Meet The Judges

The Judging Process

Nominations are now closed for The Baton Awards 2018

The judging criteria will be sent to the judging panel ahead of the nomination deadline. Following the closing date, completed Application Forms are sent to the phase 1 Judging Panel who whittle down the candidates from thousands of applications down to 12 in each category to go forward to the next stage.

12th October Stage 2:
Selection of shortlisted candidates

The Adjudication Panel shortlist the 6 candidates going forward in each category to the Main Judging panel.

25th October: Launch and Shortlisted Nominees Event

Three Batons Award Finalists in each category will be announced.

November 15th Stage 3:
Selection of the Winners

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Phase 1 Panel

Warren Powell

Warren is a Goldsmiths University Graduate and presently the Managing Director of Waterstone Residential Care Ltd. He served as the Director of this charity (Action in Communities) for a period of eighteen years ministering to the diverse needs of refugees and asylum seekers on both multi-agency and local governmental levels.

Daniella Maison

Daniella is a master’s graduate and has been an author, editor and communications specialist for over 18-years. Her book, The N Word is scheduled for publication in February 2019. Lauded for her acclaimed work in highlighting honour killings and the portrayal of women by the media. Trustee of Strength With In Me Foundation (S.W.I.M).

Serena Walker

Serena Walker is an experienced senior marketer with global experience, across multiple industries. A former Chair of a children’s charity, Serena is passionate about helping others and inspiring the next generation to achieve.

Kenny Imafidon

Kenny is the co-founder & Managing Director of ClearView Research Ltd, a leading-edge research company, who specialise in research focussing on young people and social impact evaluation.

Marcia Brock

Marcia has been in the IT field for the past 20+ years gaining recognition as the first Black woman under 25 to obtain an MCSE back in the 1990’s. Marcia was also the first Black Woman in the UK to gain the Certified Wireless Network Administrator qualification (CWNA). She has set up her own companies, in project management, consultancy, creative school and 50+ joint venture partnerships.

Derek Tuitt

Public speaker and Research Fellow at Aston University - (Inclusion,Equality, Diversity Research Centre) Derek was awarded fellowship based on the work and contribution to Diversity and Social change. Currently profiled in the Diversity Is project which features the 100 leading faces of diversity.

Claudette Rhiney

Experienced Project Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the health and wellness industry. Skilled in Behaviour Change & Motivational Interviewing, Programme & Change Management. Strong marketing professional with a Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Adjudication Panel

Taban Shoresh

Women’s rights activist and founder of non-profit organisation: The Lotus Flower.

Michelle Moore

Former athlete, named as The Independent’s 50 Most Influential Women in Sport.

Beverley De Gale OBE

Pride of Britain award-winner co-founder and Director of Operations at ACLT

Fayola Jack

Deputy Director, Cabinet Office

Dara Kirton

Chief of Staff Experience Centre for PWC

Cedi Frederick

Former England basketball player Cedi Frederick FCMI, MistLM, FRSA, FloD. Owner and MD of Article Consulting Group La Nova Group.

Final Judging Panel

Pamela Hutchinson

Head of Diversity and Inclusion EMEA at Bloomberg LP

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Lawyer, Founder of Women in Leadership publication, Political and Women's Rights Activist

Maggie Semple OBE

Successful businesswoman and entrepreneur. In 2010, she set up Semple, a bespoke women’s fashion brand established to empower likeminded women.

Vanessa Vallely

Award winning entrepreneur and global speaker founder of leading women’s network and website – WeAreTheCity

Dame Vivian Hunt DBE

Managing partner for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. She has been named as one of the ten most influential black people in Britain by the Powerlist Foundation.

Special Award Judges

Against All Odds Award

Dr Diahanne Rhiney BCe

Against All Odds Award

Founder of The Baton Awards 2018, Global Female Empowerment Ambassador.

Lord Hastings Integrity Award

Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE


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Key Dates

October – Black History Month

12th October – Adjudication Panel select shortlisted candidates
25th October – Launch and Shortlist Event, Houses of Parliament
28th November – The Baton Awards Ceremony