Meet the overall winner judges - National Cat Awards

The judges for the overall 'Cat of the Year' for this year's National Cat Awards have been announced. Find out more about our celebrities below.

Tina Baker

TIna Baker
Tina Baker was GMTV’s soap opera expert for more than 15 years and guested on other TV and radio shows including many of the Top Ten series on Channel 4 including Top Ten Double Acts and Top Ten Most Shocking TV Moments as a TV critic. She won ITV1’s Celebrity Fit Club which led to her becoming a professional fitness coach. She has three cats and has fostered more for Animal Aid & Advice. 

Liz Carr

Liz CarrLiz is a comedian and actor who plays Clarissa Mullery in BBC1’s Silent Witness and Dr Marlow Rhodes in Netflix drama The OA. She has also performed live comedy at London venues including the Royal Festival Hall and the Soho Theatre, by herself or as part of comedy group Abnormally Funny People. Liz presents the show With Great Pleasure on BBC Radio 4, and owns three black cats called Will Feral, Cat Fraser and Julie Catless.

Andrew Collins

Andrew Collins

Author, critic, scriptwriter and broadcaster Andrew Collins is Film Editor of Radio Times and presents Saturday Night at the Movies on Classic FM. He hosted shows on BBC Radio 6 Music for over 10 years and co-wrote BBC1 comedy Not Going Out with Lee Mack. Andrew helped to launch our call for entries this year and he has judged at the National Cat Awards three times. 

Paul Copley

Paul Copley

Paul plays Leonard Berry in the world’s longest-running drama series The Archers on BBC Radio Four as well as the eccentric father in Tom Wrigglesworth’s Hang Ups. Paul’s TV appearances include ITV’s Downton Abbey as Mr Mason and Doc Martin as Walter O’Donnell. He and his wife Natasha used to own a black cat called Chea who was their much-loved companion for 18 years.  

Jo HemmingsJo Hemmings

Jo is the UK’s best known TV psychologist, regularly appearing on shows like Good Morning Britain and This Morning as well as news programmes on Sky, BBC and Channel 5. She also works as a Consultant and Duty of Care Psychologist on many TV shows including the BBC’s Back In Time series and she writes regularly for Grazia, The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph. She is the author of How Psychology Works (DK, 2018). Jo owns a cat called Louis. 


Rick Wakeman

Rick WakemanRick worked as a session musician for three years, playing on numerous hits including Morning Has Broken, Space Oddity and Life on Mars before joining folk and rock band Strawbs. He was then a member of progressive rock band YES for 16 years between 1971 and 2018, culminating in a world tour to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary. Rick and wife Rachel own three cats and he officially opened Cats Protection’s refurbished Dereham Adoption Centre in October 2018.