2019 Judges

The awards will be judged by a 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.

From a transparency perspective, we may video aspects of the judging session to show on the evening and to give entrants an insight into why our winners were chosen.

The 2019 judging panel included:



Past roles at Carat and Latitude, working on search marketing campaigns for major brands.

International Search Marketing Conference speaker on SEO and Digital Marketing Strategy.

International SEO Consultant to brands in-house teams covering ecommerce, sports, travel, food and nutrition, legal, finance and insurance.

A decade in SEO.  Researcher into search engine crawling and crawl efficiency.

Liang Chen

Head of SEO, Premier Inn |

Liang Chen is the Head Of SEO at Premier Inn responsible for all things organic acquisition. Premier Inn is the UK’s biggest hotel brand, offering quality accommodation at affordable prices across the UK and in Germany. Premier Inn is consistently rated the UK’s Best Value Hotel Chain by YouGov, and are highly recommended by TripAdvisor at many locations.

Liang is technically minded digital marketer with 10 years of experience primarily in SEO, but also in UX, CRO, PPC and Analytics helping enterprise and SMB to connect and engage with their customers online organically having previously held Head Of SEO position at Dixon Jones(of MajesticSEO)'s digital agency and the Global Technical SEO Manager at RS Components Ltd. He has also been a speaker at BrightonSEO.

Nick Entwistle

Founder & Creative Director at the Bank of Creativity & One Minute Briefs |

I am the Creative Director and Founder of the Bank of Creativity, working with agencies and brands to create compelling content to engage their audiences and generate big interest in their product or service.
One of my recent campaigns helped to encourage donations for Neuroblastoma sufferer Isabella and it went viral with 30 million views across social media and reached national press and TV news.
I also directed the music video and social campaign that led to the NHS beating Justin Bieber to Xmas Number 1.

As well as this, I have 50,000+ followers on social media, including the community user-generated content platform One Minute Briefs which encourages instinctive creativity. I hosts annual events, hold educational workshops with D&AD & the V&A and delivers talks at agencies, universities and the likes of BBC, Glug and Pecha Kucha. I recently released my second OMB book and I also have books published for Agency Quotes, which is a popular social feed where the creative industry around the world share all the #ThingsYouHearInAgencies.

In previous roles, I have worked on campaigns for the likes of Sofology, Missguided, Very, Betfred, NHS, Formula-E, Manchester United, Hartley’s, Aldi, CrossCountry Trains, Russell Hobbs, Jacamo, American Airlines, Go Outdoors, N-Power, Vimto, Evans Halshaw & webuyanycar.com.

I have won a variety of awards for my work including Grand Prix at the Roses, Creative Circle, Campaign Big, Great British Entrepreneur Awards and my campaigns have been featured in publications such as Buzzfeed, New York Times, Adweek and The Drum. I also received a special invite to Downing Street, won Theo Paphitis’ business award and was named as one of the people of the year in The Drum’s New Years Honours List in 2018, as well as being announced as an ambassador of the High Sheriff of Manchester.

You can find out more and see some of my work on the rest of the website or feel free to e-mail me at interest@bankofcreativity.co.uk

Guy Corbet

Independent PR, communications and marketing consultant |

With more than 25 years in the communications and marketing industry, I have launched companies and products, advised senior executives, handled crises and shaped, built and protected brands and reputations. My own business experience includes launching, managing and marketing some of the finest PR agencies of our time.

This experience enables me to see communications problems from the business perspective, which I combine with the hands-on experience of knowing what works and what doesn’t.

I understand a wide range of communications disciplines, which enables me to think differently about the answers.  I enjoy tackling complex issues, so clients get known for the right things by the right people. That often means working where corporate, consumer and business audiences overlap, and frequently with other audiences too, whether mass market, regulatory, political, pressure groups and NGOs, specialist or internal.  

It means helping organisations to perform better and meet their strategic goals by creating campaigns which address reputational challenges, engage stakeholders and drive change.

Over the years, clients have included the likes of the Barclays, British Coffee Association, BT, BT Global Services, eBay, first direct, Just Eat, Kantar Media, Legal & General, match.com, PayPal, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Thales, Thomson Reuters and Visa.

