Meet the Judges

Head Judge

Richard Hagan

Richard Hagan is the Owner and Managing Director of Crystal Doors

Richard was voted the Business Leader of the year, at the edie Sustainablity Leaders Awards 2022, on 30 March 2022.

He is a passionate environmentalist. With his leadership Crystal Doors has become a national leader in sustainable manufacturing and he is regularly invited to speak about how he is transforming the business in response to the climate emergency. Richard is also a strong advocate of Industry 4.0 and is a Fellow of the IN4.0 Group and a supporting stakeholder of Made Smarter.

Richard began racing towards achieving net-zero in 2015. In 2021 Crystal Doors won the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Enterprise, SME business of the year and many other awards.  In November 2021 Crystal Doors company achieved net-zero for all three scopes (Scope 1-3) and is now evidencing live data with monthly net-zero reporting.

Richard wrote a chapter in the recently published “Green Manufacturing” book, entitled “Small can be radical”.

Sam Agnew

Sam Agnew is the Community Manager at the Good Business Charter, an accessible accreditation scheme whose purpose is to recognise and encourage responsible behaviour over ten components.

Motivated by the passion and tenacity of the small business owners Sam has worked alongside for the past twelve years, she is passionate about championing and supporting values-driven businesses.

Running her own business and her role at the Good Business Charter enables Sam to work closely with the good business community and experience the challenges they overcome and their incredible drive to make a difference.

Sam said: “The drive and commitment of small businesses to make a difference to people, local communities, and our planet is inspirational and often goes unnoticed. So we are delighted to be working with the Good Small Business Awards to champion and celebrate their achievements.”

Soulla Kyriacou

Soulla Kyriacou is Chief Operating Officer at A Blueprint for Better Business, a charity whose purpose is to create a better society through better business. Blueprint helps businesses to be inspired and guided by a purpose that benefits society and respects people and planet.

Blueprint’s work is about stimulating and energising a different way of thinking and behaving in business, whilst the one-to-one work is primarily with large corporates, Blueprint’s thinking and approach are relevant to organisations of all sizes. Blueprint also convenes forums and events, and works with investors and influencers from wider society, including NGOs, academics, business schools, coaches and advisors, to help create the environment for purpose-led businesses to thrive.

Soulla joined Blueprint in December 2012. As well as overseeing the operations of the charity, Soulla runs workshops for teams, manages a network of coaches and consultants to business and leads on a number of other projects.

Soulla is a trained coach and was previously a director at KPMG.

Francisco Carrasco

Francisco Carrasco MA FRSA

Francisco is the Creative Director  & CEO of Luma Creations, the leading Latin American Arts & Culture organisation in the North West. He is a composer, writer, producer and the artistic director of LA FERIA, Liverpool’s Latin American Arts & Cultural Festival. He has managed local, national and international projects; has been the Artistic Director of various festivals including the One World Festival, the Merseyside International Street Arts Festival (Brouhaha International) and the Chester Carnival of Giants. He was the CEO of MZONE (Liverpool & Merseyside Youth Music Action Zone), from its inception and developed an annual programme that enabled over 10,000 children and young people to take part in music activities. He has programmed large scale events including the Street Arts programme for the Liverpool Millennium celebrations and the celebration of George Harrison’s Life.

Francisco has taught Developing professional practice, event/project management and music industry studies at Chester University and created a fit for purpose training programme called Creative Futures, to support and develop creative freelancers and new arts & culture businesses. The latest being a partnership with the Business & IP Centre based in Liverpool Central Library.

Francisco is a member of SHIFT Liverpool,  the sustainability network for the Liverpool City Region’s cultural sector. He has sat on a number of strategy groups over the years for the Arts Council England and is part of the Liverpool (City Region) Festival Forum. He works across disciplines and is consistently called upon as advisor and consultant nationally.

Lee Chambers

Lee Chambers is a business psychologist and founder of Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing.

After a diverse career, spanning a range of sectors from corporate finance to local government, and scaling a video game business across Europe, he launched Essentialise in 2020. They support organisations in building wellbeing and inclusion strategies, and deliver bespoke interventions and workshops. His mission is to cultivate cultures where work is a net positive for employees, where regeneration and equity are as standard.

He has won a number of awards for this work, including the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year for Service Industries in 2021 and a National Startup Award in 2022. He has overcome challenges such as losing the ability to walk and mental health struggles, and speaks on a variety of topics from gender equity to the sustainability of people.

Lee is also the Director of Wellbeing Lancashire and a Trustee of Age Concern. His first book, the Millennials Guide to Wellbeing, is due for release in 2023.

Ravi Rai

Ravi is a founding director at Four Points Consulting.

After spending 25 years in big business, Ravi shifted his skills in strategy and change, towards working with smaller privately owned companies that want to be better, and need a helping hand to get going … or go faster.  As one of just eight ‘certified’ Conscious Capitalism consultants in the world, he is dedicated to shifting the narrative of capitalism towards making a positive impact in the world.

He is the host of the Good Business Talking podcast which shines a light on businesses that are a force for good.  He is a mental fitness Coach to social impact entrepreneurs from under-served or marginalised backgrounds.  And he is a Trustee of a national homeless charity.

And at a more personal level, he is a self-confessed food snob and a DJ in training.

Jill Poet

Jill Poet is the CEO of the Organisation for Responsible Businesses (ORB), she co-founded in 2010, that is a national member-owned company offering membership and certification for small businesses with a mission to “change the world, one small business at a time.” From a background in management accountancy spanning 50 years, she worked with micro and small businesses as well as operating her own small company. ORB is also one of the founder members of the Micro Business Alliance which aims to represent micro businesses at government level.

Jill is also the author of “It Really Is Just Good Business: the art of operating a responsible, ethical and profitable small business.” This year, Jill was nominated as one of the top female entrepreneurs in the UK in the Small Business Britain #ialso2023 campaign.