Carefully selected for their expertise in the Bath Creative sector, our esteemed panel of judges will give all our finalists' nominations careful consideration before deciding our winners.
Kerry Curtis / Assistant Dean Bath School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University
Kerry Curtis is the Assistant Dean at Bath School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University. As a practicing international Textile Designer, specialising in Embroidery, she has worked in-house for fashion brands including Valentino, Alberta Ferretti and Nina Ricci, as a consultant for Chloé and Stella McCartney, and has developed designs sold to clients such as; Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin and Fendi. Other projects have included creating pieces for music videos, illustrations, styling and exhibition curation. Kerry is currently the Treasurer and a Steering Group Member of the Fashion & Textile Courses Association, and is also on the Board of Governors for Bath Spa University.
Paul Newman / Editorial Director, Future Publishing
Paul grew up in Bath and, according to his LinkedIn profile, is an award-winning editorial creative with a track record of successful brand building in consumer specialist and B2B publishing. In his current role of Editorial Director, Paul is responsible for product development in Future's Magazine Division, where he's managed such iconic brands as T3, Total Film, Guitarist and SFX. He has launched numerous print magazines down the years, two fully interactive iPad magazines and one website. He has also somehow managed to find the time to relaunch 12 further magazines in a range of sectors including sports, design, film, field sports, technology and computing. Paul is also a Creative Bath steering group member.
Dave Kelly / CEO, Storm Consultancy
Dave is co-founder and CEO of Storm Consultancy. He and his team seek interesting opportunities, build digital products and help establish sustainable online business models. Dave spends his time across the Storm group portfolio of CiteAb, iAM Complaint and BankShield. Dave is also co-founder of Bath Digital Festival and is a steering group member at Creative Bath.
Tatjana Humphries / Senior Inward Investment Executive, Invest Bristol & Bath
After graduating from the University of York and following a brief stint in London, Tatjana located back to the region in 2011. Originally working in Press and PR, she quickly made the move into tech in 2012 when she started working at Cowork Inc and helped co-create The Guild in Bath with Tom Lewis. After four amazing years at the hub, in 2016 Tatjana joined the team at Invest Bristol & Bath, joining their accounts and business development team with a focus on bringing global and international digital talent to the region.
Jessica Lloyd-Smith / Director, Modern ArtBuyer
Jessica Lloyd-Smith is the director of Modern ArtBuyer, a Bath-based online art gallery and consultancy. Over the years, Jessica has collaborated with Bath-based interior designers and property developers, employed the professional services of local businesses, mentored Bath Spa Uni students and exhibited works by established local artists as well as emerging Bath Spa graduates. Having studied at art college and with a strong background in the arts, marketing and design, Jessica is excited at this opportunity to learn more about the wealth of creative talent in our glorious city.
Simon Tapscott / Founder, Do Good Things
Having spent nearly 20 years delivering marketing and media projects for brands, Simon started his career selling advertising space at global media business Future PLC, before joining the four-person team to launch Future Plus, Future's new content marketing agency. He helped build a £4m business within four years, and worked with clients such as Sky, HMV, Vodafone, Microsoft and Electronic Arts. Since then Simon has helped to launch three start-up media businesses as an employee, partner and director, and in 2013 he launched Do Good Things, a marketing and media consultancy for charities and good causes. He also publishes The Eighty-Eight, a magazine curated by the musician and broadcaster Jamie Cullum., and in 2016 helped Bath City FC become a community-owned football club.
Vanessa Sayce / Founder, The Marmalade House
Vanessa is the creator and owner of leading design company, The Marmalade House in Bath, which she set up five years ago to bring together her lifelong passion for painting and interiors. Vanessa has worked in design and marketing in publishing before training as an interior designer and beginning her own freelance career. She has lived and worked in London, Oxford and the Middle East and has trained with Interior Designer Annie Sloan. She and her husband moved their family to Bath twelve years ago to a near-derelict farmhouse in Kelston (which they are still renovating!) and is constantly inspired by the beauty and vibrancy of the city and all it has to offer.
Holly Tarquini / Executive Director, Bath Film Festival
Holly Tarquini began her career in television, spending over a decade in London as an independent Producer/Director for documentaries and factual entertainment programmes. After a sojourn in India, setting up and running a guest-house for yoga students, she moved to the West Country. The multi-tasking skills learned in broadcast media combined with haggling and negotiation talents honed in India proved a winning combination for running a film festival and since 2011 she has been increasing the profile of Bath Film Festival and helping to achieve the organisation's aim of becoming an 'outstanding film festival'. In 2014, Holly founded the F-Rating, a new film rating highlighting films made by and featuring women. The F-Rating has been adopted by numerous cinemas and film festivals in the UK and is now featured on the most popular film website in the world, the IMDb.
Tim Lindsay / CEO, D&AD
Born in Lincolnshire and brought up in East Africa, Tim Lindsay was educated at St. Andrew’s School Turi, Kingswood School Bath, Magdalene College Cambridge and Harvard Business School (AMP 155). He has spent forty years in advertising as, successively, joint managing director of BBH; managing director of Y&R London; CEO, then European President, then Worldwide President of Lowe Howard-Spink/Lowe Lintas/Lowe Worldwide; Chairman of Publicis UK and President of TBWA\UK and Ireland. He has worked with a wide range of clients including LEGO, Levi’s, Stella Artois, Tesco, Smirnoff, Olympus, SAAB, Sony, Electrolux, Heineken, the Independent and Army Recruitment. Tim became CEO of D&AD, the advertising and design awards show and education charity, in September 2011 and is also non-executive chairman of advertising agency network the Gate Worldwide. In real life he is married to Caroline and has four children; Ben, Georgia, Ella and Jessie. He likes books, art, cooking, sailing, skiing, cycling, dogs and Chelsea FC.
Chris Kemp / Director, Suited and Booted Studios
Chris Kemp has been part of the creative scene of Bath since the early 90’s in a range of guises but most recently as the co-founder and a company director of Suited and Booted Studios CIC founded in 1999. The development and nurturing of talent has been a cornerstone of the company’s development and success over the years, so he’s delighted to be a judge for the inaugural Creative Bath Awards. With an early background in research chemistry and computing turning into a career behind a camera he brings a broad spectrum of experience to the panel.
Simon Barbato / Mr B & Friends
Simon – aka Mr B – founded his agency in 2006. After an exciting (well, it was the mid 90’s) career in leading London advertising, integrated marketing and brand agencies, Simon was always destined to start and grow his own agency. Mr B & Friends today is the reflection of his vision in 2006; an agency hell-bent on producing brave thinking that really challenges clients, beautiful work that engages consumers, and successful marketing that keeps them in clients’ good books. Simon works with clients at a senior level to help develop their organisations by using brand, creativity and digital as a competitive advantage. He’s fascinated about business, and gets motivated (and often highly animated) by what leaders are trying to achieve within their organisations.