Our leading panel of judges are industry professionals who have in-depth experience of running events. Each of our judges are allocated an award category and vote independently and separately to score each entry. They then meet to share scoring and discuss feedback to consolidate the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

Mark Riches

Industry Investor and Advisor,

Until April 2019 Mark was co-founder of global events agency FIRST.  Today he is a mentor to future business leaders, NED/advisor, and investor into boutique projects.

He is an experienced business leader, strategic thinker, developer of talent, and specialist in event marketing.  With extensive creative, commercial and international experience, Mark has worked for some of the world’s top brands, resulting in growing the market-leading multi-destination agency FIRST.  Now working as an NED, SME advisor and investor into boutique high-potential entrepreneurial businesses, Mark lives in South London with his wife and black Labrador ‘Bill’.  When not working or exploring the world travelling, he loves to cook (in fact he trained as a chef!).