Our panel of judges is made up of key professionals from the North East business community.
The panel meet initially to short-list all entries down to three contenders per award category. They then meet for a second time to decide on the winner for each award.
Nicki Clark - Chief Operating Officer, BE Group
John Duns - Divisional Director - Business Development & Marketing, Brewin Dolphin
Sarah Green - Director, CBI North East
Professor Graham Henderson CBE - Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive, Teesside University
Andrew Hodgson - Chief Executive Officer, SMD
John Irwin - Director, Storeys Edward Symmons
Nigel Mills - Chairman, Entrepreneurs Forum
John Mowbray OBE - Chair of the North East Business Executive Judging Panel
James Ramsbotham - Chief Executive, NECC
Tony Sarginson - Sector Engagement Executive, UKTI NE of England
Paul Woolston - Senior Partner, PwC / North East LEP
Lucy Winskell - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Engagement), Northumbria University
View video footage of last years judging panel sessions below: