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Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

Families Included Prize: meet our judges

With the entry period closing in exactly one week’s time (14th July 2016), we’re introducing the Families Included judging panel, who’ll use their real life experience to select our finalists.

There are plenty of people in Essex who have great ideas that could benefit local families. And the Families Included Prize wants to help bring those ideas to life. Whether it’s already happening or it’s just a seed of an idea, we want to hear about it. We know sifting through the entries and picking ideas with real potential is going to be difficult. That’s why we’ve recruited a panel of judges with the real life experience needed to make the tough choices.

Meet our judges

Every family is different and ideas to help them will be just as varied. By recruiting judges with a range of personal and professional experiences we’re in the best possible position to achieve the Prize’s aim of supporting ideas that will help Essex families feel less lonely (or socially isolated). To help the judges make the tough choices we’ve created judging criteria which reflects the Prize’s aims: innovation, impact, growth potential, communications and marketing, accessible and affordable.

Our judges are:

  • Councillor Dick Madden, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Children (Chair)
  • Constance Agyeman, Senior Programme Manager, Challenge Prize Centre, Nesta
  • Amanda Brandon, children’s author and journalist
  • Emily Jones, Essex mother and social media manager
  • Sam Keeling, Founder, 8 out of 10 Mums
  • Chris Martin, Children’s Commissioning Director, Essex County Council
  • Emma R McNally, children’s author, illustrator, performance coach and trainer
  • Dr Barbara Patterson, Deputy Director for Health and Wellbeing, East of England Public Health England Centre
  • Paulette Stephens, Locality Manager (nurse education), South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT)
  • Caroline Taylor, Chief Executive, Essex Community Foundation (ECF)

What’s next?

After the 14th July entry deadline, a judging panel meeting will be held and the 10 finalists will be announced in early August.

Visit our website to learn more about the Prize and how to enter.

We’d like to thank our judges for their involvement and support of the prize.


Charlotte Macken

Charlotte Macken

Charlotte Macken

Prize Design Manager, Challenge Works

At Challenge Works, Charlotte built expertise in the design and delivery of impact-focused challenge-driven innovation tools.

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