Meet the judges for the h.Club 100 Awards 2017. This outstanding group of individuals from the breadth of the creative industries are tasked with selecting the ten finalists their category.
As A+E Networks' lead brand strategist, Amanda is responsible for managing and evolving marketing in support of A+E Networks’ portfolio of global brands and businesses, including brand strategy, consumer and B2B marketing, and creative execution across all platforms - from linear television to direct-to-consumer to OTT and Digital. Prior to joining A+E Networks, Hill served as Chief Brands Officer for BBC Worldwide, where she was responsible for developing the brand strategy for all of BBC Worldwide’s businesses and formats. She led global launches of three new genre brands, plus the current portfolio of 14 brands including Dancing with the Stars, Top Gear and Doctor Who.
Al is CCO and co-founder of Sunshine, a next generation entertainment company.
He's an award-winning creative director and one of the creative industry’s leading experts on the power of brand storytelling. He has created dozens of global campaigns for brands including BMW, Land Rover, Orange, Skype, Google, Penguin, Nike and Gucci. Al spent eight years as Creative Director at leading independent agency Mother before establishing their entertainment division with Kit Hawkins in 2011. In 2012, Al was Executive Producer of Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s ball at Radio City Music Hall in New York and Coca-Cola’s global Olympic 2012 content campaign featuring Mark Ronson.
Al featured in the Sunday Times/Debrett’s 2016 ‘Britain’s most influential people’ list.
Since his appointment to Facebook in March 2014, Steve has driven a fundamental evolution on the platform, namely the explosion of video consumption, and the commercialization of Instagram. Prior to joining Facebook in 2014, Steve worked in Y&R, Omnicom and WPP where he spent 15 years, with his final role as CEO of MEC.
Steve is a non-executive Director of Trinity Mirror PLC and is the Chair of the Confederation of British Industry Tech group. His co-authored Rigorous Magic was published in 2007. Steve lives with his wife Sophie and their two children and, when time allows, follows his passions of movies, running, yoga and cooking. He would like to be a chef but isn’t good enough.
Nick is a founding partner and CEO of POKE, and recently appointed CEO of Publicis London. His focus is on growing digital communications and experiences for Publicis UK clients that include EE, UBS, Google, Ted Baker, Heineken, Morrisons, NBC and Garnier.
In 2010, Nick launched The Lovie Awards to celebrate the wonderful and inspiring things connected by the web's many tentacles. He continues to Co-Chair the Awards. Nick is also an advisory Board member of indie film streaming service MUBI and non-executive director for National Citizen Service.
In 2015, he was awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the industry.
Anne is responsible for leading the academic direction of all courses and research in the Fashion, Jewellery and Textiles, Product, Ceramic, and Industrial Design, and Spatial Practices Programmes.
Anne’s initial career began with her own fashion label designing and selling fashion and printed textiles collections for womens, mens and childrenswear. Featured in leading fashion publications such as Vogue, ID, WWD, Cosmopolitan and The Times, the collections sold in London, Paris, New York and Tokyo.
Her research develops new approaches in laser cutting and etching for fashion, interior and accessories materials and has been exhibited in Europe, USA and UK.
Annabelle oversees the Crafts Council’s Collections and all related projects including the acquisition, exhibition, touring and loan programmes, Collections Online; exhibition projects including major partnership shows, touring exhibitions, showcase as well as partnership working and curatorial CPD initiatives. Her key projects include all three Crafts Council/V&A partnership exhibitions What is Luxury? (2015), The Power of Making (2011) and Out of the Ordinary (2008). Her recent curating credits include I AM HERE: Portable art, wearable objects, jewellery since the 1970s, currently touring (closing at the Hospital Club, Covent Garden, in July this year), Showtime: posters and objects from the Crafts Council Collections, UK Pavilion at Cheongju Biennale, Korea and is developing an exhibition exploring tools in their many facets.
Annabelle initially trained as a textile designer, and has previously worked at the British Museum, Museum of Reading, V&A and the Geffrye Museum. She is a visiting lecturer for the MA programme for Curating Contemporary Design run in partnership by Kingston University and the Design Museum, sits on Crafts Lives Committee, British Library, is on selection panel for Real to Reel: craft film festival and is an external examiner at Plymouth University.
Florence Hallett writes about visual arts for theartsdesk, as well as other publications including Apollo and the Independent. Special interests are late medieval and Renaissance art, British modernism, photography and conservation. She spent several years publishing illustrated books and has had the privilege of working with some of the great photographers of the day.
