Judging Panel

Paula Basnett

CEO, Wirral Chamber of Commerce

With over 25 years supporting business and economic development in Wirral, Paula brings great experience and commitment in developing services and support to encourage growth and economic prosperity. Never one to stand still, she has been at the forefront for many successful business initiatives, encouraging her team to work closely within Wirral’s business community. By using her leadership qualities and experience for the benefit of the Chamber membership, she leads by example and ensures that the very best service is available at all times. She has been the driving force behind the Chamber introducing a Start Up Loans Programme, Training Hub inititaive, creating new international links and the redevelopment of the Pacific Road Business Hub. 

Ben Miller

Partner, DLA Piper

Ben Miller has extensive knowledge of pensions law and acts mainly for employers and pension scheme trustees but also provides advice to pension providers (eg providers of SSASs and SIPPs). He advises on all aspects of scheme mergers, reconstructions and wind-ups, and handles the pension aspects of company acquisitions and disposals.  Ben is also heavily involved with private finance initiatives. He is experienced in pensions litigation including internal dispute resolution procedures, pensions ombudsman complaints and representative actions at the high court.  Aside from his work with occupational pension schemes, Ben advises on all legal aspects (including documentation) relating to SIPPs.

Chris Fry
Partner, KPMG in the UK

Chris is a senior corporate tax partner and is also our Liverpool office senior partner. He has worked with clients from a wide range of sectors, including fast growth companies, family businesses, private equity backed companies and smaller listed vehicles. Chris joined KPMG in 1997 and currently works with Warburtons, Pets at Home Group, The Travel Corporation, and Nichols plc. Chris has a particular specialism in property companies (Emerson Group/Langtree) and also tax advice for companies undertaking M&A and restructuring activity.

Alan Evans

Strategic Commissioner for Growth, Wirral Council

Responsible for the delivery of the Council's Economic Growth Strategy, Alan oversees the Boroughs Major Regeneration Schemes as well as the development of the Visitor Economy. Heavily involved in the development of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and currently represents Wirral on the Board of Regeneration Directors. Alan sits on the Board of Wirral Chamber and various other organisations across the City Region. Over the years he has gathered a wealth of experience in supporting the creation of new initiatives which will be of benefit to Wirral and its businesses.