Our judges for the Design category


Gill Lungley, Managing Director

Gill Lungley, Managing Director
Gill joined Deutsche Bank in September 2011 in the Global Technology Operations (GTO) team.  Gill is currently Global GTO Regulatory Oversight Head, responsible for GTO’s regulatory engagement (audit and supervisory), compliance oversight and relationships, and working closely with the Bank’s Government and Regulatory Affairs Department (GRAD), Legal and Compliance.

Gill has 28 years Financial Services experience within Technology, Operations and Change Management gained at JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Gerrard Group, UBS and Deutsche Bank.  In 2013’s Banking Technology Award, Gill was awarded “Outstanding Contribution by a Female In Financial Technology.”

With a lifelong interest in architecture and landscape design, Gill took a sabbatical in 2009/10 and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Garden Design; in her personal time she now designs gardens for family and close friends.

Chris Ruse

Chris Ruse
Chris works on the UK Corporate Banking team responsible for cross product sales coverage for large UK corporates. Chris has a global coverage responsibility coordinating Deutsche Bank’s in-country coverage teams for Multinational Clients.  Chris joined Deutsche Bank in 1997 and holds an MA (Hons) from Oxford University.

Chris has a strong interest in the arts with a particular focus on design.  Chris has acted as a judge and mentor for DBACE for the last nine years, predominately focused on the Design/Technology Award in partnership with the Royal College of Art, before the programme rolled out nationally this year  In addition, Chris has been the lead business representative for another one of Deutsche Bank’s flagship partners on its youth engagement programme Born to Be; Design Ventura., In partnership with the Design Museum, the programme introduces  students aged 13–16 to the business of design. With guidance from creative and business professionals, they learn how to turn their ideas into products.

Erik Simonsen

Erik Simonsen
Erik runs Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Banking and Securities team in Birmingham. He has been in the he UK for 3 years, having previously worked for the Bank in Mumbai India, Jacksonville Florida, and New York.  His interest in the arts began when he was quite young–one of his earliest memories is of spending time in his grandfather’s gallery in Los Angeles–and was developed over time by members of his family that include a composer, an illustrator, an author, and a landscape designer. His own collection includes works from local artists he came to know during his travels, as well as paintings and sculpture inherited from the gallery.

J. Paul Neeley

J. Paul Neeley
J. Paul is a Designer and Researcher based in London. He has a background in Service Design, Speculative Design, and Design Research and Strategy. J. Paul is the Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Yossarian Lives, a metaphorical search engine, and has worked professionally at Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation on healthcare experience & delivery, and at Unilever in consumer & market insights. His design work explores the implications of emerging technologies looking to reframe our understanding of our current state, with recent projects on happiness, quantified self, healthcare, sustainability, synthetic biology, and issues of complexity and computational irreducibility in design and business. He is also the creator of Masamichi Souzou, a company exploring design directions in the optimisation of human happiness. J. Paul holds an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art, and is a graduate from Northwestern University where he studied Communications Studies & Economics. www.jpaulneeley.com | @jape

Our judges for the Film and Photography category



Amanda Berry, OBE, Chief Executive BAFTA
Amanda was appointed Director of Development and Events of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in October 1998 and in December 2000 became its Chief Executive. Amanda was awarded an OBE for services to the film industry in 2009 and has received recognition in The Times’ British Film Power 100, the Women in Film and Television Power List and Women: Inspiration & Enterprise’s Power 50.

Amanda has been instrumental in the major changes BAFTA has undergone in recent years. She has successfully positioned the organisation as the pre-eminent charitable body that educates, promotes and rewards excellence in the art forms of the moving image, and defined the modern, forward-looking charity as one of the most influential institutions in the arts today.

Mary Findlay

Mary Findlay

Mary Findlay, B.A., is the Curator at Deutsche Bank, London. She is the co-editor of Art Works: British and German Contemporary Art (Merrell Publishers, 2001). After working at Goldman Sachs, she joined Flash Art, one of the leading international art magazines, before coming to the Deutsche Bank’s London Art Department in 1996. She was educated at Birkbeck College, University of London. Mary has judged the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise for over 10 years.

