group managing director
The Current Collective

Damian has worked within the agency experiential marketing world for over 20 years.  Starting his career at Haygarth, Damian worked across multiple trade sectors for brands such as Tropicana, Gallaher, Carlsberg-Tetley, Tesco, Ford, Palm and Disney. 

During his time at Haygarth, Damian spent 10 years running Nokia’s consumer and trade marketing where he was responsible for implementing multi million pound trade and consumer experiential and sponsorship campaigns, many of which won several industry global awards.  Whilst on the Board of Directors Damian also set up and ran Fire Marketing, Haygarth’s experiential arm.

Damian has recently joined The Current Collective as Group Managing Director where he holds executive responsibility for all the agencies in the group and aims to maintain the focus on the fantastic people involved both internally and externally and producing fantastic creative work for their clients.

He also maintains his senior membership of the Adelpha Founders Forum – a platform providing investment, mentorship and consultancy to female founders of early growth stage businesses.

Judging panel

Damian Charles

group managing director
The Current Collective

Rachel Bateman

head of experiential

Nathan Homan

Creative Director
Rouge Events

Taj Sur

business director
Savvy Marketing

Alistair Bryan

UK chief operating officer
Momentum Worldwide

Kate BM

Business Development Manager Sales Events
The London Reign Showclub

Sarah-Jane Benham

Managing Director
Kru Live

Hayley Lawrence

managing director
Brand and Deliver

Victoria Archbold

managing director
Hearst Live

Fran Derry

board director

michelle linaker

head of national events
Pride of Britain

Sarah Baumann


Chris Wareham

Managing Director
MASH Staffing

Jiri Bures

creative director
Imagination Ltd

Chris Whittle


Daisy Andrew

European events manager
Seedlip Drinks

Scott Cullather


Emma Lax

strategy director
Cake, Havas

David Herbuck


Jim Campling

president, UK marketing partnerships
Live Nation

Jason Megson

vice president, managing director
George P. Johnson