The DataComms Awards judging panel will be made up of in-house professionals in corporate communications, digital and data roles.

If you would be interested in judging the 2023 awards, please send a short bio over to emma.macdonald@communicatemagazine.co.uk for consideration. Below you can see who joined the 2022 panel

Stuart Bruce
Stuart Bruce Associates

Stuart is internationally recognised as a PR Futurist – a thinker and doer in modernised public relations and communications. He specialises in strategy, crisis communications, reputations and relationships, measurement and evaluation, and PR technology.

Stuart provides strategic counsel, professional development and training to corporations, not-for-profits and governments. He works globally and has worked with clients in the UK, USA, European Union, eastern Europe, Asia and Australia.

He is an early adopter and in 2003 started one of the world’s first PR blogs, stuartbruce.biz, which he still publishes today. He continues to pioneer and today he is working on how PR can use AI, data, analytics, blockchain, AR, VR and other new technologies.

Jenny Charles-Okwulu
Executive director, data governance and visualisation

A highly accomplished Data Analytics and Visualisation specialist with an outstanding record of performance analysis, dashboard creation, data visualisation and contribution in business processes improvement, researching and delivering optimised business performance.

Jenny has worked at OMD EMEA for almost 2 years across various clients and prior to joining, she was the Head of data and reporting at Omnicom Media Group’s Annalect where she spent 4 years. With a career spanning nearly 20 years of analytical expertise, Jenny has also worked in analytical roles in the policing sector.

Having worked on various data projects, Jenny thrives on delivering end to end solutions while looking at creating efficiencies and driving the roadmap to being able to make data driven decisions and gain insights.

Philipp Deutsch
Director and head of data science
Capricorn Capital Partners UK

Phil Deutsch is Director and Head of Data Science at Capricorn Capital Partners UK, a private equity firm, where he focuses on using analytics and data science tools to support portfolio companies. He has a background in consulting, having worked for Deloitte and OC&C prior to joining Capricorn.

Phil has experience building machine learning tools in financial services, retail and online B2C sectors and has advised businesses on analytics strategy and execution.

Emma Duke
Head of communications
Oxford University Press

Emma is a communicator, writer, Mum, mentor and friend. As Head of Communications for Oxford University Press’s global education publishing  she is responsible for employee engagement, building strategic relationships and protecting the organisation’s external reputation.

With a PR agency background, Emma has worked with brands such as Unilever, Elsevier, and Johnson & Johnson, Emma has launched award-winning, global thought leadership campaigns, co-ordinates stakeholder engagement across multiple geographies, and manages crises and issues. Emma is the co-founder of PUBlic Relations Oxford, she writes regularly for industry publications and is a mentor.

Shalini Gupta
Colleague experience communications lead

Shalini has worked internationally for over 15 years in various communications roles in the financial services and telecommunications sector at top FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies. She has worked across a wide spectrum of internal communications, ranging from leading, shaping and delivering strategies for diversity and inclusion to leadership communications, people campaigns and organisational change. 

Shalini is passionate about the role communicators play in shaping employee experience using data driven insights. While everyone likes to think content is King, Shalini believes that King's trusted advisor is data that gives communicators the ammunition to prove their ROI. A committee member of CIPR Inside and an ambassador for IOIC, Shalini is also a regular panel speaker at global events and also writes blogs in her spare time.

Adam Hintz
Head of data and analytics
Munich Re (Group)

Bio to follow

Vidhyalakshmi Karthikeyan
Head of data and insights
YouView TV

Vidhya leads the Data and Insight team at YouView TV, delivering timely and rigorous evidence from viewer behaviour data for better decision-making and viewer experiences. She started her career as a data scientist at BT in 2009, did her PhD part-time and progressed to leading large customer experience-centric data programmes. She is an inventor on 24 patents and applications and has won several national awards for her achievements and STEM community outreach activities. Vidhya loves figuring out data solutions to business problems and works towards driving organisational culture change in data adoption across all parts of its lifecycle, from creation to exploitation.

Alex Malouf
Corporate communications director
Schneider Electric

Alex Malouf is a marketing communications executive who has spent the last two decades in the Middle East. He is the Corporate Communications Director for the Middle East and Africa at Schneider Electric. A journalist by training and with a cultural mix that is both European and Middle Eastern, Alex’s expertise spans communications and media, public relations and marketing for both multinationals in the energy, technology and FMCG space as well as several Gulf-based government institutions. When he’s not putting pen to paper, Alex can be found advocating for the region’s media and public relations industry.

David Pires
Head of data visualisation
Expedia Group

Head of data visualisation at Expedia Group, David leads a team of data visualisation engineers, providing clarity to Expedia Group by means of rich and visually engaging data products.

David is also co-Executive director for Viz for Social Good. Helping mission-driven organisations to promote social good and understand their own data through beautiful and informative data visualisations. 

Kerry Sheehan
Head of service development and innovation, International Data Science Foundation member, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation Data and AI Programme
UK Civil Service

Kerry Sheehan, Head of service development and innovation, UK Civil Service; Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation Data and AI Programme, British Standards Institute Global AI Standards Development Group, CIPR Fellow. 

Kerry Sheehan, an award-winning Chartered PR and part of Women in AI UK, has more than 15 years’ experience in government, health, tech, B2C and B2B sectors including global brands such as Intercontinental and Microsoft. 

Kerry, a member of the International Data Science Foundation, has extensive experience leading communication and marketing functions in agency and in-house settings and has proven success in developing and implementing data and artificial intelligence strategies as well as leading on designing and implementing new operating models for businesses and organisations. 

Marko Vasiljevski
Global head of data science
JATO dynamics

Marko has over 20 years of experience in analytics, data science, research and leading teams in this space. His work is mainly focused around delivering products and services to help clients achieve better results and make informed decisions by leveraging the potential residing in their data.

Rebecca Zeitlin
Head of communications and external affairs
Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd

Rebecca Zeitlin is the Head of communications and external affairs for Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd. She joins the aerospace industry with previous experience in diverse sectors such as healthcare and sport. Her areas of expertise are reputation, ESG, and scaling innovative businesses. At HAV, Rebecca is responsible for strategic communications across all business areas including government relations, investor relations, marketing, and brand.

Rebecca is a Chartered PR and has an MBA and MS in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She is Chair of the CIPR STEM Sector Group and a non-portfolio committee member of Stempra.


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