Judges

The Digital Impact Awards is judged by a panel of expert industry professionals across a range of sectors. Below you will find our fantastic 2018 panel.

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Kristina Blissett

Coats

Head of communications

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Kristina Blissett

Coats

Kristina is head of group communications at Coats.  The FTSE 250 listed company is the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer and a major player in the Americas textile crafts market.  At home in more than 50 countries, it employs 19,000 employees across six continents. 

Kristina has been at Coats for six years where she leads the team responsible for external and internal corporate communications.  Based at the Group head office at Stockley Park, near Heathrow, the award winning team aims to deliver creative, engaging, timely and relevant communications to diverse and globally disparate stakeholders using an increasing number of channels and tools.  She has over 20 years’ experience in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, professional and financial services and has held roles in-house (including PwC, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the City of London Corporation) as well as agency.

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Charlotte Borthwick

G4S

Digital communications manager

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Charlotte Borthwick

G4S

Charlotte is Global Digital Communications Manager at G4S, the leading global, integrated security company, active in over 90 countries and with around 570,000 employees. 

Charlotte has been at G4S since 2010 and in her current roles she is leading and developing the digital communications strategy as part of the global communications team. This broad role covers everything from website development and SEO to Intranets and social media.

With over ten years experience in communications, Charlotte has previous experience in the security, construction and oil and gas markets.

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Sophie Brendel

V&A

Director of marketing and communications

Sophie Brendel

V&A

Sophie was appointed director of marketing and communications at the V&A in October 2016. She is responsible for external communications for the V&A’s audiences, visitors and stakeholders, and leads marketing, press, public relations and brand activity for the V&A in the UK and internationally.Prior to joining the V&A, Sophie was Head of Digital Communications at the BBC, where she led PR and communications for digital, technology, R&D and innovation across the BBC, as well as the BBC’s corporate websites, blogs and social media activity. Highlights from the past few years include the BBC’s Make it Digital and micro:bit initiatives, BBC iPlayer, and the London 2012 Olympics.Sophie joined the BBC in 2009 as head of strategic communications, and previously worked for Reuters’ media and global news divisions, based in New York and London. Sophie has an MA in English literature from Edinburgh University, and is a regular communications and digital industry speaker and awards judge.

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Karan Chadda

Ageas

Digital communications manager

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Karan Chadda

Ageas

Karan leads digital communications for Ageas Insurance, the UK’s third largest motor insurer. He is responsible for Ageas’s online reputation. His wide ranging role incorporates everything from SEO to social media, and digital campaigns and customer contact.

Prior to Ageas, Karan founded and ran Evolving Influence, a digital and brand consultancy providing strategic advice and building digital and messaging frameworks for a range of corporate clients. In 2015, he ran Poetry by Numbers, a well-regarded data poetry project. Karan has been managing websites in the early 2000s.

Karan has an MA Politics and a BSc in Economics.

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Amaris Cole

Church of England

Digital communications and content manager

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Amaris Cole

Church of England

Amaris is the digital communications and content manager for the Church of England, working operationally and strategically with the digital team to deliver a range of projects, including video and audio, social media, website creation and digital communications. She is passionate about the Church creating relevant, quality content for the 21st century.

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Laura Earle

Experian

Senior internal communications manager

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Laura Earle

Experian

Laura Earle is the Senior Internal Communications Manager of Global Communications at Experian. She has spent nearly 10 years working in corporate communications for technology and financial services industries and one of her career highlights is leading the strategic communication programme for Dimension Data’s technology partnership with the Tour de France. Laura holds a MBA in Communications and Leadership from the Quadriga University, Berlin and a BA in American Studies from the University of Nottingham. In 2012, Laura was awarded everywoman’s Rising Star award, given to a woman under the age of 26 who is excelling in her technology career.

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Sara Fawcett

Northern

Project communications manager

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Sara Fawcett

Northern

A communications professional for 12 years, Sara Fawcett has been Managing Director of That Comms Place Ltd since 2011, supporting businesses across a wide variety sectors with both internal and external communications. Most recently she managed the multi award winning Buy Before You Board campaign for train operator Northern, winner of the Best Digital Communications as Part of an Integrated Campaign and Best Digital Campaign of the Year at last year’s Digital Impact Awards.

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Andrea Gold

Rolls-Royce

Head of digital and social media

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Andrea Gold

Rolls-Royce

Andrea is an experienced digital communications strategist with over 15 years’ experience of delivering digital solutions. She is currently responsible for the global digital marketing and communications strategy for the Rolls-Royce external channels where she focusses on supporting a large network of internal and external stakeholders across all areas of the business. Previously she has worked at the IOPC and the Met Police. She started her career at the BBC. Andrea has an MA in Digital Culture and lives in North London with her partner and son.

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Lawrence Hall

ZPG plc

Head of communications

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Lawrence Hall

ZPG plc

Lawrence is head of communications at ZPG Plc (formerly Zoopla Property Group Plc) which owns and operates some of the UK's most trusted home-related digital platforms including Zoopla, uSwitch, PrimeLocation, Hometrack and Property Software Group. Lawrence is responsible for corporate/consumer communications, social and content and was a very early team member of ZPG. He has played key role in a business that has floated on the London Stock Exchange, grown revenues to zero to £200m, attracts over 50m visits a month to its platform, works with 25,000 partners and is valued at nearly £2bn.

