ScaleUp Institute CEO joins esteemed ScaleUp Awards judging panel

Irene Graham, CEO and Board Director of the ScaleUp Institute, has joined the independent judging panel for the Amazon ScaleUp Awards.

Also joining the judging panel is Josh Robson, who leads External Affairs at the ScaleUp Institute.

Over 400 businesses have entered this year’s Awards and judging is currently underway, with the shortlist set to be announced in the New Year.

The Awards will highlight the leading companies and individuals that are driving growth in the UK and will provide a platform for scale-up entrepreneurs, SMEs and corporates to celebrate their success.

Irene Graham is a former senior banker at Standard Chartered Bank, where she held both European and global managing director roles.

Before joining the ScaleUp Institute, Irene was managing director at the British Bankers Association.

She is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University and holds a variety of non-executive director and advisory roles across the creative, business and finance communities.

Josh Robson leads External Affairs at the ScaleUp Institute, engaging at a national and local level to help grow and enhance the UK scaleup ecosystem.

He has worked extensively in the private sector including Heading up European Public Affairs for a large German manufacturer and across multiple industry bodies, representing UK businesses at an international level on key EU level and global projects.

He has advised both business and government on legislation for more than ten years, including on the passage of three Energy Acts, the Localism Act and the Digital Economy Act.

The pair now join a judging panel that includes the likes of former Dragon Piers Linney, supermodel and businesswoman Caprice, founder of Dreams PLC Mike Clare and star of The Apprentice Jackie Fast.

Founder of the Amazon ScaleUp Awards, Andrew Scott, comments: “I am delighted that Irene has agreed to join our esteemed judging panel for the Awards! Having the ScaleUp Institute as part of the event shows the importance this event will have on the business community in the UK; and will only add another level of prestige to the companies that will be nominated in January.”

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Tickets are on sale now! With the Awards, host comedian Tom Allen and a four-course gala celebration – it is a night not to be missed! Details here.

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