The judging panel for the Corporate Content Awards is made up of leading industry experts who are based in in-house and agency roles. If you would like to judge this programme, please send a bio for consideration to lauren.ditcher@communicatemagazine.co.uk 

Below you can see who represented the 2018 Corporate Content Awards panel


Stuart Aitken
Head of brand & content

Stuart is responsible for seeking out the most compelling narratives from across DigitasLBi‘s UK businesses, identifying marketplace trends for comment and managing the DigitasLBi brand across internal and external channels as well as social media platforms. He is also responsible for planning and providing editorial guidance for key DigitasLBi events such as the annual thought leadership showcase NewFront. Prior to joining DigitasLBi, Stuart worked in a communications role at the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) and as a journalist at Centaur Media. 

Tom Barber
VP corporate and group centre communications

Tom Barber is currently a Digital Channels Manager within Barclays Corporate Relations and manages its Group corporate site home.barclays. In the past year he has transformed the site from being static and press-release driven to one offering a compelling voice for Barclays’ corporate narrative with a brand-enhancing look and feel, and a distinct tone of voice. The site was recently named Best Corporate Website at the Digital Impact Awards.

He joined Barclays in 2012 and has worked across both internal and external communications before joining the Channels team in 2015. Before joining Barclays he held positions at both ITV and IBM.

James Bennett
Head of communications

James is a highly accomplished senior communications professional and former business journalist and editor with 20 years' senior experience in communications, PR, journalism and editing. He has been at Playtech for more than three years working alongside senior management, product heads and across the business on a wide range of projects and initiatives, ensuring a strong, consistent brand message is always delivered both internally across the company’s 5,500 staff and 17 global locations and externally in the gaming and wider business media.

Dean Beswick
Founder and creative partner
Gorilla! Gorilla!

Dean is a unique blend of passionate filmmaker and communications thinker with nearly 20 years of experience developing and producing film and animation projects for a range of brand, business, education and broadcast clients.

His film and animation work has been BAFTA and RTS nominated, earned Webby honoree status, won Gold at the New York Festivals, and recently been added to the national archive for preservation by the BFI.

From devising concepts and scripts, to developing and implementing content strategy, to providing creative leadership, Dean has a track record of producing work that makes a powerful connection with audiences.

Ann Booth-Clibborn
Story coach and executive producer
Story Coach London

Ann is a corporate story coach, and television producer. She has made several primetime features shows for the BBC and Channel 4, including the ground breaking Changing Rooms, and the notorious You Are What You Eat.

In 2011 Ann set up Storycoach to pursue a new mission – to unlock the natural storytelling skills of people in business, because once we know how to engage an audience we are much more likely to succeed in our objective.

Ann is a trainer and a facilitator working with businesses and individuals. Her clients are extremely varied and include LOROL, Dune Shoes, Molson Coors, Barclays Bank, and Quarto Publishing.

Vikki Chowney
Chief content strategist
H+K Strategies

Vikki joined H+K in 2015 to shape its approach to content and publishing strategy, embedding this across the agency and with clients including Intel, HSBC and Amazon Web Services. She also leads social strategy globally for Huawei and is global CSD for Campari. Prior to H+K, Vikki held two roles at Creston Unlimited group, working with major brands, including Haagen Dazs, Sony Pictures, Unilever and Virgin Trains. Vikki is a former journalist, having been News Editor for Econsultancy and having written for Contagious, The Guardian, Marketing, Marketing Week and as a G20 Voice blogger for Oxfam. 

Amaris Cole
Digital communications and content manager
Church of England

Amaris is the digital communications and content manager for the Church of England, working operationally and strategically with the digital team to deliver a range of projects, including video and audio, social media, website creation and digital communications. She is passionate about the Church creating relevant, quality content for the 21st century.

Rachel Cooper
Director of global content strategy and editorial

As director for global content strategy and editorial at GSK, Rachel leads on digital storytelling for the global healthcare company’s global corporate channels. Her team commissions, co-develops and edits content for the corporate website and intranet, as well as social media. Previously, Rachel led external communications for GSK’s global health initiatives.

Prior to joining GSK, Rachel was a journalist. She completed The Telegraph’s multimedia graduate training scheme and stayed on as a business reporter, covering the healthcare industry and the daily market report for both print and digital. Previously, Rachel has worked in Westminster, the NHS and an international NGO.

Kate Dale
Strategic Lead, Brand and Digital
Sport England

Feminist firebrand and former journalist Kate Dale is responsible for delivering This Girl Can, Sport England’s multi-award-winning campaign, which is changing the way millions of people think about exercise and physical activity, and has seen 2.8 million more women get active as a direct result. 

Prior to this, Kate spent 10 years as a trade magazine editor before becoming a brand and content specialist for major online banking institutions including Barclays.  When time permits, she likes to take part in triathlons as well as performing with immersive theatre group, You Me Bum Bum Train.

Andy Edmonds
Head of content

Andy is Head of Content at leading performance marketing agency, iProspect. Having worked in the performance space for more than 10 years, Andy has witnessed the growth of Content Marketing and played a key role in developing iProspect’s Intelligent Content proposition. Andy now oversees the agency’s Content and Engagement product, driving innovation and best practice across a wide variety of B2C and B2B clients, including John Lewis, Thomas Cook Airlines and Iron Mountain.