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John Horsley

Digital Doughnut

Founder

John Horsley

Digital Doughnut

John is the founder of Digital Doughnut and Digital Marketing, LinkedIn’s 5th largest group. He has over 15 years digital marketing industry experience and has seen the industry grow - from the early internet pioneers to today’s bustling marketplace. John is highly influential in the world of marketing and regularly judges both marketing and technology awards. Both the British Interactive Media Association and Drum magazine have ranked John as one of the top 100 people in the UK's digital Industry, while business magazine Fast Company listed John in their top 50 most influential people on the web.

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David Howell

Mace Group

Digital marketing lead

David Howell

Mace Group

David is currently digital marketing lead for Mace, an international consultancy and construction company based in London, where he has been working on a digital marketing strategy for the past two years. This has included ‘Mace World’ an interactive digital city and most recently a new global website that has just been awarded ‘innovation of the year’ against competition from consultancy and construction projects around the world.David also works for Google’s Squared Online programme – an award-winning digital marketing course developed to meet the need for high calibre digital talent and leadership.

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Jenny Minard

The Royal Household

Head of digital engagement

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Jenny Minard

The Royal Household

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Paul Morgan

Premiership Rugby

Communications director

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Paul Morgan

Premiership Rugby

Paul Morgan is the Communications Director at Premiership Rugby, the umbrella organisation of Aviva Premiership Rugby. He moved to Premiership Rugby after more than 20 years as a sports and news journalist. He was editor of Rugby World magazine and the IRB World Rugby Yearbook. He ghost-wrote Year of the Tiger!: My 2004/05 Season Diary by Lewis Moody and in 2011 Splashdown which covers an incredible year in the life of England Test star Chris Ashton. These are just two of more than a dozen sports books he has written.

 A freelance rugby union writer for the Mail on Sunday he was a regular contributor to Five LiveBBC Radio WalesCNN and has appeared on a number of television programmes including Sky News, Rugby Special, BBC Breakfast and 110%.

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Bob Morris

Instinctif Partners

Partner

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Bob Morris

Instinctif Partners

Bob works in the Film and Motion team and brings over 18 years’ experience in the media; initially as a journalist at the Press Association and a News Editor at ITN. Bob joined us from World Television where he advised clients on their digital strategy and producing engaging video content for both internal and external audiences and prior to this spent six years at a public relations consultancy.

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Jonathan Palmer

Omobono

Global head of strategy

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Jonathan Palmer

Omobono

Jonathon leads the global strategy and UX teams at Omobono, delivering world-class strategic thinking for global business brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Shell and JLL. He has over twenty years’ experience at the cutting edge of digital technology and communications and a history of delivering award winning work across both the B2B and B2C space. With a career starting in the FMCG sector, he has also worked in broadcast design, interactive TV, mobile and digital commerce. He is passionate about building world-class teams and delivering pioneering work that drives business results.

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Colin Robertson

Blumilk

Managing director

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Colin Robertson

Blumilk

Col is founder and Managing Director of Brand, Positioning and Campaigns agency Blumilk which he formed over 20 years ago. He is also founder of Employee Engagement, Document Management and Crisis Management software platform Enyware which is set to revolutionise communication within the NHS.

Col’s background in business growth management, commercialisation and brand building has helped over 500 companies commercialise and position themselves in an ever-changing commercial landscape.

 

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Suzie Robinson

WSH Group

Intranet manager

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Suzie Robinson

WSH Group

Suzie is the Intranet Manager for WSH Limited, a holdings company for nine different businesses (including BaxterStorey, Benugo, Searcys and Monica Galetti’s restaurant Mere). She only started the role in September 2017 and has been making plans and subsequent changes to the intranet, The Vine. Previously Suzie worked for Waterstones, where she completely reworked their intranet and won the Best Intranet Award at the Digital Impact Awards 2017.

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Stephen Spiers

Barclays

Intranet and digital channels manager

Stephen Spiers

Barclays

Stephen’s main role is ensuring over 100,000 colleagues worldwide are supported with the tools to do their job.Stephen’s experience lies in developing and delivering successful digital channels in large organisations. His last project, Barclays Now, won the IoIC ‘Best Intranet’ award and Communicate Magazine’s ‘Best Intranet’ silver award in 2016. He’s currently working on many interesting things like the next iteration of Barclays Now, a new company-wide video channel, a user generated content app and improved colleague feedback tools.When not working on something digital, Stephen can be found playing the guitar or reading a book, but not usually at the same time.

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Alex Wodzicki

SEGRO plc

Digital marketing manager

Alex Wodzicki

SEGRO plc

Since 2011, Alex has been responsible for the digital marketing channels used across SEGRO plc, the FTSE 100 listed Real Estate Investment Trust. During his time at SEGRO, he launched its multi-award winning corporate website and has driven high profile pioneering digital projects across Europe. Previously, Alex had spent over a decade in agency as digital director at 360 Interactive.