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Global Franchise Awards 2020: Meet the judges

Global Franchise Awards 2020: Meet the judges

With this year’s Global Franchise Awards comes a brand-new host of franchising experts and professionals - as well as a few familiar faces. Covering a wide variety of sectors in locations all around the globe, our unparalleled judges are truly the final say for what’s hot in global franchising.

Kay Ainsley - Managing Director, MSA Worldwide
Kay Ainsley - Managing Director, MSA Worldwide

Kay Ainsley is a Managing Director of MSA Worldwide, a domestic and international franchise advisory firm. She has over 20 years of experience in franchising as Director of Franchise Development for major franchise systems and as an advisor to companies within the retail, restaurant, services, manufacturing, and B2B industries.

Pip Wilkins - CEO, British Franchise Association
Pip Wilkins - CEO, British Franchise Association

With 20 years’ experience in the franchise sector, Pip represents the U.K. at both the European Franchise Federation and World Franchise Council. The bfa has grown to be one of the largest franchise associations in Europe, and one of the most successful associations in the world

Andrew Brattesani - Head of Franchising, HSBC UK
Andrew Brattesani - Head of Franchising, HSBC UK

Andrew Brettesani has held a number of managerial roles within HSBC, including his last role as Senior Area Commercial director, leading the largest commercial banking team in the U.K. out of HSBC Headquarters in Canary Wharf with a portfolio of some 4,000 SME clients.

Torben L. Brodersen - CEO, German Franchising Association
Torben L. Brodersen - CEO, German Franchising Association

Torben Brodersen is the CEO of the German Franchise Association. The association is the umbrella organization for the German franchise economy, which has around 300 member companies. The association is the representative for the interest of the companies in the franchise economy - for nearly 40 years, the community has represented both franchisors and franchisees.

Nicola Broadhurst - Partner and Head of Franchising, Retail and Hospitality, Stevens & Bolton LLP
Nicola Broadhurst - Partner and Head of Franchising,
Retail and Hospitality, Stevens & Bolton LLP

Nicola Broadhurst specializes in franchising and assisting businesses to scale up and expand through commercial exploitation of intellectual property. Her practice has a particular emphasis on advising on international expansion through franchising including direct-unit franchising, master franchising and area development, as well as assisting international businesses looking to enter the UK market.

Sherry McNeil - President & CEO, Canadian Franchise Association
Sherry McNeil - President & CEO, Canadian Franchise Association

A veteran in the franchise industry, Sherry McNeil has helped a wide range of systems in a variety of categories, from new and emerging franchise concepts to iconic franchise brands such as Little Caesars, Boston Pizza, Dairy Queen, and YUM Brands, to grow and thrive as both a consultant and in executive leadership positions.

Chantal Zimmer - Executive Director, French Franchise Federation
Chantal Zimmer - Executive Director, French Franchise Federation

Chantal Zimmer is the Executive Director of the French Franchise Federation. For almost 35 years she has been involved in the franchise industry as the head of the federation. During those years she has been involved in the European Franchise Federation - particularly with its European Code of Ethics. She is also the founding member of the World Franchise Council, where she has contributed to the writing of the principles of ethics.

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