The awards will be judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts. The judging is a rigorous two stage process including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.

The 2018 judging panel included:

Stuart Bruce

Managing Consultant, Stuart Bruce Associates |

Paris De Reuck

Marketing Manager, Mashroom |

Paris is a marketing specialist with circa ten years working with the world’s biggest brands to deliver award-winning, creative and effective content-led marketing solutions.

Paris led social media teams at OMD and MediaCom where she worked for global brands including Dell, Intel, and Vodafone. She recently moved from social media specialist roles to broader marketing remit at Tech and property start-up Mashroom.

Paris is also a parent blogger and Instagrammer at Working Mum Blog.

Paul Morris

Head of Planning & Performance, Tesco Bank |

Paul has over 18 years’ experience leading Marketing and Digital both agency and Brand side and currently heads up planning and performance at Tesco Bank. 

Previously led global digital transformation and digital marketing at PZ Cussons (brands including St Tropez, Imperial Leather & Original Source), led Digital at the Co-op Group (Food, Pharmacy, Electrical, Bank, Insurance, Legal Services & Funeralcare) and had Digital/ through the line experience of working both client and agency side with brands including Wickes, Laterooms, Silverstone, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Cash Generator, Stagecoach and Park Resorts.

You can find out more about him by visiting www.paulmorris.org.uk or www.searchmuse.com

ANDERS HJORTH

DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGIST, INNOVELL |

Anders Hjorth is a digital marketing strategist, entrepreneur and a frequent speaker and writer on Digital Marketing as well as a judge on various Digital Marketing Awards.

Anders was the Founder of several Digital Marketing agencies in Paris: Relevant Traffic [Search Marketing], BDBL MEDIA [Biddable Media] and aznos [Content Marketing] acquired by Altima in 2016 and then Accenture in 2017. Anders was also COO at GroupM Search across EMEA. He has worked for almost 2 decades across SEO, Paid Search, Affiliate marketing, Social Media and Social Ads, Display and RTB/programmatic as well as web development, hosting, domain names and more recently Content Marketing & Content Curation. 

Anders works out of Paris as a Digital Marketing consultant and researcher in his new company Innovell.

Athar Abidi

Head of Social Media, British Heart Foundation |

As Head of Social at The British Heart Foundation Athar sets the strategic direction on social not only for one of the biggest charities in the UK but one of the biggest retailers as well. With years of charity experience under his belt his focus on creative storytelling has yielded strong results and engaging content that has won awards for innovation, PR and channel specific strategies.

Greg Allum

Head of Social, Jellyfish |

Greg has worked for market leading clients including British Gas and Sony over the last 5 years before recently moving agency-side to take up a leadership role as Head of Social for Jellyfish.

His data-driven and passionate approach to social has seen his teams recognised by numerous industry awards, he continues to challenge the industry to focus on meaningful social strategies

Greg has worked for market leading clients including British Gas and Sony over the last 5 years before recently moving agency-side to take up a leadership role as Head of Social for Jellyfish. His data-driven and passionate approach to social has seen his teams recognised by numerous industry awards, he continues to challenge the industry to focus on meaningful social strategies'

Olga Andrienko

Head of Global Marketing, SEMrush |

Olga is the Head of Global Marketing at SEMrush. Together with her team she has built one of the strongest international communities in the online marketing industry.

In 2016 Olga mainly focused on tapping into new markets, and YoY average revenue growth from top 10 new markets was >90%. During last year she has been working on increasing the share of PR and social media in the conversion funnel, and revenue coming from referrals has already doubled by the end of 2017.

Olga is a sought-after speaker at leading marketing conferences such as SMX, Pubcon and BrightonSEO.

Sedge Beswick

Managing Director, SEEN Connects |

From Red Bull to Three UK and to half a decade as Head of Social & Talent at ASOS, it was time for Sedge to kick start SEEN Connects.

SEEN Connects is a social marketing and influencer management agency. We craft solutions that fit with real and social lives. Connecting audiences to produce co-authored brand and audience content, whether it’s social influencers, campaign, content or strategy – we create and deliver the best social output possible ensuring all content remains authentic and genuine to each brand.

At SEEN connects we manage talent by creating an environment that is focused on nurturing and developing talent – putting everyone at the heart of everything we do. We have three ways to track the effectiveness of a campaign, from simple wrap reporting to new AI technology that uses language processes to track reach and effectiveness.

It takes time to understand how influencers and social media can help your brand and drive ROI therefore SEEN Connects have developed a Lecture Series to clarify and explain our industry.

