The judging panel for the Corporate & Financial Awards comprised of leading industry experts who are based in-house. The agency spot is filled by the winner of the top accolade, the 'Annual report of the year'.

If you would like to be considered as a judge for our 2019 awards programme, please send a short biography to lauren.ditcher@communicatemagazine.co.uk

Our esteemed 2018 judging panel can be viewed below.

Tom Baldock

Tom is a highly experienced financial and corporate communications consultant, with a twenty five year agency track record advising public and private companies on media and investor relations. 

During his career, Tom has supported UK and overseas based clients across industry sectors, but he has a particular specialism in financial services. Recent work for listed companies has encompassed both M&A and IPO advisory, including media relations advice on Aldermore’s takeover by FirstRand and the IPO of Metro Bank. He has also worked extensively in the field of reputation and crisis management, primarily for companies in the banking, private equity, healthcare and property sectors.

Jo Britten
Director of investor relations

Jo Britten is director of investor relations at MoneySuperMarket where she has spent three years shaping and driving the investor programme. Prior to this Jo worked for 10 years at BAA in a variety of senior roles covering strategy, business development and commercial finance. Jo started her career at PwC, Corporate Finance and Recovery. She has a finance degree from Sheffield University and is ACA qualified.

Jarrad Comley
Group creative director & partner

Jarrad leads MerchantCantos’ creative offer globally, with responsibility for brand and digital design.

His career has spanned across consumer and corporate branding, with a focus on bringing business messaging to life through what he calls ‘landing brands’. Beginning at a digital start-up in the 90’s before moving into corporate communications he brings a different approach in understanding how creativity and technology can influence how you can inform and inspire.

At MerchantCantos, he has created award-winning campaigns, brands and corporate collateral for clients such as Alibaba, Aviva, BBC Worldwide, Burberry, ebay, Facebook, HSBC, Ladbrokes, Old Mutual, Pepsico, Philips, Puma Energy and PwC.

Cecilia Coonan
Corporate relations director

Gary Davies
Investor Relations Society

Gary has been CEO of the Investor Relations Society since July 2018, leading the executive team at their Coleman Street office. Prior to this he had a 30 year career at GSK, where he held a number of positions in the UK and US in medicines development and commercialisation and in Corporate Communications where he headed the Corporate Product Communications function for several years. Gary was a Director in the Investor Relations team at GSK for over 10 years. He holds an MBA, has achieved the Certificate in Investor Relations from the IR Society and in 2017 became the first graduate of the Society’s new Diploma in Investor Relations. Prior to becoming CEO, Gary was a member of the Society’s Education and Examinations Committees.

Laura Doyle
head of investor relations
Legal & General plc

Laura joined Legal & General Group plc in 2013 and is head of investor relations.  Prior to joining Legal & General, Laura held group development and IRO roles at Inchcape plc, a FTSE 250 global automotive distributor and retailer.  Before working at Inchcape, Laura trained as a chartered accountant with KPMG in London with roles in audit and in transaction services. Laura received her BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Computer Science from King’s College London.  She is also an FCA of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Anna Howard
Head of corporate communications

Anna Howard joined global payments provider Paysafe as its head of corporate communications in March 2016. The FTSE 250 company was privatised in December 2017 following its acquisition by CVC and Blackstone. Previously, Anna was vice president of communications at AIM-listed mobile money technology company Monitise, responsible for internal and external communications globally. Before moving in house, Anna spent a number of years in consultancies including Weber Shandwick and Lewis PR managing international communications programmes for the likes of RBS, ExxonMobil, Samsung, Experian and Worldpay.

Jesse Karjalainen
corporate communications manager

Jesse Karjalainen is the corporate communications manager at SCISYS plc, a software and IT-solutions company serving the media and broadcasting, commercial, defence and space industries. He joined the AIM-listed group in 2015 after a decade of international roles in journalism, publishing, editorial, design, marketing etc. He has a BA Hons in journalism, a masters in marketing communications and is a member of the CIPR. Jesse hails from Scandinavia and speaks two and a half languages fluently but grew up in Australia. He is also the published author of a book on English grammar and several books on the history and etymology of the English language. 

Michelle Lavipour
Global corporate PR manager

Michelle Lavipour is Global Corporate PR Manager at Diageo, the global leader in beverage alcohol. In her role, Michelle leads corporate storytelling globally across Diageo’s brands, innovation and futures strategy, sustainability initiatives and employer brand. She previously worked in Diageo’s UK Corporate Relations team and was Corporate Communications Manager UK and Ireland at PepsiCo. Prior to going in house, Michelle worked at agencies Edelman and Pagefield on a broad range of clients across FMCG, media, pharmaceuticals and the third sector. Michelle holds a master’s degree in International Political Theory from the University of Edinburgh.

