If you would like to nominate a colleague to be a judge, or to put yourself forward to join the jury, please email awards@prca.org.uk.

The 2019 Jury is listed below.

Ruth Allchurch


Ruth Allchurch is General Manager of WE-UK part of global communications agency, WE Communications. In her current role, she is responsible for building WE-UK’s consumer expertise, whilst developing on the agency’s strong digital, technology and health offerings. She will accelerate WE’s drive into a full service agency steeped in consumer and digital capabilities, as well as advocating the agency’s intellectual capital (Brands in Motion) in market.

Before joining WE UK, Ruth most recently served as managing director of the consumer brand practice for Burson Cohn & Wolfe. Prior to this, she was managing director of FMCG and retail-focused PR agency Cirkle, where she led a 45-strong team with blue chip clients. Previously, she was head of brand PR for Diageo Western Europe for eight years.

A graduate from University of Birmingham, Ruth is also chair of the PRCA Consumer Group and highly active within Women in PR (WIPR) committee. Ruth has won a slew of awards including Consultancy Head of the Year (PRCA 2015) and Best Agency Outside London (PR Week Awards 2017).

Penny Anderson


Penny Anderson has been the Client Director for the Kantar PR agency division for over 10 years and has a total of 25 years in the industry. She oversees the smooth delivery of all Kantar services including global media & social monitoring, analysis planning and demographic data to Kantar’s PR agency clients.

Victoria Biggs


Victoria manages all aspects of Trainline’s public profile, leading the teams responsible for Trainline’s corporate, brand and product communications across traditional, social and paid media. She has more than 20 years’ experience shaping narratives, creating content and delivering impactful campaigns for some of the world’s most innovative companies including Netflix, PayPal and eBay. Keen to support women in the tech and creative industries, she is an active mentor within and outside Trainline.

As well as her in house experience at Trainline and previously, at eBay where she was UK PR director, Victoria has spent 15 years in UK and global communications agencies including Freud Communications, Burson-Marsteller and MSLGROUP.

Marco Bilello

Twitter UK

Marco is Head of Communications at Twitter UK and is responsible for creating impactful brand and consumer campaigns that drive conversation while also managing the reputation of the business across all issues and crisis related comms. He has over 15 years of in-house and agency experience and was previously a technology journalist.

Chris Blackwood

Third City

Chris was made joint-MD of Third City in 2018 after seven years leading its fintech and professional services team. He was award PRWeek Young Professional in 2012 for his data-driven approach and has since delivered award-winning social and digital campaigns for the likes of Wellcome, ABI and National Army Museum.

George Blizzard

The PR Network

George is Co-Founder of The PR Network, an alternative PR agency built on a virtual agency model. George has spent the last 14 years delivering strategic programmes for clients including Dropbox, Snapchat, Vodafone and Workday. Now a Top150 PRWeek agency with global reach, The PR Network ran campaigns in over 32 countries in 2018 alone!

Prior to The PR Network, George ran EMEA campaigns for blue chips including: Apple, Sun Microsystems and Openwave, whilst at Bite Communications. George set up the business with former Bite colleague and fellow PRCA judge Nicky Regazzoni in 2005.

Operating a successful job share for over 14 years both Nicky and George are passionate advocates of flexible working and active supporters of working mums wanting to achieve successful careers in PR and are often found on the speaker circuit talking about their experiences.

George and Nicky are both on the committee for Women in PR, a PRCA working group, where they run the WPR/PRWeek mentoring scheme which helps more women attain leadership positions in the PR industry.

George and Nicky are co-chairs of the PRCA’s Virtual PR Agency Group, a group set up this year alongside 12 other companies to formalise the virtual PR agency model.

Both sit on the PRCA Council.

Chris Calland

Ogilvy UK

Chris is a Client Partner and Head of Crisis & Issues in the PR & Influence capability of Ogilvy UK. A corporate affairs and reputation management expert, he has 13 years’ experience in advising clients across a range of sectors including healthcare, life sciences, defence, telecoms, property development, education, FMCG, travel, professional services and not-for-profit. He is Chair of the PRCA Crisis Communications Group and also sits on the PRCA PR & Communications Council.

