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 2020 panel. If you would like to be considered for a place on the 2020 judging panel, please email michelle.manton@communicatemagazine.co.uk with a short bio.

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Joanna Bleasdale

GVC

Internal Communications Director

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Joanna Bleasdale

GVC

A passionate communicator, with a mission for bringing purpose, products and possibilities to life, Jo grew up in PR, and now specialises in employee comms. Bringing first class consumer brand and corporate communications leadership experience across a wide range of sectors (telecoms, entertainment, personal finance and travel), Jo has worked both in-house (BT, EE, Lloyds TSB) and agency side (Red Consultancy, Consolidated).

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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 company, with a workforce of 18,000 people across six continents.

Kristina joined Coats in 2012 and 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

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Sophie Brendel

V&A

As Director of Audiences at the V&A – the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance – Sophie leads the V&A’s brand, marketing, communications, CRM/ data and visitor experience teams across the family of V&A museums and galleries, which include the V&A in South Kensington, the Museum of Childhood, V&A Dundee, the V&A Gallery at Design Society in Shezhen, China, and two new sites currently under construction on the Olympic Park in East London.

Prior to joining the V&A in 2018, Sophie was Head of Digital Communications at the BBC, where she led PR and communications activity for the BBC's digital, technology and innovation activities, from the London 2012 Olympics to BBC iPlayer and the BBC's websites, apps, BBC micro:bit, and R&D departments. 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 is on the Advisory Board for the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, 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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Ricardo Carvalho

Fresenius Medical Care

Chief digital officer

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Ricardo Carvalho

Fresenius Medical Care

 A focused and strategic VP, with vast expertise in global transformation across complex matrix organisations and diverse sectors, including consulting, medical and energy industries. Across my career to date, I have achieved proven success in positioning brands as market leaders and driving growth by leading traditional organisations into the digital age. I am a Founding Member of Digital 50, part of the World 50 organisation and global forum for the top 50 Chief Digital Officers / Heads of Digital for leading global organisations.

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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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Matt Evans

DRPG

Head of Digital Operations

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Matt Evans

DRPG

Matt Evans is Head of Digital at DRPG a global creative communications agency and last year’s winners of the Digital Impact “Digital Agency of the Year” award. He is responsible for leading a team of digital experts delivering creative solutions across a wide variety of platforms and technologies. Matt has worked with a number of top brands in the digital arena for almost 20 years where he has gained a vast knowledge and experience of digital channels and platforms, creating highly engaging user experiences.

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Amr Elrawi

Oracle

Director, marketing strategy

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Amr Elrawi

Oracle

Amr Elrawi is an award-winning commercially focused and data-driven marketer, with over 20 years of experience in
Telecom, Technology, Financial Services, and Sports.

Amr is Director Marketing Strategy at Oracle. In his current role he helps Sports, Telco and FS organisations to develop
marketing strategy to drive growth and commercial value.

Before joining Oracle, he was the Head of Acquisition for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, focusing on growing and engaging fans using Data and Marketing Solutions to drive commercial value. He also spent 4 years at Barclaycard driving digital transformation programme. Earlier he spent 5 years at Cisco, leading London 2012 digital sponsorship, and 10 years at Vodafone where he held a number of positions in Service, Communications, Sales
and Marketing.

He also holds an MBA degree from Warwick Business School.

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Mark Frankel

Phillip Morris International

Head of social media

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Mark Frankel

Phillip Morris International

Mark is helping to design and implement a social media content strategy for one of the world’s largest tobacco companies as it seeks to affect a radical transformation towards a smoke-free future.  He is responsible for PMI’s global corporate social media accounts and the team publishing to these channels.  

Ahead of joining PMI, Mark worked for BBC News for nearly two decades in TV, Radio and, in his last three years, as Head of Social Media.   BBC highlights include producing a number of award-winning radio news programmes for BBC Radio 4 and Webby and Online News Association awards for best use of social media. 

Mark has an MSc in Political Theory from LSE, was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University in 2018 and has spoken at numerous marketing and journalism conferences.

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Andy Gibbard

SGS

Global Director of Digital & Brand

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Andy Gibbard

SGS

Andy is Global Director of Digital & Brand at SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, with more than 94,000 employees across a network of more than 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

 

Andy has been at SGS since 2013. Since initially specialising in web, he moved through several different management positions, and his current role covers the whole spectrum of digital marketing and brand communications. He previously spent time working in the creative agency sector in a career spanning more than 12 years.

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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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Michael Keating

Art Fund

Head of digital

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Michael Keating

Art Fund

Mike is the head of digital service at Art Fund, where he's setting up a team to help keep people connected with art, culture and the people who make it happen across the UK.

Previously, he led the digital team at Samaritans, which runs the charity's digital marketing and supports its product and service design across fundraising, services and volunteering. Key projects included the new Samaritans website, its volunteer recruitment journey and supporting new services like online chat and self-help.

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Hilary Knight

Tate

Digital director

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Hilary Knight

Tate

Hilary is a senior digital leader and director, experienced in creating and delivering digital strategies and directing multiplatform projects to reach audiences at scale.

Currently Digital Director at Tate, Hilary defines and leads the organisation’s strategy for advancing Tate’s mission to promote the public’s understanding and enjoyment of art online. She holds responsibility for Tate’s presence online and digital expression in the galleries, including immersive projects such as the BIMA award winning Modigliani VR experience.

Hilary has been commissioning, executive producing and directing digital projects since 2001. Previously at Film4, Channel 4 and the BBC, she has delivered a wealth of multiplatform projects for high profile public media and cultural organisations. These include large-scale cross-platform work for flagship drama series, a twice BAFTA nominated immersive experience, and innovative interactive projects for live youth music radio.

