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Meet The Jury



Award winning actor Alex Jennings’s recent TV credits include Unforgotten, A Very English Scandal andThe Crown. Alex’s film appearances include Denial,The Lady in the Van, Belle, Babel, and The Queen. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and is an Associate Actor of the Royal Shakespeare Company.








Alex Reeves is Europe Editor at Little Black Book, covering relevant trends and hunting out the most exciting talent in the world of advertising. Before joining LBB, Alex spent five years as editor of the Beak Street Bugle, writing about the best UK work and the issues affecting the industry.








Christine has been General Secretary of Equity since 2005. Christine is on the PPL Performer and main boards and is a member of the Board of Educational Recording Agency. She is a Vice-President and Treasurer of the Federation of International Artists, and she is Chair of the Creative Coalition Campaign.








Doug has been making films for nearly thirty years. He has produced for both Production Companies and Advertising Agencies giving him truly a complete overview on all sides of production. Shooting Short Films, Music Videos, alongside numerous large global advertising campaigns too. For the past ten years Doug has happily resided at London Headquarters for the Advertising Agency, J. Walter Thompson. During his tenure at JWT he has held the positions and responsibilities such as Deputy Head of TV, Head of Broadcast and currently enjoys the challenges of, Senior Broadcast Producer.








Holly Calcott trained at LAMDA and was an actress before landing a job at Spotlight. Through the knowledge that she has accumulated about Spotlight processes and the working life of a casting director, she enjoys improving and creating tools and techniques to make the casting journey easier. She is passionate about inclusivity in casting and the wellbeing of performers, and is proud to be one of the ‘faces of Spotlight’.








L.A. Ronayne was elected onto the D&AD Board of Trustees in 2016. She is a Creative Director at Stink Studios and Contributing Editor of Riposte magazine. She teaches the Internet Storytelling Masterclass for D&AD as part of their global Personal Development offering. In 2017 she was named one of Campaign’s 30 Female Creative Trailblazers.








Award winning photographer Laura Pannack is renowned for her recognisable portraiture and social documentary artwork. Her work has been extensively exhibited throughout the UK and abroad, including at The National Portrait Gallery, Somerset House, the Royal Festival Hall and the Houses of Parliament. She has won numerous awards, including the John Kobal Award, Vic Odden prize, World Photo Press Awards and theHSBC Prix de la Photographie prize.








Mark is currently the Boss of the creative collective that is COY! Communications, making art, designing stuff, shooting commercials and doing inspirational talks around the globe for anyone who shows a glimmer of interest! Both as a creative and a director Mark has had a lot of skin in shed loads of award winning work for clients like Nike, Wrangler, British Telecom, Heineken, Levis, General Motors, Cadbury’s, Greenpeace and many, many, many more.








Steve is the Chief Executive of the Advertising Producers Association.He is focused on the APA’s main objective of creating the best possible business environment for its members. Steve is also a member of the board of the Advertising Association, Executive Vice President of the CFPE and one of the founders of the World Producers Summit in Cannes.