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Meet Our Judges

Our highly esteemed judging panel consists of leaders across all sectors of our industry.

Hover over their photo to get an insight into their experience and achievements!

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Kate Wray,
Event Operations Director,
Tough Mudder and Spartan events

Kate has been at Tough Mudder and Spartan for the last 6 years where she has been honing her skills in a number of different roles. She evolved from Operations Executive to Operations Manager before starting her role as Operations Director contributing significantly to the execution of challenging events.

Kate has a wealth of varied experience in outdoor events and is excited to bring that to the judging panel blending strategic insight and operational excellence to celebrate and recognize outstanding achievements in the industry.

Helen Sutcliffe, Event Producer, Sparq

Helen Sutcliffe,
Event Producer,
Sparq

Helen is an event producer who delights in delivering memorable and meaningful experiences that connect people, places and stories. She has recently started a new role as Event Producer at Sparq.

Helen has worked extensively across public sector and commercial events. She has successfully worked with large venues to redesign lunch services, with stately homes to attract large new audiences, and with traditional organisations to reimagine their engagement events. Helen has an MA in 19th Century Culture and enjoys embracing new learning. 

Cat Kevern, Director, Electric Cat Productions

Cat Kevern,
Director,
Electric Cat Productions

For the past eight years, Cat Kevern’s presence has been synonymous with the global live events scene. From large-scale sporting events to vibrant live events in Costa Rica, New Zealand, and even Morocco, she's embraced her nomadic spirit, leveraging her fluency in French and Spanish to travel the world.

Recently, Cat has started a new chapter of her career, Electric Cat Productions. Through this endeavour, the team offer B2B marketing strategy and specialise in planning and delivering events.

Cat passionately strives for better opportunities for women in the industry. She plays a key role as chair of NOWIE, putting on events, projects and programmes supporting the community and wider industry.

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Charlie Brownridge,
General Manager,
PMY Group

Charlie Brownridge, PMY UK's General Manager of Temporary Overlay, boasts two decades in events and technology. His journey started at Spindlewood in 2003, where he excelled in Sales & Service, climbing to Commercial Director and later Managing Director by 2013.

Post-PMY's acquisition of Spindlewood in 2022, Charlie continued as General Manager of Temporary Overlay, overseeing operations of Etherlive and Spindlewood for temporary overlay services. His expertise spans major events like Glastonbury, ABBA Voyage, Boomtown, Winter Wonderland, BBC Earth Experience, BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend, and BBC Radio 2. His wealth of experience makes him a vital part of PMY's team, a testament to his invaluable contributions in the industry.

Gill Tee, Co-founder, Black Deer Festival

Gill Tee,
Co-founder,
Black Deer Festival

Gill Started her music career at Capital Radio, during which time she was responsible for putting together the first 100,000 capacity Party in the Park at Hyde Park. She then went on to start her own company entertee, producing many high-profile events, with some great artists.  This included Prince’s first and only UK festival appearance at the Hop Farm Festival.  Gill also co-founded entertee hire, supplying quality fencing solutions to the industry. 
 
Gill is co-founder and Festival Director of the multi award winning Black Deer Festival.  In Gill's words, 'Black Deer encapsulates everything I learned over the many years in the industry and everything I love.'

Gemma Newman, Assistant General Manager,  Newman Event Services

Gemma Newman,
Assistant General Manager, 
Newman Event Services

Gemma Newman is passionate about events. She wants to encourage the same joy she felt when attending concerts and festivals during her own childhood. Starting her events career with Newman Event Services in 2016, Gemma quickly worked her way up from Recruitment & Operations Administrator to her current role as Assistant General Manager.

She is responsible for the company's day to day running, as well as a hands-on approach to security deployments up and down the UK. You can rest assured that her expertise in coordinating world-class crowd management services will help you deliver a safe and successful event.

Nick Davies, Freelance

Nick Davies,
Freelance

Hannah Musson, Head of People and Culture,  Far & Beyond

Hannah Musson,
Head of People and Culture, 
Far & Beyond

Hannah is Head of People and Culture, leading the people function of the award-winning global production and creative agency, Far and Beyond.

FAB were awarded Access All Area’s Employer of the Year 2023, and with a five-fold employee headcount increase over the past year and a talent pool of over 4000 freelancers, 2024 is set to be even bigger and better!

Hannah’s passion lies in developing cultures where people feel empowered to work to the best of their ability and have fun in the process. In addition to her day job, Hannah sits on the Board of Advisors for NOWIE (Network of Women in Events) and provides coaching for young job seekers who are currently out of work.

Laura Armstrong, Senior Project Manager, LS Events

Laura Armstrong,
Senior Project Manager,
LS Events

Laura has worked in the events industry for over 15 years, starting off in exhibitions and awards ceremonies before moving into experiential events, working at Wasserman on the NFL International Series and the ATP Tennis.

She has worked on large scale events in London and across the world for many years including Winter Wonderland, Amex Presents BST Hyde Park and Operation London Bridge. Laura's expertise lies in bringing together complex multi agency events and brand and partner activations.

Josh Heyburn,  Managing Director, Festivall Services

Josh Heyburn, 
Managing Director,
Festivall Services

Josh is Managing Director of Festivall Services, an award-winning event staffing solutions company established in 2021. He has already overseen the deployment of more than 350 high-quality staff to over 100 festivals and other nationwide events in 2023. This number is anticipated to see substantial growth during the festive season!

