Our Judges

Simon Banks

Founder, The Banks Foundation

Simon founded CSL in 1996 and continues to be heavily involved. He is also Chairman of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and Skills for Security, as well as a board member of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI). He also spent 8 years on the board of BAFE.

Michael Barley

Past Master, The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals

Michael is a Past Master of The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals having joined as a founding member when the Company was formed in 1999. He has been actively engaged on its Court since 2012 and was appointed as The Master in June of 2019.

Tim Barnes

CEO, The Centre for Entrepreneurs

Tim is the of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, the UK’s leading entrepreneurship charity. He sits on the boards of Capital Enterprise and NACUE, two leading entrepreneurship support organisations. In 2014 he was granted the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion for life.

Ian Cass

Managing Director, Forum of Private Business

Ian Cass originally joined the Forum of Private Business in 2013 and took the reins as Managing Director three years later in Summer 2015. Ian worked for Diageo for 14 years before forming the Venture team, he also runs Jack in the box Training, owned a couple of pubs, Founded Hunters gin and has been a business angel and investor for a variety of small businesses.

Paul Connelly


Paul Connelly, the visionary CEO of Connelly Security Systems (CSS), has risen from apprentice to industry leader, shaping the security landscape. With a workforce of 165, CSS stands as a pioneer in the Scottish security market. Paul’s astute leadership has seen CSS execute over 50,000 installations, elevate the company’s status, and span branches across Scotland.

Hayley Elvins CSyP FSyI

Director, The Security Institute

Hayley is known as the founder of Sloane Risk Group, a respected Specialist Protective Security and Counter-Espionage Consultancy that designs and implements bespoke and large-scale security for corporate clients.

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James Gribben

Commercial Director, Skills for Security

James Gribben is the Commercial Director of Skills for Security, the UK’s leading fire & security apprenticeship provider, having previously worked for the BSIA and other leading names within the security industry.

Finlay Heath

Young Enterprise Alumnus

Finlay is studying Business Management at University, he is also working as the Assistant Manager at Astwood Bank Business Park and is also an active member of the Redditch Business Leaders, continuing to mentor and support other entrepreneurial young people.

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Dame Julie Kenny

Master Cutler, The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire

Dame Julie Kenny (64) is a successful South Yorkshire based entrepreneur.  In 1986 she sold her home, raised £28,500 from the equity and founded an electronics manufacturing company Pyronix Limited originally in her home. A company which designed and developed patented Alarm Security Equipment.

Stuart Lowden CSyP FSyI

Risk Management Consultant, The Risk Panel

Stuart is best known as the founder of Wilson James’ security arm. Under his leadership, Wilson James became a driving force within the security industry, with a revolutionary approach to working hours and work:life balance.

Pauline Norstrom

Founder of Anekanta®

Pauline Norstrom is the founder of Anekanta® Consulting which is focused on commercial research into responsible AI, and Anekanta® AI which offers impact and risk products and services to sectors including; civil security, transportation and smart cities.

Satia Rai

CEO, The International Professional Security Association (IPSA)

In a voluntary capacity Satia is CEO of the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) and an ED&I Chair for the Private Security Industry Forum, a member of the International Security Expo Advisory Council and she also participates in the Security Industry Authority (SIA) stakeholder forum. As well as being a dedicated security professional, she is an outstanding spokesperson for equality, diversity and inclusivity in all of its forms.

Marie Tedstone

Partnerships Manager, Young Enterprise

Having worked at Young Enterprise for over 15 years, Marie is passionate about helping young people to develop enterprising mindsets and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit.    In her current role, she works with a range of organisations to secure support to help the next generation fulfil their true potential.

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