Judges

The Digital Impact Awards will be judged by a panel of expert industry professionals across a range of sectors.

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Sita Aley

Coutts

director, head of employee digital channels 

Sita Aley

Coutts

Sita joined Coutts in January 2012 with a mandate to implement digital technologies to improve ways of working for Coutts staff – this has been achieved by the successful roll out of Coutts Connected using SharePoint 2013 as the underlying platform, alongside a powerful workflow tool. Prior to this Sita spent six years at Barclays Wealth, where she was initially responsible for communications for the UK Private Bank, and subsequently head of digital channels, responsible for both the internal and external sites and social media

Wedge Black

Kilobox Communiqué

Wedge is an independent communications and intranet specialist and founder of the Intranet Now conference, Wedge started out in corporate communications ten years ago, and now helps larger organisations improve their intranets.

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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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Charlie Cannell

Inflexion Private Equity

digital director

Charlie Cannell

Inflexion Private Equity

Charlie provides leadership in digital technology and transformation to Inflexion’s investment team and portfolio businesses. He supports investee companies looking to develop their digital strategies and is fully involved in new investment opportunities. Previously, Charlie was the first director of digital services at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO before becoming CEO of MerchantCantos, part of The Brunswick Group.He has a wealth of experience including digital advertising, product innovation, organisational change and online reputation management gained whilst working for BT and DigitasLBi. Charlie is passionate about advances in technology that affect positive change.

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Francesco Corsi

Amec Foster Wheeler

marketing & communications director

Francesco Corsi

Amec Foster Wheeler

Francesco is Amec Foster Wheeler’s marketing & communications director for the European Environment & Infrastructure business. His role covers internal and external marcomms for this major global engineering and project management service provider. He developed his first digital campaigns back in the late 90s while with the Financial Times, and has since honed these skills in the technical consultancy sector through roles at Entec and Amec Foster Wheeler, and as a Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing

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Nicola Foster

GKN plc

head of group communications

Nicola Foster

GKN plc

Nicola joined GKN in 2011 and has responsibility for internal and external corporate communications at the FTSE100 global engineering company. Much of her role is focused on developing the corporate profile of the Group amongst its many stakeholders, creating engaging content to help build the GKN brand delivered through a range of channels and tools. She previously spent six years working in corporate communications for a FTSE 250 finance company.  She has a business and marketing degree and a CIM post-graduate diploma in marketing. Nicola is married and lives with her husband and their twin boys in Solihull

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Ewa Gebala

ArcelorMittal

head of corporate internal communications and head of mining communications

Ewa Gebala

ArcelorMittal

Ewa has thirteen years of experience in communications. Since 2010, she has been heading internal communications at ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading steel and mining company, with operations in over 19 countries and business presence in 60 countries. In addition, since 2014 she has been heading mining communications.In this role she has been responsible for creating and implementing communications strategy for ArcelorMittal Mining and the internal communications strategy for the Group; she has been managing communications projects on a global scale, ensuring effective communication with media and internal stakeholders and managing online communications. She launched award winning tools including global intranet and corporate website.  She has also gained considerable experience in crisis communications which includes leading communications of the Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Ewa started her career in Poland and gained communications experience during the acquisition of Polish steel plants by Mittal Steel. In 2007, she joined ArcelorMittal communications team in Luxembourg. Ewa holds a master’s degree in English Philology, a postgraduate diploma in Communications and postgraduate diploma in business.

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Conall Gribben

Virgin Media

head of corporate content

Conall Gribben

Virgin Media

Conall is head of corporate content at Virgin Media, responsible for corporate digital communications. Prior to joining Virgin Media, Conall spent over four years at BT Group plc, most recently as head of brand and digital communications for Openreach. There he introduced consumer-facing communications, including the launch of a dedicated consumer website and a seven-day customer service offering on social media. Originally from Northern Ireland, Conall is a Law and French LLB graduate of Cardiff University, which included a year’s study at Université Toulouse 1, France. He volunteers at the Small Charities Coalition, using social media to support 8,000+ charities

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David Hass

AkzoNobel UK

director of communications

David Hass

AkzoNobel UK

David is director of communications for AkzoNobel UK, the makers of Dulux paints. His career has included roles in politics and broadcasting, at BBC News as Output Editor of the BBC Radio Four Today programme, at the Conservative Party as Press Secretary to George Osborne MP and as Special Adviser to the then Secretary of State for Justice, Ken Clarke. David was director of communications for the public affairs campaign Hacked Off before joining AkzoNobel in 2014. He is married with four children and lives in North West London.

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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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Jessica Latimer

Sky

head of technology communications

Jessica Latimer

Sky

Jessica is head of technology communications at Sky and is responsible for employee engagement within Sky's group technology function, as well as executive communications for Sky's Group CTO and technology leadership team.  Jessica is a strategic communications consultant specialising in exec comms, employees comms, PR and CSR for technology organisations.  Prior to Sky, Jessica was VP of EMEA communications at SAP.  A passionate advocate of women in technology, Jessica supports Sky’s executive leadership team in championing Sky’s vision of a world where a career in technology is as attractive to women as it is to men.

