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Director of Design
British Design Fund

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. He has been on the Board of BEDA (The Bureau of European Design Associations) for over three years, two of these as Vice-President.

His ongoing commitments include 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 an Independent Governor at Falmouth University.


"In many ways Digital is just another medium but it is definitely the medium of Now ... but the creative idea and the design of the execution are as critical as they ever were and so I'm delighted to be asked to judge the very best of what is currently delivering powerful campaigns and effecting real change"

Judging panel

Phil Jones

Founder & Organiser,
Podge Events

Richard Ayers

Seven League

Benjamin Blanco

Head of Sport & Entertainment Marketing
Samsung Electronics UK

Adam Boita

Head of Marketing
Pernod Ricard UK

Lisa de Bonis

Executive Digital Director
Havas Media

Arjoon Bose

Marketing Head-Häagen-Dazs and Snacking(UK& Northern Europe)
General Mills

Guillaume Buat-Menard

Chief Technology Officer

Matthew Candy

Vice President, UKI & Europe Leader
IBM Interactive Experience

Trevor Chambers

Group Creative Director

Kate Dale

Head of Brand and Digital Strategy
Sport England

Neil Davis

Managing Director UK & Europe

Jon Dobinson


Alastair Duncan

Chief Strategy Officer
Splash Worldwide

Liane Grimshaw

Founder & Managing Director

Keith Gulliver

Marketing Communications Director
Post Office

Flo Heiss

Studio of Art & Commerce

Bo Hellberg

Executive Creative Director

Craig Hepburn

Global Vice President of Digital Marketing and Brand
TATA Communications

Andrew Holden

Global Digital Creative Director

Greg Jarrett

Head of UX
William Hill

James Keady

Head of Digital

Alan King

Executive Director, Head of Digital
Manning Gottlieb OMD

Claire Koryczan

Managing Partner

Candace Kuss

Director of Social Media
H+K Strategies

Joanna Manning-Cooper

Director of Digital, Marketing and Communications
Rugby Football Union

Andrew Marcus

Head of Communications
Museum of London

Peter Markey

Marketing Director

John Mathers

Director of Design
British Design Fund

Lee McGuffie

Digital & Content Strategy Director

Ash Mohd

Global Communications Manager

David Morris

Head of Marketing & PR - UK & IE
Bang & Olufsen

Jude Ower

Founder and CEO

Glynn Pegler

CEO, Culture Group
The Culture Group

Adam Powers

Chief Experience Officer

Lauren Rayner

Head of Digital
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Cheyney Robinson

Chief Experience Officer, EMEA and APAC

Kate Ross

Founder and MD

Seb Royce


Mark Sherwin

Managing Director
Accenture Interactive

Ross Sleight

Chief Strategy Officer

David Smith

Head of Marketing
RightNow Digital

Tiffany St James


Steven Swann

Creative Director

Lawrence Weber

Managing Partner Innovation

Lee Woodard

Global Chief Experience Officer
Crabtree & Evelyn