The York Culture Awards 2017 judging panel members were:

Roger Lee (Chair of Judging Panel)

Director, York Festival Trust

Roger and his family have lived and worked in York for many generations and he feels a particular connection to the City of York.  He has worked in heritage and events for over 25 years and is currently Director of Bedern Hall helping to develop a vision for the future of this medieval building.

For the past 20 years, he has been involved with York Mystery Plays, and as Chair of York Festival Trust has been responsible for bringing The Plays to the city streets where locals and visitors alike can experience this rare blend of heritage and culture. He gets great satisfaction from helping people to express their creativity through these plays which are so peculiar to this place.


Charles Hutchinson

Arts Editor, York Press

Charles Hutchinson, York Press

Charles Hutchinson has worked at The Press (formerly The Yorkshire Evening Press and The Evening Press) longer than The Press building in Walmgate lasted, having joined in Autumn 1988. He is the arts editor and also a general feature writer, focusing on theatre, music, art, museums,  comedy and film. He contributes a weekly arts slot on Adam Tomlinson and Anna Wallace’s show on BBC Radio York on Thursday afternoons, as well as reviewing the papers on Georgey Spanswick’s morning show every few weeks.

Away from York, he is a parish councillor and church warden in Markington and an hotel director in Ripon; gives talks and hosts question and answer sessions; and is a devotee of all things Leeds United, Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire County Cricket Club.


Professor Chris Bailey

Business School Visiting Professor, York St John University

•	Professor Chris Bailey (Chair of Judging Panel)

Chris lives in York, and is married with two grown up daughters. His career in art and design higher education began in the 1970s and included senior management roles at Northumbria and Leeds Metropolitan, now Beckett, Universities. He is now Emeritus Professor at the latter and Visiting Professor in the Business School at York St. John University.

Colin Jackson

Owner, Creative Learning Partnerships

Colin Jackson Owner/ Director or Creative Learning Partnerships

Colin has been a champion for cultural engagement throughout his career. He initially worked as head of an arts faculty within a secondary school before moving on to be Arts Education Consultant for City of York Council. He is the owner/director of Creative Learning Partnerships and delivers training for artists and teachers, lectures within several universities, offers consultancy services for cultural organisations as well as delivering regional projects for children and young people.  


Dr Damian Murphy

Reader in Audo and Music Technology, University of York

Dr Damian Murphy is Reader in Audio and Music Technology at the Department of Electronics, University of York, where he has been a member of academic staff since 2000, and is the University Research Champion for Creativity. He started his career in the Performing Arts Department at Harrogate College and has previously held positions at Leeds Metropolitan University and Bretton Hall College. His research focuses on virtual acoustics, spatial audio, physical modelling, and audio signal processing.

Dr Murphy is also an active sound artist and in 2004 was appointed as one of the UK's first AHRC/ACE Arts and Science Research Fellows, investigating the compositional and aesthetic aspects of sound spatialisation, acoustic modelling techniques and the acoustics of heritage spaces. His work has been presented in galleries nationally and at festivals and venues internationally and included varied collaborations with writers, photographers and interactive digital artists. He is a founding member of Geodesic Arts through which most of his more recent work has been produced.


Dr Fiona Thompson

Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Quality, York St John University

Dr Fiona Thompson Dean, Faculty of Arts, York St John University

Fiona came to work in HE over twenty years ago when she combined a successful career as a television programme-maker with lecturing in Television Production and Theology (her academic subject). She has over fifteen years’ experience as a senior academic manager and also maintains her involvement with television as vice-Chair of the Royal Television Society Yorkshire Centre. She actively campaigns for equality and diversity and is chair of the York St John LGBT Staff Network

Marcia Mackey

Director, The Arts Barge Project

Gill Greaves, Arts Council

Marcia has been a York resident for 20 years and is married with 4 grown up children. She is co-founder and Director of The Arts Barge Project, a community arts initiative which aims to create a floating community arts hub for the city. 

Rose Kent

Creative Director, Accessible Arts & Media

Rose has been designing and delivering participatory arts programmes since the late 80s and she’s passionate about using arts and culture to help people to become more engaged in their local community. She was delighted and honoured to have been recognised as York first Cultural Champion in the inaugural York Culture Awards in 2016. Her experience ranges from arts practitioner to consultant and spans the community arts, voluntary, education and commercial sectors and. She is also Vice-Chair of Tang Hall Big Local, a resident-led initiative funded by the Big Lottery to make Tang Hall a better place to live.

Tom Higham

Creative Director, Mediale

Tom works with artists, developers, designers, arts organisations and policy makers all over the world to curate and produce ambitious artworks and creative projects. He is interested in the enabling power of digital technology, and inspired by well considered, simple and effective ideas and artworks.

Multi-stakeholder, multi-artform projects and events are where his curation and production passions lie. He is an articulate, confident and skilled communicator, able to inspire, engage a team, and to work under extreme resource and expectation pressure. He is deeply committed to the development of arts, culture and creative technology in the UK, and the North West in particular.

Clients and collaborators have included Arts Council England, British Council, Innovate UK, NESTA, Digital Economy and Future Cities Catapult, TodaysArt, Hyper Island, Unsound, Insomnia, National Football Museum, Centre for Contemporary Culture Barcelona, Art Science Museum, Singapore, and Sonar. 

He is a fellow of Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders and Clore’s Emerging Leaders programme. He is also a type 1 diabetic, father of two and runner.