Judging Panel


Celina Clarke

Chair, Premier's Design Awards Judging Panel

Celina Clarke is a Melbourne based Industrial Designer who co-founded ISM Objects in 1990.  She has a passion for contemporary design and architecture and has a keen interest in lighting space.

Her folio of design work includes packaging, furniture and home-wares but over the past 15 years she has specialized in luminaire design.

Together with Simon Christopher, their designs have won many awards and their work has been exhibited widely including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  Their design partnership successfully spans more than 20 years.

Celina continues to develop designs for ISM and has a particular interest in materials and manufacturing.  She enjoys the detailed design process of getting products to market and she has particularly enjoyed working with the Sparks designers.

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New Zealand

Ludo Campbell-Reid

Design Champion, Auckland Design Office, Auckland Council

Following a historic amalgamation in 2010 of 8 Councils into 1 “Super City” Auckland Council is now the largest Unitary Authority in Australasia with assets of over $50 Billion and an operating budget of over $5 Billion.

As Auckland and New Zealand’s first ever Design Champion (initially appointed in 2006) and General Manager of Auckland Council’s Auckland Design Office (ADO) a team of multi-disciplinary design professionals (urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, universal design and place activation), Ludo has been charged with spearheading Auckland’s people centred design-led urban transformation since 2006.

Projects include the multi-awarded Wynyard Quarter Waterfront regeneration, City Centre Streetscapes and Shared Spaces programme, Auckland Art Gallery redevelopment (winner of the 2013 World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival), Auckland Design Manual, the award winning City Centre Master Plan 2012 and the recently completed Lightpath – the “hot pink” soaring cycling super highway on a formerly disused motorway off-ramp indicate the exciting progress, pace and ambition of the programme.

As Design Champion, Ludo has overall accountability to The Mayor, Councillors, the organisation and the wider public for achieving design excellence in Council’s plans, policies and projects; working alongside the private sector and community to deliver exemplary human centred design outcomes and promoting the council’s design-led city agenda across the organisation, the wider Auckland community and internationally.

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Paul Priestman

Chairman, PriestmanGoode

Paul Priestman is a designer, Chairman of PriestmanGoode and Global Creative Director of CRRC Sifang, one of the world’s largest rolling stock manufacturers. Paul  is also a Trustee of the UK Design Council.

His work spans the breadth of industrial design from consumer products to the New Tube for London, high speed trains, hotels and aircraft interiors.

For over 25 years, the guiding principle in Priestman’s work has been his belief that design is not just about styling, but about making things better.

This approach has led his studio to win a host of prestigious awards, including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards, the Future Friendly Award for Sustainable Design Innovation and numerous Travel and Transport Awards around the globe.

Today, Priestman is known not just for his client work, but for his award-winning future concepts – visionary ideas to improve our everyday lives and encourage sustainable, long-term thinking. He is an inspirational speaker on the subject of creative future thinking and the value of design to business.

In 2015, the Evening Standard voted Priestman one of London’s 1000 most influential people for the third consecutive year. This January, he was also announced as one of Britain’s 500 most influential individuals by The Sunday Times newspaper.

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New Zealand

Dean Poole

Co-Founder and Creative Director, Alt Group

Dean Poole is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Alt Group, a multidisciplinary design studio based in New Zealand. Committed to raising the profile of New Zealand design locally and internationally, he has been involved in the establishment of the Better by Design programme in conjunction with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Dean has helped conceptualise and deliver a number of national interest projects including the promotion of the creative industries for Brand New Zealand, the development of brands for Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, as well as the creative direction for Fisher & Paykel globally.

Since 2005 his creative direction has been awarded over 450 international and national awards. He has received the highest accolade in New Zealand eight times, The Purple Pin. In 2010 he received the John Britten Black Pin, the most prestigious individual award for his contribution to design in New Zealand and internationally.

Dean is the first New Zealander member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI).

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Marie-Claire Grady

Managing Director, 3rd View Consulting

Marie-Claire is the Managing Director of 3rdView Consulting, Queensland’s Customer Focus Specialists.

As a Customer Strategist and Service Designer she helps leaders deliver results by aligning strategy with customer needs, and improving the customer and employee experience.

Marie-Claire has a unique ability to ‘bring customers into the room’, and to deeply reflect on the design and value of experiences.  She challenges clients to engage, observe and empathise, to bring a range of perspectives to business opportunities or challenges.

