City Hall, 31 March 2022

Judges 2022

Announcing our 2022 Cardiff Life Awards Judges

Andrew Chongsathien

Founder, Brother Thai

From intrepid street food trader to restaurateur, Andrew is the driving force behind the success story of Cardiff’s very own Brother Thai. Drawing from a wide range of eclectic experiences from 15 years’ of hospitality, graphic design, branding, selling rugs in New Zealand and muddy music festivals, Andrew’s grass-roots approach continues to win over new and loyal fans for over half a decade.


Beth Morris

Founder, Beth Morris Workshops

Beth Morris is the founder of the community art school ‘Beth Morris Workshops’, based at Insole Court in Cardiff. With a master’s in art and design, PGCE and a published author (in thirteen languages), Beth’s accolades are extensive. Beth is an educator, creator and motivator in all thing’s arts and crafts, with a passion for wellbeing and improving mental health through creative socialising.

Carys Rees

Adventurer, This Girl Walks

Carys is an outdoor lover on a mission to empower women, helping them to experience the freedom and euphoria of solo adventuring. Carys is a hiker, swimmer, wild camper and paddler who runs the This Girl Walks website, which shares routes, hints, tips and discounts to help get you outside. Originally from Carmarthenshire, Carys grew up with the countryside on her doorstep, carrying her love for green spaces with her to Cardiff over 20 years ago.


Writer and Poet, Talk to Coco

Coco is a non-binary creative writer and poet, mental health & LGBTQ+ activist, who uses their platform as a lens to dismantle stereotypes. Coco has been published in books, tv commercials and collaborated with worldwide organisations such as UNWOMEN, BBC, Yahoo UK and Wagamama’s (just to name a few). Coco continues to be the face for change, to show that it’s ok to be different, creating a ‘new normal’ for those that need it.

Dixie Normous


Dixie is a rising star in the Cardiff drag scene, performing all over the UK with her cabaret show — she can usually be found in Mary’s on a Wednesday hosting Cabaroke. With just four years under her belt, Dixie is quickly becoming an audience favourite. She is excited to be a part of the judging panel for this year’s Cardiff Life Awards and can’t wait to give some well-deserved recognition to the amazing businesses and organisations in Cardiff.

Dominic Attard

Business Centre Manager, Lexus Cardiff

Dominic Attard is the business centre manager of Lexus Cardiff, based on Hadfield Road. Known for his innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, he has received numerous, prestigious awards from Lexus UK as recognition for Lexus Cardiff’s outstanding achievements in innovation and customer service. Community minded, Dominic has built long lasting relationships with local businesses and charities and is very much a people person. A proud Welshmen, his ‘can do’ attitude really makes things happen.

Julia Longville
Dean of the Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Julia is dean of the Cardiff School of Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She has an MSc coaching science degree from UWIC, a Certificate of Education teaching qualification and a BEd from Barry Teacher Training College. However, her achievements don’t stop there – Julia is also a former Wales international netball player with 25 caps, and former international coach. Julia is passionate about teaching, helping to provide children in Wales with a high quality education.

Katie Keefe
General Manager, Laings

With over 18 years’ experience working within the luxury jewellery and watch sector, Katie’s retail philosophy centres around unforgettable customer service for all clients and has been a key part of Laings’ evolution in Wales. Last year, Laings Cardiff saw its footprint triple in size with the introduction of the largest Rolex showroom outside of London. Together, these developments have marked a new era for Laings and are testament to Katie’s commitment to enriching Cardiff with luxury retail experiences.

Menna Rees
Partner, John Lewis & Partners Cardiff

Menna is a communications professional with extensive experience across the public, private and third sectors. Having held senior positions in-house, in consultancy and on a freelance basis, her career highlights include roles with British Airways and Birmingham International Airport Ltd. Fluent in Welsh and a passionate advocate for promoting the Capital City of Wales, Menna also champions Welsh Independent Businesses, enabling them to ‘pop-up’ to experience High Street retailing.