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 michelle.manton@communicatemagazine.co.uk

Our esteemed 2020 judging panel can be viewed below.

Kristina Blissett
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.

Graham Barnetson
Chief financial officer
Red Funnel

Gary Davies
Formerly GSK
Investor Relations Society

Gary was CEO of The Investor Relations Society from July 2018 to October 2019, 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 Executive MBA in Pharmaceutical Marketing, has achieved the CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting, 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. He is currently enjoying an active retirement.

Laura Doyle
Head of investor relations

Laura joined ReAssure in Jan 2019 to set up the Investor Relations function of ReAssure, a subsidiary of Swiss Re, in advance of the IPO.  Prior to this, Laura was the Head of Investor Relations at Legal & General Group plc, a FTSE 50 UK Insurance and financial services group, and 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 in mathematics and computer science from King’s College London and is also an FCA of the ICAEW.  She is also the Trustee/Treasurer on the boards of two charities: The Society of Genealogists and The Halsted Trust.

Bieneosa Ebite
Group Deputy head of corporate communications

Bieneosa Ebite, a seasoned public relations professional, works as Group Deputy Head of Corporate Communications at Centrica, a leading international energy services and solutions provider and owner of British Gas. Her role involves helping to deliver the Group's corporate communications strategy and associated engagement. This includes managing communications around the financial calendar and supporting the Group CEO’s external communications.

Bieneosa’s experience also includes working as a communications professional for McDonald’s, one of the world’s largest and most recognisable brands, during its most challenging period to date. She was part of an award-winning communications team that contributed to the revitalisation of the brand by developing and sharing McDonald’s story of change.

Earlier in her career, Bieneosa set up and managed an independent consultancy. Her work engaged the public, commercial and not-for-profit sectors. She advised clients on stakeholder engagement, personal branding, public affairs, multicultural communication and strategic communication. During this period Bieneosa managed and worked on campaigns for organisations including Costa Coffee, Starbucks, Westmill Foods, the Home Office, the Office for National Statistics and Oxfam.

Bieneosa is co-host and producer of PR Bants, a podcast that explores current affairs through a PR lens.

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, Director of Corporate Communications at Paysafe, joined the global payments provider in March 2016, just prior to its graduation from AIM to a main market listing. The FTSE 250 company was then 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.

Michelle Lavipour
Global Head of Brand Communications

Michelle Lavipour is Global Head of Brand Communications at Diageo, the global leader in beverage alcohol with 200 brands operating in 180 countries. In her role, Michelle leads corporate storytelling globally across Diageo’s brands, marketing, innovation, and diversity and inclusion strategy. She also sits on the Global Marketing Leadership Team of the business. She was previously Global Corporate PR Manager at Diageo and prior to this 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

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.

Martha McKenzie-Minifie
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.

Alan Oliver
Director of corporate communications
Santander UK

Alan has worked in communications for over twenty years, holding senior roles at a number of financial services companies, including Nationwide, Aldermore and Santander. Alan’s remit has included media relations, policy and public affairs, internal communications, crisis management, social media, marketing and sustainability. He is a member of Santander’s Executive Committee and a regular adviser to the Board.

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.

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.

Tom Steiner
Vice President, corporate & financial communications

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.


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