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 accolades, the 'Annual report of the year', 'In-house team of the year' and 'PR or IR agency of the year'.

Below you'll find our 2022 panel, however if you would like to be considered as a judge for our 2022 awards programme, please send a short biography to michelle.manton@communicatemagazine.co.uk


Maria Babkina
Head of investor relations

Maria has over 15 years of advisory and in-house investor relations and communications experience. She is currently leading the investor relations strategy for Lamprell, a UAE-based energy services Group, where she is focusing on a major repositioning for the company as it embraces the energy transition. She was previously Deputy head of communications at a FTSE 250 mining company, with a core focus on developing Group ESG reporting and strategy.

Kristina Blissett
Director of group communications

Kristina is the director of group communications at Coats. The FTSE 250 company is the world’s leading industrial thread and textiles manufacturer, with a workforce of 17,000 people across six continents.

Kristina leads the Group Communications team which is responsible for external and internal communications, and the project management of the Annual Report. Based in the UK, the award winning team delivers creative, timely and relevant communications to diverse and globally disparate audiences, including non-online employees.

Kristina has over 20 years of communications experience in a wide range of industries, such as manufacturing, professional and financial services. She has held roles in-house (including PwC, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the City of London Corporation) as well as agency.

Sean Bride
Senior reporting consultant
Radley Yeldar

As a global equity analyst at PwC and an investor relations consultant for Citigate Dewe Rogerson, Sean developed a strong interest in corporate reporting and has written a number of white papers exploring the subject. His experience spans equity analysis, investor relations and corporate reporting. Sean has an ‘investor’s perspective’, advising on positioning and best practice reporting. He is mainly involved at the concept and development stage, helping to define key messaging to convey to stakeholders.

Sean joins the panel, as RY took home the top accolade of the night at the 2021 awards, the Annual Report of Year.

Kerry Cooper
Head of external communication
Mondi Group

Kerry is the Head of external communication for Mondi Group, a global manufacturer of packaging and paper, and a FTSE 100 constituent. She has 20 years’ experience in communication and marketing, giving her a well-rounded appreciation of business imperatives and the value of understanding stakeholder needs. 

Kerry leads a team responsible for positioning Mondi across a wide range of audiences and channels, with a focus on demonstrating how sustainable packaging is contributing to a better world.


Danny Cox
Head of external relations
Hargreaves Lansdown

Danny is the Head of external relations at Hargreaves Lansdown (HL), the UK's favourite digital wealth management service. With over 20 years at HL, Danny sits over the public relations and corporate affairs functions as well as being a trustee of the HL Charitable Foundation and the Bristol period poverty charity, Period Friendly Places, and a mentor and coach.


Simon Gleadhill
Corporate reporting & IFRS technical controller

Simon leads the interpretation and implementation of new IFRSs across the group and makes sure that the Group stays ahead of new developments in corporate and ESG reporting.  

He has a specialism in ESG reporting, strategy, business model and culture reporting.  He leads the process and development of the Howden Joinery Group Annual Report & Accounts and the Group’s Sustainability Report, which have won several awards in recent years.  He was a member of the Advisory Group for the UK Financial Reporting Council’s recent project on The Future of Corporate Reporting and is a current member of the FRC Advisory Panel.

He is also a member of the Investor Relations Society and holds their Certificate in Investor Relations.

Lucie Holloway
Head of financial & corporate communications
London Stock Exchange Group

Lucie has worked for London Stock Exchange Group for the past 10 years. She is currently director of 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. With almost 20 years of 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


Charles King
Head of investor relations
Halma plc

Charles is Head of Investor Relations at Halma plc, a global group of life-saving technology companies, focused on growing a safer, cleaner, healthier future for everyone, every day, and a FTSE 100 constituent. In his role at Halma he is accountable for all aspects of investor relations and is also responsible for the Group’s sustainability function which reports to him. He joined Halma in September 2018, having previously led investor relations teams at Tate & Lyle, Serco, Lloyds Banking Group, SSP Group and Worldpay.

Sally Marshak
Head of investor relations and communications
Savannah Energy plc

Bio to follow.

Rebecca Mayo
Managing director

Rebecca is joint managing director and a managing partner at Lansons. She is an award-winning senior adviser with more than 20 years’ experience, specialising in financial services and appointed by clients across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Rebecca works with senior leaders on a wide range of communications challenges and issues, from complex corporate, change and employee communications through to market-leading brand building and integrated marketing campaigns. She is on the Board of Lansons New York and is highly involved in the PROI, an international network of independent PR agencies worldwide.

Rebecca’s client experience includes: Asda Money, Business Banking Resolution Service, Citibank, Chartered Insurance Institute, Barclays, Direct Line, The Diversity Project, Experian, Freetrade, Hargreaves Lansdown, Invesco, intelliflo, Manulife, Metro Bank, MoneySuperMarket, One Family, RBS Insurance, Scottish Widows and Wealth Dynamix.

Mark O'Sullivan
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.

Gulshen Patel
Director of investor relations and corporate communications
Senior plc

Since 2018, Gulshen has been the Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications at Senior plc - an international manufacturing Group with 26 operations in 12 countries. Prior to her role at Senior, she was at Babcock International Group plc. She has over 12 years of experience as an IR professional, with a strong background in financial analysis, communication and stakeholder management. She believes the key to the role is having integrity and credibility. Gulshen holds a MSc in Public Services Policy & Management from Kings College London and a BEc in Economics from the Australian National University.

Alice Revels
Head of corporate reporting

Alice joined BP in 2018 to lead its corporate reporting team, ensuring BP responds transparently to reporting requirements and best practice developments. She has over 12 years’ experience in responsible business, reporting and ESG and sustainability issues in FTSE 100 companies, having worked at Lloyds Banking Group prior to her current role.



Lindsey Stewart
Director of investment stewardship research

Lindsey is the Director of Investment Stewardship Research at Morningstar. He has over 20 years' experience consulting and advising listed companies and other organisations on investor and stakeholder engagement at Makinson Cowell, KPMG and the Financial Reporting Council. Lindsey now works in a global team at Morningstar conducting research into asset managers’ sustainable investing policies and practices, and publishing thought leadership and ratings that asset owners and investment beneficiaries can use in their investment allocation decisions. Lindsey is a Chartered Management Accountant and CFA Charterholder, and won a Senior Leader Finalist prize at the 2021 Black British Business Awards.

Michael Strachan
Director of media and financial communications
Banco Santander

Michael has been director of media and financial communications at Banco Santander since 2016 and is responsible for leading the bank’s international media engagement across Europe and the Americas. He has worked in financial services communications for nearly 20 years, starting his career at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh where he held various senior communications roles through the financial crisis, before joining Tesco in 2013 to the lead the communications team at its financial services arm, Tesco Bank. 

Gemma Terry
Director of corporate & financial communications

Gemma is director of corporate and financial communications at Pearson. Gemma joined Pearson in 2010 and has over 11 years of experience, in both the UK and Hong Kong. Currently, Gemma supports the planning and execution of corporate and financial news and events, including Pearson’s financial results, trading updates, major transactions, investor presentations, as well as set corporate pieces such as Pearson’s Annual Report and AGM. As part of this work, Gemma manages Pearson’s corporate and IR website, organises media interactions and provides strategic counsel for Pearson’s CEO and CFO.


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