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The 2020 Jury is listed below.

Rachel Bell

Brand Spanking Consulting and PRCA Head Judge

Rachel has started seven multi-award winning professional service businesses, the most notable being PR agency Shine (now The Academy Media Group, of which she is Chair).

Her philosophy of developing, promoting and liberating talent has won her industry recognition including No 1 Sunday Times Best Small Company to Work For.

She is currently also working with the London Business School inspiring MBA students in Entrepreneruship, is a NED of several growth businesses and is an active start up investor.

Phil Caplin

Broadcast Revolution

I have loved being in the world of Broadcast PR for over 20 years’ working with some amazing brands. Having finally set up Broadcast Revolution in 2019, I have created a new breed of broadcast consultancy set up to provide a fresh and creative way of delivering quality broadcast coverage for brands across TV, Radio and owned channels. My years of experience as a content-led Broadcast PR consultant helps our clients to deliver their communication objectives, by strengthening their media relations and content with measurable results. I still get a buzz from seeing a client on national TV or hearing them on the radio.

Katie Buckett

OneFifty

Katie is the co-founder of digital marketing consultancy OneFifty. With a career spanning in house and agency, she helps clients – from Toby Carvery and Mazda, to Sage and Airbnb – use data and behaviours to anticipate what, where, and how organisations should behave, digitally. And then makes that happen.

Jonathan Henderson

Aegon

Jonathan is Head of Public Relations at Aegon, one of the UK’s largest pension, investment and protection providers. Prior to joining Aegon he worked at H+K Strategies and Citigate Dewe Rogerson where he advised a diverse range of clients with a focus of financial and professional services firms.

Simon Francis

Campaign Collective

Simon has worked in communications for over 20 years and led high profile integrated campaigns for EngineeringUK and England’s Department for Education.

He currently co-ordinates the work of the End Fuel Poverty Coalition and delivers campaigns for Allergy UK, the Anti-Austerity Action Group, Education and Employers and Palms Row Health Care among others.

Further experience includes running campaigns for Brathay Trust, Power To Change and Project Syndicate. He co-authored the Freedom To Campaign Guide to the Lobbying Act.

He edits the home of positive news, The Rooftop and is Chair of Public Relations and Communications Association’s Charity and Not for Profit Group. He is also a trustee of the Association of Colleges Charitable Trust and formerly chaired the PR Apprenticeships Trailblazer employer group.

Leona Smith

John Lewis

As an internal communications professional with a career spanning over 14 years, Leona has worked across  a number of sectors, including not-for-profit, financial services, regulation and most recently retail, where she is currently People Engagement & Communication Lead at the John Lewis Partnership.

With an HR centric approach to communications, much of her experience has been closely connected to people leadership teams and steeped in cultural change.

Over the last year Leona has focused heavily on diversity and inclusion, by not only working towards building a considered D&I brand at the John Lewis Partnership, but also through her role as a co-opted Board Director at the Institute of Internal Communications.

As an IOIC Board member she’s been asked to take the lead on D&I. Delving into the role it plays in employee engagement, how to attract more diverse talent into the profession and how internal communications are used to embed D&I strategy.

As a Black Woman from a working class background, Leona has an ambition to improve how representation in internal communications, by ensuring that all employees feel their voices are heard and represented. Ultimately, her goal is to foster an inclusive approach to communications delivery.

Magin Trewhella

John Doe Group

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 Partner in 2018.

Charlotte Tobin

Belle PR

Charlotte Tobin, 33, is an award-winning publicist with over a decade of experience. She founded London-based public relations agency Belle PR in 2014. Charlotte manages the strategic growth and communications for some the UK’s most renowned talent, charity and brand names which is reflected by a steady stream of industry awards.

Lauren Westmore

Third City

Lauren joined Third City as a graduate trainee in 2012, the agency’s first full-time employee and has since worked her way up to board level. Now Associate Director, Lauren has headed up accounts including eharmony, Ancestry and Expedia – delivering a multitude of award-winning campaigns.

Samir Nanji

Milk and Honey PR

Samir is a reputation management and corporate affairs specialist. He has over eight years of strategic and creative experience with stints in both Weber Shandwick’s corporate affairs team and Porter Novelli’s corporate, sustainability and purpose practice advising multi-nationals, charities, governments and NGOs.

Chris Bath

Auroa Comms

Chris is an experienced healthcare communications consultant, with over a decade’s experience working on Global, European and UK communication and marketing programmes, with an expertise in digital innovation and insights.

