The Chip Shop Awards may be fun, but we take our fun very seriously – which is why our judges are highly respected international creatives (are you trembling yet?). Below is our panel so far, with more names to be announced over the next few weeks:

But that's not the end of it. Anyone can vote – your friends, your colleagues, your arch rivals. Their votes can make all the difference as to who wins Ad of the Month... so you might want to get the odd round in before you enter just to remind them that you're, you know, all right. 

You can also see previous judges by clicking on the years below.

2006 Judges
2007 Judges
2009 Judges
2010 Judges
2011 Judges
2012 Judges
2013 Judges

Laura Jordan Bambach

Creative Partner at Mr President – Chair of judging panel. 

Leon Jaume

Leon is Executive Creative Director of WCRS and joint ECD of Engine.  He started life as a copywriter and soon joined a small start-up called WCRS, writing ads for BMW.  He is now on his third stint at WCRS, the creative director on Sky and is loving the new opportunities provided by both the digital explosion and being part of the Engine family.

Jeremy Green

CEO at The Creative Circle

Nils Leonard

Executive Creative Director of Grey LDN.

At 36 years old, he is one of the youngest ECD’s in the world to run a top 5 agency. And in the last six years, Leonard has overseen the most profitable and creatively awarded years in Grey London’s 52 year history.

In this time the agency has doubled in size, and as well as being awarded numerous accolades including Adweek’s global agency of the year 2013, Grey London picked up the infamous Cannes Black Lion for its globally recognised work on The British Heart Foundation.

With his vision to impact culture, the agency is also one of very few global agencies to be awarded outside of its industry, picking up a British Comedy Award alongside British comedienne Victoria Wood for The Angina Monologues, a comedy that aired on Christmas Day to an audience of seven million.

Leonard began the transformation of Grey London with a spate of work including the globally recognized Spacechair for Toshiba and Lucozade’s Louder campaign which brought dubstep to the masses and created the most pre-sold single on iTunes ever. More recently, Leonard penned the emotive Kiss for Vodafone, voted Greece’s favourite ad of all time.

Leonard’s career also includes running a design consultancy for high profile fashion and music clients and creative roles some of the advertising industry’s most respected agencies. Leonard’s untraditional design background also informed the remarkable cultural change at Grey London, which saw the controversial removal of agency conventions such as the sign off system and offices for senior members of staff. 

Leonard believes Grey London’s open culture is key to its incredible new business success and original thinking. He also approves of his creative department following their interests outside of the industry, believing that enabling the dreams of the talent he works with is the only way to fulfil his ambition of ‘building the world’s most ambitious creative department.’

Leonard is a juror on the industry’s most respected award shows and has spoken at key events such as CEW, SXSW. He was most recently published in Campaign magazine with Good is the new sex, an article on the power of ‘ideas that do good’ to go viral.

He has a wife and three sons.


Dave Birss

Dave Birss is the founder of Additive, the inspiration and training company. He’s a former creative director of Poke, OgilvyOne and McCann Worldgroup and hosts the Future of Advertising Podcast where he talks to top people in the industry to find out where they think the future lies. He also mentors at the School of Communication Arts, hires out his mind to agencies, speaks at conferences around the world and recently wrote 'A User Guide to the Creative Mind'

Richard Coggin

Creative Director at Archibald Ingall Stretton.

Rich is a highly experienced, award-winning creative director who, over the past 18 years, has been all over the advertising industry in above-the-line, below-the-line and through-the-line. Along this path, he has won many awards including a Cannes Golden Lion, a London International Gold, four Creative Showcase awards, an FWA mobile award and most recently 4 BIMAS and a DMA Gold for his One Direction digital campaign which included Agency of the Year 2011.
In the past 10 years, Rich has immersed himself in the digital world and became creative director 
at Grand Union in 2005, Greenroom Digital in 2007, and Momentum in 2009. He is now creative director at ais London.
In this time, his focus around ‘social media storytelling’ has helped him to develop successful campaigns such as launching a ginormous gnome made of foam in a hot air balloon on behalf of Rowntree’s Randoms; creating an interactive sensory spectacular for the launch of XBox's Kinect across the UK; a 50-day worldwide transmedia storytelling experience for One Direction and their fans; a year long social media skirmish for the latest handheld console for PlayStation Europe. 
To add to his wealth of experience, Rich has developed numerous website builds for some major brands. Most notably leading the strategy, development and design for Rowntree’s – the home for all their confectionary brands; The  Army website; The Energy Savings Trust; The Gladiators’ website for SKY1; Christian Aid; The Digital Switchover website for Digital UK; Britvic Tango; and tons of sites for gaming and film brands such as Sony Pictures International, Paramount International, Pathé, Sony PlayStation, Lionsgate and Microsoft. 

Steven Anderson

Creative Director at Smith & Milton

Over 20 years, Steven has gained integrated branding experience with a mix of leading design and advertising agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi and Light & Coley. This variety has given him a unique insight into design for business success and building brands across most sectors and creative disciplines. He has been Creative Director at Smith & Milton for the last six years which has seen some of the branding agency's most successful projects for Warburtons, Legal & General, Ginsters, CBRE, AXA Wealth, Business Link, Crabtree & Evelyn and English Heritage. Before joining Smith & Milton, Steven was head of design at Banner Corporation, Europe’s largest technology agency and part of Y&R. There he created brand and communications programmes for Blackberry, AT&T, Sony, Motorola, Cisco, Hitachi and Hewlett Packard.

