2018 Judges  

Andrew Appleton - Panel member, judge and mentor, Guild of Photographers

Andrew Appleton is a panel member, judge and mentor with The Guild of Photographers. He runs a variety of Guild approved courses and offers a comprehensive range of training all over the UK. Further afield, his European and South African workshops attract delegates from across the world. Online tuition, delivered from his base in Lincolnshire, is fast growing in popularity and his participation in live internet training has also attracted a global audience. Andrew is continually developing ways to connect with photographers and make training accessible to all.

In addition to group and one-to- one tuition, Andrew maintains a strong profile at industry events. He regularly speaks at the NEC’s annual Photography Show and is one of the international speakers at Photo and Film Expo, Johannesburg, where he has appeared every year since 2013.

Over the years, Andrew has embraced many changes that continue to influence photography but maintains that the abiding principles of light and composition are the two constants. He derives great pleasure from sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm, instructing people with all levels of competence, and he strongly believes that the holistic approach is the best. Andrew’s guiding philosophy is that teaching someone to take a photograph is no substitute for teaching them to become a real photographer.



Dr. George Dibb - Head of Industrial Strategy & Policy Engagement – Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, UCL

As Head of Industrial Strategy & Policy Engagement, George connects UCL academics with the governments Grand Challenges and works with Prof Mariana Mazzucato to ensure that mission-oriented innovation is at the heart of the government’s Industrial Strategy. George previous held the position of Head of Industry, Technology & Innovation at Policy Connect, where among other things he managed the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group.

George holds a PhD in Physics and joined Policy Connect from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). In addition George holds experience working at a European aerospace manufacture and design corporation.


Sir Peter Hendy -  Chair, Network Rail and Chair, London Legacy Development Corporation

Sir Peter Hendy has been the Chair of Network Rail since July 2015, and Chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation since July 2017. Sir Peter was previously Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL) since 2006, having served since 2001 as TfL's Managing Director of Surface Transport. He led, and played a key role in preparing for, the successful operation of London's transport for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He was formerly Deputy Director UK Bus for FirstGroup and previously Managing Director of CentreWest London Buses.

He started his transport career in 1975 as a London Transport graduate trainee. Sir Peter was president of the International Public Transport Association (UITP) from 2013 to 2015. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport and a fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year's Honours List, having been made CBE in 2006.


Stephanie Hobart -  Chief Brand Officer, Department for International Trade

Stephanie has recently been appointed to manage the GREAT Britain and DIT brands within DIT, having previously worked for a number of London’s top creative agencies. Her experience includes domestic and international brands across a range of industries such as media & entertainment (Sky, Netflix), utilities (British Gas), FMCG (Danone), automotive (Lexus) and logistics (UPS).

She’s delighted to represent DIT on the judges’ panel for this competition, which celebrates the innovation and energy of modern British industry and manufacturing with a creative approach that aligns brilliantly with the ‘Exporting is GREAT’ and ‘Invest in GREAT’ campaigns.

Her interest in photography started at a young age and peaked early – when aged 12 she was shortlisted for a Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Since then she has enjoyed developing an appreciation for photography and graphic design in both her personal and professional life.


Robert Lea -  Industrial Editor, The Times

Robert Lea is the Industrial Editor of The Times.He covers the breadth of manufacturing and engineering as well as industrial public policy.

He has been a financial and business journalist for more than 25 years in a career which included 12 years on the London Evening Standard as City Correspondent and an earlier stint as a Business News Editor at The Times.

He believes the best-read stories in newspapers are often the ones which are accompanied by the strongest images.


Tom Mayor - Principal Thermal Engineer, MBDA

I have worked in the engineering industry for over 10 years undertaking various roles, including Tooling design, Design support and Thermal Analysis.
I started my career as a mechanical engineering apprentice, spending 4 years completing further education and spending 3 month placements in different aspects of the company. During this time I developed a broad understanding of all aspects of engineering.
My current role is within the mechanical analysis team, primarily Thermal Analysis. I am also undertaking a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering with the Open University.
Outside of work I am a keen photographer. I have always had an interest in photography but truly began honing my skills with an old 35mm Olympus SLR around 7 years ago. Since then I have shot various sports, weddings and wildlife. A key achievement was being Highly Commended in the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) photography competition with my photograph of a Panda.
Being a judge for the EEF photography competition combines my love of engineering with my passion for photography.


Ben Carpenter Merritt - Manufacturing Policy and Stakeholder Manager at Policy Connect

Ben is in charge of the day-to-day running of the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group (APMG) and leads on all of Policy Connect’s work in the industrial and manufacturing space.
Ben hails from a public affairs and manufacturing background, having worked at FleishmanHillard in Brussels, where he worked with a range of industrial companies and associations, and most recently working as Regional Affairs Manager for EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, where he led on policy and external affairs in the North East.
Ben is honoured to be asked to represent the APMG as part of the judging panel for the EEF Photography Competition and looks forward to celebrating the innovative and impressive nature of the UK manufacturing sector.


Matt Pulzer – Managing Editor, The Manufacturer

I am the Managing Editor of The Manufacturer, a magazine devoted to supporting and celebrating the full spectrum of British manufacturing industries. From micro gin distilleries to the production of key components for the F-35 fighter, The Manufacturer covers all aspects of production.

I have been involved with technology and engineering journalism for over 25 years. From old-fashioned blueprints to the latest CAD, engineering and design is a strongly visual discipline. Photography beautifully complements descriptions of technology and I have used it wherever possible to help tell the fascinating stories that emerge from the industrial sector


Kevin Rawlings – Corporate Services Manager, Liberty Industries Group

As a Corporate Services Manager, Kevin Rawlings has worked with Liberty Industries Group for 12 years, having previously held other finance posts in the business. He lives in the West Midlands and is a Chartered Accountant with a degree in Chemistry.

He has been an amateur photographer for the past 10 years, starting with a point and shoot camera which fueled his passion for photography. He gravitates towards subjects such as travel, buildings, abstract, minimalism, natural light, religious art, graffiti and informal portraits. Although don’t ask him to photograph your wedding or set up a formal portrait!


Alan Sleator – Director, Wonderful Public Relations

Trained on local newspapers, then national newspapers, television current affairs, documentaries and 24 hour TV news. Author of two books. Runs successful PR company generating publicity for big business.


Rob Watkins -  Sales & Marketing Administration - Croft Filters

Rob’s career began as an Apprentice Technician at a Ford Dealership in Warrington. After successfully completing his Apprenticeship Rob gained his HNC in Management which aided his advancement to the position of Manager at a Ford Dealership. Having gained 21 years of experience Rob then moved to GE and further developed his skills in Sales.
After 3 years Rob wanted the opportunity to diversify his sales experience and so joined the Croft team at Croft Filters as Sales and Marketing Manager in 2010. At Croft, Rob has used his extensive knowledge and artistic abilities to create diverse and effective marketing material to support the promotion of their bespoke filtration services.
Rob’s extensive skill as an amateur photographer has been recognised nationally, by winning the amateur photography section in the EEF Photography Awards in 2012 and again in 2014, 2016 and in the mobile section in 2013.
Rob’s proficiency in Design and Media supports his development and maintenance of Croft Filters Ltd’s website and in their media and marketing campaigns. Rob supports their Research and Development programme showcasing the innovations Croft develop through metal 3D printing technology. Rob’s role in Sales co-ordinates customer enquiries, product design and delivery whilst maintaining Croft’s high levels of customer service. Being invited as a judge of this competition is held with high regard and honour.