Members of the Jury 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
. Effort, commitment and enthusiasm
. Creativity and innovation
. Proven results and success
Sam started his career as a Sound Engineer on the comedy circuit in Southampton and Portsmouth, before moving into recorded sound having studied Music & Sound Technology BSc at the University of Portsmouth. After working in a studio in Kent, Sam moved into stage lighting whilst working for a specialist performing arts college in Hythe. Sam is now based at Ashford School, working with the performing arts departments to deliver the highest quality support for exams and performances.
Paul is a serial entrepreneur, businessman & mentor who is passionate about SME businesses and the business community.
He owns and runs businesses in Digital media and the creative industries as well as community hot desk and creative space in Canterbury.
A Business Radio Show Presenter & Producer.
Member of KCC Creative Guild Committee.
President Kent Deaf Childrens Society.
Business Advisor & Mentor Tenterden Day Care Centre.
He is a Kent Ambassador for the IOD.
One of the leading celebrity photographers working in Britain.
Brian Aris began his photographic career as a photojournalist, with a series of frontline assignments that took him around the world. He then decided on a complete change of direction and opened a studio in London where he started photographing fashion and glamour models for newspapers and magazines.
During the next two decades he covered every aspect of the music scene.
Catriona worked as a teacher of art before being lured into the world of tourism to enjoy a successful career, including ten years as Marketing Director for Visit London. Moving to Whitstable in 2006 she started a business that encouraged people to ‘Escape to Create’ and has been involved in promoting creative tourism to ‘Kent’s Creative Coast’ ever since. She recently started painting again and is building a portfolio under the ‘Colour By Catriona’ brand. She is a director of Spacemaker Architects and also works as a coach, mentor and social media trainer in the creative and tourism sectors and can regularly be found on Twitter at @escapetocreate.
Artist and art teacher
Owner of the Lilford Gallery (Canterbury and Folkestone)
Amicia de Moubray
“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.”
Communications executive, Shepherd Neame.
After an art school education, Francine has worked as designer, illustrator, journalist, publisher and shopkeeper. She currently writes for the Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated and Country Living and having moved to Whitstable five years ago, is inspired by the wide range of creative people the area attracts.
Art technician at Ashford School.
Allison is a freelance curator, consultant and project manager based in Rochester, with over 28 years of experience in the creative sector. Formerly an Arts Development Officer for 15 years, Allison has since worked on a host of initiatives from creative learning, opera and youth music projects to healthcare arts, commissioning and co-ordinating outdoor touring events for the BBC and educational projects for the Royal Opera House.
Allison currently curates Rochester Art Gallery, represents Sheerness Dockyard Preservation Trust, organising community and education opportunities relating to the redevelopment of the historic Dockyard Church there, as well as being an Artsmark Consultant for ROH Bridge.
A former City banker and lawyer, David heads Ashford School’s Alumni Office and is Director of the Ashford School Foundation, the school’s development charity. He is deeply involved in outreach to the School’s external communities.
Judges meeting on 15th March 2016 at Ashford School.
Pictures by Kevin Ralph / Studio 4186.