Judging

Judging of the Deals & Dealmakers Awards is conducted by an independent panel of experts.

Once a registration for entry has been submitted, a questionnaire will be sent out and must be completed and returned by closing date Friday 17th May.

Judging for all award categories is extremely thorough.

The information provided will be collated and followed by a short listing by our panel.

If the nominated company/individual moves forward to the next stage, representatives will be invited to attend an interview in front of the judging panel.

Please note that interviews will take place on Thursday 27th June and we would appreciate that a representative(s) of the company is available on this date.

Panel Chair

Brian Aitken

Brian Aitken
Partner, Nevis Capital

Brian is a Partner at Nevis Capital and has led its growth over the last 12 years to become one of the leading UK private equity investors, focussed on the SME market. Prior to this, he spent 14 years at PwC where he was a Director in Corporate Finance. He has completed over 100 deals including acquisition, MBO, investment and sale of both public and private businesses. He leads the investment activities at Nevis and holds Board positions in a number of portfolio companies where he believes in taking a long term view to build sustainable value. He recently led the £40m reverse of Clyde Space into Nasdaq listed AAC Microtec (after initially investing into Clyde Space in 2010) and the acquisition of 120 year old family business, Merkland Tank.

Brian is a founding Trustee and Treasurer of the JMA Trust, a charity which helps people across Scotland facing hardship.

Panel

Graeme Bruce

Graeme Bruce
Partner, CMS

Graeme is a senior partner in the CMS Scotland Corporate Department and heads up the Glasgow Corporate team. He is consistently listed as one of very few leading corporate lawyers in Scotland in both Chambers and Legal 500. He was recently included in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, which highlights a small number of individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession.

He specialises in a range of corporate finance work including M&A, IPOs, secondary share issues, fundraisings and public company takeovers and reverse takeovers for a wide range of public and private companies, other institutions and public sector bodies.

Mary Campbell

Mary Campbell

Mary is an international known corporate financier who specialises in advising owner mangers selling their businesses to global entities. She is an experienced non-executive director. Mary has worked in and advised major companies in both the UK and USA. She was founder of an MBO from the British Linen Bank and of Blas, now 15 years’ old with teams in the UK and New York. An industry leader in strategic financial thinking, she is called upon to design and undertake due diligence assessments for organisations such as the European Central Bank. She is a panellist at leading academic institutions and a judge for prestigious business awards.

Craig Gallagher

Craig Gallagher
CEO, MB Aerospace

Craig is CEO of MB Aerospace. He has participated in five MBO’s, leading three successive buyouts of MB Aerospace since 2007 including cross-border transactions and a number of international acquisitions in the US and Poland and Taiwan. Currently the group has 1700 people over nine global facilities in North America, Europe and Asia servicing the leading Aero-Engine OEM’s with manufacturing and repair capabilities. Craig delivered the original turn-around of distressed MB Aerospace and former parent company, Motherwell Bridge in 2003. Craig previously led an industrial distribution network of welding systems and associated parts ahead of disposal to BOC Industrial Gases.

Stuart Lunn

Stuart Lunn
Founder & CEO, LendingCrowd

Stuart founded and co-invested at inception in 2014 and has led LendingCrowd since. LendingCrowd has lent over £55m to over 640 UK small businesses, with internal research indicating that this has directly created or supported over 1500 jobs. There are now over 3,000 individual investors on the platform. Stuart is responsible for developing and driving the company’s strategy and overseeing operations, supported by a strong management team. Stuart has also led two external equity rounds, totalling £3.7m, structured and agreed an innovative £2.75m loan funding deal with Scottish Enterprise, and the recent complex and multi-faceted £18.75m wholesale funding agreement.

Stuart previously worked in investment banking as an Equity Analyst, covering the tech sector. This included analysing and advising a wide variety of technology-related companies and leading both primary and secondary fundraisings for small/mid-cap clients. He is also experienced in advising private companies as a founder, shareholder and angel investor.

Kerry Sharp

Kerry Sharp
Director, SIB

Kerry Sharp is Director of the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB), the investment arm of Scotland’s main economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise, working in partnership with Highland and Islands Enterprise.

Kerry leads a team responsible for SE’s direct investment activities, commercial loan activities, fund investment, portfolio management, market intelligence and research, and provision of financial readiness support to companies to help them access the most appropriate growth finance.

SIB directly delivers a number of funds. The Scottish Co-Investment Fund and the Scottish Venture Fund are early stage equity funds, the Energy Investment Fund is a specialist debt and equity fund and the Scottish Loan Scheme is a commercial debt fund. A partnership with the European Investment Fund (EIF) – the Scottish-European Growth Co-Investment Programme – provides scale-up capital alongside EIF backed fund managers. SIB also manages a number of fund investments into externally managed funds - Epidarex Capital’s Life Sciences Fund, the Scottish Loan Fund (now closed to new investments) and Maven Capital Partners UK Regional Buy-Out Fund – and provides loan funding across the LendingCrowd platform, Scotland’s marketplace business lender.

Ian Steele

Ian Steele

Ian is the former Senior Partner for Scotland with Deloitte.

A leading Corporate Finance practitioner in Scotland for many years, he was also Head of Global Advisory for Deloitte. Ian left Deloitte in 2015 to pursue a plural career. His current roles include Non Executive Director of STV plc and Chairman of iomart Group plc.

Jane Stewart

Jane Stewart

Jane is a CA with over 20 years’ Board level experience in industry, private equity investment and corporate finance roles with specific expertise in recycling, circular economy, cleantech and technology sectors. Current positions include: Chair of KCP Environmental Services Ltd an environmental services provider to the UK’s industrial, anaerobic digestion, farming, agriculture and food and drink sectors; NxD of connectivity and managed services company Internet For Business Ltd; leads the Advisory Board for Topolytics Ltd a circular economy enabling business focused on waste data analytics; and is an Ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

Formerly Group CFO then Strategy Director at William Tracey Group (now Enva) over a 13 year period Jane led the recycling and resource management group’s strategic development including innovation, technology investment, M&A and strategic alliances culminating in a 10x return over a 13 year period.

Jane is passionate about creating and growing sustainable and inclusive businesses who are thought leaders applying technology and innovation to disrupt and make a tangible contribution to their sectors and the wider environment whilst embracing diversity and creating an environment to grow and develop talent.

Colin Welsh

Colin Welsh
SCF International Partner

Prior to becoming an International Partner of SCF, Colin Welsh served as Head of International Energy Investment Banking at Simmons & Company International (“Simmons”). Colin joined Simmons in 1999 and built the firm’s activities outside of North America from offices in Aberdeen, London and Dubai. Simmons & Company International was sold to Piper Jaffray (NYSE: PJC) in February 2016. Before joining Simmons & Company he spent 16 years at Ernst and Whinney, Touche Rose and RMD.

Colin currently also serves on the Board of a number of companies in the energy industry in the UK and overseas. Between 2010 and 2015 he led a campaign to fund and build a Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in Aberdeen and is now a Patron of that charity.