Panel of Judges

Decisions about which nominations make the shortlist and who is the overall winner will be taken by a panel of judges including:


National Development Team for Inclusion

Rob has been concerned with promoting the voice and interests of excluded groups in society almost all his working life.  Following work for the voluntary sector, local government and NHS, he spent six years and a half years as the Government's National Director for Learning Disabilities, providing national leadership on the delivery of the cross-Government Valuing People Now policy.  Central to that was the voice of people with learning disabilities and the development of advocacy - both locally and nationally.


Since 2008, Rob has been Chief Executive at the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), whose work has included taking on responsibility for redeveloping and delivering the Advocacy QPM, developing an advocacy outcomes framework (to be launched in July 2016) and a range of other initiatives concerned with promoting the voices of disabled and older people


Pete Fleischmann:  Head of Co-Production SCIE

Pete joined SCIE in 2005 he is responsible for SCIE’s Co-production and equalities work; including managing SCIE’s own co-production approach, the development of good practice materials and SCIE’s co-production consultancy and training offer. This year Pete will be organising the first ever National co-production week 4th  – 8th July.


Before joining SCIE, Pete worked as a free-lance consultant specialising in advocacy, user involvement and participation. Clients included Institute of Psychiatry, Revolving Doors Agency, Crisis, Thames Reach Bondway, Pentonville Prison, Soros Foundation and the Hamlet Trust. Pete helped set up Loud and Clear, a mental health advocacy service in Brent and Harrow.  


Pete has experience of using psychiatric services.


Andy McNichol: News Editor, Community Care magazine

Andy is news editor at Community Care, the social care publication.  He has published a series of investigatsion into issues with advocacy provision under the Care Act.  He has also written extensively about issues with mental health services and was named Mind's journalist of the year


Kath Parson:  former Chair OPAAL

Kath is a qualified Nurse, Lecturer and Trainer. Educated in psychology and sociology at Keele University and in Management Studies at Birmingham and Brunel Universities. Kath has worked in the field of advocacy and volunteering for over 40 years. Her advocacy experience included 20 plus years working with young people and more recently 10 years with older people, the last seven as Chief Executive of the older People’s Advocacy Alliance UK. Kath currently leads a national flagship programme of work having recently attracted £2.85 million to fund over 20 organisations delivering advocacy support to older people and their carer’s affected by cancer.  Kath has a special interest in health and social care and volunteering. Kath sits on a variety of national bodies advising on research projects, human rights, policy development and workforce development.


Kath also enjoys working with quality systems and has held a number of associated roles in this field as IIP Advisor and Assessor, PQASSO Mentor, Trainer and Assessor for the National Advocacy Qualification and Advocacy Quality Performance Mark Assessor.  Kath is an avid champion of volunteering having held a number of roles down the yearsincluding National Volunteer Director for OXFAM. Kath has also held a number of volunteer roles including being a school governor for twenty years.



Panel members... will only be invited to join the judging team if they have acheived a solid understanding of what makes advocacy great but are not involved in the delivery of advocacy services. 


Conflict of interests.  If any member of the panel has personal or professional connections to any nominee (for instance they are related to the person or have previsouly acted as a trustee for that service) they will declare a conflict of interest and will not participate in the judging of entries for that category.  Panel Members are not permitted to submit or support nominations other than in their judging capacity.


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