Judges and Sponsors

We would like to say a big thank you to our judges for helping us make the awards possible

Meet our Judges

Charandeep Singh - Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Charandeep Singh is the Deputy Chief Executive at the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Scotland’s largest business network. Charandeep was awarded Scottish Professional of the Year 2019/20 at the Scottish Asian Business Awards.

Charandeep is the founding member and Director of the national charity, Sikhs in Scotland, established in 2009. He was awarded the Prime Minister’s Point of Light Award for his work with The Sikh Food Bank which supports vulnerable families throughout Scotland.

 

 

Jennifer Wright - Principal Solicitor, Shoosmiths

Jen is an employment lawyer with Shoosmiths based in Glasgow and has over 8 years’ experience advising clients on all aspects of employment law, whether that be day to day grievance and disciplinary issues or more contentious tribunal actions. In addition to this, she is the Chair of Flexibility Works and a firm supporter of the flexible working agenda. She lives with her husband Andrew and new puppy Luna in Glasgow and over the course of lockdown, has perfected baking sourdough bread.

 

 

Jane Hinchliffe - Head of Colleague Experience & Proposition, Natwest Group

During her career, Jane has worked in a wide variety of HR roles in various organisations across multiple sectors. Before joining RBS in 2010 (now known as NatWest Group), Jane worked for Rank, in various divisions of Whitbread; including TGI Friday’s, Compass and for another High Street bank, Barclays.

Prior to her current role, Jane has held a number of different roles within HR supporting NatWest Markets, Commercial & Private Banking and latterly Services & Functions. Jane is now the Head of Colleague Experience & Proposition and is responsible for the bank’s strategy and propositions on Inclusion, Wellbeing and Colleague Experience. Leading a team to ensure that those propositions attract, retain and develop a diverse profile of people.

Jane is an experienced leader, line manager, facilitator, mentor and coach with over 25 years of experience in learning and leadership development, talent management, resourcing and organisational effectiveness. Jane has a real passion for supporting people learn, grow and reaching their potential. Jane is CIPD qualified and has a Diploma in Executive Coaching.

Outside of work, Jane is on the Board of Trustees for Power 2, a leading youth development charity who believe there is no greater cost to society than unfulfilled potential.

 

Lorraine Gray - Director, Pursuit Marketing

Lorraine Gray is Director of Pursuit Marketing (4icg Group), a Glasgow headquartered Demand Generation Agency specialising in the Technology sector.

Winner of ‘Business Woman of the Year 2019’, Lorraine has been pivotal in the creation and development of Pursuit’s renowned workplace culture – the first business to launch a true 4-day week in September 2016.

In the past two years, the business has expanded internationally, opening offices in Spain and Turkey, where Pursuit’s award-winning flexible working programmes have been replicated with great success.

 

 

Lorraine Lee - Workforce Equalities Team Leader, Scottish Government

Prior to joining Scottish Government in 2012 Lorraine worked as a qualified Careers Advisor in outreach programmes and schools across Glasgow and the West of Scotland before embarking on managing the ‘Addressing Gender Imbalance’ priority of the European Structural Fund programme on behalf of Scottish Government. She then worked as a State Aid specialist before returning to work to advance women’s equality in the labour market and now heads up the team tasked with taking forward Scottish Government’s actions to reduce the Gender Pay Gap in Scotland. Her team produced the Fairer Scotland for Women: Gender Pay Gap Action Plan and more recently the Guidance on Working from Home to support employers and workers to adapt to working from home during the pandemic and beyond. Lorraine’s team is responsible for supporting Flexibility Works.

 

Richard Muir - Deputy Chief Executive, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Richard joined the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce as Commercial Director in December 2009 and was promoted to Deputy Chief Executive in July 2012 and his key responsibilities lie around commercial strategy and revenue generation through membership services, marketing and communications, events and training and international trade development. In recent times Richard has been involved in an ambitious growth plan for the Chamber which includes a membership drive and new marketing campaign as well as working trade partnerships with overseas Chambers of Commerce in New York, Northern Italy and Bavaria & Berlin and Shanghai and devising a local export partnership and consultancy services.

He lives in the Trossachs and has a passion for sports, the great outdoors and travel and can be occasionally found touring Scotland’s B roads in his VW campervan.

 

Tania Hemming - Marketing & Business Development Director, Morton Fraser

Tania is the Director of Marketing and Business Development for Morton Fraser, one of Scotland's growing independent law firms and an organisation in the Top 100 UK Companies in the Sunday Times 'Best Companies to Work For'. Seen as a change agent, she has over 25 years as a marketer and business strategist and has led a number of award winning teams.

Having worked reduced hours for the last 18 years, Tania actively looks to change the agenda on agile working, especially for women in leadership roles, and her personal mission is to see more women on boards in Scotland working flexibly and roles being advertised with flexible working patterns as a default not an exception.

To help champion change on creating a flexible workforce, Tania has been a member on the Working Families UK Advisory Group Scotland and has spoken at The Management Today Inspiring Women in Business Conference Edinburgh, Holyrood Insight - Women Mean Business Forum and Whitespace Women (a forum created to encourage women to enter the creative industries sector).

Alongside this, Tania is also a Non-Executive Director of Age Scotland Enterprises, an Executive Business Coach, and a Mentor for the Scottish Chamber of Commerce Future Female Business Leaders' Programme.

Meet the Sponsors & Supporters

 

 

 

 

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