Colin Mayes
head of UK PR
Aon Hewitt

Colin is director of PR for UK & Ireland at Aon. He joined the organisation in 2002 after leading media relations in Europe for real estate consultants Cushman & Wakefield.  Prior to this, he worked at PwC and the London Stock Exchange in both media relations and corporate communications roles, having gained his initial experience in consultancies including Good Relations.  He is a graduate of Queen Mary, University of London and is a member of the CIPR.

Stephen Nightingale
director of investor relations

Having qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant Stephen’s career has included commercial finance roles at P&O, Lloyds TSB and Cleanaway before joining Britvic. In 2008 he joined the Britvic IR function, becoming IR Director in 2014. His IR career has covered the range of events that any company is likely to face. In the early years the company faced several profit warnings, a product recall and an aborted merger. In 2013 a new CEO has seen a significantly improved performance with 3 acquisitions and an equity raise added to the CV. Stephen has 3 teenage children, enjoys watching sport, travel and music

Simon O'Brien
head of brand and reporting
Coats Group plc

Simon has worked in corporate communications for over 15 years, in both client and agency roles and across a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, beverages and manufacturing.  Currently he is head of brand and reporting for Coats, the world's leading industrial thread manufacturer, with responsibility for its corporate reporting strategy and delivering the programme globally. Working for a company that has only recently returned to the market as a listed entity, Simon is excited by the potential a ‘digital first’ approach to reporting can have on communicating with corporate stakeholder groups.

Mark O'Sullivan
head of corporate reporting

Mark leads PwC’s corporate reporting and governance team here in the UK. He has over a decade of experience in advising many leading organisations on current and best practices in reporting, the effectiveness of their corporate reporting and the implementation of new reporting strategies in order to meet the needs of the capital markets and the increasing regulation around corporate reporting.Mark is actively involved in helping to shape the future direction of corporate reporting. He sits on ICAS Corporate Reporting Committee and in his work with the International Integrated Reporting Council he: sits on the training advisory group; sat on its working group; and led PwCs role in designing, developing and hosting their Pilot Programme conferences. He oversees PwC’s annual review of the corporate reporting practices in the FTSE 350 and is responsible for the firm’s excellence in reporting in the FTSE 100 and 250 and Governance awards at their annual Building Public Trust Awards

Andy Rowlands
Corporate communications lead, UK & Ireland

Andy is corporate communications lead for Accenture in the UK & Ireland.  He was previously head of global corporate communications for Arcadis, the global design and engineering consultancy. He has 20 years’ experience in B2B/ professional services creating award winning content marketing campaigns. Prior to Arcadis he worked for agencies Burson-Marsteller and Bell Pottinger with clients including Accenture, Alcatel, the Co-operative Bank and Nestle.

Louise Shield
Director of corporate communications

Louise is currently Director of Corporate Communications for Santander UK. She is responsible for the bank’s internal and external communications across the UK. She has over twenty years communications experience gained across both the private and public sectors having led teams at FTSE 100 insurer RSA and Lloyd’s of London. 

Madeleine Szeluch
Head of investor relations
UK Government

Madeleine is Head of Investor Relations at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Madeleine leads on global stakeholder engagement, inward investment initiatives, market confidence, and contributes to low carbon energy policy development. She has over 14 years of experience in investor relations, capital markets and strategic advisory. Before joining the UK Government, Madeleine worked with institutional investors on due diligence assessments of suitable investment projects in the energy and industrials sectors, and was responsible for developing new markets in Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe.

Shellie Wells
head of corporate communications
Phoenix Group

Shellie Wells has over twenty years’ experience in communications.She has worked for the UK’s leading consolidator of closed life and pension funds, Phoenix Group for almost seven years, initially as head of media relations and now as head of corporate communications.  Working closely with the CEO and other senior managers, she leads a reputation management programme covering both consumer and city media, as well as government relations and other stakeholder engagement for the FTSE 250 listed company.Prior to joining Phoenix, Shellie was a partner at PR consultancy Lansons Communications.  During her 13 years working for the company, she specialised in delivering communications programmes for consumer finance brands including Churchill Insurance, Direct Line, LV= and Tesco Personal Finance, as well as non-financial organisations including Virgin Media, 1837online and the Post Office. Shellie started her career in direct marketing and advertising, working for Saga Financial Services – the over 50s specialist.

Andrew Whyte
director of communications
Financial Conduct Authority

A former vice-president of the National Union of Students, Andrew started his career in the mid-1980s in campaigning roles in civic society organisations, including the British Youth Council and Barnardo’s. Andrew went on to work in senior communications roles in some of the world’s most high profile organisations, including News International where he was deputy director of corporate affairs and the BBC where he was head of corporate and public relations. Subsequently Andrew has been director of communications for three organisations - Arts Council England and two UK government departments, Defra and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  Immediately before joining the FCA as head of external and internal relations in July 2014, Andrew was director of Kingsnorth Communications, a specialist consultancy focusing on strategy, leadership and change


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