Fergus Campbell


Fergus has spent 15 years working in communications and marketing roles for a variety of brands and businesses in the UK and abroad, both in PR agencies (Blue Rubicon and Golin) and now in house at Gumtree – part of the eBay Classifieds Group. In his role at Gumtree he is focused on building the profile and reputation of the business within the UK, and rebutting misperceptions of the brand, by building proactive consumer and corporate campaigns.

While these activities are broad in nature – ranging from creating physical activities which bring the sharing economy to life, or showing tech-savvy audiences how a mature trading platform like Gumtree can help you get a job, declutter your home, or find a new flatmate – consistent to all is a fundamental belief that Gumtree is in the business of helping people. Fergus also sits on a number of industry groups and associations.

Jenny Caven

Slimming World

As Director of External Affairs at Slimming World Jenny is responsible for increasing recognition of Slimming World. She leads in-house teams building strong relationships with a network of stakeholders focusing on creating strategic alliances. She believes passionately in helping to inspire and motivate people to develop healthier lifestyle habits for better physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. She’s worked as a journalist, advertising copywriter, PR and corporate communications professional in a career that spans too many years.

Richard Cook

Champion Communications

Richard Cook is the founder and managing director of Champion Communications, an award winning B2B PR company, based in central London. With over 20 years’ experience, working with some of the world’s largest and most exciting fast-growth businesses, including Rackspace, MasterCard, the Mobo Awards and NetApp, Richard is currently focussed on leading the team at Champion as they build and implement strategies that help Champion’s client’s grow.  Richard is a Co-Chair of the PRCA Technology Committee and a member of Tech UK. Richard is also a mentor at the Prince’s Trust and has been a guest lecturer at the London College of Communications.

Jill Coomber


Having grown, and co-owned, an international PR and digital marketing agency for over 20 years, Jill and the team joined forces with global agency Allison+Partners in September 2018. Now Managing Director for Consumer Marketing, Europe, Jill continues to be inspired and driven by a fervent belief in the power of great marketing and communications.

James Crawford

PR Agency One

James in managing director and founder of PR Agency One and has a broad range of PR experience spanning B2B, consumer, healthcare, insurance and decades in agency. He is an expert in measuring conversion from brand, reputation and organic search.

Misha Dhanak

The Romans

Misha is a founder of The Romans, one of the most awarded agencies of the last five years. Prior to that, she was MD at Citizen Relations, a Board Director at Shine and Head of PR at Paramount Pictures (HZ).

Lizzie Earl


Lizzie Earl is the founder and MD of creative PR firm Munch, PRWeek’s ‘New Consultancy of the Year’ 2018. Munch offers big agency thinking with a boutique approach and clients range from household names – including Coca-Cola, Eventbrite, Fairtrade, National Lottery and TEDx – through to innovative challenger brands.

Liz Edwards

TUI UK & Ireland

Liz Edwards is Head of PR at TUI UK & Ireland and is responsible for creating impactful integrated brand PR campaigns, alongside managing the business reputation during crisis and issues.

Prior to joining TUI, Liz worked at Merlin Entertainments for 12 years in various PR management roles.

Jane Fordham

Jane Fordham Consulting; People. Culture. Equality

An experienced consultant and trainer, Jane focusses on diversity and inclusion, culture and wellbeing, having spent 15 years at Golin, helping to build a brand known as a progressive employer. Clients now include WE Communications, the PRCA, Ticketmaster, Centrica and The Civil Aviation Authority.

Chloe Franses


Chloe Franses is CEO and Founder of Franses, an award-winning purpose-led strategic and creative PR consultancy with clients spanning entertainment, sport, luxury and cause. Chloe founded Franses in 2016 after recognising early the irrefutable shift towards conscience economics. With 22 years’ experience working with brands, charities and NGOs Franses specialises in building engagement, audience, reputation, authenticity and legacy for businesses – through action and purpose. Franses works with multiple high-profile clients from Bentley and Formula E to Britvic and The Big Issue and has created stand-out campaigns including “Pearson’s Project Literacy”, which helped eight million people around the world learn to read and write. In December 2018, Chloe won NatWest’s Every Woman Award – awarded to inspirational women in business.

Dan Gerrella

Liz Male Consulting

Dan is associate director at Liz Male Consulting, a specialist communications and marketing consultancy for the construction and property sector. He has worked both client-side and in agency, supporting organisations in the UK and internationally. This has included everything from targeted stakeholder consultations through to larger campaigns that support business growth, deliver change, and enhance corporate reputation.

