Judges 2

Caroline Abrahams

Charity Director, Age UK

Caroline Abrahams is Charity Director at Age UK, co-chairs the Care and Support Alliance of 60 charities that campaigns for decent social care for all who need it, and is a member of the NHS Assembly. As well as roles in the voluntary sector she has also worked in government.

Samantha Allen

Chief Executive, North East and North Cumbria ICS

Samantha Allen is the Chief Executive of the Integrated Care Board (ICB) for the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS). The North East and North Cumbria ICS is one of the largest in the country serving more than 3.2 million people across some of the most rural and isolated communities in England and densely populated urban areas.

Louise Ansari

National Director, Healthwatch

Louise Ansari joined Healthwatch as its National Director in February 2022. Prior to this, Louise was Director of Communications and Influencing at the Centre for Ageing Better, and has a strong background in communications and engagement. Louise’s roles span across local and national government, health bodies and charities including social policy and local services. She is passionate about ensuring the public voice makes a difference in shaping health and care services.

Sean Duggan

Chief Executive, NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network

Sean Duggan has been Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network since 2016. Sean is dedicated to raising standards of care and treatment of mental health services and improving lives of those who use services and their carers. His focus is on influencing politicians, policy makers and heads of public sector organisations and other key stakeholders to deliver evidence-based intervention with a sound economic basis.

Zina Etheridge

Chief Executive Officer, NHS North East London Integrated Care Board

Zina Etheridge is Chief Executive of North East London Integrated Care Board (ICB). Within this role Zina convenes the partnership across North East London system in addition to leading the newly formed ICB which is responsible for ensuring health and care services meet the needs of the population, managing the local NHS budget and arranging for the provision of health services in North East London.

Catherine Johnstone CBE

Chief Executive, Royal Voluntary Service

Catherine Johnstone CBE is Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service. Catherine is also Vice-Chair of the Richmond Group, a coalition of the country’s leading health and social care organisations in the voluntary sector and she co-chairs the Shaping the Future with Volunteering group which brings together household-name volunteering charities to push forward innovations and best practice.

James Lyons

Director of Communications, NHS England

James Lyons is Director of Communications for NHS England. James joined NHS England as Head of Media and Public Affairs in 2017 after a career in journalism. Before this, he was Deputy Political Editor of The Sunday Times, having previously held the same position at the Daily Mirror.

Dame Ruth May

Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England

Dame Ruth May is the Chief Nursing Officer for England and executive director at NHS England. She provides clinical and professional leadership for all nurses and midwives in England and expert clinical and workforce advice to the Government, Department of Health and Social Care and the Board of NHS England.


NHS Youth Forum

NHS Youth Forum

“I’m Sneha, a young person passionate about child health. Currently, I’m studying 4 A-levels and an EPQ as an aspiring medic. With the NHS Youth Forum, run by the British Youth Council, I’ve been working to promote health literacy within the youth community by looking at available resources accessible to us.”