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Judging panel announced

28 March 2018
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We are excited to present to you our illustrious judging panel.

Each member is at the top of their profession and excited by the ideas the prize will generate especially the difference it will make to the lives of people living with dementia in the UK. 

Across the panel we have experts in dementia and social care, leading figures within the NHS and Local Government, members who are at the forefront of tech development and innovation in health, as well as, experts who understand the commercial demands of getting an idea to market through a process of development, prototyping, testing and evaluation.

Our judging panel are listed below: 

  • Professor Alastair Burns CBE, National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older Peoples’ Mental Health, NHS England (Chair)
  • Ali Rogan, Founder & Director at Hornsey Consulting Ltd
  • Colin Capper, Head of Research Development and Evaluation at the Alzheimer’s Society
  • Robert Turnbull, Care Technology Expert at PA Consulting
  • Georgina Parkin, Essex resident whose husband is living with dementia
  • Peter Fairley, Director of Integration and Partnerships, Essex County Council
  • Sam Hepplewhite, Chief Officer at North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Katy Rutherford, Senior Programme Manager, Innovation Lab Health and Ageing Team at Nesta
  • Health Watch Essex and Dementia Ambassador

Find out more about our judges, their experiences and reasons for taking part. 

Chaired by Professor Alistair Burns, the judging panel will meet for the first time in May to review entries and to shortlist up to ten finalists to go forward into the testing and development phase. They will use the judging criteria, applying their own expertise to the decision making process to reach a consensus through a process of scoring and discussion. They will be looking for ideas that have the greatest potential to turn in to reality. 

Once selected, finalists will get support from PA Consulting, Alzheimer’s Society, TechUK and the University of Essex for up to six months before presenting their idea to the judges again in November. Judges will be looking for a detailed analysis of the work undertaken during testing and development, including a comprehensive approach to evaluation and user testing and a clearly articulated plan for future development and actuation when selecting the winner.