As Managing Director and Aurora’s digital insight lead, Chris ensures client strategies are supported by digital, data and insights that not only help develop engaging programmes but can help prove that they make a difference. He has helped to establish the agency’s measurement framework, Acumen, and applies this to all work to ensure client programmes have impact.

His expertise is recognized in the Industry as he was a speaker at Digital Shoreditch 2015 discussing the present and future impact of the Internet of Things, and connectivity in health and is currently on the PM Society digital interest group, informing industry direction of digital thought-leadership and innovation.

His expertise in digital programmes is underlined by his recent graduation from Google Squared, Google’s digital leadership and marketing course.

Chris has worked across a number of disease areas but has a particular expertise in creating campaigns that made a difference to patients lives, having worked on digital strategy and patient engagement in cystic fibrosis, rare disease, oncology, diabetes and MS and has supported strategy, brand, and patient engagement for a number of pharma and medical device companies in the UK.

Chris was a finalist in the 2014 PRCA awards for the Young Communicator of the Year.

Ishtar Schneider

Edelman

Ishtar is a member of the Health practice senior leadership team at Edelman London. She leads the strategic direction for global and regional clients including Mars Petcare, the Wrigley Oral Healthcare Program, Roche and GAVI – the Vaccine Alliance. She has a deep understanding of building and executing integrated global and regional communications programmes in particular focused on media relations, executive positioning and thought leadership, awareness raising, influencer and stakeholder engagement, policy change, internal communications, brand building and corporate reputation. Ishtar joined Edelman from Sydney, Australia where she spent six years gaining deep health sector expertise and honing a keen news sense.

In APAC she has previously led award-winning digital and social, disease awareness, patient activation and corporate storytelling programs for a range of health clients ranging from global pharma companies such as GSK, Amgen, AbbVie and BMS to leading health charities, natural therapies and health food brands as well as emerging biotech and medical technology companies to deliver innovative campaigns that achieved tangible business results.

She is currently Co-Chair of the PRCA’s Health group. She previously sat on the NSW Council for the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) helping drive professional development for communications practitioners.

She is a mental health and inclusion champion at Edelman and in the wider industry regularly speaking at events and contributing to initiatives driving these priorities forward.

Sharon Bange

Kindred

Sharon is Joint Managing Director at Kindred, a PR and comms agency that believes in the power of communications to make positive change. In a career spanning 18 years, she’s delivered campaigns that have helped change attitudes and actions for clients ranging from the Department for Education to Post Office.

Nicole Linger

Edelman

Nicole leads Edelman’s EMEA Employee Experience & Change Practice. Her expertise covers culture and change communications, M&A, crisis communications, internal communication and employer branding.

Nicole has partnered with global organisations in a variety of industries: pharmaceutical, CPG, logistics, retail, professional services, technology, and manufacturing. Her recent work includes supporting a logistics company during a restructure, developing a cultural change communication programme for a CPG company and embedding a new set of values for a multinational pharmaceutical company.

Her advisory work includes restructuring, engaging remote workforces, crisis, executive communications and recovery planning.

Before joining Edelman, Nicole was at Gallup where she focused on designing and leading employee communication, leadership, measurement and change programmes.

She has worked with clients such as Microsoft, Mars, DP World, FedEx, JPI Media, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, ABB, Gilead, GSK, Kering, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Nissan, Starbucks and Cap Gemini.

Neil Brodrick

The Academy

Neil is a creative director at The Academy and has produced campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands and organisations including Disney, Marvel, Kellogg’s, Mastercard, Heathrow and Domino’s, for which he won a PRCA Consumer Campaign of the Year award. Neil is a former PRWeek 30 Under 30 and has won numerous other PRCA awards including UK Agency of the Year.

 

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 significant work related to corporate positioning and reputation management, community engagement projects, and crisis and issues support.

George Blizzard FPRCA

The PR Network

George and Nicky are Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of The PR Network (https://www.thepr.network/ ), the world’s largest virtual PR agency.

As co-founders, both have spent the last 15 years delivering strategic programmes for clients including Dropbox, Snapchat, Vodafone and Workday.   Now a Top150 PRWeek agency with global reach and the second fastest growing PR agency in the UK, The PR Network runs campaigns in over 40 countries annually via its network of senior freelance consultants.

Prior to The PR Network, George ran EMEA campaigns for blue chips including; Apple, Sun Microsystems and Logitech, whilst at Bite Communications and Nicky held director level positions at Citigate, Brands2Life and property specialist Phoenix.

Operating a successful job -share for over 15 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.   Both were featured on the first ever Timewise Power List in 2013 for their job-share.

