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Judges and Corporate Partners

The Judging Panel at the House of Lords

Stage 3 of WOHAA is where shortlisted teams present at the House of Lords. This is where you present to a distinguished panel of judges, but don’t be scared this isn’t the X-Factor! The judging panel is a group of people like yourselves who want to help others and have fun doing it. The panel has included influential figures from business, journalism, politics and drama such as Deborah Meaden from Dragon’s Den, BBC News presenters and Sir David Jason, who chaired the panel last year.

Famous for his roles in Only Fools and Horses, and Frost. A true British icon, he has become one of the most loved TV stars of all time. In 2006 he was voted by the general public as Britain’s favourite TV star. His varied roles from being “Del-boy” in Only Fools and Horses, to being the serious inspector in Frost show his remarkable and diverse talents. Sir David has been our chief panellist in WOHAA from the start, and got involved with the Wings of Hope after being touched by the story of one of the orphaned children who this charity supports. We at the Wings of Hope are very grateful for him and Lady Gill for giving their time so generously.

Founder Patrons of the charity, Lord and Lady Dholakia have been integral to the growth of the Wings of Hope. As deputy leader of the Lib Dems he has many accolades, and is also one of the first Asians to attain a peerage.

ROBERT PESTON – BBC Business EditorROBERT PESTON – BBC Business Editor
Robert Peston, the BBC’s Business Editor, is probably most known now for being one of the first journalists to report on the credit crunch. After he left Oxford, he quickly rose through the ranks as City editor for the Sunday Telegraph, and Editor of the Financial Times. His many accolades include the Harold Wincott Journalist of the Year Award.

LORD MCNALLYLORD MCNALLY – Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords
Lord McNally’s political career started from when he was elected Student Union president at the University College London. Since then, it has been a non-stop journey to the pinnacles of British politics. For example, in 2004 Lord McNally was elected as leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.

DEBORAH MEADENDEBORAH MEADEN – Entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den Judge
As the only female panellist in this series, she gives the other dragons a run for their money. Her shrewd, insightful and often feisty style has led to her not only develop brands like the YouDoo doll from Dragons’s Den, but has also meant making a large impact on the leisure and retail industry. Now passionate about developing investment opportunities she has taken a particular interest in environmental issues

Deb Thomas is a Director at Arup, a global engineering design and consulting firm. One of Deb’s first projects was the ITN Headquarters in London, and the Citibank building at Canary Wharf. Arup were instrumental in the, Beijing Olympics stadium, “The Bird’s Nest”, The Gherkin and Millennium Bridge in London, designed by Sir Norman Foster.

As the Most Watched British presenter in 2008 with a cumulative audience of over 1 billion viewers, Adrian is no stranger to dealing with candiates under pressure as presenter of BBC’s Apprentice: You’re Fired! An avid football fan, Chiles has also presented Match of the Day 2 and is now seen daily presenting ‘The One Show’ on BBC 1

ABHA THORAT SHAHABHA THORAT SHAH – Director, British Asian Trust
Abha is the Director of the British Asian Trust. The Trust exists to build bridges between the British Asian Community and charitable organisations in South Asia. A graduate of Cambridge University, Abha was formerly the Chief Operating Officer at the UK India Business Council.

MICHAEL REBELOMICHAEL REBELO – Managing Director, Saatchi and Saatchi
Michael Rebelo took up the post of M.D. of Saatchi and Saatchi London in June 2008, with responsibility for driving new business across the agency. Michael has been with Saatchi and Saatchi for over 11 years, bringing them some of the highest accolades in the industry. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, Australia

GWYN BURRGWYN BURR – Senior Director, J Sainsbury
Gwyn Burr was Customer Director of J Sainsbury, responsible for the vast areas of marketing, communications and customer service.  With over 20 years of business experience under her belt, Gwyn also chairs the Cause Related Business Leadership Team at BITC, guiding their work on community and charity partnerships. She has now left Sainsbury

RAJNI SRIRAM DR R S RAMRAJNI SRIRAM & DR R S RAM – Co-Founders of the Wings of Hope
Mrs. Rajni Sriram and Dr R S Ram as Co-Founders of the charity, have seen the Wings of Hope Achievement Award, evolve into a household name amongst students. They are extremely pleased to see such good progress, but are keen for more students from all backgrounds in the UK to get involved in the WOHAA. Dr R S Ram is also the Chairman of the Supreme Group which is the UK’s largest manufacturer of eco-friendly bags and promotional items. The bags are made for some of the UK’s top brands such as Tesco, The Co-Operative, Debenhams and Boots

Jackie Cooper, Global Vice Chair, Edelman. In 1987 she co-founded JCPR, the eponymous award winning consumer PR agency in London, running campaigns including O2, Allied Domecq, Mary Kate & Ashley, Wembley Stadium and the final flight for Concorde. Acquired by Edelman in 2004, she then served as creative director and vice chair of London, leading campaigns such as Dove Campaign for Real Beauty and Every Child has a Right to Play for Unilever, as well as Wonderbra and the Halo 3 launch for Xbox.

PETER LOVATTPETER LOVATT – Vice Chariman of Saatchi & Saatchi
Peter Lovatt is Vice-chairman of the legendary Saatchi & Saatchi – the ideas and advertising agency. Peter has been at the helm of some of the advertising industry’s most catalytic campaigns: from Old El Peso, Altoid Mints and the Green Giant to the signature Carlsberg campaigns. Perhaps his most poignant campaign has been with Chip and Pin which has helped more than 40 million people embrace this change.

MALCOLM LANEMALCOLM LANE – Director Tata Consultancy Services – sadly deceased
Malcolm Lane was Director of Corporate Affairs at Tata Consultancy Service. This means he was responsible for helping manage one of India’s best known companies – Tata. Tata have recently broken records by producing the world’s cheapest car – “the Tata Nano”. As such, of late Tata has achieved staggering growth and has achieved a staggering revenue of $4bn. The Consultancy practice is one of the largest in the world

Matthew is a familiar face on BBC News 24. After leaving Durham with a Law and Politics degree, he became a chartered accountant, and then joined the BBC in 1990. He has covered extensively for News 24, in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, during the Gulf War, and 9/11 in New York.

MANSOOR ALI KHANMANSOOR ALI KHAN – Former Indian cricket captain – sadly deceased
Educated at Winchester and then at Oxford, the Nawab at the tender age of 21 was selected as captain on the Indian cricket team. He captained 14 matches – one of which was the first overseas victory for India against New Zealand. His wife, Sharmila Tagore (our International Ambassador) is one of Bollywood’s most famous actresses. His son and daughter (Saif Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan) have excelled in acting in the Indian film industry with many awards between them.

BARONESS SCOTTBARONESS SCOTT – President of the Liberal Democrats
Baroness Scott is one of the youngest female peers. She is a great supporter of the Wings of Hope. She is also a member of the UK Delegation to the European Commission.

STEVE DUNCANSTEVE DUNCAN – Retired Executive Chairman, Boots Alliance
Steven Duncan was appointed Executive Chairman, Heath and Beauty, in July 2007, having previously been Community Pharmacy Director. Steve also spent time at Harvard Business School in the USA.

Stephen Howard is the Chief Executive of Business in the Community, a unique movement of 800 companies promoting responsible business and founded by HRH Prince Charles. Stephen joined BITC as MD in 2005, following 8 years as a supporter and national partner of BITC’s Business Action on Homeless Initiative, helping some of the most disadvantaged groups in London.

Martin Beaumont has recently stepped down as CEO of The Co operative Group, a company through which he has been instrumental in creating value and making a change for the better. A countryman at heart, Martin now keeps his own sheep on a small holding.