Judges (East Kent)








Keith Cane// Town & Country Housing Association

Keith is currently Regional Operations Manager at Town & Country Housing Group and has a wealth of experience gained from more than 30 years in the sector.

Having started his housing career with the Crown Estate, Keith has also worked at a senior level for a number of Housing Associations and Local Authorities.  He was instrumental in establishing East Kent Housing as the country’s first multi council ALMO.

In his role at Town & Country Keith is responsible for the delivery of housing management services to residents of more than 2,000 homes across East and North Kent.

Lorraine Nugent // Managing Director // Media Word Waves

Lorraine Nugent heads up a leading public relations agency, Media Word Waves, based in the South East. Lorraine has no shortage of expertise in media relations. Lorraine has developed strong links in both local and national media. Previously, Lorraine worked at both Price Waterhouse Coopers and Deloittes in their marketing Departments.

As one of the original initiator’s of this project, Lorraine is in the community to further inspire and create employment opportunities.

Matt Turner //  Managing Director // Creative Pod Ltd

Matt started his own business at just 20 years old and won young entrepreneur of the year and Business Person of the Year at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. Matt is MD of Creative Pod who are a leading design, marketing and print agency based in the South East. As one of the initiators of Young Start-up Talent. Matt is passionate about encouraging enterprise and other young people to start their own business.






Pete Kenyon// Partner// Cripps

Cripps Partner, Pete Kenyon has over 17 years’ experience as a lawyer, specialising in information technology and media. He has an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for helping start-ups set up their business, from ensuring commercial contracts are in place to ownership and licensing of intellectual property through to the distribution of their products and use of e-commerce.






Tracy Newton//Director//Local World South East

Tracy Newton is the Advertisement Director of Local World South East which covers 34 newspaper titles, 13 online local news sites, which incorporate the Canterbury Times Series and Folkestone and Dover Herald Express and the Isle of Thanet Gazette.

Tracy has over 25 years experience in media sales working at both regional and National level.

Stephen Mason // Mason Consulting

Stephen Mason is a Director of Mason Consulting. His specialist areas are management and financial markets. Stephen’s companies have a combined group turnover of £60m. Stephen is looking to invest in one of our finalists.






Dara Chauhan//RBS

Dara Chauhan is Director, Corporate & Commercial Banking for NatWest in Canterbury, Ashford and Tunbridge Wells. Dara and his team of Relationship Directors and Senior Relationship Managers along with a support team look after the SME market. Having joined the bank in 2002 Dara has carried out various senior roles in London and the South East.