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. Prior to joining A+E Networks, Hill served as Chief Brands Officer for BBC Worldwide, where she was developed the brand strategy for all of BBC Worldwide’s businesses and formats.
As a leading expert on the power of entertainment and brand storytelling, MacCuish has produced culturally-defining events; created global campaigns for iconic brands; and written two best-selling children’s books. Al has been the drivng force behind transforming global media giants like A+E Networks and reinvigorating national treasures including BBC Earth.
Steve has driven a fundamental evolution on Facebook, namely the explosion of video consumption and the commercialization of Instagram. Previously, Steve worked in Y&R, Omnicom and WPP, 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.
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.
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.
Annabelle oversees the Crafts Council’s exhibition programme, collections and related projects. She has previously worked at the British Museum, Museum of Reading, V&A and the Geffrye Museum. Campbell is a visiting lecturer for the MA programme for Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University and sits on Crafts Lives Committee, British Library, and the Real to Reel panel.
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 worked with some of the great photographers of the day.
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.
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.
Alexander, until recently, was the Managing Director of Shiver. 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!
Adam is the Director of Sky 1 and Sky Living. Previously VP of Programming A+E Networks and BBC 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 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.
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.
Katie is an expert in brand strategy, creative communications and digital culture and is Head of Retail at global trends forecasting business, Stylus. She has authored two books on visual culture is a member of future-scoping think-tank, Digital Anthropology Lab and a 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. 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.
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.
Tom 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 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
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.
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 is Senior Games Programme Executive for Games London, an initiative funded by the Mayor of London to promote and grow the video games and interactive entertainment sector in the UK capital. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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 Blair Partnership. Her client roster ranges from established talent to new voices and includes Pete Townshend and Bana Alabed. She also works with Neil Blair on J.K Rowling’s commercial publishing activity. Zoë previously 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 and Cameron Diaz, plus a critically acclaimed biography of Coco Chanel by Justine Picardie and a tie-in publication to ITV period drama Victoria.
Louisa is bringing Insight to the forefront at Hachette UK. 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.
Liz has contributed articles and interviews to newspapers around the world and has published a number of books. She is co-founder of the folk music charity Square Roots Productions and, in New York, of The Village Trip, a festival celebrating the history and culture of Greenwich Village. She is a contributing editor to TheArtsDesk.com.
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.
Katie has worked as an arts reporter in Shanghai, then worked at The Stage while writing for publications including Dancing Times and the New Statesman. 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 a 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 and The Divide, by Alan Ayckbourn, premiering at The Edinburgh Festival.
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.
Matt 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 column for broadway.com. Matt also teaches on numerous university abroad programs as well as at the V&A Museum.
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.
Alistair 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.
Burns is a multi-award-winning producer, 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.
Alexandra Coghlan is a classical music journalist and critic, contributing to The Independent and I paper, Spectator, Prospect and Gramophone magazines, among others. She has appeared on Radio 3 and BBC television as a classical music expert, and also works as Glyndebourne's Opera Content Specialist.
Veronica Lee is an award-winning journalist and critic whose work has appeared in quality publications including The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Times. She writes across the arts, with particular interest in comedy and theatre.
Matthew Wright writes about music, books and television for theartsdesk.com, and has contributed widely on the arts to publications including The Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement. Seasick Steve: Ramblin' Man (2016), his biography of the supposed hobo-bluesman, broke the story of that singer's fraudulent official history.
Jasper writes for The Telegraph and Sunday Times about the arts. His books include I Found My Horn and Bred of Heaven. Both were serialised on Radio 4's Book of the Week.