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.
Adam Stone / Managing Director, Rokkmedia
Born and raised in Exeter where he lives with his family, Adam is a successful, award winning entrepreneur with an unwavering belief in high business ethics and social responsibility. During the day he runs Rokk Media - one of the longest established digital agencies in the region. He loves nothing more than giving back to the city he loves and is also a school governor, and sits on the Exeter College Enterprise Academy and Plymouth University Futures Centre steering committees. Adam is also an Exeter Ambassador and a Devon Ambassador and a well-known Exeter Chiefs supporter.
Derek Phillips / Vice President, Exeter Chamber of Commerce
Following over 30 years’ service at the University of Exeter as Director of Campus Services and Managing Director of its four spin off companies Derek now holds 14 Company Directorships both local and national. Other posts include Chair of South West Chambers of Commerce, Vice Chair of Devon and Cornwall Business Council and Chair of the Area Tourism Partnership. He is also Chair of the Exeter Phoenix Art Centre.
Glen King / Director, Glen King PR & Marketing
A former media spokesperson for Camelot, Operators of The National Lottery, Exeter-born Glen King was actively involved in the exciting and historical launch of the Lottery in 1994. As Deputy Regional Centre Manager (SW), she had the dirty job of paying out all the major lottery winners across the region and imbibed a lot of champagne!
Over a 20 year period, Glen has developed a close-working relationship with the South West Media across a full PR mix of television; radio; newspapers; magazines; on-line news portals and social media / digital platforms. She established Glen King PR in March 2005, and since that time has considerably grown the business with an enviable list of diverse clients across a larger number of sectors. Last year the company celebrated 10 years in business and expanded to larger offices in the city-centre.
Jill Lammonby / Business Development Manager, Foot Anstey
Based in Foot Anstey's Exeter office, Jill is a Business Development Manager within the firm's Client Development team, working with fee earners within the Private Wealth Group to drive the firm's growth. She is an experienced business development professional, having worked at some of the country's leading professional and financial services businesses, advising on the development and implementation of business development strategy from business planning through to key account management. An energetic personality, responsible for maintaining Foot Anstey's highly respected profile across the region and through its network of offices in the South West. She is very active in the business community and engaged with the firm's CSR activities. Above all, she works constantly to drive a client-centric culture forward to deliver growth at Foot Anstey.
Joy Dunne / Formerly Exeter Foodbank Manager
With a background in social work and adult education Joy has been the manager of Exeter Foodbank for the last six and a half years – Charity section winner in the 2016 Exeter Living Awards.
Joy started managing the Foodbank in 2010 with 15 volunteers who covered all aspects of the work ensuring that the 12-15 people referred every week were given the food they needed. Since then Joy has built and led a management team who together with the great volunteers have developed the Foodbank into the highly respected and effective Exeter charity it is today. The Foodbank now has five trustees, 118 volunteers and partners with over 100 statutory and professional agencies to ensure that on average the 80 people referred each week are supported with food and signposted to further help. Joy says ‘I consider it a real privilege to be asked to be a judge for this year’s ELA. I know the work and pride that goes into presenting a nomination and look forward to helping to select this year’s winners’
Mary Quicke / Managing Director, Quicke’s
Mary Quicke runs J G Quicke & Partners, and Quicke’s Traditional Ltd, a £3.5m turnover integrated cheesemaking and farming (cows and crops) business. She is the 14th generation on the farm. The aim of the business is to produce world class cheese, sold around the world with excellence in farming. She has run the business since 1987. Mary speaks widely on farming and cheese, e.g. in November 2015 addressed the British Mastitis Conference on the characteristics of milk required to make world class cheese, and the Grasslands in Profile Conference on the soil structure issues of mob grazing. She is active in promoting the requirement for scientifically knowledgeable, technically capable, practically engaged people to support the very applied sciences of farming and cheesemaking.
She also writes a monthly blog, Mary’s Dairy Diary.
Patrick McCaig / Managing Director, Otter Brewery
Whilst his Mum and Dad started brewing in 1990, Patrick entered his last five years with Grey Advertising in London. In ’95 he made the move from the ‘smoke’ having worked on some inspiring brands like British Airways, Lucky Strike and Johnny Walker. At first, Patrick was welcomed with open arms, as Dad’s skillset was with brewing over sales or marking! Now some 25 years later, between them, and very loyal staff, the McCaig’s have carved out a solid family business that looks set for the next generation. They are proud to have developed a range of beers that are renowned for their quality and a brand that has grown to become part of Devon’s leisure time fabric.
Paul Jepson / Artistic & Executive Director, Exeter Northcott Theatre
Paul has a 24-year directing experience raging from the West End where he directed Nick Moran’s Telstar, staring Con O’Neill which was Olivier Award Nominated. To National Theatre including Life After Life which he wrote and directed, and a vast amount of further accolades spanning regional theatre, commercial touring, opera and musical theatre. Most recently Paul has been appointed as artistic and Executive Director at Exeter Northcott where he directed Harold Pinter’s Betrayal & Martin O’Brien’s This Is My Body which was Winner of the Anti-Slavery Media Award. Paul is also on the advisory board for Shakespeare North.
Tony Rowe / Chief Executive, Exeter Chiefs
Tony left school at the age of 15 and joined the Royal Marines Band as a drummer and bugler. Made redundant from the Royal Marines in 1973, he started a company selling and repairing powerboat engines. He went on to race powerboats successfully becoming the British champion winning the Rouen 24hr powerboat race and setting a new British water speed record. In 1982, the Government announced that they were going to open up the telephone market. Tony immediately recognised the potential business opportunity and persuaded Mark Delling and Brian Lodge, both of whom were working in the boat industry, to retrain and work in his new company, South West Telecoms, selling computers and business telephony systems. The company has grown to become a complete communications business and has rebranded and changed its name to South West Communications Group to emphasise that fact. Tony is also the chief executive and chairman of Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club, who play in the Aviva Premiership. Tony was awarded the OBE for services to business, sport and charity in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours List and has since received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from University of Exeter as well as being given the Freedom of the City of Exeter.