The Jura Jury

Mark Gorman

Mark Gorman has been practicing in the creative Industry since 1985, primarily in advertising (Halls, The Leith Agency and his own Agency 1576 Advertising) but also in general marketing, PR and increasingly in the ‘digital’ sector.

But he’s also a vocal champion of the cause with, firstly, Chairmanship of the IPA where, during his tenure, The IPA were instrumental in establishing the Creative Advertising Masters degree at Napier University.  He’s had two spells on the Marketing Society Council, and established both the marketing pressure group SMCAG and The Marketing Association.

These days he can be found as Regional Director, Scotland at The Marketing Centre and Chairman of Creative Edinburgh.

Mark also chairs NABS in Scotland (15 years on its committee and counting), where his Music Quiz and Arts Auction are established fixtures on Scotland’s creative social fixture list.

It’s a great honour for me to be chairing the third The Nods awards and we are so grateful to Jura for enabling us to run the awards for another year. The Jura Jury is quite unique and a very special gathering, as it provides a truly global insight and opinion into the best work from Scotland. It takes any sense of parochialism, or familiarity, out of the mix and quite simply the best ideas, coupled with the best crafting, win. There’s much to celebrate and here’s to a phenomenal 2020 showing.

Vice Chair
Lisl Macdonald

Lisl has 30 years of experience in marketing and communications. She has been a senior client, planner, and consultant in several industries in Europe and across Asia. Brands include BT, Amadeus, OMD and DST, and projects vary from strategic marketing, new product development, market research, campaign development and measurement, and customer loyalty.

I’m in full training mode again for judging the Nods. Prep includes: cardio for heart string-tugging stories; ab strengthening for the belly laughs; hydration for tears of sadness and joy; caffeine tolerance testing for all the late nights being wowed by creative talent. Really looking forward to seeing the entries so please get going!


The Nods are judged by an impressive range of international judges with experience of judging the most prestigious creative awards from across the world, together with a few local legends.

Our international judges include:

Our international judges have also helped judge the following awards across the world:




iF Design Award (Germany)

Brazilian Graphic Design Association National Award

Graphex 2008 – Canada National Design Award

National Institute for Design Training Award (Chile)

Chiledisegno 2007 (Chile)

Max Feffer Graphic Design Award -(Brazil)

Brazilian Creative Club

The Universal Logo for Human Rights (Germany)

Luxe Pack Brasil and Innova Pack Award (Brazil)

Campana de Oro (Golden Bell)-Uruguay

Ojo de Iberoamérica – Argentina

Festival Caribe (President of Jury) – Panamá

Montreux Festival – Switzerland

Wave Festival – Río de Janeiro/Brasil

Fiap – Buenos Aires

Effie Awards (Uruguay)