Head of Design

Hiten Bhatt is the Head of Design at Proximity, heading up a team of 15 experts in digital, print and motion design. During his 20 year career, he's worked on integrated projects for some of the world’s most prestigious brands, including American Express, British Airways, Mercedes-Benz, Montblanc, IBM, Ralph Lauren and Virgin Media. He is a prominent judge on the UK design jury circuit and created the Design for Good Award for The Drum Design Awards 2019. He's also collected over 40 design awards himself, with D&AD pencils, Cannes shortlists & Gold DMAs among them.

Aside from getting excited about beautifully crafted design, he is passionate about representation in the creative industry and has co-authored a Campaign article on the subject with his brothers. He's now continuing the discussion within the wider business community, including mentoring for the DMA, The One Club & The Dots. A highlight for Hiten in 2019 was his collaboration with The DMA Creative Committee and The Campaign for Great British Creativity. It led to the creation of a design initiative called ‘Command Shift Design’, which aims to disrupt our conventional understanding of strategic design thinking.

Judging panel

Chloe Templeman

Creative Director
Design Bridge

Nick Finney

NB Studio

Hiten Bhatt

Head of Design

Chris Bennett

Creative Director
Start Design

Sam Stone

Creative Director
Coley Porter Bell

Stuart Wood

Founding Partner
Missouri Creative

Joohee Lee

Associate Director

Ben Griffin

Innovation Lead, Design
Innovate UK

John Mathers

British Design Fund

Paul Gray

Founder / owner
Suisse Design

Sophie Maxwell


Stephen Haggarty

Group Creative Director

Sue Daun

Executive Creative Director

Natasha Chetiyawardana

Creative Partner
Bow & Arrow

Jos Harrison

Global Design Strategy Director
Reckitt Benckiser

claudia morris

Creative Director
B&B studio

Kate Marlow

Creative Partner
Here Design