This year's panel of expert judges are some of the most influential people in the fundraising world. In Spring 2013 they met to consider this year's nominations. Click on their photographs below for brief biographies.
Kevin Kibble has served as Trustee of the Institute since July 2012. He is Chief Executive at The Caspari Foundation and Chair of the Institute of Fundraising London Region.
Kevin has 30 years' experience in management, communications and marketing, 16 of which have been in fundraising and the voluntary sector.
Whilst practised as an architect, I was given the opportunity in 2008 to join a team, who had been asked to design a new type of sustainable kindergarten in Ghana by the Sabre Trust.
The process, delivery and result of this voluntary work was overwhelming and led me to putting my architecture career on hold and accepting the position of Fundraising Manager at the Sabre Trust.
This role initially required me to write a fundraising strategy, which we have now been implementing for the past 2 years with great success and have plans to grow on the foundations we have built.
Simon Burne is Director of Fundraising and Marketing at The Children's Society.
A former Chair of the Institute of Fundraising, Simon has worked in fundraising for 28 years in a number of senior positions and as a consultant with THINK.
He has talked and written extensively about a range of fundraising and marketing issues and ran the THINK Community Forum for a number of years.
Bridget Cluley has worked in the charitable sector for over 30 years and has gained a great deal of expertise working with volunteers particularly groups and individuals who raise money from their local communities.
Bridget started her career as a Community Fundraiser at the NSPCC where she remained for 16 years finally heading up the Community Fundraising Department managing staff and volunteers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. She was responsible for the creation of strategies to support and grow the community fundraising base of the NSPCC many of which are still in place and thriving.
On leaving the NSPCC as a member of staff Bridget was invited to become a Trustee - the first and (so far) only member of staff to do so. She stepped down from the Board in October 2007 having served for 9 years.
She is now proud to be on the Board of Hope and Homes for Children and is involved with supporting the organisation at a vital stage in its development of an ambitious strategy to prevent children having to live in institutions and help them live in alternative family-based care.
Bridget has also worked as a consultant with a number of leading charities helping develop their strategies for volunteers and training staff who work with volunteers. Over the years she has been a regular speaker at the Institute of Fundraising Convention and she is a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising.
Alastair has been Director of Fundraising & Marketing at The National Autistic Society since October 2010, with a remit covering voluntary income generation, marketing and communications, data services, supporter care, membership and business development.
He joined the NAS from World Horse Welfare, where he was Director of Fundraising, and prior to that led the Trust & Major Donor Fundraising team at Breakthrough Breast Cancer for seven years.
Alastair has held Trusteeships at Hackney Quest and Zimbabwe Rural Schools Development Programme.
Liz joined Demelza in January 2013 to head up the fundraising, marketing and communications and trading teams.
She has 25 years experience in the not for profit sector, most recently spending 14 years as Director of Fundraising and Communications at the Children’s Trust,
Liz has also previously worked at director level at the National Society for Epilepsy and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Wanda Hamilton was appointed Group Director, Fundraising, RNIB, in June 2010. Before joining RNIB she was Chief Executive, AMD Alliance International and prior to that Executive and National Director, CNIB.
In all these roles, she took a leadership approach that highly valued innovation and partnership working, and was a hands-on leader of the major donor, corporate and community fundraising functions.
She started as a volunteer fundraiser in the mid 70s, and has more recently been involved in development of significant partnerships with government, industry and high-value donors.
Early in her career, she worked with the Conservative Party and in corporate communications. She has held voluntary executive positions with her local Rotary and was Chair of her regional women's shelter. She is a member of the Institute of Fundraising.
Marcus is Director of Communications & Fundraising at WaterAid. Marcus has 22 years of marketing and income generating experience gained in the UK and international charity and commercial sectors.
Previous roles include Development Director Staff-led Fundraising and Head of Fundraising Strategy at NSPCC, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at EveryChild, European Marketing Director for Britannica and Head of Individual Giving at the British Heart Foundation.
Rebecca Rendle is Managing Partner of More Partnership, a leading international fundraising consultancy. She has extensive experience - as a consultant and in-house - of fundraising, communications and strategic management.
Rebecca first joined More Partnership from CSV in 2000 before becoming Fundraising Director for Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres. She returned to More Partnership as a consultant six years ago.
She supports a team working with a wide range of clients in the arts, charity and education sectors.
Fiona is currently Legacy Manager at Scope, and a
committee member of the Legacy and In Memoriam Marketing Special Interest Group. She has previously held roles at National Autistic Society, RNID, Marie Curie and National Osteoporosis Society.
Jenny is the Individual Giving Manager at Above & Beyond, the charity raising funds for Bristol's central NHS hospitals.
A specialist in individual giving her career in fundraising started agency side with telephone fundraising and transferred to charity side at Sustrans where she worked for 8 years.
With a keen eye for excellent donor care and innovation, she is a previous winner of Best use of Telephone and Best Face 2 Face awards.
In her spare time she enjoys cycling, fishing and kite flying, not all at the same time.
Diana is the Executive Director for Marketing at Barnardo's. Her responsibilities include Fundraising, Marketing, Communications and Retail and Trading. Diana also has responsibility for a specialist Marketing HR Team supporting staff and volunteers across the UK.
Overall Diana has over 20 years of marketing and communications experience gained within agencies and clients. The majority of her career has been working with Charities.
Diana likes to keep busy in her spare time, visiting Sierra Leone as a volunteer and she enjoys overseas cycling holidays.
Joanne is Head of Fundraising Strategy and Resources at Diabetes UK and is responsible for driving innovation, developing digital fundraising and ensuring the supporter journey is optimised for income generation.
Previously at Cancer Research UK for eight years Joanne developed their online giving strategy which encouraged people to raise more money online.
Passionate about using technology Joanne has spoken about the opportunities of implementing the JustGiving APIs and taken part in a Guardian Roundtable on how charities maximise online donations.