Eight new judges, all experts in their fields, have joined a revamped, refreshed and revitalised panel presiding over the 2019 White Rose Awards.
The event, which will be the biggest and best yet, sees more categories than ever before, with more winners getting the opportunity to progress through to the national Visit England Awards.
The glitzy ceremony, sponsored by High Speed Training, is the largest celebration of tourism in the UK and takes place on November 25th at the First Direct Arena, Leeds.
The new recruits to the 10 strong judging panel are:
- Kate Hardcastle MBE: Huddersfield born Kate, dubbed “The Customer Whisperer” is UK's leading 'go-to' business expert on consumer insight for National TV & Media.
- Philippa Campbell: Boston Spa based Director of Marketing Insight Ltd, a successful Yorkshire-based marketing consultancy which provides strategic advice to a broad range of organisations across the UK, helping them to tell exciting stories, reach new audiences and realise their long-term ambitions.
- Stephanie Moon: Skipton trained, Yorkshire Chef Consultant at All Things Food and Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate Stephanie is also a star of BBC 2’s Great British Menu.
- David Parkin: Journalist, business writer, blogger, compere and event organiser. The former Yorkshire Post Business Editor and TheBusinessDesk.com creator advises on content, events and engagement for a variety of businesses and provides media training.
- Gillian Scotford and Jane Cooper: Joint Managing Directors of Access For All UK which provides access consultancy, training and business support services to clients in all sectors throughout the country. Also founders of a unique, award-winning, accessible tourism charity: Accessible Derbyshire.
- David Reilly: Owner of multi award winning Yorebridge House in the heart of Wensleydale. Dave, and wife Charlotte, transformed the former Headmaster’s House and School in 2008 into the AA 5 star hotel and 3 rosette restaurant it is today. Winner of Visit England’s Small Hotel of Year in 2016 and 2018 Yorebridge House is a beacon of excellence within the industry.
- Elly Fiorentini: Senior Journalist at BBC Radio York. Elly has presented every programme on the station. She comperes the Flavours of Herriot Awards and has been involved in the York Hospitality Awards, York Festival of Food and Drink and hospitality awards in Scarborough. Elly is passionate about good customer service. Her grandfather created Fiorentini’s ice cream which is still made in Northern Ireland.
Quotes from two of the judges:
Stephanie Moon said: “I’m thrilled to be involved and it’s a real honour to be asked. I have worked in and around Yorkshire for more than 25 years and I know that the quality of hospitality and tourism is some of the finest in Great Britain.
“I’m really looking forward to helping a great panel of judges choose the winners, but I know there will be some very tough decisions to make as the standards will be so high.”
Elly Fiorentini said: “It’s a privilege to be part of the judging team at this year’s White Rose Awards and I’m filled with a great sense of pride. I know many businesses across North Yorkshire from my role at BBC Radio York, but these awards show the whole of Yorkshire’s is full of fabulous businesses offering the best in hospitality to visitors from home and abroad.
“Why would anyone want to go anywhere else for their holidays when we have the very best hotels, restaurants, cafes, pubs and guest houses right here. I am looking forward to an evening of great celebration and meeting many of the teams who work so hard to offer great Yorkshire hospitality.”
The new recruits join chair and senior judge Elaine Lemm.
All the judges now face the challenging task of deciding which tourism businesses are most worthy of the highly coveted awards.
Details of the full list of White Rose Awards finalists can be found on the website.
Tickets are on sale now priced £102 + VAT but are available to members at a discounted rate of £77 + VAT until 17th August.