The Panel

Below are the panels for Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards, select a year to view previous panels information:

  • Dominic Maxwell (Panel Chair):
    Theatre & Comedy Critic, The Times
  • Gerald Casey:
    Channel Director, Gold
  • Hannah Duncombe:
    Producer, NIT/CPL Productions
  • Tristram Fane Saunders:
    Commissioning Editor- Culture Desk, The Telegraph
  • Paul Fleckney:
    The Guardian
  • Suzy Grant:
    Producer, BBC Studios Comedy
  • Nosheen Iqbal:
    The Observer
  • Angela Jariwala:
    Public Competition Winner
  • Gráinne Smyth:
    Public Competition Winner
  • Michael Thomson:
    Public Competition Winner

Scouts: Kathy Bell, Alex Caven, Jane Dempsey, Dave Deverick, Kate Emmett, Joe Gardner, Jim Johnsone, Steve Morton, Sam Moulton, Mark Muldoon, Patrick Nicholls, Tim O’Connor, Tashi Radha, Joanne Rutherford, Sarah Slack, and Ross Stark
  • Stephen Armstrong (Panel Chair):
    Comedy Critic, Sunday Times
  • Gayle Anderson:
    Arts Writer and Herald Comedy Critic
  • Morwenna Gordon:
    Commissioning Editor, Sky Comedy
  • Richard Morris:
    Producer, BBC Studios Comedy
  • Sarah Asante:
    Assistant Commissioner, BBC Comedy
  • Saurabh Kakkar:
    Executive Producer (Comedy), Big Talk Productions
  • Tristram Fane Saunders:
    Commissioning Editor/Culture Writer, The Telegraph
  • Jane Dempsey:
    Public Panellist
  • Joe Gardner:
    Public Panellist
  • Tashi Radha:
    Public Panellist

  • Helen Hawkins (Panel Chair):
    Culture Editor, The Sunday Times
  • Alexandra Smith:
    Producer, BBC Comedy
  • Geoff Rowe:
    Director, Leicester Comedy Festival
  • Mark Boosey:
    Editor, British Comedy Guide
  • Mark Wareham:
    TV & Comedy Editor, Event Magazine, Mail on Sunday
  • Tanya Qureshi:
    Commissioning Executive, Channel 4 Comedy
  • Tilusha Ghelani:
    Comedy Commissioning Editor, Sky
  • Alex Caven:
    Public Panel Competition Winner
  • Nicholas Thompson:
    Public Panel Competition Winner
  • Sam Moulton:
    Public Panel Competition Winner

Scouts: Charlie Perkins, Dave Deverick, Jim Johnsone, Joanne Rutherford, Kate Emmett, Kathy Bell, Mark Muldoon, Patrick Nicholls, Ross Stark, Sarah Slack, Steve Morton
  • Alice Jones (Panel Chair):
    Arts Editor, i
  • Claire Smith:
    Reviewer and Feature Writer, The Scotsman
  • Dominic Maxwell:
    Theatre & Comedy Critic, The Times
  • Laura Riseam:
    Assistant Editor, Comedy, Channel 4
  • Sam Michell:
    BBC Comedy Editor
  • Saskia Schuster:
    Commissioning Editor, ITV
  • Susan Provan:
    Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  • Jim Johnsone:
    Public Panel Competition Winner
  • Niki di Palma:
    Public Panel Competition Winner
  • Sam Haslam:
    Public Panel Competition Winner

Scouts: Ben Williams, Charlie Perkins, Dave Deverick, Greg Jennings, Joanne Rutherford, Kate Emmett, Kathy Bell, Mark Muldoon, Nicholas Thompson, Patrick Nicholls, Ross Stark, Sarah Slack, Sophie Stubbs, Steve Morton
  • Lucy Lumsden (Panel Chair):
    Head of Comedy at Sky
  • Alex Hardy:
    Comedy Critic - The Times
  • Ben Williams:
    Comedy Editor - Time Out
  • Carl Cooper:
    Radio Producer - BBC
  • Charlie Perkins:
    Multi-platform Content Developer - Blink Industries
  • John Nicholson:
    Novelist, Writer and Freelance Comedy Critic – Mirror Online
  • Zoe Rabnett:
    Senior Producer - Just for Laughs
  • Dave Deverick:
    Public Panel Competition Winner
  • Kate Emmett:
    Public Panel Competition Winner
  • Mark Muldoon:
    Public Panel Competition Winner