Eileen Taylor

Eileen Taylor
Eileen is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DB UK Bank Ltd., the UK banking subsidiary of Deutsche Bank and is responsible for oversight of Recovery and Resolution Planning for DB Group in the UK. She is a member of Deutsche Bank’s UK Executive Committee and Regional Governance Committee and chairs Deutsche Bank’s UK Living Wills Operating Committee and its UK Diversity Council. Eileen is a long term visible supporter of Deutsche Bank’s art programme and takes advantage of the visual arts offerings whenever her schedule permits. In a private capacity, Eileen is a supporter of a number of museums in New York and London. Eileen is an avid filmgoer and is a supporter of an independent cinema in London.  An annual tradition is to go to the cinema on as many days as possible during her Christmas break.

Elizabeth J. Sandler

Elizabeth J. Sandler
Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, Risk
Elizabeth was born in America, but is now based in London and  joined Deutsche Bank in 2000 and has been the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Risk division since January 2014.

Prior to this role Elizabeth was the COO for Structured Finance in Corporate Banking & Securities (CB&S) and its predecessor businesses. Prior to her eight years in CB&S, Elizabeth was the Head of Strategy for Deutsche Bank Americas.

Before joining Deutsche Bank, she was a Vice President within the Corporate Development group at AXA Financial and a strategy consultant in the Financial Institutions Group at A.T. Kearney. Elizabeth is a supporter of education and the arts with a particularly keen interest in architecture and photography. She has an MBA from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

Chris Paul Daniels

Chris Paul Daniels
Chris is an Artist and Filmmaker originally from Rotherham in South Yorkshire.
Chris’ work is characterised by experimental documentation of communal perspectives and memories regarding geographical location.

After graduating from the Royal College of Art, he won the 2010 Deutsche Bank Award in Art, for his collaborative project with Maria Anastassiou – Unravel; the longest hand painted film in Britain. It resulted in over 100 interactive public events across the UK, including Tate Britain, BFI Southbank, CCA Glasgow, No.w.here, AND Festival, Turner Contemporary and installations at IKON Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, and the National Media Museum.

Recent residencies with the British Council, Gasworks Gallery and Triangle Network include projects in Nairobi and China that resulted in feature length experimental documentaries, whilst commissions include Virgin Records 40th Anniversary Exhibition (with Sam Meech and Kelvin Brown), and live collaborations for international music projects in China, Iceland, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

Chris is an Associate Lecturer at the Manchester School of Art. His next major exhibition will be at Manchester’s new multi-million pound arts centre HOME in November 2015. www.chrispauldaniels.com

Our judges for the Fine Art category


Hugo Dalton

Hugo Dalton, Artist
Artist Hugo Dalton’s work is drawn from life, is best known for his wall paintings: Graduating from Goldsmiths College, London his works have been exhibited at Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Carousel de Louvre, Paris, The Courtauld Institute, London and The Today Museum, Beijing.  He has created works for commercial clients such as Tiffany & Co., Liberty of London, Joyce Hong Kong, Swire Properties and Audi.

Dalton has always sort to work collaboratively with individuals and institutions to encourage new audiences and interpretations:  This started with choreographer Christopher Wheeldon at the Sadlers Wells, London.  His collectors include Kay Saatchi, Anthony de Rothschild, Sam Parker Bowles and David Roberts.  He has a permanent work at the Royal Albert Hall and has just completed a museum for the Royal College of Music.  Art historian and critic Edward Lucie-Smith termed his work a “rebellion towards elegance”.

Matthew Darbyshire, Seated Nude & Hercules, Installation view from artist's studio

Matthew Darbyshire
Matthew studied Fine Art at the Slade School of Art and at the Royal Academy Schools in London, and won the Deutsche Bank Award in Fine Art in 2005. He has had solo public exhibitions at Gasworks, London; The Hayward, London; The Zabludowicz Collection, London; Kettles Yard, Cambridge; Tramway, Glasgow; GAM, Turin; The FRAC, Dunkirk and The Hepworth, Wakefield, and has exhibited in various major UK survey shows.