She applies a ‘Design Thinking’ approach to ensure holistic and fit-for-purpose solutions are delivered for all clients.

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Tania Aldous

Vice President, Design, World Kitchen, LLC

Tania Aldous is an Industrial Design professional with over 20 year’s experience working for global brands in the areas of Industrial Design and brand strategy.

She is Vice President, Design for a portfolio of housewares brands including Pyrex and Corningware for World Kitchen LLC in the US.

She was formally Design Director for Whirlpool Corporation US for brands including Whirlpool, KitchenAid and Maytag.

Tania has been a featured speaker at the IIT Design Strategy and Planning Conference, former judge and Jury Chair at the International Spark Awards and speaker at IDSA US conferences.

She is the 2015 Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award winner, Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design.

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Ben Moir

Founder and Director, Snepo

Ben is a founding member of We:eX and heads up the technical development and integration of electronics into fashion garments and accessories.

He is formally trained as an Electrical Engineering (Hons) and has 10 years experience successfully running Snepo Research.  Ben has become internationally recognised for his work on Fundawear for Durex, with the campaign receiving a Silver Lion at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Ben’s latest product the ‘Alert Shirt’ is a fan jersey that uses wearable technology to enable fans to feel what the players feel live as it happens during the game.

Not content working on just one product release for Q1 2014, the NAVIGATE jacket is the first incarnation of a product that gives consumers their eyes back and removes the screen from their hands.

Ben has recently been presenting at conferences globally including SXSW, mLab, Apps World UK, and Wearable Tech San Francisco. Wearable Experiments was recently awarded best startup at Fashion 2.0 NYC.

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Louise Olsen

Creative Director, Dinosaur Designs

Bio to follow.

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Troy Uleman

Director, PTW Architects

Troy has over 20 years’ experience across a wide range of projects and with many of the leading architects of our time, both in Australia and overseas.

He is a member of AIA NSW Chapter Committees and has taught design and construction at the University of Sydney and been an invited critic to the architecture programs at UNSW, UTS and Newcastle University.

Troy is focused on the underlying design concept, its ability to contribute positively to the experience of the urban environment and its contribution to the broader context as well as the importance of being able to realise the design.

Troy has a depth of experience with sensitive and complex commercial, cultural, education and masterplanning projects from user consultation through to delivery. This experience gives Troy the ability to contribute at all stages to a diverse range of building types.

Many of the projects Troy has contributed to have won awards including Sulman Awards in 2002 and 2004, Wilkinson Award in 2004, National Awards 2004 and 2009 as well as environment and sustainability awards, Institute of Planning Awards, Materials Institute Awards and the Australian Good Design Award.

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Terri Winter

Founder, Curator, top3 by design

Terri Winter is the co-founder, buyer and creative force behind top3 by design. A concept born in Australia and unique to the world, top3 is about editing options, not limiting choice – reducing the excess that falls outside the top3 parameters of quality, innovation and style.

Terri believes in fostering design, not stealing it, so all top3 products are 100% authentic. Since it’s inception 14 years ago, Top3 has since continued to evolve with a vision of sourcing only the best-designed products from around Australia and the world, serving them up in a tantalising instore and online experience.

With excellence at its core, top3’s range features thousands of products, but never more than the 3 best items in their respective class by merit of design – everything from homewares and accessories to kitchen and dining.

Top3 by design has been recognised by several design and retail industry awards, including GIA – Global Innovator Award, Chicago 2009 and World Retail Congress Award Finalist, London 2012.

Running an Internally Award winning business herself, Terri is passionate about the place of Awards programs for both large businesses as well as individual designers to boost recognition and understanding of their product to a wider audience.

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New Zealand

Judith Thompson

Director, Sticky Thinking

Judith Thompson is a design advocate, experienced in the strategic application of design for business.

She was the inaugural head of Better by Design, a ground-breaking programme helping export companies create value through design-led innovation. As the Director of the Design Group within the New Zealand government’s trade agency, she has also been a leader in introducing design thinking into the public sector.

Judith currently works as an independent consultant, assisting public and private sector organisations build design capability.

Judith has a Bachelor of Social Science (Sydney University) and Master of Management (Massey University).

She is a Ministerial appointee to the Aukland University of Technology Council and an Honorary Life Member of the Designers Institute of New Zealand.