Daniel Glover

The Academy

Dan is one of the most respected figures in the industry having won pretty much every major creative award. He is co-founder of The Academy and was previously Creative Chairman at Mischief and Executive Creative Director at Engine working across the group’s advertising, PR, experiential, digital and social media agencies.

Tom Glover


Tom has nearly 20 years of international communications experience, working in-house and in agency in the technology, media and digital sectors. He has broad expertise across all areas of external and internal communications, but remains particularly passionate about technology and developing new creative ways to tell stories and grow the value of brands. Tom has previously worked with and for Orange, Microsoft, Computer Associates, Seagate, Adobe, Pearson and The Financial Times.

Fiona Goldsworthy


Fiona is Deputy MD of the Business & Technology Practice at Brands2Life and also heads up Brands2Life Global, a network of partner agencies across the world. She has over a decade of experience in developing and executing award-winning communications and marketing programmes for global and local brands.

James Gordon-MacIntosh


James is a founder and Creative Planning Director at Hope&Glory, the agency that he helped start at the end of 2011. So far things seem to be going adequately.

Emma Hazan


Emma Hazan is the Global Head of Consumer at Hotwire. She is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the consumer side of the business across Hotwire’s offices globally. With close to 20 years’ experience, she has led award-winning work for brands including Visa, HomeAway, GoPro, Shazam, Bic and Hostelworld.

Niki Hunter Ekins

Splendid Communications

Niki Hunter Ekins is MD & Head of Client Partnerships at Splendid Communications, who utilise a bespoke People First Creativity approach to deliver business success for clients. With over 15 years’ experience Niki leads a team of 45 experts across industry leading clients such as Greggs, Tesco and William Grant.

André Labadie


André is MD of Brands2Life’s Business and Technology practice. He is focussed on building better stories with bigger impact for the largest brands in the tech industry as well as some of its most exciting scale ups.

Claire Lamb

Skout PR

Claire’s 25+ year career in PR began in tech where she worked for some of the world’s biggest brands. Claire also spent several years working as deputy editor for Hong Kong’s biggest circulating monthly magazine and went on to establish the region’s first green PR practice. As a director at Skout she puts her limitless enthusiasm into everything she does from business planning and client strategy – to everything in between.

Paul Lucas


Paul is a Director in the Brand team at Edelman. He has 20 years of integrated consumer PR and marcomms experience under his belt covering planes, trains, automobiles and everything in between. He has worked across European and global campaigns, as well as UK activation for brands as diverse as Heineken to Haribo and First Direct to Tesco. Prior to Edelman, Paul was a Director at consumer PR & social agency, Fever and founder of Brando, now Citizen Relations. At Edelman, Paul leads the #MakeTheFuture programme for Shell.

Shayoni Lynn

Cardiff University

Shayoni Lynn is head of communications for Cardiff University’s alumni relations, fundraising and strategic partnerships programmes. She specialises in data-driven communications and behavioural science.

Shayoni has a track record of success delivering campaigns with measurable outcomes and organisational impact. Her programme at Cardiff University is pioneering and puts strategic thinking, audience insights, and measurement and evaluation at the heart of all activity.

A former journalist, Shayoni has been working in public relations for nearly 10 years; she has worked in both public and private sectors. Shayoni is Head of Engagement for PRCA Cymru and also sits on committees for GCS South West and Wales and CIPR Education and Skills.

Alex Michael


Alex has worked within integrated creative agencies for over 16 years, with the past decade seeing a strong focus on Social, Digital and Content. He has worked with world famous brands to deliver award-winning campaigns and communications across a number of channels, including launching famous youth brands Pot Boodle and Peperami on Social and leading the development of content-led integrated campaigns for the likes of Dove, Toblerone, PG Tips, Actimel and Nationwide.

Gemma Moroney


50 words?

Six about me: Still just wanna make great work.

The rest about more important stuff: Employ more varied kids. Employ more varied not-kids-anymore. Screw AVEs. Don’t let your work break your head…or theirs. Read FLEX. Don’t settle. Remember Amara’s law.

Alice Newsham


Alice is a director at Citypress, PRWeek’s Best Agency Headquartered Outside London and a Sunday Times Top 100 Company To Work For. She’s also a trainer at the PRCA.