Scouts: Alison Allan, Edward Newlands, Greg Jennings, Joanne Rutherford, Kate Bassett, Kathy Bell, Nicholas Thompson, Patrick Nicholls, Rebecca Maltby, Roaslind Romer, Ross Stark, Sarah Slack, Sophie Stubbs, Steve Morton, Tim O'Connor
  • Mark Monahan (Panel Chair):
    Deputy Arts Editor and Comedy Critic, The Daily Telegraph
  • Alex Hardy:
    TV and Comedy Critic, The Times
  • Alice Jones:
    Deputy Arts Editor, Writer and Columnist. The Independent and I
  • Geoff Rowe:
    Director, Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival
  • Lindsay Huges:
    Head of Talent, Baby Cow Productions
  • Liz Lewin:
    Commissioning Editor - Comedy, Channel 4
  • Sam Bryant:
    Producer, BBC Radio Comedy
  • Kathy Bell:
    Public Panel Competition Winner
  • Patrick Nicholls:
    Public Panel Competition Winner
  • Tim O'Connor:
    Public Panel Competition Winner

Scouts: Ben Williams, Dale Platt, Greg Jennings, Joanne Rutherford, Kate Copstick, Nikki Di Palma, Rosalind Romer, Ross Stark, Sara Shulman, Sophie Stubbs, Steve Morton
  • Tania Harrison (Panel Chair):
    Head of Arts and Comedy, Festival Republic
  • Alice Jones:
    Deputy Arts Editor of The Independent and I
  • Ben Boyer:
    Head of Development, Sky
  • Ben Williams:
    Comedy Editor, Time Out
  • Claire Jones:
    Producer, BBC Radio Comedy
  • Dominic Maxwell:
    Chief Comedy Critic, The Times
  • Rachel Springett:
    Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
  • Charlotte Lowey:
    Public Competition Winner
  • Dale Platt:
    Public Competition Winner
  • Stuart Wilson:
    Public Competition Winner

  • Lindsay Hughes (Panel Chair):
    Head of Talent & Executive Producer, Baby Cow Productions
  • Ben Boyer:
    Head of Development, Sky Comedy
  • Ben Williams:
    Comedy Editor, Time Out
  • Bruce Dessau:
    Evening Standard
  • Dominic Maxwell:
    Chief Comedy Critic, The Times
  • Lyndsay Fenner:
    Producer, BBC Radio Comedy
  • Paul Macinnes:
    Editor, the Guardian Guide
  • Oscar Cainer:
    Public Competition Winner
  • Sophie Stubbs:
    Public Competition Winner
  • Emma Watkins:
    Public Competition Winner

  • Tania Harrison (Panel Chair):
    Head of Arts & Comedy, Festival Republic
  • Ben Williams:
    Comedy Editor, Time Out
  • Brian Reade:
    Columnist, Daily Mirror
  • Cara Sandys:
    Winner: The Times
  • Julia Mckenzie:
    Executive Producer, BBC Radio Comedy
  • Lindsay Hughes:
    Head of Talent & Executive Producer, Baby Cow Productions
  • Mark Monahan:
    Critic & Editor, Daily Telegraph
  • Sarah Slack:
    Winner: Time Out Magazine
  • Simon Nicholls:
    Development Executive, Comedy, Lucky Giant Productions: NBC Universal
  • Steve Morton:
    Winner: edfringe.com