George and Nicky are co-chairs of the PRCA’s Virtual PR Agency Group, ((https://www.prca.org.uk/membership/groups/sectoral/virtual-networks) a group set up this year alongside 11 other companies to drive standards for the virtual PR agency model.

For over 3 years George and Nicky were both committee members of Women in PR (https://womeninpr.org.uk/), a PRCA working group, where they ran the WPR / PRWeek mentoring scheme which helps more women attain leadership positions in the PR industry.

Both sit on the PRCA Council and were appointed PRCA Fellows in 2020.

Nicky Regazzoni FPRCA

The PR Network

Nicky and George are Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of The PR Network (https://www.thepr.network/ ), the world’s largest virtual PR agency.

As co-founders, both have spent the last 15 years delivering strategic programmes for clients including Dropbox, Snapchat, Vodafone and Workday.   Now a Top150 PRWeek agency with global reach and the second fastest growing PR agency in the UK, The PR Network runs campaigns in over 40 countries annually via its network of senior freelance consultants.

Prior to The PR Network, George ran EMEA campaigns for blue chips including; Apple, Sun Microsystems and Logitech, whilst at Bite Communications and Nicky held director level positions at Citigate, Brands2Life and property specialist Phoenix.

Operating a successful job -share for over 15 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.   Both were featured on the first ever Timewise Power List in 2013 for their job-share.

George and Nicky are co-chairs of the PRCA’s Virtual PR Agency Group, ((https://www.prca.org.uk/membership/groups/sectoral/virtual-networks) a group set up this year alongside 11 other companies to drive standards for the virtual PR agency model.

For over 3 years George and Nicky were both committee members of Women in PR (https://womeninpr.org.uk/), a PRCA working group, where they ran the WPR / PRWeek mentoring scheme which helps more women attain leadership positions in the PR industry.

Both sit on the PRCA Council and were appointed PRCA Fellows in 2020.

Shelley Frosdick

The PHA Group

Shelley is responsible for the day to day operations at The PHA Group, working in partnership with her co MD Stuart Skinner to ensure the continued growth and development of the agency and its people. A Consumer & Third Sector PR specialist with over thirteen years experience working with brands in the retail, lifestyle, charity and health space, Shelley oversees several of the agency’s clients in these sectors alongside her role as Group MD.  With a passion for creating a great workplace, Shelley drives the agencies People & Culture initiatives ensuring the agency supports and rewards all employees.

Anisha Vikram Shah

Blurred

Anisha Vikram Shah is a Consulting Director at Blurred, a purpose- and values-led strategic and creative advisory firm that is built on the principles of ESGP – Environment, Social, Governance and Purpose – and that recognises the increasingly blurring lines between disciplines, audiences and industries. She advises some of the world’s largest businesses and brands on implementing ESG principles and communicating their purpose.

Anisha has spent 15 years in strategic communications and reputation management, advising companies in the US and UK across a range of communications disciplines to help them navigate complex and changing environments, cater to shifting stakeholder needs and articulate their purpose. Prior to Blurred, Anisha worked in the Corporate Reputation team at Ketchum London, and before that, across the Corporate and Employee Engagement & Change Management teams at Weber Shandwick in New York.

Jane Fordham

Jane Fordham Consulting & Hanbury Strategy

Jane Fordham, Founder, Jane Fordham Consulting and Partner and Head of People & Culture, Hanbury Strategy, She enjoys a fulfilling portfolio career having been an independent people, culture and inclusion consultant since March 2018 following a successful corporate career in communications and creative agencies. Jane has consulted for organisations including No.10 Downing Street, The Civil Aviation Authority, Greater Anglian Trains, ARM, Live Nation & Ticketmaster, Centrica and Scottish Gas Networks (SGN). Since the start of 2021, Jane has also been a Partner and Head of People & Culture at fast-growth public affairs and corporate communications agency, Hanbury Strategy, following 18 months of partnering with them as a consultant. She was recently included in Diversein.com’s list of 125 ‘D&I Leaders to Follow on LinkedIn’ having worked tirelessly to make organisations more human and earned a reputation throughout her career as a change agent.

Jane led the talent and marketing functions for PR and digital agency Golin between 2010 and 2018, overseeing the employer brand and people strategy. During that time the agency tripled in size and profile, developing a reputation as a pioneer of progressive talent programmes specifically in the areas of flexible working, gender and social equality and inclusion. She is also a committee member for Women in PR, driving their highly acclaimed mentoring programme, and sits on a corporate advisory board for Battersea Cats & Dogs Home.

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