The Life After Stroke Awards judging panel has the tough task of picking our inspirational winners. Each member of our diverse panel has a personal link to stroke in some way and they are all great supporters of the Stroke Association’s goal of helping everyone affected by stroke.

Our judging panel for the 2018 Life After Stroke Awards included:

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 has seen first-hand the devastation that stroke can cause following her father's stroke when she was eight years old.

The Baroness Brady, CBE

Baroness 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 had 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).

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. 

Brenda Emmanus

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.

Michael Lynagh

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.

Mark Goodier

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 joined the panel for the first time.

Ria Higgins

Ria Higgins is the Commissioning Editor for The Sunday Times Magazine. As a loyal supporter of the Stroke Association she joined the panel for the second time.

Chris Ellet

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 Proctor

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.