The Judges - Andy Parfitt
Executive Director Talent
Saatchi & Saatchi EMEA
Andy Parfitt is Executive Director Talent for Saatchi & Saatchi EMEA & the former Controller of BBC Radio 1. He has recently been appointed as Chairman for the National Foundation for Youth Music
At the BBC he was also the Controller of Popular Music across all platforms, The Controller of the BBC's Asian Network and the BBC TV Switch zone. In addition he was care-taker Controller of BBC's News & Sport channel 5 live.
He is among the UK's most experienced leaders in the media/creative sector.
Andy is best known, & widely credited, for leading an extraordinarily successful period of re-generation of Radio 1 - he left the post in July 2011 with audiences for all his stations at record levels and crucially with highly developed performances on-line, on mobile, and in the social networks. In 2006 Radio 1 was named UK Station of the Year for the first time in its 43 year history.
In summary he created one of the biggest youth brands in Europe through a period of seismic change in the media landscape.
Now he practices widely across the UK, Europe & Africa. Outside of Saatchi's network of agency CEOs he as also coached senior individuals at Comic Relief, BBC, UNHCR.
Andy has a wide ranging set of experiences to draw on; from the Wharton Business School and The Stanford Research Institute - to John Peel's recording studio or backstage at the Glastonbury Festival - and now at the UK's most famous advertising and creative agency Saatchi & Saatchi.
He has a dynamic & thoughtful contribution to make on leadership and successful personal and professional development, particularly in younger, creative organisations.