Steven originally grew up in North London but he and his wife Philippa now live in leafy West London with Kew Gardens on the doorstep. At weekends Steven enjoys long bike rides with his thirteen-year-old son Finn and creating artistic masterpieces with his nine-year-old daughter Erin.


Mike Shackle

Executive Creative Director at gyro

After a varied early career that included selling washing machines and cooking for the Queen, Mike abandoned the kitchen knives for a Mac and a marker pen and has never looked back. He's spent the last 20 years working his way around the world, with stints at TBWA in Singapore, Y&R in Beijing and BBH in New York before returning to London and massive culture shock, where he's the Executive Creative Director of gyro London.

Nick Turner

Executive Creative Director at AKQA

Nick Turner was appointed Executive Creative Director in 2011, after more than 10 years at AKQA. He has been instrumental in helping AKQA become the world’s largest and most awarded agency in its field.

A natural leader, Nick inspires and mentors a multi-disciplined team across AKQA’s international offices. He applies his expertise, passion, and obsession with meticulous craftsmanship to produce intuitive, engaging and meaningful digital experiences for the world’s top brands.

Nick is uniquely talented. His rare combination of strategic vision, creative energy and common sense has enabled him to lead some of the most innovative digital products, services and ideas in the world. Having established himself as a thought-leader in the digital industry, he has delivered keynotes across Europe and lectured at many European creative schools.

With a mass of UK, European and global awards – including the Grand Prix at Cannes Lions – under his belt, Nick has also judged on many global award panels, including the International ANDY Awards, D&AD and Creative Review. 


Tim Clegg

Tim is the Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi X. A graduate of Central Saint Martins he has over 10 years experience in the industry. Known for his tenacity in the pursuit of creativity wherever it may be, his work has won awards for clients across many disciplines from outdoor to point of sale, digital to direct mail. 

Andy Taylor

Creative Director at Iris Worldwide 

Andy has been working in the industry for 18 years, creative directing at some of London's top agencies. He's been at iris, the creative innovation network for 4 years working across the agency's biggest clients.

He's looking forward to judging some proper "no holds barred" creativity... Bring it on!

Ben Callis

Creative Director at SapientNitro

An award-winning creative director, I apply my cross-disciplinary thinking to deliver multi-channel marketing solutions in the fields of digital, consumer experience, social and traditional media. 

I provide creative leadership and strategic guidance for both online and offline marcoms projects across Europe.

During my career I have received over 40 international awards at Cannes, One Show, IPA, D&AD, Campaign Press, Campaign Direct, British Television Advertising Awards, London International, Clio, Creative Review Annual and The Creative Circle.

I have published award-winning magazines and manufactured a variety of different products. These have enjoyed global commercial success through retailers such as Paul Smith (UK & Japan), Colette (Paris), Liberty (UK), Selfridges (UK), The Apartment (New York), Ras (Barcelona), Tate Modern (UK), the Institute of Contemporary Arts (UK) and Magma Bookstores (UK).

I am a mentor and teacher at The School of Communication Arts and Chelsea School of Art & Design and my public speaking experience includes Cannes Innovations Lions and The Art of New Business.


Simon Elliott

Creative Director, Rose

Simon co-founded Rose in 1999, following almost a decade of experience at Pentagram, Faber & Faber, Carré Noir in Paris, and CDT. Rose are renowned for their multi award-winning branding, print and publishing work, currently working with clients including BHF, Deutsche Bank, King's College, NPG, The Old Vic, Slaughter and May, Tate, TFL, Unilever and V&A. Simon is a regular international design juror.


John Jessup

Founder of Creative Johnny and ex Creative Director at Leo Burnett

BJ Cunningham

BJ Cunningham graduated from Exeter University and went on to complete an MA in Three Dimensional Design.  On return from his subsequent travels through SE Asia, he started his first enterprise called The Karma Connection, which imported classic cars and Harley Davidsons from LA to London.  This stopped abruptly when the market collapsed.  He lost everything except his personal overdraft.

He took his considerable debt and created DEATH™ Cigarettes.  His Enlightened Tobacco Company PLC culminated after five years in a spectacular tax arbitrage scheme, threatening to overturn the tobacco industry and truly open up Europe for the consumer.  

His Tobacco Direct scheme, took him to the doors of the European Court of Justice, where he found himself up against the combined might of the tobacco industry who were joined by every Member State of Europe.  To the dismay of smokers throughout Europe, the Court ruled that albeit he was right in law, the law was never intended for him to be right and therefore he was wrong. He lost in what was described as a political decision; Europe was not ready for true tax harmonisation driven by market forces and tax competition.

His verve and irreverent reputation led him on to establish an Integrated Brand Marketing agency built upon his experience in business and brand building and the philosophy of ‘Corporate Religion’, an international business best seller that he co-authored, edited and to which he wrote the introduction.  He then went on to win business as diverse as Volkswagen, Fairline Boats, Korn Ferry and Red Devil. He sold the Agency to his Partner after three years in August 2001, coinciding with the birth of his first child.

BJ then launched and developed the highly acclaimed Georgina Goodman brand of luxury shoes and accessories and now acts as a keynote speaker at international conferences and events and is an honorary Professor to the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the University of Brighton.