2018 Kent Creative Awards – Judges

Judges are respected professionals drawn from the creative community and active sponsors.
They will independently judge entries to the Kent Creative Awards, shortlisting three finalists for each category.

Although we understand that evaluation of any creative work involves much subjectivity, the jury will follow a selection of criteria including:
. Artistic quality and talent
. Execution and technique
. Professionalism
. Effort, commitment and enthusiasm
. Creativity and innovation
. Proven results and success

The judges so far are:

Georgina Adam


Journalist and author. Contributor to the Financial Times, the Art Newspaper.

Georgina Adam has spent more than 30 years writing about the art market and the arts in general. She was editor of the Art Market section of The Art Newspaper 2000-2008, then editor at large. She wrote a weekly column for the Financial Times for eight years, until 2016. In 2014 she published “Big Bucks: The Explosion of the Art Market in the 21st Century” (Lund Humphries).
In addition to her specialisation in the art market, Adam is particularly interested in emerging cultural centres. She lectures at Sotheby’s Institute in London and participates in panels about the market: she is a board member of Talking Galleries, patron of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and The International Art Market Studies Association (TIAMSA).
Her new book, “Dark Side of the Boom, The Excesses of the Art Market in the 21st Century” (Lund Humphries) will be published in autumn 2017.


Cassandra Chadderton


Head of UK Theatre

UK Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre and performing arts membership organisation.

“Theatre, music, and the arts has always been an important part of my life. I grew up in Birmingham, and went on to Sheffield University. From here I went into publishing, and began a career connecting audiences with great artistic work.

I spent the first decade of my career working with a wide range of artists and authors – from James Ellroy to Kathy Reichs, Ralph Steadman to the Spice Girls. As Director of Media and Stakeholder Relations for Arts Council England I led communications and engagement programmes that made a difference to our cultural landscape. 

Theatre and the performing arts are always finding ways to adapt and grow, so my role at UK Theatre is to make sure that we are supporting members to become even more resilient and relevant in the future. This includes advocacy to Government and others, our training and events programme, and our data collection and research.”

Cassandra’s picture is by photographer Bronac McNeill

Bill Fox


Bill Fox is the Managing Director of Kent.ba.

” I’m a certified award winning business coach and voted 1 of the top 10 SME business experts in the UK by Enterprise Nation.

EXPERIENCE: – I started my business journey in September 2005 by becoming a certified business coach with the Worlds #1 business coaching firm. Since then I have helped hundreds of clients to achieved extraordinary results. I was trained by some of the best business coaches in the world during my induction in America where I studied and learned my trade. I am also a qualified emotional intelligence coach, again trained by one of the world’s leading emotional intelligence companies RocheMartin®

MY BUSINESS: – I started my business in 2005 having spent 30 years working for large blue-chip organisations where I gained a huge amount of experience running other peoples businesses, working with teams of people across multiple sites in Europe improving performance, Leadership & Management. I have a huge amount of experience that I can call on to help you and your organisation.”



Carlos Grande


Carlos Grande edits www.thecreativeindustries.co.uk for the Creative Industries Council, the joint forum of industry and government which promotes the success of UK creative businesses and advises on UK strategy on areas such as finance, skills, export markets, IP, and infrastructure for the creative industries.

He is also the consultant Effectiveness Editor at the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising.

Until June 2013, Carlos was editorial director of Warc.com((formerly the World Advertising Research Center), a global online information service for agencies and client marketers.

Previous to Warc, Carlos was a correspondent at the Financial Times and editor of the FT Creative Business section.

He studied at University College, Oxford, and post-graduate journalism course at City University, London.


Michele Gregson


Programme Manager, Royal Opera House

“I am a Visual Arts Educator who believes that Art can transform outcomes for young people.

After a brief period working in a commercial art gallery, I began teaching Art & Design to secondary and post 16 students.  Working in London and Kent for 12 years as an art teacher, head of department and senior manager.

I joined Kent County Council’s Advisory Service for Schools in 2003, initially working with a team of centrally based Advanced Skills Teachers, supporting schools in challenging circumstances. then as the Adviser for Art & Design across all phases, for all Kent schools.

An independent consultant since 2010 I work with both local and national organisations and government providing advice and guidance on curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment. In 2012 I led ‘Inspire – Culture’, KCCs three year Schools Olympic Legacy Programme. I  work with cultural organisations to evaluate participant led and arts education programmes.

I now divide my time between Royal Opera House Bridge as Programme Manager for North Kent and my Arts Education Consultancy.

Throughout my career I have been involved with some amazing projects and people, building really valuable networks.  I now find that when I don’t know the answer to a question, I usually know the person that does”.


Penelope James


Penelope James has over 20 years’ experience of public relations practice in the UK and Ireland in corporate, business-to-business, event and sponsorship PR for high profile organisations and companies including Express Newspaper Group, Classic FM, BBC Radio 3, RadioCentre, the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and Irish National Ballet.

Prior to establishing PJPR in 1995, Penelope worked as a PR practitioner both in-house and for consultancies in the media, arts, charities and commercial sectors. She is a generalist but has significant experience in the following industries: media, arts, sport, transport, events, and sponsorship public relations.

David Lilford


Owner of the Lilford Gallery (Canterbury and Folkestone)

After working in retail with Dixons Group for nearly 20 years, David set up a new art gallery in Canterbury in 2000. Initially working mainly with Kent-Based artists, the gallery quickly became the go-to gallery in Canterbury and now one of the leading galleries in the South East. Regularly discovering and promoting new talent and now based in three locations (two in Canterbury and one in Folkestone) Lilford Gallery has an ever evolving and exciting range of artists and events.

David is heavily involved in the arts in Kent and continues to support and to work widely with the local artistic community.



Amicia de Moubray


Journalist and author – Co founder of online magazine Faversham Life


Amicia de Moubray says: “This imaginative initiative will give deserved recognition to a wide spectrum of artists including, comedians, writers, dancers, painters and ceramicists as well as creative establishments throughout Kent. As the Turner Contemporary has demonstrated there is a huge demand for cultural entertainment in the county. These awards will help to promote all that is worthwhile in the arts in Kent.”


Sian Murphy


Sian Murphy is the host of Women in Business Radio Show, a global platform designed to help women in business to thrive.

Sian knows what it’s like to be a real woman in business and that it’s not all perfect – something reflected in the live radio show. She knows how to ask the right questions and tease out the answers that can initiate change in somebody’s life whilst leaving the interviewee relaxed. Sian also translates these skills of interviewing and speaking to thousands of people, to facilitate business masterminds and in her work with private clients. 

Sian is also the founder of Stormchasers Digital, a specialist digital agency that provides certified Google Analytics and WordPress care, management and publishing services for entrepreneurs and creative businesses. If it’s online, then Sian’s team can optimise and manage it for you