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Judging panel

Stephen Allinson [click for profile]

Consultant
Shoosmiths

Stephen graduated from Bristol University in 1981, where he studied law. After achieving honours in his law finals at Guildford College of Law, he trained and qualified at Clarke Willmott. He has specialised in insolvency work since 1987 and became the youngest lawyer to obtain the licensed insolvency practitioner qualification. Stephen was an equity partner and a member of the firm’s management board for over 15 years.

David is a partner at PwC in the middle market restructuring team leading on a variety of cases for lenders, corporates and funds. He worked in the City for over 30 years and prior to joining PwC, spent the first 17 years of his career in banking.

Steven Cottee [click for profile]

Partner
Pinsent Masons

Steven is a Restructuring Partner in Pinsent Masons London office. Steven has experience in all aspects of restructuring work acting for private equity firms, banks and office-holders. Steven has particular expertise in dealing with the restructure of professional practices and his work in this area was recognised by The Lawyer when they named him in their HOT 100.

Tyrone Courtman [click for profile]

Partner, Head of Restructuring
PKF Cooper Parry

Tyrone is a chartered accountant, a fellow member of ICAEW and a licensed insolvency practitioner. A lead partner of the firm’s business restructuring practice, he has over 25 years experience advising lenders, corporate, investors and individuals in complex financial restructuring and recovery situations across a range of industry sectors and jurisdictions.

Stephen is a Director with HSBC Bank, UK CMB Large Corporate Loan Management Unit, Wholesale and Market Risk, Europe. His experience spans 41 years in banking including; restructuring, credit and risk, corporate relationship management and origination.

John is a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and leads the corporate recovery and insolvency team at accountants, tax and business advisors, CBW.
John has worked full time in Corporate Recovery and Insolvency for over 25 years and has experience in all aspects of insolvency, both corporate and personal.

James Dowers [click for profile]

Insolvency Practitioner
DDJ Insolvency

James Dowers set up DDJ Insolvency Ltd in 2014 and has over 10 years’ experience working within the insolvency industry and previously HM Revenue & Customs.
The last 10 years has been focused on both corporate and personal insolvency specialising in the area of fraud, investigation and asset recovery. He has been involved in a number of cases involving overseas issues and trusts as well as a number of Provisional Liquidations resulting in civil claims and recoveries for dishonesty and antecedent transactions.

Gary Favell [click for profile]

Chief Executive Officer
Bathstore

Gary Favell is the current CEO of bathstore, since his appointment in 2012 he has been responsible for
the turnaround of the business helping the high street chain see double-digit growth for the past four
years.

David Kerr [click for profile]

Chief Executive Officer
Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA)

David is a licensed insolvency practitioner with a background in regulation. His practice experience was gained working in insolvency firms large and small throughout the UK. He was appointed chief executive of the IPA, the only recognised professional body in the UK specialising in insolvency, in 2008.

David was first secretary to the Joint Insolvency Committee (the profession-wide standards-setting forum) and company secretary of the Joint Insolvency Monitoring Unit. He now sits on the IVA Standing Committee and ICM’s national Technical Committee, and is a member of the panel of judges for Insolvency Today’s Insolvency & Rescue Awards.

James Latham [click for profile]

Partner
Moon Beever Solicitors

James trained at Moon Beever and qualified as a Solicitor in 1998 and became a Partner in January 2004. James practices in the Insolvency & Business Recovery and Commercial Litigation Departments. He also undertakes property litigation, which is often insolvency related. He is a member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association and a Fellow of R3.

Chris has significant experience across a number of industry sectors dealing with complex cross border assignments in both an advisory capacity and as officeholder. Specific focus over recent years has been Financial Services and Retail.
Advisory work includes financial restructuring for corporates such as Cattles Group, HMV, Dreams, Monarch Airlines involving restructuring, contingency and fallback planning, exit planning, distressed M & A disposals outside of a formal appointment. She also leads the KPMG Back Up Servicer offering.
Due to Chris’s extensive experience in retail acting as companyside or creditor adviser, Chris acts as head of retail within KPMG Restructuring.

Ann Nilsson is a partner at Mazars with over 20 years’ experience in corporate and personal insolvency. She qualified in 2002 and her specialism is personal insolvency. Ann is one of the founding members in establishing Mazars’ National Bankruptcy Centre which is now recognised as a market leader in its field.

Bob Pinder [click for profile]

Regional Director
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

Bob is a director at ICAEW, the largest insolvency regulator in the UK. He is the driving force behind ICAEW’s insolvency regulatory strategy and responsible for the team that regulates over 700 insolvency practitioners. Bob is also responsible for Practice Assurance, a scheme of general practice review, which monitors ICAEW’s 13,000 practising firms as well as ICAEW’s activities as a Designated Professional body licensing over 2,500 firms for non-mainstream investment business work.

Bob has spent his career in risk management specialising in regulation and investigation initially with Lloyds Banking Group and then with ICAEW where, prior to his current role, he was head of investigation.

Kirstie Provan [click for profile]

Restructuring and Recovery Partner
Begbies Traynor

Kirstie is a partner in our London office, specialising in business restructuring and rescue. She joined the firm in February 2009 and was promoted to partner in 2010. Prior to this, Kirstie spent three years with Landsbanki Commercial Finance, where she was responsible for sourcing and structuring pan-global Asset Based Finance transactions with deal values of £5m-50m.

Gary Quaife [click for profile]

Managing Director, Valuation & Corporate Recovery
Gordon Brothers Europe

Gary Quaife oversees the Valuation & Corporate Recovery team that deliver comprehensive asset valuation & disposition services to the lending and insolvency/restructuring markets. Mr. Quaife joined Gordon Brothers Europe in October 2012 bringing with him more than 25 years’ experience in the asset-based lending market. He started his career at Barclays Commercial Services, moving to Venture Finance and then Burdale Financial in 2001.

In 2007 he formed the Collateral Review & Valuation team for Edward Symmons, establishing the team as a key provider of asset valuations to the ABL community. Throughout his career Mr. Quaife has held a number of senior roles in Business Development, Risk and Credit, from both an underwriting and Portfolio Management perspective.

Graham Rusling [click for profile]

Chairman - The Institute for Turnaround (IFT),
Former Global Head of Barclays Business Support, Turnaround, Restructuring & Recoveries

Graham is the former Global Head of Barclays Business Support having retired during 2015. He has many years experience of customers in the various stages of distress and specifically, in Turnaround, Workout and Recovery situations.

Mark Sands is a partner in the national bankruptcy team at RSM and has more than 30 years’ experience of insolvency issues. The last 15 years have been focused on the personal insolvency sector, including several reported cases involving bankrupts seeking to put assets beyond the reach of their creditors.

He is an active member on the council of, and immediate past president, the Insolvency Practitioners Association and a leading commentator on personal bankruptcy and financial issues, regularly contributing to national print and the broadcast media.

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