#CityRegion2015: Judges have their say

The official opening on the new buildings at Maltby Academy by the Earl and Countess of Scarborough. Rt Hon Richard Caborn opened the new all weather sports pitch.
The official opening on the new buildings at Maltby Academy by the Earl and Countess of Scarborough. Rt Hon Richard Caborn opened the new all weather sports pitch.
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Richard Caborn had a long political career and now holds high-level positions advising on major projects – but he still loves judging business awards.

The former sports minister jumped at the chance to be involved in the City Region Business Awards for a second year.

He was one of five judges who read through a 230-page pack of awards entries before coming up with 14 winners.

The four other judges were:

Wendy Hain, director of membership and events at East Midlands Chamber

Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber

Mark Hannigan, operations manager at Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber

Stacey Austin, president of Doncaster Chamber.

Richard Caborn said: “It’s my second time as judge – and I have to say it’s a privilege.

“It’s a great opportunity to be part of rewarding excellence for our region and this I hope will help to move them on to a national and international stage. It’s a privilege to be a judge. It does open my eyes to see the talent we have really got.

“I have seen incredible improvement year on year. A lot of people are using technology to develop products and to innovate and create wealth.”

The former Sheffield Central MP – a position he held for 27 years – is an adviser to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and business and industry adviser for Sheffield City Council.

He is also chair of the Olympic Legacy Park which will be on the site of the former Don Valley Stadium, a trustee of the Football Foundation and president of the Youth Hostelling Association.

He was an MEP for five years, a minister for 10 and an MP for 27 years.