We'll announce the full Judging Panel soon. The Judges are all independent experts with backgrounds in technology, financial services or the small business economy. Rowena Ironside will chair the Panel. Rowena spent 25 years in the ICT industry and is currently co-founder and executive Chair of Women on Boards UK and Non-Executive Director at the Digital Catapult.



Chris heads up the Open Up Challenge. He was a Senior Economist at HM Treasury and the Prime Minister’s Energy Review, worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and as a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. He designed and delivered a groundbreaking accelerator programme for 10,000 UK small business leaders at Goldman Sachs. 



Andrea is the assistant programme manager coordinating the implementation of the Open Up Challenge. Prior to joining Nesta, Andrea specialised in not-for-profit audit and earned her chartered professional accounting (CPA) designation at KPMG Toronto. Andrea has a BComm from Queen’s University (Canada) and an MSc International Management from the London School of Economics.


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Harry is digital content and entrant manager co-ordinating outreach efforts to innovators.

Prior to joining Nesta, he managed online and offline content for a financial services think tank. During this time, he developed a strong interest in financial services technology.