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MEET OUR JUDGES

Our judges’ promise to the wedding industry.

Our judging panel at Your Scottish Wedding Awards will uphold the integrity and transparency of the competition to maintain its position as the supreme accolade of the Scottish wedding industry. All nominations will be checked and verified, and crosschecked with the Marriage register in Edinburgh. The judges’ decision will be solely based on the information received through nominations from bona fide wedding couples and the shortlisted nominee business submission. 

Our panel has come together as a united front to judge our amazing industry with integrity and fairness. Our judges will not have sight of any company names or regions, so everything the judges see will be anonymous to ensure the integrity of the process. 

Booking tickets for the event or advertising with Your Scottish Wedding will not mean you are shortlisted or will win. If you win, it’s because you are deemed the best in your field for that year according to your wedding couples and the judging panel.

Our Judges

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Drew Rutherford

Director 

Luxury Scottish Wedding Limited

Having been involved within the wedding industry for the last 7 years following a career spanning 15 years in the hospitality industry in both Scotland and the USA.

 

Former positions upheld include Membership & Events Manager of Scottish PA Network, Deputy General Manager for Scotland for MITIE Client Services for RBS and Event Sales for St Andrews Bay, Golf Resort & Spa.

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Nicole Mitchell

Show Manager

Braehead Wedding Exhibition

WSS Media

Nicole has been involved in the wedding industry since 2013 running her own business ‘It’s the little things’. She has been part of WSS Media since 2015 helping build and run the brand - Braehead Wedding Exhibition. They have received many wedding awards over the years and Nicole took over the running of the event solely in 2022.

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George Gilchrist-Grodnicki

Director 

Edinburgh Wedding Directory

Having been involved in the wedding industry in one form or another since 2014, George took over the running of EWD in 2021.

Edinburgh Wedding Directory is an ever evolving local directory which helps wedding planning couples plan their wedding from start to finish all in one place.

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Alexa Scott

Director 

Stark Agency Ltd 

With over 20 years experience in the industry,  Alexa is passionate about weddings and manages a portfolio of wedding exhibitions across Scotland and the North of England as Director of Stark Agency Ltc.

In 2022,  Stark Agency will host over 20 wedding shows, with a combined attendance of more than 25,000 engaged couples and over 1,500 wedding suppliers including Edinburgh Wedding Exhibition at BT Murrayfield Stadium, The Hampden Wedding Show and The Exclusive Ayrshire Wedding Exhibition at Trump Turnberry.

Alexa dedicates her spare time to her role as Vice Chair on the leadership group of the Scottish Wedding Industry Alliance.

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Tom Goodfellow

Founder

Luxury Scottish Wedding Limited

Having been involved within the wedding/hospitality industry from over 30 years in Scotland and New Zealand.

 

Former positions upheld include General Manager, Director of Sales & Marketing and National Account Manager for Academic to 5-star venues including SkyCity Auckland, The Edinburgh Conference Centre and Fairmont St Andrews.

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Duncan McConchie

Chair

Scottish Wedding Industry Alliance 

Scottish Wedding Industry Alliance (SWIA) was formed in November 2020 in response to the crisis in the wedding sector caused by the Covid19 pandemic and resulting Government restrictions on weddings and events. SWIA was formed to be that voice and to talk to Government on behalf of every business in the wedding sector. We have now been recognised by the Scottish Government as the official representative body for weddings in Scotland. SWIA will operate under the umbrella of the Scottish Tourism Alliance.

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Tsitsi Lynn Makuni

Show Manger

The Scottish Wedding Show

QD Events

Tsitsi is the Show Manager for The Scottish Wedding Show, the region’s largest event for couples preparing to walk down the aisle. Taking place twice a year at The Scottish Event Campus, the latest edition of the show attracted 215 exhibitors and over 9,700 attendees. Tsitsi joined QD Events in 2015 having relocated from Dubai where she spent 8 years managing large scale real estate exhibitions.

 

Throughout her career, Tsitsi has been responsible for launching and managing both B2B and consumer events across a multitude of sectors including real estate, construction, hospitality, weddings, technology, disability lifestyle and gaming. Tsitsi has worked in the UK, US, Middle East and Asia.

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Simon Morgan

Director

Grampian Wedding Directory

Having been part of the Scottish wedding sector for 25 years, Simon is passionate about helping couples find what they are looking for locally to make their dreams a reality - and a vibrant, sustainable wedding industry for all. He owns and publishes the Grampian Wedding Directory and his expertise is called upon for related events, specifically Aberdeen's annual Your Wedding Exhibition. 

 

A retailer at heart, Simon spent seven years with the John Lewis Partnership after moving to Aberdeen in 1989 to open its third Scottish branch - which is sadly now closed! Outside of work, he has two grown-up children and a three-year-old working cocker spaniel. As well as regular dog walks, he enjoys trips to Murrayfield, sport in general, good food and even better whiskey. 

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