Julie originally trained as an artist, graduating from Chelsea School of Art in 1987. Her extensive experience in arts management in the UK included the post of Director of Visual Arts for the London region for Arts Council England, with responsibility for a portfolio of organisations including the Whitechapel Gallery, Serpentine Gallery and Artangel. She joined the Australia Council for the Arts in February 2012, where she was responsible for $13.1 million funding for artists and visual arts organisations.
Pat is MD of start-up indie, Sugar Films, and has 26 years experience working in News, Sport, Commissioning and Production across ITV, BBC and C4 and led a major American cable network, Travel Channel Media.
From 2010 Pat spent four years as Chief Creative Officer for BBC Production, with over £300m in revenues and 3,000 employees. His teams delivered some of the world’s biggest shows including Top Gear, Strictly Come Dancing, Dr Who, Frozen Planet, and Luther. As President /General Manager of Travel Channel Media USA (2005-2009), Pat led its turn-around by introducing award winning brands including Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Man v Food.
Alexander Gardiner is Managing Director of Shiver, one of the UK’s biggest producers of factual television. What he loves about the job is the variety of programmes Shiver produce, the dynamic team around him and working in an ideas culture.
Alexander has a diverse range of production credits from hard-hitting documentaries to entertainment series. He was Executive Producer of the award winning Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Saville and co-Executive Producer of the first four series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Other Executive Producer credits include; 56Up, The First Election Debate, and David Starkey’s Monarchy.
Adam MacDonald is the Director of Sky 1 and Sky Living. He has been at Sky for 4 years and prior to that was VP of Programming A+E Networks running History & Crime and Investigation Network across EMEA. Adam started his career at the BBC and his 14 years there culminated in becoming Head of Scheduling. He has also been Head of Daytime at both Channel 4 and ITV and has had two stints in the independent production sector as Director of Programme Development at Lion Television and Creative Director at IWC.
Adam Sweeting was the features editor of Melody Maker, before becoming rock critic and TV critic for the Guardian. He has written for many titles including GQ, Esquire and the Sunday Times, and became a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph. He co-founded the Virtual Television Company, with which he has made films about rock managers, Luciano Pavarotti and Nigel Kennedy. He is television editor at theartsdesk, for which he also writes about film and music.
Lulu Guinness OBE, famous for her unique and glamorous British handbags and accessories launched her company in 1989. Instant praise in the fashion media paved the way for Lulu Guinness stores in London, Taipei and Beijing. Her unique creations are also sold online and in department stores worldwide, from Avenue 32, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum and Mason in the UK, to Zalando in Germany, AlterStyle in Shanghai and Galleries Lafayette in Beijing.
Lulu passionately designs the interior of her own stores herself to ensure she captures the true essence of the brand, creating a location where customers come and experience the all encapsulating world of Lulu Guinness. Today Lulu still lives by the motto of her hero, the Surrealist couturier and fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, ‘Dare to Be Different’ and the women who wear Lulu Guinness do just that.
An expert in brand strategy, creative communications and digital culture, before joining global trends and innovation agency Stylus in 2010, where she is currently Head of Retail, Katie spent 10 years traversing visual merchandising, strategic consultancy, project management and production for Habitat, Liberty, the Yellowdoor agency and Harper’s Bazaar UK.
A prolific freelance writer, she has authored two books - Stylists: New Fashion Visionaries (2012) and Fashion + Music: Fashion Creatives Shaping Pop Culture (2016), is a founding member of future-scoping think-tank, Digital Anthropology Lab and an expert contributor to ‘career accelerator’ Mastered’s 2017 styling programme.
Professor Frances Corner OBE is Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice-Chancellor Digital of University of the Arts London. She has over 20 years’ experience within the higher education sector at a national and international level.
Frances champions the use of fashion as an agent for innovation and change, particularly in the areas of sustainability, health and well-being.
Frances is Chair of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes, a Trustee of The Wallace Collection and Chair of Trustees of the House of Illustration. She was recently named in the Business of Fashion 500 – a professional index of key people shaping the global fashion industry.
In 2014 Frances published her first book entitled Why Fashion Matters (Thames and Hudson).
Caroline Rush CBE is the Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council. She has 20 years of experience in marketing and PR across both consumer and corporate communications in fashion, music and lifestyle sectors and has managed her own business for five years, during which time she delivered strategic communications and full press office function for the British Fashion Council. In 2014 she was made an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and awarded a CBE for her services to the British fashion industry.
