Judging

The Observer Business Excellence Awards are judged independently by a selected panel of judges.


Julie Harrison

Julie Harrison is the CEO (Joint Role) for Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

The Chamber is a successful networking organisation which also offers advice to businesses and industries of Chichester. It encourages and supports measures to improve the social and economic conditions of the local area and liaises with representatives of outside bodies about business interests affecting the city and its district.

Julie said “I’m delighted to be judging the Chichester Observer Business Awards again, and being a part of celebrating what is great about doing business in our area”.


Paul Wells

Paul Wells is managing director of Unique Workwear Printing & Embroidery based in Bognor Regis. He has been active in the community for over 25 years Paul is currently an Arun District Councillor and served as Town Mayor of Bognor Regis in 2013 -14.  Over the years, Paul has built up a wealth of knowledge in business and local government and is delighted to be part of the Observer awards Judging panel for 2019.


Stephen Ireland

Stephen is a Senior Associate in the Contentious Trust and Probate Department team based in Chichester. He deals with a mixture of disputes arising from wills, trusts and the administration of estates which can also involve powers of attorney.

Stephen represent executors, beneficiaries, trustees and other interested parties (such as family members) in both bringing and defending claims. This includes arguments about the validity of wills, mental capacity, undue influence, claims for financial provision, breach of trust, removal of executors, intestacy and many others.

The majority of cases Stephen is involved with are brought before the County Court or High Court but he does represent clients in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as well as the Court of Protection. Most claims are settled by negotiation or some form of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation.


Vicki Meddows-Smith

Vicki Meddows-Smith is the CEO of the Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

The Chamber is a successful networking organisation which brings together the businesses and industries of Chichester. It encourages measures to support and improve the social and economic conditions of the local area and liaises with representatives of outside bodies about business interests affecting the city and its district.

Vicki said “I have been delighted to be involved in judging the Chichester Observer Business Awards this year and to see the variety and calibre of businesses in the area. The annual awards process is a great celebration of them all”