We are thrilled to formally introduce our Judges in The Big 5000 Design competition! The competition is now at the Judging panel and the standard is truly amazing. Nicky and Sara have been really humbled by our members that have taken the time to enter.
We are also really excited by the calibre of our judges! They are all successful business ladies, with multiple roles and sparkling careers so to take time out to get involved in this competition is truly appreciated. This is one lucky design competition! Without further ado, allow us to introduce ....
Meg is a talented web and graphic designer and runs White Ochre Design LTD. She manages her design business alongside raising her young family. She has three children, two school age and a toddler. White Ochre is thriving; from it’s humble beginnings it now has an impressive array of portfolios from SMEs to much larger corporate clients.
Never one to be under committed, Meg also writes! She is the Author of Bringing Up Brits: Expat Parents Raising Cross-Cultural Kids in Britain, a book for parents who are from other countries and cultures and who are raising their children in Britain.
From 2009 to 2011, Meg was the Worthing Manager of The Mumpreneurs Networking Club a role she relished, but with White Ochre going from strength to strength, she knew it was time to pass on the batton! She is still a member and continues to champion, support and mentor business women within the MNC network and remains the Club’s designer. Meg is thrilled to be on the judging panel for the Big 5000 and is looking forward to this momentous celebration in October.
Dee is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the World’s largest marketing body. Dee has 28 years’ marketing experience gained working with blue chip organisations and SMEs. She has a track record of planning and delivering successful campaigns on a shoestring budget and is an experienced, highly effective trouble shooter.
She is also a professional speaker on a mission to show that marketing is not about theory and pie charts and you don’t need deep pockets to promote your business.
Dee has won 10 awards for her press releases adverts and business articles from ABC1 audited publications. Dee is also the author of the Number 1 best selling small business marketing book on Amazon, The Ultimate Small Business Marketing Book with 72 5 star reviews (Dee Self published and Amazon promote her book extensively) Dee has Chronic Repetitive Strain Injury in her upper body and so dictates her books instead of clattering on the keyboard. Just goes to show you can be perfectly imperfect and still achieve your goals!
Charlie is a wife, mum and author - although not always necessarily in that order. The birth of her little boy sparked her creative side and she has been charting the milestone moments in her life ever since. Her books are true diaries that also include useful tips and advice. She began with The True Diary of a Bride-to-be her wedding journal, followed by The True Diary of a Mum-to-be a pregnancy companion and her most recent The True Diary of Baby’s First Year a mothering companion.
Charlie is currently working on a compilation book 100 Little Words on Parenthood, as well as The Toddler Files which will recount her son's first birthday through to his first day at school, which will be in September.
When she's not writing you can usually find her in a sandpit, at the farm or a park. Of all the amazing things she has achieved in her life, being a mum is at the very top of the list.
Alex Jenkins is Editor of ‘etc’ magazine. During the past seven years ‘etc’ has grown through reader and advertiser demand and is now the widest distributed free magazine in Sussex, publishing 40,000 copies each month across East and West Sussex. In 2008 ‘etc’ was awarded the ‘niche publication of the year award’ at the prestigious Newspaper Society Awards. Alex started her job as etc's editor in January and since then has been working hard to uphold the magazine's great reputation. She has worked for Johnston Press for the last five years, working on its various titles including the West Sussex County Times and the Worthing Herald. However, before she trained as a journalist she was a student writer for the Worthing Herald – a move which led her to follow her career into magazines and newspapers.
Paul is a knowledgable business entrepreneur, he has a high level of empathy with the restrictions for businesses in the current economy, and maximises the potential of enabling a business network event to provide quality outcomes from introductions to like minded businesses. He has an impressive portfolio , including Founding Member at Brighton Business Club, Marketing & Business Development Manager.at Sussex Business Bureau, Events Organiser at Federation of Small Businesses. Paul is a respected campaigner for SME rights and strident supporter of local businesses. He is a family man, married to a successful business woman with two young girls.