Tom Birchenough has been writing about cinema and culture since the 1990s. His work has appeared in publications including Variety and the Moscow Times, as well as a range of Russian-language outlets. He has worked with the British Council on a number of international film projects.
Nick Hasted has been a film journalist since 1986. As well as The Arts Desk, he currently writes about film, music, books and comics for the Independent, Uncut, Jazzwise and Classic Rock. He has published three books: The Dark Story of Eminem (2002), You Really Got Me: The Story of The Kinks (2011), and Jack White: How He Built an Empire From the Blues (2016).
Dan joined the industry working for Eurogamer in 2006, before moving over to GamesIndustry.biz in 2010, where he worked as European Editor until 2017. He is now the Internal Business Editor for Square Enix West.
Steve O’Rourke has spent nearly 20 years as a videogames journalist, launching his career in the specialist press as reviews editor of the Official Xbox Magazine before spending a decade as a videogames correspondent at the Sunday Times. He has written about games and gaming culture for numerous websites, magazines and newspapers.
Michael French is Senior Games Programme Executive for Games London, a new initiative funded by the Mayor of London to promote and grow the video games and interactive entertainment sector in the UK capital. Games London is responsible for a range of trade missions plus the London Games Festival. He has worked in video games for 14 years having previously been a journalist, publisher and consultant working in B2B and consumer media.
Jo is CEO of Ukie, the trade body for UK games and interactive entertainment, making the UK the best place in the world to make games. Previously, Jo was Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, Education, where she commissioned Digital Emmy-winning Battlefront II, free to play browser and iOS games and social media projects.
Jo was Multiplatform Commissioner for BBC Entertainment & Switch, BBC Three Multiplatform Channel Editor, and technology reporter for BBC News. She is Deputy Chair of the British Screen Advisory Council, London Tech Ambassador, BAFTA Games Committee member, and sits on a number of boards and advisory groups. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to the creative industries and won the MCV 30 Women in Games award for Outstanding Contribution. She is on the MCV 100 Brit list in the games industry and is a BIMA Hot 100 in digital. She is a Vice President for games and accessibility charity, SpecialEffect and the government’s Sector Champion for Disabilities.
Marc Robinson is the President of Globe, Universal Music UK’s commercial and creative partnership division. Marc started his career 15 years ago in music publishing at Chrysalis Music, and joined Universal Music in 2003. Since then, Marc has provided music, talent and strategy to hundreds of brand activations, agency campaigns and film and TV productions. The brief has ranged from commercials and strategic brand partnerships to soundtracks for films and overseeing the partnership between Universal Music and the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Beckie has been working as a booking agent for over 11 years and has worked in almost all musical genres across her time at WME, The Agency Group (now UTA), and currently X-Ray Touring. Her eclectic roster includes acts such as Anderson .Paak, RUSS, NxWorries, Noname, Joey Purp, Deaf Havana and Beartooth.
X-Ray is home to some of the biggest artists in the world including Coldplay, Eminem, Green Day, Blur, Robbie Williams, Black Eyed Peas, The Pixies, Queens of The Stoneage and Chance The Rapper, to name but a handful.
Thomas H Green is a music writer, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chichester, and a member of the Brit Awards Academy. He is the author of Rock Shrines, and is the force behind the club night Synthesize Me, putting on events with Wolfgang Flür of Kraftwerk, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and others.
Zoë is a partner and senior agent at the London based literary agency The Blair Partnership. Her client roster ranges from established talent to new voices and includes Pete Townshend, Bana Alabed, Deborah Frances-White, Zoe Adjonyoh and Sadie Hasler among others. She works with Neil Blair on J.K Rowling’s commercial publishing activity. Before joining the company, Zoë worked at the Darley Anderson agency representing bestselling and debut writers, and developing new talent.
Vicky Eribo is Editorial Director at HarperNonFiction, the commercial non-fiction division of HarperCollins Publishers. She has commissioned and published a broad range of bestselling titles including books from One Direction, Cameron Diaz, nutritionist Amelia Freer and foster carers Cathy Glass and Casey Watson, plus a critically acclaimed biography of Coco Chanel by Justine Picardie and a tie-in publication to ITV period drama Victoria.
