DBACE 2019 Judges Announced

We are thrilled to announce the exciting entrepreneurs and sector experts who will be joining the judging panel to select the 5 winners of DBACE 2019.

In alphabetical order…

Ben Towers, young serial entrepreneur

At 20 years old, Ben has already been in business for 9 years. He founded his own creative marketing agency at the age of 11 and has since worked alongside some of the UK’s most valued brands to inject creativity and insights into their marketing. Aged 18 Ben then exited the business in order to launch a new health app (Tenplan) and work alongside governments to better support young people. He has been named as “one of the UK’s most exciting entrepreneurs” by Sir Richard Branson and the top of the Times “Super Teen Power List: The 15 Smartest Kids on the Planet” List.


Kevin Osborne, CEO and founder of MeWe360 (MeWe)

Kevin has 27 years’ experience as leader, producer and developer in the arts & creative industries. After 11 years as Executive Producer in the music industry with clients including Warner Brothers and EMI, Kevin set up and ran Tribal Tree, a charity providing music industry related development artists, producers and song writers. Tribal launched the careers of Plan B, Fazer (from N-Dubz) and Andrew Hughes (Lilly Allen Producer). After completing the Clore Leadership Programme and and MSc in Business and Responsibility he founded MeWe, a business incubator for the creative industries.


Lareena Hilton, Managing Director, Global Head of Group Brand Communications and CSR, Deutsche Bank AG

Lareena works within the Communications & CSR department and has global responsibility for setting strategy for the Brand & CSR functions. She has worked at Deutsche Bank since 1995 and is based in London. She joined Deutsche Morgan Grenfell to implement a new identity for this developing brand. During her tenure, she has had various regional and global roles across marketing, communications, events, brand and CSR. In her current role, she is focused on developing an integrated approach to build profile, engage multi-stakeholder audiences and deliver sustainable impact for the bank to enhance reputation and trust. She has a post-graduate degree in Marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing.


Liv Little, founder of gal-dem

Liv is the founder and CEO at gal-dem, an online magazine and media platform run by women and non-binary people of colour. Liv has spent time working within TV, most recently in commissioning in the factual department at the BBC where she developed a new strand focused on the history we aren’t taught in schools.  She also has experience working on a range of shows as researcher, producer and art director and in 2018 produced her first audio documentary for the Migration Museum.  Liv has been voted as a Future Leader, a rising star at WOW and included in the inaugural BBC’s 100 women series.  Before this, she spent time working in a range of third sector organisations including Women for Refugee Women and the Simon community in Dublin.  Liv is obsessed with storytelling and has written for a range of outlets including Feminists Don’t Wear Pink, The Guardian, Wonderland and Elle Magazine.  She has spoken to audiences of up to 10,000 people and been recognised as one of the top women speakers in Britain by the Dots.


Naresh Ramchandani, Partner at Pentagram

Naresh is a partner at Pentagram, “the world’s largest independent design consultancy,” and founder of Do The Green Thing, a public service for the planet that uses creativity to tackle climate change. Naresh has also worked as a columnist for the Guardian and has created award-winning advertising content.


Sarah Gregory, Head of Creative Careers, Creative Industries Federation

Sarah Gregory, the Head of Creative Careers at the Creative Industries Federation, has more than 30 years of arts, education and industry experience to draw upon. Sarah ran her own creative careers consultancy and was previously the schools and careers manager at Creative Skillset and the enrichment programme manager for ARK Schools. A current school governor and non-executive director of Reprezent radio, Sarah is passionate about improving access to the creative industries across the UK.


The panel will be chaired by Marina Norris, founder of Cultural Baggage, a platform that finds ways to support the growth of individuals and communities through arts & culture. Marina holds many more positions across the creative industries including Director of DDJ& Recruitment for Culture, Interim Director for HOME Slough; a programme aiming to transform cultural engagement across Slough, and SECCADS coordinator in which she supports the growth of the creative industries across East Sussex.