Meet The Judges
Founder, The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation
Naomi Thomas is the founder of The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, a charity dedicated to organising and funding weddings for couples affected by terminal or life-limiting illnesses. No stranger to illness herself Naomi is living with secondary breast cancer, although she doesn’t let that slow her down in any way – she often works eighty hours a week in order to make couples’ dreams come true. In addition to her tireless work for the charity Naomi has extensive wedding planning experience, and is co-founder, organiser and judge of The Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards. She brings not only her passion for this industry to the judging panel, but also her commitment, and experience of working with suppliers, companies, and clients from around the UK.
Events Manager, Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Vikki currently works at Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a business support organisation based in Poole. She delivers a diverse programme of events and training sessions for the company, organising over 70 events per year. Vikki is also part of a small team responsible for organising the Dorset Business Awards which celebrates the achievements of businesses in Dorset.
Vikki is artistic and creative with a keen eye for style, skills she has used to great effect when organising private parties and weddings. Vikki is a keen baker, always looking for an excuse to create something fun and challenging.
Having studied and worked in the events industry for over 8 years, Vikki brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the judging panel. With this experience, she particularly appreciates the fantastic diversity of suppliers based in Dorset.
Managing Director, ASH Elite Limited
Sofie is the Founder and Managing Director of ASH Elite Limited, Dorset’s only specialist Legal Recruitment Consultancy. ASH Elite works closely with Law Firms across Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire and helps not only with the recruitment of Solicitors and Lawyers, but also with their staffing strategies, training and development and succession planning.
Sofie’s background is in Human Resources and she has a Masters Degree in Business with Human Resources from Bournemouth University. In addition to running ASH Elite, Sofie is an active Ambassador of the Dorset Community Foundation (DCF) and sits on their educational grant bursary panel. The DCF is a charitable organisation that helps individuals, families, trusts and businesses achieve their charitable goals by offering tools and resources that make giving easy, flexible and effective.
Sofie is passionate about celebrating the achievements of individuals and businesses alike and she is the driving force behind the Dorset Legal Awards (DLA). The DLA brings together the local legal community to celebrate the success of the firms, and recognise the valuable employees and leaders within them.
Founder of The Wedding Emporium
Meghan is the Founder of The Wedding Emporium, an award winning events company offering professional and passionately-filled wedding shows for all South West Wedding business owners.
Not only has the TWE managed to build a fantastic reputation in a just a few years with their shows, they have also built a friendly community full of like-minded suppliers who network, collaborate and work together.
Meghan offers regular business advice to all members along with TWE team, private 1-2-1 sessions and inspiring live videos with her knowledge and advice from experience of working in the wedding industry for many years with TWE and her wedding planning business.
The words “Because Together We Are Better” are TWE’s phrase which is regularly used to encourage working as a team in the fast growing world of wedding and it shines through in all of Meghan’s work, the events she organises and her enthusiasm for the industry.
Managing Director, Birkett & Co Ltd
Tim has over 40 years experience in a variety of environments involving finance and accountancy. He began his career in banking after which he moved into industry, working for large companies, dealing with credit control, purchasing, costing, budgeting, wages, financial accounts and group consolidation. He started providing accountancy and tax services in 1979 before forming his own practice in 1988. Tim heads up Birkett & Co Ltd and is a Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (FMAAT), an AAT Licensed Accountant providing accounting and taxation services to the public and an Associate Member of the Chartered Management Institute(MCMI).