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 2021 awards programme, please send a short biography to firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of communications
Kristina is head of group communications at Coats. The FTSE 250 listed company is the world’s leading industrial thread company, with a workforce of 18,000 people across six continents.
Kristina joined Coats in 2012 and leads the team responsible for external and internal corporate communications. Based at the Group head office at Stockley Park, near Heathrow, the award winning team aims to deliver creative, engaging, timely and relevant communications to diverse and globally disparate stakeholders using an increasing number of channels and tools. She has over 20 years’ experience in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, professional and financial services and has held roles in-house (including PwC, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the City of London Corporation) as well as agency.
Chief financial officer
Addy Frederick is an award-winning communications specialist with over a decade of in-house corporate and consumer communications experience working for some of the UK's most well-known brands, including Barclays and LV=.
Prior to joining Prudential, Addy ran the PR and media operation for Bupa's health insurance business.
Head of investor relations
The Go Ahead Group
Holly Gillis is Head of Investor Relations at The Go-Ahead Group plc. She has 14 years of experience in finance and investor relations roles in the UK public transport sector. Holly believes transparent corporate reporting is the cornerstone of good IR and is committed to continually improving the quality of reporting. Holly is an ACCA qualified accountant and has a Bsc in Psychology.
Managing director, corporate communications
Jen is Managing Director, Corporate Communications at TheCityUK, with responsibility for setting and overseeing the organisation’s communication strategy and also overseeing HR. She has 20+ years’ communications experience in the UK and Australia in both in-house and consultancy roles, predominantly in financial services, but also for entertainment brands and a range of other sectors. She has strong expertise in creating high-impact communication, stakeholder management and developing and leading high-performing teams.
Head of communications
As Head of Communications at 10x Future Technologies, the banking technology transformation business created by former Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins, Gavin leads external and internal communications. Gavin joined 10x in late 2017 after nearly two years with online payments business Paysafe where he worked as SVP of Corporate Communications. Before that he spent five years as with payments technology business Monitise as head of communications and brand, and three years with AOL amid its separation from Time Warner and global rebrand, leading UK and then European corporate communications. Before his move into business communications, Gavin was a journalist and editor, working with Reuters and Dow Jones.
Director, Communications, financial & post trade
London Stock Exchange Group
Lucie has worked for London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), a leading financial markets infrastructure and data provider for the past 10 years. She is currently Director, Communications, providing the full spectrum of communications activity for the FTSE 100 company and leading on corporate issues such as financial calendar reporting and M&A.
A senior PR professional, with almost 20 years in-house and agency PR experience, she was previously a Director at the international PR agency Citigate Dewe Rogerson providing strategic PR advice and consultancy to firms around the world including the UK, Russia, Japan, Qatar and North America.
Investor and ESG communications director
Anne has over 15 years’ experience in ESG and Investor communication. She joined Black Sun in 2015 and is responsible for advising clients on best practice strategic communication and disclosure centred around stakeholder needs and client positioning in the context of emerging trends and regulatory change.
Prior this, she spent 10 years as a buy-side ESG investment analyst engaging with numerous FTSE 350 and FTSE All-World companies on best practice ESG.
Anne holds a first-class honours degree and a Master's degree in Marketing and Management, as well as certificates in governance and market regulation, GRI and <IR> reporting and Sustainability strategy
Head of Communications and Brand Experience
Martha McKenzie-Minifie is Head of Communications and Brand Experience, Wholesale Banking EMEA for Dutch bank ING. She is passionate about storytelling, strategy, diversity and social media. Martha manages the team responsible for external and internal communications, and marketing communications, events and sponsorships. Martha holds a Master of Journalism from the University of Queensland, an advanced certificate in Public Relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a Bachelor of Arts (English & Art History) from the University of Canterbury.
Director of investor relations
Steve is Director of Investor Relations at Britvic plc. Having qualified as an accountant he has over 35 years’ experience in finance roles, working for P&O, Cleanaway and for the last 20 years at Britvic. In 2008 he moved into Investor Relations, and he has led IR through a number of acquisitions, raised equity and the launch of a new strategy for the group Steve believes transparency, integrity and simplicity are at the heart of great IR and feels a huge sense of pride and responsibility that he is empowered to represent the business to the capital markets.
Head of corporate reporting
Mark leads PwC’s corporate reporting and governance team here in the UK. He has over 15 years 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, regulations and wider society. Mark is actively involved in helping to shape the future direction of corporate reporting and 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 350, Strategic Report, and Governance awards at their annual Building Public Trust Awards.
Senior corporate communications manager
Surinder is a Senior Corporate Communications Manager at National Grid, leading the media strategy for targeted and integrated campaigns, including National Grid’s responsible business strategy and journey to net zero. This is of particular importance this year as she manages the external communications for National Grid’s involvement at COP26.
She has successfully worked across geographies, regions, industries, and sectors and was mostly recentlyDeputy Head of Communications for ArcelorMittal Europe, leading communications on their decarbonisation efforts. Before that, she spent seven years in the legal sector, including at global law firm Linklaters as Head of Press, where her work spanned finance, regulation, energy and real estate practices across EMEA. Her work led to Surinder leading media relations and communications for the firm during major global conferences including during the World Economic Forum, Davos.
Sergii Pershyn is Senior Advisor at EM, the leading independent financial and corporate communications agency for clients from emerging markets. After working for five years in EM's Moscow office, in 2016 Sergii moved to New York to co-launch the firm's North American practice.
Sergii advises a range of international clients on media and investor relations, with focus on the consumer, transportation and industrial sectors. His experience includes developing and implementing national and cross-border PR strategies, establishing and raising corporate media profiles across various sectors, providing communications support for IPOs and M&As, as well as crisis communications.
Head of corporate reporting
Alice joined bp in 2018 to lead their corporate reporting team, ensuring bp responds transparently to reporting requirements and best practice developments. She has over twelve years’ experience in responsible business, reporting and ESG and sustainability issues in FTSE 100 companies, having worked at Lloyds Banking Group prior to bp. Alice has a BA hons in Marketing.
Global head of internal communications (Financial services & insurance)
Kim is the Global Head of Internal Communications (Financial Services & Insurance) at Atos. She is a Chartered PR practitioner and a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Kim is a communications expert and has worked for both private and public sector organisations, primarily leading on public affairs and strategic communications. Kim holds an undergraduate degree in Law and International Politics and MAs in both International Relations and Communications Policy.
Director of corporate & financial communications
Gemma Terry is Director of Corporate & Financial Communications at Pearson. Gemma joined Pearson in 2010 and has over 11 years of Corporate & Financial Communications experience, gained in both the UK and Hong Kong.
In her current role, Gemma supports with the planning and execution of corporate and financial news and events, including Pearson's financial results, trading updates, major transactions, investor presentations and roadshows, as well as set corporate pieces such as Pearson's Annual Report and AGM. As part of this work, Gemma manages Pearson’s corporate & IR website, organises media interactions and provides strategic counsel for Pearson's CEO and CFO.
Gemma holds a BA in History from the University of Nottingham.
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