Find out who’s on the judging panel for the Challenge

Meet the judges

Angela Clements

Angela has worked in affordable credit for many years, first as CEO of the Citysave Credit Union in Birmingham and now as CEO of Fair for You Enterprise CIC. Fair for You was set up to change the way credit is provided to lower income families. The business is a Community Interest Company, which means it doesn’t operate on a for-profit basis, instead it aims to be sustainable and self-sufficient.

Chris Goulden

Chris leads the Impact and Evidence team at the Youth Futures Foundation, a job he started in 2020. Before that he led the evidence team at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and is a former social researcher at the Home Office and in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. Chris is currently a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee, advising the Department for Work and Pensions. 

Elaine Smyth

Elaine is the Director of the Innovation Community at technology hub Catalyst, which provides workspace to innovation companies and university research institutes. Catalyst invests the surplus from rental income to support the growth of entrepreneurship and startups. Elaine believes there will be many more exciting local technology companies leading the world from Northern Ireland.

Dr Faiza Shaheen

Faiza is Director of CLASS, the Centre for Labour and Social Studies. She is also the author of a range of publications covering  inequality, austerity, immigration, youth unemployment and social mobility. In 2017, Faiza was named the Observer Rising Star for Campaigning and was also nominated as Asian Woman of the Year.

Dr Fiona Aldridge

Fiona is director for policy and research at Learning and Work Institute, and is responsible for leading L&W’s programme of research and development. She has more than 20 years’ experience and is currently focused on building the capacity of local areas, providers and employers to lead and respond to changes in post-16 education and skills.

Nikki Lawrence

Nikki is Chief Executive at Careers Wales, where she is currently focused on leading the development of Careers Wales’ new five year vision and strategy from 2021 onwards to meet the needs of the changing economy and the people of Wales. Nikki is keen to take Careers Wales forward as a leading information, advice and guidance service for


Stephen Ingledew

Stephen is the Chief Executive of FinTech Scotland, the independent not for profit enterprise which aims to make a better world for all through financial innovation, collaboration and inclusion. He is a regular contributor at global conferences on subjects ranging from financial innovation to progressive leadership. 


Dr Wanda Wyporska

Wanda is Executive Director at The Equality Trust, the national charity that campaigns to reduce social and economic inequality. An advisor on the London Recovery Taskforce, she has over a decade of experience working in the trade union movement, leading on equalities, social mobility and education policy. Wanda was a Starun Senior Scholar at Hertford College, Oxford, where she was awarded a doctorate in European History.