Our judging panel consists of highly respected, expert industry figures from some of the world’s most innovative and exciting companies.
Partner, Prospect Hotel Advisors LLC
Andrew is a partner at Prospect Hotel Advisors LLC, which is a hospitality asset management firm. Prospect Advisors is responsible for The Blackstone Groups hotel portfolio globally and oversee the exclusive consultant partners that support the portfolios as well as providing third party asset management services for other Real Estate firms. As part of this role, Andrew oversees, Axios Hospitality Real Estate. Axios is the London based provider of Asset Management Services to The Blackstone Group in Europe and the UK, where they own 60 hotels. Prior to this position Andrew was Senior Vice President of Asset Management for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Prior to that Andrew has a long career in hospitality in operations having started his career at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City and being a General Manager in various locations.
Director, Brand Creative of Autodesk
Matthew is a strategic, big picture thinker. He is passionate about getting the Autodesk story out to everyone. As Creative Director at Autodesk, he does this by designing and crafting top-notch experiences for customers and prospects. The Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, pop-up experiences in Paris and Tokyo and other thought-leadership events are hallmarks of Matt’s work. His interest, passion and skill reach beyond design. He is an integral part of defining and articulating Autodesk’s creative strategy.
Chief Creative Officer and Design Director of Aston Martin
Since joining the company in 2005, he has strengthened its iconic styling and led it through a prolific period, introducing the graceful high performance Rapide S, the new Vanquish and Aston Martin’s recent flagship model, the stunning One-77. The most recent creations to leave the Aston Martin Design Studio include the DBX Concept, Aston Martin Vulcan and Vantage GT12. Throughout his career, Mr Reichman has been involved with some of the world’s most iconic cars, including the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Lincoln MKX and Navicross Concept Cars and the Range Rover Mk 111. He began his career with Rover Cars in 1991, then moved to BMW Designworks where he led the overhaul of Land Rover. He joined Ford in 1999 and rose to the position of Director of Design for Product at Ford North America before moving to Aston Martin.
(Head of Radio 2) Head of Programmes, Radio 2, BBC
Lewis Carnie, (Head of Radio 2) Head of Programmes, is responsible for programme commissioning and new talent presented to the network.
Michael Dixon has been Director of the Natural History Museum since 2004. Over the more than 10 years of his tenure annual attendance has grown from 3.0 to 5.4m visits and the Museum has been transformed by the new Darwin Centre. This c. £80m modern extension, designed by Danish architectural firm CF MØller, houses around a quarter of the Museum’s collection of 80 million objects, 200 of the NHM’s scientists and includes an innovative public exhibition space focusing on the research work undertaken at the Museum and a hi-tech studio space named in honour of Sir David Attenborough which features an award-winning augmented reality film, ‘Who do you think you really are’.
So far, Kevin’s career focus has been—and will always be—about putting creative strategy first. To promote that focus, he actively seeks out collaborative environments and people. Kevin figures that if he gets the creative right, everything else falls wonderfully into place; and he can enjoy himself at the same time! Kevin has found his creative space at The Boeing Company, where he has been involved in the stewardship and evolution of the brand since 1997. In his time with the aerospace giant, he has designed, directed, or strategized on the development of marketing and communications materials for most of the global icons we all know, including the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and commercial airplanes such as the 747 jumbo jet, the new 787 Dreamliner, and the 737, the world’s most popular airplane.
Managing Director, Sunseeker
Sunseeker London is a world leading and Platinum Award winning yacht broker. David Lewis co-founded the company in 1993 with Christopher Head and today, the extensive dealer network spans the globe, bringing world-class service to a world-class brand. Sunseeker London is probably the largest distributor of new Sunseeker boats and Sunseeker products worldwide ranging from 48ft to 50m. David has been involved in the marine business for many years. The dynamic duo has worked together for over 30 years when they started importing boats into Europe.
Regional Facilities Manager UK, Real Estate & Workplace Services, Google
Jane has worked in the cauldron of functional design that is Google for the last 13 years creating, driving and implementing award winning workspaces for an exacting group of internal customers and all the time balancing often highly technical functional requirements with Google’s quirky sense of humour, (Jane was responsible for installing a Routemaster bus into the London office as a meeting room). Google are pioneers of creating workspaces which continue to feel very personal across an organisation that has grown exponentially.
Director, Strategic Planning and Design, AECOM
Carlo Castelli is an architect and masterplanner. He holds a Master Degree in Architecture with distinction in 1999. In 2011 he completed a Master in ‘City Design and Social Science’ at the London School of Economics and Social Science. His experience as an architect spans across sectors and includes important contributions to the design process of internationally renowned buildings such as the Tennis Centre and International Broadcasting Centre for Rio Olympics 2016 and the 437m-high West Tower in Guangzhou, China. His focus is now on urban and regional projects as one of the directors of the AECOM Strategic Planning and Design group, leading multi-disciplinary teams and stakeholder engagement processes.
BEN MCOWEN WILSON
Director of Content Partnerships, YouTube
Ben is the Director of Content Partnerships for YouTube where he leads the development of content strategy in Europe. Prior to starting with YouTube, Ben was the Director of Online and Interactive at ITV Plc, where he oversaw ITV’s digital and new media businesses. During his tenure, he co-created and was Chairman of Project Kangaroo – the proposed VoD joint venture between BBC, channel 4 and ITV. A former strategy consultant, Ben has over fourteen years experience in the fields of media, entertainment, telecommunications and the internet and has lived and worked on all five continents.
Managing Director, Taylist Media
Taylist Media is the publisher of the leading magazine and event brands in the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom sector. These include Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms consumer magazine, which has been the leading title in the field for nearly 25 years, as well as business title kbbreview which is currently celebrating 30 years in print. Managing director and founder Patrick has over 30 years’ experience in the media industry – spanning magazines, newspapers, TV and radio.
Carolina Calzada has been a commercial colour expert working with global brands on colour forecasting, consumer trends and material developments around the world.
President, Salone Del Mobile
In 1997 Roberto founded Snaidero Engineering & Trading, Inc and from 2002 to 2008 he worked in national Confindustria as a Member of the Council and the Board of Directors. He was then appointed to President of the Coordinamento Triveneto of Federlegno From 1996 to 2002, and from 2002 to 2008 he was President of national FederlegnoArredo. In 2011 he was re-elected President of National FederlegnoArredo and became a member of the Council of the National Confindustria. Since October 2012 he has been a member of the Technical Committee for internationalization of Confindustria.
Roberto was appointed to the Board of Advisors of Cosmit Spa (Milano) on the organizing committee of the Salone del Mobile in 2018, and Honorary President of MADE Expo. He is now President of Salone del Mobile Milano, and since December 2015 was made President of MADE Eventi Spa, organizer or MADE expo.