Louisa Livingston believes that sheer nosiness and an innate curiosity about other people's business drove her into an Insight career. Louisa has worked at United Business Media, run her own Media Research agency and spent many years in the music industry. She combines a passion for good research and a compulsion to help everyone use data to inspire them and make evidence based decisions.
She has supported the launch of new magazines, helped to determine radio playlists for Capital Radio and the BBC, provided award-winning research for Channel 4 and helped build, then lead, an international, multi-faceted research team at EMI Music. She believes in the democratisation of data so that it can be used and understood by everyone in a business in a way that brings it to life and lifts it beyond an excel spreadsheet.
Louisa now works for Hachette UK where she is relishing her role in bringing Insight to the forefront in another traditionally instinct led industry.
Liz Thomson has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. A contributor to The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, she is the co-editor of critical anthologies on John Lennon, Bob Dylan and David Bowie, and is responsible for the director’s cut of No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan by the late Robert Shelton. Her latest book is a history of Chickenshed Theatre, An Awfully Big Adventure.
Lisa began her career in journalism, initially for Time Out Amsterdam, before embarking on a 10 year-career at Haymarket publishing, working on a range of media titles including PR Week, Marketing magazine and Campaign magazine where she was Craft Editor. Lisa became the group’s youngest editor, heading up the spin-off title Campaign Screen aged 28.
After some time as a freelance journalist for publications including The Times and The Guardian as well as womens’ magazines she joined Broadcast magazine where she was Editor for seven years.
Lisa is now in her 4th year as Edinburgh International Television Festival's Director and within this time has boosted the Festival’s global profile and relevance; introduced the International Gamechangers strand and a host of new networking and year-round events, as well as expanding the activities of the Festival’s charitable arm – The Network and the Ones to Watch talent schemes.
Katie Colombus has worked as an arts reporter in Shanghai, then worked at The Stage while writing for Dancing Times, Dance Now and Dance Theatre Journal, the New Statesman and Total Theatre. After a long stint in digital journalism, creative content marketing and digital engagement for Sky's core entertainment channels, she now works in digital experience management at Save The Children.
Sydow is the multi-award-winning theatre producer whose work includes Dirty Dancing, Our Country’s Good and The Seagull with Kristin Scott Thomas and Carey Mulligan. In 2017 his new productions include City of Glass, an adaptation of Paul Auster’s novel by Duncan Macmillan with 59 Productions and The Divide, by Alan Ayckbourn with The Old Vic premiering at The Edinburgh Festival.
John has been working for almost forty years in the brand and design industry, leading a number of marketing, brand and design consultancies in the UK and internationally, as well as holding a number of roles within FMCG and retail, including Head of Brand at Safeway.
Most recently he has led the UK Design Council through a period of change and has retired from that role after four years as CEO. He joined the Design Council from an International CEO role at the Holmes & Marchant group and previously had ten years at the helm of the Brand Union (was Enterprise IG), WPP’s flagship brand design agency.
Over the last fifteen years he has been actively committed to the development of the design industry, serving as President of the DBA (Design Business Association) for three years as well as being involved in various ways with the Design Council and the broader design community.
His ongoing commitments include the Vice Presidency of BEDA (Bureau of European Design associations), a Director role at the British Design Fund, a Trustee role at 1418Now as well as being a Board member on various charities and sitting on a number of Advisory Boards. He is also a Governor at Falmouth University.
Matt Wolf is a founder member of The Arts Desk, where he has been theatre editor since its inception. He is the London theatre critic of the international edition of The New York Times and writes a weekly interview column for the broadway.com website. Matt also teaches across the year on numerous university abroad programs as well as at the V&A Museum in London.
Shenton is a theatre critic, commentator and interviewer. He is associate editor and joint lead critic for The Stage; reviews for London Theatre Guide, is London correspondent for Playbill.com, has conducted public platform interviews at the NT, the Donmar Warehouse and Stratford East Theatre Royal, and chairs the drama section of the Critics’ Circle.
Smith is editor of The Stage, the world’s leading theatre publication. His journalistic writing has appeared in publications ranging from The Guardian to Hello! magazine. He is also a theatre consultant and has written reports on the London theatre industry and the UK performing arts offstage workforce for organisations including the National Theatre, the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre.
Burns is a multi-award-winning producer (recent awards include a 2016 Olivier for Nell Gwynn), chief executive of Nimax Theatres and co-owner of six West End theatres. She has been director of the lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Awards since 1984. In 2013 she was named ‘Private Businesswoman of the Year’ and awarded an OBE for services to theatre.