MEET THE TEAM
The North Notts Business Awards are a massive team. A whole year of planning and hard work by all involved culminates in an amazing Awards Ceremony which is enjoyed by business people from across the region.
Here's a little bit about the people putting in all that hard work for your benefit.
Your Co-Hosts For The Evening
Two times World Champion, Steve Judge’s story started when he was told that he may never walk again following a near fatal car accident. Steve didn’t lean on his excuses but instead set goals and worked towards them with drive, motivation and commitment. Through years of rehabilitation and training he eventually represented Great Britain as a disabled athlete and achieved World Champion status in paratriathlon (swim, bike and run).
Steve is now an established international TEDx motivational speaker with a journey to share that leaves the audiences inspired to stop leaning on their excuses and work towards their goals. Steve's latest accolade is winning the Yorkshire Speaker of the Year 2018 from the Professional Speaker's Association.
The star of the recent North Notts Autumn Conference, Steve has performed at numerous events for businesses, corporations, schools and charities both in the UK and internationally.
When he's not busy motivating business people just like you, Steve is heavily involved in the Scouts and and continues to be an accomplished paratriathele.
Olga Geidane is a life changing Speaker, experienced Life Coach and very driven Business Mentor. She inspired and motivated thousands of people to transform and finally live their own lives by overcoming their challenges and limiting beliefs. Olga helped so many to achieve their dreams and accomplish their goals.
Together with The Prince’s Trust she helps disadvantaged young people to transform their lives and to build a bright future. With the Youth Enterprise she is bringing the enterprise and financial education to schools, so students are ready for work life once graduated.
Olga works very closely with The Chambers of Commerce helping to build successful businesses and unleashing the potentials of business owners. She is very passionate, professional and successful. Olga is a great example of someone coming from abroad with no knowledge of English language and building a successful business from scratch. Now she coaches and mentors other business owners so they can succeed, too.
As a speaker Olga always makes sure her audience is not only inspired, but also is involved, highly engaged and has the tools and tips to take away to change their lives starting right there and then.
Awards Team Manager
Jacky is a Yorkshire lass born in Mexborough. Knowing from an early age that she wanted to be a nurse, Jacky achieved her goal before moving to the United Arab Emirates. Moving back to the UK 9 years later, Jacky and her family and settled in Retford.
Jacky was introduced to the Amway Business in 1992 and has been an Amway Business owner ever since, running it alongside her long term career in nursing.
Following another calling in her life, Jacky is also a spiritual medium and is developing lots of local events to share her insights into this fascinating skill.
Jacky now lives in Carton-in-Lindrick with her husband and their rescue cat called Kiwi.
Public Voting Awards Manager
Lizzy currently works in financial services, at Alexander Calder Financial in Worksop. She has recently completed a Business Administration apprenticeship with North Notts College and is looking to further enhance her knowledge with a Diploma in Financial Services.
Away from work, Lizzy enjoys keeping fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She loves to travel and enjoys being in the outdoors, come rain or shine!
Simon is from Retford and studied Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University. He is now the Managing Director of Edgewise Edgestrip Ltd, suppliers of edge strips for copper refineries worldwide. He has been a company director of 7 companies, all based in North Nottinghamshire, in a wide range of industries including, electrolytic refining, petrochemicals, chemical filtration, commercial vehicle haulage, vehicle refinishing and waste recycling. He also has gained experience in employment law, financing, investments, industrial property design, commercial video production and shop retailing. The company has won the NNBA International Trade Award for the last 3 years. Awards to the other companies include; East Midlands exporter of the year, SMART Award and the Queens Award for Export.
Simon has been involved in Motor Racing for over 20 years winning a UK championship in 2002. More recently he has been racing in the Citroën 2CV UK Championship and driven in seven 24 hour races, winning two of them.
North Notts BC Official Photographers
Born in Ragnall, Di was riding a motorbike at 6 years old which was just one of the many slightly 'left field' things that Di's dad taught her to do. He also taught her to be independent and to do her own thing. This early influence has had a marked effect on Di's career, which started off as an apprenticed upholsterer, then on to being an administrator and leading to 2 years living and working in Germany. On her return to the UK, Di ended up in Swindon and with a job in IT. From there she moved to Milton Keynes working for another major blue-chip company in IT, then later on, moving in to Facilities Management.
In 2001 Di finally called it a day on being an employee and followed her dream of being a photographer, earning an excellent reputation for PR and commercial photography.
2007 saw Di relocate back to North Notts to live with her childhood sweetheart. New location, new opportunity, so Di followed another dream, to enter the world of wildlife conservation. During this time, Di came across Totally Locally Retford and Retford Business Forum and became active with various campaigns.
The networking bug had bitten, and when Di had finally defined a suitable niche for her experience and expertise, The Photo Den CIC was formally created in 2015 and has been her life ever since.
Apart from her Photo Den mission and business, Di loves spending time with her Springer Spaniel Colin, supporting her partner Jeff with his unique motorbike design and build projects, and the occasional classic bike track day.
Originally from Kirkcaldy in Scotland, Jo moved to Retford in 2012 with her husband’s work, and she loves it here!! Having spent 13 years working as a Physiotherapist in the NHS (Scotland and Wales), Jo launched Pilates Clinic Retford at the end of 2012. Although her original intention was for one evening of classes each week, the local demand quickly made it clear that more Physio-led Pilates was needed, and Physio Pilates Retford was born! Jo now has a small team of Physiotherapists in Retford and her clinic runs 20 classes each week in addition to Physiotherapy, Neurological Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Elderly Rehabilitation clinics.
Jo is very proud that her company has won the North Notts Business Awards for “Excellence in Customer Service” (2014 & 2017), and “Business : Community Partnership” (2016 & 2019; finalist 2017 & 2018). After also winning the “Business Person of the Year” award in 2019, Jo has now joined the awards team to help other local businesses shine in their achievements.
Outside of work Jo loves running (she ran the London Marathon in 2018) and spending time outdoors with her family.