About The Judges

Olivia Ahmad
House of Illustration
Olivia Ahmad is House of Illustration’s Curator and is responsible for its exhibitions programme, residencies and commissions. She graduated from Cambridge School of Art in Illustration in 2008 and from Newcastle University in Museum Studies in 2010. She has previously held roles at Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books and the Northern Design Festival.

Helen Dorey
Sherlock Holmes specialist
Helen Dorey, MBE, FSA, is a renowned Sherlock Holmes specialist. She has served as a Council Member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London and is invested in the world’s oldest Sherlock Holmes Society, The Baker Street Irregulars of New York.

Sheri Gee
Art Director
The Folio Society
Sheri studied Illustration at The Kent Institute of Art and Design Maidstone (now UCA Maidstone), graduating in 1997. Some months she later started at The Folio Society. During the course of her 17 years with the company, Sheri has learnt about all aspects of fine book production and was made Art Director in 2010. Many of her commissions and art direction have won awards in UK and international illustration and design competitions.

Colin McKenzie
House of Illustration
Colin McKenzie studied Art History at the University of Sussex before beginning his arts career at London’s Barbican Centre. After 5 years in charge of fundraising there he went to the National Gallery where he was Director of Development for 12 years. In 2006 he became Director of the Charleston Trust, responsible for the running of Charleston, the country home of the Bloomsbury Group. He joined House I of Illustration as Director in 2014 and was a judge on the 2015 and 2016 awards. He is a trustee of the Towner Art Gallery.

James Rose
Limited Editions Commissioning Editor
The Folio Society
James Rose, an English graduate from the University of Aberdeen, has worked in publishing since 2004 on both fiction and non-fiction at publishers including Macmillan, Bloomsbury, and Faber and Faber. James is currently the Limited Editions Commissioning Editor at The Folio Society.

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