The judges process is extremely robust and ensures a fair competition. The four judges for each category will be looking to make an assessment based on the following elements:
- Impact and innovation. Demonstrates significant, positive, tangible impact to the industry
- Efficiency. Adheres to the requirement of delivering an efficient operation, demonstrating how this has been achieved
- Consumer engagement. Takes consumer needs into account and acts as a voice of the customer.
- Commercially aware. Recognises and contributes to the success of the business by acting responsively to commercial needs
- Process improvement. Ability to demonstrate a structured approach to improving processes
- Compliance. Demonstrates has the right set of controls and measures in place
MEET THE JUDGES
Dr Sandra Einerhand
Dr Sandra Einerhand
Dr Sandra Einerhand is the founder of Einerhand Science & Innovation BV, a nutrition consultancy providing strategic and innovative solutions to sports nutrition, medical foods and other food (ingredient) companies. She also is a partner of Nutrition Consultants Cooperative (NCC) and works on a freelance basis for Presans, a Paris-based service provider in high-end open innovation.
Before 2015, she worked as Scientific Program Director for Danone Nutricia, and as Nutrition and Health Director for Tate & Lyle Ingredients and Lipid Nutrition leading R&I programs to bring new ingredients and food products to the market with scientifically proven benefits yielding several patents.
She has more than 25 years of experience in (sports) nutrition and health, R&D strategy & Innovation, product development, (pre)clinical research, health claim substantiation, and quality & safety of food (ingredients).
Dr Astrid Stuckelberger
Dr Astrid Stuckelberger
Scientist, Author & Inspirational Speaker
Faculty of Medicine – University of Geneva and Lausanne
Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger is a scientist, lecturer and author at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva and Lausanne. International expert in ageing and population ageing issues, her research is focussing on innovation and technology as solutions to the challenges of ageing, in particular with preventative and regenerative measures for chronic diseases and pathological ageing. She published 10 books, and more than 170 scientific articles, policy papers, governmental, European Commission or UN reports.
CEO of Corperformance
Adam is Chair of the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) and Founder and CEO of Corperformance. After qualifying from the University of Oxford Medical School in 1988, Adam spent 10 years training towards specialist qualifications in obstetrics and gynaecology with clinical and research interest focussed on endocrinology and nutrition. After leaving the NHS, Adam has been providing scientific nutritional solutions to elite athletes, corporate clients and media artists to improve their performance in the field, in the boardroom and on stage. He worked with the England Rugby Football Union from 1999 to 2006 as part of Sir Clive Woodward’s team which culminated with the World Cup success in 2003. In 2005 he worked with the England Cricket squad, leading to their success in the Ashes. Other sports clients have included Chelsea FC (Premiership title 2005) and Leeds Tykes (Powergen cup 2005).
Director, The Whitehouse Consultancy
Viviana is responsible for providing regulatory and strategic advice to a wide range of clients in the UK and the EU on policy issues related to food and nutrition policy, public health and digital policy.
Viviana has an in-depth knowledge of EU politics and policies, having held positions in Brussels and London, advising clients on how to shape and influence European and national policies. Currently she works for the Whitehouse Consultancy and manages the secretariat of the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance.
Viviana holds a Masters in European Public Policy from King’s College London and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Milan and the University Jean Moulin in Lyon, France.
Head of Market Insights, Global Brands
Ewa is in charge of the content strategy for Lumina Intelligence, a business intelligence service from William Reed providing market insights for high growth food and nutrition markets. Prior to that Ewa managed the global Health and Wellness, Nutrition and Ethical Labels industries at Euromonitor International. Ewa is a presenter at key industry events around the world and a judge at nutraceutical product award events. Ewa has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Poznan, Poland and has also studied postgraduate Marketing at the University of Westminster in London.
Hockey player and Olympic gold medalist
A rising British hockey star, Shona McCallin began playing hockey at the age of six and has since found herself on a rapid ascent through the ranks of elite international hockey. In 2007, McCallin made her International debut on England’s U16 squad, in what would be the first of a remarkable 85 junior international caps. McCallin is now a prolific senior level international player. She lives and trains full-time with the English national team just outside of London. She achieved her 50th combined international appearance for Great Britain and England during the Rio Olympic Final, a historic night for Great Britain Hockey. The team created history and won Great Britain’s first ever Olympic Gold medal in women’s hockey with over 9 million people watching. Shona is passionate about helping others achieve their goals through nutrition and fitness.
