The Internal Communications and Engagement Awards judging panel is made up of in-house professionals and supporters of the awards.

Winners of the 'Internal communications team of the year', 'Internal communicator of the year' 'Business leader of the year' and the 'Grand prix' will be invited to join the panel.

Judges from agencies/consultancies will be invited if they have won the Grand prix from the previous year.

If you would like to judge the 2024 awards, or are interested in being involved in our live content across 2024, please send a short bio over to sophia.richards@communicatemagazine.co.uk for consideration.

Meet our fantastic 2024 judging panel below:

Helen Bisset
Managing director

Helen is still has an active role in H&H – the Yorkshire based employee communications agency that she co-founded in 2011.  H&H has been peer voted Best UK IC Agency for an unprecedented 11 consecutive years, and gained many more awards for their innovative work across the globe. Following a career in marketing, Helen retrained in psychology and personal development and has a MSc in corporate coaching and is a certified Master NLP practitioner. She introduced the breakthrough personal development tool PRINT® into the UK, adding a unique dimension to the agency’s capability. Helen’s obsession with learning and finding ways to apply new theories in practice makes her a trusted advisor at all levels in organisations. 

Edyta Blachowska
Director of internal communications department

Director of the Internal Communications Office at Polish Development Bank BGK. Edyta has been working in public relations for 17 years, and for 15 years in internal communication in the financial sector. She gained experience in banks and PR agencies. Internal campaigns realised by her team have won many awards in Polish and international industry competitions. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC), IABC and the Polish Association of Public Relations. Edyta gained the Advanced Diploma of Proficiency in Internal Communication at Solent University. She is an originator of industry meetings for the Polish bank communicators. She is also a speaker during many Polish conferences about internal communication. She is a jury member in a recognised Polish competition on public relations ‘Gold Clippers’.



Kirsty Bowen
Head of colleague experience
Coventry Building Society

Kirsty has 16 years’ experience leading internal communications functions and teams and has been at Coventry Building Society since 2013. Working for a purpose-led organisation with high employee engagement may suggest there’s not much to do from a colleague experience perspective, but this isn’t true. Continuing to improve, add strategic value and develop with a small budget and within a regulated financial services environment presents interesting challenges!

Kirsty is a Fellow and Board Director of the Institute of Internal Communication. In addition, she regularly supports the judging of IoIC’s National Awards and is an #IChoseIC Ambassador.


Mina Dhillon
Global internal communications manager
ITRS Group

For the last 20 years, Mina has worked in agency and in-house roles to create internal communications for international brands – ranging from Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Rolls-Royce to Centrica. She set up internal communications at Parkinson’s UK. For Ofcom, she pivoted comms channels to connect people at home during Covid. She worked closely with the People team to articulate a new, award-winning career and leadership programme to set Ofcom up for online regulation. She recently built an internal communications function, launched a social intranet and created new company values for ITRS – a global, private equity owned tech organisation. Next up for 2024 is bringing to life a compelling employer brand, while getting teenage sons through GCSEs and A Levels.

Steve Fairman
Global head of internal communications
Save the Children International

Bio to follow.

Lorna Gozzard
Director of communications and marketing
Royal College of Art

Lorna Gozzard is Director of Communications and Marketing at the Royal College of Art. She has over 25 years communications experience, spanning internal and external communications and marketing. She started her career in agency, at Fishburn Hedges and as a Director of Kindred; before moving in-house, to senior roles working on the physical legacy of the London 2012 Games; then at gallery and higher education institution The Courtauld, before joining the RCA, the world's leading art and design university. Internal communications have formed a vital part of her remit in all of her in-house roles. Lorna is a member of the CIPR Greater London Group Committee and a Chartered PR Practitioner; she is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Lyndsay Gray
Senior internal communications manager
Santander UK

Lyndsay is an Internal Communications professional with over 20-year experience. She has worked in Internal Communications roles across a variety of sectors including in Barclays, T-Mobile, EE, Direct Line Group, EasyJet and Bupa. Lyndsay is currently Senior Internal Communications Manager at Santander UK leading a team supporting corporate and leadership communications across the business. She works closely with the People team on employee engagement and bringing to life the Employee Value Proposition across a variety of work setting includes offices based people, branches and call centres.

