2019 Judges

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 2019 judging panel includes:

Athar Abidi

Head of Social Media, British Heart Foundation |

Athar has 20 years’ experience in digital content and has specialised in the charity sector for almost a decade. Following a stint as Social Media Manager for Age UK, Athar moved to the British Heart Foundation where he has built an award winning team, delivering projects in house that help the BHF take on large commercial organisations on a budget. Delivering personalised video, chatbots, an influencer programme and with big plans for the future the BHF are recognised as a brand that deliver outstanding broadcast comms as well as first class support to the millions of people in the UK affected by heart and circulatory diseases

Greg Allum

Head of Social, LQ |

Greg Allum is an established client-side and agency marketer with over 10+ year’s experience leading high-performing teams. He recently became Vice President, Display & Social at LQ Digital in 2019 to drive forward the agency’s social media capability and lead its growing team.

Prior to joining LQ, he worked for Jellyfish as Global Head of Social leading a team of 25 and responsible for >$75m annualized media spend and also consulted on the Toyota/Lexus account for Group M agency m/six. He has significant in-house experience at brands including British Gas, Legal and General and more recently Sony Electronics where he was European head of social and creative strategy.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregallum/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GregAllum

Stuart Bruce

Managing Consultant, Stuart Bruce Associates |

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.

Justin Clark

Founder, JustSocial |

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.

Andy Fairclough

Social Strategy Director EMEA, Reprise |

Richard Greenhouse

Social Media Manager, Tesco Mobile |

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.

Oliver Hopkinson

Founder & Joint Managing Director, Bind |

Oliver is founder and joint managing director of Bind (winner of ‘Small Digital Agency of the Year’ at Prolific North’s 2019 awards). 

Oliver founded Bind in 2018 with the mission to create an agency more aligned to a client’s objectives than anyone else in the industry.

Prior to Bind, Oliver held a number of director level positions within market leading uk agencies; founded and sold a global fashion label; and became an executive scholar at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago.

Poppy Ingham

Social Media Producer, Maverick Media |

Poppy currently works as a Social Media Producer at Maverick Media, an agency which boasts high-profile gaming clients such as Bandai Namco, Pokémon, Disney, Nintendo, CAPCOM and Microsoft. Poppy has nearly six years of social media experience, predominantly in the gaming industry and ever-growing esports space.

Poppy has chaired panel-sessions at popular events such as the Esports Insider Spring Forum, and has worked on delivering a number of highly successful social campaigns for businesses such as GIRLGAMER Esports Festival, The Esports Industry Awards and Gfinity. 

Doubling as a freelance writer, Poppy is attracted to creative approaches that push brand boundaries – whether that be capitalising on memes and being satirical, or touching on socio-political matters

Katy Leeson

Managing Director, Social Chain |

Katy is managing director and the most senior female member of Social Chain globally—the fastest growing social media agency group in the UK, with offices in Manchester and London as well as Germany and the US. Previously she held several senior positions at global media agency MediaCom, including head of new business and marketing. She is also an imposter. Two-thirds of women in the UK suffer from imposter syndrome at work and she is dedicated to spreading awareness of it.

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. 

Paul Morris

Digital Marketing Director, JLA | @SEARCHMUSE |

Paul has 20 years’ experience leading Marketing & Digital both Agency & Brand side.

Paul was previously Head of Marketing at Tesco Bank, global Digital Director at PZ Cussons (brands including St Tropez, Imperial Leather & Original Source), led Digital marketing at the Co-op Group (Food > Funeralcare) and has through the line experience of working both client and agency side with brands including Wickes, Laterooms, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Cash Generator, Stagecoach and Silverstone.

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.

Danielle Smith

Managing Director, Communicator London |

An agency leader with considerable experience in building strong senior client relationships; providing strategic direction and driving commercial success. Danielle has strong a track record of leading and executing social, digital and integrated campaigns for numerous top tier brands, (including McDonald’s, Coke, Jack Daniel’s, Kellogg’s and Heineken) that resonate with consumers, drive sales for clients and create agency growth

Laura Thomas

Head of Paid Social, MediaCom |

Over the last nine years, Laura’s worked in various roles across PR, digital and advertising roles, including running her own business focusing on consultancy for two of those years, where she delivered social training for companies including Econsultancy and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.  

In the last four years, Laura’s progressed through various roles at MediaCom including Head of Display & Head of Digital Media Strategy and within those roles has developed multi-award winning campaigns for clients like New Balance and Missguided. Laura’s currently Head of Paid Social for MediaCom North Group, based in Manchester, focusing on scaling one of the fastest growing departments at MediaCom.

Laura’s core values centre around passionate leadership, and as such she focuses on developing strong, engaged and expert teams, providing meaningful, inspirational consultancy and ideas for clients across the group

Monica Watson

Social Media Manager, Slater and Gordon |

Margaret Yekulis

Social Media Manager, Slater and Gordon Lawyers |

Over the past 10 years, Margaret has successfully run the social media strategy and presence for brands in the legal, fashion, travel and financial industries in the United States and United Kingdom.

She has made her focus in recent years brand awareness, risk management and employee advocacy, running training sessions with colleagues and leaders across the Slater and Gordon Group to help them build their expertise through their own social media channels.

Margaret has also been a regular guest lecturer in social media strategy and content at Liverpool John Moores University.