Who are the judges?

The DataComms Awards is judged by a broad range of in-house industry experts in corporate communications, digital and data roles.

Each year we invite the previous year's Grand prix winners to join the panel and these judges fill two agency slots.

How does the judging system work?

Scoring is based on a points system and the judges submit these scores anonymously. The judges mark the entries against the criteria mentioned within the entry and information guide: objective, research and planning, creativity and innovation, strategy and implementation and results.

Our judging system is rigorous and fair. If a judge has entered a specific category they will be exempt from reviewing that category, to avoid a conflict of interest.

Winners are determined by the scores they receive and the entries that score high enough will be shortlisted, invited to attend the awards ceremony and awarded with a trophy. If requested, we also provide detailed feedback on agencies’ work after the awards evening, which proves useful for future entries.

Interested in joining the panel?

If you are interested in the opportunity to judge and believe you have the necessary background, please email Aaron at aaron.alderton@communicatemagazine.co.uk with a short biography for consideration. 


Take a look at the esteemed 2024 panel below.

Sonya Cullington
Head of PR and communications
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Sonya Cullington is a strategic communications and media specialist. With over 20 years’ experience across national and international political and health systems, Sonya has led teams to deliver insightful and impactful public policy campaigns at Number 10, the Department for Health and Social Care, European Parliament and many more. She is passionate about devising and delivering strategic communications that connect mission, brand and values.

In her current role as Head of PR and Communications at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust – a world-leading cancer specialist hospital – Sonya is responsible for a busy and diverse portfolio of media outputs across The Royal Marsden’s three unique and interconnected brands: The Royal Marsden NHS Trust, Royal Marsden Private Care and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. In addition, Sonya is completing a MSc in Cyberpsychology, an interdisciplinary degree that explores the relationship between psychology and human behaviour with digital technologies and virtual reality.

Rob Holtom
Data & digital senior leader
Information Commissioner's Office

At the ICO, Rob is responsible for how the ICO's digital services, data capabilities and technology underpin the organisation's operations and strategic transformation.

Nick King
Market research and insight director
Auto Trader PLC

A consumer psychologist and expert in digital media and marketing, possessing the experience to analyse and interpret trends in consumer adoption of technology and develop strategies for customer acquisition and retention through digital and offline channels. 

Nick joined Auto Trader in January 2007 running Business Intelligence and in 2010 built the retailer insight team running master classes and webinars.  He also makes short films to evangelise about data and Insight and speaks regularly at conferences in Europe, Canada and North America.

Nick is also a visiting lecturer  in consumer psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

After graduating from Loughborough in 1986 , Nick spent years in advertising and planning at Dorlands and Lintas, was a guitarist with Great Northern Electrics, a publisher on HiFi magazines at Petersen/EMAP and a research Director at Media agency Carat/Difiniti  responsible for a team of researchers advising a range of Blue-chip clients  on the development of their marketing and communications strategies in the Digital arena.

Carrie Kleiner
Chief data visualization editor

Carrie is the Chief Data Visualization Editor at Accenture Research, specialising in microcontent and user-focused data viz for Accenture's 'Foresight' app. Carrie's experience includes being hand-picked to be the first-ever Editor-in-Chief for UK Parliament; working alongside the GOV.UK content team as Head of Editorial to bring editorial content to citizens across 98 different departments; and creating AI-driven learning content as the Chief Content Officer at an edtech start-up.

Charlotte Lander
Director, social media, corporate affairs
Standard Chartered Bank

Charlotte Lander has dedicated over 15 years to digital marketing, working with large global corporates, CEOs, and top consultancies along the way. She's data-driven and loves applying insights, strategy, and creativity to achieving business goals. Specialising in social media, she's experienced most of the social firsts for brands and as the Social Media Director at Standard Chartered Bank, leads their global social media approach.

