The Kidz Unlimited Awards 2013 celebrated the skills, talents and dedication of young disabled people and volunteers around the UK. The awards were given in a ceremony in the House of Commons on the 10th July - here you can find out about the hosts and award judges!
Rick Edwards is a writer and broadcaster, most known for presenting flagship Channel 4 and E4 productions such as Tool Academy, Freshly, That Paralympic Show and much of Channel 4's 2012 Paralympics coverage. More recently Rick has turned his hand to presenting BBC3 documentaries and anchors the live current affairs debate programme, Free Speech.
Edwards’ career was launched when he became a regular presenter for four years on Channel 4’s, T4, in 2007. Before his time on the show, Edwards regularly performed stand up and sketch shows during his time at Cambridge University.
In 2012 Rick took part in a live web chat Whizz-Kidz Ambassadors, talking about his favourite Paralympic moments. At 6’5”, Edwards describes himself as a ‘Man Mountain’.
Alex Brooker shot to fame after becoming one of the six new disabled presenters discovered by Channel 4’s ‘Half a Million Quid Talent Search’, and regularly featured in the broadcaster’s coverage of the 2012 Paralympic Games. Alex’s charm and comedic wit made him a popular member of the team, and he soon landed the role of co-host on The Last Leg with Adam Hills – a nightly alternative look at the Games, which was afforded a full series following it success.
Alex has a degree in journalism, and once worked as a sports reporter for the Press Association. He is a keen football fanatic, known for his support of Arsenal FC. A love matched only by that for his favourite soft drink, Diet Coke.
Nina Hossain is a main presenter of ITV's London Tonight. Nina co-anchors ITV London bulletins, presents the capital’s main stories of the day and conducts exclusive interviews with high-profile figures and celebrities. In addition, Nina also presents a number of national news bulletins for ITV News.
Nina has a Post-graduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, and over a decade of reporting, producing and presenting experience – and in addition is a highly skilled conference facilitator and after dinner speaker.
Charlotte Grobien founded Give it Away Limited - a property development company with a difference - in 2007. Charlotte undertakes projects whose total profits are distributed to charities which directly support disadvantaged, socially excluded and disabled children and young people. Charlotte is sponsoring the Kidz Unlimited Awards 2013 - for which Whizz-Kidz, the Kidz Board and all of our young people are enormously grateful.
Martin Dougan is a presenter who worked for Channel 4 throughout the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Martin won a place on the presenting team through Channel 4′s talent search and since then he has worked for BBC Sport Scotland, IMG Premier League News and BBC Children’s TV.
He also presented the Paralympic World Cup and the Wheelchair Rugby World Cup. When not on the TV, Martin plays wheelchair basketball and captained the Scottish Wheelchair Basketball team from 2010-2011.
Steve is the NHS Commissioning Board’s Deputy National Medical Director, with the lead responsibility for addressing Health Inequalities in line with the NHS Constitution. Amongst other roles, Steve is Chairman of the National Inclusion Health Board set up to improve the health of the most vulnerable. He received a CBE for his services to medicine in 2010.
Alison has had a varied career in both theatre and TV and has long worked with children and young people. She has been at the BBC for a number of years including working in BBC Children’s programming – she was once a studio producer on ‘Xchange’, co-presented by Whizz-Kidz supporter Ade Adepitan. Alison is the BBC's Working with Children Senior Advisor, working on many productions for young people. She has facilitated a variety of events at the BBC with Whizz-Kidz Ambassadors and the Kidz Board, and continues to be a solid supporter of the charity.
The Kidz Board are 10 young disabled people from around the UK who represent Whizz-Kidz’s Ambassadors. They help us make decisions affecting the charity and raise awareness about issues that affect their lives. From attending events, acting as spokespeople, meeting decision makers and campaigning, the Kidz Board makes a real difference to the lives of hundreds of young disabled people.