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Meet the judges for the h 100 Awards 2018. This outstanding group of individuals from the breadth of the creative industries were tasked with selecting the ten finalists their category.

Advertising, Marketing and PR

Nick Farnhill


Nick is a founding partner and CEO of POKE, and recently appointed CEO of Publicis London. He is also an advisory Board member of indie film streaming service MUBI and non-executive director for National Citizen Service. In 2010, Nick launched The Lovie Awards which celebrates the best of the Internet in Europe.


Advertising, Marketing and PR

Al McCuish

Co-Founder and Creative Chairman at The Sunshine Company

After 11 years as Creative Director at Mother, Al co-founded the entertainment company, Sunshine, in 2012. Over the past 5 years he has worked with brands such as Gucci, Skype, Adidas and BBC. Al was named one of Britain’s most influential people in 2016 by Debrett’s and The Sunday Times and sits on the Board of Directors for the London Philharmonic Orchestra.





Advertising, Marketing and PR

KJ Weir

Group Head of Creative Agencies Partnerships, Facebook & Instagram

KJ leads a team responsible for developing programs and partnerships with UK creative agencies. She joined Facebook in 2012 as part of its EMEA Global Agency Team and started the creative agency team in 2016. Prior to Facebook, KJ spent 10+ years with creative agencies in New York and Chicago. She is also a board member of The British Arrows.


Advertising, Marketing and PR

Liz Matthews

Founder, Liz Matthews PR

LMPR is a public relations and intergrated communications agency. With over 15 years experience, we have built a reputaion based on integrity, honesty and results. Clients include Moet & Chandon, Alexa Chung, Orla Kiely, Superga and Dermot O'Leary.

Art, Design and Craft

Julie Lomax

Director of Development, Liverpool Biennial

Julie is the Director of Development at Liverpool Biennial, Chair of The Showroom, and Executive Board member of the Association of Women in the Arts. She was previously the Director of Visual Arts at the Australia Council for the Arts, and Director of Visual Arts London at Arts Council England.



Art, Design and Craft

Florence Hallett

The Arts Desk Contributor

Florence Hallett writes about visual arts for The New European, Apollo, The Independent and 1843, and is the visual arts editor at


Art, Design and Craft

Annabelle Campbell

Head of Exhibitions & Collections, Crafts Council

Annabelle Campbell is Head of Exhibitions and Collections for Crafts Council. She has curated many exhibitions, is guest lecturer in curating, and external examiner at Plymouth University. Before working at Crafts Council, she worked as curator at Geffrye Museum, British Museum, and Museum of Reading. She trained in textile design at John Moores University, and Central St Martins, then gained MA Museum Studies form UCL and undertaking post graduate research at Kingston University.



Art, Design and Craft

Anne Smith

Dean of Academic Programmes, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London

As Academic Dean at Central Saint Martins, Anne is responsible for all courses in the Fashion, Jewellery and Textiles, Product, Ceramic, and Industrial Design, and Spatial Practices Programmes. She is committed to fostering innovation and excellence in teaching and learning, knowledge exchange and research in design, materials futures and communication.



Adam Sweeting

The Arts Desk Contributor

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 and the Sunday Times. He co-founded the Virtual Television Company, where he made films about rock managers, Luciano Pavarotti and Nigel Kennedy. He is television editor and contributor at theartsdesk.


Pat Younge

Managing Director, Sugar Films

Pat is MD of start-up indie, Sugar Films, and has 26 years’ experience working in News, Sport, Commissioning and Production. Pat spent four years as Chief Creative Officer for BBC Production, with his teams delivering some of the world’s biggest shows. As President/General Manager of Travel Channel Media USA, Pat led its turn-around by introducing award winning brands.



Joe Mahoney

Managing Director; ProductionBase

Joe is co-owner and MD of ProductionBase. Previously having spent 15 years at the BBC and BBC Studios as Director of Acquisitions for comedy, drama, fact ents and natural history. He was Head of Commercial Development at Channel 4 overseeing the commercial exploitation of key brands.  



Beren Money

Senior Director of Development at Channel 5

One of the TV’s most prolific creators and producers, Beren has originated more than sixty series. Recently he set up and ran Elephant House Studios for Channel 5, and created it first ever BAFTA winning series, Cruising with Jane McDonald. He has just launched FAB, a magical new talent and production company. 


Caroline Rush

CEO, British Fashion Council

Caroline is the Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council. She has 20 years’ experience in marketing and PR across both consumer and corporate communications in fashion, music and lifestyle sectors. In 2014 she was made an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and awarded a CBE for her services to the British fashion industry.


Professor Frances Corner OBE

Head of London College of Fashion & Pro Vice-Chancellor Digital of University of the Arts London

Professor Frances Corner OBE is Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice-Chancellor Digital of University of the Arts London. Frances champions the use of fashion as an agent for innovation and change, particularly in the areas of sustainability, health and well-being. She is the author of the book Why Fashion Matters.



Lulu Guinness

Fashion Designer

Lulu Guinness OBE, famous for her unique and glamorous British handbags and accessories launched her company in 1989. Her 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.



Christopher Rawstron

Menswear Design Director, Tom Ford


Nick Hasted

The Arts Desk Contributor

Nick is a film and music journalist and currently writes for the Independent, Uncut, Jazzwise, Classic Rock and The Arts Desk. 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


Gaylene Gould

Head of cinemas and events; BFI


Tony Kaye



Josh Varney


Josh is co-founder of 42, an integrated management and production company with offices in London and Los Angeles, where he manages writers and directors and produces films and TV drama. Josh started his career in business television before moving to ICM and then Independent Talent as a Literary Agent.  



