Our panel

Judging your postcards is our panel of experts from the worlds of music, art, design and business.

These discerning experts will judge the winners at our Exhibition event on 25 September at Proud Camden in London.

Leading our jury is one of British music’s biggest icons...

John Lydon

AKA Johnny Rotten

One of the most recognisable icons in music history. He was lead singer of the Sex Pistols, who shot to fame in the 1970s with singles such as 'Anarchy in the UK' and 'God Save the Queen.' With Public Image Ltd (PiL), Lydon has continued to reinvent himself. From their beginnings in 1978, he set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive today.

In March 2017, Johnny released Mr Rotten’s Songbook. Limited to 1,000 copies and presented in glorious, luxury large format, Mr Rotten's Songbook features John’s never before seen artwork as well as annotated song lyric sheets spanning his entire career all written in his own hand. The book sold-out immediately!

As one of Britain’s original alternative thinkers, John will be looking for interesting and most of all original ideas in your postcard designs!

John Lydon is our Head Judge, and one of the most recognizable icons in music history.

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Lord John Bird, MBE

The Big Issue Founder. House of Lords Crossbencher. Frustrated painter!

Brought up in an orphanage, excluded from school, John had spells in prison where he learnt the basics of printing. Building on his prison education as a way to break the cycle, he set up a small printing business in London. John co-founded The Big Issue in 1991, and received an MBE for services to the Homeless in 1995.

“My intended path was to overthrow capitalism! Then when you realise that what you are interested in is dismantling poverty, you have to get into ‘the belly of the whale’ and that was the opportunity of going into the Lords.”

Baron Bird of Notting Hill since 2015, John Bird is a non-party-political peer. His work in the House of Lords focuses on dismantling the root causes of poverty in the UK, with an emphasis on education reform. He speaks on issues of social enterprise, social mobility, democratic reform and the Arts, and is Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Enterprise.

Lord Bird also studied Art and Design at Chelsea School of Art (University of the Arts London).

John Bird will host our VIP awards evening.


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Richard DeDomenici

Performance artist. Social, joyful, topical and political - although rarely simultaneously.

Specialises in anarcho-surrealist interventions that strive to create the kind of uncertainty that leads to possibility. Invented the Carry-Ok wearable karaoke system, crocheted crypto-currency Knitcoin, office chair sport The Swivelympics, and radical feminist Eurovision tribute Fux Bizz. His 2015 adaptation of his inexplicably popular Redux Project for BBC4 was described by reviewer Matt Trueman as one of the smartest, strangest, subversive half hours of television he had ever seen.

Richard's low-budget seven-minute-long remake of Withnail & I premieres in Penrith in September, and he is currently touring his installation Shed Your Fears, which debuted at Tate Modern in March, around the UK. He's performed in over 30 countries, and this autumn will unveil his most ambitious commission yet for the Radical Independent Art Fund.

Richard will also curate our gallery exhibition and VIP awards evening, and offer his own unique take on Britain 2017 on the night.

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Dr. Nicky Ryan

Dean of Design at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London

Dr. Nicky Ryan is an art and design writer and researcher with over 15 years' experience of teaching, leadership and management in Higher Education. Nicky’s writing and research has broadly focused around contemporary spatial practices and cultural institutions. Her undergraduate and postgraduate studies were in the History of Art and Architecture and her PhD thesis examined the relationship between museums and the market. This interdisciplinary research has resulted in a body of publications in relation to contemporary patronage; branded spaces; museums and curating and culture-led regeneration. For a decade Nicky was a reviewer for the Museums Journal, and has worked on live projects and collaborations with cultural institutions involving curating exhibitions, events, catalogues and websites.

“London College of Communication is a pioneering world leader in creative communications education and I’m thrilled that SAXOPRINT is giving our students and alumni this opportunity to showcase their work via ProStudio. Students come to LCC from all over the world and I’m looking forward to seeing how they use design to represent their diverse view of Britain today.”

Daniel Ackermann 

CEO, SAXOPRINT

Daniel Ackermann graduated with a degree in Finance and International Management from the University of Arizona and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (Germany). He began his career in the German military doing missions abroad from 1996 to 2008. In 2009, he became the Assistant to the CEO of the CEWE Group and was responsible for strategic projects before he became the Managing Director of SAXOPRINT, a member of the CEWE Group, in 2013.

“Postcards have a long national tradition in Great Britain,” says Daniel. “In these interesting political and social times, we want to give creative designers a platform to showcase their view on Great Britain on this traditional medium.”

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Neil Lovell

CEO, The Printing Charity

Neil began his career in advertising, joining Charles Barker as a graduate trainee in 1988, and eventually becoming Regional Director with responsibility for six offices. He became Corporate Communications Director of One-2-One/T-Mobile in 2000, and then RAC plc where he led the delivery of large-scale and complex communications programmes.  

Neil moved into the charity sector in 2009 and is currently CEO of The Printing Charity, which provides welfare grants and education support for people within the printing, packaging and publishing sector. Prior to this he was CEO of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

“I love the Postcard competition,” says Neil. “It provides a live brief and will stretch designers to come up with creative and impactful designs. It’s such a great initiative and I’m looking forward to seeing the ideas.”

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David Gamage

Managing Director, Earth Island Publishing Ltd

David has over twenty five years experience in publishing, specialising in developing magazines, including Print Solutions, Packaging Solutions, GreenPrint and IndPrint magazines for the graphics industry, as well as running The Solutions Awards, Print iT (students into industry), Green Printciples (sustainability) and various other campaigns. He’s also a musician, runs a record label and is married with two children.

"Design in the UK is more creative than ever. Designers can make use of dynamic applications, things like augmented reality to bring print to life, special effects, lenticular and digital cutting. SAXOPRINT really embrace these innovations with their designer community, and that’s why I am delighted to be part of #TGBPC. I think we’ll see some stunning examples of design!"

Simon Biltcliffe

CEO, Webmart

Winner of the UK Institute of Directors’ Director of the Year award and highly commended Employer of the Year by the Lloyds National Business Awards, Simon is acknowledged as an outstanding business creator and ‘thought-provoking imparter of commercial wisdom’. 

Having started Webmart over 20 years ago, with £10,000 of his own money, Simon has built the business on his Marxist-capitalist philosophy and delivered vast returns for both the business and the wider community.

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