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Neil Hendy

Creative Director, Coast

A highly respected Design Professional with over 25 years’ experience in the UK fashion market.

Neil has worked with a number of key High Street brands, from young fashion labels as River Island and Miss Selfridge to corner store retailers Debenhams and Marks & Spencer – holding senior roles in all.

Currently the Creative Director of Coast, a leading high end brand whose contemporary use of prints and fabrics lead the occasionwear market both in the UK and overseas.

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Tim Kobe

Founder and President of Eight Inc.

Tim Kobe founded the globally recognized strategic and experience design firm Eight Inc. in 1989.

Today, Eight Inc. has offices in San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, Tokyo, London, Singapore, Dubai and across China and is a leader in innovation and branded experience working with companies such as Apple, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Nike, Coke, Knoll and Citibank. Eight Inc. also received the top award for the Architectural competition “High Density on the High Ground” and was selected to represent the United States at the Architecture Bienniale in Venice Italy.

Eight Inc. works across many traditional disciplines: strategy, architecture, exhibition, interior design, product, communications and branding. Many projects have received international design awards and have been published in Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Kobe is a graduate of Environmental Design with honors in 1982 from Art Center College of Design. He worked in Los Angeles for Herb Rosenthal and Associates, at the American Broadcasting Company during school and in New York with Murray Gelberg and The Burdick Group in San Francisco.

In 1987, Kobe became a founding partner in West Office Design Associates, a firm focusing on museum and exhibition design that was responsible for the master planning of museums and for several science museum exhibitions in the US and the Hong Kong Science Museum.

Kobe has lectured at the Art Center College of Design, California College of Arts and Crafts, and the San Francisco Academy of Art and on behalf of the US State Department regarding sustainability and architecture in Bangkok and Los Angeles.

He has spoken globally in large scale public conferences and events, private organizations and colleges and universities including the prestigious annual Picnic in Amsterdam, the annual Microsoft Symposium in New York, the Northern Lights Congress in Helsinki Finland and events for media events for Fast Company, Harvard Business Review and Bloomberg.

Kobe is also a trustee at Art Center College of Design and currently serving as Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Grabhorn Institute in San Francisco California and divides his time between California and Singapore.

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Shane Currey

Partner, Design for Business, Deloitte Australia

As leader of design capability at Deloitte Australia, Shane leads multidisciplinary, award winning design teams. He believes design leadership today is about driving change with purpose in the context of our volatile, complex and changing business environment. Shane’s human-centred approach helps clients gain a deeper understanding of what end-users truly value in a service experience.

With over 10 years experience working within professional services, Shane has had the opportunity to leverage the power of design across many different industries and applications.

From culture change within the public sector, design research and service design in financial services to narrative strategy with Telco’s.

It is this diversity of experience that allows Shane to bring a new perspective to any design challenge.

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Tina Engelen

Director, CO-AP

Tina Engelen travelled overseas regularly during her formative years with her parents, who imported architectural design products for their family business DeDeCe. Tina studied interior design at Sydney College of the Arts before becoming features editor at Interior Design & Architecture, a new magazine published by Herbert Ypma.

She did design internships with Arclinea and Burley Katon Halliday, formed Daffodil with Danny Venlet and Marc Newson, and undertook private and collaborative projects. Tina co-founded the architectural practice Engelen Moore in 1995, where she realised projects including Price O’Reilly House and worked with property development companies Walker, Australand, Multiplex and Chase Property Group.

Engelen Moore had many projects published internationally and won numerous national and international awards, including their apartment building Altair which won both “Best Building in the Australasian Region” and “Best Housing Scheme in the World” at the World Architecture Awards 2002, Berlin. Tina joined CO-AP in 2007.

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Tara Mckenty

Creative Director, Google – Asia Pacific

At age four, Tara’s kindergarten teacher told her mother that Tara would grow up to be the Prime Minister of New Zealand, or the devil itself.

After casting a career in politics aside, and realising red wasn’t her colour, Tara found herself in the halls of Whybin\TBWA Auckland working in advertising.

It was here that she and her creative partner gained international attention by floating shares in their creative future, successfully funding themselves to Cannes.

During her time at TBWA, Tara had a complete disregard for discipline and convention, she was named in Campaign Magazines Top 50 emerging talent portfolio, and submitted several entries into the pantheon of ABSOLUT work, one of which was the creation of a limited edition ABSOLUT bottle design.

