2016 Judges

2016 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.

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She lives in London. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller. It is being published all over the world and has been optioned by Dreamworks.

Gill Hudson edited her first magazine at the age of seven. It had a print run of just six, all laboriously reproduced by hand, which she then sold in the school playground.

She eventually went on to study English Literature at the University of Sussex before starting her (adult) publishing career as an editorial assistant at Weidenfeld & Nicolson. But it wasn t until her next job, producing publications for the English Tourist Board followed by a stint in their corporate PR department, that Gill realised she d got it right when she was seven and that what she really wanted to be was a magazine editor.  

Since then, Gill has edited an extraordinarily diverse range of magazines, including the women s glossies Company, New Woman and eve, the men's magazines Maxim and Stuff  both of which she launched and the hugely successful weekly Radio Times.

Gill has also been Chair of the Editorial Training Consultants Committee for the Professional Publishers Association (PPA), Chair of the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME), and a member of the Women in Journalism committee.

Along the way she has won some of the industry s most prestigious awards, including PPA Editor of the Year for her work on Radio Times and Reader's Digest, BSME Editor of the Year for her work on Maxim and Radio Times, and two PPA Campaign of the Year awards for New Woman and Company. In 2011 she won the Mark Boxer award, presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the industry.

She stopped full-time work at the end of 2012 and now works as a freelance consultant, writer and lecturer, and represents the magazine industry on the Complaints Committee for the new press regulator IPSO. 


Millie Mackintosh has an excellent sense of style and a natural flair for fashion, Millie Mackintosh is fast becoming one of the nation s best-known style and beauty icons. Millie curated her own clothing collection, which is in its third season, and has just launched her A/W15 collection currently available on her website and soon to be available at major UK retailers including, House of Fraser and ASOS. Millie's style portfolio goes from strength to strength, will a clothing collection, jewelry collaboration, eyelash range and numerous global campaigns under her belt, Millie s fashion career has skyrocketed, with 2015 being no exception. She is also an established London Fashion Week aficionado, frequenting the front rows at many of the major shows each season.

Her natural beauty has made her a hot commodity for the beauty and fashion industry and she has endorsed a string of high profile products including; Umberto Giannini, Revlon,St Tropez, Cath Kidston and ASOS. Signing with Select Model Management, Millie has also led a number of successful worldwide campaigns such as Nip and Fab, Sure Deodorant and Tassimo.

Millie s latest venture has been creating her first publication entitled Made by Millie, which launched in September this year. A health, beauty and soul book, highlighting and allowing access to all the healthy living lifestyle tips that have worked for her. The book gives advice on four areas of life - style, beauty, food and fitness. Millie has worked with some of the best nutritionists, make-up artists, fitness trainers and fashion designers, and in producing Made by Millie , she has taken everything she has learnt from all of these professionals and put together the ultimate book of tips and ideas for achieving the same success.

Millie is now working towards the creation of her S/S16 clothing collection. 

Natasha Kaplinsky - Graduated in English from Oxford (Hertford College). She is currently one of the anchors for the ITN network and for the previous three years was the 'Face of Five', anchoring the channel's main evening news programme.

Before her role at Five News, Natasha spent five years working at the BBC.

Natasha is a patron of the medical relief agency Merlin and The Willow Foundation, which organizes special days for seriously ill young adults. Since 2010 she has been an abmassador for Save the Children, visiting projects in India and South Africa as ppart of the No Child Born to Die campaign. This connection has made her the natural choice for her role as host of ITV's new entertainment show, Born to Shine, which was produced in partnership with Save the Children, and nominated for Rose D'Or.

Natasha lives in London with her husband and their son, Arlo, born in September 2008, and daughter Angelica, who was born in April 2010. She combines her family life with busy schedule of broadcast and corporate work, and guest appearances.

Sanjay Vadera was born in Uganda and came to the UK along with his parents and two siblings in 1972 as a refugee, escaping the Dictator Idi Amin s regime.  Sanjay attended University at Manchester Polytechnic studying Computer Science and Physics. It was whilst at University he formed Per-Scent, his original B2B fragrance business. Per-Scent has since grown into one of the UK s largest fragrance suppliers and distributors, supplying perfumes to many major retailers such as Asda and Superdrug.

In 2006, Sanjay purchased The Fragrance Shop from Peacocks and embarked upon an expansion plan, taking the retailer from the 92 stores it had then, to 170 across the UK today. The Fragrance Shop is a privately owned, largest independent retailer of perfumes with high-street locations aside from having a strong online presence. Further expansion is now planned with 20 new stores targeted as well as plans to open stores overseas. In the 12 months from 31 March 2015, retail sales increased by £9.8 million to £100.2 million. The Fragrance Shop offers only the best and latest designer fragrances from the biggest brands.

Furthermore in 2012, The Fragrance Shop chose to partner with children's charity, Rays of Sunshine, with the business donating 5p from every transaction to them. To date, over £475,000 has been raised.


Daphne Wright worked as an award-winning editor in publishing for eight years, before leaving to write.  Since then she has published thirty-three novels, feature articles, short stories and reviews under her own name and her crime-writing pseudonyms of Natasha Cooper and N J Cooper.  Her reviews have appeared in The Times, the TLS, the Toronto Globe & Mail, and www.bookoxygen.com  She has contributed to various Radio 4 programmes such as Front Row, Saturday Review and Woman's Hour, and many literary festivals.   She has been a judge of the Betty Trask award, the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, and the HWA first novel award.  She has experience in both teaching and mentoring younger writers.

She divides her time between London and the Somerset Levels, where her garden is full of intoxicatingly scented flowers and shrubs.