2015 Judges

015 Judges 

 Joanna Norman is the Chairman of the judging panel. She has spent nearly 30 years working with fragrance and was originally trained by leading supplier, IFF, in both London and Paris. Her professional background includes all aspects of fragrance development, marketing, sales and training.

Oliver Cheshire is fast becoming regarded as the UK s one to watch in male modeling. With both Marks and Spencer and Superdry reporting unprecedented sales with Oliver as their face, his undisputable selling power combined with his screen-play looks and infectious personality have made him one of 2014 s most wanted.

Likened to a young Leonardo DiCaprio, he secured his debut campaign when he was just 17 years old after catching the eye of American powerhouse Calvin Klein and has gone on to create a portfolio that reads like that of a seasoned model, having collaborated on global campaigns including D&G, Vivienne Westwood, Missoni Calvin Klein, Paul Smith, Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap and Orlebar Brown.

His versatility and appeal have led him to work with some of the world s most coveted creatives and globally renowned photographers, including Mario Testino, Mert and Marcus, Bruce Weber, Steven Klein and Mariano Vivanco.

Oliver is also known for his individual style. He is a regular in GQ s best dressed poll, amongst others, and was recently hand-picked by Grazia as one of their most stylish men at LC:M, where he was reporting from the front row before flying to Milan, to walk for Dolce & Gabanna (handpicked by Domenico and Stefano) who also selected him to open their debut show at LC:M in London in 2013.

When the Telegraph Men launched in 2013, it was Oliver who they approached to write for them as a regular columnist. His blog, iwearthetrousers.com.blogspot, is a first port of call for young men seeking out the latest trends and, for his female fans, a one stop shop

Simon Comins began his retail career at the age of 15 working on the shop floor at his local Superdrug store in Bognor Regis. 27 years later, after working across all areas of the business in various roles,

Simon is now Buying Director, responsible for ensuring Superdrug s shelves in over 850 stores host the most exciting selection of accessible beauty products on the high street.

As well as overseeing the business's product offer and commercial teams Simon is instrumental in moving the brand forward with new store concepts, such as Beauty Studio by Superdrug which opened in Cardiff earlier this year and offers a seamless combination of products and beauty services.

Isabelle Grey s first job, after graduating from Newnham College, Cambridge, was with a specialist antique dealer in Kensington Church Street. She went on to write four books (as Isabelle Anscombe) about decorative arts and design and also exhibition catalogue essays and articles and reviews for newspapers and magazines in London and New York. Thames & Hudson (who published Omega & After in 1981) told her it would finish the Bloomsbury industry, yet remains in print. She then moved into general features, interviews and reviews for, among others, The Times, TLS, Independent, Sunday Telegraph, Cosmopolitan, Country Living, Psychologies and Vogue.

In 1985 she was commissioned by the BBC to write her first television script, and has since contributed numerous episodes to such long-running series as The Bill, Wycliffe and Midsomer Murders as well as the acclaimed BBC drama-documentary Genghis Khan and, with Jimmy McGovern, an episode of the Bafta Award-winning series Accused. She has also taught screenwriting at Central St Martin s, during which time the students made over twenty short films.

She is currently developing original TV drama and writing her fourth novel. Her recent fiction, Out of Sight, The Bad Mother and Good Girls Don t Die, is published by Quercus.

Joanne Harris was born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. She studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at St Catharine s College, Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels; The Evil Seed (1989), Sleep, Pale Sister (1993) and Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.

Since then, she has written eleven more novels; Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Gentlemen and Players, The Lollipop Shoes and Runemarks, blueeyedboy, Runelight and Peaches for Monsieur le Cur, The Gospel of Loki which was published in 2014, plus two books of short stories; Jigs & Reels, and A Cat, A Hat and a Piece of String, and, with cookery writer Fran Warde, three cookbooks; The French Kitchen, The French Market and The Little Book of Chocolat. Her books are now published in over 50 countries and have won a number of British and international awards.  In 2013 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

 She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16, is currently studying Old Norse and lives with her husband Kevin about 15 miles from the place she was born. 

Paula Johnson has been a publisher and a journalist, and currently runs 22 literary prizes and awards for writers - covering fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children's books - for the Royal Society of Literature at Somerset House and for the Society of Authors in Chelsea. She was Literary Editor of the Mail on Sunday for 17 years and is a Trustee of the Royal Literary Fund.

Brix Smith-Start began her career in her native US as an actress and singer, perhaps more memorably in the legendary post-punk British band The Fall in 1983 as a guitarist/singer/songwriter. With a keen eye and passion for fashion, in 2002 with her husband Philip, Brix launched her first boutique Start. Taking over Rivington Street in East London, with 4 fabulous boutiques and an online store the Start stores are A-list boutiques. With huge designer labels such as Mulberry, See by Chloe, Philip Lim and so many more, Brix has worked hard to bring fashion for everyone.

The fashionista and stylist has become one of the most recognizable faces in fashion having worked on all three series of C4 s runaway smash Gok s Fashion Fix . At the same time she was a daily fixture on the hit Sky 1 lunchtime chat show Angela and Friends (Sky TV) as their fashion guru and her numerous television appearances include an BBC s The Culture Show .

A huge hit with viewers and a regular key contributor to both Elle magazine and Grazia magazine, Brix has worked on and fronted numerous campaigns working with Google Street View Awards, IsMe.com, Scholl, Thompsons Holidays, Special K, Selfridges, Lastminute.com, Tia Maria, Triumph and The Lowry.

In 2014 Brix has also worked closely with Evans offering her experienced styling tips.