  • Dominic Cavendish (Panel Chair):
    Comedy & Theatre Critic, The Daily Telegraph
  • Alison Vernon-Smith:
    Executive Producer, BBC Radio Comedy
  • Greg Jennings:
    Winner: Time Out Magazine - London
  • Joanne Rutherford:
    Winner: edfringe.com - Scotland
  • Joseph Beckett:
    Winner: The Times – London
  • Nerys Evans:
    Commissioning Editor, Comedy, Channel 4
  • Paul Macinnes:
    Entertainment Editor, Guardian.co.uk
  • Stephen Armstrong:
    Comedy Critic, The Sunday Times
  • Susan Provan:
    Artistic Director, Melbourne Comedy Festival
  • Tania Harrison:
    Arts and Special Events Promoter, Festival Republic

  • Tim Arthur (Panel Chair):
    Comedy Editor, Time Out
  • Caroline Raphael:
    Commissioning Editor of Comedy & Entertainment, BBC Radio 4
  • Dominic Maxwell:
    Theatre Editor and Chief Comedy Critic, The Times
  • Jason Stone:
    The Times Public Panellist
  • Jo Williams:
    The Times Public Panellist
  • Joff Powell:
    Commissioning and Development Producer, UKTV
  • Niki Di Palmer:
    Winner, Time Out Magazine – London
  • Paul MacInnes:
    Entertainment Editor, The Guardian
  • Ross Stark :
    Edfringe.com Public Panellist
  • Tania Harrrison :
    Arts & Special Events Promoter, Latitude Festival

  • Bruce Dessau (Panel Chair):
    Comedy Critic, Evening Standard
  • Alison Leitch:
    The Times Public Panellist
  • Jonathan Trew:
    Journalist, The Scotsman
  • Jude Stone:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • Julian Hall:
    Comedy Critic, The Independent
  • Karen Rosie:
    Producer, BBC TV Comedy
  • Paul Schlesinger:
    Head of Radio Comedy, BBC
  • Rosanna Bond:
    The Times Public Panellist
  • Tim Arthur :
    Comedy Editor, Time Out
  • Victoria Payne:
    Producer, Talkback TV

  • Dominic Maxwell (Panel Chair):
    Theatre Editor & Chief Comedy Critic, The Times
  • Colin Anderson:
    Radio Producer, BBC
  • James Parker:
    The Times Public Panellist
  • Joe Talbot:
    Director of Progamming Nuts TV, Formerly Deputy Comissioner ITV2, ITV3, ITV4
  • Julian Hall:
    Comedy Critic, The Independent
  • Kathleen Hutchison:
    Head of New Comedy, Paramount Comedy Channel
  • Laura Gray:
    Edfringe.com Public Panellist
  • Rosie Morris:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • Tim Arthur:
    Comedy Editor, Time Out
  • Veronica Lee:
    Comedy Critic, Sunday Telegraph

  • Stephen Armstrong (Panel Chair):
    Comedy Critic,The Sunday Times
  • Dominic Maxwell:
    Theatre Editor & Comedy Critic, The Times
  • Geoff Rowe:
    Director, Leicester Comedy Festival
  • Helen Heggie:
    Edfringe.com Public Panellist
  • Matthew Swynnerton:
    The Times Public Panellist
  • Rory Weller:
    Arts & Entertainment Editor, Metro, Scotland
  • Samantha Terry:
    Metro Public Panellist
  • Sarah Mahoney:
    Head of Programming & Development, Paramount Comedy
  • Victoria Lloyd:
    Producer, BBC Radio Entertainment

  • John Pidgeon (Panel Chair):
    Head of BBC Radio Entertainment
  • Emma King:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • Graham Smith:
    Commissioning Editor, Comedy, Channel 5
  • Ian Shuttleworth:
    Comedy & Theatre Critic, Financial Times
  • Paul Maguire:
    The Times Public Panellist
  • Ruby Kuraishe:
    Editor, Factual Entertainment, Channel Four
  • Sarah Mahoney:
    Head of Programming & Development, Paramount Comedy
  • Sarah Niblock:
    Edfringe.com Public Panellist
  • Stephen Armstrong:
    Comedy Critic, The Sunday Times
  • Vanessa Haynes:
    Head of Comedy Development, Celador

