Meet the Judging Panel

 Stephen Bloch, Mentor, Innovation Warehouse

Stephen is part of the leadership team in the Innovation Warehouse’s Longevity Hub, supporting age sector technology startups to raise investment and to scale up. He has a strong belief that the longevity sector will become one of the most active investment classes in the technology arena. He has held multiple board level, advisory and mentoring positions.

 

Alasdair Greig, Director, Northstar Ventures

Alasdair Greig is a Director at Northstar Ventures, where he is primarily responsible for new investment activity, leading individual transactions and managing the firm’s overall investment strategy.  He has worked with the founding teams of numerous successful technology companies including Palringo, Zerolight and Caspian.  Prior to Northstar, Alasdair spent four years with The Cambridge Gateway Fund, an early stage technology and life sciences fund, based in Cambridge, UK.  Before moving into venture capital, Alasdair spent nine years in risk management, primarily in the Investment Banking industry, culminating in a position managing the Emerging Markets Credit Risk function at CIBC World Markets Plc.  Alasdair holds an MBA from Ashridge and a BA (Hons) from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

 

Janet Morrison, Chief Executive, Independent Age

Janet Morrison is Chief Executive of Independent Age, a dynamic national older people’s charity which is a thought leader on ageing and provides information, advice and friendship support to older people, their families and carers. Janet is a founder member and Chair of the Campaign to End Loneliness – a coalition of over 10,000 organisations which raises awareness of loneliness in old age and what works to address it.  She is also Chair of the Baring Foundation, an independent grant making trust which funds strengthening the voluntary sector, arts and international development; and a Director of Reconnections, a pilot social finance initiative (SIB) to tackle loneliness amongst older people. She is also Chair Elect of the Association of Charitable Foundations, the membership body for UK foundations and grant-making charities. Janet was previously Deputy Chief Executive of NESTA – the National Endowment for Science Technology which promotes creativity and innovation in the UK.  Prior to NESTA, Janet was senior adviser on UK Policy at the BBC and before that was Director of Policy and Research at NCVO.

 

James Morgon, Managing Director Europe, Milken Institute

James Morgon is the managing director of the Milken Institute, Europe. Headquartered in London, Morgon is responsible for accelerating the Institute’s development and programmatic growth in the UK and Europe, including forming relationships, engaging financial supporters and bringing the Institute’s programming to the attention of influential leaders across sectors. He also helps oversee the development of the Institute’s London Summit. Prior to joining the Institute, Morgon was managing partner of a family office in Mayfair, London. As well as serving as a senior member of the investment committee, he identified local and international investment opportunities and led the firm’s deal team through due diligence and acquisition. After deals were completed, he provided investor and advisory leadership to a venture investment portfolio of small- and medium-size enterprises primarily engaged in energy, security and media. He also played an operational role alongside their management teams. Earlier, Morgon worked in investment banking and wealth management in London, New York and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and founded an award-winning energy company that helped more than 2,000 UK nonprofit organizations reduce their energy consumption while creating sustainable, meaningful employment for disabled and disadvantaged people. Morgon speaks regularly at international events on investment and holds a degree in investment and financial risk management from Cass Business School, London.

 

Lindsay Cook, Money Mentor, Financial Times

Lindsay Cook is an award-winning financial journalist, author and creator of websites.   She writes the Money Mentor column for the Financial Times and is also a regular contributor to its Next Act online hub for older readers.  In this capacity she has become a keen campaigner for the development of tools and services that help older people to remain healthy and living independently in their own homes  for as long as possible. A former Business Editor of The Times and Personal Finance Editor of The Daily Telegraph and The Times she is the author of  Money Fight Club: The Smart Way to Save Money One Punch At A Time and was the co-founder of moneyfightclub.com, a website to help people win the best deals.  She also wrote The Money Diet: Three Months to Financial Fitness and Working Mum: The Survival Guide. As chair of the Work-Life Balance Trust Lindsay led the campaign, which persuaded all three major political parties to adopt work-life balance policies in their 2005 manifestos.

 

Hamish Graham, Healthcare Innovation Manager, Pfizer UK

Hamish is a surgeon with 10 years’ experience, an MBA from Manchester Business School and a range of insights from working within the NHS, Venture Capital and with early stage and high growth companies. He leads the Pfizer Healthcare hub: London, supporting entrepreneurs using a range of digital innovations to access the expertise and opportunities they need to scale. The London hub is part of a global network of Pfizer digital health hubs. Hamish is always more passionate about use cases than tech. When he’s not leading the healthcare hub he can either be found climbing, playing hockey or at   motorsport events.

 

George Lusty, Senior Director of Consumer Protection, Competition and Markets Authority

George Lusty is the Senior Director for Consumer Protection at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). George oversees the CMA’s enforcement of consumer protection legislation, which includes ongoing investigations into the terms and practices of online travel agencies, secondary ticketing platforms, car hire firms and care home providers.  George was previously a Project Director at the CMA, leading consumer law and antitrust investigations in a number of markets.  He led the CMA’s investigation of unfair and misleading practices in the groceries and gambling sectors, as well as investigations into possible abuse of market power in relation to the supply of drugs to the NHS.  Prior to joining the CMA, George worked as a Référendaire at the Competition Appeal Tribunal and before that at the international law firm Simmons & Simmons, where he specialised in civil and criminal antitrust investigations and utilities regulation.

 

Jeremy Myerson, Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design, Royal College of Art

Jeremy Myerson is a design writer and academic. He is the Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, a Visiting Fellow in the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford, and Director of the WORKTECH Academy, a global knowledge network on the future of work. He co-founded the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA in 1999 and was its director for 16 years, helping to pioneer the practice of inclusive design in response to population ageing. He is the author of more than 20 books on different aspects of design and innovation. In 2017 he curated the Design Museum exhibition New Old: Design for Our Future Selves, which is now touring internationally.

 

Tim Davies, Director, Co-op Ventures

Tim Davies is Director of Ventures at the Co-op, and is responsible for innovation within the mutual. The Co-op group’s activity spans convenience food, to insurance to funerals – employing over 65,000 people and with a turnover of £9.5bn per annum. It recently announced its intention to return to healthcare. Until 2016, Tim was Chief Operating Officer at Well Pharmacy, the UKs third largest pharmacy chain with responsibility for their 800 pharmacies as well as professional standards and central operations. After selling the Co-operative Group’s pharmacy division to Bestway Group, a £620m transaction in 2014, Tim was responsible for re-branding the business to ‘Well’ and full separation from the Co-op over a twelve-month period. Until 2011, Tim was Managing Director of Assura – which he started in 2006 –building and growing the business before the subsequent sale of their medical business to Virgin Group in 2010 and the pharmacy business to Cohens Group in 2011.Prior to this, he worked for Boots in various central, field and store roles in both operations and finance.

 

Jo Gajtkowska, Head of Social Innovation, Design Council

As Head of Social Innovation for the Design Council, Jo leads Transform Ageing, a pioneering design-led approach to improving peoples experience of later life. Based in the South West of England, the programme focuses on people centred innovation and is the cornerstone of the Design Councils Health & Wellbeing portfolio. With a diverse background and skillset, Jo has worked at local, regional and national level providing strategic, practical and creative insight, working collaboratively with others in identifying straight forward solutions to complex problems. She has a keen interest in how systems interact with social entrepreneurship and how we can create the right conditions for sparkling ideas to make a real difference to people. With a strong belief in the strategic value of design in tackling complex social challenges, she looks for and welcomes those magical conversations that disrupt the system and lead to positive change.