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 Ceremony Host
Retford born and bred, Amanda has over 22 years’ experience as a qualified accountant working with a range of SME businesses and has her own accountancy practice, RAL Associates.
With her enviable and trusted reputation, her extensive knowledge of strategic, planning, risk management and financial planning, Amanda clearly understands what is needed to make a successful business. This combined with Amanda’s personal and caring approach proves invaluable to business owners.
Regularly involved in lots of fundraising for our local charities here in North Notts, Amanda is a Trustee and the Treasurer of the St Barnabas Hospice, Lincolnshire
Amanda enjoys spending time with her family visiting tourist attractions around the country, especially Blackpool, York and Cornwall.
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 late, 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 Photographer
Awards Reception Stylist
UK Interior Design Finalist, Georgie Muirhead was inspired to take the leap into new ventures after the sudden terminal diagnosis and subsequent loss of her Mother in 2018. Using her Garden Design experience of 16 years, Georgie decided to take the design passion and venture into the events industry, creating unique and eclectic styling for both corporate and wedding industry venues throughout the East Midlands.
Known for her success in creating and running immersive Peaky Blinder nights, Georgie combines her love for antiques with her passion for design to transform venues beyond recognition.
Originating from Oxford, Georgie has lived near Retford for the past two years where she has began to develop and establish Georgie Muirhead Design within the local business community.
With her recent news of becoming a North Notts Business Awards ‘Best New Business’ finalist Georgie is excited for the future and establishing herself further within the Bassetlaw Community and beyond.