Judged by the best in the business.
Judged by the best in the business
Judged by the best in the business, these awards serve to recognise excellence across the North.
Culminating in a glittering gala dinner, we look forward to welcoming our finalists and judges to a fantastic evening of great hospitality and entertainment.
We are stilling working on our final panel for 2018, our judges last year were as follows:
Born in Yorkshire Linda pursued a career in interior design, leading to a hugely successful move into TV - inspiring the UK in series such as Changing Rooms, 60 Minute Makeover and Building The Dream.
Linda later moved on to write numerous books and design-led columns and today runs her own interior design business with an online retail division.
With a scholar’s grasp of centuries of rich tradition and an alchemist’s flair for infinite possibility, George Bond is the acknowledged master of modern interior design.. George’s exuberant flair for colour and intimate knowledge of texture has been recognised by some of the most discerning and fashionable clients. George prides himself on the philosophy that a home should be both a practical base and a relaxing haven, a space to live, a space to move and a space to be.
Wayne Hemingway believes in the supremacy of design, whether in clothes or in buildings.
At the height of his fame as a fashion designer, he sold his iconic company, Red or Dead and his focus now is Hemingway Design, which specialises in affordable and social housing.
Designer Nick studied engineering and design at Imperial College of Science and Technology and The Royal College of Art, London.
He launched his career turning bedsprings into egg cups and became the UK's Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Fiona is a member of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). A background of working in hotels gave her a sense of how to combine elegance and luxury with scale, which she’s transferred to her projects in private homes.
Having previously lived in Holland, Fiona brings a flavour of cutting-edge European design to her work, while as a member of the Historic Houses Association, she’s just at home working in traditional period settings.
Beverley Spyer Holmes
Having worked with interiors for nearly 30 years, Beverley has acquired a wealth of experience in her industry. Her forte has come from her ability to carry colour and meticulous attention to detail, combined with a practical approach. Coming from a property background, Beverley understood good design very early on having trained at the Inchbald School of Design and after a brief flirtation in antiques she headed up her own practice, Beverley Hills Interiors. Cutting her teeth through constant learning and experience - the results benefit all of Beverley’s clients with her great wealth of knowledge and expertise.
Along with a hugely successful period on TV as a Designer and presenter, John formed Amabile Design with Carol Yates in 2000 and boasts an enviable client list, featuring bespoke home design concepts, commercial and retail projects. A formidable team, they tailor-make designs for the homes of private clients including home turnkey packages, housebuilders, boutique hotels and the retail and commercial market.
Aneeqa is former strategy director at Zoopla and was Guy Hands youngest hire at just 21. She has since turned her hand to modernising the way interiors professionals do business. A simple flat redesign was behind the launch of eporta in 2015 which has more than 7,000 interiors professionals and 1,200 suppliers from all over the world. eporta backers include Robin Klein, Guy Hands, Ed Wray (Betfair founder), Rohan Blacker (Sofa.com founder) and Will Cooper (Achica co founder).
Susie is BIID President Elect for 2016/17. She runs her hugely successful BIID Design Practice Tessuto Interiors - a creative multi-disciplinary interior design practice from Parson’s Green in London. Her company has been producing original design solutions for both commercial and private clients for more than 20 years.
David Nicholls has been Features Director of House & Garden since 2015. Prior to this he was Design Editor of the Daily Telegraph where he worked for 11 years. David is a regular guest speaker at interior design fairs, has served on numerous judging panels for design awards and is a long-standing champion of British design and manufacture.
Decoration Director Gabby Deeming knows a thing or two about design. Her style pages have been inspiring the readers of House & Garden magazine for over a decade, demonstrating how to achieve a brilliant interior and where to find the most stylish products.
Ewen is the current Chairperson of RIBA Northwest. He has over 30 years Architectural experience after graduating from Robert Gordon University. He is also Managing Director of award winning Architectural practice Calderpeel Architects where his primary focus is to ensure that design quality and delivery is maintained in every project.
Stephen Hodder was educated at the School of Architecture, University of Manchester, where he gained a Distinction in the Bachelor of Architecture degree. Following University he joined Building Design Partnership in 1981 and became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1982. He has been in practice since 1983 and in 1992 formed Hodder Associates which won the Royal Fine Art Commission / Sunday Times Building of the Year Award for Colne Swimming Pool in Lancashire later that year.
In 1996 Hodder Associates received the most important award in British Architecture for a single building, the inaugural Stirling Prize for Architecture for the Centenary Building, University of Salford. The Practice, now Hodder+Partners, has won over forty major awards. He is a past member of the Education Committee and Conservation Register Steering Group and was RIBA President 2013-15, having previously been Vice President Membership, Nations and Regions.