The independent judging panel for the 2019 Student Social Mobility Awards comprised ten leading representatives from the fields of politics, academia, education and business, with significant youth representation.

A thorough judging process was followed, using best practices to eliminate bias, such as anonymising nominations (name blind) and where appropriate removing names of employers and other prominent organisations during the initial shortlisting and final judging process. The social mobility charity, upReach, anonymously review all nominations and produced a detailed Judging Pack for the Judging Panel. The judges were provided with full details of each shortlisted nominee including detailed contextual data, personal statements and a supporting statement from the nominator or referee.

The winners of most Awards were selected by the Judging Panel. The exceptions are those that are determined by a student vote, namely the winner of the Employer Initiative, University Initiative, Outstanding Achievement and Biggest Champion of Social Mobility Awards. We are very grateful to all the judges for their support.

The judging decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Andy Ratcliffe

Andy Ratcliffe

CEO of Impetus Private Equity Foundation

Andy Ratcliffe

Fatima Benkhaled

Fatima Benkhaled

upReach Associate at King's College London and host of the 2018 SSMAs

Fatima Benkhaled

Reggie Nelson

Reggie Nelson

Reggie is an investment management analyst at LGIM, Group Chair of ACCA Emerging Talent Advisory Group, and holds a BSc Economics degree from Kingston University

Reggie Nelson

Anush Newman

Anush Newman

Managing Partner - JMAN Group

Anush Newman

Dr Louise Ashley

Dr Louise Ashley

Senior Lecturer and social mobility expert; specialist in researching the implementation and development of diversity and inclusion programmes in large, multinational professional service firms

Dr Louise Ashley

Nero Ughwujabo

Nero Ughwujabo

Former Special Adviser to The Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, on Social Justice, Young People and Opportunities. Former CEO of the Croydon BME Forum

Nero Ughwujabo

Owain Service

Owain Service

Former Managing Director of the Behavioural Insights Team and upReach Trustee

Owain Service

Paul Kissack

Paul Kissack

UK Government Director General, formerly at the Department for Education responsible for children’s services and early years policy; and most recently Deputy Chief Executive at New Zealand’s Ministry for Children

Paul Kissack

Valentina Quintero

Valentina Quintero

Valentina works as Assistant Project Manager at Lendlease. She on the upReach Board of Trustees and is an upReach Alumni

Valentina Quintero

Saeed Atcha MBE DL

Saeed Atcha MBE DL

Saeed Atcha MBE DL is CEO of Youth Leads, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and Government Social Mobility Commissioner

Saeed Atcha MBE DL