Mainframe Awards 2020 Judges

By Charlene Sharp
Back in November 2019, we announced that the submissions was open for the Mainframe Awards 2020. Fast forward a few months and here we are announcing those who have been shortlisted.
Having gone through all the submissions it's then over to the judges to  make the all important decision to decide on a winner and two runners up for their category.
 This year we introduced four new categories, they are; Family Participation, Mainframe Unsung Hero, Digital Disruptor and Best Digital or Creative Upscaler. The Digital/Creative Ambassador of the Year category is done by public vote.. so thank you all to those who submitted a nomination, voted and a big thanks to our judges for their time.
Here are the judges for the Mainframe Awards 2020: 

Anna DeverName: Anna Dever

Job: Head of Family Arts Campaign, The Albany

Category: Family Participation

Anna is the Head of the Family Arts Campaign - a national cross-sector initiative raising family engagement in arts and culture. Her career to date has focussed on creating accessible and engaging creative experiences for all ages.

Anna began her career in the arts sector at the British Council, leading international projects to build cultural relations and educational opportunities through engagement in literature, theatre and contemporary art.

Brian Walsh OBEName: Brian Walsh OBE

Job: Chair, QUAD

Category: Mainframe Unsung Hero

Brian has spent 33 years working in social care, the voluntary sector and higher education. He is also the Chair of the Campbell Village Trust.

Within his role at QUAD, he is keen to promote it as a venue for all members of the community to visit, learn and enjoy cultural activities in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Tiina Hill-1Name: Tiina Hill

Job: Senior Manager, Digital Culture Network, Arts Council England

Category: Digital Disruptor

Tiina is an international strategic thinker and leader with an interest in use of new technologies and digital innovation.

Currently, she is leading on a large-scale new DCMS funded national project called the 'Digital Culture Network' at Arts Council England. Leading and managing a team of 10 technology specialists.

At Arts Council England, Tiina has worked on large-scale funded programmes supporting various areas, such as; immersive, augmented, virtual reality, gaming and app development projects.

Michael Weedon-1Name: Michael Weedon

Job: Chair, Retail & High Street Policy Unit and East Midlands Policy Representative Federation of Small Businesses

Category: Best Digital/Creative Start Up

Michael established and runs a research business supporting retailers and high streets, while also writing articles and presenting on the issues.

He is also the East Midlands Policy Representative for the FSB as well as it's national Chair for the Retail & High Streets Policy Unit. Previously he has been the deputy CEO of the British Independent Retailers Association and created an ISP and Web Design Company.

Vanessa Simpson-1Name: Vanessa Simpson

Job: Digital Academy Manager, Joseph Wright Centre, Derby College

Category: Best Digital or Creative Upscaler

Vanessa has spent over 13 years teaching video and editing skills to young people and adults. After graduating at the University of Derby with a BA in American Studies and Broadcast Media in 2005.

In 2019, Vanessa now oversees the Digital Academy at Derby College - managing the games production, creative media moving image and audio production as well as the digital multimedia, ICT and computer science curriculum.

Annabel Franks-1Name: Annabel Franks

Job: Strategy Advisor, Creative Quarter Board Member

Category: Make & Trade

Annabel has had a long career in retail buying, product development and brand management.

She spent 8 years in fashion and lifestyle buying at Topshop and Athena, prior to moving to Nottingham in 1995 to join Boots (Walgreens Boots Alliance) where her most recent role was Vice President and Global Category Director for cosmetics, gifts and accessories.

Julie ShepherdName: Julie Shepherd

Job: Content Editor for BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Radio 1

Category: Emerging Digital Creative Star (Under 25)

Julie manages a range of shows and creative projects including DJ Target's new music show, the 1Xtra Rap Show with Tiffany Calver and 1Xtra Talks with Reece Parkinson.

She is also an award winning radio producer, previously producing Radio 1's Clara Amfo and the Live Lounge, The 1Xtra Breakfast show, Gemma Cairney and Tim Westwood and has worked across documentaries, podcasts and social action and outreach projects.

Simon Carnall 1Name: Simon Carnall

Job: Head of Community, Derby County Community Trust

Category: Creativity For Good

Simon has headed up the Community Trust at Derby County Football Club for over 20 years. As one of the leading trusts within the national network, DCCT continue to deliver programmes within Derby and Derbyshire creating fantastic opportunities and delivering outstanding outcomes for the community they serve. 


Simon KirkName: Simon Kirk

Job: Inward Investment Executive, Marketing Derby

Category: Putting Derby/Derbyshire on the Map

Simon Kirk is the Inward Investment Executive at Marketing Derby working with investors and developers who are considering Derby and Derbyshire as a place to invest in. As well as raising the profile of the city and county to target audiences, attract investment and create jobs.

Born in Derbyshire, Simon has private and public sector experience and has previously worked with the Invest in Nottingham team.


To find out who has been shortlisted, you can check out our live announcement we did on facebook and twitter on Friday 28th February -

This year the Mainframe Awards will be held on Thursday 30th April 2020 at QUAD, Derby. For more information -

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