Dr Vanessa Brady OBE is to join the Kbsa Designer Awards judging panel, working alongside head judge Wayne Hemingway to lead a new panel for 2018. The new line-up is headed by Martin Gill, managing director at And So To Bed Ltd. Martin’s experience includes COO at Canburg (Smallbone & Mark Wilkinson) and 27 years with the Nobia Group (Poggenpohl, Magnet and CPHart). The panel also includes Rob Mascari, creative director, Mascari; Andrea Hillier, national retail services manager, Blum UK and Ainhoa Bilboa, kitchen designer at Bulthaup, Wigmore Street, London.
Vanessa is an international multi-award winning interior designer, business consultant and founder of the Society of British and International Design.
Kbsa national chair Richard Hibbert says, “We are delighted that Vanessa will be working alongside Wayne and our new line up of judges in our special 40th year.
“Her impeccable design credentials are a perfect match for our awards which are firmly focused on design excellence.”
As well as new judges the 2018 Design Awards have a new enhanced rewards and recognition package. All shortlisted projects will receive a personalised PR support package to maximise the promotion of their winning designs. Winners receive a substantial suite of PR support aids, worth up to £1,000 to maximise local coverage.
There is also a financial reward for the Young Designer Award. The Young Designer winner receives a cash prize of £500 and at the judges’ discretion an additional award of £1,500 in the form of an educational/ training bursary.
The Kbsa Designer Awards categories include:
- Kitchens up to £20k
- Kitchens £20K to £40K
- Kitchens over £40k
- Young Designer
- Bathroom Designer
- Kitchen Concept Designer
The winners will be announced at the Kbsa AGM Conference and Networking Dinner on Wednesday 12 September at the four star Stratford Manor Hotel, located just five minutes from Stratford-upon-Avon.