Meet the Awards Team...

Meet the team bringing you the Mpower National Business Awards - including our panel of expert judges

Experts in every sense of the word

Our judges have all been chosen because they are experienced and successful business owners in their own right, but it goes further than that! 

Not only is each team member a parent (in some cases grandparent), each of our Mpower judges is a role model when it comes to true success as a parent in business, and building a successful business The Mpower Way - making a difference in the world through a business we love, while making a difference at home for the ones we cherish. 

They know first hand the unique set of challenges and constraints a woman faces when building a business from scratch and raising a family at the same time...

Nicola Huelin (Founder & Head Judge)

Nicola Huelin and her partner Graham Wilson have four wonderful children.  Nicola has supported hundreds of women across the UK to build a successful business they love without compromising the family life they cherish.  She is a multi-award winning, certified business coach & mentor, transformational speaker and author of the acclaimed book for Mumpreneurs The Invisible Revolution

With over 20 years experience in business, Nicola is also registered MAC coach (Member) with the Association for Coaching, holds graduate and postgraduate business qualifications with a specialism in Marketing, and was an approved Marketing Advisor on the government’s Business Growth Voucher programme. 

Founder of Mpower for Mums in business - Nicola's work has been featured on international TV and radio, and has received multiple awards, including Mentor of the year 2016.

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Emily Thorpe (Co-organiser & Judge)

Emily is on a mission to help busy mums achieve work-life balance, experience guilt-free parenting and enjoy a happy business and working life.

Emily is a professional, award-winning coach, speaker, founder of Happy Working Mum and Author of The Working Mum's Five Step Solution To Having It All.  Emily is also the founder of a working parent's well-being consultancy for organisations.

Following a successful 20 year high-pressure career as an Air Traffic controller whilst raising her two boys, Jakey and Fin, Emily is an expert on supporting working and business Mums.

Emily is the UK's leading voice on guilt-free parenting, often appears on the radio, and is launching a national UK Guilt-Free Parenting campaign this year.

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Tracey Wall (Co-organiser & Judge)

Tracey Wall is a leading professional Confidence and Mindset Coach, author, transformational speaker and founder of Empowering Mums & Empowering Mumpreneurs.

Seeking greater flexibility to be the mum she wanted to be following the arrival of her daughter, Tracey left the corporate world behind, graduated with Distinction in Personal Performance Coaching and founded her own business. Her business experience and achievements now span in excess of twenty years and have won her multiple awards.

Tracey is the original Confidence Coach specialising in supporting mums and mumpreneurs who find themselves overwhelmed, low in confidence, procrastinating with their fears leaving them consumed by self-doubt. Boosting their confidence, introducing a self-care routine that meets their needs and helping gain clarity on what it is they really want. Tracey inspires and encourages women to achieve transformational change both in their personal and business lives.

Her expertise is frequently called upon to mentor, speak and comment, featuring in many publications, in-house coach for an online magazine and twice appearing alongside Myleene Klass in her online video series and TV series for parents as a Confidence and Balance Expert for mums.

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Lucy Griffin-Stiff (Co-organiser & Judge)

Lucy Griffin-Stiff has helped some of the biggest, well known, brands communicate clearly over the past 20 years.  Lucy is a brand and communications strategist with a gift for finding the words, messages and hidden stories businesses can use to engage with their audience.

After decades consulting and commuting to the city, the arrival of Lucy’s daughter was the motivation behind setting up her new business -  Starting Conversations ™. Lucy was determined to set up a business that was flexible for family life, and that used her talents to help others do the same too.

Lucy now helps small business owners (many who are Mumpreneurs) build brilliant brands around their business offer, and shows them how to communicate clearly so people buy what they do.

Lucy holds an honours degree in Media Production from Bournemouth University and her forthcoming book, “Brand Before Logo -The Essential Guide to Building an Authentic Brand you and your Customers will Love” will be out this year.

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Ruth Oshikanlu (Judge)

Ruth Oshikanlu is a multi award-winning Pregnancy Mindset Expert, inspirational speaker and author of Tune In To Your Baby: Because Babies Don’t Come With An Instruction Manual.

