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.
Amanda Brown / Founder, Flamingo
Amanda is the founder and co-owner, with her husband Simon, of Flamingo, a design-led card, art and gift business in Bath.
She is the design creative behind all of the Flamingo brand products which include greeting cards, home accessories, and bespoke commissions.
With an eye for detail, contemporary design and quality products, she put this to good use remodelling their house in Widcombe.
Starting her career in the greeting card industry 28 years ago at The Andrew Brownsword Collection, Amanda has spent most of her life enjoying all that the city has to offer the creatives of Bath!
Amy Williams / Olympian
Amy Williams is a British former skeleton racer and Olympic gold medallist. She began her athletic training as a student in Bath after discovering the newly-installed bobsleigh and skeleton push-start training facility at Bath University.
Post Olympics, Amy was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2010, and became the first-ever female Freeman of the City of Bath, her home-town and training base.
Amy hopes to always be involved within sport, to be an ambassador in the public eye and to encourage and motivate the young and old, in whatever walk of life, either in schools, business or company.
Charlie Taylor / Partner, Knight Frank
Having been an estate agent for nearly 30 years, Charlie has a wealth of experience working across a number of different residential markets, including central London, Hampshire and Bath for the last 10 years, where he is head of office.
Charlie has completed over 20 years of service at Knight Frank, a private partnership employing over 14,000 staff worldwide across 523 offices.
Charlie is passionate about Bath and everything it has to offer. “I feel really lucky to both live and work in such a beautiful City. I think we sometimes take it for granted: it’s the perfect place to bring up a family.”
Outside of work Charlie is a keen rower, rowing for Minerva Bath and competes all over the world.
Ian Sandham / Branch Director, Jelf
Bath is a beautiful city that means so much to Ian. Having lived here for 30 years with his wife and three children,
As branch director for the Bath and Swindon offices at Jelf, Ian proudly serves the local business community, advising them on their insurance, risk management and employee benefits needs. His career has spanned underwriting and broking, working in Bristol, Cardiff and Bath. Ian has worked in the insurance industry since he left school, and has enjoyed a rewarding career advising and looking after large and small clients from many different industries.
Ian Taylor / Owner, The Kaleidoscope Collection
An innovative, independent hotelier, Ian owns The Kaleidoscope Collection, made up of No.15 Great Pulteney, The Bird, Bath and his latest acquisition, Homewood.
Ian gained his qualifications at Manchester Met University, managed the busy Crowne Plaza at Heathrow, and first got into the boutique hotel sector when he purchased the Cotswold House Hotel and the Noel Arms with his wife Christa.
It was the Abbey Hotel which first attracted their attention in Bath, a property which they built up over six years before selling it at the beginning of 2018, in order to focus on exciting new hotel projects.
John Ryder / Director, IWG PLC (Regus and Spaces)
John is a director for IWG plc and responsible for the Leadership and strategic direction of the IWG business centres (Regus and Spaces) across the South West and M4.
IWG is the global market leader in flexible workplace solutions and is in a period of continued growth and development with new locations opening daily.
John has over 10 years experience in sales management working in both B2C and B2B markets with experience working across a number verticals including retail, training & development, automotive and property.
Laurel Penrose / CEO, Bath College
Laurel joined Bath College in 2016 as principal and chief executive with over 15 years’ experience in the further and higher education sector. She believes in the power of education and training to transform lives.
Laurel is a member of the Education and Training Foundation Expert Panel for Leadership and sits on a number of national and regional boards for education and health and wellbeing.
As chief executive Laurel oversees the effective leadership and strategic direction of the College. Laurel believes that values and ethics, as well as business acumen and drive, are a winning and productive combination.
Mel Taylor / Co-Director and Owner, Running High Events
Mel is co-director and owner of the Bath Half Marathon and founder of the Bath Half Charity Scheme, creating a fundraising platform which has raised over £25 million for charity since 2000.
Having lived and worked in and around the Bath area for many years, Mel is passionate about making a difference within her local community and beyond.
The Bath Half currently has over 130 charity partners, over half from local and grass root charities. The Bath Half is the largest single day fundraising event in the South West, and the third highest fundraising running event in the UK
Zara Perry / Owner, Zara Perry Hairdressing
Zara Perry has over 15 years’ experience in the hair industry. Zara started her education when she was just a teenager. Since then she has gone on to achieve the L’Oréal colour degree, been a member of the Paul Mitchell art team and opened her own award-winning salon, in the city she loves…Bath!
She also invests and cares a lot about the team she has built up in three years, holding training sessions in her free time to improve and learn new skills to keep up with trends.
Zara has a real passion for all things hair and thrives on making people feel good.