Knowsley Chamber of Commerce.  It’s her role to lead an organisation that is very active in representing the businesses within the borough of Knowsley.  She assists and supports companies and organisations of all types to develop and grow, to become more agile and more resilient.  Over the next 12 to 18 months she aims to increase the number of young entrepreneurs in the borough, helping them start their own business on the right course; create an education / business forum which will energise work experience opportunities, and give a real meaning to the “World of Work”.

  • Cllr Gary Millar

    Cllr Gary Millar

    Cabinet Member, Business Enterprise and Investment, Liverpool City Council
    Cllr Gary Millar is the city’s immediate past Lord Mayor of Liverpool and is now a new cabinet member for business, enterprise and investment. In his time as Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Gary had the opportunity to meet many amazing schools throughout Merseyside, and hopes to continue celebrating their achievements by being part of this year’s judging panel. As a new cabinet member for business, enterprise and investment, Gary has a huge interest and involvement in the development of businesses in the local area. Because of this, he is particularly looking forward to the entries which involve career aspiration, community engagement and student enterprise.  

  • Andrew Pimbley

    Andrew Pimbley

    Claremont Farm and the Farm Feast (Wirral Food and Drink Festival)
    Andrew runs the successful Claremont Farm, which is now regarded as the good food hub of the Wirral and hosts the immensely popular Farm Feast. He has played a huge role in developing his family farm and has used his business sense and entrepreneurial skills to raise the profile of home grown food and farming. Andrew works closely with many schools from across Merseyside and is passionate about agriculture and hopes to inspire young people in to this career.

  • The Education Team

    The Everyman and Playhouse Theatre
    The Everyman and Playhouse have been key features of Liverpool’s arts landscape for decades and together form one of the city’s most well-known creative hubs. The theatres’ dedicated Education Team works tirelessly to provide exciting and innovative programmes for students in primary schools right up to university. It aims to encourage a passion for the arts whilst providing resources for classrooms, support for teachers and opportunities to gain new skills, explore ideas, and raise artistic aspirations.

  • Michelle Dow

    Michelle Dow

    Managing director of All About STEM
    Starting her career as an apprentice gas service engineer, Michelle quickly moved up the ranks in to management and found her passion for establishing links between industry and education. Fast forward a few years and All About STEM was born out of the need to take action to provide a translation and engagement service between industry & education that is honest, effective & innovative.
    All About STEM works across Merseyside, Cheshire and Warrington to bring exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics projects to life. Described as the ‘hidden wiring in the system’, it works hard to build and maintain relationships with schools, businesses, industry, colleges and universities so that it can strategically match-make opportunities with need.

  • James Tartt

    James Tartt

    Merseyside Track Athlete
    Track star James Tartt is one of Merseyside’s top athletes and has been competing since he was ten years old. As a fully-qualified architect working for Falconer Chester Hall, James balances his time competing alongside his full-time job. Aiming to qualify for this year’s Rio 2016 Olympics, James is hoping to fly the flag for Merseyside and become an Olympian.

  • Sue Cronin

    Sue Cronin

    Head of Teacher Education, Liverpool Hope University
    Sue is PGCE Coordinator  and has a background of secondary mathematics teaching in a variety of Liverpool schools before joining the Liverpool advisory team as the Gifted and Talented coordinator. Sue has taught on a variety of undergraduate modules and worked with Teaching Assistants on Foundation degree courses. Presently Sue is working on PGCE, Masters mathematics education modules and CPD projects such as MaST ( Primary Mathematics specialist teachers ) and SKE course for non-specialist mathematics teachers.