Content editor, Juniormagazine.co.uk
Starting off in parenting journalism as a keen fashion assistant at Junior over five years ago, Catherine now creates and manages all content for the brand, since it transitioned from a print publication to existing solely online. Catherine is passionate about discovering and supporting excellent design and celebrating everything beautiful in a child’s life: and she can usually be found carrying around the latest chic changing bag... as a handbag. Catherine is also the editor of her own lifestyle website, FashCatherine.com
Singer and presenter
We are very pleased to welcome Rachel back to the Junior Design Award judging panel for the fifth year in a row. With two young daughters, Rachel is well-versed in what makes a great piece of parenting equipment. She also has a fabulous design eye, looking for products which not only make her life easier but are also good quality and beautiful to look at. Rachel has a penchant for purchasing cute designer kids’ clothes. Her interest in fashion and styling began in the eighties with her Girls’ World hair and make up set.
Photo: Kal Griffig
TV presenter and meteorologist, Junior columnist
Kirsty has two sons, Ethan, 3, and Logan, nearly 1, and is best known for her work as a TV presenter and meteorologist. She began her career as a weather presenter for the Met Office, broadcasting on BBC local, national and international TV and radio stations, before joining GMTV and then ITV's Daybreak. Kirsty’s parenting column is published every Friday on Junior, covering essential topics for all parents, from the trials of teething to toddler tantrums.
Fashion designer, Junior columnist
Olivia is a women’s fashion and print designer and mum to daughter, Chloe, 1. Famous faces including Fearne Cotton, Cheryl Cole and Lily Allen have worn her beautiful fashion designs. Olivia has recently launched her new label Olivia Rubin Atelier, which focuses on luxury evening looks, offering seasonal ready-to-wear collections and bespoke made-to-order pieces. Olivia joined Junior to bring readers her insider's opinion on the most fabulous fashion and lifestyle finds for children, discuss the latest trends in childrenswear and inspire with ideas of how she likes to dress her own daughter.
Freelance writer and social media editor
Susie has worked for numerous magazine titles, with career highlights including gaining Nuts magazine 60,000 new Twitter followers within six months, and running the social media accounts for LOOK magazine. Now, as a freelancer, she juggles writing features on motherhood with blogging about parenting, lifestyle and travel on her own website, My Milo And Me, and running her own successful (laugh-a-minute) Instagram. Susie is mum to son Milo, 18 months, partner of Olympian Greg Rutherford MBE (the ginger long jumper) and owner of three dogs and (in her own words) a 'worrying amount of chickens'.
Eimear Varian Barry
Model, stylist and photographer
Eimear is a multi-hyphenated kind of person, with many exciting strings to her bow. She writes the EVB Edit, a online destination to present her personal work, as well as showcase her collaboarations with leading industry creatives and fashion brands, including River Island, Gap and KeriKit. As well as being an avid social media user, (check out her beautiful Instagram), Eimear is a doting mother to her daughters, Saoirse, 2, and her newborn, Harper. Also, check out Eimear on Snapchat: eimearvb
Founder of Childs Farm
Joanna must be one of the hardest working and most inspiring women we know. Having created the Junior Design Award-winning children's toiletries brand in 2010, Joanna works tirelessly to spread the message of looking after young, delicate skin properly, while also bringing up her two daughters. Childs Farm now has it's own cartoon on Cartoonito, and donates 10% of all its profits to the Riding for the Disabled Association.
Alison has been a parenting consumer expert for more years than she'd care to remember - her own two 'babies' have long since grown up! She began her career in women's magazines, moving into parenting (Prima Baby, Mother & Baby) after becoming a mum, and including spells as a web editor (Babyexpert, Made for Mums), and content contibutor (NetMums, Junior). Helping new mums make the right choices about the baby gear they buy, supporting them in their role with helpful advice, and guiding them towards choosing quality and design wherever possible, are the mantras by which Alison works.
Greg is a social media manager, content marketer, web developer and blogs about life as a dad living in London, on London Dad, online. He is dad to baby Etta and husband to Alice, who runs Avocado magazine online. His Instagram, @london_dad is a beautiful collection of black and white images of snapshots from his family centered life. As well as one-year-old Etta, he also has a dog called Cat, to look after. Greg believes that 2016 is going to be the 'year of the dad'.
Founder of Notanothermummyblog.com
Alison Perry is a magazine editor and writer who lives in London with her husband and five-year-old daughter. In need of something to keep her brain active during maternity leave, Alison started Not Another Mummy Blog, which has since developed into an award-winning mix of opinion, style and travel, read by up to 350,000 people a month. She also co-edits family travel blog Space In Your Case and writes for a variety of women's magazine and websites. When she's not writing, you can usually find Alison buying stationery, listening to Taylor Swift, shopping in Zara or geeking out over blogging or photography kit.
Interiors journalist, stylist and author
An influential design industry personality who specialises in interviews, columns, trends, simple living and all aspects of design, vintage shopping and home style, Ellie started her career working for magazine publishers including Hearst and Time Inc. where she wrote for Ideal Home magazine. She went freelance in 2011 and her work has since been published in top titles such as Homes & Antiques, Grand Designs, The Observer Magazine and Homes & Gardens. Ellie has recently published two interiors books: Design Bloggers at Home and Chic Boutiquers at Home. As an interiors expert, Ellie is passionate about discovering timelessly-stylish designs that will stand the test of time. When she’s not working, she enjoys decorating the Edwardian cottage she shares with her husband. You can read more about Ellie on her blog.
Zoe Goldsmith and Dan Stockley
Founders of Hucklebones
Zoe and Dan are childhood sweethearts, founder of girls’ designer label Hucklebones and Junior Design Award winners – and are genuinely the loveliest people working in the fashion industry. They are a great success story of the Junior Design Awards, since they won our 2011 award for Best Emerging Talent, and, after great success went on to be shortlisted in the Girls’ Designer Fashion category in 2012. The label has gone from strength to strength, now stocked in over 22 countries worldwide, and we are delighted to welcome them back for a second year running, as judges.
National Mineral Make Up Artist
Elizabeth began her career in beauty as a freelance make up artist, working in theatre and television, on shows such as Skins and Silk. She joined bareMinerals in 2010 as an Assistant Boutique Manager where her talents were soon recognised, and she was snapped up by head office to work alongside the bareMinerals national make up artisty team. Elizabeth's skills mean she has a keen eye for spotting beautiful things. She is expecting her first baby with her fiance, Joe, this September, so will be judging the products at the Junior Design Awards with a view to which she deem good enough to use for her own growing family!