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Judging panel 2018

Zoe Amar, Founder and Director, Zoe Amar Communications
Esther Foreman, Director, The Social Change Agency
Ellie Hale, Associate, CAST
Dame Mary Marsh, Independent Director
Professor Paul Palmer, Professor of Voluntary Sector Management and Associate Dean for Ethics, Sustainability and Engagement, Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness
Vicky Rooke, Senior Analyst, Asset Risk Consultants
Louise Thomson, Head of Policy (NFP), ICSA

Image titleZoe Amar, Founder and Director, Zoe Amar Communications
Louise is Head of Policy (Not-for-Profit) at ICSA: The Governance Institute, the professional body for governance. Louise has extensive knowledge of governance issues garnered from her 20-year career in the not-for-profit and public sectors, including education and the NHS, complemented by her experience as a school governor, pension and charity trustee. Her work has covered the development of the code of governance for charities and voluntary organisations, board training, reviews and development, research into sector governance and the production of over 100 guidance notes aimed at the sector.

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Esther Foreman, Director, The Social Change Agency
After a long career directing award-winning campaigns in the social sector Esther set up the Social Change Agency believing effective social change can only be achieved if people work and grow together. Esther is a 2011 Clore Fellow, Winston Churchill Fellow 2012 and a SSE Fellow, 2013. She is a Trustee of the National MS Society and a Non-Executive Director of IVO.


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Ellie Hale, Associate, CAST
Ellie leads CAST’s Digital Fellowship, a comprehensive digital learning programme for nonprofit leaders. She also supports on Fuse, an intensive service design accelerator for established charities, and co-organises regular community meetups for around social-impact digital including Tech for Good London and NetSquared London.


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Dame Mary Marsh, Independent Director
Dame Mary was appointed Chair of Trustees at RCPCH (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) in November 2016. She was chief executive of NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) from 2000-8 and before that headteacher of two comprehensive schools latterly Holland Park School. From 2008-15 she was Founding Director of the Clore Social Leadership Programme, developing leaders for charities and social enterprises. She continues to have a range of other cross-sector non-executive roles. She has been a non-executive director of HSBC Bank plc since 2009 and in 2015 joined the Operations and Technology committee of the Board. She is a Governor and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at London Business School, a Director on the board of the LSO (London Symphony Orchestra) and a Trustee of Teach First.

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Professor Paul Palmer, Professor of Voluntary Sector Management and Associate Dean for Ethics, Sustainability and Engagement, Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness
Paul is Professor of Voluntary Sector Management, and Associate Dean for Ethics, Sustainability and Engagement. He has extensive knowledge of charity financial, management and Governance issues. He was a member of the Charity Commission SORP committee from 2000-2005. He acts as an independent consultant on Charities to UBS Wealth Management, and an independent expert on charity dispute issues for courts and arbitration. His work also extends into the area of Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility.


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Vicky Rooke, Senior Analyst, Asset Risk Consultants
Vicky works for Asset Risk Consultants and is responsible for leading the charity offering from the London office. This involves consulting with charity clients on their investment requirements as well as managing the relationships with charity investment management and fund research houses in order to assess their offerings. Prior to joining ARC, Vicky worked for Man Investments initially in the performance analysis and reporting team and latterly conducting strategic research, development and ongoing management across the company’s diverse range of investment managers. Between working for Man and ARC, Vicky retrained to be a teacher and worked in several London primary schools. Vicky graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Physics. She is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of the UK, and a CFA Charterholder.

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Louise Thomson, Head of Policy (NFP), ICSA
Louise is Head of Policy (Not-for-Profit) at ICSA: The Governance Institute, the professional body for governance. Louise has extensive knowledge of governance issues garnered from her 20-year career in the not-for-profit and public sectors, including education and the NHS, complemented by her experience as a school governor, pension and charity trustee. Her work has covered the development of the code of governance for charities and voluntary organisations, board training, reviews and development, research into sector governance and the production of over 100 guidance notes aimed at the sector.