2020 Judges

Catherine Mitchell - Chairman of the Judging Panel

Business Manager, IFF 

Catherine studied languages at Cambridge University. She was working as a Graduate Trainee in the textile industry when she read the recently translated ‘Perfume’ by Patrick Süskind. This book proved to be a eureka moment and triggered a career change when she moved to London to join International Flavours & Fragrances (IFF) in 1990.  Catherine has worked across all areas of the business from Fabric Care to Fine Fragrance and spent two years at the global headquarters in New York.  As one of the global leaders in the creation of fragrance IFF is a committed supporter of The Fragrance Foundations.  Catherine’s passion for spreading the education and joy of fragrance to a wider audience is infectious.

Amanda Craig is the author of seven novels, including the best-selling Hearts And Minds (longlisted for the Women's Prize) and The Lie of the Land, which was a Radio 4 Book At Bedtime, and which is currently being developed for a TV series. Her sequence of novels about high and low society in contemporary Britain has been compared to that of Dickens, Trollope and Evelyn Waugh. Her eighth novel, The Golden Rule, will be published by Little,Brown in 2020. She is also an award-winning journalist and critic for newspapers such as The Observer, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, and she has judged many literary prizes including the Costa Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Wingate Prize. She lives in London and Devon.

Thomas Dunckley is a five-time Jasmine Award winning fragrance writer with extensive experience creating copy for retailers and writing features for blogs and magazines. His blog, The Candy Perfume Boy, and instagram account, have earned him a reputation as a top fragrance influencer. Thomas co-hosts Fume Chat, the popular perfume-themed podcast and is also an experienced trainer working across a variety of subjects. Working with fragrance consultancy Olfiction, Thomas helps brands to create rich content, including pack copy, web copy and fragrance story telling. Thomas also undertakes speaking engagements, delivers training, and provides a consultancy service to brands on their products, marketing, and social engagement.

Nicola Moulton is an award-winning beauty journalist who has written for some of the world’s top publications and spent nine years as Beauty Director at British VOGUE. She is particularly passionate about perfume, and over the years has interviewed every major perfumer and written many pieces looking at the creative process of perfumery, and considering perfumery’s position as a cultural barometer of our times. She is now Creative Director at Beauty SEEN, a communications agency.

Justine Southall's brand and media experience spans many years across both print, digital media and retail. For the last six years she has worked at Time Inc UK where she is Managing Director of Fashion and Beauty, which includes glossy flagship, Marie Claire, the new digital first re-launch of InStyle, LOOK, Powder; the mobile first beauty personalisation site and as Director of the new business Fabled by Marie Claire the JV with Ocado Holdings.

She believes passionately in the power of brands and in the strength and potential for magazine brands in the media and commercial landscape. The launch of Fabled by Marie Claire, the joint - venture with Ocado Holdings, both a flagship west end premium beauty store and scale ecommerce web site, is proof that powerful media brands can scale and evolve into other categories for future success.

Before joining Time Inc. UK Justine had previously worked for Hearst magazines, BBC World Wide, IPC magazines and Carlton Publishing.

Kate Stephens, is Global Editorial Director and  Editor in Chief at Buro 24/7. Kate is a digital content and transformation consultant who has worked with some of the best fashion and lifestyle brands in the country. 

From her early years atAsos.com where she built the company’s first and formative editorial team, to her time at Time Inc where she was Group Digital Editor of the publisher’s fashion titles and, later, Digital Editorial Director of Marie Claire, Kate has a passionate and long-standing commitment to driving and supporting editorial innovation and excellence in the digital space.
As GM Europe + Executive Director of Editorial at Clique Media Group, Kate led the team behind the UK launch of US-based fashion site WhoWhatWear and beauty destination Byrdie. In 2017 she left CMG, having implemented a pioneering editorial and audience growth strategy, to set up her own consultancy business. Since 2018 Kate  has lead the creative and editorial vision for luxury-focused digital publisher Buro Global.