The five Judges for the 2018 David Vaisey are:
- Edward Gillespie, formerly the Managing Director of the Cheltenham Racecourse for over 30 years. For 10 years Chairman of the Everyman Theatre, and now the Chairman of the Cheltenham Music Festival and the Summerfield Charitable Trust; (CHAIR)
- Jamila Gavin, the successful children’s writer who lives in Stroud;
- Marianne Hinton, who directed an art gallery in New York, and has been involved with the theatre and the Cheltenham Festivals;
- Trevor Lee, the Assistant Headteacher and Head of Whole School Literacy at Kingshill School, Cirencester, following a career in financial institutions.
- Rachel Joyce, the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She lives in Stroud.
- Administrator: Sue Emson, contract for photographs, information, and queries.
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Photo from left to right: Rachel Joyce, Marianne Hinton, Trevor Lee, Edward Gillespie.