There are 2 stages in the judging process after the deadline for entries has closed (30th June)

Stage 1 – First Shortlist  

The Judges will convene to consider all applications and then shortlist down to those that are successful for a Judges “visit” (usually 3-5 businesses per category).  Two members of the Judging Panel will visit successful businesses – these visits last around 45 mins – 1 hour. Every successful business will be expected to be available on 1 of 3 interview days which will be announced in due course.

Stage 2 – Second Shortlist 

After the interviews have taken place, the Judging Panel reconvene and select one winner and two runners-up (Highly Commended) per category.  These three finalists per category then go through to the finals on 22nd November.


Colleen Gostick

Recognised for her skills in strategic & transformational leadership, Colleen Gostick MBA is the multiple award-winning Chairman of Buckles Solicitors LLP,  a Consultant to Franco-Italian law firm CastaldiPartners with offices in Paris & Milan, and a Director of Opportunity Peterborough leading the city’s economic development.

Peter Jackson

After working in a variety of roles at Perkins Engines, Peter moved to British Sugar where he became Chief Executive and then Chief Executive of the parent company Associated British Foods, responsible for a variety of businesses ranging from Twinings Tea through to the Primark retail stores. After his retirement from Associated British Foods, Peter became Chairman of Kingfisher, the DIY group, and Chair of the Disabilities Trust, a charity whose main activity is brain injury rehabilitation.”

Graham Martin

Worked at Barclays in Peterborough for over 30 years, gaining experience in every aspect of banking.  Joined the Professionals team in 2004 and now specialises in banking legal firms.  Corporate Manager with a small portfolio of 30 regional size practices.

Trevor Gibson

Trevor started his local government career as an Environmental Health Officer in the West Midlands in 1984.  He moved to Peterborough in 1998 to take up the position of Head of Environmental and Public Protection with Peterborough City Council having formerly held a senior position with Suffolk Coastal District Council. He became Director of Environmental Services and Community Services in 2002 with responsibility for, amongst many other things, development control, transport, environmental and consumer regulation. He joined Opportunity Peterborough in 2009 to develop their environmental focus. One common theme throughout Trevor’s career continues to be his passion for environmental protection and sustainability. He has been responsible for leading the development of city scale strategies relating to both agendas since the 1980s. Apart from running his own consultancy company, Trevor currently works for Opportunity Peterborough as the Smart City Leadership and Development Manager. This work maintains the sustainability theme through it’s focus on the circular economy. He has too many hobbies to mention, is an avid gardener, reader and committed football fan. He currently lives in Rutland.

Chris Collier

Chris. retired as Senior Partner of Rawlinsons four years ago. Since then he has kept in touch with the local business community by taking two Non Exec positions. Chris. has chaired the NSPCC PBSG for over 20 years , and is very proud that the committee has now raised nearly £1,000,000 all of which has been used to support local children.

Anne Corder

With an extensive background in HR, having worked for major organisations in retail, manufacturing and service sectors, Anne set up leading Peterborough recruitment agency, Anne Corder Recruitment, in 1995. Today, the agency employs 12 people and is based upon Anne’s own business philosophy of providing a personal, professional and responsive service. The business specialises in office based roles from entry level to senior managerial positions, permanent, contract and temporary and has traded profitably every year of operation.  As well as being hands-on in the business, personally handling HR related roles and assignments, Anne is involved in a range of working groups and business forums in the city and a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals.

Paul Simmons

Married to Mary and we have three grown up children. We have lived in the Peterborough area for almost 30years. I was formerly Area Manager for Barclays Bank in Peterborough and then became Regional Director for Barclays Corporate Banking Eastern Region. I am now a self employed business coach. I am a Governor at The Peterborough School and a Trustee for Nene Park Trust.  I am a keen golfer, walker and Posh supporter.

Tony Barker

Tony Barker is a director with Barker Storey Matthews a leading firm of Chartered Surveyors

specialising in commercial property with offices in Peterborough, Huntington, Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. The practice acts for a wide range of clients including major corporates, private property companies, local authorities, individuals, financial institutions and pension funds on whole variety of property matters. Tony is based in the Peterborough office and is also a governor of Stamford Endowed Schools and a board member of Opportunity Peterborough.

Andrew Heeler

Andrew Heeler is a partner and head of the Corporate department at Hegarty Solicitors. Andrew joined Hegarty Solicitors in 1997 and has considerable experience in all aspects of Corporate and Commercial Law. Andrew specialises in acquisitions and disposals, share and group structures as well as de-mergers. He also deals with employee share schemes as well as preparing and negotiating complex commercial contracts.

Andrew’s depth of knowledge and 20 years’ plus experience means businesses at all levels, from sole traders and small companies to medium enterprises and corporate organisations benefit from Andrew’s expertise.

Andrew is also vice chair and company secretary of Peterborough Environmental City Trust and the chairman of Peterborough Executive Breakfast Club.