Judges

Bruce Thomas- Modern English

Bruce Thomas- Modern English

Bruce is Managing Director of modern-english and has over 16 years experience working with interactive media. An ex band front man and lover of music. Modern-English is an interactive agency specialising in the development of digital solutions for the entertainment and fashion industries. Born out of a genuine passion for music and entertainment, it is run by creative, award-winning, hands-on individuals with years of experience in lifestyle branding. Clients include EMI, BBC, England & Wales Cricket Board, Sony Music, Warner Music, Island, Warp, Astra Zeneca and many more.


Chris Forrester

Chris Forrester

Chris has over 10 years’ experience in the creative industry working with arts, retail, charity and tourism clients at several leading North West agencies since graduating with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Arts & Design from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2003.

Chris joined Vivid in 2011 to head up the agency’s studio with the objective of making sure clients’ vision is interpreted into creative ideas that achieve strong victories. His ability to articulate big ideas and effortlessly combine creativity and craft has not only surpassed client expectations but achieved many industry accolades most recently winning the Northern Marketing Tourism Campaign of the Year for Mersey Ferries and securing a DBA Design Excellence Award for Preston Guild 2012.

In just 3 years Chris has grown the design team and the agency, overseeing and delivering results focused creative on a daily basis for clients including Visit Guernsey, Canal & River Trust, Powys County Council, Marketing Manchester, Visit Blackpool and Secret Training.

Behind Chris’ calm and measured exterior is unsurpassed knowledge across all aspects of brand and campaign design from concept to completion and a desire to maintain high standards of creativity across all projects. Chris has a passion for photography and typography and is always looking for new ways and new technology to enhance the creative concept.

Chris' personal desire and unique vision have led him to create some really challenging, creative executions, from sand drawing to set building!

Chris has just completed a brand refresh for Visit Guernsey as well as storyboarding and art directing Visit Guernsey’s first TV ad in 10 years. The TV campaign showcases the island’s unique mix of scenery, gastronomy and history and is aimed at driving awareness and sales throughout the shoulder seasons as well as underpinning the destination’s position as a strong domestic sun and beach offering


Rob Taylor - Like a River

Rob Taylor - Like a River

Born in the year England last won the world cup. And despite no joy since, we demand that the lads give their all. Rob - and the nation - expects. A lot like student Roses really.You know you want to win - but there's no chance if you don't even turn up.Go on - Be prepared to pit your best against THE best with an 'I want it' attitude. Be the one that wants 'it' enough to cancel: the pub, the girl/boy/friend, the mind numbing Saturday night TV, facebook. Switch them all off. Concentrate. Dedicate. Create.Present your very best with the belief that you can compete and win. Win or loose, Commiserate or celebrate, enjoy it. Good Luck.


Simon Lewis - The Gate Films

Simon Lewis - The Gate Films

After studying photography and graphic design in Manchester, Simon began photographing cats in trees as a press photographer for the Rotherham Advertiser. Next came a spell as a runner, assistant film editor and then negative cutter within Manchester's film post industry. Shortly after making the switch from cutting film, Simon began producing alongside and then directing for his long time business partner at The Gate Films, Sarah Jarvis. Simon is a director with great comic timing, plenty of gloss and loves working closely with actors. His work includes spots for A&L, Subaru, Peugeot and Sony. He likes to sail. Close to the wind. His directing now sits as a secondary career alongside his main job as CEO of The Gate group.