Independant
Consultant

Aisling Connaughton is the founder of CYD Connects Ltd, a strategic brand communications consultancy delivering social impact for our purpose-led economy.

By challenging clients to reorient their brand and communications towards good, CYD Connects turns social responsibility into profitable, sustainable, long-term competitive advantage.

Aisling’s 14-year global career in PR spans internal and external communications, crisis communications and events. Her most recent post was in Shenzhen, China, advising the Global CMO for Huawei Technologies on Lifestyle PR and CSR communications. Previous to that, Aisling worked for Huawei Technologies in London and San Francisco. 

Aisling began her career in the beauty industry, working for Estee Lauder Companies and Clarins before taking the Global Head of PR role with leading sustainable brand Liz Earle Beauty Co.

Aisling is a proud and active member of the University of Cambridge Wo+Men Leadership Centre. She is currently completing a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths University of London.

Why I am judging these awards

We live in a world where the lines between traditional PR, digital marketing and SEO have blurred. PR is constantly evolving and to create tangible results PR campaigns need to more creative than ever with clear strategic thinking and innovation. The Drum Awards are a transparent and trustworthy competition, identifying the best of the best and giving the recognition that is deserved.

Judging panel

Gaelle Comte

marketing director
Virgin Group Loyalty Company

Jane Wilson

Managing Director
MHP Communications

Grant Mitchell

corporate communications manager
Verizon

Matt Bourn

Director of Communications
Advertising Association

Gemma Cracknell

Marketing Director
Travelopia

Michelle Lavipour

Global Head of Brand Communications
Diageo

Lisa Hale

Associate Director
Tangerine

Rich Leigh

Founder
Radioactive PR

Michael Murphy

senior partner
Michael Murphy & ltd

Sheelagh Doyle

Communications
Snap

Lani Lavin

Head of Sustainable Business & Communications
Unilever

Tom Berry

CEO
Chameleon

Sedge Beswick

founder & managing director
SEEN Connects

Rebecca Blinston-Jones

managing director
MWWPR

Lisa Jeden

Global Head of Brand PR & Corporate Communications
Bacardi

Lizzie Dewhurst

Head of Communications and PR
Publicis Group

Fiona Magill

Group PR Director
VCCP

Sophie Rhatigan

Head of PR
Sky

Nina Joyce

PR Director, Europe
Refinery29

Justin Bates

Director of Communications, EMEA and LATAM
LinkedIn

Georgia Frost

Creative PR and Marketing Director
Camden Markets

Charmaine Huet

Vice President, Corporate Communications APAC
Viacom International Media Networks

Aisling Connaughton

Independant
Consultant

Chris Taylor

Deputy Director of Communications (FTC)
News UK

Dr Colin D'Silva

Head, Asia Pacific, Communications and Government Affairs
GSK

Rema Gouyez-Benalla

Head of Digital Content and Engagement
L'Oreal UK

Karen Yew

Head, Corporate Marketing and Communications
Mediacorp

Paul Fabretti

Director of Communications
Microsoft

Victoria Needs

Director of International Marketing
Sony Music Entertainment

ken hein

Chief Communications Officer US
Dentsu Aegis Network

Grant Mitchell

Corporate Communications Manager
Verizon

Paul Mallon

Head of Major Brand Activations
Paddy Power

Andy West

Chief Development Officer
Hotwire

Shakira Payne

Communications & Sustainability Manager
Sonos

Ruth Warder

General Manager
Edelman

Suzanne Blackburn

Global Communications & Public Affairs
Google

Anna Dalziel

Director of Brand, UK & Global
Momentum Worldwide

Phil Wade

Chief Marketing Officer
Jetstar Airways

Ellie Graham

Senior Publicity Director
Think Jam

Lucy Puddefoot

Global Head of PR & Communications
Clear Channel Outdoor

Susie Penner

Senior Director of Corporate Communications
GoDaddy

Rory MAckin

Senior Manager | Public Relations
Deloitte’s Green Dot Agency

Laura Sutherland

Founder and Director
Aura PR

Stephen Waddington

Managing Director
Metia

Jenny Chan

Vice President, Head of Public Affairs, Asia 
WeWork

James Herring

MD
Taylor Herring Ltd

Su Min Sng

Head of Communications
Grab

Ross Matthews

Chief Marketing Officer
Ice Lolly

Arline Adeva

Assistant Vice President for Brand Communications, PR and Digital Marketing
Jollibee

Nicky Wang

Managing Director and Head of Strategy
WE Red Bridge

Nancy Maffucci

Senior Communications Planner
Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Karen Tan

Senior Director
Ministry of Communications and Information

Eric Pooley

Senior Vice President
Environmental Defense Fund

Luisa Fernandez

Marketing Director
YO! Sushi