Head of Partnership and Communities, USN Bolton Arena 

Sue is the Head of Partnerships and Communities at USN Bolton Arena. Sue has been based at the Arena for 15 years, with an overriding goal to engage as many as possible in a lifetime pf physical activity.
Prior to working at Bolton ARENA; Sue was based in Cumbria as a teacher of PE before pursuing a career as a lecturer in sports science.
On a personal level Sue has taken part in competitive sport for as long as she can remember!
This has included junior title in cross country, swimming and hockey, before taking up fell running, and then triathlon as an adult. She has competed for GB on a number of occasions as a triathlete.
Sue still exercises each day and does enter an occasional triathlon to keep her hand in, and to keep in touch with a wonderful sporting community.
Sue also directly supports her local community in sport, and clubs; in any way she can.


Angela Kelly, Award-winning Journalist and Columnist at The Bolton News

Angela is an award-winning journalist with a long and successful career in the media. She has a wealth of experience gained on daily regional newspapers and magazines, and writes regularly for a variety of publications.

As a columnist for our local newspaper, The Bolton News, she has her finger firmly on the pulse of our thriving town. Her keen eye for a good story also makes her an ideal judge for the 2018 Inspire Awards.

Also a part-time lecturer in journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, Angela runs courses and seminars that help businesses, charities and other organisations deal with the media and improve their public profile. She is also an Honorary Life Member of the National Union of Journalists.


Cathy Savage, Sales and Marketing Manager of Market Place Bolton

Cathy is Sales and Marketing Director of Market Place Bolton, the award-winning shopping centre in the town centre that has recently had millions of pounds of investment to transform it.

Cathy is at the forefront of promoting the centre, which now boasts unique subterranean Vaults with bars, restaurants and an amazing children’s play area. A nine screen cinema also opened just over a year ago in the centre, which has won a string of industry awards in the past 18 months.

Cathy was advertising manager of The Bolton News for 20 years before becoming Bolton Town Centre Manager. After that she worked as a business development manager at several North West hotels before joining the Market Place in August 2016.

She was born, bred and lives in Bolton, is proud to call the town her home and is passionate about making the town centre a vibrant and welcoming place for people to visit for shopping, work and leisure.


Chef-Patron of Nick’s Restaurant, Bolton

Nicholas Cullen is the chef-patron of Nick’s Restaurant in Bolton, which he opened in 2001.

Nick is a huge advocate of supporting local businesses and always encourages more people to shop locally, try new things and prepare dishes that use fresh, seasonal produce.

By working with local suppliers, trades-people, charities and schools Nick tries to ensure that the Restaurant plays an important role in the community in which we live. Nick says, “I love Bolton and it’s really important to me to put something back into the community in which we live and work.’

Nick also works closely with Bolton College and offers apprenticeship and work placements to budding local chefs. For the past 4 years, Nick had written a weekly column in the Bolton News, sharing seasonal recipes with the Bolton readership. More recently, Nick has been involved with the Bolton Community Cookbook in aid of charity, which was launched at Bolton Food and Drink Festival in 2017.


Belinda Beaver, Vice President for Bolton at Greater Manchester’s Chamber of Commerce

Belinda is one of the biggest diving forces behind our town’s business success. In addition to representing Greater Manchester’s Chamber of Commerce in Bolton she is the director of Ag!tare, an independent management consultancy based in Horwich, and a volunteer for Business Growth Hub.

She combines 30 plus years of management experience with a passion for supporting new enterprise and uses all three roles to champion and mentor businesses across Bolton and the North West. Her drive to see local industry thrive and her hands-on approach to supporting companies has also seen her win a National Government Training Award.

More recently, as Learning & Organisational Development Director for Ag!tare, Belinda has joined with her company co-directors to launch a new digital platform to connect Greater Manchester businesses called mancheshare.co.uk.


Andrew is a Director of the £125M turnover, 400 people strong Nycomm group of companies headquartered in Manchester where he is responsible for solution sales and technical resources. The group includes Pennine a Unified and Radio Communications reseller, Rocom a communications solutions supplier to corporate customers, Videonations a specialist videoconferencing and AV supplier and Nimans, the largest independently owned technology distributor in the UK.

Educated in electronics and radio communications in the late 1970’s Andy joined Pennine Telecom straight from college and worked his way up through the company. In 2003 he led a management buyout of the company and built the group to become one of the most established, well respected and diverse telecoms companies in the UK. In 2016 the company was merged into the Nycomm Group. As a past City & Guilds student in 2011, at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, he was awarded a highly-commended certificate for his contribution to the telecommunications industry by City and Guilds of London Institute President, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip. He is a fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Andrew is the President for Bury at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is the dynamic force as the Chair of Governors at Bolton College and also an Independent Governor of The University of Bolton.

He is also a Trustee of a Young Peoples Charity based close to his home in Rossendale which in 2014 won funding from Children in Need to provide a fulltime mentoring and young volunteer leader.


Claire Handby, Director for Deloitte

Claire is company director, for one of the world’s ‘big four’ professional services firms and drives performance, innovation and growth on large real estate and infrastructure projects.

As a chartered construction manager, she has worked on the Millennium Dome/02 Arena, the London Stadium and 2012 Olympic Park, Manchester’s Metro Link, the ‘Duke of York Army Barracks’ re-development in Chelsea (which gave London its first public square in 100 years) and more recently a regional growth strategy for the north’s HS2 rail project – among countless other metropolitan development projects around the world.

As an award-winning businesswoman, and a mother of three young daughters, with two decades of experience in an industry still regarded as a man’s domain she knows exactly what qualities women need to succeed in the world.


Darren Knight, Chief Executive Officer of Bolton Community and Voluntary Services

Through his role as CEO of Bolton Community and Voluntary Services, Darren champions the drive for social action and positive change in our town.

He strives to strengthen the impact his organisation has on the lives of its beneficiaries by ensuring it successfully meets the needs of their communities. In his own words, “my full focus is on ensuring that we say what we mean and we do what we say.”

Darren, who was a manager at Shelter UK and head of policy and engagement at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation before taking up his current role in 2015, is staunchly proud of the “positive change that Bolton’s amazing voluntary and community sector achieves every single day,” making him inarguably another suitable appointment to our judging panel.


Suzy Orr is the Founder of the Unique Ladies Networking franchise which supports and encourages women to be the best they can in any business sector across the north west. The groups are currently up and running in Bolton, Preston, Manchester and Liverpool. Suzy has over 30 years experience in IT and Telecom industry. She became disenchanted with corporate life in a male dominated environment which led her to set up her Unique Ladies Network. Suzy is also co-owner of family business Windoworld in Chorley town centre. Last year she was voted “Networker of the Year” at the Liverpool Lifestyle Awards, and has also been nominated for 2018. Suzy actively helps fundraise and supports local charities.