Competition Judges


Volume Judge: John Orr.

For the last 11 years John has been the Owner and Managing Director of Jefory Luxury Fancy Dress (formerly known as the Haslemere Wardrobe). They specialise in all types of historical clothing, whether it be bespoke commissions, hiring or selling from their extensive catalogue covering Roman style clothing up to the 1990’s.


Clarity Judge: Brian Howard.

Brian Howard has been the proprietor of Marley Flowers in Haslemere since 1972. During that time he has been actively involved in the Community through the Chamber of Commerce, Town Council where he has been Mayor twice and currently as a trustee of the Haslemere Festival.


Diction Judge:  Pete Storer

Pete is the assistant curator at the Household Cavalry Museum having previously served 28 years in the Thames Valley Police serving in the Drugs and the Fire Arms Team.  Pete was a SNCO in the Blue and Royals serving in Northern Ireland, Cypus and the British Army on the Rhine and carrying out ceremonial duties with the Houshold Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London.

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Inflection Judge:  Cllr Nikki Barton.

As a mother of three young daughters, Nikki is actively involved in the Haslemere community. This ranges from St Stephen’s Church, Haslemere Vision and the town’s hockey club. She is a former consultant in sustainable transport, having graduated from Cambridge University to work at the European Commission. Nikki has been Haslemere's Independent Surrey County Councillor since May 2013.


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Volume Judge:  Howard Bicknell.

Howard is the current Manager of Haslemere's iconic community arts establishment - The Haslemere Hall.   Prior to that,  Howard's career in the travel industry kept him overseas for 20 years before returning to his home town of Haslemere in 2010.  A talented  actor and director, Howard can often be seen both on and off the stage; his latest diretorial project, Sister Act, was met with great critical acclaim.