Judges (Gatwick Diamond)

We are proud to announce our Judges for the Gatwick Diamond region for 2016  









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.









Rebecca Glazebrook//Partner//PDT Solicitors Rebecca is a Solicitor and Partner at PDT Solicitors. She has over 14 years’ experience advising businesses and specialises in corporate finance matters including acquisitions and mergers, MBOs/MBIs, investments, re-organisations and refinancing. Rebecca regularly advises technology companies, angel investors, professionals, clients in the food industry, manufacturing and many others.









Daryl Gayler//Managing Director – South Region // RBS Group Daryl has worked in banking for over 25 years and heads up the Corporate lending business in the South of England for RBS. He is also a Board Member of Coast to Capital, the local enterprise partnership which mirrors his role at RBS in terms of its focus on supporting the growth and development of the local business community.









Matthew Tyson//Partner//Richard Place Dobson As accountants, we focus on building relationships with our clients, helping them to achieve their personal and business goals. We are also specialists in providing accountancy services for the charity sector.








Zoe Wright//B&CE //Director of People and Premises Zoe joined B&CE in 2013, she is responsible for designing and implementing people strategies across the business including recruitment, performance management, reward, employee engagement and people development strategies. Zoe has 18 years’ experience in people management and organisational development within the private and public sectors and she has a MSc. in Human Resource Management as well as being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.  









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.


Stephen McCann, VP Avionics UK

Stephen McCann was appointed Vice President for the UK within Thales’ Global Avionics Business in July 2016. He has general management responsibility for the Flight Avionics and Training & Simulation businesses located in the UK with around 800 employees, supplying customers worldwide.

For the vast majority of his career Stephen worked for Rolls-Royce in a variety of customer facing roles, in aerospace and energy markets for over 30 years. Directly prior to joining Thales he worked for Siemens Distributed Generation business.

Stephen joined Rolls Royce 1984 as an undergraduate trainee, studying aeronautical engineering at Glasgow University. During his career with Rolls-Royce he lived in Montreal, Washington DC and Abu Dhabi, and worked in a number of customer focussed sales and services roles. He is passionate about customers and people.

Stephen lives in Crawley and Gloucestershire, with his wife and twin daughters.


Ben Towers // Towers Design // Social Marley    At just 17 Ben is CEO of multi-award winning digital agency – Towers Design and social media managing platform – Social Marley and has recently become a non-executive director of Young Start-up Talent.  Ben is one of the UK’s most successful young entrepreneurs and has had great success as a worldwide keynote speaker. He has recently been named by Richard Branson as one of the worlds most exciting entrepreneurs as well as being placed as Number One in The Times ‘Super Teen Power List’.