THE JUDGES

Wim Batist

Chairman of The BCA Group.

At a young age Wim and his brother took over the family’s caravan dealerships business due to their father’s illness in the Netherlands. In 1981 Wim set up BCA Leisure and spent the following two years part of the time building the business in the UK. In 1983 Wim moved full time to the UK growing a number of businesses and to date the BCA Group based in Calderdale employs some 165 staff manufacturing caravan electrical systems and distributing caravan parts.

Wim is married to Teresa, they have 2 sons and 1 daughter who are also employed in the family business.
 

Nick Worsnop

Partner and Head of Regulatory and Litigation at Chadwick Lawrence LLP. (Halifax Office, Dean Clough)

Nick has been in Halifax since he was 14. Through Chadwick Lawrence, Nick Founded Business for Calderdale approximately 15 years ago. He is Chair of the organisation. Nick is also director of the Halifax 900 Trust, ASBCI and company secretary of the Community Foundation for Calderdale. Nick provides general regulatory advice to businesses in a number of areas, particularly data protection, conducting audits, reviewing processes, drafting policies and assisting with data subject requests and breaches. Nick also advises on intelectual property dealing with both protection and IP infringement. As part of litigation in business he also advises upon and drafts terms in a variety of areas.

Jeremy Hall

Chairman and Managing Director at Dean Clough Ltd.

As part of litigation in business he also advises upon and drafts terms in a variety of areas. Jeremy Hall was born in Bradford in 1962 and grew up in Mill Bank near Halifax. He went to Dartington Hall School in Devon and studied music at the Leeds College of Music. Here he specialised in saxophone and became a member of the European Youth Jazz Orchestra and latterly the Bobby Wellins Quintet continuing to work as a professional musician until the mid-90’s.

In 1982 Jeremy joined with his father, Ernest Hall, Jonathan Silver (who later moved on to develop Salts Mill in Bradford) and Maurice Miller in business prior to their purchase of Dean Clough Mills in 1983.

As Managing Director of Dean Clough Ltd (since 1984) and Chairman (since 2007) Jeremy has overseen the task of regenerating the derelict Crossley Carpet Mills at Dean Clough, Halifax. At 22 acres and over half-a-mile long the factory complex was once the largest carpet mill in the world. This regeneration has seen an ever-increasing evolution of Dean Clough as a community and destination, with numerous cafes, bars, restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, a Travelodge Hotel and Jack Wills fashion outlet in addition to its high-quality commercial offices.

Dean Clough continues to be renowned for the charitable arts provision and houses numerous galleries, a theatre, and some 25 bursary artists in addition to its permanent art collection.

Tracy Harvey

Tracy is the 4th generation of her family to take the helm at Harveys, West Yorkshire’s largest independent department store.

Her retail background includes working for Christian Dior, The Association of Independent Stores, and Esslemont & Mackintosh, an independent department store in Aberdeen. Returning to Halifax in the early 1990’s, she joined the family business alongside Dad, Roger and Mum, Sue. Tracy joined the board as Managing Director in 2004.

“Retail is unrecognisable from when I started in the business over 30 years ago but our customer orientated approach remains the same as when the business was founded in 1926. My job is to curate a great mix of high street names and up and coming brands and bring them to Halifax. I work with an amazing team of around 100 people who are all passionate about the town and being part of Halifax’s retail scene. I’m Calderdale through and through – to me, it has the best of everything and I’m so proud of how much we punch above our weight as a region.”

Tracy is proud to be a Trustee of Invictus Wellbeing and The Ian Mitchell Trust and is a Non-Executive Director of The Association of Independent Stores.

Nicky Chance-Thompson DL

Joining The Piece Hall Trust in 2015, initially as a Trustee, Nicky has been at the helm since 2017 overseeing The Piece Hall’s ascent to world class visitor attraction. Alongside the Board she has successfully steered the business through the turbulent waters of the global pandemic, securing this precious assets long-term future.

Under her leadership an outstanding arts, culture and community events programme has seen the award-winning heritage destination welcome more than 11 million visitors. Growing in both repertoire and reputation the organisation has been described as an exemplar business model and an example of “Levelling Up” in action.

Working alongside the wider team, Nicky has been instrumental is ensuring The Piece Hall delivered on its promise to be a catalyst for continuing regeneration in Halifax and the wider Calderdale borough. 

Passionate about both placemaking and the arts, Nicky is a commissioner of ‘No Place Left Behind’ and is Deputy Chair of the Culture, Heritage, and Sport Committee chaired by The Mayor of West Yorkshire.

A champion of equality, Nicky campaigns for better representation and is an advocate for inclusion by “building a bigger table”. She is a proud ambassador for the Yorkshire Asian Business Association, a judge for the Northern Asian Power List and also the Chair of Leeds Beckett’s #WECAN project which seeks to enable women in foundational roles to become future leaders.

Richard Porter

Richard took over the family business 39 years ago and heads up DD Porter who are headline sponsors of the Business for Calderdale Awards.

In 1988 DD Porter were awarded the contract to create the building environment for the new CT Scanner, funded by the Halifax Courier Appeal. From this, the business diversified and expanded into the medical sector, working for a number of blue chip medical organisations throughout the UK, earning the reputation for delivering high quality projects, on time and within budget. Richard is also involved with NU Construction in Elland. Richard was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Business Awards. He is a keen supporter of Overgate Hospice along with other charities, particularly in the Calderdale area. For relaxation, he is involved with Old Rishworthian rugby club, one of many sports he follows passionately.

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