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.
Andy Salmon / Executive Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Bath Spa University
Andy's specialism is the establishment of productive centres for research and innovation. After leaving the University of Liverpool in 1988 with a British Academy PhD in Modernist Literature, Andy wanted to make a direct difference to students’ lives, teaching the "hard to reach" in further and higher education. Since assuming his post at Bath Spa in September 2017, his focus has been on co-creating the College of Liberal Arts as a leading example of innovation in applied arts, humanities, and social sciences. He also sits on the Komedia board and the Bath Festival Advisory board.
Katherine Lazare / Ustinov Touring Programmer
Katherine joined the Education department at Theatre Royal Bath - later to become the egg - in 2001. Since then she has produced 40 productions with the Young People’s Theatre (which has stood her in the best stead ever since!) developed new, world-class theatre for young audiences through The Incubator artist and idea development scheme, and produced 4 commercial regional touring productions for Theatre Royal Bath Productions. Now, Katherine programmes Visiting Company seasons into the Ustinov Studio, and is the Administrator for in-house Ustinov productions. She works with Bath Spa University and their MA in Arts Management and is collaborating with disabled theatre company Graeae on their writer development scheme, as a south west partner.
Andrew Grant / Founding Director, Grant Associates
Andrew Grant is an award-winning landscape architect responsible for the £500 million Gardens by the Bay project at Bay South in Singapore. He is the founding director of Grant Associates, established in 1997, and is known for a creative approach to ecological / sustainable landscape design and the integration of landscape with engineering and architecture. In 2012 Andrew was awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in recognition of his pioneering global work in Landscape Architecture and is also an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA. His practice is based in Bath, and he has worked on countless key architectural projects including the 2008 Stirling Prize winning Accordia.
Hayley Blacker / Director, Interaction
Hayley is a Director at workplace design and build firm Interaction, which has been based in central Bath for nearly 27 years. Interaction see the workplace as a tool that can unlock a business’s potential, and therefore create unique spaces that promote wellbeing, creativity, productivity and collaboration. With Interaction for over 20 years, Hayley is a familiar name in the Bath property sector, and has worked with numerous local businesses to help them transform their spaces. She is proud to be a part of the Bath business community, and to see its flourishing creativity, innovation and success stories every year.
Donna Moore / Operations Director, SearchStar
After starting out in IT, Donna has since built a career of 15 years in marketing, including a stint in-house at the Financial Times before moving over to work agency-side where she’s worked in client services, business development and planning. Now Operations Director at digital media buying agency, SearchStar, Donna specialises in the people side of the business, as well as making sure the business runs smoothly.
James Brickell / Producer, Wildlife Filmmaker
James Brickell is an EMMY and three-time BAFTA award winning show runner and director, who worked at the prestigious BBC Natural History Unit for over 20 years. TV credits include Planet Earth II, Deadly60, Great Barrier Reef, David Attenborough's Life in Cold Blood, The Really Wild Show and many more. He has filmed animals ranging from polar bears to rattlesnakes, and has helped capture many sequences that have never been filmed before – including some new to science – and along the way has directed some of the most highly regarded TV presenters in the business including Sir David Attenborough, Steve Backshall and Monty Halls.
Sarah Baker / Blogger, Events & Social Media Expert, Trouble Lounge
Sarah is a blogger, social media expert, events manager and copywriter. She runs events with her project Trouble Lounge, with a focus on style, parenting and business. She is a former Bath Chronicle Weekend Magazine Lifestyle Columnist, and was Bath In Fashion's director. Sarah provides freelance copywriting, events management services, blogs, events and social media for businesses across the city, and is also an advocate for Sarcoma Awareness.
Nathan Baranowski / Managing Director, OJO Solutions
Nathan Baranowski is Managing Director at OJO Solutions, and is Head of the Technology Change practise. He has over 15 years’ experience in business improvement and delivering complex transformational change. Nathan’s core expertise is delivering and pioneering technology adoption in the health arena, and he has worked for a number of organisations across the public and private sector.
Mike Oram / Lead Trainer, Mayden Academy
Mike is lead trainer for Mayden Academy, one of the UK’s top-rated training providers for software development. Since 2015 he has headed the Academy, teaching programming at all levels for both individuals and businesses. Prior to this he worked for over 10 years as a developer for tech companies across the region. Passionate about technology, education, and diversity, he is an international conference speaker, winner of the 2018 Mentor of the Year Award from TechSpark and sits on the board of governors for Bath College.
Rodney Dive / Head of Design, Future Publishing
Rodney has over 25 years experience in consumer publishing, both print and digital. He has worked with many international magazine publishers and commercial clients producing innovative market-leading magazines and apps – specialising in developing audience targeted brands. Rodney is Head of Design for Future Publishing, managing the print creative teams and supporting Future's digital properties. He has managed and mentored a string of creatives during his career, and enjoys seeing how different minds interpret design problems and the ingenuity of their solutions.