  • Bruce Dessau (Panel Chair):
    Comedy Critic, Evening Standard
  • Andrew Mackenzie:
    Commissioning Editor Factual Entertainment, Channel 4
  • Dominic Maxwell:
    Comedy Critic, The Times
  • Johnny Laird:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • Kate Bassett:
    The Times Public Panellist
  • Kate Copstick:
    Broadcaster & Journalist
  • Katie Marsden:
    Producer, BBC Radio Entertainment
  • Rosalind Romer:
    Edfringe.com Public Panellist
  • Stephen Armstrong:
    Comedy Critic, The Sunday Times

  • Alex O'Connell (Panel Chair):
    Deputy Editor & Comedy Critic, The Times
  • Allison Allan:
    Edfringe.com Public Panellist
  • Bruce Dessau:
    Comedy Critic, Evening Standard
  • Dave Morley:
    Executive Producer, Comedy, Granada
  • Dominic Maxwell:
    Comedy Critic, Metro; Theatre Critic, Time Out
  • Don Mosses:
    The Times Public Panellist
  • Jacqui Fuller:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • Kate Copstick:
    Senior Comedy Critic, The Scotsman
  • Robert Popper:
    Commissioning Editor, Comedy Channel 4
  • Tilusha Ghelani:
    Producer BBC Radio Entertainment

  • Dominic Cavendish (Panel Chair):
    Deputy Theatre Critic and Comedy Critic, Daily Telegraph
  • Alex O'Connell:
    Comedy Critic, The Times
  • Bruce Dessau:
    Comedy Critic, Evening Standard
  • Fiona Sturgess:
    Comedy Critic, The Independent
  • Graham Smith:
    Acting Editor, BBC New Comedy
  • Innis Moore:
    Edfringe.com Public Panellist
  • Jane Parker:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • Linda Stacey:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • Rachel Freck:
    Comedy Casting Director
  • Stephen D Wright:
    Commissioning Editor, Channel 4

  • Gareth Edwards (Panel Chair):
    BBC Producer
  • Alex O'Connell:
    Arts Writer & Comedy Critic, The Times
  • Dan Hull:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • David Lemkin:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • Fiona Sturgess:
    Arts Writer & Comedy Critic, The Independent
  • Gavin Hughes:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • Iain Morris:
    Editor Entertainment, Channel 4
  • Kate Phillips:
    Entertainment Producer, BBC
  • Rachel Halliburton:
    Theatre Critic, Evening Standard
  • Stephanie Merritt:
    Comedy Critic & Feature Writer, The Observer

  • Hettie Judah (Panel Chair):
    Arts Correspondent, The Times
  • Anne Farquharson:
    Scot FM Winner
  • Cheryl Taylor:
    Comedy Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
  • Crispin Leyser:
    Comedy Producer, LWT
  • Darina Healy:
    Deputy Controller Entertainment, Channel 5
  • Dominic Cavendish:
    Comedy Critic, Daily Telegraph; Arts Writer, Time Out
  • Gareth Edwards:
    BBC Radio Producer
  • Jackie Jamieson:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • Margaret Ishola:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • Mark Wilson:
    Deputy Arts Editor, The Independent

  • Kate Bassett (Panel Chair):
    Theatre and Comedy Critic, DailyTelegraph
  • Claudine Rausch:
    Public Panellist
  • Dan Strutt:
    Public Panellist
  • Danny Wallace:
    Journalist
  • Darina Healy:
    Deputy Comedy Controller,Channel 5
  • Dominic Cavendish:
    Comedy Critic, Daily Telegraph
  • John Pidgeon:
    BBC
  • Katie Taylor:
    Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
  • Lizzie Stitt:
    Public Panellist
  • Nicholas Barber :
    Comedy Critic, The Independent

