The Judges

The Gift of the Year judging panel is selected to ensure a broad cross section of the industry is covered, from the quirky one-off local gift shop through to elegant independent galleries, the UK's most respected department stores and everything in between. The judges have diverse backgrounds and experiences making a good recipe for their task in hand.
During the rigorous, week long process of judging the judges forensically review and evaluate the submitted product constantly measuring against the criteria and standards. The secret judging room is a hive of activity, thought, discussion, hard work and of course fun!
The judges are proud and honoured to be selected for this prestigious task and proud knowing their efforts and decisions have contributed to the success of newly launched products and raised the profile of the companies who entered.

2017 Judging Panel:  

Sam Hood  Amara
Caroline Rowell Retail Consultant
Chris Rushby Jarrold
Tabi Marsh Heritage
Rachel Mewies Stratford Garden Centre
Maggie Thornton  Alligator Pear
Hayley Thornton  Wyevale 
Gemma Conway Kleeneze
Suzie Abel Jarrold
Sara Albright John Lewis
Ronnie Barnard Gifts for Gentlemen
Martin de la Fuente Ocado
Judith Harris Dobbies
Jane Hudson Qwerkity
Mark Jones Occasions
Nathaniel Mobbs National Gallery
Jenny Spivey Retail Consultant
Natalie Yates Gifts from Handpicked
Zoe York Squashed Tomato
Henri Davis Retail Consultant
Amanda Fergusson Supplier Consutlant
Sally Norton Gifts Today
Sue Marks Progressive G&H
Charlotte Cowell Gifts & Greetings Review
Tracey Bearton Greetings Today
Christopher Leonard-Morgan London Stationery Show/National Stationery Week
Karen Greig  Destined for Home