From creating children’s books that test the eyesight of children, to an MS Society ‘numbing soap’ that brings home the effects of the condition (TED ‘Ads Worth Spreading’), to creating real-time marketing platforms that reunite lost dogs with their owners, Tara continues to disrupt the status quo.

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Kimberley Crofts

Senior Designer, Meld Studios

Kimberley is a Senior Designer with Meld Studios. Since joining Meld in 2011 she’s helped clients in government and enterprise to create and deliver better services.

Kimberley previously worked in London for Nokia and bSkyb as a design specialist in online and mobile spaces, and as a art director in Australia and Hong Kong managing large-scale newspaper redesigns.

She has lectured on Service Design at the University of Technology and at conferences both here and in the US. Kimberley holds a Master of Information Design from the University of Reading (UK); and a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) from UTS.

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Nick Bell

Chair, Communciation Design, University of the Arts London

Nick Bell is a designer concerned with the voice of interpretation and interactivity in interior/spatial and exhibition design.

Recent projects include the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Galleries in London and cassonmann.com for long term collaborators Casson Mann.

He is co-founder of Early Lab, a design for social innovation practice working with NHS researchers in youth mental health.

Formerly creative director of Eye magazine, he was a Chair Professor at the University of the Arts London until 2016.

He is a Visiting Critic at London’s Royal College of Art and member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale).

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Suki Rai

Creative Director, AKQA

As Creative Director for AKQA’s London office, Suki is responsible for the management of creative teams, alongside supporting AKQA’s Experience Design practice.

Her focus is on delivering meaningful and engaging experiences for luxury brands. Suki specialises in digital and brings with her over ten years of design experience.

She started her career at the BBC and has since worked across a variety of industries, including media, music and publishing.

Prior to AKQA, Suki held creative leadership positions in London and Mumbai, and has experience of building multi-disciplinary teams in both locations.

Her entrepreneurialism has led to some exciting collaborations with the V&A and Ninja

Tune’s Solid Steel show through co-founding her design studio.

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Angela Ferguson

Managing Director, futurespace

Angela Ferguson is the Managing Director of futurespace, one of Australia’s leading interior design practices.

Angela consults to many of Australia’s leading corporations, providing business strategy and architectural design advice for working, learning and living environments. S

he believes that people are the product of their environment and nowhere is this more important than in workplace design.

Her client list is a who’s who of Australian and global business; for more than 20 years Angela has been improving the lives of working Australian through intelligent workplace design.

She is a highly recognizable and passionate member of the architectural and design community as well as an international writer and keynote speaker.

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Ben Crothers

Director of Innovation Projects, Second Road

Ben Crothers has been involved in design for about 20 years, and strategy and leadership for about 10 years.

Ben is a Director of innovation projects at Second Road, a strategic innovation consultancy.

Previous to Second Road, Ben was a Design Manager at Atlassian, where he built a research and design strategy team, guided product strategy, and installed several patterns and processes to grow innovation and design proficiency throughout the organisation.

Ben leads innovation workshops, teaches visual communication, and helps teams prototype and test new concepts in all sorts of ways. He enjoys bringing out creativity in others.

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Dr. Steve Cummings

R&D Manager, GWA Bathrooms and Kitchens

Highly respected amongst the Australian Industrial Design community, this renowned Industrial Designer and Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) has held senior appointments in the bathroom product design industry for over 35 years. A pioneer in sustainable design, Dr Cummings has been dedicated to developing products that minimise water consumption. He is recognised internationally as an authority in this field.

Arguably his most iconic design achievements have been the development of the first vitreous china two button dual flush cistern in 1984, followed by 6/3 litre dual flush WC technology in 1993 and then 4.5/3L Smartflush® technology in 2004. Saving up to 67% of water usage in most homes, they been recognised internationally as ground-breaking Australian innovations.

Other outstanding, award winning design projects by Caroma’s design team under Steve’s direction have included the Cube 0.8 litre urinal, Cube H2Zero waterless urinal and the Flow showerhead.

In 2001, Steve was conferred with the degree of Doctor of Environmental Design (by research thesis) by the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Canberra. An active member of the design and engineering community, he devotes his time and extensive knowledge to various Standards Australia Committees, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Standard Committees and is an Associate of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney.

