2018 Judges

2018 JUDGEs

Catherine Mitchell - Chairman of the Judging Panel

Business Manager, IFF 

Catherine studied languages at Cambridge University. She was working as a Graduate Trainee in the textile industry when she read the recently translated ‘Perfume’ by Patrick Süskind. This book proved to be a eureka moment and triggered a career change when she moved to London to join International Flavours & Fragrances (IFF) in 1990.  Catherine has worked across all areas of the business from Fabric Care to Fine Fragrance and spent two years at the global headquarters in New York.  As one of the global leaders in the creation of fragrance IFF is a committed supporter of The Fragrance Foundations.  Catherine’s passion for spreading the education and joy of fragrance to a wider audience is infectious.

David Walker-Smith is the Director and founder of DWS.LONDON consulting across global brands and retail. Formally MD of Fenwick of Bond Street and Exec Buying Director Selfridges. From a Fragrance and Beauty perspective David is well known for pushing the boundaries and successfully disrupting the market, coming out of GWP and launching global exclusives including Charlotte Tilbury and Mac on Bond Street. He also maximised the fragrance businesses focusing on key consumer trends and tax free opportunities.  He was also responsible for launching the first ever Beauty Advent calendar.

Katie Puckrik is a broadcaster, writer, and performer – and with the success of her YouTube channel and blog, Katie Puckrik Smells, a globally renowned authority on perfume.

Katie's snappy patter and irreverent interviews were a highlight of Channel 4's seminal pop culture hit, The Word. She went on to write and present The Sunday Show (BBC2) and Pyjama Party (ITV), among many other TV and radio programmes. In the US, she created and starred in two series for Oxygen: Pajama Party and Who Needs Hollywood?

A presenter and contributor across BBC Radio 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Music, Katie also writes on culture, entertainment, lifestyle, beauty and travel for publications including The Guardian, Elle, and the Sunday Times. Reviewers called her memoir, Shooting From the Lip, “gonzette journalism”...“an ammunition-packed bad girl’s guide to life.”

Katie began her career as a singer and dancer, and has performed with Pet Shop Boys, Michael Clark Company, DV8 Physical Theatre and Sparks.

Lizzie Ostrom is the author of the book Perfume: A Century of Scents, a pop culture history of fragrance. She co-curated the exhibition Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scents at Somerset House, and has hosted her cult olfactory events and experiences at many cultural and scientific institutions, from the Royal Society to the V&A.  

Kate Stephens is a digital content and transformation consultant who has worked with some of the best fashion and lifestyle brands in the country.

From her early years at Asos.com where she built the company’s first and formative editorial team, to her time at Time Inc where she was Group Digital Editor of the publisher’s fashion titles and, later, Digital Editorial Director of Marie Claire, Kate has a passionate and long-standing commitment to driving and supporting editorial innovation and excellence in the digital space.

As GM Europe + Executive Director of Editorial at Clique Media Group, Kate led the team behind the UK launch of US-based fashion site WhoWhatWear and beauty destination Byrdie. In 2017 she left CMG, having implemented a pioneering editorial and audience growth strategy, to set up her own consultancy business.

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Naomi Alderman grew up in London and attended Oxford University and UEA. In 2006 she won the Orange Award for New Writers. In 2007, she was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, and one of Waterstones' 25 Writers for the Future. 

Her first novel, Disobedience, was published in ten languages. Penguin published her second novel, The Lessons, in 2010 and her third novel, The Liars' Gospel, in August 2012. Her new novel, The Power, was published in October 2016. All of her novels have been chosen for BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime slot. 

Her prize-winning short fiction has appeared in Prospect, on BBC Radio 4 and in a number of anthologies. In 2009 she was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award.

From 2004 to 2007 Naomi was lead writer on the alternate reality game Perplex City. She's written online games for Penguin, the BBC, and other clients. In 2011 she wrote the Doctor Who tie-in novel Borrowed Time. In 2012, she co-created the top-selling smartphone fitness game and audio adventure Zombies, Run!, which is a market leader and has been downloaded millions of times. 

Naomi broadcasts regularly, has guest-presented Front Row on BBC Radio 4 and writes frequently for the Guardian. She is one of the presenters of Science Stories, a programme about the history of science on BBC Radio 4, as well as presenting many one-off documentaries. 

Naomi is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, has been mentored by Margaret Atwood as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, and in April 2013 she was named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in their once-a-decade list.

Kate Lord Brown grew up in a wild and beautiful part of the West Country. After studying at the Courtauld Institute she curated art collections for palaces and embassies in Europe and the Middle East. Kate travels and lives around the world with her pilot husband, and her novels are international bestsellers. She gained a MA in creative writing from the Manchester Writing School, was a finalist in the ITV People's Author contest and a regional winner in the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition. ‘The Perfume Garden’ was inspired by Kate's love of fragrance, and shortlisted for UK Romantic Novel of the Year.