Executive Creative Director
Proximity London

After failing at being in a band John got into the music business by designing record covers instead. Then Napster happened so he swapped CD’s for CDing at Grey Direct and Joshua, (Geometry) before moving on to a senior position at AIS. He then traded one start up for another, spending ten years as a founding partner and ECD at Elvis, winning awards at Cannes, D&AD and The One Show as well as a prestigious Campaign Agency of the Year along the way.

John moved to Proximity in 2013 and since then he’s helped the agency pick up nearly 200 awards, including a Gold Effectiveness Lion for The Economist and another Agency of the Year in 2015. In 2018 he was named in Campaign's top 20 ECDs and BIMA’s 100 most influential people in digital. He lives in south London with his partner Sarah and cat who thinks he’s a dog. He still can’t drum.

Judging panel

Verity Fenner

Writer & Associate Lecturer

Sara Jones

Partner & Client Service Director
Free The Birds

Jodie Wightman

Creative Director
Together Design

Charlotte Walsh

Digital Detox

Jon Gledstone

ECD and Partner
Mr President

Simon Poett

Executive Creative Director
The Brooklyn Brothers

Jamie Davies

Creative Director

cathy hutton

Co-founder, Creative Director
Jolly Rebellion

Mike Rance

Senior Creative Lead
Wavemaker UK

Joanne Oatts

Creative Director

Lee Trott

Senior Copywriter

Maya Bogle


Reuben Webb

chief creative officer 
Stein IAS

Tamara Gillan

CEO & Founder
Cherry London

Marcie MacLellan

Frank & Lively

Marc Lewis

School of Communication Arts

David Norris

Creative Strategy, UK Lead
Snap Inc.

Joanna Davies 


matt crabtree

Creative Director
McCann London

Dipesh Mistry

Senior Creative / Art Director

Helen Weisinger

Chief Client Officer
Outdoor Plus

Amy Kean

Global Head of Strategic Innovation

Nicola Roberts

Executive Creative Director
Bray Leino

john treacy

Executive Creative Director
Proximity London

Jade Trott

A weaver of dreams at the loom of the mind/senior art director

Patrick Lendrum

Creative Director