The afternoon speakers include the recently announced head judge for the Design Awards, Wayne Hemmingway and a keynote speaker, which will be announced soon.

Wayne and his wife Gerardine started and built the fashion label Red or Dead into a company that received global acclaim. After 21 consecutive seasons, Wayne and Gerardine sold Red or Dead in a multi-million cash sale. They then set up Hemingway Design, which specialises in affordable and social design. Wayne, who received an MBE in June 06 Queens Birthday List, is a Professor in The Built Environment Department of Northumbria University, a Doctor of Design at Wolverhampton, Lancaster and Stafford univerisities and a Fellow of Blackburn College.

Wayne will also present the awards at the Awards Dinner on 12 September at the Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon.