The Judges

Judging awards is always a difficult, time-consuming and challenging task, and it's emperative for us that those entrusted with this process are experienced and knowledgeable with regard to all aspects of running a small, micro and home business experience, and can carry out the process with the utmost integrity, objectivity and sensitivity. We are fortunate to have a committed group of fantastic judges on our panel who have given their time voluntarily to helping find New Zealand's heroes in small business ... our "Davids".



DIANE HURFORD

FOUNDER OF GLOBAL BEDWETTING BRAND BROLLYSHEETS

Diane Hurford is the founder of global bed wetting brand Brolly Sheets.

As the start up’s sole employee she was responsible for product and website design, inventory management, order fulfillment and customer experience, she has the proven experience of what it means to run a small business.

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GLENN BAKER

EDITOR - NZBUSINESS MAGAZINE

Glenn Baker's career has generally involved writing, first as a radio creative writer, then as a writer/producer for television, and more recently as a magazine contributor/editor.

Glenn was a business owner in Taranaki for six years, and during this period continued to write for magazines, primarily on business and technology issues.

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PAM MARTIN

DIRECTOR / CONSULTOR FOR BNI

Pam set up her first small business in 2004.  Since then she has experienced many of the challenges that small businesses face. 

She has also tasted the success and the satisfaction of working for yourself.

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RICHARD O'BRIEN

ONLINE BUSINESS OPERATOR

Richard O’Brien is an online business operator who has a production engineering and marketing background. He has worked in a wide range of businesses from small engineering companies to large energy sector corporates.

He commenced his career with a General Engineering company in Christchurch where at a young age he went on to run his own business unit.

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GLENN SMITH

DIRECTOR, BUSINESS MENTOR

Glenn Smith has a background in professional company directorship and management consultancy.

He has worked for clients in New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, the U.S.A and U.K.

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DAVE ROUSE

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CARBONCLICK

Kiwi born entrepreneur, angel investor, and the first Supreme Winner of The David Awards.

Dave has owned over a dozen businesses, most of which were passion projects that grew quickly to a profitable exit opportunity. He held several board positions and co-founded the charity “SeaCleaners”. SeaCleaners has removed over 200 shipping containers' worth of plastics from our oceans.

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YEM BRAID

ENTREPRENEUR AND COMMUNITY DYNAMO

Yem immigrated from the UK to New Zealand in 2001. With entrepreneurship and community engagement in her blood, Yem has also forged her career working in Local Government, Early Childhood Education, the Energy sector and the Insurance industry.

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