Joan O'Connor

The Coca-Cola Conmpany

A brand and communications specialist Joan has worked across multiple sectors both in house at The Coca-Cola Company as well as in consultancy. Joan’s current remit is developing brand PR campaigns and advising on communications strategies for multiple brands and non-alcoholic drink categories across Europe to drive positive reputation, brand awareness and trust. Joan is currently Vice Chair of the PRCA Consumer group.

Jenny Ousbey


Jenny began her career as a political journalist and has successfully led high-profile national and global campaigns in-house and agency-side. Prior to launching OVID she successfully built up an award-winning healthcare and pharmaceutical communications practice at another agency.

She is a former adviser to a government health minister, and has advised a wide range of stakeholders: from global pharmaceutical companies; NHS organisations; healthcare charities; private equity; the independent sector and digital start-ups.

Jenny is a trustee of Carer’s Network and the MS Trust; and has worked with many health charities in a pro bono capacity over the years.

Will Painter

WP Communications

Will began his career in PR as a technology and business communications specialist, working across brands including the likes of Microsoft, Coca Cola Enterprises, Logitech, and Ericsson.  Following this, Will went on to become a highly commended and trusted PR practitioner working at Ogilvy as a director of brand storytelling and media strategy, delivering award winning campaigns for consumer, corporate, CSR, and technology brands including the Ford Motor Company, IBM, and Vodafone.

Will launched WP Communications in February 2018 out of a passion to provide big agency impact on a nimble, flexible basis working with start-ups, scale ups, SMEs and large enterprises. As part of the new model, the company harnesses a specialist network of highly trained PR specialists and industry collaborations to maximise ROI.

Sarah Parmar


Sarah is Head of Consumer PR at Tesco and over the last year has established a clear role for the channel introducing a bespoke measurement and evaluation model to demonstrate effectiveness. Sarah has led successful, integrated campaigns, most recently for Christmas 2018 and Tesco’s centenary celebrations.

Lindsay Paterson


Lindsay is the founder and CEO of CoachingConsultants, providing specialist one-to-one leadership and business coaching to the public affairs and communications industry. She was previously a member of the senior leadership team at Interel, the global public affairs consultancy, where she led on innovation and global integration. She has worked in varied communications roles with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the European Commission, the Law Society and as a solicitor.

Jo Patterson

Porter Novelli

Jo is Managing Director of Porter Novelli, London.

With more than 25 years FMCG and retail experience, she specialises in delivering integrated, insights driven, multi channel campaigns.

Driven by creative ideas that generate business results, she has particular responsibility for the agency’s brand and corporate reputation teams, and led Porter’s central strategy and creative team for four years. Prior to that she was Consumer Head of Practice.

At PN she’s delivered UK, EMEA and global PR campaigns for brands including P&G, HP, Glenfiddich and NIVEA. She was a board director at the RED Consultancy where she led accounts including Yellow Pages, Johnson & Johnson and SMA Nutrition.

Lynda Redington

Another Word

Lynda founded the purpose driven communications agency, Another Word. With 25 years’ experience, Lynda has worked on some of the worlds most recognised brands including The Body Shop, Costa Coffee and Bupa. She has driven integrated communications programmes, delivering positive reputation and commercial benefit to clients.

Nicky Regazzoni

The PR Network

Nicky is Co-Founder of The PR Network, an alternative PR agency built on a virtual agency model. Nicky has spent the last 14 years delivering strategic programmes for clients including Dropbox, Snapchat, Vodafone and Workday. Now a Top150 PRWeek agency with global reach, The PR Network ran campaigns in over 32 countries in 2018 alone!

Prior to The PR Network, Nicky held director level positions at Citigate, Brands2Life and property specialist Phoenix. Nicky met George whilst both working at Bite and set up The PR Network together a few years later in 2005.

Operating a successful job share for over 14 years both Nicky and George are passionate advocates of flexible working and active supporters of working mums wanting to achieve successful careers in PR and are often found on the speaker circuit talking about their experiences.

George and Nicky are both on the committee for Women in PR, a PRCA working group, where they run the WPR/PRWeek mentoring scheme which helps more women attain leadership positions in the PR industry.

George and Nicky are co-chairs of the PRCA’s Virtual PR Agency Group, a group set up this year alongside 12 other companies to formalise the virtual PR agency model.

Both sit on the PRCA Council.