Steve Garvey
Moving Image

Steve has over 30 years experience in film and video as an agency head, producer and in-house comms director. Steve was CEO of two of the UK's top 10 corporate production companies - World Television and Cheerful Twentyfirst - as well as industry association EVCOM. He founded Reuters Corporate Television, produced documentaries for Channel 4 and the BBC, and was comms director at Yes Television. Steve is launching Moving Image, a hub for news and insights into corporate film and branded video content and thinks we live in a golden age for video.

Katerina Giannini
Corporate communications manager

Katerina manages corporate communications for Boeing UK & Ireland and Central & Eastern Europe. She is responsible for brand positioning, media and public relations, advocacy, stakeholder relations, reputation management and employee communications. Katerina also leads executive leadership communications for Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK & Ireland, and is passionate about ‘voice of the visionary’ storytelling. Prior to joining Boeing, Katerina spent six years at Unilever, holding customer marketing and brand development positions at both a UK and global level. Katerina has an Executive MBA from Imperial College Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Exeter. 

Conall Gribben
Director, digital and global communications
Cable & Wireless Communications

Conall is director, digital and global communications at US-based telecommunications company Cable & Wireless Communications, responsible for its external communications portfolio. Prior to this, he worked as head of corporate content at Virgin Media, driving digital communications and corporate responsibility campaigns. He previously spent more than four years at BT Group, latterly as head of brand and digital communications for its infrastructure arm Openreach. There he launched a seven-day customer service offering on social media. Originally from Northern Ireland, Conall is a Law and French LLB graduate of Cardiff University, which included a year’s study at Université Toulouse 1, France.

Saskia Jones
Strategic communications professional

Saskia Jones is a strategic communications professional with wide-ranging experience. Her latest role was Head of Communications Engagement at Oxfam, responsible for brand, strategy and internal communications. Engaging over 5,000 staff and 22,000 volunteers around the world, her team communicated with staff and volunteers in over 50 countries and 650 shops in the UK. Saskia and her team have won multiple communication awards in recent years. This includes Saskia being awarded 'Internal Communicator of the Year' at the Institute of Internal Communication Icon Awards.

Sara Luker
EU content editor

Sara, eBay’s EMEA Content Manager, is a journalist turned comms pro with more than 16 years’ experience working in-house and agency-side.

She joined eBay from PRWeek magazine where she reported on the PR and comms industry, breaking exclusives and writing stories that evoked debate. And it was her work in this role that caught the eye of eBay – who asked her to head-up content in EMEA in 2012.

Away from work, Sara can be found on social, normally posting angrily about Liverpool Football Club, or socialising the old-fashioned way in various pubs, restaurants and theatres in London.

Neil Maidment
Head of content and editorial
InterContinental Hotels Group

Neil is responsible for helping create engaging and informative content for one of the world’s biggest hotel groups, delivering strategic communications concerning IHG’s brands, performance, business and senior leadership. Neil has worked at IHG since 2015. Prior to that he was an award-winning journalist, spending almost a decade working in newspaper and radio, and with Reuters, first on the sports desk and then financial news. His favourite things are sport, films and family time. 

Julian Marshall
Global head of content

Julian is an award-winning content specialist with 15 years’ experience in mobile, video and audio. Working for globally known brands including Shazam, NME and BBC Radio 1, he specialises in content strategy, new launches and managing teams.

Susan McKenzie
Content editor

Susan is content editor for Deloitte UK and is responsible for producing the Impact Report: the firm’s annual report demonstrating its impact on clients, people and society. She advises on, and writes, executive communications and works with the PR, internal communications and corporate marketing teams to align corporate messages and strategy. Susan previously worked in event-driven equity sales and is a former newswire journalist.

Drew McMillan
Head of internal communications and engagement
Virgin Trains

Drew started his career in brand communications before moving to internal communications and then, during the last decade, into the wider realm of employee engagement. He’s been lucky enough to have worked around the world in a broad range of sectors including professional services, government, defence, energy, retail and transport. Drew believes passionately in the enabling power of open two-way communication in the workplace, and the direct link between employee engagement and organisational performance. As part of the leadership team at Virgin Trains, part of the global Virgin family, he is responsible for a broad remit that also includes corporate social responsibility and colleague wellbeing.

Jamie Robertson
Head of Corporate Communications, Public Affairs and Technology
Ketchum London

Jamie has spent around 15 years advising a broad range of organisations and their leadership teams on the stakeholder challenges that most acutely affect their reputations and future commercial prospects.  He has formed part of agency and client teams tasked with developing and delivering strategic communications approaches to often complex and fast-moving industry issues, particularly in the energy, natural resources, engineering, infrastructure and industrial sectors.  As a result, he takes a broad view on the impact of communications content, aligning results with his clients' overarching ambitions and strategic objectives.  He joined Ketchum in November 2017 to lead the company's corporate, public affairs and technology community.

Ryan Taylor
Head of digital
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.

Ewan Turney
Head of content
Rugby Football Union

Ewan is Head of Content at England Rugby where looks after the strategy and production of content across all digital platforms, including social media, video production and printed publications. Ewan previously worked at Unilever and was formerly a journalist.


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