The Imagination Awards
Charlie's Challenge

Patron & Judges

Professor Sir Ken Robinson - PATRON

Professor Sir Ken Robinson Young Theatre Designer Award Patron

Sir Ken Robinson is an international authority on creativity and innovation in education and business. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries. From 1989 – 2001 he was Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick and is now Professor Emeritus. He works with governments and education systems in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and some of the world's leading cultural organizations. Called one of the world's élite thinkers by Fast Company Magazine, he has received numerous awards for his groundbreaking work in education and social change. In 2003 he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts.

He was included in Thinkers50 list of the world's leading business thinkers and was named one of Time/Fortune/CNN's Principal Voices. His book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into 23 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. His 2013 book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, is also a New York Times best seller. His latest book, Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education From The Ground Up, was published by Penguin in June 2015.

"Imagination and creativity are at the very heart of being human, and they should be at the heart of education too. My congratulations and gratitude to all at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The Musical for recognising the vital need to develop the creative powers of all children and for the enlightened, practical support they offer to schools, teachers and students to do just that."

Roma Agrawal - JUDGE

Roma Agrawal Charlie's Challenge Judge

Roma, a structural engineer who spent 6 years working on The Shard, is described as "the new voice of women talking about science and engineering and making it cool" by The Telegraph. A multiple award winner, she has appeared as an expert in documentaries, in UK broadsheets and magazines; on the BBC and ITV. Roma has given two TEDx talks about engineering, and was selected as a 'Leading Lady' in the 2014 M&S campaign.

She has spoken to thousands of people around the world to promote engineering, scientific and technical careers. Roma is writing a book called ‘Building Storeys’ about how we built our world which will be published by Bloomsbury in 2017. Find out more at and @RomaTheEngineer.

"I'm delighted to be a judge on Charlie's Challenge. It's very important to me that we encourage, develop and celebrate every young person's imagination and creative drive."

James Anderson - JUDGE

James Anderson Charlie's Challenge Judge

James Anderson is an 18 year old entrepreneur from London. In 2013 he founded Thinkspace, a space in schools around the world where students can learn how to code, supported by Richard Branson, Steve Wozniak, Stephen Fry & others. They've been covered in Forbes, BBC News, WIRED, The Verge, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The New York Magazine and dozens of other publications.

In 2014 Anderson founded Zest - an app where you can order food and beverages from carefully curated stores across London, at the tap of a button. Order in advance, pay digitally, receive a receipt via email, meet like-minded people, receive tailored product recommendations and more.

"I am beyond thrilled to be a judge for The Imagination Awards. Roald Dahl was a huge part of my childhood and really inspired me to think outside of social boundaries and constructs. He taught me that anything is possible if you can dream it. I cannot wait to see some of the miraculous inventions children across the country will design!"

Mark Champkins - JUDGE

Mark Champkins Charlie's Challenge Judge

Mark Champkins, is a product designer and the Science Museum's first ever "Inventor in Residence". Mark successfully pitched on Dragons' Den and received investment to launch his product ideas to help pupils to concentrate at school. Mark studied Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Cambridge and Industrial Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art (RCA). Whilst at the RCA, Champkins designed a range of Self-Heating Crockery which won British Invention of the year in 2002/3. Since then Mark has created products from Levitating Cutlery to Word Count Pencils, and from Self-Prescribing Glasses to Black Hole Lights. He has plenty more inventions up his sleeve.

"I believe everyone has the potential and the imagination to create. I can't wait to see what inventions are out there waiting to be dreamed up."

Emily Mulhall - JUDGE

Emily Mulhall Young Theatre Designer Award Judge

Design student, Goldsmiths University of London

Emily is a 23 year old final year design student at Goldsmiths University in London focusing on sustainability in design. She also creates experimental hand drawn and digital animations on social media sites like Vine and Instagram, which has allowed her to collaborate with artists from all around the world and create content for brands such as Canon.

"I'm extremely excited to have the opportunity to encourage young creative people to pursue doing what they love."