Matthew’s work has also been exhibited worldwide at institutions including Bangkok Cultural Centre, Thailand; Fundacion Miro, Spain, Marco Museum, Spain and The FRAC pas de Calais, France. He is currently preparing a survey exhibition for Manchester City Art Gallery and is in the process of realising two large-scale public commissions – one for the Dutch government in Amsterdam and the other for Cambridge University here in the UK.

Matthew is represented by Herald St Gallery in London, Jousse Enterprise in Paris and Lisa Cooley Gallery in New York.
(profile image; Matthew Darbyshire, Seated Nude & Hercules, Installation view from artist’s studio)

Tiina Lee

Tiina Lee
Tiina is Chief Operating Officer at Deutsche Bank in the UK. She is the Vice-Chair of the UK Executive Committee and Chair of the Regional Governance Committee and is responsible for oversight and governance of Deutsche Bank’s activities in the UK region. She has held a number of roles within the Bank, running trading and capital markets businesses, advising European financial institutions on the debt and equity capital markets. Latterly she was head of UK Strategy. Tiina began her 25 year career in investment banking at Hill Samuel Bank and Lehman Brothers.

She has a keen interest in Social Investment and led the creation of “Deutsche Bank Impact Investment Fund,” the first fund of its type to be set up by a bank in the UK. She was a founder member of the Competitor Diversity Forum, an industry group created to share best practice for the recruitment, promotion and retention of women in investment banking. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Charities Aid Foundation and is a Non-Executive Director of CAF Bank where she chairs the Risk Committee. She is also a Director of Abbey Life Assurance Company.

Volker Kauschel
Volker is a Director in Risk Management at Deutsche Bank, covering credit risk in Emerging Markets, primarily, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Sub-Saharan Africa. Volker joined Deutsche Bank in 1984 in Germany. He moved to Asia in 1997 and has since worked in South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and London. Volker’s interest in the arts includes Contemporary Art with, given his travels, special interests in Chinese and Korean artists. He has judged the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise for five years and has also mentored winners, including Peles Empire.

Chris Partridge

Chris Partridge
Chris is an aviation industry professional with a Masters Degree from City University, London. He started out training as a pilot on a Royal Air Force Scholarship, before moving into other roles, including an aerial surveyor, a geophysical surveyor on mineral exploration projects in remote areas of the world and an aviation consultant.
His extensive experience in this sector (30+ years) is broadly recognised in the aviation industry and he is regularly asked to provide industry commentary for television, radio and press coverage of industry events and as a speaker at industry conferences.

He was an ISTAT Charitable Foundation Board Member for 10 years and until 2014 was a Travel Advisory Board Member at British Airways.  He has been actively involved with Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility activities for more than 10 years and whilst not having an arts background is a keen photographer, a lover of music and regularly attends concerts and the theatre.

Our judges for the Music category

Louise Jeffreys

Louise Jeffreys, Director of Arts, Barbican
Louise Jeffreys is responsible for the formulation, implementation and delivery of the Barbican’s artistic programme and strategic vision.

Jeffreys was previously Head of Theatre and Arts Projects at the Centre, running the newly-created bite (Barbican International Theatre Events) from 1999. bite became one of London’s most innovative artistic programmes, bringing leading international performers to the UK and co-commissioning some of the most influential artists and productions of the last decade. Prior to the Barbican, Jeffreys’ previous roles include Administrative Director at the Nottingham Playhouse, Head of Production at Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, and Technical Director at the English National Opera.


Hugh Padgham
‘Record Producer Hugh Padgham has produced some of the biggest and most enduring songs of the 1980 and 1990s, including many hits by Phil Collins, Genesis, The Human League, Sting and The Police. He has also produced and/or engineered albums with David Bowie, BeeGees, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Melissa Etheridge, Clannad, XTC and many more.

In the 2000s, Hugh had great success with Sting as well as McFly. He had four UK number one hits in 2005 and 2006 with McFly, as well as a number of other Top Ten Singles.

