The Life After Stroke Awards judging panel has the tough task of picking our inspirational winners. Each member of our diverse panel has been affected by stroke in some way, and all support the Stroke Association’s goal of wanting to change the lives of people affected by stroke.
Lady Fellowes, LVO, Chair of judges
Lady Fellowes, Chief Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Michael of Kent and wife of Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, is a relentless charity campaigner. She's seen first-hand the devastation a stroke can cause due to her father's stroke when she was eight years old.
The Baroness Brady, CBE
Lady Brady is CEO of West Ham United football Club, Small Business Advisor to the Government and star of BBC’s The Apprentice. She's a proud and committed Life After Stroke Awards Patron. She's been an ambassador for us following a potentially fatal cerebral aneurysm back in 2006, which required immediate life-threatening neurosurgery.
Chris Tarrant OBE
Chris is perhaps best known as the presenter of ITV’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Tiswas. In 2014, Chris suffered from a stroke on a flight from Bangkok to London. He has since described it as "the most terrifying moment of my life" and feels very lucky to be alive.
The Lady Wolfson of Marylebone has a passion for philanthropy in the world of medical research and the arts. The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation generously and proudly support our Senior Research Lectureship Programme.
Geoffrey is Deputy Editor of Woman’s Weekly magazine. Woman’s Weekly is a media partner for the Life After Stroke Awards Adult Courage Award (18-64).
Mark is Social Editor at OK! Magazine. Mark has supported us and the Life After Stroke Awards for a number of years and has covered the event extensively in OK! Magazine.
Self-taught sculptor, Lady Petchey (Frances Segelman) has risen to the top of the profession, having sculpted a wide variety of public figures, including HM The Queen, and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.
Simon is an arts promoter, event organiser and artist. Simon has exhibited his paintings internationally, directed at Cork Street gallery and chaired the Save Cork Street campaign.
Brendan is one of Britain's foremost and contemporary painters and printmakers represented in major museums and galleries worldwide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Tate.
Michael is a long-term supporter of the Stroke Association. An international rugby star turned Sky TV sports presenter, he had a major stroke in 2012.
Legendary DJ Mark Goodier had a stroke in November 2016. He credits his wife Jacqueline to saving his life as she followed the FAST advice. Mark joins the panel for the first time this year.
Ria Higgins is the Commissioning Editor for The Sunday Times Magazine. As a loyal supporter of the Stroke Association she joins the panel for the second time this year.
Chris is the transformation director at Well Pharmacy. Well Pharmacy have been a strategic partner with the Stroke Association since 2017 with staff fundraising going towards stroke prevention.
Tim is a Chartered H&S professional with a wealth of experience over a variety of different industries. Tim’s background covers strategic planning as well as the tactical solutions to delivering on agreed plans.