Judging Panel

Sir John Southby Bt
 
Having graduated and trained as an electrical distribution engineer, and holding various engineering posts throughout the East Midlands, Sir John Southby Bt came to Milton Keynes in 1991 as District Manager. He quickly became involved in the business community. This led to the formation of the Large Employers Association (LEA) which he Chaired until 1998. The LEA represented large businesses both Local and International in Milton Keynes, and has now evolved into Milton Keynes Business Leaders Partnership (MKBLP).
 
Whilst also being involved with Rotary International, both in Milton Keynes and at a wider District and National level, Sir John continues to support MKBLP and attends as many events as possible. Throughout his time in Milton Keynes Sir John has been committed to supporting businesses of all sizes and is delighted to be able to help recognise their achievements tonight. 
 
Josie Fraser, Execuive Dean, The Open University
 

Executive Dean Josie Fraser, Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Josie recently joined The Open University us from Bradford University, bringing a strong teaching and research record, a passion for technology-enhanced learning and a commitment to making a difference for our students.
 
Josie has championed team-based learning as a teaching style on the national and international stage and has helped develop the apprenticeships and internationalisation agendas at her university. She has also promoted initiatives to broaden access to and participation in STEM subjects for under-represented groups and worked on gender representation in the Faculty of Life Sciences. Josie’s research focus has been on animal learning and memory.
 
In 2014, she won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
 
Jon Corbett, Director; Head of SME, South East Midlands & Cambridgeshire, Barclays
 
The Regional Head of SME for Barclay across the Beds, Bucks, Northants & Cambs area, Jon has previously worked across a variety of roles within Barclays having joined the organisation in 1987 in Milton Keynes.  Predominantly Jon’s career has been within the corporate environment where he has led various teams across the Northern Home Counties and South Midlands area.
 
Having lived in the Milton Keynes area all his life, Jon was delighted to be appointed the as Head of Larger Corporate Banking for the Northampton and Milton Keynes team in 2009. Subsequently Jon has been leading the Barclays Corporate & Business Banking Team across the counties Beds, Bucks and Northants before taking on his current additional broader responsibilities during the course of 2016.   During this period of time Jon has also over seen the opening of the Corporate Banking Teams new premises based in The Lakes, Northampton
 
Jon is a Board Member of the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, an envoy for South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership and is on the steering committee for the High Performance Technology and Motorsport Cluster Report.  Furthermore Jon sits on the Strategic Oversight Board for the Midlands Engine Investment Fund where he represents the South East Midlands LEP’s
 
An avid sports fan Jon is a passionate Derby County supporter whilst he also played football to a semi-professional level up until his retirement and is also a Uefa B Qualified football coach. More recently Jon has become a committed runner, having completed several marathons.
 
Jon is married to Alison with 3 children Sam, Jacob and Molly and lives in Milton Keynes.
 

Ben McDonald, Senior Partner, KPMG

Ben is KPMG's Senior Partner in the Milton Keynes office, which provides business advice, tax support, audit and consulting projects to companies across the city and surrounding areas.
 
He also leads KPMG Enterprise in the UK. Enterprise is KPMG’s commitment to work with privately-owned businesses throughout all stages of their journey, from early stage start-ups to established middle-market and family businesses.
 
Prior to his current roles, Ben advised some of the UK’s largest companies on pensions and benefits-related issues. Ben lives in Hertfordshire, and enjoys spending time with his wife and three young boys.  He gets his thinking time outside of work by going for frequent long runs in the countryside, and has completed various races including three marathons.

Ben Turner, Managing Director, Simply Race and Virtually Entertained

Founder and Managing Director of Simply Race, a motorsport simulator venue in Stacey Bushes Milton Keynes. Ben started Simply Race as a social but competitive venue where people can race cars and tracks against friends, colleagues and families on state-of the-art hardware. The venue features 15 simulators alongside a bar/café and caters for groups of corporate events, junior parties, eSports competitions and more. Over the last two years, the venue has received hundreds of five-star reviews, received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and was voted ‘Leisure Attraction of the Year’ by members of the public at the MK Food and Leisure Awards 2017.
 
Ben also heads up Virtually Entertained, a eSports event company. Virtually Entertained provides specialist gaming PCs, tech support and live broadcasting solutions for some the world’s largest virtual racing competitions and are currently involved in running the “World’s Fastest Gamer” competition for McLaren.
 
As the winner of ‘Young Businessperson of the Year’ at last year’s awards, Ben is delighted to be joining the judging panel and contributing to a fantastic event from the other side of the table.
 
Carole Mills, Chief Executive, Milton Keynes Council 
 
Carole joined Milton Keynes Council as Chief Executive in July 2014.  
 
MK is one of the UK's fastest growing cities so her focus is on the growth agenda, City development and increased demand at a time of great change. The Council asked the MK Futures 2050 Commission to take stock and consider how this might best be done. Their July 2016 report Making a Great City Greater advocates six big projects to take the city forward. 
 
Carole also leads an internal change programme placing commercialism, commissioning and customer access at the heart of service design and delivery. Carole was previously Deputy CEO & Corporate Director for Resources at Nottingham City Council - one of England's Core Cities - where she worked for six years. 
 
Here she led a successful and extensive transformation programme, which delivered renewed city vision, improved leadership and a new operating model alongside high quality commissioning, financial management and commercialism. 
 
Whilst Acting CEO in 2012, Carole oversaw the launch of the Nottingham Growth Plan, the landing of the City Deal and led the transfer of Public Health into the City Council
Ian Revell, Chief Executive, Milton Keynes Community Foundation 
 
After 17 years as CEO of Milton Keynes YMCA, Ian was appointed CEO of MK Community Foundation following a rigorous recruitment campaign. 
 
Ian is firmly committed to working in the Voluntary Sector to bring about positive social opportunities. An accomplished networker, Ian operates across all sectors at all levels. A practical and dynamic individual, Ian is passionate about creating life chances and everlasting change.