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Stephen Marshall

Sodexo

head of digital communications

Stephen Marshall

Sodexo

Stephen is the head of digital communications for Sodexo UK & Ireland and has worked for over 15 years in digital roles across the public, charity and corporate sectors. He leads a team that manages, maintains and develops  corporate internal and external web and social media platforms in the UK & Ireland. He is currently responsible for developing and delivering a global digital strategy to improve how Sodexo uses online channels to engage its remote workforce and a strategy to build brand awareness in the facilities management sector to current and prospective clients in the UK and Ireland.

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Gill McHattie

Allianz

ecommerce manager

Gill McHattie

Allianz

Gill is a currently working as an ecommerce manager at Allianz working within Petplan insurance, the UK's leading pet insurer. She is responsible for Petplan's website and increasing sales by improving the customer journey to conversion. Gill is passionate about optimising customer experiences online and delivering digital innovation through mobile and web, focusing on paid media, SEO, website development, content and conversion rate optimisation. Before joining Petplan she managed performance acquisition at Barclaycard; led global digital marketing campaigns at Dow Jones to drive growth in The Wall Street Journal app; and web subscriptions across Europe.

Formerly at Thomson Reuters, New York, Gill relocated to London and honed her skills working at AKQA - one of the world's leading digital creative agencies - with clients including Fiat Global and McLaren. Gill is enthusiastic about leading strong digital teams and helping companies to realise that digital is not just a team, but a mindset. 

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Penny Mills

Smart Energy GB

head of digital

Penny Mills

Smart Energy GB

An advertising professional since 2000, Penny has been a digital specialist since 2004. She has headed up global digital strategy for a diverse range of organisations, from highly trafficked, award winning charity campaigns, to investment banks and prior to that spent several years working in digital advertising. Since joining Smart Energy GB she has built their digital presence, strategy and team from a standing start. She loves the constant evolution of the digital space and thinking of ways to apply that evolution to digital marketing strategy. 

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Nick Scott

Unison

head of digital

Nick Scott

Unison

Trade unions have been slow to embrace digital. Nick’s vision is to change this in UNISON – and inspire other unions to do the same. Since joining in 2014 he has kicked off a digital transformation programme, fostering improvements in data, the development of a new digital tools and services infrastructure and the creation of a budding digital leaders group. Before UNISON, Nick worked at the Overseas Development Institute, winning ‘Digital Strategy of the Year’ at the 2012 Digital Communications Awards. He is also a founding member of WonkComms, a community of practice on the future of think tank communications.

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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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Ryan Taylor

City, University of London

head of digital marketing and communications

Ryan Taylor

City, University of London

Ryan is head of digital in the marketing and communications department of City, University of London.  He leads a team that specialises in all aspects of digital marketing: online advertising, search marketing, social media, web content strategy, marketing and governance, CRM, e-commerce, analytics and performance.  Ryan and his team are currently addressing the impact of the multi-device era on City’s digital presence, messages and content across the customer journey

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Joe Tyler

Virgin Trains

internal communications channels editor

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Joe Tyler

Virgin Trains

A former newspaper reporter and digital content editor, Joe moved into Internal Comms in 2011 with Ladbrokes. After a brief stint at Crossrail, he’s now in charge of digital content creation and publishing for the 3,500 people of Virgin Trains West Coast. Since joining, Joe helped launch and now community manages one of the most engaged Enterprise Social Networks worldwide (Yammer). He also edits the headline news app and corporate video series among other digital channels. In 2016, Virgin Trains won Company of the Year and Best Use of Digital at the Employee Engagement Awards.

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Jenny Varley

HSBC

global head of content and digital platforms

Jenny Varley

HSBC

Jenny is the global head of content and digital platforms at HSBC. A content strategist with 15 years’ experience in corporate film production, she is the creator of HSBC’s multi-award winning, TV channel HSBC NOW. The channel which is aimed at an audience of 235,000 employees across 71 countries won a Gold Quill Award of Excellence in 2015. Prior to joining HSBC, Jenny worked in a variety of disciplines, including consumer PR where she consulted for IMAX, Pepsi and Sony; and sponsorship marketing, where she worked for Formula 1 and BAR Honda. She was also a location manager on feature films such as Harry Potter and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

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Sue Winston

Aviva

head of corporate reputation and online communications

Sue Winston

Aviva

Sue is head of corporate reputation and online communications at Aviva plc, the UK’s biggest pensions, insurance and investments provider. Within the group communications team, Sue’s role is to ensure that Aviva’s corporate story is communicated well online, including through Aviva’s corporate website, annual report, corporate social media and film.  She is also responsible for corporate reputation, crisis planning and corporate communications governance. Sue had previously worked in in-house teams in the luxury goods and professional sectors, and a small PR has consultancy in the charity sector, before joining the Aviva (then Norwich Union) press team in 1997.

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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. He then moved client-side with a cover role as the global internet manager at Rolls-Royce plc before taking up his current position at SEGRO plc.