Arianne Donoghue

Strategy Director at Epiphany |

Having started off her digital career client side over a decade ago, Arianne has worked for both agencies and brands in-house, specialising in all things paid search for companies such as Thomas Cook, Mamas & Papas and ASDA. She is now back agency side doing all things digital strategy. A regular on the conference and training scene, she's also an editor and contributor at popular site State of Digital. 

Dr. Bex Lewis

Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing, MMU |

Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst  (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.

Joshua Elliott

Head of Marketing, Lounge Underwear |

Josh’s career started in agency, dedicated to social, with extremely strong progression and experience gained in what would be deemed a relatively short timeframe.

Going from being part of the social arm of a traditional media buying agency (Media Agency Group) to joining what would become Europe’s leading social media marketing agency – Social Chain – joining at a time where the business had 30 employees, growing with the business through to having over 250 employees globally.

During his time at Social Chain, Josh developed and progressed from executing ground-breaking, innovative social campaigns for clients such as Boohoo, ASICS and PrettyLittleThing, through to developing and managing insight led strategic development for the likes of Coca-Cola, FIFA, New Balance, Thomas Cook, Apple Music, Warner Music and MBNA.

At the age of 24, Josh took the position of Head of Marketing for social-born ECOM brand Lounge Underwear. Josh manages the integrated marketing strategy, spanning across a digital and traditional marketing mix – all with the business’ objectives of high intensity growth and becoming a global giant in mind. Since Josh joined Lounge, the business has successfully achieved a 124% increase in net profit and a 118% increase in revenue year on year, in what was only the business’ third financial year.

Ben Irons

Strategic Sales Director, Microsoft Advertising |

An experienced Digital Marketing professional, Ben joined the Microsoft Advertising team in October 2018. Ben leads a Sales team servicing Agencies and Clients directly with the aim of leveraging Microsoft platforms to answer business challenges and drive performance for Advertisers across the Microsoft network.

Ben has over ten years experience in the Digital Marketing industry and as held digital roles with Yahoo, iProspect and PHD Media, and most recently as Digital Director for online retail marketplace Notonthehighstreet.com.

Ben is a consistent contributor to the industry having, presenting and judging at numerous Industry events including Search Engine Strategies (SES), various Drum events and awards, and UK and EU Biddable Media Awards over the last few years.

Rax Lakhani

PR, Social Media and Digital Marketing Consultant and Lecturer, Freelance Consultant |

Rax is a seasoned communications strategist with over fifteen years’ experience specialising in online engagement and social media marketing.

Having worked with some of the world’s best-known companies across a variety of sectors, Rax now offers independent consultancy helping agencies, public sector organisations and consumer/b2b brands on bringing their digital marketing strategies to life. He also is a part-time lecturer in digital content creation and online engagement.

Cathy Mcpherson

Client Success Director, The Speciliast Works |

Cathy is a Client Success Director at TSW (a role which involves getting under the skin of all TSW’s top clients). Cathy sits on TSW’ executive board.

She has 30+ years’ experience, most of it at board level.

Cathy has worked for several media independents, and has significant experience harvesting senior level relationships with performance driven brands, who are looking for fast growth.

Having worked both agency and client side, Cathy is able to look at the agencies work through the lens of a Marketing Director and determine what ‘excellent’ looks like. 

Her additional skills include being qualified business coach and has developed training programmes for several media and creative agencies.  Her skills have given her great insight into how agencies operate and service their clients. 

Ciaran Murphy

Director of Recruitment and Training, Wolfgang Digital |

Ciaran joined Wolfgang Digital in 2011 as a PPC trainee. He was the third employee at the time. 

3 months later Ciaran moved from the traineeship into a full time position, managing PPC campaigns for some of Ireland's biggest brands (Kilkenny Shop and Louis Copeland) as well as internationally recognised brands like Zurich Life. W

Ciaran has since moved into a Director's role in Wolfgang jointly overseeing Recruitment and Training with the objective of identifying and delivering the next generation of award winning marketers at Wolfgang Digital.

