Each year a new panel of impeccably independent Judges are solely responsible for deciding the Exeter Living Awards Winners. They will give time to go through all the Finalists’ nominations with care.
Ann Hunter / Manager, InExeter
Ann is Manager of InExeter, the business improvement district supporting over 550 individual businesses across the city.
Ann has over 10 years’ experience of leading and managing BIDs including Paddington, central Ealing and West Ealing.
Passionate about building places, working with communities and improving the city, Ann moved from London a year ago and loves Exeter, from its heritage, landscapes, warmth of welcome, business, spirit and entrepreneurism.
Ann has a BA in modern chinese studies from Leeds University, MSc from Exeter University, 2018 and diploma in digital marketing.
Outside of work, Ann is a keen road and mountain bike cyclist, runner and is slightly addicted to coffee.
Dr Olivia Champion / Founder, BioSystems Technology
TedX speaker Olivia was a research scientist for twenty years in Europe and North America, in the field of molecular microbiology, before she commercialised her academic research and founded Exeter based biotechnology company BioSystems Technology in 2015.
BioSystems Technology sells tools for scientists that can reduce the number of mammalian animals used for research.
During her career Olivia has published over 20 peer reviewed research articles, six book chapters and filed two patents against a background of three career breaks for maternity leave. In 2017 she was selected as a top 50 entrepreneur in the past 15 years by SetSquared.
Erin Cox / Owner, Erin Cox Jewellery
Erin is passionate about designing and making jewellery working mainly with gold and platinum.
Since opening her first shop in Exeter 10 years ago, Erin has worked closely with her customers to mark precious occasions with precious materials. She creates pieces that will be treasured for generations. Erin enjoys the myriad of challenges that comes with running small business.
When Erin is not working, she is at home with her three children, partner Chris, and marvellous menagerie at their small holding in Nadderwater. Erin has always been in love with Devon, and feels very lucky to call Exeter home.
John Laramy / Principal and Chief Executive, Exeter College
John Laramy is Principal and chief executive of Exeter College, a position he has held since April 2016.
Prior to this John was vice principal at the College; his background in quality improvement has supported the College's drive for excellence which was recognised in 2014 by an outstanding rating in a full Ofsted inspection.
John started his career in the construction industry, whilst teaching karate in his spare time. After undertaking a full-time PGCE at the University of Greenwich, whilst teaching part-time in Kent, he started as a lecturer at North Devon College in 1997, and joined the senior management team in 2005.
Julian Harris / Branch Director, Jelf
Julian’s a chartered insurance broker and fellow of the chartered insurance institute.
Having lived in Exeter since he was born, the city holds a special place in his heart.
As branch director at Jelf in Marsh Barton, Julian proudly serves the local business community, advising them on their insurance, risk management and employee benefits needs. His career has spanned underwriting, claims and broking, working in and around Exeter.
Julian sits on the Council of the Insurance Institute of Exeter and is active in supporting businesses locally and beyond.
In his spare time Julian enjoys mountain biking and hiking on Dartmoor.
Owen Richards / Founder and Managing Director, Air Marketing Group
With a key focus on driving positive work-culture in his businesses, Owen is passionate about creating jobs in the region – which is why he founded Air Marketing Group, a B2B sales and business development agency.
Since its 2016 launch, Air has grown to more than 65 staff and has been recognised in Amazon’s fast-growing Business Awards and ranked as one of the UK’s top 5 telesales teams by the ISM. Owen also founded marketing agency, Roots2Market, in 2018.
Owen lived and worked in Sydney for almost a decade, before moving to Exeter to raise a family and launch Air.
Peter Randall-Page / Artist, Sculptor and Royal Academician
Peter studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Art and during the past 30 years he has gained an international reputation through his sculpture, drawings and prints.
His work is held in public and private collections throughout the world. A selection of his public sculptures can be found in many urban and rural locations throughout the UK. He is represented in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum.
Peter is the recipient of many honorary doctorates and awards and was elected as a royal academician in the category of sculpture in June 2015.
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Sarah-Jane Bingham-Chick / Director, Savills
SJ has been working in the property profession since 1989, when she joined a national firm as a trainee and worked her way up through the ranks.
SJ heads up the residential team based in Exeter, at Savills, one of the world’s leading property agents
SJ arrived in Devon for the first time for a long weekend, she loved it so much she decided to stay! She says, ‘I was mesmerised by the rugged beauty and the simplicity of it all. It really was a spontaneous life changing decision that I have never once regretted.’
Yvan Williams / Owner, The Oddfellows
For the past 12 years, Yvan has owned and run the Exeter Living Awards-winning The Oddfellows gastropub in Exeter city centre with his wife Faye, as well a co-managing their events which include anything from cocktail masterclasses to its Exeter Christmas Market pop-up bar.
Yvan trained at Torquay catering college, and finished his studies at Birmingham college of food, studying hotel business management and earned his catering industry spurs as one of the catering managers at Exeter University and operations manager for Boston Tea Party.