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.
Hilary French / Professor of Design, Bath Spa University
Hilary French trained as an architect at the AA in London and worked in practice as an architect and interior designer for many years. She worked in London for RMJM, Martin Richardson and MaCormac and Jamieson, amongst others on commercial and residential projects. She also worked in Paris for Terence Conran on the expansion of the Habitat brand, and Reichen et Robert on diverse projects including Francois Mitterand’s first Grand Project and a new French embassy and residence in Doha, Qatar. As well as being Professor of Design at Bath Spa University's School of Art and Design, from time to time Hilary also writes book and exhibition reviews for the professional press, contributes to other HE courses as an external advisor and examiner, and regularly carries out reviews as a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.
Chris Stephens / Director, Holburne Museum
Chris Stephens has been Director of the Holburne Museum, Bath, since July 2017. Before that he worked at the Tate in London for twenty-one years, for much of that time as Head of Displays at Tate Britain and Lead Curator of Modern British Art. His numerous exhibitions include some of the Tate’s most successful shows, such as ‘Barbara Hepworth: Centenary’ at Tate St Ives in 2003 and, in London, ‘Francis Bacon’ (2008), ‘Henry Moore’ (2010), ‘Picasso and British Art’ (2012) and ‘David Hockney’ (2017). As a leading expert on modern British art, he has published extensively and his book on art in St Ives, Cornwall 1939-75 will be published later this year.
Bob Mytton / Partner & Creative Director, Mytton Williams
Bob set up Mytton Williams in 1996 after working at three London design agencies, starting with Pentagram. Projects have encompassed all aspects of brand and design. His work has been recognised in many design awards and publications including D&AD and DBA Design Effectiveness. He has taught at Bath Spa University, been a visiting lecturer and is regularly involved with design education. He has been a judge for many award schemes
and been invited to speak at design and marketing events. He is a member of D&AD and ISTD and is a founder and former chairman of the West of England Design Forum.
Eleanor Household / Head of Development & Marketing, The Bath Festivals
Eleanor has over 20 years’ experience in arts, entertainment and events development and marketing including head of marketing for Iford Arts, Studio Manager at Real World Studios and head of development and marketing at Komedia Bath where she led the successful community ownership campaign to convert the venue in the heart of the city to a Community Benefit Society. Currently Eleanor is head of development and marketing for The Bath Festivals. She has an all-consuming love of live performance and feels passionately about keeping the music, entertainment and arts offer alive in Bath and the surrounding area.
Jon Bickley / Founder, Anthem Publishing
Jon is one of the founders and owners of Anthem. He has a background in magazine distribution as well as over 20 years of magazine publishing, having formerly been a Group Publisher at Future Publishing. Jon has responsibility for the overall direction of Anthem with a particular focus on growth and innovation, as well looking after the copy sale side of the business. Outside of Anthem, he’s also a director at Bath City Football Club, which he helped take into community ownership in 2017.
Laura Driffield / Marketing Manager
Laura started off her career working in music marketing and events, for companies such as PRS for Music and the Academy of Contemporary Music, before moving back to her home of Bath to work for Future Publishing as Head of Brand Marketing, and then as Head of Marketing for gifting company Wild & Wolf Ltd. She is now a freelance marketing consultant, currently working for gaming experts Network N. She has previously worked with clients such as Ted Baker, GAME Retail Ltd, HP, Polaroid, Orla Kiely and many others.
Wayne Brown / Managing Director, Play Sports Group
Wayne started his advertising career at Bates Dorland. In 1997 he moved to Lowe Howard-Spink. In 2003 he joined TBWA\London, working on the John Smith’s and Apple accounts. Switching to FMCG marketing in 2004, Wayne assumed the role of Marketing Manager for the Brylcreem brand before returning to the agency side in 2006 at the digital agency glue Isobar. There he rose from Client Service Director to Managing Director in 2011. Wayne then joined GreyPOSSIBLE in June 2013, as Managing Director of the new WPP digital joint venture, and by 2016 was promoted to COO of Grey UK. In May 2017 Wayne was lured back to the West Country to join Play Sports Group as Managing Director.
Jessica Bent / Intellectual Property & Technology Lawyer
Jessica is an intellectual property and technology lawyer, having been in specialist practice for over 20 years. She deals with the full spectrum of intellectual property, technology and IT law. She is recommended as a “Leader in her Field” (for intellectual property, Chambers legal directory) and “highly recommended for her breadth of knowledge and experience” (for TMT, Legal 500 legal directory).
Jim Morrison / CEO, Deep Blue Sky
Jim Morrison is a digital expert with a deep understanding of business, sales and marketing and emerging technologies. He is the owner of Deep Blue Sky; an award-winning digital transformation agency in Bath which helps companies grow by automating workflow and improving staff and customer engagement. Jim is also the director of Bath Digital Festival and founder of twiDAQ; a million+ strong Twitter stock exchange game.
Katie O'Brien / Director, 44AD
Katie studied Fine Art at Bath Spa University and is the founder and director of the award winning 44AD artspace, which is based in central Bath. 44AD artspace provides essential gallery space and studios, offering a highly supportive and collaborative platform for artists and visiting associates.
Working closely with the community, charities and educational institutes, Katie leads an organisation that works tirelessly to promote and support the importance of contemporary arts and its accessibility, as part of the wider creative and cultural ecology of Bath.