Meet our judges
Some of our Judges for the 2020 FSB Celebrating Small Business awards are listed below. The Judges will have the tough job of picking the winners for the 2020 UK final, the short list will be winners from the 12 regional events.
The Judging panels are made up from sponsors , past winners and FSB Volunteers.
Iain Eagling - Worldpay
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships , Worldpay
Iain has worked for Worldpay for six years, and in the financial services industry for 20. On a day-to-day basis his role is to oversee all of the existing strategic partnerships at Worldpay while also helping the team to identify new opportunities. A continually developing, collaborative, entrepreneurial and commercially focused individual, Iain has a track record of coaching and developing teams to overachieve in their performance. Iain is a keen Liverpool supporter and enjoys the ups and downs that this brings. He also has experience as a small business owner of an independent mortgage brokerage. He brings his skills to our judging panel for 2020.
Nathan Humphrey - Worldpay
Partner Account Director , Worldpay
Nathan Humphrey has been a Partner Account Director for Worldpay since January 2017, managing a number of key accounts, including FSB. Before joining the strategic partnerships team, Nathan spent two years in Worldpay’s sales team, helping small businesses to take payments. A previous small business owner himself, he is aware of the challenges faced by small firms and the need to recognise their successes and achievements. Nathan has a keen interest, and skills, in setting up new businesses, including high-growth and micro-businesses. He is delighted to join our panel of judges this year, having been involved in the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards for two years. In his spare time Nathan enjoys sports, with his favourites being football and skiing. He has recently become father to a son, Grayson.
David Perry - FSB Insurance Service
Managing Director , FSB Insurance Service
David Perry has had a long and varied career working for insurers, in national roles at insurance brokers and setting up his own successful broking and consulting businesses. His recent specialisms have included business development, mergers and acquisitions. He has been a member of FSB since 1993 and established the current FSB Insurance Service (which is part-owned by FSB) in 2018. David has been a director of the British Insurance Brokers Association and sits on its Insurance Brokers Standards Committee. In his spare time he is a trustee of the Courtyard Theatre and a Crystal Palace FC season ticketholder, which he says helps him deal with life’s disappointments! A senior leader, he is used to adding real bottom-line value through commercial development, operational management and a wealth of business experience. Mr Perry brings key skills and experience to the judging panel in areas including sales and affinity management and development; company acquisition and business start-up; and, as a chartered manager, in business development and improvement.
Julianne Ponan - Creative Nature
Founder and Chief Executive , Creative Nature
Vegan-friendly free from foods retailer Creative Nature was chosen as the overall winner of the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards for 2018. Julianne says the whole experience really helped her business, and she enjoyed getting to compete against her contemporaries on both a regional and national level. She then went on to win Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the South East area of our 2019 awards. Creative Nature, based in West Molesey, Surrey, was started in 2012 because Ms Ponan felt she was missing out due to suffering from severe anaphylaxis and wanted to be able to eat nut-free healthy snacks that were free from additives. She developed her own range, and then bought an existing struggling homeware and superfoods company with the aim of turning it into something successful. Together with her fiance Matthew Ford, she spent three years transforming the brand and introducing new products, starting with no experience of running a business, no contacts and no funds. Despite these obstacles, including a risky decision to turn its back on funding from Dragons’ Den and go it alone, Creative Nature has continued to grow – and Julianne even made the Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2019. “I would definitely recommend other businesses enter, as it gives you so much credibility,” she says. “Even if you don’t win, it’s a great networking opportunity.”