Meet the Judges

Lesley Martin-Wright - Meet the Judges


Lesley was appointed as CEO of Knowsley Chamber of Commerce in 2010, in the last 5 years Knowsley Chamber has become the primary provider and main access point for business support in Knowsley.

Knowsley is home to a wide and diverse range of businesses; within the Chamber our membership includes large businesses such as JLR, Halewood International, QVC, Getrag Ford, Clarke Energy, Glen Dimplex; extending to an extensive cohort of successful SMEs (including the very popular visitor attraction Knowsley Safari Park).

Knowsley has many strategic strengths including logistics, manufacturing, infrastructure, and development land, and Knowsley Chamber works with other partners across the city region to assist in delivering the growth strategy. Lesley was appointed to the private sector led ‘Knowsley Place Board’ in 2014, and is a ‘Place Ambassador’. Lesley is a Director of MSIF; a Governor Merchant Taylors’ School; and sits on the Advisory Group for the Community Foundation for Merseyside and Lancashire.


Alastair Shepard - Meet the Judges


Having graduated from Liverpool John Moores University, Alastair joined the practice in 1999, where he has been instrumental in delivering award-winning residential and commercial schemes across the country. He has delivered large scale regeneration projects in Salford, including the Radclyffe Park district centre and affordable housing across Ordsall, while helping to develop the practice’s profile in the student housing sector, recently completing in Cambridge. Currently leading on a number of major PRS schemes including Baltic Village which is receiving coverage both sides of the Atlantic. Offices in London continue to grow, which has assisted in bringing institutional investment to Liverpool.

He has a great enthusiasm for sustainability issues and has served as a consultant on local authority design panels.

He was appointed as a Director in 2007.

His interests include music, cycling, photography and supporting the perpetually lost cause that is Hartlepool United.


Elaine Cunningham - Meet the Judges


Elaine Cunningham has more than 25 years of experience in the homeinteriors business, building on her successful family background in retail. In 2006, Elaine turned her talent for heading up innovative ventures and building international contacts into her own award-winning company, Elaine Cunningham Interiors. Initially working from home building up her business profile and clientele, and then opening her flagship store on Aigburth Road.


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