Please meet the judging panel for the 2022 awards

Stuart McPhail – Chairman of the Judges

We are delighted to ANNOUNCE that Stuart McPhail will chair the Proud Scotland Awards this year. With 8 years’ experience with operators of Pride events he will successfully chair the judges panel for 2022.

Bringing a wealth of experience from the public, private and third Sectors, with experience in delivering international events and festivals including Glasgow 2014 and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Glasgow 2016 Homeless World Cup, the inaugural 2018 European Championships as well as delivering Pride events across the UK over the past 9 years, including more recently the Parade Manager for Pride by Mardi Gla.

Daniel Syme

Daniel Syme works in corporate finance and funding for one of the countries largest management accountancy firms so getting money for others is pretty much what he does for a living.

As last years chair of the Proud Scotland Awards he will be trying to raise as much money this year as possible to support the work of Pride by Mardi Gla and using his skills ensure auditing of every awards category.

In his spare time he plays with the ALPHAS Rugby club.

John Stuart

John Stuart is an Inspector with the Care Inspectorate covering the north of Scotland.  Within his work, John is part of his organisations LGBT+ champion and Equality groups, providing support around improving outcomes both within, and external to the organisation.

John has been an ambassador of kindness, and runs the local areas Covid-19 volunteer response group, born from his kindness group.   John will use his skills as an inspector to examine every nomination that has been submitted with rigour and passion.


Brett Herriot

Brett has chaired Pride Edinburgh since 2015, having before involved with the organisation since 2005,  seeing it established as a charity and continuing it work on Diversity and Inclusion. Pride Edinburgh is Scotlands longest running celebration of diversity and 2022 will see Pride Edinburgh celebrate its 25th anniversary event in the charities 27th year.

Prior to Pride Edinburgh, Brett Chaired Fusion volunteers the volunteer arm of LGBT youth Scotland. He is also the editor of Scotsgayarts.com

Brett is an established actor, writer, producer and arts critic, he believes passionatly in diversity and inclusion for all irrespective of Colour, creed, ability, gender or sexuality.

Brett is thrilled and deeply honoured to once again be returning to the judges panels of the 2022 Proud Scotland awards.


Kasey Monroe

Kasey Monroe is a multi platinum selling Scottish songwriter from Edinburgh.  She has been signed to some of the worlds biggest labels including EMI, Virgin (LA), and BMG.

Having worked in groups from her teens to twenties she now acts as a consultant and manager for a variety of artists. Kasey lent her expertise to Mardi Gla 2019 and is passionate about helping new talent to shine through.

She is delighted to be a judge for The 2022 Proud Scotland Awards.

Louise Bailey

Louise works for an energy supplier as the D&I Accelerator, working hard to create a culture where everyone feels that they truly belong.
She set up and leads the LGBTQ+ network driving policy change and supporting many initiatives to increase awareness of and tackle challenges of LGBTQ+ People in the workplace.

Louise is also a committee member for Pride in Energy, a network committed to improving LGBTQ+ Inclusion within the Energy Sector.

She is a proud and active ally and mum who takes part in various panel events and speaker sessions to support ally’s and is a trusted confidant to many LGBTQ+ Parents and young people.

Jessica Taylor

Jessica has chaired Highland Pride since 2020, having been involved with the charity since 2019 as event manager which saw its biggest summer pride to date with over 10,000 people in attendance, the largest pride march in Scotland that year.

Highland Pride, Proud Scotland Community award winners in 2019 and finalists in 2020, represents the LGBT+ community in the Highlands covering a geographical area of just under 10,000 square miles.

A Proud Scotland Community Champion 2020 finalist, Jessica’s work is committed to improving visibility, support and social networking opportunities across the Highlands with many people living in remote and rural areas. She also sits on advisory groups providing a link between the LGBT+ community in the Highlands and other agencies involved in working in LGBT+ issues and initiatives related to equality and diversity.

Jessica works for the University of the Highlands and Islands where she leads on digital marketing.

She is honoured to be invited on the judging panel this year representing the north of Scotland.


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