Meet the judges

Find out more about our expert panel of independent judges.

Professor Dame Alison Peacock - Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching.

The Chartered College of Teaching seeks to raise the status of teachers through celebrating, supporting and connecting teachers to expert teaching and leadership.

Prior to her current role, Dame Alison was Executive Headteacher of the Wroxham School in Hertfordshire.  Her career has spanned primary, secondary and advisory roles, and she is an Honorary Fellow of Queens College Cambridge, and Visiting Professor of both the University of Hertfordshire and Glyndŵr University.  She has published and edited research as part of her involvement in the Learning without Limits project at Cambridge, which offers an alternative approach to inclusive school improvement


Denise Hayward - CEO, Volunteer Now

Denise Hayward is the CEO of Volunteer Now, the lead organisation for volunteering in Northern Ireland, which works to promote, enhance and support volunteering.


Richard Williams, Chief Executive, Community Foundation Wales

Richard Williams is responsible for delivering Community Foundation Wales' strategy and business plan ensuring that they meet the needs of people in Wales and grow their ability to deliver sustainable funding for the future. Before this role, Richard was Director for Wales for Action on Hearing Loss (RNID) and prior to that was a newspaper journalist and editor of the South Wales Echo, Wrexham Evening Leader and deputy editor of the Daily Post.


Steve Winyard -CMO, Agitate

Steve Winyard leads the sales and marketing for Agitate, including for BOPP, their open banking payments platform. Over his career, Steve has founded and exited several businesses, including PLC and AVSecure LLC, delivering millions in revenue and substantial shareholder returns.  He has worked alongside governments, regulators and policy makers across the work.  He has also been a council member to the government with the Digital Policy Alliance.

Becky Coleman - Senior Partnerships Manager, easyfundraising

Becky Coleman has been part of the easyfundraising team since 2007, and as Senior Partnership Manager has worked closely with Parentkind for several years, helping Parentkind members to raise over £4 million in free funding. A mum of three and former PTA chair, Becky is passionate about supporting schools and PTAs with their fundraising, and understands all too well the highs and lows of PTA life. Best PTA memory - chasing an escaped donkey at the Summer Fayre!

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