Judges - Devon Performance Awards
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Paul Nero

Paul Nero

Paul is creative director of Radio Exe and a director of copywriting agency Plain Text.


Previously Paul has worked for newspapers spanning the Exmouth Herald and Financial Times; in television for TSW and the BBC; and on brands such as Visa, HP and Reuters.


An Exeter University graduate, he’s the co-author of five books and is a regular chairman and moderator of conferences and events.

Judi Spiers

Judi Spiers

Judi is one of the westcountry’s best-known broadcasters who originally trained as an actor.


Judi began her career on Westward Television in 1977, moving to its successor TSW in 1982. Her partnership with rabbit puppet Gus Honeybun is the stuff of legend.


Judi presented the BBC One daily lunchtime show Pebble Mill and a weekly show on Radio 2 in the 90s before returning to the south west and a daily show on BBC Radio Devon. She is a popular newspaper and magazine columnist and an ambassador for several charities.

Ben Travers

Ben Travers

Ben heads up the firm’s IP and IT team advising clients across the globe on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including IP protection and exploitation and the negotiation of complex IT contracts. Ben also advises on reputation management , data protection issues and cyber security matters.

His work includes:

  • advising a leading motorsports team on the protection of their IP portfolio
  • advising a household name brewery on the protection of its various brands around the world
  • providing cutting edge advice on IT and data security issues around targeted mobile advertising
  • advising on a range of legal issues surrounding the launch of a global online charity platform.


Ben has a wealth of experience across a range of sectors, in particular:


  • Charities: Ben sits with the board of trustees for a national charity, he also advises charities across the country on issues around brand protection on their online reputation.
  • Food and Drink: advising a range of household name clients on IP matters, including branding and recipe protection.
  • Holiday and Residential Parks: park owners across the country turn to Ben for advice on issues around online trading, consumer rights and brand protection.
  • Renewables: advising on the protection and exploitation of innovative technologies across the sector.
  • Rural: advising on the issues faced by businesses on diversification, including issues around online trading and brand protection.

Ben sits on the Board of Trustees for Surf Life Saving GB.


Out of the office, he enjoys cycling, playing guitar and travelling.


Chambers 2016 – ranked as “up and coming” in the guide, Ben has been hailed as “commercial and personable” by sources, and “he is technically very knowledgeable, quick to respond, very pleasant, easy to deal with.”

Recommended Lawyer – Legal 500 2015. Legal 500 is an independent guide to the legal profession who recognises top lawyers.

Neil Eagleton

Neil Eagleton

Neil is a senior associate specialising in commercial and intellectual property work, with a particular focus in advising clients in the fashion, media and entertainment, sports and music sectors.


Neil advises clients on their contractual relationships and also on the exploitation and protection of their brands and intellectual property rights.  His experience includes negotiating event, promotion, sponsorship, broadcasting, recording, representation and licensing deals and advising on agency, franchise, distribution, marketing, services and consultancy arrangements.


He is also experienced in advising clients on the management and protection of intellectual property rights as well as enforcement and infringement issues.


Neil has worked for an extensive range of clients including multinational companies, musicians, managers, rights holders, international brands, fashion designers, sportsmen, filmmakers and on a variety of high profile events.


Recent examples of work include:

  • International distribution agreements for well known watch brand
  • Cross border infringement and breach of contract dispute for international clothing brand
  • Event management, venue licensing and ticketing arrangements for well known festival promoter
  • Management deal for singer/songwriter
  • Recording, remixing, assignment and featured artist arrangements for record label.


Outside of work Neil enjoys listening to live music, going to clubs, festivals and events, travel and keeps active by chasing his daughter around!

Victoria Hatfield

Economy & Tourism Manager | Exeter City Council

Victoria Hatfield

Victoria has lived in Devon for over 13 years working at Exeter City Council, originally managing tourism development and marketing for the city and the Heart of Devon area, her role now includes economic development, inward investment, skills development and arts & festivals.


Victoria managed and oversaw several aspects of Exeter’s involvement with Rugby World Cup 2015; including marketing, volunteering, legacy, city dressing and the Webb Ellis Cup domestic trophy tour. Her role has also included chair of Visit Devon, the county wide destination marketing organisation, and seeing Visit Devon transfer from public sector ownership to being run and managed by the industry itself.


Victoria is leading on the development of two new brands for the city – Visit Exeter and Invest in Exeter.