Lyndsay is also undertaking the IoIC MA in Internal Communications Management this year.

Steve Hayes
Director of corporate affairs and communications
Green Square Accord

Steve is Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications at GreenSquareAccord, and was part of our excellent 2022 judging panel. He has a decade of experience leading communications for not-for-profit organisations. In his previous role at Citizen, Steve led an award-winning transformation of the communications function, the organisations rebrand from WM Housing and its establishment as a trusted voice in the sector. Steve previously led communications at the housing sector's professional body, the Chartered Institute of Housing, where he served as the organisation’s chief speechwriter and devised and launched the award-winning Make a Stand campaign - a pledge to support people affected by domestic abuse which has since been signed by 400 housing associations across the UK. Steve is a former news editor and worked on newspapers across the West Midlands and Warwickshire for four years before moving into communications and PR. In his spare time Steve enjoys sport, theatre and is a semi-professional voice artist.

Brooke Johnston
Head of communications and reputation management
DAC Beachcroft LLP

Brooke is an award-winning communications specialist with 17 years' experience advising professional services businesses on PR and social media, internal communications, reputation and change management, and crisis communications. Now in-house at an international law firm, she is a trusted adviser to the firm's senior leadership team and works with colleagues from all across the business to deliver a joined-up internal and external comms strategy. Prior to joining DACB, Brooke cut her teeth in boutique PR agencies specialising in professional services and worked in both UK and global law firms.

Eduvie Martin
Group internal communications manager
British American Tobacco

Eduvie has almost 20 years international experience in communications across multiple sectors. She started her comms career leading a team of comms consultants, launching internal news channels, intranets, and multiple tools for measuring and disseminating comms.

In 2023, she was named PR woman of the month, nominated for a Comms Hero Award, and received the Simplys award for Best Internal Comms Rising Star. She is the Group Internal Comms Manager at BAT, President elect of the International Association of Business Communicators UK and Ireland and volunteers her time on the board of her comic book start-up: Comic Republic.

Neil Jenkins
Director of communications
Iron Mountain

Neil has worked in communications for more than 25 years, including senior roles at Siemens, Vodafone, Coca-Cola, and BT.

Today, Neil is Senior Director, Corporate Communications at Iron Mountain, a global information management company that employs 26,000 people worldwide. He is a passionate believer that an organisation’s best advocates are its people, and about using the power of communication to bring out their best, connect them to their organisation’s purpose, and build reputation and trust from the inside out.

Dev Mistry
Internal communications and engagement lead

Dev Mistry is a communications professional with 10 years experience gained across technology, automotive and entertainment sectors. Based in London, Dev currently works for DICE, leading on global internal communications and engagement. 

Dev’s experience ranges across internal comms, external comms and digital, specialising in stakeholder relations, embedding purpose and engagement. During his time at Virgin Media O2, Dev worked on award winning campaigns on purpose led communications, as well as leading on company wide broadcast communications to 18,000 people. 

Outside of work, Dev is an advocate for LGBTQ+ organisations and projects, as well as supporting #bmeprpros through various projects and mentoring schemes. 

Rhianne Sarna
Head of internal communications

An award winning communicator with over 20 years’ experience, Rhianne started out in PR and marketing, but quickly found her passion for internal communications.

Rhianne believes any successful organisation needs to be built from the inside out and enjoys connecting employees to their company’s purpose and vision.

With a wealth of experience in the tech and telco industries, Rhianne is a dab hand at breaking down knotty topics into compelling communications strategies, helping employees understand the mission, why it matters, how they’ll get there and the role they play in it. 

Rhianne lives in Eastbourne and loves nothing more than a run over the South Downs and has competed in a number of off road challenges.


Paul Summerhill
Senior executive communications manager

Having worked in communications for 20+ years, Paul has supported a range of organisations to develop their internal communications and employee engagement at a local, national, and global level. Helping others to communicate and engage so that we can all achieve more is what inspires Paul as a communications professional. Part of the Executive Communications team at Deloitte, Paul works with the firm's senior leadership to inform, engage and inspire people across the UK. Outside of work, Paul likes to run long distance ultra races.


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