Awards Council

Head of Technical Services
The British Institute of Cleaning Science

Behind the softly spoken Yorkshire accent, Denise brings a wealth of experience in the cleaning and hygiene industry to the BICSc team.

With over 40 years’ experience – from hotel housekeeping through to running her own company with contracts across the UK – Denise is always ready to pass on that knowledge to both experienced and non-experienced cleaning operatives. She never judges people on the questions they ask, just calmly and clearly explains what they want to know.

One of her passions is the care of hard floors and she is happiest when in control of a rotary machine – be it light buffing of a floor or stripping it back and re-applying a coat of polish.

Co-Founder
Less Is More Consulting

First & foremost I am a Mumpreneur to 2 little ladies Lilly & Cadi Mae. I set up Less Is More Consulting with my amazing fellow Mumpreneur Sophie Doran as we needed to simplify our own lives as busy working parents and because we genuinely care and enjoy making things happen for others.

Through leaving our corporate careers we are incredibly grateful we can now do both by implementing solutions to step change business growth and being able to be more present for our families.

With over 45 years’ experience across FMCG organisations across all sectors / segments we consistently saw businesses overcomplicate their ways of working, and this led to ineffective delivery.

We simplify, we cut through & we make change happen…..

On a personal level my passions are supporting charities close to my heart , and being an active ally on all areas of ED&I but especially mental health, fertility, menopause and neurodiversity.

Founder
Home Staging Association UK/IE

Paloma Harrington is an ASP® Accredited Home Staging Master, Home Staging and Interior Styling Expert and Luxury Staging Specialist.

Global Director of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals, the IAHSP, and Vice President of the European Association of Staging Professionals, Paloma is also the Founder of the Home Staging Association UK & Ireland.

An entrepreneur at heart, having started businesses since the early 2000’s, Paloma believes in empowering people through knowledge, education and support. She is passionate about educating people and has organised several Home Staging events, in the UK and abroad, focusing on helping professionals with their businesses.

Apart from offering coaching and guidance for staging professionals and their businesses, Paloma runs her Home Staging businesses in the UK and in Brazil, being also the Co-Founder of the Brazilian Home Staging Association and School Nucleo de Home Staging, as well as the IAHSP® Chapter President for the country.

Director and Co-owner
Progressive Housewares Magazine, Max Publishing

Rob is director and co-owner of Max Publishing which includes Progressive Houseware Magazine and HousewaresNews.net.

Founder & Director
Black Business Network

Shari Leigh is the Founder of Black Business Network, an online community, events and support resources company for Black business owners and startup entrepreneurs.

After a decade-long career in the events industry, as a Global Operations Manager for membership and financial institutions; Shari was inspired to use her skills and passion for creating spaces where unrepresented entrepreneurs can strengthen their business connections, financing and knowledge, pioneering the launch of flagship conferences such as Black Investor 360.

Through Black Business Network, Shari has also led consultation and project management of high-level corporate strategies to remove systemic barriers and improve outcomes for Black and ethnic minority business owners; producing the research report Black. British. In Business & Proud in 2021 & 2022.

Working closely with organisations such as Lloyds Bank, and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurs.

Shari and the work of the Black Business Network have also been featured as a writer and interviewee in publications such as The FT, The Independent, Forbes, Black Ballard and The Voice.

Shari has been quoted as saying: “Along this journey, I have learned about the numerous areas of support needed in our business community, and I have been honoured to build and share these resources with other entrepreneurs.”

Shari Leigh is also a member of the Lloyds Bank Black Business Advisory Committee.

Founder
Sorted!

Siân Pelleschi founded Sorted! – a decluttering and organising service – in 2016. Located in Stockport, she covers the North West of England in person and the world virtually.

She takes a firm but fair approach to help those who are struggling with their space – both physically and mentally – and believes that decluttering is not just about throwing ‘stuff’ away or creating beautiful surroundings, but about providing practical, long-lived processes that can support a person going forward.

In addition to running Sorted!, Siân is President of the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO). She is in demand as a media spokesperson – having been featured in Cheshire Life and ‘Expert’s Corner’ on talk RADIO, as well as other broadcast, print and online news outlets.

Siân’s goal is to inspire, motivate and declutter as many lives and businesses as possible.

Visit Sorted! website here.