Category Archives: Judges

  Back to judges

Ian Dunstall is a brand strategy and development consultant to the hospitality sector. Recent clients include a broad cross section of the industry from pubs (Stonegate, Young’s, Oakman Inns), casual dining (Pizza Hut Restaurants, TGI Fridays, Browns) and fast casual (YO! Sushi, Wrapchic, Raising Canes). Client projects range from brand strategy/ brand relevance reviews to […]

Neil’s career spans 30 years with blue chip corporate and private equity businesses covering the retail, leisure and property sectors. He is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Board of City Pub Company – the AIM listed leisure business and Starstock a PE backed ecommerce drinks business. Neil is also an executive coach and mentor […]

From bus boy to Bar Academy, Matthew has devoted his working life to changing and improving guest experience in the on trade. From these beginnings, over the past 24 years, he has built up his reputation as a bar consultant, managed nightclubs, restaurants and live music venues. Following this, he broadened his business, brand and […]

David has spent all his working life in publishing as a pub/restaurant inspector and writer and as a guidebook author and editor. From chief pub inspector and writer with Egon Ronay’s Guides and the Which? Guide to Country Pubs, David has edited the AA Pub Guide and Room at the Inn, and developed and edited […]

Peter Hansen founded Sapient Corporate Finance in 1997 to provide independent corporate finance and strategy advice to companies in the pub and leisure sectors. Since Sapient’s founding in 1997, we have completed over 100 transactions for consideration of £17bn and 29 transactions for consideration of £4bn since 2009. Most recently, Sapient acted as financial adviser […]

Tracy has broad experience in marketing, communications, public relations, sponsorship and event management. She has spent the last 13 years working in the entertainment and sports media industry as the Director of Marketing for Sky TV’s B2B division. Tracy’s career has taken her around the world, beginning at Disney in Paris before moving to Zurich […]

Paul Hegarty is Honorary Secretary to the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group.  He has worked in the industry for thirty years having joined Bass Brewers as a research scientist in 1986. He held various technical roles before moving into communication when the company was acquired by Coors in 2002 and was responsible for managing the […]

Kate is an experienced freelance PR and Communications professional with over 15 years’ experience in the beer and pub industry. She has a proven track record in developing and implementing marketing, PR and social media strategies for individual pubs, pub groups and beer brands.  Her work included pub openings, corporate initiatives, crisis management, launch of […]