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
Owner, MLC Couture
Retford born Sarah Hennessy owns the award winning company MLC Couture, a bespoke dressmaking & design brand, which she runs from her central Retford atelier.
After leaving home at 16 wanting desperately to be a bond girl. Sarah moved around the country working as an actress, presenter, model & singer until 2005. During this time she appeared with U2 during the Zoo tour at Wembley stadium, she worked for the BBC & ITV and Co presented at Manchester sunset radio, to name a few.
After retiring from 'Theatrics' Sarah moved back to her birth town of Retford in 2007 and lives with her long-suffering husband & 4 boys.
When not working Sarah is involved with support groups and children's disability awareness.
Awards Presentation Host
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.
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 eh's not busy motivating business people just like you, Steve is heavily involved in the Scouts and and continues to be an accomplished paratriathele.
Awards Team Manager
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
The Photo Den CIC
Di FisherBorn 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, this successful enterprise won the Social Enterprise of the Year Award for the North Notts Business Awards 2016.
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.