Business Development Manager at LGC Informed-Choice & Informed-Sport
Ross is Vice Chair of the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance and Business Development Manager at LGC Informed-Choice & Informed-Sport.
Ross started his career at LGC as a Graduate Scientist focusing on sweat testing and hormonal profiling of athletes ahead of the London 2012 games in collaboration with UK Sport. Following this Ross was drafted into the Supplement Testing team within LGC and the day to day job shifted to screening nutritional products for the presence of banned substances via mass spectrometry. Ross is now part of the global business development team within Informed-Sport/Choice with a specific focus on the following territories UK, Europe, South Africa and India. He strives for the day that inadvertent doping is a thing of the past.
Sports and Eating disorder specialist
Renee is a leading Sports and Eating disorder specialist dietitian with over 20 years experience working in clinical and performance nutrition, with Olympic (London, 2012), Paralympic (Rio, 2016) and Commonwealth (Queensland, 2018) teams. She is presently working with a number of national governing bodies, including Scottish Gymnastics, The GB 24 hour Running squad and The England Ballet.
Renee has been invited to speak at several high-profile events including The European Eating Disorder Society Annual Conference as the UK expert in Orthorexia, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival, The Stylist Show and Google. She writes for many national publications and regularly contributes to radio and TV programmes, including News night and BBC 5 Live.
World Champion Skater
Inline skating champion Jenna Downing is an LG Action Sports World Champion, a 10 times British Champion and former X-Games silver medallist. A natural competitor, Jenna has competed in inline skating events since the age of 7 and has amassed a lifetime of awards competing across the globe in televised and major international events. After turning professional at the age 12 (making Jenna the youngest female skater in the world to do so) Jenna has gone on to become an institution in British rollerblading. Her Sporting Ambassador award and her UK Freesports Athlete of the year award are a testament to her fantastic ability and commitment to skating.
Co-founder of FitnessGenes
Mark is the Vice-Chair of the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance and Co-founder of FitnessGenes. He has been involved in Fitness and Sports Nutrition for over 20 years, has a BSc in nutrition and has certifications in sports nutrition, exercise and pharmaceuticals. He has been involved in product research & development, patent/IP work, marketing, labelling and provided regulatory advice whilst working for and with over a dozen of the world’s top sports supplement companies.
Currently, Mark spends much of his time as an independent consultant. Mark writes and is on the advisory board for three top fitness magazines and has a degree in Nutrition, is a certified sports nutritionist, has studied exercise science and worked with several high-profile athletes.
Regulatory Affairs Manager for EMEA at Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN)
Claudia is the Vice-Chair of the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance and Regulatory Affairs Manager for EMEA at Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN). She is responsible for the compliance of some of the biggest players of sports nutrition in the region, with brands such as Optimum Nutrition, BSN and Nutramino. Her brand portfolios cover a range of sports nutrition products such as protein and pre-workout powders, protein and energy bars, meal replacement products, as well as RTDs and capsules/tablets. Claudia has over 7 years’ experience in compliance of sports foods and supplements.
Claudia has extensive knowledge and experience working with harmonised EU legislation as well as dealing with challenges which arise from differing national legislation, or from various interpretations of existing food law.
Editor of Functional Sports Nutrition magazine
With his joint academic backgrounds in exercise physiology and nutritional therapy and a 20-year career as a British middle-distance athlete, Ian has been developing the concept of integrative sports nutrition since 2007; a fast-evolving discipline that considers both the health and performance of an athlete from an integrative health perspective. He is the author of Wholesome Nutrition and the editor of UK magazine Functional Sports Nutrition.
Additionally, Ian is a clinical practitioner. His client base ranges from chronic health cases, such as autoimmunity, through recreational and elite athletes, to sports and lifestyle induced low-grade chronic fatigue syndrome. Ian is a professional member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).
Managing Director of Hylobates Consulting
Luca is Vice-Chair of the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance and Managing Director of Hylobates Consulting. He is an expert in food and food supplement law, and a food risk scientist. Luca co-founded the food and cosmetics consultancy Hylobates and his team has registered thousands of sports nutrition products and food supplements across Europe, advising businesses, small and very large, on compliance with EU law.
Luca is also one of the directors of EuroFIR, the European non-profit organization of food composition databases. In recent years, he has been principal scientist on the pre-assessment team on a contract for EFSA, and has participated in several European Commission, and managed the PlantLIBRA project on plant food supplement, which helped start the Belfrit initiative on botanicals.