He has spoken on PPC at a number of Irish and European events:

3XE - one of Ireland's premier digital marketing conferences

The Marketing Festival - a digital marketing conference that changes country annually and one of the bets quality conferences I have attended

PPC Masters - a two language PPC focused conference in Berlin

Friends of Search - an IAB supported searh conference in Amsterdam

Luis Navarrete Gomez

Head of Global Search Marketing, LEGO Group |

Head of Global Search Marketing at The LEGO Group, Luis defines the strategy for organic and paid search activity globally for LEGO. A regular writer and speaker about Search Marketing, his main focus is to enhance the user experience when users search for the LEGO brand in different markets and platforms. Coming from a technical background Luis has more than 13 years’ experience in Search Marketing with cross-functional expertise in technology and management.

Donna Hayer (Pullen)

Business Development Manager - Programmatic EMEA/APAC at Expedia |

Donna begun her career in media ten years ago where she started out within the New Business team at OMD UK.  Since then, she has worked across a variety of fields within the industry including at Affilinet, where she specialised in Affiliate Marketing and planning and account management at Omnicom Media Group within their B2B Lead Generation and Affiliates team.  Following this, she made the transition from agency to sales where she has been specialising in Programmatic advertising ever since starting out as a Sales Manager at Trinity Mirror to currently overseeing Expedia's programmatic division across EMEA and APAC


Paul Rogers

eCommerce Consultant, Vervaunt |

Oscar Romero

Managing Partner, Performics |

Oscar Romero is a results driven marketing specialist with over 15 years’ experience in both client and agency-side roles. In his career, he has been responsible for the strategic marketing of all digital channels, including Search, Social and Programmatic Video. 

Oscar is currently Managing Partner for Performics, a leading performance marketing practice in the Publicis Media Group, servicing Spark Foundry clients. In this role, Oscar leads a team of over a hundred performance marketing experts across a range of disciplines. Over the past three years the team have won 18 specialist awards including the prestigious Grand Prix at the Performance Marketing Awards. Oscar began his first role in 2000 as an SEO consultant, working for small and medium-sized companies, and has since held roles at PDV, Hewlett Packard and I-Level. His performance media experience spans a wide range of verticals, including FMCG, Retail, Financial Services, Travel, Telecoms, Automotive and Pharma.

Now at Performics | Spark Foundry (Publicis Media), Oscar is an avid believer that innovation is pivotal to delivering strong client results. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to challenge existing paradigms by developing award winning performance media strategies for globally recognised companies, including P&G, Samsung, Skyscanner, Honda, UBS, ASICS, GSK and more.

Geoff Sutton

Chairman, Spinview |

Thomas J. Vosper

Retail Director, Pricesearcher.com |

Thomas has a long record of delivering growth for many of the largest names online. During six years at Amazon, he led strategic seller acquisitions; executed new category launches; and delivered cutting-edge merchant services. After moving to Tesco, he tripled their marketplace business in twelve months. As a part of the senior team at Pricesearcher, he currently leads Retailer and Agency engagement. Thomas has a detailed insight on strategy, performance and operations across thousands of eCommerce sites, the high street stores, and digital marketing agencies.

Robert Weatherhead

Head Of Agency, Fast Web Media |

Over the last 15 years Rob has delivered digital strategies for the likes of BT, The Co-operative, Vax and Injury Lawyers 4U winning numerous awards along the way. As Head of Agency for Fast Web Media he oversees the agency strategy as well as working with key clients to keep them ahead in the ever changing world of search.

Rob has been a previous winner at the UK Search Awards, EU Search Awards, The Digitals and the MOMAs as well as being named in the Media Week 30 under 30 and Digerati lists for industry professionals.



Simon Wharton

Director Business Strategy, PushON |

Michelle Wilding-Baker

Former Head of SEO & Content, The Telegraph |

Michelle is an Australian award-winning journalist turned digital marketer who specialises in content strategy, SEO and acquisition. 

She graduated with a BA in Communication Studies (Journalism) and is armed with more than a decade of experience across marketing and publishing for both big and small brands and publications. Having moved to London from Sydney in 2016 for a new challenge, she just completed 2.5years as Head of SEO & Content at The Telegraph Media Group and is now exploring new pastures consulting.