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JUDGES

Jonny Birkett
Manager
– BEST Growth Hub

Having worked as a Consultant, Chief Executive and Specialist Advisor for over 15 years, Jonny has used his experience and expertise to support central and multiple local governments, NGO’s and private sector businesses to identify and deliver effective, pragmatic and sustainable economic, place management solutions.

Working throughout the UK and abroad on behalf of the Home Office, the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Association of Town and City Management Jonny has delivered cutting edge work while also demonstrating a passion for business, people and places.  This has resulted in the sustainable growth of a number of nationally recognised commercial and not-for-profit organisations and the transformation of a variety of towns and cities.

As a place management, economic development and night-time economy specialist who also has expertise as a change and turnaround manager, programme director and capacity builder, Jonny was recognised as one of the leading place management specialists in the UK, by being awarded the ‘Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Achievement’ for contribution to the industry, in 2010. 

Jonny now leads the BEST Growth Hub, supporting businesses and local economies across Essex.   He is professional speaker and a frequent expert commentator on the areas of economic development, night-time economy, self-regulation, nudge theory and diversification.