  • Myfanwy Moore (Panel Chair):
    BBC New Comedy Producer
  • Alan Nixon:
    Controller of Entertainment, Channel 5
  • Caroline Allan:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • Daniel Noy:
    The List Public Panellist
  • Eddie Gibb:
    Freelance Journalist - The Guardian & The Scotsman
  • Hettie Judah:
    Comedy Critic, The Times
  • Katie Taylor:
    Deputy Comissioning Editor, Comedy & Entertainment, Channel 4
  • Shane Allen:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • Stephen Armstrong:
    Feature Writer - Sunday Times & The Face
  • Veronica Lee:
    Feature Writer & Critic - The Sunday Telegraph

  • Kate Bassett (Panel Chair):
    Theatre and Comedy Critic, Daily Telegraph
  • Geoff Posner:
    Director, Pozzitive TV Ltd
  • Imogen Edwards-Jones:
    Freelance Journalist, Evening Standard, Observer
  • James Christopher:
    Comedy Critic, The Times, Daily Mail
  • James Rampton:
    Comedy Critic, The Independent
  • Jon Ronson:
    Writer & Documentary Producer
  • Myfanwy Moore:
    Director of Original Progamming & Presentation, The Paramount Comedy Channel
  • Rory Ford:
    The List Public Panellist
  • Sarah Patterson:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • Veronica Howe :
    Time Out Public Panellist

  • Paul Spencer (Panel Chair):
    Head of Comedy, ITV Network Centre
  • Alex Games:
    Comedy Critic, Evening Standard
  • Chris Lonie:
    The List Public Panellist
  • Hannah Chambers:
    Time Out Public Panellist
  • Lorna Henderson:
    The List Public Panellist
  • Miranda Sawyer:
    Columnist, Pop Commentator - The Face; Observer
  • Richard Cook :
    Cat Laughs Comedy Festival Director, Kilkenny
  • Rob Yates:
    Guardian Critic
  • Sam Taylor:
    The Observer
  • Sandi Kirk:
    Freelance TV Producer - Good Stuff (Carlton TV)

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    • Ian Albery (Panel Chair):
      Theatre Producer
    • Janice Forsyth:
      Scotland on Sunday
    • John Connor:
      Comedy Editor, City Limits
    • Maria Hanna:
      Time Out Public Panellist
    • Michael Brown:
      The List Public Panellist
    • Michael Goldfarb:
      Journalist
    • Ned Sherrin:
      Broadcaster, Author & Director
    • Richard Jobson:
      Broadcaster
    • Sioned William:
      Radio 4 Light Entertainment Producer, BBC

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    • Ian Albery (Panel Chair):
      Theatre Producer
    • Annalena McAfee:
      Critic, Evening Standard
    • Hilary Jago:
      Time Out Public Panellist
    • John Connor:
      Comedy Editor, City Limits
    • Lucy Flannery:
      Radio Forth Public Panellist
    • Malcolm Hay:
      Comedy Editor, Timeout
    • Mark Robson:
      Light Entertainment Producer, Radio 4
    • Sarah Hemmings:
      Editor, The List

    • Lyn Gardner (Panel Chair):
      Theatre & Comedy Editor, City Limits
    • Alan Maxwell:
      Time Out Public Panel
    • Alex Renton:
      Arts, News & Diary Journalist, The Independent
    • Colin Bogie:
      Radio Forth Public Panellist
    • Colin Summerville:
      Radio Forth
    • David Tyler:
      Producer, Spitting Image
    • Juliet Blake:
      TV Producer
    • Linda Burgon:
      Radio Forth Public Panellist
    • Malcolm Hay:
      Comedy Editor, Timeout

    • Peter Nichols (Panel Chair):
      Comedy Editor, Time Out
    • Charlie Finn:
      Time Out Public Panellist
    • Juliet Blake:
      TV Producer, L.W.T.
    • Lyn Gardner:
      Theatre & Comedy Editor, City Limits
    • Miles Kington:
      Columnist, The Times
    • Paul Spencer:
      Light Entertainment Producer, Radio 4
    • Ruth Morrison:
      Radio Forth Public Panellist
    • Tracy McLoud:
      Researcher, Wogan