Bernice Maune
Corporate affairs & PR manager

As MTN Group Fintech’s Corporate Affairs and PR Manager, Bernice has a purposeful approach towards diverse situational challenges and the ability to thrive in fast-paced, technology driven environments. As a highly creative and innovative professional, with sharp commercial acumen, she has pioneered communications encompassing public relations, content marketing, digital marketing, personal branding, internal and external corporate communication strategies for stakeholders whilst significantly contributing to the overall momentum of the organisation as a whole.

As an accomplished communications specialist, writer, journalist and marketer who holds a Media and Journalism Honours degree from Wits and a Masters in Social Sciences from France Based University of Burgundy, Bernice has empowered others by leading by example, overcoming hurdles in pursuit of achievement and consistently ensuring excellence in all that she does. With dynamic written and verbal communication management skills, Bernice effectively develops, motivates and contributes meaningfully to multicultural teams. She appropriately engages at all levels within an organisation, and positively liaises with stakeholders, ensuring the clarity of organisational goals and alignment of key strategies at all times.

Vanessa McIntyre
AI and Data Consultant

Vanessa began her career in 2013 within Consulting as a Qlikview Developer, utilising her degree in interactive Multimedia Design to create compelling visualisation with data. In 2016, she was awarded an internal innovation award for my work on an interactive proposal. She took time out in 2016/2017 to have her son, Carter. Returning to the workplace in 2017, where she continued as a Qlik developer, moving into Qlik sense and custom visualisations. In 2018, she moved to a new role as joint lead of a Belfast based Data Visualisation team, a role that involved leading development of Data Visualisation projects, mentoring and training team members, growing the capability within the team and the team itself. In 2023, Vanessa moved on from that role and joined the Data and AI team at Endeavour Information Services as a Data and AI Consultant. Outside of her role, Vanessa has taken on many public speaking opportunities to share her Data Visualisation knowledge, and her experience as a female in a technical role and the challenges this presents in the hope that it will empower others to strive to make the world of technology a more inclusive place. In 2021, Vanessa was recognised for her work in this area and received a techwoman100 award.

Rafi Mendelsohn
VP of Marketing

Raised in the halls of PR agencies, Rafi has over a decade of experience building global teams and managing departments from Fortune 100 companies to 10-person startups. Whilst dabbling in B2B, B2C, and B2G, the constant has been Rafi's passion for data-led storytelling. Today, he is VP of Marketing at Cyabra, a disinformation platform exposing malicious actors and bot networks across social media. The company has just been placed in Wired magazine's hottest startups list.

Paul Middleton
Head Of Communications
Third Bridge Group Limited

Paul Middleton, is Head of PR at Third Bridge, a global investment research company. Paul is responsible for growing and protecting Third Bridge's international reputation through media relations, influencer relations, and competitive intelligence. Previously, Paul worked at KPMG UK where he led their Brexit communication strategy and Ketchum where he managed agency communications.

Adrian Pinder
Head of Digital and Data
DS Smith

Adrian is currently head of digital and data at DS Smith, a leading FTSE100 manufacturer of packaging solutions. He has nearly 30 years’ experience in technology development and innovation, including over 10 years in digital and data transformations.  He previously worked for the engineering firms Jacobs, Atkins and General Electric and started his career as a technologist in the UK Government working in the Ministry of Defence and Department of Trade and Industry.  He has an MBA from Manchester University and a degree in physics from Cambridge University.

Alexander Wheatley
Head of data and insight
National Theatre

Alexander Wheatley is a multi-award-winning data and insight leader who has held executive roles building cross functional teams, products and strategies on both the client and consultancy side of business intelligence and consumer research. Currently he is responsible for the National Theatre’s strategic use of data intelligence and insight to reach audiences and participants through live and digital activity. Having held a selection of roles across the insights industry and worked with an all-encompassing range of clients. He has built a career driving the leading edge of research and his work and teams have received multiple industry awards. He is a representative for the European Society for Opinion and Market Research and plays an advisory role in many other industry organisations and bodies. He is a graduate of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method from the London School of Economics.


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