Sedge is also the Author behind “140 Ultimate Twitter LOLs” and has also hosted social media inspiration sessions at 10 Downing Street leading to a recent success of being awarded 34th most influential person working in social media by marketing site The Drum.

Laura Birch

Social Media Manager, Omni-Channel Engagement and Commercialisation, Barclays |

A skilled social media manager with extensive experience in leading successful social media marketing campaigns from strategy and planning, to production and delivery across a range of audiences including small businesses, entrepreneurs and retail customers.

Laura has delivered a huge variety of successful campaigns at Barclays through her expertise in paid social and her drive for creative innovation. These include cross-channel activity for ATL brand campaigns, live event coverage, same-day reactive activity for fraud and news events, direct response activity for new customer and product acquisition and notably led the award-nominated 2017 Pride in London campaign pioneering FB live within Barclays and co-ordinating 10 high profile influencers including Tom Daley to deliver 50 posts across 5 platforms.

Tom Cheesewright

Founder of Applied Futurism Practice, Book of the Future |

Tom Cheesewright is the founder of applied futurism practice, Book of the Future and creator of the Futurist’s Toolkit, a suite of tools for agile organisations.

Tom is dedicated to the public understanding of technology. Through consulting, speaking, and media work Tom helps people to see, share, and respond to a coherent vision of tomorrow. Clients range from charities and public sector organisations to FTSE100 enterprises and global technology corporations. They include LG, Nikon, Sony Pictures, NHS, The University of Manchester, Institute of Chartered Accountants, and Institute of Leadership and Management.

Tom has a degree in mechatronic engineering that led to 14 years working in technology for global brands such as BT, EE, and IBM and for digital start-ups. Tom co-founded venture-backed big data analytics CANDDi. He acts as an advisor to a number of technology-driven start-ups.

Tom is a frequent presence on TV and radio, appearing across the BBC from the breakfast sofa to Newsround and World Business Report, and as a regular contributor to BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 4. He has shared his thoughts on the future with Channel 4?s Sunday Brunch, Sky News, The Guardian, London Evening Standard, Entrepreneur, Stuff, and MSN.

Tom is in demand as a futurist speaker, trainer, and host and is able to shape his presentations to suit all requirements and audience.

David Edmundson-Bird

Principle Lecturer, Digital & Enterprise Associate Director, Digital Innovation MMU |

David is Principal Lecturer in Digital Marketing & Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he runs a number of digital communications programmes, and is also the Associate Director for Digital Innovation.

He is Course Leader for Manchester Met’s full-time MSc Digital Marketing Communications. He also set up their first part-time MSc in Digital Marketing in 2007, a programme that has now graduated nearly 300 high-profile professionals into the profession.

David founded Manchester Met’s Agency Life programme 5 years ago to enable students experience live work skills in the workplace very early in their course. He has enjoyed several spells in academia as well as senior management roles in the digital sector, and even helped to set up Manchester’s second web design agency back in 1995.

Nick Entwistle

Creative Director & Founder, Bank of Creativity |

Nick Entwistle is the Creative Director and Founder of the Bank of Creativity, working with agencies and brands to create compelling content to engage their audiences.

One of his recent campaigns, to help encourage donations for Neuroblastoma sufferer Isabella, went viral with 30 million views across social media and reached national press and TV news. He was also responsible for the film and social campaign that led to the NHS beating Justin Bieber to Christmas Number 1.

Alongside this, Nick has over 35,000 followers on his social media feeds, including his advertising community platform One Minute Briefs, which encourages instinctive creativity. He hosts annual events, holds educational workshops with D&AD & the V&A and delivers talks for agencies, universities and the likes of the BBC, Glug and Pecha Kucha.

He has recently released his second One Minute Briefs book and also has books published for Agency Quotes, which is a popular social feed created with Vikki Ross, where the creative industry around the world share #ThingsYouHearInAgencies.

Greg Freeman

Director of Business Development, CrowdControlHQ |

Carla Marshall

Editor in Chief, Tubular Insights |

Carla Marshall is the Editor in Chief of TubularInsights.com, the world's leading resource for online video intelligence insights and strategies. She is also the Content Marketing Manager for TubularLabs.com, the global leader in video intelligence for the cross-platform world. She divides her time between the UK, and Mountain View, California. 

Matt Read

Co-founder & Managing Director, Artemis Fox |

Matt is the Managing Director at Artemis Fox, a digitally-led creative agency based in Bristol. 

With over a decade of digital marketing experience working with some of the world’s biggest brands, Matt challenges the status quo to deliver rebellious, creatively-led digital marketing that lets people connect with brands in an authentic, honest, and exciting way.

Laura Thomas

Head of Paid Social, MediaCom |