Charity Awards 2018 The judges

An independent judging panel of 12 individuals who have devoted enormous amounts of energy and dedication to the sector themselves, provide expert scrutiny to ensure The Charity Awards winners really deserve the accolade. They take a range of attributes – our ‘Hallmarks of Excellence’ – into account.

Our judges are bound by a conflict policy.


Read more about the 2018 judges below.

Prem Goyal OBE

Prem Goyal is the founder and CEO of Global Markets Consultants, a management consultancy firm operating in London, New York and Tokyo. Originally from New Delhi, India, Prem had very modest beginnings.

Petra Ingram

Petra is an experienced charity sector leader. She qualified as an accountant at a young age and went on to develop her career in the commercial sector as an international manager in the European division of Gillette.

Ruth Ruderham

Ruth is director of fundraising at the Prince’s Trust International, where she is combining her experience of building a fundraising programme from scratch at Canal & River Trust, one of the UK’s largest ever start-up charities, and her understanding of international development, to help set up this new charity.

Martin Edwards

Martin Edwards has been chief executive of Julia’s House, the Dorset & Wiltshire children’s hospice, since 2005. Julia’s House won the Healthcare category at the Charity Awards in 2012 for innovative family support and national lobbying.

Richard Hawkes

Richard Hawkes is the chief executive of the British Asian Trust, founded by leading Asian business leaders and HRH The Prince of Wales to support positive developments across South Asia.


Dr John Low CBE

Dr John Low has been Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) since 2007, prior to which he was Chief Executive of RNID, the national charity for deaf and hard of hearing people, now known as Action On Hearing Loss.

Su Sayer CBE

Su Sayer is chair of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and founder director at United Response, the learning disability charity that she co-founded in 1973.

Andrew Hind CB

Andrew has been a leading figure in civil society for 30 years. He was the first chief executive of the Charity Commission from 2004 until 2010, and is widely credited with ensuring the sector had a regulator that was fit for purpose during this period.

Cathy Phelan-Watkins

In her capacity as an arts practitioner, Cathy is known for her challenging explorations of gender stereotypes and has been involved with arts charities for 30 years.

Danielle Walker Palmour

Danielle Walker Palmour is the director of the Friends Provident Foundation, an independent grantmaking charity that was established from unclaimed shares arising from the de-mutualisation of Friends Provident Life Office in 2001.

Andy Pitt

Andy joined Rathbones in early 2014 as an Investment Director and Head of Charities, London, following his previous role as Head of Charities at Newton Investment Management.

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