In 2012, Steve was inducted into the DIA Hall of Fame.

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Andrew Giddings

Design Director, Here Design

Andrew began his career in Melbourne, Australia 16 years ago working on a range of branding, print and signage projects for many of Australia’s leading architects and property developers including Grocon, R Corporation and the Merivale Group.

As Design Director at the multidisciplinary London based design studio Here, he has led projects for Exemplar, The Crown Estate and Glenfiddich amongst others.

He has produced packaging for The Balvenie including the multi-award winning ‘Balvenie Fifty’ pack, retail branding for adidas by Stella McCartney and Adidas Originals including the Cannes Lion winning interior and print identity for their ‘Neighbourhood’ global flagship stores launched last year.

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New Zealand

Andrew Jones

Principal, Equip Design Integration

Andrew is one of the pioneers of design integration thinking and practice in Australasia.

In 2003 he was one of the small team that developed the design integration model behind New Zealand’s Better by Design program. He was a founding member of one of the three teams that delivered the program to 150 companies in NZ, enabling the government to achieve the economic growth goals it had set, and starting a movement for design as a core business discipline in NZ businesses.

From 2007 he has worked with State and Federal government agencies in Australia to refine and pilot design integration programs for SMEs, and in 2013-2016 co-developed and delivered the Victorian State Government’s successful Design to Business Program.

Andrew’s training as a mechanical engineer and MBA gives him the rigour of a business analyst, his experience in product development and production gives him empathy with the needs of business clients, and his time spend collaborating with designers gives him insight into user-centred thinking and design practices.

Collectively his background and experience gives a unique ability to help others develop business models that can generate the best commercial returns from their innovation.

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Liz Williamson

Textile Artist and Associate Professor, UNSW

Liz Williamson is an internationally respected textile artist and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Her research reflects a long standing interest in the history, use and construction of cloth itself, in particular the repair of cloth and the process of darning.

She has designed for industry, produced unique works for major exhibitions and maintained ongoing studio production, specializing in hand-woven scarves and wraps, since establishing her own studio in 1985.

Passionately researched over three decades, her knowledge and skills in relation to textiles are a remarkable resource. In her work she embraces some of the oldest techniques of her craft along with new and innovative computer aided processes.

Williamson’s work is represented in most major public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Powerhouse Museum. She has presented numerous guest lectures and workshops in Europe, Asia, North America and here in Australia where she continues to be a tireless advocate for the contemporary craft and design sector.

She is involved in cultural develop projects in Asian, working with artisan groups and weavers to assist then develop sustainable products and contemporary designs. Liz has conducted workshops in India, Pakistan, Vietnam, India and the Philippines.

In 2007 Liz was selected for the prestigious Living Treasures : Masters of Australian Craft series, an award given by Object Gallery and Craft Australia acknowledging her 30 years contribution to the craft and design sector through her practice, education and advocacy.

Liz Williamson : Textiles her solo exhibition opened at Object Gallery in November 2008 before touring Regional Galleries nationally during 2009, 2010 and 2011. Dr Grace Cochrane is the author of the publication with the same name.

This project received major funding from the Australia Council and Visions Australia. Liz was Head, School of Design Studies at the College of Fine Arts from 2008 to 2013.

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Alex Ritchie

Founder, e2 Australia

Alex is a brand strategist, holistic designer and sculptor with 30 years experience in multidisciplinary design thinking within the build environment.

Alex founded e2 Australia in Sydney and Melbourne in 2006. e2’s focus is to create and deliver end to end integrated experience strategies that attend to the functional and emotional desires of customers.

Clients including ANZ, Standard Chartered Bank, Qantas, BUPA, Blackberry, Vodafone, Lendlease, Dexus, Virgin Mobile, Apple, Westfield, BIG W, Masters, Pac Brands, Rebel Sport, Hungry Jacks, Hyundai and Samsung.

Alex has been invited to speak and facilitate at industry events and forums including the Adobe 2014 Conference, AGIdeas, AGDA, Green Cities Summit, Sydney property Council, Sydney Design Week, Melbourne State of Design Festival and the Experience Marketing Summit. In 2012 Alex was named as one of Australia and New Zealand’s top 20 leading creative executives.

In 2011 Alex co-founded the employee engagement specialist company, Meme Partners.

Currently Alex is working on his first book as well as a documentary series exploring the history of product design with maven Alan Boyd.

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