2018 Judges Spotlight: Part One

Posted on September 6, 2018 by Digital Entrepreneur Awards

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We’ve already met digital entrepreneur extraordinaire Naomi Timperley and worldwide, serial entrepreneur Professor Vikas Shah MBE, as well as President of techUK, Jacqueline de Rojas.

Now let’s meet some of the other members of the incredible judging panel who are set to read each and every one of your entries!

Heather Waters, Enterprise Manager, NatWest

With more than 20 years of B2B experience, Heather is now developing a business support strategy for NatWest that will demonstrate how the bank understands and supports customers on their entrepreneurial journey. Heather is passionate about supporting young enterprise and active in Women in Business.

Want to impress Heather?

Check out our Digital Business category which includes awards such as Digital Business of the Year (medium to large) and Digital Entrepreneur of the Year.

Jon Woodall, Founder & Managing Director of Space 48

Jon is the Founder and Managing Director of Space 48, one of the UK’s leading eCommerce consultancies for retailers looking for fast growth or international expansion. Space 48 has delivered award-winning Magento websites and eCommerce strategies for clients such as Charlotte Tilbury, Oak Furniture Land and Better Bathrooms.

He is currently writing a book about the myths of the eCommerce world, shining a light on the challenges faced in a fast-moving industry. Jon is also the creator of Mage Titans, a not-for-profit international developer conference that is now held in five cities around the world.

Discover our E-Services category with awards such as Online Retailer of the Year and eCommerce Developer of the Year.

Susie Ma, Founder & CEO of Tropic Skincare

Armed with a desire to use her young entrepreneurial and innovative mind to help out with household bills, Susie began making natural skincare products at home to sell at Greenwich Market. After taking an evening class while still at school, Susie continued to build Tropic Skincare when she progressed to studying at UCL, using her growing sales to fund her tuition.

Susie was selected from 73,000 contestants to appear on the 2011 series of BBC’s The Apprentice. At 21 years old, Susie was the youngest ever candidate on the show and became the only runner-up to receive funding from Lord Alan Sugar. Today, she continues to inspire over 10,000 devoted Tropic Ambassadors, who each have their own business selling Tropic products as part of the company’s social selling programme.

Feast your eyes upon our Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Social Media Campaign of the Year Awards to impress Susie with your entrepreneurial talents!


Richard Law, CEO, GB Group

Having gained a scholarship to study Geology and Engineering at Imperial College London, Richard worked for some of the world’s leading natural resources companies before switching careers to take financial roles at EY and GBG PLC – where he became chief executive in 2002.

Under his leadership, GBG became a global leader in disruptive identity intelligence – making online business easier, safer and compliant for household name businesses globally. During his tenure, GBG increased its market capitalisation 100-fold from £5 million to more than £500 million and acquired 10 businesses across Europe, the USA and Asia.

Richard is a passionate supporter and backer of north-west technology businesses and is a founding Angel with the Dow Schofield Watts Angel business network.

Why not impress Richard by entering our Best use of Mobile and IoT, Digital Innovation in the Public Sector or Best use of VR/AR awards?

“I have seen the smallest of changes make the biggest of differences. I’m looking forward to seeing the creativity of our digital entrepreneurs fix real world problems that are worth solving.”  – Jacqueline de Rojas CBE.

Get the recognition you deserve and impress our judges in just three questions.


P.S. the extended deadline ends Friday 14th September!







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