The Judges

Lisa Conway Hughes

Lisa Conway Hughes

Lisa Conway-Hughes is a Chartered Financial Adviser and a Fellow of The Personal Finance Society. Lisa joined the financial industry 15 years ago and was named as Financial Adviser of the Year 2020 – London.

Lisa, also known as Miss Lolly, writes, speaks, tweets, and blogs on all things money related. Lisa is passionate about making financial education open to all and loves taking the jargon out of the financial world. Lisa is the author of Money Lessons and features regularly as a media expert in the female press and newspaper as well as the BBC News.

A little bit of knowledge is all you need to make a start in getting your finances under firm control. Strong financial foundations will help you to enjoy the standard of living you want for yourself and your family, now and in the future. But money matters are forever changing, just like your financial priorities, which means you need to be continually learning – and that’s what is here for.

Iain Wright - Director For business and industrial strategy, ICAEW


Iain Wright trained as a Chartered Accountant and worked at Deloitte and Touche from 1995-2003. He was elected as the Member of Parliament for Hartlepool in 2004 and served in this capacity until 2017, until he decided not to seek re-election. Iain served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing and Planning in the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2007 to 2009 and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for 14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships between 2009 and 2010 in the Gordon Brown Government.

Between 2011 and 2015 he was the opposition spokesman for Industry. Then from 2015 - 2017, he was the Chairman of Parliament’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, where he led high profile inquiries into the sale of BHS and working practices at Sports Direct. He stood down at the 2017 General Election and joined ICAEW in April 2018. Iain is a Governor of Middlesbrough College. He also chairs the policy forum of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He has an MA in History from University College London and obtained an MBA with Distinction from Durham University in 2019.

Andrew Goodacre

Andrew Goodacre

Andrew Goodacre has been the CEO for the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) since September 2018, having previously spent many years in the hospitality. Bira represents more than 4,000 independent retailers throughout the UK, ranging from a small hardware shop to an independent department store. Andrew believes that independents are at the heart of every good high street and will continue to make a valuable contribution to their local economies and local communities.

Paul Scully MP

Paul Scully MP

Paul Scully was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 13 February 2020. He is responsible for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets and Minister for London.

Paul is a British politician serving as the Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam since 2015. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as its vice chairman for the London region from 2017 to 2019. Paul was born in Rugby, Warwickshire. He moved to London after graduating and ran a number of small businesses.

Professor Tim Vorley - Sheffield University Management School

Professor Tim Vorley

Professor Tim Vorley is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Brookes Business School, and leads on Entrepreneurship and Enterprise at Oxford Brookes University. Tim’s research is on entrepreneurship, enterprise and regional economic development, with a particular interest in business model innovation and productivity. He works extensively with government departments, and has been involved in a number of projects examining the impact of Covid-19 on small and micro businesses. Tim is also Vice-Chair of the Small Business Charter, created by Lord Young to recognise business schools that play an effective role in supporting small businesses and student entrepreneurship.