Meet Our Hostess

Mary Flavelle
Queen of Networking, Business Woman of 2017 and Founder of one of the UK's largest women's networks.


Mary Flavelle is the Ambassador for Women at SEEDA.

Mary Flavelle is commonly known throughout the UK as the ‘Queen of Networks’. It is often said that who Mary doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing! Throughout her lengthy career, Mary has had various radio and TV appearances. The following are just some of the roles she has held: Ambassador for Women, Chairman of the East Berkshire branch of Federation of Small Businesses, Head Judge for the Young Enterprise scheme and Judge at Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards for London and South East.


                       Meet The Judges

Judging of nominations will be happening in Decemeber 2018


Paul Waite
CEO of Aspen Waite. (Main Awards Sponsor)

Paul is a driven and passionate individual with a wealth of experience across a range of the UK and International industries and sectors. Paul has a strong background in marketing and accounting. Paul specializes in working with SMEs and has a proven track record in helping them to grow and succeed.  Having worked for “the big four”, Paul has gained a national reputation within the accountancy sector, his experience and industry knowledge has to lead him on to work with any sized company throughout the UK



Roslyn Bell 
National Female Property Tycoon with a £14 Million Business Empire.

When only given years to live, Rosyln Bell developed a Business Plan from her hospital bed. She wanted to ensure that her children had a stable future if the doctor's prognosis was correct. Thankfully it wasn't and Roslyn Roslyn went on to business a £14 Million Business Empire. 

After 28yrs as a female in a male-dominated industry, Rosyln is a serial entrepreneur, business owner and investor that brings a vast wealth of knowledge and experience to the judging panel. She hasn't just fought sickness, she has battled some of the nation's biggest banks and successfully won. Roslyn is looking to recognise and reward courage, self-belief and the determination to make it happen against all the odds.


Ben Towers 

Award Winning Young Entrepreneur aged 19 who carried out a multi-million-pound merger of his company he started from his bedroom when aged 11. 


Ben Towers who has been named by Richard Branson as “one of the UK’s most exciting entrepreneurs who at only 19 years old recently completed a multi-million-pound merger with his marketing agency he founded when just 11. Ben brings a different approach when judging, which is derived from his own experience as a young business-minded teen who has grown to become a multi-award winner by the age of 19. Ben has been named as one of the most influential entrepreneurs on the planet and already has a wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on in this fascinating talk looking at his journey from his bedroom to the boardroom.



Jackie Chappell
The First Woman CEO of British Rail, Award Winning Business Woman, Serial Entrepreneur.  

When Jackie Chappell went to her first board meeting within British Rail they thought that she was the minute taker; they were wrong she was the NEW CEO!
Jackie Chappell brings a huge amount of corporate experience to this years judging panel as she has smashed the ceiling of one if Britains hardest industries.
Jackie has worked with UK Prime Ministers, Cabinet Members and Union Bosses. In this male-dominated sector, Jackie Chappell had a successful career in the rail industry where she rose from being a part-time employee selling tickets to become the Chief Executive of the Industry’s Training and Competence Company, making her the first ever women CEO in the British rail industry. After leaving the rail industry, Jackie has gone to a build a mega business empire within Thames Valley which now is also a market leader within her industry. 
Jackie continues to fight for equality and challenges perceptions to help women put their best foot forward in their career.




Juliane Ponan 
The Award Winning Young Entrepreneur who tamed BBC Dragon Deborah Meaden.

Julianne has recently appeared on  BBC’s Dragon’s Den and secured an investment offer from Deborah Meaden. Julianne has won many awards it is hard to list them all. Just some of the awards that she has won are as follows “The Guardian’s “Business Leader of the Year award” and has also been awarded “Young Person in Business Award” by the FSB. Julianne is incredibly inspirational and one of the UK's youngest and most successful entrepreneurs.
Julianne took her business from loss to profit within 18 months and has managed to get her products stocked across the UK in some of the nation's biggest supermarkets (ASDA, TESCO's, CO-OP, SAINSBURYS).


More Judges Announced Soon!

           How Does The Judging Work?


  • Judges will review all nominations and will then develop a short list for each category.
  • Judges will consider each entry submission against the category criteria and their discretion based on their relevant expertise.
  • The role of the Chair of Judges is to clarify the criteria and to mediate in the event of a draw to determine a clear winner. The Chair of Judges does not have a casting vote.
  • Judges' decisions are final and binding, and no discussions or correspondence will be allowed relating to any of their choices. Judges will be present at the awards ceremony and will be happy to given feedback as to their decisions after the awards ceremony.
  • Any entrant who, in the opinion of the judges or the organisers, is perceived to have harassed or bribed any member of the panel or the Thames Valley Business and Community Awards team will have their entry disqualified.
  • The Thames Valley Business and Community Awards reserves the right to withdraw an entry from the judging process at any time if the entry is deemed inappropriate for any reason.
  • If any entrant has knowingly provided false information on their application for their entry, The Thames Valley Business and Community Awards reserves the right to withdraw any award at any time submitted by that organisation.
  • By entering or agreeing to participate in The Thames Valley Business and Community Awards, all entrants agree to the above terms and conditions.
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