Love Britain + Ireland Judges 2017

Get to know this years Love Britain + Ireland Judges 

Russell Rook

Russell is one of the founders of Chapel St, the chair of the Chapel St Community Fund and a trustee of the Chapel St Community Schools Trust. He is passionate about the power of relationships to transform lives and communities. This vision and belief is at the heart Chapel St’s mission and ethos, informing our work in education and wellbeing and fuelling our partnerships with churches, faith groups and community organisations.

Russell previously worked with The Salvation Army where he oversaw the organisations work among young people in the U.K. And Ireland. He travels widely, speaking and writing on issues of public policy, faith and community and has recently co-authored, “For Good,” a report on the role of the church and the future of the welfare state. In his professional life, Russell currently works as a consultant helping senior leaders in politics, faith, business and charity, to work more effectively together.

Shermara Fletcher

Shermara Fletcher is a young aspiring social entrepreneur from the Centre of Theology and Community and has just completed her Buxton Leadership Programme which equips young Christians to use their faith as a platform to engage with social, political and public life.

Shermara also works with the Good Faith Partnership which offer creative solutions amongst leaders in the worlds of business, politics, faith and charity to work better together on common goals. She has also worked and had a social impact in the educational sector through the creation, implementation and delivery of chaplaincy and leadership development programmes for students in the heart of East London.

Shermara has a heart for homelessness and social action initiatives that impact, transform and renew lives. She believes that creativity teamed with a passion for social change can leave a lasting impact on the lives of many.


Kate Parminter 

Kate Parminter was created a life peer in July 2010. She is Deputy Group Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. She is the party spokesperson on the Environment.
She was a member of the House of Lords EU Select Committee and Sub-Committee on agriculture, fisheries, environment and energy until May 2015 & a member of the House of Lords’ Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment in 2015. She is a member of the Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act.

From 1990-1998 she headed the Public Affairs for the RSPCA, during which time she chaired the Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals which helped to ban hunting. In 1998 she became Chief Executive of CPRE, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the leading conservation campaigning charity which Kate led for nearly six years.


Andy Burns

Andy is the Executive Director of Capital Mass, a joint venture between Church Urban Fund and The Diocese of London which seeks to involve parishes in addressing poverty and inequality in their communities.

Prior to Capital Mass, Andy was the CEO of east to west a Surrey based youth charity supporting children, young people and families.


Nims Obunge MBE

Nims is Pastor of Freedoms Ark and CEO of The Peace Alliance which works with faith, community, statutory and business organisations.

He chaired the London Criminal Justice Board Advisory Group and has advised the government on social justice issues including crime and inequality.

He pioneered the Week of Peace and is a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London.


Stuart Keir 

Stuart is the CEO of the Audacious Foundation, working regularly with both Local and National government to bring transformation and leadership in many areas of society. He is one of the Pastors of !Audacious, a multi-site Church, in the North of England. Stuart travels extensively speaking & coaching for Charities, Churches and Businesses on issues of leadership and transformation.

Stuart is married to Julie, a professional counsellor and psychotherapist, and together they have 3 children and a Labrador Retriever officially named Lord Samuel of Light (they call him Sam).


The Love Britain + Ireland Award for...

  • Community Building
    Awarded to an outstanding project building relationships with people and communities of different faiths.
  • Work with the Disadvantaged
    Awarded to an outstanding project reaching and supporting people struggling in our communities.
  • Inclusion
    Awarded to an outstanding project supporting and serving people with additional needs.
  • Start up projects
    Awarded to an outstanding project which has been launched since 1st October 2016.  
  • Work with Older People
    Awarded to an outstanding project serving and supporting older people in the local community.
  • Social Justice
    Awarded to an outstanding project which has sought to bring about a real change in community life through a local campaign
  • Youth and Children's Work
    Awarded to an outstanding project that is transforming the lives of children and young people in a local community.