Our Judges

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.


Linda Barker

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.

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Gilly Craft

Gilly began her working life as an air stewardess, with global travel inspiring her love of architecture and design. She later enrolled at the Regent Academy, completing the Interior Design Diploma with a distinction and went on to teach an Interior Design City and Guilds course. She soon started designing for clients and gradually gave up tutoring and started her own Studio. Koubou Interiors has since become an award-winning practice in Healthcare Design with a wide range of clients. Gilly has been a member of the BIID for over fifteen years.


Susie Rumbold

Susie was 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.


George Bond

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

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.


Fiona Watkins

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.


Ewen Miller

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.

Nicole Bremner

Nicole Bremner is a property developer, investor and founder of two real estate companies based in the City and East London areas – East Eight and London Central Developments. Working with both commercial and residential properties, Nicole engages award-winning architect and design partners to produce stunning results. She is also a speaker, author, presenter and mentor. Creativity and financial independence drew her into the world of property, but ever more it is the highly collaborative aspect to the industry which continues to inspire her.


Nick Munro

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.

Aneeqa Khan

Having started out in private equity, Aneeqa joined property giant Zoopla as their Strategy Director. Charged with managing their launch onto the stock market, she achieved a £1bn exit for the firm. When buying her own home in London Aneeqa struggled to find great pieces to fill it with - she knew they existed, but they were time-consuming to find so she launched eporta to make sourcing products for commercial and residential spaces simpler, by going directly to manufacturers. 

Three years on and 40+ staff later, eporta has become the world’s leading interiors sourcing platform, exclusively for trade professionals. With over 65,000 products and 10,000 interior design studios and property development firms, they are also the largest. Personally, Aneeqa has been named as one of the leading entrepreneurs in the UK by The Times and Forbes, as well as one of the top 35 entrepreneurs under 35 by Management Today. www.eporta.com