Liesl Smith


Liesl has over 20 years’ experience in business marketing and communications and is a critical member of FreedomPay’s ambition to grow globally and dominate as the leading digital consumer commerce platform. FreedomPay is a technology payments solutions company based in Philadelphia serving predominately large, corporate enterprises. Liesl led the marketing and communications at Verifone for its European business which included Russia and the Nordics. In addition, she was responsible for global communications at Western Union’s B2B unit across several key markets including U.S, Canada, UK, France, Germany and APAC. Liesl has won numerous awards including RTS accolades during her time at the BBC as a Multi-Media Editor and more recently has been listed several times in the PRWeek Power Book: The definitive guide to the most influential people in PR. Liesl is also a member of the European Association of Communication Directors and the Strategic Marketing and Branding Forum.

Andrew Soar


Andrew is Creative Director at Ogilvy, an agency he moved to this year, following a history of delivering award-winning campaigns for brands operating in a crowded digital and consumer marketplace at Unity, Manifest and Shine.

Damon Statt


Damon who appears in 2019 PR Powerbook of the most influential people in PR is responsible for overseeing creative output and ensuring Mischief continues to rock conventions, earn attention and produce work that people want to talk about.

Matt Stokoe

Clarion Communications

Matt is a Managing Partner at WWP consumer PR and digital agency Clarion. With over 19 years’ experience, Matt is involved with all aspects of the agency from driving new business, to client strategy & planning to delivering creative campaign across consumer, corporate and B2B big brand clients.

Emma Thwaites

Thwaites Communications

Emma is founder and CEO of Thwaites Communications, specialising in data, science and emerging technologies. As a former Cabinet Office Director of Strategic Communications, BBC news editor and now business owner, Emma has 30 years’ experience working with organisations including the Open Data Institute, Arup, and give of the 11 Catapults.

Magin Trewhella

John Doe

Magin’s agency experience has seen him working on clients including adidas, Red Bull, Vauxhall, Tiger and Levi’s amongst many others. Magin also has a wealth of in-house experience, spending five years at global spirits co-leader Pernod Ricard, as Head of Marketing on whisky, gin and cognac, before re-joining John Doe as Managing Director in 2018.

Leanne Tritton


Founder and managing director of ING. Leanne has worked in Australia, the USA and the UK. Over the last 20 years, she, along with her team has built ING into the recognised leader in PR and Communications for the built environment. The agency’s work covers architecture, design, regeneration and property. ING’s clients are based all over the world and the team currently speaks 16 languages.

Danny Whatmough

Weber Shandwick

Danny Whatmough is Managing Director, Integrated Media and Weber Shandwick overseeing teams across media relations, social media, influencer marketing, paid media and search. Through his career he’s worked with HSBC, Kellogg’s, Pernod Ricard, Nespresso, Rimmel, Unilever & Vauxhall. He is chair of the PRCA’s digital group and in demand as a commentator and speaker. Danny’s first book – Digital PR – was published in November 2018.

Tess Willmott

Sauce Communications

Recently appointed MD at restaurants, food, drink and travel specialist agency Sauce Communications, Tess’s career has spanned both in-house and agency roles within luxury hospitality in London and Hong Kong, world class food and drink festivals and leading consumer brand agencies. With an overall mission to build on the existing reputation and business growth of Sauce, Tess has been integral in re-shaping structure and fine-tuning ways of working across the agency – to deliver exciting work for clients and an engaged, fulfilled team.

Caroline Addy

Milk and Honey PR

Caroline began her PR career in 2010 working on high profile campaigns across a variety of consumer sectors, including food & drink, not-for-profit and entertainment. After moving to Sydney for four years, her focus turned to all things technology and innovation where she represented global tech giants Cisco and GitHub, amongst others. 


Having crafted first-class campaigns and relationships on both sides of the world, Caroline’s experience has made her a bit of a chameleon, with the ability to adapt at the drop of a hat. Caroline has learnt from the best in the industry and is passionate about inspiring her team to believe in themselves, be brave and continue raising the bar. 

Shelley Frosdick

The PHA Group

Shelley has over thirteen years of experience working with consumer brands in the retail, lifestyle, charity and health space. From delivering reliable, powerful media relations strategies to creating and delivering campaign activations, Shelley is an expert when it comes to appealing to consumers via the media, both online and offline.

Contact Us