Awards judgeI’ve helped to judge business awards as well as science and innovation competitions
Judging awards is always a privilege. I’ve been able to marvel at the accomplishments of creative and hardworking people, hold interesting discussions with fellow judges, and harness my own expertise to vote for the winners.
I’ve served as a judge on several awards and competitions, sometimes chairing judging panels. Chairing a panel comes with added responsibility: finding independent experts, providing information, encouraging debate, and finding consensus.
It’s rewarding to be able to recognise someone’s creativity and hard work. Regardless of whether or not there’s a prize at stake, most people are delighted and humbled when they win.
These are the awards I’ve been involved with over the years, in various industry sectors.
Accounting Excellence 2018
I was Secretary Judge for Accounting Excellence 2018. It involved chairing judging panels for 12 award categories and writing notes on the winners and shortlisted entries.
South West Business Insider awards
Celebrating the achievements of companies and individuals in the South West, the awards are given out at gala dinners. Most were sector-specific.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year
I helped set up this annual competition for amateur astrophotographers, run by Royal Observatory Greenwich, when I was editor of BBC Sky at Night magazine and served on the judging panel for three years.
BAE Systems Apprentice Innovation Challenge
The Royal Photographic Society International Images for Science
UWE Bristol SCU Science Writing Competition
Run by the Science Communication Unit at UWE Bristol, this competition was open to non-professional writers. It was an honour to be asked to read and judge the entries.