Dr Jo Twist OBE


Jo is CEO of Ukie, the trade body for UK games and interactive entertainment. Previously, Jo was Channel 4
Commissioning Editor, Education, Multiplatform Commissioner for BBC Entertainment & Switch, BBC Three Multiplatform Channel Editor, and technology reporter for BBC News. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE and won the MCV 30 Women in Games award for Outstanding Contribution.


Steve O’Rourke

The Arts Desk Contributor

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.


Dan Pearson

Internal Business Editor, Square Enix West

Dan joined the industry working for Eurogamer in 2006, before moving over to in 2010, where he worked as European Editor until 2017. He is now the Internal Business Editor for Square Enix West.


Graeme Struthers

Executive Producer, Devolver Games

Graeme Struthers, co-founder of Devolver Digital an independent games label. Devolver focuses on new and original games working with independent developers from all over the world. 


Thomas H Green

The Arts Desk Contributor

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.


Marc Robinson

President, Globe

Marc is the President of Globe, Universal Music UK’s commercial and creative partnership division. Since joining Universal Music in 2003, Marc has provided music, talent and strategy to hundreds of brand activations, agency campaigns and film and TV productions, including the partnership with the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Sally Dunstone

Talent Agent at X-ray Touring

Sally Dunstone studied Music/ Event management at University and has a background in radio production assisting on BBCR1XTRA & BBC R2 programming before moving into the live music sector. Sally has been an agent at X-ray Touring for three years working with a varied roster of artists ranging from Kelly Lee Owens to Waka Flocka Flame.


Chi-Chi Nwanoku

Double Bass players and Founder of Chineke Foundation

"Chi-chi founded Chineke! who’s mission is  “championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music”. It supports and gives career opportunities to young Black & minority ethnic musicians. 

Broadcasting regularly for BBC she featured on Desert Island Discs in 2018. She made a documentary for Sky Arts Passions about Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in 2017.

Chi-chi won the BBBA Person of the Year 2016, ABO Award 2017, and Commonwealth Cultural Enterprise Award 2018.



Publishing and Writing

Louisa Livingston

Group Insight & Innovation Development Director, Hachette

Louisa is passionate about delivering content that peope are going to love, across all mediums and formats. Right now she's focused on bringing science and understanding to the gut instinct led industry of publishing working for Hachette UK, publisher of JK Rowling. Previously worked for EMI Music and enjoyed spotting the K-Pop trend early one saw that coming.


Publishing and Writing

Zoë King

A M Heath

Publishing and Writing

Henry Vines

Senior Commissioning Editor, Transworld Publishers

Henry is a senior commissioning editor at Transworld Publishers, a division of Penguin Random House. He commissions and publishes a broad range of non-fiction, working with authors including Bear Grylls, Romesh Ranganathan and Tim Urban, as well as film and TV franchises such as Harry Potter, Marvel and Game of Thrones.


Publishing and Writing

Boyd Tonkin

Contributor, The Arts Desk

Boyd Tonkin is a writer and critic who contributes to international media including The Economist, The Financial Times and The Spectator, and to BBC Radio. At The Independent, he was Literary Editor and then Senior Writer. Boyd is Special Adviser to the Man Booker International Prize, which he chaired in 2016, and a Trustee of the Orwell Foundation.


Rising Stars (under 25s )

John Mathers

Bureau of European Design

John is Design Director of the British Design Fund, newly set up to invest in start-up British product innovation. Most recently he was CEO of the Design Council and previously spent over thirty years in the design and brand industry. He is also a trustee of 1418NOW and a governor of Falmouth University.


Rising Stars (under 25s )

Karl Sydow

Independent Entertainment Professional

Karl is a multi-award winning theatre and film producer whose work includes ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘Our Country’s Good’ and ‘The Seagull’ with Kristin Scott Thomas and Carey Mulligan.

In 2018 new stage productions include five new international companies of ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘The Moderate Soprano’ by David Hare and ‘The Last Ship’ by Sting.  New films include ‘Red Joan’ with Judy Dench directed by Trevor Nunn.



Rising Stars (under 25s )

Lisa Campbell

Festival Director, Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival

Lisa began her career in journalism before embarking on a career in publishing at Haymarket and Broadcast magazine. Lisa is now in her 4th year as Edinburgh International Television Festival's Director and where she has boosted the Festival’s global profile and relevance; introduced the International Gamechangers strand and expanded the activities of the Festival’s charitable arm.



Rising Stars (under 25s )

Jasper Rees

The Arts Desk Contributor

Jasper Rees is a co-founder of, and also reviews for the Telegraph and The Spectator. His books include I Found My Horn and Bred of Heaven, both serialised on Book of the Week. His authorised biography of Victoria Wood will be published in 2020. 


Theatre and Performance

Mark Shenton

Correspondent/critic/feature writer at The Stage

Mark is a freelance theatre critic, commentator and interviewer. He is associate editor of The Stage, where he is also the New York critic, and is lead theatre critic for He also maintains a personal website, and teaches regularly at Arts Educational Schools in Chiswick. He is also currently chair of the Drama Section of the Critics' Circle


Theatre and Performance

Matt Wolf

The Arts Desk Contributor

Matt Wolf is theatre editor and one of the original founders of The Arts Desk and London theatre critic for The International New York Times, which he joined after 13 years in the same post at Variety. Brought up in New York, Matt has lived his entire professional life in London. 


Theatre and Performance

Kate Packenham

Executive Producer, Donmar Warehouse

Theatre and Performance

Julian Bird

Chief Executive of Society of London Theatre

Julian Bird is Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre and the Executive Producer for The Olivier Awards. Julian recently produced the European premiere of “Sondheim on Sondheim” and the major centenary concert honouring Alan J Lerner, both for the BBC, and is Chair of both the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford and the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea.