Our judging panel is made up of a number of Yorkshire’s leading business leaders.

Judging will take place in early September though the entire process involves 2 stages; the first being an online submission made through our website by 4th June and if successful, entrants may then be visited at their place of business by our judges for stage 2. These visits usually take place between June and September and allow judges to learn more about your company and why you think you should win.

2019 judges:


Dan Rosinke, Partner, Grant Thornton – Transaction Advisory Services

Dan leads Grant Thornton’s Transaction Advisory Services practice across Yorkshire and the North East. A career covering both professional services and banking has given Dan a broad commercial insight, having advised and funded a wide range of companies, from owner managed and private equity backed businesses to multinational corporates.

John Garner, Head of LDC in Yorkshire & North East

John leads LDC’s team in Yorkshire and is responsible for supporting ambitious management teams looking to grow their business with the backing of a private equity partner.

He has supported a broad range of fast-growing businesses, which includes global video games label Team17 and property agency Linley & Simpson.

Jonathan Byre, Business Distribution Director at CYBG/Virgin Money

Jonathan Byre is Business Distribution Director at CYBG/Virgin Money. His remit includes delivering solutions and services to small business and commercial customers as well as sectoral and specialist financial solutions for larger SME and Corporate customers through digital, direct and face to face teams. Jonathan previously held the role of Head of Retail and Digital segments at CYBG. Prior to joining CYBG Jonathan held senior leadership roles in the financial services sector at HSBC and  Bank of Ireland. Prior to this Jonathan worked in the telecommunications sector with Vodafone.

Juliette Healey, Agent, Yorkshire and the Humber, Bank of England

Juliette became the Agent for Yorkshire and the Humber at the beginning of 2012.  She has worked at the Bank for most of her career, apart from two secondments, one to HM Treasury and one to the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC. Juliette has done a wide variety of jobs, most relating to monetary policy and financial markets but also press and parliamentary affairs and technical assistance to overseas central banks.