Meet Our Team


About family firms

The National Family Business Awards were founded by our Chairman, Anita Brightley-Hodges, 11 years ago. As a second generation company ourselves, we felt it was vital for family-owned businesses to be recognised and celebrated for their extraordinary contribution to the Britain & Irish economies. Since 2008, our team has grown (mainly due to cake) and are dedicated to putting family firms on the map. 

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Our Team


As 2nd generation herself, Amalia is passionate about raising the profile of brilliant young entrepreneurs in family businesses.

Amalia Brightley-Gillott
Managing Director

An honorary member of the family (albeit with a Scottish accent), Susan is the person in charge. She makes sure every finalist gets the VIP treatment and is in the right place, at the right time.

Susan Anderson
Awards Manager

As we celebrate our 10th awards, Olympia is in charge of making our finalists look a million dollars across all marketing, PR and social media activity.

Olympia Brightley-Hodges
Design, Marketing & Social Media

We couldn't host these world-class awards without our fantastic partners. Caz looks after them and makes sure family businesses get access to all of their amazing services and offers.

Caroline Handley
Partnership Manager

Rhian's 'Golden Wing' concept has taken this year's awards to a new level and truly showcases just how magical the family business industry is in the UK & Ireland.

Rhian Stone
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Our Founder

Anita Brightley-Hodges

During her 30 years of working with family-owned business, Anita realised their strong family values and way of doing business make them exceptionally unique. So Anita founded The National Family Business Awards ten years ago to make sure this underestimated sector of our economy is nationally recognised, and celebrated. 

Meet Anita