His albums and singles add up to well over two hundred and fifty million units sold worldwide. He’s won 4 Grammy Awards including Producer of the Year, Album of the Year and Record of the Year as well as a Brit Award for Best Single (Phil Collins “Another Day In Paradise”), a Music Week Award for Best British Producer, a TEC Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement. In a 1992 poll, Mix Magazine voted Hugh one of the Worlds Top Ten Most Influential Producers.’

Nick Bland

Nick Bland

Nick currently works for Deutsche Bank as a Director within its Global Transaction Banking Division responsible for the EMEA Corporate Trust Structured Credit Client Services team and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.  Long before the days of Gareth Malone, in 2004, he co-founded the ‘DB Singers’ who have successfully performed a wide range of music, including a concert with the BBC Singers as part of Radio 3’s Go Sing! He has written carols for the Bank’s carol concerts in the presence of HRH Prince & Princess Michael of Kent and the Lord Mayor of the City of London. Nick read French and Music at the University of Birmingham, L’Institut Britannique de Paris and received tuition in both organ and piano at Birmingham Conservatoire. He is also an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.

Stephen Milne

Stephen Milne
Stephen is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and studied for a further two years at the Royal College of Music. He spent 16 years as a professional cellist performing around the world with all the major London Symphony, Chamber and Opera Orchestras as well as performing on numerous film tracks and with major pop artists and groups.

In 2000, Stephen joined a software company writing network Management software. He moved to IBM in 2006 managing software development teams and then to ITV television in 2010 to manage projects.
He has been at Deutsche Bank since 2011 as Global Head of Monitoring, Automation and Data Center Operations at Deutsche Bank. Stephen has been a judge and mentor of the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise since 2011, which benefits from his experience in both the arts and business.

Matt Smith

Matt Smith, Founder, Education Group
Matt won the Deutsche Bank Award in Music and Drama in 2007 and went on to launch the Education Group (EG) generating growth to become the largest specialist arts provider in the primary education sector, working with over 10,000 schools, and assisting and devising training for over 200 EG facilitators. Following this, he directed the launch of the company into the Australian market and setup recruitment from various overseas countries, for work generated by EG in the UK market.

Matt’s experience lies in developing brands and products based on special events and bespoke services. He has developed and delivered Extended Service programmes across the UK including large scale operations for Ealing, Southwark & Hackney Councils, and developed programmes for the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College, London in school workshop leadership.

He has also advised senior management at Royal Academy of Music on social inclusion strategies and devised and delivered numerous Extended Services programmes for the Royal Academy of Music.

Tom Brown, Founder, Lex Records
Tom Brown is the owner of Lex Records, a British independent record label. Lex releases music by Danger Mouse  MF DOOM  Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah and Neon Neon.

In recent years Lex has branched out in to other media making short films written by comic book writer Alan Moore and directed by Mitch Jenkins and supporting Neon Neon and National Theatre Wales production of Praxis Makes Perfect.

Our judges for the Performance category


Alistair Spalding

Alistair Spalding CBE, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Sadlers Wells
Under Spalding, Sadler’s Wells has become the UK’s leading venue for dance, hosting world-class national and international companies and artists and presenting an ambitious programme of cutting edge dance in all its forms to audiences of over 500,000 each year.
In 2005, Spalding announced his vision for Sadler’s Wells to become a producing house. He has since driven the commissioning, producing and co-producing of more than 90 shows, including acclaimed cross-art form collaborations zero degrees, PUSH and Sutra. In the last nine years, Sadler’s Wells’ productions have toured to 233 venues in 164 cities in the UK and overseas.
Spalding also created the position of Associate Artist to the theatre. There are currently 16 Associate Artists and one Associate Company.
Before joining Sadler’s Wells, Spalding was the Head of Dance and Performance at the Southbank Centre, London, in 1994-2000 and previously a programmer at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley, in 1988-94.
In 2005, Spalding was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. He was appointed as a national member of the Arts Council England Board in 2009. In 2012, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to dance.