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Paul Mallaghan

We Are Tilt

Director of Creative Strategy and Content

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Paul Mallaghan

We Are Tilt

Paul heads up the creative strategy and content teams at We Are Tilt – an independent digital studio of thinkers, makers and problem solvers.

 

After graduating from Bristol University, Paul started out in TV production and journalism, an experience taking him everywhere from Robot Wars for the BBC, to writing about Glastonbury for the Guardian.

 

He later moved into digital production and copywriting, working on projects for dozens of brands, including Pfizer, Penguin Random House, John Lewis, Bacardi and Kew Gardens.

 

As a director at Tilt, Paul helps drive the agency to create award-winning projects for global clients, from Deloitte and Barclays, to Diageo and BP.

 

He can often be found kneeling next to designers, developers and animators, muttering something about script flow or the size of a call-to-action button. His knees do not thank him for this.

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Karen McCabe

English National Opera

Digital Communications Manager

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Karen McCabe

English National Opera

Karen is the Digital Communications Manager at English National Opera, the nation’s opera company founded on the belief that world-class productions should be accessible to all.

After completing an MSc in Marketing and writing a dissertation on strategies for broadening audiences of arts institutions, she moved to London to pursue her passion for introducing younger people to art forms such as opera and breaking down barriers to attendance. She is responsible for delivering the company’s social media and digital content strategy.

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Penny Mills

Smart Energy GB

Head of digital

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Penny Mills

Smart Energy GB

A communications professional since 2000, I have lead global digital strategy for a diverse range of organisations, from high-traffic charity campaigns, to investment banks, to a national awareness and behaviour change campaign in my current role, and prior to that I spent 8 years learning my craft in the dynamic world of advertising agencies. I love the constant evolution of the digital space and applying that evolution to marketing strategy. 

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Louise O'Sullivan

GSK

Tech and digital communications director

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Louise O'Sullivan

GSK

Louise has over 20 years of communications experience evenly split between agency and in-house roles.  She is currently Tech & Digital Communications Director at GSK.  This global role focuses on driving internal engagement for GSK’s Tech team and delivering impactful global digital projects for over 120k employees at GSK.  Prior to Pharma, Louise worked at L’Oréal, leading internal communications for the United Kingdom and Ireland.  She also spent 5 years at Coca-Cola, working on internal communications across 38 markets in Europe. Before this, Louise held a variety of roles agency side, most recently with WPP group and has worked with a diverse client list including LVMH, Vodafone, BBC, Visit Britain, Estee Lauder and Merrill Lynch.  She is a Northern Irish native, since relocated to West London with husband Tim.

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Rav Punia

Inmarsat

Digital director

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Rav Punia

Inmarsat

Rav Punia is Digital Director for Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. His role includes the design and delivery of the group’s digital marketing and social media strategy, as well as overseeing the production of engaging VR and AR content.

Prior to joining Inmarsat Rav has held a number of senior positions, both agency and client side.

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Pete Richardson

London Fire Brigade

Digital Manager

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Pete Richardson

London Fire Brigade

Pete is a passionate digital communications professional with over 10 years’ of experience delivering digital strategies and solutions. He is currently the Digital Communications Manager for London Fire Brigade, responsible for the digital marketing and communications of one of the largest fire and rescue services in the world. Through data driven digital strategies Pete is helping an organisation with over 150 years of lifesaving heritage to realise the potential of digital communications in its duty to serve and protect Londoners.

Previously he has delivered successful digital strategies with a range of private, public sector and charity organisations including the British Heart Foundation and the New Zealand Government.

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Emma Shephard

Dogs Trust

Communications and digital director

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Emma Shephard

Dogs Trust

Emma is Dogs Trust’s Communications and Digital Director and has nearly 20 years’ experience in the field. Starting her career in publishing she moved into PR at Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Emma then spent 10 years at first aid charity St John Ambulance, moving into internal comms, branding, marketing campaigns and introducing social media to the organisation. While there Emma led on several award-winning campaigns, including The Chokeables, which taught parents how to help a choking baby, and has resulted in 54 babies lives’ saved so far. Emma moved to Dogs Trust in 2017 and is responsible for increasing digital metrics such as website visitors, social engagement, and more. The charity’s website traffic and social feed are best in class in the animal welfare sector.

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Stephen Spiers

Barclays

Director, group digital channels

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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

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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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Roeland van der Heiden

AstraZeneca

Director, Digital Communications (Global Corporate Affairs)

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Roeland van der Heiden

AstraZeneca

Roeland van der Heiden leads the AstraZeneca Global Corporate Affairs Digital team, and is based in Cambridge (UK). His team is responsible for corporate digital communications, including AstraZeneca’s corporate content strategy & editorial planning, corporate websites, corporate social media and the internal digital communication platforms. Roeland joined AstraZeneca in 2008 as Communications Director in The Netherlands and has held the roles of Communications Lead for the Western Europe Area and Brand Communications Lead for the Europe Region before joining the Global Corporate Affairs team in 2016. Before joining AstraZeneca, Roeland has held senior Communications positions, e.g. at Baker&McKenzie and at AkzoNobel.

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Pantelis Zoupas

Total UK

Head of marketing, communications & digital

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Pantelis Zoupas

Total UK

Pantelis is Head of Marketing, Communications & Digital at Total UK Limited, part of the Group Total, one of the world’s major energy players. With over 7 years of commercial & marketing experience, Pantelis is currently leading Total’s UK digital projects, marketing activities, internal/external communications, innovation & CSR.

Pantelis holds an M.Sc in Renewable Energy Science & Technology from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris and an M.Eng in Chemical Engineering from NTUA, Athens. He is also an ambassador of ‘One Young World’, the global forum for young leaders, who are striving to accelerate social impact and positive change worldwide.