Meet the Judges

Meet the judges

Merton Best Business Awards

 

 

 Diana Sterck

Diana Sterck

Merton Chamber of Commerce

As Chief Executive of Merton Chamber of Commerce, Diana specialises in strategic marketing and marketing communications. She has over 20 years experience of public/private sector partnerships and of running a small business. Diana has led and developed the business to be recognised as the most successful and largest area based
Chamber of Commerce in London. Diana used to be an international ice skater and judge, representing Great Britain in major European competitions. The discipline and commitment
required to reach this level has contributed enormously to the drive
and determination she demonstrates in the world of business.
 Andrew - WSM

Andrew Bithray

WSM Business Advisory

Having graduated from Imperial College with an honours degree in mathematics, Andrew undertook his training at WSM and became a member of the ICAEW in 2003. Andrew then moved into private equity specialising in the emerging markets. He returned to WSM to manage a wide portfolio of corporate clients and qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor. In recognition of his accounting, tax and IT skills, his calm and generous application of knowledge and wisdom around the office and his ability to deliver a first class experience to his clients, Andrew was invited to become a partner of WSM in 2014. ‘Merton Best Business Awards are a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to showcase their passion and entrepreneurial talents. It is inspiring to be part of the process, getting to see the variety of entries and the motivations behind the businesses.’
 Helen - Love Wimbledon

Helen Clark Bell

Love Wimbledon

Managing a Business Improvement District is a really exciting, multifaceted job with very many challenges. Dealing with investors and developers one moment to responding to flytipping and gum cleaning the next, whilst also planning major events, leads to extremely varied days in the Love Wimbledon office. However, all of these aspects are vitally important to the health and vibrancy of the town centre which in turn builds an attractive and sustainable environment for businesses to flourish. As an experienced Project Manager with many years of delivering business support projects, I am proud to be involved with the Merton Best Business Awards. Recognising the strengths of your business is sometimes only achieved by stepping back and completing an entry form such as this, to acknowledge achievements and taking a moment to feel proud….before the next email requires an urgent response!
 Jonathan Askew

Jonathan Askew

Hartley Fowler Chartered Accountants

Jonathan is an audit partner in the Wimbledon office of Hartley Fowler Chartered Accountants, technical partner for the firm and leads the firm’s specialist charities and not for profit team. He divides his time between advising clients on a variety of subjects and providing support to the whole firm on high level accounting and auditing issues, training and mentoring of team members. Jonathan’s clients come from a wide range of sectors with an extensive client portfolio of charity and not for profit organisations. He works closely with owner managers delivering professional advice that helps them run and grow their organisations. His priority is to provide exceptional client service and ensures that he and his team deliver on this all year round, building close relationships with his clients. As a judge he will be looking for a similar commitment from the entrants. He is married with 2 children and in his spare time he enjoys scuba diving, preferably somewhere warm.
 Greg

Greg Vincent

Morrisons Solicitors LLP

Greg is a Corporate Partner at Morrisons Solicitors LLP and has spent the past 14 years advising businesses across a wide variety of sectors.Prior to dual qualifying as a solicitor Greg practiced as a barrister and maintains higher rights of audience in the English Courts. Greg has extensive experience in all areas of company law and in advising both local businesses and international brands. He advises on the full spectrum of domestic and international corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, fundraising, corporate finance, investments, joint ventures, reorganisations and share schemes.

Outside of the office he is a member of the Cultural Advisory Group for Merton Council.  Having secured a Cultural Impact Award from the Mayor of London, the group is focussed on making a sustainable cultural impact on the borough, initially by bringing film to the whole of Merton in 2019, creating pop-up cinemas and short films curated by the community and guest curators.  Greg is married with four children and lives in Surrey.

 Stewart Rolf

Stewart Rolfe MRICS

andrew scott robertson

Stewart is an Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a RICS Registered Valuer. He holds a BSc in Land Administration

and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1990. Before joining andrew scott robertson in 2014, Stewart worked at both DTZ and CBRE as an Associate Director advising many clients on all aspects of commercial property from agency to development and investment with a strong emphasis on asset management. At andrew scott robertson, Stewart heads up the

commercial agency department and specialises in investment, development and acquisition for a range of clients. Stewart is a father of one and likes nothing more than listening to

1980’s music, visiting historic houses around the UK, watching most sports, especially football and rugby union, and taking part in quizzes. Stewart has an eye for detail, strong inter-personal skills and provides a high level of professionalism and dedication in all matters.

 Suzy - Centre Court Shopping Centre

Suzy Wood

Centre Court Shopping Centre

Suzy has been employed as the CentreDirector of Centre Court Shopping Centre in Wimbledon for the last five years, after originally starting her career in Centre Management eighteen years ago. Suzy also acts as the Deputy Chairman of the Love Wimbledon BID so she is passionate about the areaand, in particular, driving the success of the businesses within it. This is the second year that the Merton Best Business Awards have included the category of ‘Best Customer Service’, which is a publicly voted award sponsored by Centre Court to recognise those businesses that go above and beyond in their service delivery. The fact that so many businesses have engaged with the award is testament to the level of dedication there is locally to strive for results and a good demonstration of why Merton continues to be the thriving borough that it is.
 Paula Dunkley - South Thames College

Paula Dunkley

South Thames College Group

Paula Dunkley has worked in education for 25 years in both the public and private sector. Throughout her career, she has managed projects on a local, regional and national scale specialising in curriculum development and change management. Paula is proud to say she has supported many businesses, colleges, schools, adults and young people both personally and professionally to achieve their goals. She is passionate about supporting businesses with their training and recruitment needs, helping them to successfully recruit staff and apprentices, and provide the training and skills they need to succeed. As a first- time judge Paula felt privileged to get an in-depth understanding of the success of local businesses and to be part of the process in acknowledging their achievements.
Sara Williams

Sara Williams

Merton Council

I have worked in Merton for 20 years in various planning roles, initially in development control then strategic policy and now in regeneration. I am the Council’s programme manager for economy which means I’m responsible amongst other things, for supporting businesses and encouraging inward investment. The role is varied from helping businesses to locate, working with training providers to deliver employability programmes, to managing a community toilet scheme! Merton is recognised for its very strong partnerships and excellent ability to collaborate. What I enjoy about my role is meeting and working with the most interesting individuals running amazing companies, others who work tirelessly to support their communities voluntarily and within a team that has made a significant impact on how the borough looks and has regenerated. Take a look at www.merton.gov.uk/futureMerton to see what’s been achieved. I really enjoy judging the awards entries and discovering some hidden gems in Merton who are successfully getting on with day job.

Lucy Kane

Time and Leisure

I am looking forward to being a judge for this year’s Merton Business Awards, it’s an opportunity to use the business skills I’ve gained from working with 100s of local businesses since Time & Leisure Magazine was established over 20 years ago. Supporting many independent businesses and has given me complete understanding of the challenges they face and the significance of their achievements. As Managing Director for over 15 years, I have enjoyed building the Time & Leisure brand and establishing our trusted and much-loved magazines in the region. We have grown our print portfolio to cover ten amazing local areas across SW London and Surrey, plus our weekly what’s on newsletter and the fantastically exciting Food & Culture Awards to offer readers and businesses a complete print-digital-event media experience. It is a genuine pleasure to extend our involvement in the community and be a part of these important awards. Good luck to all the participants!