2019 Judges

2019 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.

Susan Irvine

Susan Irvine is a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art where she is Creative Project Leader for Olfactive Projects based in the Fashion Programme. She is the author of several books including two on fragrance.

Susan was involved in the launch of Vogue Japan and Vogue China as International Beauty Director of Condé Nast Asia Pacific, and worked concurrently for The Sunday Telegraph magazine. For six years she also reviewed theatre for The Sunday Telegraph, and contributed regularly to British Vogue, as well as many other publications.

Celia Lyttleton

Celia Lyttelton is an acclaimed art critic. She has written for numerous magazines, papers and journals around the world, ranging fromVogue, Elle Decoration, Tatler, World of Interiors, Harpers & Queen, The Spectator, the auction house magazines Bonhams and Christies, andTalk magazine to Art & Auction in the US and the Evening Standard, Telegraph, Financial Times, Western Mail, The Irish Times and Independent in the UK. She is also the UK’s first scent critic for International News. She has had her own blog on the Huffington Post and she is also currently a travel writer forTimelessTravels and Archaeology, an international magazine and she writes for the Guardian and on art, Houses and architecture for Homes and Antiques, U.K. and The World of Interiors In 2009 she received a research grant from the Society of Authors. She is currently researching a book on a modern British artist and his circle.Celia is the author of two books on contemporary art, THE NOW ART BOOK and FLOATING WORLDS, both of which were published in Japan.

Having spent ten years writing about 'looking' (at Art) she decided to switch senses to that of smell and discover the world of perfume and combine it with her love of traveling to far flung places from the incense groves in Socotra in the Arabian Ocean to the Phoenician damasc rose fields in southern Morocco on the edge of the Sahara.

 Her book The Scent Trail: A Journey of the Senses, a definitive account of the history of scent and a travel logue, was published by Transworld in 2007. It is Published in the U.S by Penguin and it was also published in Japan, Korea and Italy.

Currently, she is working with CNN on a program about Middle Eastern scents and the history of Perfume in the Levant and Asia Minor. She helping to make an archive of perfume formulas to be made into a library of all the great perfumes that have been made over the millennia which is located at Arlington House in London. She teaches courses of the art of making scent and also makes bespoke scents for friends and clients from her olfactorium of rare oils and unguents.


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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 atAsos.comwhere 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.

Mandy Aftel

Mandy Aftel is an internationally-known artisan perfumer, educator, and author on natural fragrance and flavourHer 8 books include Essence and Alchemy: A Book of Perfume, and Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent, which won the Perfume Plume award for writing.  She is the owner and perfumer of Aftelier Perfumes, and created the Aftel Archive of Curious Scents in Berkeley, California. The Archive is the first museum in the United States dedicated to the history and experiences of natural fragrance, including her collection of one-of-a-kind-antique artefacts. She is a founding advisor of The Institute for Art and Olfaction, which has created the Aftel Award for Handmade Perfume in her honour.

Ruth Mastenbroek

Ruth Mastenbroek trained as a perfumer back in the 1980's...although she insists she is still learning – 'that's the beauty of perfumery!' Having studied Chemistry at Oxford University, Ruth discovered she could combine a fascination with both art and science by pursuing a career in perfumery. Ruth’s training with (what is now) Givaudan took her all over the world, memorising the odour profiles of over 2000 ingredients and honing her craft by working with some of the most exquisitely scented materials on earth. Ruth studied alongside some brilliant perfumers such as Olivier Cresp, who created Angel, and Jacques Cavallier who created the Jean Paul Gaultier ‘Classique’ fragrance. 

Ruth has loved fragrance all her life. Born in London and raised in New Jersey, USA, her childhood in America was spent waking up to the scent of woods, creeks and wild flowers. Her memories of time spent in England are of rose gardens, fresh earth, blackberries; in Holland – narcissus, tulips, sea air; in Grasse, France – orchids, mimosa, and wild herbs; and in Japan – cherry blossom and green tea; all contributing to Ruth’s perfumery palette today. Ruth set up her own business in 2003, creating bespoke fragrances for some iconic global brands and businesses, including Jo Malone’s original Grapefruit scent.

In 2010, Ruth launched her own niche fragrance collection – RUTH MASTENBROEK. She felt compelled to create her signature line where she could let her imagination run free, embodying many of her perfumery and life experiences. Proudly sold in Fortnum & Mason and around 20 selected independent stockists, 'every drop tells a story'... her perfumes tell scent stories and invite you to make them part of your own story. A former President of the British Society of Perfumers, Ruth’s passion for and desire to learn about perfume is stronger than ever. If you ever need her, you’ll find her in her lab.

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Virginie Duigou has been driving beauty within the luxury market for over 10 years. Having worked with brands such as Sephora and Bulgari Parfums in her native France , to high profile beauty brands in the UK, Virginie’s passion for beauty has paved a strong career in marketing and buying which has led to her new position within Harvey Nichols.

In 2006 Virginie joined Bulgari Parfums and Cosmetiques France as a Product Manager Perfume and Skincare, helping to build and implement the corporate marketing strategy in the competitive French market. It was here where her love for fragrance grew and the decision was made to move to the UK in 2008 and join UK-based luxury fragrance distributors, The Orange Square Company, as Marketing Manager, where she was responsible for the marketing strategy of each brand. During this time, Virginie was instrumental during the launch of the highly covetable fragrance, Aventus by Creed.

The two years spent working in niche and premium fragrances in the UK introduced her to many opportunities and it was in 2010 Virginie joined Harrods as the Head of Trade Marketing Beauty before being promoted to  Divisional Merchandise Manager Concessions- Home and Beauty. The former entailed developing and implementing the marketing strategy. Virginie’s elevated role, which she took on from early 2016, developed the home and beauty concessions business within Harrods working closely with the Home and Beauty Director. Now within her role at Harvey Nichols as Head of Beauty Buying, Virginie’s goal is to drive a global beauty vision, motivate and inspire her peers and develop the Harvey Nichols beauty brand as an authority within the industry with a proven record for success.


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Andrea McLean...

Wing walking on a bi-plane, reverse bungee-ing over the Thames (yes it’s a thing…) and spinning on a hoop suspended 20 feet in the air – these are just a few of the things Andrea has done on live TV in her 23-year career as a television presenter. From relative safety of the studio, she has also interviewed some of the biggest names in the business, including Oprah Winfrey, Drew Barrymore, Will Smith, Dustin Hoffman and Amy Schumer. Working alongside stellar guest panellists such as Caitlin Jenner, Goldie Hawn and Eva Longoria, Andrea has hosted ITV’s multi award-winning live Daytime chat show Loose Women for 12 years, bringing her warmth, humour and journalistic skill to the small screen every lunch time. 

Andrea's self-written autobiography Confessions Of A Good Girl spent two weeks at Number 1 on the Sunday Times Best Seller list.  Andrea's second self-written best-seller Confessions Of A Menopausal Woman: Everything you want to know but are too afraid to ask… was released in June 2018, following requests from thousands of women who contacted her to ask about her experience of this hugely personal, and still largely taboo subject. Andrea is co-founder of This Girl Is On Fire, a website dedicated to helping women of all ages, but particularly those in their mid-years, become their best possible self.

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