The Educate North Awards Academic Advisory panel is led by Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE and Professor Phil Harris.

All judges are invited to participate as independent assessors. The awards will be judged by a number of leading industry experts and professionals. 

The judging panel for 2019 will be announced shortly.



Professor Phil Harris - Chair of the Judging Panel

Professor Phil Harris is Executive Director of the Business Research Institute at the University of Chester, was Dean of the Faculty of Business Entrepreneurship and Lifelong Learning, 2009-2014 and holds the Westminster Chair in Marketing and Public Affairs. Past Chairman of the Marketing Council (UK) PLC, Board member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Professor of Marketing at the University of Otago, New Zealand and Founding Director of the Centre for Corporate and Public Affairs at Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to becoming an academic he held positions in the international chemical, and foods industries with ICI and RHM and has chaired or been a board member of the American Marketing Association, Academy of Marketing, and the Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy.

Phil is regarded internationally as one of the founders of research and theory development in strategic public affairs management (lobbying), political marketing and economic and governmental communication. He has just completed two edited books the International Handbook of Corporate and Public Affairs with Craig Fleisher, Sage and Public Affairs and Lobbying in the EU Member States with Alberto Bitonti for Palgrave. His current focus is on China, entrepreneurship, family business, competitiveness, international trade and investment and doctoral student development. He is joint founding editor of the Journal of Public Affairs and a member of a number of international editorial and advisory boards and has written or published over 180 articles and papers and 20 books and is a regular media commentator. 



Sir Cary Cooper, CBE

Cary L. Cooper is the author and editor of more than 125 books and is one of Britain's most quoted business gurus.  He is The 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK.  He is the President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a founding President of the British Academy of Management, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and one of only a few UK Fellows of the (American) Academy of Management, President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and recently past President of RELATE.  He was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, former Editor of the scholarly journal Stress and Health and is the Editor-in-Chief   of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Management; now in its 3rd Edition.  He has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation, ILO, and EU in the field of occupational health research and wellbeing, was Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Chronic Disease of the World Economic Forum (2009-2010, and currently a member of the Global Agenda Council on mental health of the WEF) and is Immediate Past Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences (comprising 47 learned societies in the social sciences and 90,000members). He was awarded the CBE by the Queen in 2001 for his contributions to organizational health and safety; and in 2014 he was awarded a Knighthood for his contribution to the social sciences. 



Jim Keaton MBE

Professor Jim Keaton spent 22 years with ICI in the UK, Brasil, Hong Kong, China and Japanese was on the Organics Group Board and 14 Subsidiary Board. His 'retirement' has included non-executive Chairmanships and he continues as Pro Chancellor of Liverpool University, Regent of Liverpool Hope University and Regional Chair of the National Trust.



Peter Starbuck FCMI, FRICS, FCIOB, PhD

Peter Starbuck FCMI, FRICS, FCIOB, PhD, has been a manager for fifty years. He is a scholar of Peter F Drucker and was awarded a PhD from the Open University in 2007 for his thesis on the European Influences of Peter F Drucker. Founding Visiting Professor University Centre Shrewsbury. Visiting Professor University of Chester. Visiting Research Fellow to The Open University Business School. Researcher and Contributor on Management to the British Library, a joint venture with the Chartered Management Institute. Alma Mater: The Open University Business School. Peter has written extensively on Drucker in his own right as well as making contributions to other leading management books His thesis is the only one lodged with the British Library. He has collaborated with The Open University Business School to produce an interactive placing the spotlight on 60 management thinkers.