Our Judging Panel


LISA ANNESE PORTRAIT 2014-08-25-076D-SM smaller.jpg

Jodie Baker, GAICD

Jodie has over 25 years' experience in fintech, investment banking, funds management and stockbroking.  She has significant expertise in risk and governance and financial markets and over 12 years successfully leading businesses and building high performing teams in financial services. She's well versed in evaluating businesses from a strategic perspective and skilled in corporate and structured finance.

Jodie is a Director of Financial Executives Institute (FEI) and Synergy and TaikOz, a founding member of Australian Red Cross, Society of Women Leaders and a member of Mission Australia Finance Advisory Council and Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA) Credit Committee.

Ben better.png

Ben Hutt, CEO of Search Party

Ben is CEO of the Search Party, a recruitment marketplace that connects employers, recruiters and candidates together. Prior to Search Party, Ben had over 15 years' experience in management consulting and problem solving with top-tier firms including Macquarie Group and PwC Consulting. While at Macquarie Ben provided strategic guidance to start-ups and charities in his spare time which is how he became part of the leadership team at Search Party.

A believer in changing the world for the better, Ben is an Ambassador for Opportunity International, a philanthropic organisation that provides micro-finance to the developing world, as well as, an advocate for Hunger Project, which aims to eradicate word hunger through grassroots community empowerment.


Justin Babet, CEO of JobVibe

Justin was the original founder of JobAdvisor and now runs JobVibe, a mobile app that improves communication and productivity so you can bring out the best in your team. He has been in the HR industry for more than a decade, having been a founding member and Managing Director of one of Australia’s most highly awarded recruitment firms, Xpand Group. He has worked with some of the world’s leading organisations, designing people strategies and solutions.



Angus Woods, MD at Adviser Ratings

Angus has over 20 years expertise working in financial services and consumer businesses. He is passionate about helping consumers in spaces they find difficult to navigate. He is currently Managing Director and Founder of Adviser Ratings, the trip advisor for financial planners and a director of Small Business First, Australia's first community driven platform for small businesses.

Angus focuses on delivering greater financial freedom to organisations, leveraging technology and bright ideas to provide organisations services at a better cost in better ways with greater transparency.