2016 Competition Judges

NIna HancockNina Hancock – Owner & Managing Director – Nina Hancock Wallpapers

Nina first got the design and interiors bug when working in real estate funding and management in her native Poland. Through export sales and product development roles at The Paper Partnership Wallpapers Limited and Holden Decor Nina has travelled extensively and developed key relationships with leading wallpaper distributors from all over South America, USA, Russia, Baltics, Southern Europe, North Africa and Western Europe. Working closely with her husband, Alan, Nina has also helped put together numerous wallpaper collections to meet the demands of Middle East and China, key markets for medium to high end wallpaper collections.  Nina has recently launched her own brand – Nina Hancock Wallpapers. Although based in the UK the brand is, very much, export focused and the collections are being developed with global appeal. From selecting designs, colouring the full line to creating the graphics, point of sale and travelling the globe to place the collections, Nina is hands on through every step.  A keen customer focused eye Nina is continually looking for inspirational designs with global appeal.


JODY PHOTO 4     Jody Hudson – Designer – Graham & Brown Limited

Jody graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012 with a degree in Fashion, taking a particular interest in print design. During university she was fortunate enough to have visited a number of European studios, only adding to her love of travel and different cultures.  Shortly after graduating, Jody travelled to China to lecture at Ningbo University and design for the Chinese market.  Returning to the UK in 2013, Jody worked with a high street fashion company in London building online collections for the commercial market before finally  returning to her Blackburn roots 2 years ago to join Graham & Brown’s design studio creating and developing designs for wallpapers, wall art and kids décor.  Jody has a great passion for trends worldwide & loves experimenting with new design styles. With an understanding of the industry as a younger designer, she is always keen to see new talent from all over the world.


Miles ThackerMiles Thacker – Business Development Director- Anstey Wallpapers Limited

Having initially trained in Fine Art at Doncaster College of Art, I began my working career as a Technical Draftsman moving from there into Technical Illustration.  After several years working at a drawing board, which saw a period of time where I worked as a Technical Illustrator on archaeological excavations, I secured a position working in the design studio of Zoffany Limited, then based in Leeds.  At that time Zoffany had its own short-run manufacturing capabilities and so I became increasingly involved in the whole product development cycle through the design phase and on into colour sampling and production.  Following a factory relocation to Leicestershire, I became more and more involved in the production cycle and so took up a design and sales development roll at Anstey Wallpaper Company, where I have remained to this day. During my time at Anstey I have held both creative and ‘commercial’ roles, with the latter taking priority in recent years, however my training and initial grounding in design continues to be a vital foundation to the job I now do.


Tristan-Picture      Tristan Vaudor – Studio Manager – Ugepa SRL

My passion of drawing and painting led me to join the wallpaper industry 9 years ago when I started working in the creative studio for one of the largest wallpaper manufacturers’ in Germany.  I was responsible for both in-house projects and bespoke customer requirement.  Working on diverse projects has developed my creative handwriting enabling me to successfully interpret wide-ranging ideas and styles. It gives me great pleasure and satisfaction in taking my work through from its conception to completion as a roll of wallpaper. I am eager to understand all stages of the process and learn about all different production methods as I believe this knowledge will help me get the very best out of the production process which, in turn, will deliver the very best designs for our customers.  Last year I moved companies and countries, to take up the challenge of Studio Manager with a long established French wallpaper manufacturer and working with a creative, dynamic and passionate team, I look forward to many more years in a career that I love.


marc-roylance-600     Marc Roylance – Design Director – Fine Decor Wallcoverings

A second generation wallpaper designer, his father being an Art Director for Vymura Wallcoverings in the UK, Marc had wallpaper in the blood.  After studying illustration at University, Marc began his design career at Coloroll Wallcoverings under the tutelage of John Wilman in 1996.  In the late 90’s, whilst at Coloroll, Marc started styling wallpaper collections for many of the U.S.’s major distributors, as well as working with varied UK and Export accounts.  Marc joined Fine Decor in 2008 as Design Manager, covering mainly the UK market, in 2010 was promoted to Design Director covering all world markets.   He works closely with customers, suppliers and the factory to ensure that new interesting processes and techniques are constantly being developed, as well as travelling the world to search for new design trends.

Pascal Siellet – CEO – Ugepa SRL


Abi WatsonAbigail Watson – Sales & Marketing Director – The Surface Print Company Limited

Since long before Abigail can remember, wallpaper has been a significant part of her family’s heritage.  Having trained as an Interior Designer at Leeds Metropolitan University, Abigail spent ten years working in Kitchen and Bathroom Design at Poggenpohl.  Abigail developed her design skills through the restoration and regeneration of residential buildings, focusing particularly on design ideas and implementation, the specification of materials and colour consultancy.  Abigail’s passion for Interior Design, combined with her instinctive wallpaper knowledge meant that it was only natural when she took the decision to join her family’s wallpaper manufacturing business ‘The Surface Print Company’ in 2012.  Abigail and her brother James are the fourth generation of ‘Watsons’ to be involved in wallpaper and her current role as Sales & Marketing Director sees Abigail working alongside many high-end brands, providing design consultation, trend advice and printing expertise. Exploring interior trends worldwide, whilst managing the company’s sales and marketing teams – Abigail is the face of the Surface Print Company. Abigail has recently become a mother to baby ‘Ella Rose’ – her biggest challenge to date!


     Christine Westcott – Head of Design – CWV Wallcoverings Limited

christine Wetcott 300dpiChristine trained in Fine art and Illustration at Carmarthen College of Art and graduated in 1988.  With over 25 years of experience in the Wallcoverings business she is well placed as Head of Design at CWV, keeping the team feeling inspired, motivated and empowered. Christine’s natural awareness of colour and trend forecasting allows the company to stay ahead of the curve. Her passion for pattern and colour is renowned in the industry, bringing time again best sellers to the portfolio of CWV.  Always searching for new design talent and creative ways to produce innovative wallpapers, she is constantly experimenting with technologies and materials working closely with Research & Development teams to explore papers, finishes and speciality inks – ensuring that the initial artwork or concept is kept fresh through to the finished roll of wallpaper.