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The Judges

Councillor Manjula Sood MBE – Assistant City Mayor for Community Involvement, Partnerships and Equality

Councillor Manjula Sood MBE served as Leicester's Lord Mayor between 2008 and 2009; the first Asian female to hold this position in the country. The Special Olympics was her Appeal for the year. She met Joe Humphries during the Special Olympics. She is currently the Assistant City Mayor, responsible for community involvement, partnerships and equality.
Over the past 10 years, she has been Vice Chair of major committees, including for social services, education, equal opportunities, housing and licensing, as well as the Chair of the Health Commission.

She is a governor for Abbey Primary School and is an ex-governor for Spinney Hill Primary School and Leicester College. Councillor Sood is currently public relations officer for a fibromyalgia disability group, patron of CLASP, and is a keen supporter of Fairtrade and Leicester Day Trust.

She is also the chair of Leicester Council of Faiths, and regional ambassador for Sport England. She was the East Midlands Regional Champion for Sport England 2010-14.