Director of Communications
Chair of the judges
Virgin

With a solid background in broadcast, agency and in-house roles, Tamara is currently Director of Communications for the Virgin Group. Prior to joining Virgin, Tamara worked as a Researcher, Presenter and Director for ITV1 in the West Country - working across a range of regional and network TV programmes, before working for Nike and MTV1 on the launch of their national #justaddmoves campaign. She then worked in PR agencies, across a range of clients from the Ariel Fashion Awards to the Learning and Skills Council. Prior to joining Virgin, she was Senior Media Manager at the British Heart Foundation, working across policy, news, ambassador recruitment and fundraising media relations, including leading strategic award-winning communications campaigns for the organisation. She has a degree in English Literature and Politics, a post-graduate certificate in Journalism and is a proud graduate of the Women50 Santander and UCLA leadership programme.

Judging panel

Tamara Bennett

Director of Communications
Virgin

Michelle Lavipour

Global Head of Brand Communications
Diageo

Naushaba Salahuddin

Director, Global PR & Communications
Zilingo

Ali Cowe

Senior Head of Communications
BBC Global News

Nina Joyce

PR Director Europe
Vice Media Group

alec samways

CEO & Head of Creative Strategy
Splendid Communications

Lani Lavin

Head of Sustainable Business & Communications
Unilever

Lee Nugent

EVP & Regional Director, APAC
Archetype

Nina Joyce

PR Director, Europe
Vice Media Group

Susie Asbury

Acting Communications Director, Magazines
Bauer Media Group

Nick Zonnios

Head of PR
Clemenger BBDO

Dave DeCecco

Group Vice President, Global Communications
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Nicky Eaton

Head of Communications, EMEA
Christie’s

Craig McGill

EMEA Communications Team
PwC UK

Allison Chew

Head of PR, Brand and Marketing
AIA Singapore

Simon Tunstill

Communications Director
Thinkbox

Sofiya Mahdi

Corporate Relations Manager, Global
Burberry

Jason Teitler

SVP, Global Communications and Brand Lead
Special Olympics International

Jennifer Risi

Founder & President
The Sway Effect

John Wolfe

PR & Communications
Consultant

Tom Parker

Head of Communications
Zoopla

Kelly Harrison

Senior Director, Marketing Communications
R/GA

Jackie Kahn

Head of Marketing and Communications
Oscar Health

Elizabeth Ogabi

Communications Director, UK
Ogilvy

Sheelagh Doyle

Communications
Snap

Mark Borkowski

Founder
Borkowski

Shakira Payne

Communications & Sustainability Manager
Sonos

Angela Lee

PR Lead
Funko, EMEA

Olga de Giovanni

Global PR and Communications Manager
Ebiquity plc

Zsofi Somlai

Head of PR
Moonpig

Simon Hailes

Director of Group Media Relations
Barclays

Jane Austin

Founder
Persuasion Communications

Jessica Keating

Senior Client Marketing & Communications Manager
The Economist

Kerry Thorpe

Head of Integrated Communications
Ben & Jerry's

Janice MacGregor

Senior Press & Social Media Manager
VisitScotland

Katie Magnotta

Corporate Communications
Verizon

James Gordon-MacIntosh

Founder & Chief Creative Officer
Hope&Glory

Ellen Freeth

Head of External Affairs 
JUST EAT

Jessica Vogl

Global Media Relations Manager
Mondelez International

Rupert Smith

Director of Communications
Newsworks

Laura Clare

EMEA Director of Communications
Instagram

Jonathan Nelson

Chief Communications Officer
Omnicom Group

Juliet Simpson

Founder & CEO
Stripe Communications

Elizabeth Luke

Communications
 

Courtney Walker

Managing Director
Y&R PR

Chloe Kembery

Head of Media, Global lead
British Council

Maggie Hollander

Vice President of Corporate Communications for Advertising & Partnerships
NBCUniversal

Emily Slee

Communications Manager
News UK

Arline Adeva

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

Rebecca Blinston-Jones

Managing Director
MWWPR

effie kanyua

Director of PR & Communications
Hearst