Emilie Martin

Awards Manager with over 10 years of experience

  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

About me


With 12 years of experience in events and production and over 5 years in Design and Advertising Awards, Emilie has selected over 1500 leading designers and creatives from around the globe to judge the most prestigious creative awards show in the world; organised events for up to 550 attendees, stage and event managed at a number of high profile music festivals and styled sets for some of the world’s biggest brands and magazines. With the strong organisational and analytical skills required to run and manage projects, Emilie has a natural ability and keen eye for knowing what’s going to look good and sound knowledge of what’s going to work best. Emilie loves the creative hands on approach that’s needed to solve the many challenges that come up in any job. She’s sociable and outgoing, likes to keep her finger on the pulse in design, culture and music and has often been said to bring a vital element to teams through her positive attitude and forward thinking.



  • Advertising
  • Events
  • Marketing PR
  • Creative Event
  • Festival
  • Design
  • Management
  • Planning Strategy
  • Project Management
  • Research
  • Event Organisation
  • Communications
  • Creative Thinking
  • Analysis Insight Generation
  • Creative Awards

Work history


Awards Consulting (freelance & Contract

Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards

Aug 2015 - Oct 2015
  • Advised on the structure of the Awards and managed the selection of the female judges. The brief was to broaden the previous years’ juror selection, in order to appeal to a wider entrant set, with the aim to increase growth.


Freelance & Contract

Various Festivals

Jun 2012 - Aug 2015
  • 2015 Events Manager – Wilderness / August 2015 Set Design Team, Little Gay Brother – Secret Garden Party / July 2015 2014 Stage Manager (Skrillex + Diplo) – Burning Man / August 2014 Office Manager Entertainment Compound – Secret Garden Party / July 2014 Entertainment Compound Team – Lovebox / July 2014 2013 Events Team – Wilderness / August 2013 Office Manager Entertainment Compound – Secret Garden Party / July 2013 Stage Manager (Plump DJ’s + electrixx) – Noisily / May 2013 2012 Events Team – Wilderness / August 2012 Entertainment Compound Team – Secret Garden Party / July 2012 All roles include elements of production and artist liaison. Management roles include responsibility for coordinating assistants and volunteers, as well as event logistics.


Awards Manager (juries & Categories


Mar 2010 - Mar 2015
  • Solely responsible for researching and selecting the 200 judges for the D&AD Awards and 100 judges for the Student Awards each year. Making sure that jury selection stayed in line with D&AD’s strategy, reflected target markets and suggesting ways in which the Marketing & Content teams could maximise judges for Awards marketing purposes. Responsible for analysing, researching and developing the D&AD Awards categories, identifying trends, ensuring they remained relevant and reflected changes in the industry, and were clearly communicated to potential entrants, above and beyond other award shows. Research included organising focus groups, collating feedback from judges and entrants and consulting industry experts. Lead the pricing of the categories project, developing several scenarios to obtain annual financial and entry target. Conducted a yearly review of categories and prices, developing short-term and long-term plans for change. Key achievements Contributed towards the company’s exceptionally high target in 2014 with the addition of a number of new and revised categories that resulted in over £200K of additional revenue. Set the target of increasing the percentage of female jurors from 5% to 35% in 2011 and despite the challenges of keeping the names high profile, but fresh, in an industry highly populated by men, kept to my target each year. This was received well by the industry and relevant press. Increased the presence of younger more innovative creatives to diversify the jury groups, enabling more interesting discussion and to encourage entrants of a similar demographic. This made for contented, more engaged judges and feedback considerably reflected this.


Interiors & Set Stylist

Various Brands

Jan 2008 - Mar 2010
  • Styling of sets for photography, film shoots and live events. Responsible for researching and selecting props as well as communicating ideas and concepts with clients and production team. My work was published in a number of household magazines, catalogues and in-store publications. Some of my past clients, amongst many others, included: Sony IKEA ITV Conde Naste Habitat John Lewis Topman M&S


Events Manager

Design Business Association

Jul 2007 - Dec 2007
  • Event management of the annual Design Effectiveness Awards ceremony for 550 guests. Key achievements Since the planning stages of the event had suffered delays before I was employed, I was expected to hit the ground running. The feedback after the event from attendees, including Lord Karan Bilimoria, CBE, was that it was a vast improvement on previous ceremonies and the best they had attended.


Events Coordinator

Incisive Media

Apr 2005 - May 2007