2013 Judges

2013 judges

Previously a Jasmine Judge, Joanna Norman is the new Chairman of the judging panel.  She has spent nearly 30 years working with fragrance and was originally trained by leading supplier, IFF, in both London and Paris. Her professional background includes all aspects of fragrance development, marketing, sales and training. Researching fashion and fragrance at the Royal College of Art fuelled Joanna's passion to explore perfumery, fashion and sensory design combining aesthetics and business.

Joanna is a senior corporate trainer, lecturer at Kingston University and regular fragrance contributor to GMTV and BBC Radio Scotland. She is founding director of Pandora Ltd, providing training and consultancy within the fragrance industry.

Alexandra Campbell (Nina Bell) is an experienced journalist with a wealth of experience in many women's magazines.  She is a former Managing Editor of Good Housekeeping magazine.  She has since become a successful novelist and under the name of Nina Bell has written The Empty Nesters, Lovers & Liars, Sisters In Law and The Inheritance.  She has also written several plays for Radio Four.

Patrick Grant won Menswear Designer of the Year in the 2010 British Fashion Awards for his E. Tautz line.  E. Tautz was founded in 1867 by Edward Tautz catering for the sporting and military elite. In the 20th century the brand became the favourite of the Hollywood stars of the day. In 1968 E. Tautz was incorporated into Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons.  Headed by creative director Patrict Grant, it was re-branded in 2009 and launched as a ready to wear label to wide acclaim. E. Tautz provides gentlemen with a uniform for a life less ordinary, taking the formality out of tailoring by creating elegant clothes with a dose of schoolboy wit.

Richard E Grant has featured in over forty films, including Withnail and IHow to get ahead in advertising, Jack and Sarah, L.A. Story, Dracula, Age of Innocence, The Player, Prêt a Porter, Gosford Park as well as The Scarlet Pimpernel for the BBC. He wrote and directed an autobiographical film WAH-WAH about his childhood in Swaziland. Richard has also published the best-selling film diaries With Nails  and a Hollywood novel By Design.

Lizzie Ostrom graduated from Cambridge with an MA in English Literature, First Class Honours, and was awarded the Queens' College English Literature Prize. She is quite simply an enthusiast for all things fragrance. She founded Scratch+Sniff to raise the public s enjoyment of the very under-appreciated sense of smell.  Under her pseudonym Odette Toilette she hosts monthly Scratch + Sniff events where, with her guest speakers, olfaction takes centre stage with an intoxicating blend of literary soirée meets perfume sampling meets social club!

Judith Watt is a fashion historian, writer and broadcaster. She is the author of two books this autumn, Alexander McQueen: Fashion Visionary  and Vogue On: Elsa Schiaparelli. Judith is also the author of Dogs in Vogue, Ossie Clark 1965-1974, and the editor of The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Fashion Writing (2000). She has researched, taught and lectured on the history of dress as well as contemporary fashion and is Course Director MA Fashion Journalism at Kingston University and visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins Fashion School.

Jo Walker started in the beauty business working in department stores on various cosmetic counters.  She has always loved perfume and even at school had a part time job selling fragrance. Whilst working for a cosmetic company that pulled out of the UK, a friend spotted an advert for a store manager at The Perfume Shop s Birmingham branch. Jo knew she wanted to work in fragrance, applied straightaway, got a call back and had her interview in a BHS café.  By 1992 she was a Store Manager in Birmingham, in 1993 Area Manager, in 1998 Operations Manager. The rest, as they say, is history " she has been Managing Director of The Perfume Shop since 2009.