Independent, expert, impartial

An independent panel of judges gathered together in mid July to review all the entries and submit their scores for the shortlist.

About the judges
Judges who have been involved with an entry are not allowed to lobby other judges, take part in the discussion or vote for that entry. Each judge will give entries a score. The average score will decide the winning entry. Judges can move an entry to a different category if they feel it has been submitted for the wrong award.

Third Sector’s editorial team will decide the winners of the Luke FitzHerbert Lifetime Achievement Award, which is not open to entries.The decisions of the judges are final and no correspondence will be entered into about the results.

Method of judging
The judges will use your statement and supporting material to assess your entry. They will study all the entries received, looking for examples of excellence that contributed to the overall success of an activity.

Each project will be assessed according to its objectives and budget. The judges will give credit to effective campaigns and creative ideas rather than big budgets. The judges have the right to move entries between categories if they feel they have been entered in the wrong category.

Judges 2013

Annual report and Brand development

1 Dan Dufour Head of brand, The Good Agency

2 Neil Smith Founder, Howdy

3 Petia Tzanova Marketing and communications manager, Cardboard Citizens

4 Andrew Jones Director of fundraising and communications, Blind Veterans UK


Best website and Use of digital media

5 Vicky Reeves Managing director, Chameleon*

6 Danielle Atkinson Head of digital and individual giving, Merlin

7 Jason Woodford Chief executive, SiteVisibility

8 Graeme Manuel Digital media manager, Diabetes UK


Big impact award and Best start-up

9 Peter Holbrook Chief executive, Social Enterprise UK

10 Ben Kernighan Chief executive, the National Union of Students

11 Dan Corry Chief executive, NPC**

12 Javed Khan Chief executive, Victim Support**

13 Tom Chance Founder and director, Giveacar


Charity chair of the year, Charity partnership and Enterprise

14 Ian Joseph Managing director, Russam GMS, and trustee, Trustees Unlimited

15 Ruth Lesirge Governance consultant and Third Sector columnist

16 Phil Maguire Chief executive, Prison Radio Association

17 Seb Elsworth Director of partnerships and communications, Social Investment Business

18 Chris Harris Partner, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

19 Jeremy Crook Director, Black Training & Enterprise Group


Communications campaign

20 Keith Bradbrook Head of communications – fundraising, NSPCC

21 Seamus O’Farrell Director, Forward Thinking Inc

22 Betty McBride Policy and communications director, British Heart Foundation

23 Emma Nicol Creative director, Door 22 Creative


Corporate partnership

24 Bob Pankhania Senior finance and market intelligence reporting manager, HSBC

25 Rosamund McCarthy Partner, Bates Wells Braithwaite

26 Tim Wright Partnerships director, RSA (insurance)

27 Nick Vassallo New partnerships manager, Alzheimer’s Society.


Direct marketing campaign, Fundraising event and Fundraising team

28 David Burrows Strategy partner, TDA

29 Liz Tait Director of fundraising, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

30 Nick Aldridge Chief executive, PayPal Giving Fund UK

31 Rachel Armitage Regional corporate development lead, Macmillan Cancer Support**


Rising chief executive and Small charity, big achiever

32 Samia al Qadhi Chief executive, Breast Cancer Care**

33 Gill Taylor HR consultant and Third Sector columnist

34 Ger Graus Chief executive, Children’s University

35 Rowena Lewis Director of fundraising and supporter relations, Gingerbread

36 David Stables Chief executive and chair, African Children’s Educational Trust


Volunteer of the year and Volunteer manager

37 Helen Walker Chief executive, TimeBank

38 Rob Jackson Consultant in volunteering

39 Alice Hunt Chief executive, Join In

40 Kirsty Palmer Employability partnerships manager, London South Bank University


*Did not judge the Best Website category because she had worked on two of the entries

**Took part in the preliminary assessment process but did not attend the judging day