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 requiring immediate life threatening neurosurgery.

Andrew M. Love

Andrew is Deputy Chairman of The Ritz, London. Having survived a serious stroke himself Andrew has become a tireless and generous supporter for us.

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. 

Lady Wolfson

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 Palmer

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).

Lady Leitch

Lady Leitch and her husband Lord Leitch, Chairman of BUPA, are passionate supporters of ours.

Lady Ashcroft

Lord and Lady Ashcroft are among the country’s most generous philanthropists and loyal supporters of ours. Lady Ashcroft's support for us spans 10 years having most recently co-chaired our gala dinner at Buckingham Palace. 

Mark Moody

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. 

Mrs Patricia Thompson

The Thompson family are counted among the country’s most prolific philanthropists now firmly established as loyal supporters of ours. Patricia knows too well about the devastation that stroke can bring, as she was a witness to her father’s stroke.

Award for Creative Arts judging panel

Brenda Emmanus, Chair of Creative Arts judges

Brenda is the Arts and Entertainment Correspondent for BBC London News. 

Lady Petchey

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 Tarrant

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 Nailand

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 Gallery London.