The Bath Life Awards Judges
Each year a new panel of impeccably independent Judges are solely responsible for deciding all the Winners. They will give time to go through all the Finalists’ nominations with care.
Adam Dennes / Director, CaSA Architects
Adam studied Architecture at Bath University and has lived and worked here ever since, going on to set up CaSA Architects in 2006. CaSA has become a leading force in the design of contemporary houses in Bath and around the south west and has picked up numerous local and national awards for the quality of its designs. Adam has a real passion for the city and its ability to preserve its historic beauty while embracing the new ideas and people which make it so vibrant. With a wide range of local links, he is well qualified to assess this year’s entries.
Alex Miller / Co-Founder & Managing Director, Sub 13
Alex is a lifelong Bath boy who, with school friend Dan Perry, opened the triple Bath Life Award winning cocktail bar and Bath institution, Sub13, in 2004. Although he gained much of his experience in the field from his wide-ranging research into the bar world, he actually cut his teeth in business as practice manager for a law firm. People might find this hard to believe but his dedication to both aspects of the business have made Sub 13 the successful destination it is today. Alex is always keen to explore new opportunities and this is reflected in an exciting new development at Sub13 with the launch of its new lounge bar in 2017 — watch this space!
Chris Prescott / Chief Executive, Highgrove Enterprises
Chris Prescott has plenty of experience in the heritage retail sector. As former Head of Retail for the National Trust she was directly responsible for the strategic direction and development of the Trust’s 200 shops, mail order and e-commerce worth £28m. After this, she joined heritage retail consultancy, Retail Matters, as a partner and developed the training area of the business as well as working with a wide range of clients including Historic Scotland and the Forestry Commission. Chris now works for HRH the Prince of Wales at Highgrove as Chief Executive. She is responsible for generating income for his Charitable Foundation through retail, catering and events.
Dan Moon / Head Chef, The Gainsborough Bath Spa
Originally from Exeter, Dan studied at the city's college and worked as an apprentice chef in his first hospitality job. He made the move to Bath nearly 15 years ago and now calls this wonderful city home. Dan is extremely passionate about his job but always ensures he makes time to spend with his two young children aged four and five. Dan achieved great success in his time as Head Chef at Homewood Park Hotel, gaining 3 AA Rosettes, winning an Acorn Award and also a Bath Life Award for Best Restaurant. He is a great mentor to his young chefs and looks forward to the future at one of the UK's only thermal water hotel's: the new Gainsborough Bath Spa, where he took on the role of Head Chef in February 2016.
Kate Smith / Owner, The Makery
Kate opened the doors of The Makery's Bath HQ in 2009. It is dedicated to making craft cool and bringing it to the masses. The business has steadily grown ever since, having taught over 70,000 people a creative skill at its workshops in Bath & John Lewis Oxford St. It has a range of branded merchandise distributed internationally, and Kate has written several best-selling craft books as well as featuring on BBC TV & Radio, including an appearance on BBC’s Dragon’s Den. The Makery is a former Bath Life Award Winner and has recently branched into events, boasting an impressive client list including: Warner Brothers, Soho House & BBC.
Katie Jenkins / Head of Communications, the Holburne Museum
Katie Jenkins is a PR specialist and has been heading up communications at the Holburne Museum since 2002. Her successes during this time have included the high profile extension project at the museum 2009 – 2011. Her work has seen the Holburne grow in its stature as one of the UK’s best loved independent museums, attracting international press coverage for its projects. These include most recently, the Holburne’s ‘100 Years Here’ celebrations and the build up to its ‘Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty’ exhibition (11 February – 4 June 2017) uncovering exciting new discoveries from within the Holburne collection.
Nick Oliver / Partner, Pearson May
As a longstanding Partner at Pearson May Chartered Accountants in Bath, Nick specialises in working with owner managed businesses, fellow professionals and high net worth individuals. He provides commercial and professional advice to create imaginative and profitable solutions – whilst minimising tax. His guiding philosophy is to help his clients both build and retain wealth. Outside of Pearson May, Nick has held a number of high profile posts including the Regional Director of Coutts Bank. Outside of work, Nick is a family man who also enjoys rugby, travel and classic cars.
Simon Holdsworth / Managing Partner, Thrings
Simon joined Thrings in 1997 and became a Partner in 2000, before succeeding Thomas Sheppard as Managing Partner in 2013. A specialist in commercial litigation who heads up Thrings’ Company Commercial Team, Simon – who was recently re-elected as Managing Partner for a second three-year term – oversees all legal and operational aspects of the business. He sets and implements the strategic plan that guides and drives Thrings forward, working closely with all department heads, partners and business services directors in the firm’s four offices to ensure it continues to meet the ever-changing expectations of clients. Simon’s tenure as Managing Partner has coincided with a period of sustained strategic growth for Thrings, whose 35-per-cent increase in turnover over the past three years has reinforced its reputation as a leading commercial law firm.
Tim Moss / Owner & Director, Moss of Bath
Tim Moss, owner and director of Moss of Bath, the long established and award-winning audio / visual retailer, was born in the city and has lived and worked here all his life. He has seen many changes in Bath during this time, knows the city like the back of his hand and is a passionate supporter of Bath's many independent businesses. All this makes him extremely well qualified to be a judge for the prestigious Bath Life Awards.