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 2019 judging panel can be viewed below.

Danny Calogero
Board director

Danny is a Board Director and financial services specialist. With a particular focus on the investment management industry, Danny has over a decade’s experience of advising companies on marketing strategy, communications and branding.

Danny’s experience spans institutional, wholesale and retail markets and includes work for some of the world’s most recognisable financial services brands, including Willis Towers Watson, UBS Wealth Management and BlackRock.

Jarrad Comley
Executive creative director

Jarrad leads MerchantCantos’ global creative offer, with responsibility for brand and digital design. His career has spanned consumer and corporate branding, with a focus on bringing business messaging to life. Beginning at a digital startup in the ’90s before moving into corporate communications, he has a different approach to understanding how creativity and technology can influence brands. At MerchantCantos, he has created award-winning campaigns, brands and corporate collateral for clients such as Aviva, BBC Worldwide, Burberry, Facebook, HSBC, PepsiCo, Philips, Puma Energy and PwC.

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.

Holly Gillis
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.

Gavin Haycock
Head of communications
10X Banking

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.

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. 

Colin Mayes
Head of UK PR

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.

Susan McKenzie
Head of CEO comms

Susan is Head of CEO Communications at Deloitte in the UK. She is responsible for managing internal and external leadership communications and strategy. In her previous role at Deloitte, Susan led the production of the Impact Report - the firm’s the annual report demonstrating its impact on clients, people and society. She works with Deloitte’s 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.

Martha McKenzie-Minifie
Head of corporate communications, UK

Martha McKenzie-Minifie is ING UK region’s head of corporate communications. Her experience in marketing and communications includes almost 10 years as a journalist on daily, weekly and Sunday newspapers and magazines before joining ING in 2009. Martha has been a spokesperson on consumer economics for several years and appeared live on BBC News, Sky News and CNBC during that time.In 2016, she has stepped to lead the UK communications team. Outside of ING, Martha sits on the board of membership organisation Women in Banking and Finance as head of marketing and communications.Martha holds a master of journalism from the University of Queensland, an advanced certificate in public relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a bachelor of arts (English) from the University of Canterbury. 

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
Corporate communications consultant
Vesuvius plc

Simon has worked in corporate communications for over 15 years, both in house and agency side, and across a range of sectors from manufacturing, to oil and gas and food and drink.


Currently he is providing communications advice at Vesuvius plc, the global leader in molten metal engineering. Prior to that he was at Coats Group plc for 8 years, with responsibility for its corporate brand and online strategy.

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

Sergii Pershyn
Senior advisor

Sergii Pershyn is Senior Advisor at EM, the leading independent financial PR and investor relations agency for clients from emerging markets. After working for five years in EM’s Moscow office, Sergii moved to New York in 2016 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.

Alice Revels
Head of corporate reporting

Alice joined BP last year and heads up their corporate reporting function, ensuring BP responds to current reporting requirements and best practice developments. She has a background in responsible business, investor engagement on ESG issues and sustainability reporting, having worked at Lloyds Banking Group previously. Alice has a BA hons in Marketing.

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.

Peter Timberlake
Head of communications
Financial Reporting Council

Peter has been Head of Communications at The Financial Reporting Council, the UK’s regulator of accountants, auditors and actuaries, since 2013. He manages engagement with internal and external stakeholders in the UK and globally. Peter has over 30 years’ experience of delivering communications in the financial services sector working with pensions, investment and insurance providers. Prior to joining the FRC Peter was Head of Public Relations at Friends Life for four years and Head of Media Relations for Standard Life for three years before that. His early career was spent managing communications at Legal & General.

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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