The Practice Excellence Awards 2016: Meet the judges

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The awards recognise and celebrate the best in the accounting profession with eight categories that showcase firms and individuals driving standards of excellence ever higher.

This year the judges across all categories include:

Heather Townsend, Professional Services Coach and Author

Heather is an experienced accountancy awards judge and helps accountants, lawyers and consultants become the 'Go-To-Expert'. She is the co-author of 'The Go-To Expert' and 'How to Make Partner and Still have a Life'

John Stokdyk, Editor-in-Chief, AccountingWEB

John has 25 years as a business and technology journalist, edited trade titles and written for The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and of course AccountingWEB.

Robert Lovell, Managing Editor, AccountingWEB

Managing Editor for AccountingWEB in the UK, Robert talks to, interviews and writes about issues that matter to the accounting community on a daily basis and is well placed to understand what makes for a successful firm.

Francois Badenhorst, Practice Correspondent. AccountingWEB

Francois is the practice correspondent for AccountingWEB. He operates at the intersection of practice, tech and tax news.

Karen Reyburn, Managing Director, The Profitable Firm

Karen Reyburn is a creative-minded individual who specialises in online marketing for accountancy firms. A former accountant (and a Certified Public Accountant in the States), Karen set up The Profitable Firm to work exclusively with modern, digitally-minded accountants who want to use online marketing to their best advantage. She and her team use remote and virtual working to help accountancy firms all over the globe.

Tom Herbert, Business Editor, AccountingWEB

Tom Herbert is business editor of AccountingWEB, with a brief that covers finance and strategy, management accounting and financial reporting. In a previous working life he wrote about business and travel in China.

Alex Tucker, Marketing Team Leader, PracticeWEB

As a marketer and demand generation specialist, Alex helps accounting firms develop their on and offline marketing presence to drive new business and increase client loyalty.

Richard Sergeant, Director, Principle Point

Richard has over ten years experience of helping accountants build their business, delivering marketing strategies that are based on client insight and experience.

Martin Bisset, Founder, The Upwards Spiral Partnership Ltd

Martin has been involved with the accounting professions for over 18 years, working firms ranging from sole practitioners through to the Global Top 30. His consultancy firm is a boutique organisation designed to devote his attention to the client base he works with.

Mike Foster - Co Founder and Director, The Bookkeepers Alliance

Founder, Director and Entrepreneur, Mike Foster, is a mentor, speaker, author and business growth adviser helping business owners to consider, start up, develop and grow their own business and achieve success as by their own definition.

Declan Curry - Journalist, broadcaster and public speaker

Declan Curry is one of Britain's best-known business communicators.

He has been a business journalist and broadcaster for more than 20 years. He presented some of the UK's most popular business reports on radio and television, including BBC One's "Breakfast", BBC Two's "Working Lunch" and Radio 5 Live's "On The Money" and "Wake Up To Money".

The closing date for all award entries is 17th of June.

Anonymised versions will then be provided to the judging panel who will discuss the merits of each entry over the following month.

The judges will announce a shortlist in each category on 17 July and the winners will be revealed at a ceremony in London on 20th of October.

Only the judges and those administering the awards programme have sight of each entry, all information in them is kept as confidential.