The Judges

MT Rainey

MT is Deputy Chair Channel 4 at a Board Director at Pinewood Studios, Hays plc and Charlotte Street Partners. She was previously a founding partner of top advertising agency Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe and Chair of the leading digital agency Think Ltd.

In a voluntary capacity she is the founder of social enterprise, Vice Chair of Skillset the Sector Skills Council for the Creative Industries and a Trustee of the Glasgow School of Art.

I’m delighted to Chair The Nods and I think we should all support them for setting out to do something a bit different.

That name – The Nods – really sums up for me the instinct that we in this industry surely all share, when we see something clever, new, fresh, bold, thoughtful, unexpected, funny, intriguing, well crafted, well designed or just nicely done. When someone has made the effort and it’s paid off.

We all know that creativity works. It gets results. But we also know that it’s fragile. It takes collaborators and champions every step of the way to turn an idea into something that actually meets the eye, far less the mind. It’s hard, it’s against the odds, it’s an effort.

So whenever that effort is made, in whatever corner or crevice of the market it’s made, that work, those people, those organisations surely deserve a Nod.

Vice Chair
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 found Chairing 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.

I am thrilled to be able to contribute to The Nods. They’re exciting and new and, I believe they’re just what Scotland’s creative industry needs. The launch year felt like something really special was happening. The judges are some of the most respected creatives in the world, and the standard of work speaks for itself.

Unlike many awards ceremonies, The Nods is a not for profit organisation, there’s no financial imperative other than to contribute to NABS, which as Chair of NABS in Scotland, is something that is close to my heart. I’m looking forward to working with The Nods team to create a benchmark for creativity across Scotland.


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)