Lauren Hendry

Lauren Hendry, Founder, The Production Shed
In 2007, Lauren won the Deutsche Bank Award in Circus, the same year that shegraduated from the National Centre for Circus Arts, specialising in partner-acrobatics.. She went on to set up So & So Circus Theatre, touring narrative acrobatic shows across the UK. So & So were resident artists at Jacksons Lane and Newbury Corn Exchange. In 2013, Lauren set up The Production Shed, to help young circus companies develop exciting new work and find a wider audience.

The Production Shed is currently working with Circus Geeks; a juggling company run by another Pyramid Award winner, Arron Sparks. Their critically acclaimed show, Beta Testing, has recently toured 25 venues across England & Wales, and is about to begin a month-long run at The Udderbelly on London’s Southbank.



Tarun Nagpal
Tarun joined Deutsche Bank in 2003 and currently works within the Asset Wealth Management team. Prior to his current role, Tarun was responsible for structuring and marketing alternative investment products in Europe, Asia and Middle East as well as for building Deutsche Bank’s alternative investment product suite, including the dbalternatives Hedge Fund Managed Account Platform in the investment bank. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Tarun served as a Lawyer at Linklaters.
Tarun is also on the Board of Directors for National Centre of Circus Arts https://www.nationalcircus.org.uk/

Nicole Lovett

Nicole Lovett
Nicole joined Deutsche Bank in 2012 where she managed the strategic review of the Bank’s Corporate Citizenship programme in the UK to develop a new cohesive framework focused on a key social issue of youth unemployment. As a result Born to Be was launched as the Bank’s youth engagement programme and has in place a portfolio of projects and partnerships that help young people realise their potential; with employee engagement at the core.

Nicole is now rolling out Born to Be globally across the Bank’s regions, aligning all youth education initiatives to a common identity – as well as heading up the UK Corporate Citizenship function. Previously, Nicole spent 15 years at Diageo plc across a number of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roles, including seven years as Head of CSR for Africa, responsible for the region’s community and sustainability agenda.

Nicole has an interest in arts and music and is passionate about helping young people realise their own passions and career pathways.

Jerome Beadle

Jerome Beadle
Jerome joined Deutsche Bank in June 2005. He is part of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Management Team for the Trust & Agency Services business, part of the Issuer Services Unit in our Global Transaction Banking division. In his role as Director, and Head of EMEA Structured Finance and Loan Agency, he leads a team of 90+ Account Managers in five locations (London, Frankfurt, Milan, Lisbon and Luxembourg) managing a portfolio of Structured Finance and Syndicated Loan products for key Corporate and Financial Institution clients.

Jerome has been a judge and mentor on the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise since 2008. He is a keen supporter of the performing arts, particularly theatre and music, who describes himself as an average drummer, a trying actor and a deluded singer, but a world class audience member!



Stuart Griffiths, Chief Executive, Birmingham Hippodrome
Since 2002 he has been Chief Executive of Birmingham Hippodrome, one of the most significant regional presenting theatres in the UK, home to Birmingham Royal Ballet and DanceXchange. The Hippodrome attracts one of the largest audiences to a single theatre in the UK with regular annual paid attendance over 500,000 and a turnover of c. £25m.
Previously he was Chief Executive of Wycombe Swan and The Beck Theatre in Hayes, West London. He is a graduate of Leicester University. He lives in Oxfordshire with Daryl, a theatre producer and their two daughters.

Currently he serves in a voluntary capacity for the following organisations:-

• Southside Business Improvement District (Chair)
• Arts Council England West Midlands (Council Member)
• Dance Consortium – an alliance of 20 large-scale UK theatres dedicated to the presentation of international dance (Co-Chair)
• Music & Lyrics – an alliance of 22 large-scale UK theatres dedicated to producing large-scale musical theatre. (Chair)
• Birmingham Opera Company (Board member)
• Ikon Gallery (Board member)
• Birmingham Creative City Partnership Executive (Board member)
• Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce (Vice President)

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