Josh's leadership exemplifies the core values of Festivall, emphasising both staff welfare and a commitment to sustainability. His dedication to these principles earned him the AAA 30u30 award earlier this year (while still eligible!) 

Beyond his role at the company, Josh leverages his expertise, gained through his Event Management degrees, to inspire and mentor the next generation of event professionals in university.

Sarah Greene, Senior Project Director, TBI Media

Sarah Greene,
Senior Project Director,
TBI Media

Sarah Greene is a seasoned event professional with 25 years’ experience working with the world's highest profile companies and venues to create trailblazing live experiences.

Her diverse portfolio includes a range of senior roles both client-side and as a contractor. Freelance brand agencies include TBI Media and Collaborate Global. Sarah spent a decade as the Event Director at AEG, and before that worked with Live Nation and Glastonbury Festival. She has also led corporate event teams in house at the Co-op and UNICEF.

Sarah provides pro-bono consultancy for The Crystal Palace Park Trust and is a mentor with NOWIE (Network of Women in Events) and Manchester University.

Caitlin Ford, Freelance

Caitlin Ford,
Freelance

Caitlin is a freelance live event professional and owner of Manchester-based event promotion company, Televised. Whilst at University, Caitlin managed a nightlife venue in Manchester called XLR alongside producing and selling out her own events with Televised. By the time she graduated with a First-Class degree in Event Management, she was able to go freelance full time in festivals, events, and touring.

Caitlin tends to take on operational and logistical roles. She has since worked at festivals and events across the UK, Europe, Middle East, and Australia – awarding her the AAA Rising Star 2022, WILMA Event Manager of the Year 2022 and AAA 30u30 2023 awards. 

Sophie Phillip, Freelancer

Sophie Phillip,
Freelancer

Sophie is a freelancer with an incredibly broad background. She started out in the Snowsports events industry and has since fulfilled almost every role on a festival site. Having worked all over the world including extensively in the Middle East, she was well-known throughout the events industry as a control room manager but now prefers to take on longer terms roles as operation or event manager.

Sophie is a big proponent of 'finding the balance' so after making the jump to freelancing in 2017, she now takes the winters off to spend time in the mountains snowboarding.

Lee Wilkinson, Senior Major Projects & Events Planner, Road Traffic Solutions

Lee Wilkinson,
Senior Major Projects & Events Planner,
Road Traffic Solutions

Lee has been an Event Traffic Manager and planner since 2017 but worked in events for many years before that. He has worked on some of the UK’s largest and most prestigious events in recent years, including Birmingham 2022, Operation London Bridge and Operation Golden Orb, providing all aspects of traffic and pedestrian management for events and major projects ranging from large scale mass participation and elite sports to festivals.

Alongside his traffic management qualifications, Lee also has a qualification in crowd planning and qualifications in health and safety.

Katie Curzon, Director, Powwow Events

Katie Curzon,
Director,
Powwow Events

Katie is a director/co-owner of Powwow Events, a London based creative events agency. With over 25 years of experience, Katie started her career freelancing whilst studying, and went on to work with some of the world’s largest FMCG brands, before joining Powwow in 2004.

Powwow’s global projects include live and virtual conferences, incentives, recruitment events, C level meetings and celebratory events across a variety of industry sectors, along with private HNWI experiences. Katie sits on NOWIE’s Advisory Board and is a mentor for Elevate; with a passion for people, her role enables her to support the growing Powwow team to achieve their goals.​

Lana Elworthy, Head of Production, Boomtown

Lana Elworthy,
Head of Production,
Boomtown

Lana entered the events industry seven years ago, focussing on a blend of creative production and artist logistics. Today, as the Head of Production for Boomtown, Lana orchestrates the planning and execution of the production side of this 65,000 cap festival, blending her operational expertise with a commitment to transforming artistic visions into unforgettable experiences.

Beyond the logistics, Lana is fuelled by a passion for creating environments that are not only aesthetically pleasing and safe but also inherently inclusive.

Richard Dodgson, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Timebased Events

Richard Dodgson,
Founder and Chief Creative Officer,
Timebased Events

Founder of Timebased Events, a creative, experience-driven event design and production agency based in London; Richard is renowned in the industry for his ability to create a sense of theatre, entertainment and engagement in blank canvas and prestigious venues.

Considered one of the top event agencies in London, working with clients including American Express, Shaftesbury Capital, AIG Women’s Open Golf and Vogue, Timebased produces amongst other high profile events the GQ Men of the Year Awards. First staged in 1998, Timebased is very proud to be still producing this awards show 26 years later.

Rob Lee, Head of programming & festival manager, Standon Calling

Rob Lee,
Head of programming & festival manager,
Standon Calling

With a career spanning over a decade in live events, Rob has held various roles throughout the event management landscape, both in the UK and internationally.

In Rob's current role as Head of Programming & Festival Manager at Standon Calling, he has overseen transformative change in their music programming; earning Line-up Of The Year at the 2023 UK Festival Awards.

A passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, Rob has championed initiatives which resulted in Keychange (PRS Foundation) recognising Standon Calling as the first major UK festival to achieve 50:50 gender parity in music programming. His commitment extends to creating an inclusive cultural space for artists and audiences alike.