Following the birth of her son Joshua, Ruth left a 24 year, award-winning career with the NHS to start her own private practice in London’s Harley to help women eliminate anxiety, fear and stress around their pregnancy so that they can bond with their baby, remain pregnant and importantly enjoy the experience.

A nationally recognised expert in midwifery, health visiting and parenting Ruth is the creator of Tune In To Your Baby a holistic parenting programme that enables pregnant women and new mothers to develop secure attachments with their babies from the womb, thus promoting maternal and infant mental health.

A TV and Radio expert for pregnancy, and maternal and infant mental health issues, Ruth is also a regular columnist in The Nursing Times Leadership Academy Series, Community Practitioner and Journal of Health Visiting. Ruth is also a regular guest lecturer at numerous universities on the subject of parental-foetal attachment, the subject of the PhD she is currently undertaking.

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Dawn Cummins (Judge)

Dawn is a Transformational Author / Healer. She has published two beautiful inspirational books Message of Love and Invisible Wings;The Power of Invisibility. These healing books encourage and support earth angels, carers, light workers and highly sensitive people, empowering them as they go through their own transformation, discovering their true life purpose.

Mother, and also a grandmother, Dawn is also the founder of Spirit of Dawn, Dawn has 25 years experience as a healer /spiritual counsellor, having qualified in counselling and psychotherapy, becoming an accredited life coach and a Reiki Master,

Communication became her life purpose, bringing love and joy to the world, making a difference. As a true messenger of love, her powerful loving presence helps others connect to their own spiritual strength, embracing their unique gifts that will also help bless the planet.

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Gayle Berry (Judge)

Gayle Berry is an international author and expert on infant massage and yoga, mother of three, founder of Blossom & Berry, and UK Director of the charity Love Support Unite and is mum to three amazing children.

Gayle founded Blossom & Berry in 2001 as a result of her experiences as a nervous new mother, feeling lost and unsure how to make her daughter happy. It sent her on an incredible journey that would completely change her life, going from city lawyer to a baby massage instructor and building a successful business that has trained hundreds of baby massage teachers all over the world.

Gayle's expertise in a nutshell: BA, Dip. Law, PGCE, IAIM, Birthlight, Dip Hypno, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Life Coach ITEC Massage, Author, Pregnancy and Post Natal Yoga Teacher, Children’s Yoga Teacher, Doula & Sleep Consultant.

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Graham Wilson (Judge)

Graham is one of the UK's top Leadership experts, author and international speaker. He is on a mission to change the way organisations are being led and has developed over 75,000 leaders globally.

Graham is a highly successful entrepreneur and founder of the award winning Successfactory, creator of ChangePro (how to deliver fast change) and author of the acclaimed book Leadership Laid Bare! The naked truth of great leadership.

His expertise includes: Leadership Development, Value Innovation, Vitality, Agility, Leading Change, Developing High Performance Teams, Executive Coaching, Programme and Project Management, and Sales Force Transformation.

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Amanda Flanders (2018 Gala Event Manager)

Amanda Flanders ‘Unique Event Creator, Organiser & Coordinator’. Owner of Butterflies Events, consisting of Butterflies Business Events & Butterflies & Dreams Events.

Mummy to the most amazing, gorgeous five year old daughter, a radio show presenter, speaker, educator, lover of wine & an award-winning event manager; working with business owners, helping them to host the most amazing events, making them effortless or worth the effort.

Amanda loves working with business owners, helping them to create & organise unique events, ensuring they stand out from the crowd. She offers a creative flair to any event, as well as attention to detail & a passion for organisation.

Amanda believes that hosting an event is one of the most effective ways to get directly in front of your target audience. By making sure your event is memorable, for all the right reason & ensuring it is effortless or worth the effort, will guarantee it is a tremendous success.

Amanda has found running her own business an incredible journey, that feels like being on a permanent roller-coaster. She loves to share her story of how she got started, the help & support she received and the amazing direction in which her life and business have gone, in the hope that it will inspire others, with the understanding that anything is possible, providing you are prepared to work hard enough for it.

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Liane Orgill (Team Assistant)

Liane is an all round angel and life saver, in her role as both Personal Assistant to Nicola, and providing pivotal support to the Awards team.

Liane is mum to three wonderful young children, and knows first hand about what it takes for mums on a mission to combine business success with raising a family!

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