Judging

Meet our 2019 judges:


Ambrose Harcourt

Ambrose Harcourt is the Managing Director of Ambrose Harcourt PR , established in 1997, the innovative public relations consultancy providing professional services across a diverse client portfolio throughout the UK. He has a very keen interest in business in the Community having been involved with Friends of the Albion, The Boundary Club, Sussex Chamber of Commerce and the Uckfield Chamber amongst others.

Ambrose is best known as local DJ and celebrity, ‘Mr Lurve’, for 30 years broad casting over many parts of Sussex, South East England and the UK in Radio and Television. He is a life-time Patron of Chestnut Tree House and this year has been appointed as Vice President of Chestnut Tree House as well as St Barnabas House. 

He says, “It’s an honour to be invited to be a judge and to celebrate  everything that is so exciting about the women’s business community. There is no doubt that the entrepreneurial spirit that will be represented with the nominations and at the Award Ceremony can build a bright future for all the companies and individuals nominated as well as encourage others to do something that will engage and engender team spirit in their businesses and the community.”

“That Ambrose with his wonderful group have just completed the Inca Trail Trek 2019 to Machu Picchu raising money for Chestnut Tree House”, the only Children’s hospice in Sussex and they have raised over £140,000 so far.”


Bex Bastable

Bex Bastable is the commercial editor for JPIMedia in Sussex and former content editor of the Brighton & Hove Independent. She has also worked as a journalist on the Chichester Observer series and the Eastbourne Herald and is the trustee of Beyond, the Care Leavers’ Trust in Brighton and Hove.


Michael Harris

Michael was born on the Isle of Wight and has lived in Cyprus, Wales, and Guernsey in the Channel Islands.
He is married to Renate, has two daughters, five grandchildren and a great grandson. 

His interests are Freemasonry, cricket and shore fishing.
He is a season ticket holder at Brighton and Hove Albion and has been a staunch supporter for the past 45 years. 

He was an Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Sussex Freemasons between 2011 and 2015 and after retirement from office he assumed the role of the chairperson of the Sussex Masonic Charitable Foundation CIO. This is a role he is very passionate about. He is great believer in communities and the coming together of people for the betterment of their respective habitats.

As a Freemason, and particularly as a Trustee of the charitable arm of the Freemasons, he has, with the assistance of his fellow Freemasons, been able to assist many people not only within Sussex and the United Kingdom but worldwide where charitable contributions have been needed in times of disaster and distress.