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

These are the confirmed 2020 judges so far.

If you would be interested in judging for the 2020 awards, please send a short bio over to Robert.Mitchell@communicatemagazine.co.uk for consideration.

Helen Alexander
Internal Communications Manager
General Dental Council

Helen has been in weird and wonderful world of internal comms for 12 years, and currently leads the internal comms team at the General Dental Council, where she pioneered the function back in 2016. Previously evangelising the value of a good comms brief at both British Gas and Ricoh UK Ltd.
Experienced in transformational change programmes that never lose sight of the people, Helen focuses on a positive employee experience.
A qualified Mental Health First Aider, Helen campaigns to destigmatise mental health issues, currently supporting a Thriving at Work campaign – which aims to help employees bring the best version of themselves to work – and thrive while they are there.

Debbie Aurelius

CIPR Inside

Debbie Aurelius is a director of communications consultancy, Peppermint Fish. She works with leaders and internal communications professionals to help them find ways to inspire active dialogue in the workplace.


Debbie is an advocate for podcasting and the use of audio content as part of a rich communications strategy. She is the host and producer of the Be a Bigger Fish podcast, which aims to encourage more communicators to adopt this medium with confidence.


During her 20 years’ experience, Debbie has worked alongside the most senior leaders of a range of organisations, supporting them with the development of their communications and engagement approaches and enabling them to establish credible and responsive leadership voices. She has built and executed communications strategies for large-scale global transformation projects and designed and led innovative learning programmes that delivered cultural change. 


Debbie is a Chartered PR Practitioner and Treasurer of the CIPR Inside committee.

Dan Barley
Senior Communications Manager

Dan is the Change Communication Lead at Schroders. His focus is on bringing about clarity, engagement and action with stakeholders in a variety of transformation and change programmes at this 200-year old Investment Management business. Dan has worked as an internal and marketing communications specialist across a number of sectors for more than 15 years, with a particular interest in behaviour change communications and sustainable employee engagement. Before joining Schroders in 2016 he worked at Willis Towers Watson, advising clients on employee engagement and change projects. He also spent 10 years in UK Government working on public information and behaviour change campaigns.

Joanna Bleasdale
Internal Communications Director

A passionate communicator, with a mission for bringing purpose, products and possibilities to life, Jo grew up in PR, and now specialises in employee comms. Bringing first class consumer brand and corporate communications experience across a wide range of sectors (telecoms, media, entertainment, personal finance and travel), Jo has worked both in-house (BT, EE, Lloyds TSB) and agency side (Red Consultancy, Consolidated).

Zoe Chiverton
Head of Internal Communications
Great Ormond Street Hospital

Having worked for several international companies across diverse sectors, Zoe now leads internal communications at a large NHS hospital. Making IC ‘best in class’ and ensuring strategic alignment is high on her agenda. In her previous role, she established an IC function from scratch to support 20,000 colleagues across 450 sites. This led to her being highly commended as ‘Internal Communicator of the Year’ in 2016, hailed as an ‘inspiration to others’. With a CIPR Diploma in Internal Communications, she is looking forward to judging the awards to unearth the creative solutions and best practices that are driving the IC of the future.

Ruth Chrystie
Head of Internal Communications

Ruth joined Spotify in the summer of 2019 to head up Internal Communications for Spotify’s Markets - EMEA, APAC and LatAm. In this role she is responsible for driving effective internal communications across Spotify’s 79 markets. Ruth joins Spotify from the BBC where she led the HR comms team, working on a number of high profile campaigns, including the BBC’s Gender Pay Report. Prior to that Ruth worked for both marketing agencies and charities, running large scale events and media activations. 

Will Foy
Senior Internal Communications Partner
Imperial Tobacco

Will’s been in internal comms for nearly 20 years, spanning many sectors including defence, FMCG, healthcare, logistics and waste management.

Throughout this varied spectrum he’s worked with many ‘hats’ building and leading IC teams, implementing digital, print and face-to-face channels, dabbling in strategy development, change and project management, culture, social media and everything in between!

In his current role as Global IC Partner at Imperial Brands, he’s able draw upon his various experiences to tackle what can be a very challenging and quickly evolving sector.

Frankie Freeman-Day
Internal & Executive Communications Manager - Europe, Middle East & Africa

Frankie leads Internal and Executive Communications across Europe, the Middle East & Africa for Google's Global Business Organisation. Her work revolves around three strategic pillars: clearly communicating Google's strategic priorities for the business; empowering leaders as communicators; and reminding Googlers why they love Google. Frankie directly supports Google's EMEA President, and advises the company's 30+ regional country managers on both internal and external communications. Prior to joining Google, Frankie was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering the financial markets from London and San Francisco.

Iggy Harris
Global Internal Communications Manager
Publicis Sapient

With IC and Engagement experience in rapid-growth start-up ASOS.com, heavily regulated Camelot (The National Lottery) and currently Global IC for Publicis Sapient (Publicis Groupe), Iggy is passionate about two-way and relevant comms which meet every employee where they’re at, every time.

Experience in IC strategy and execution, employee engagement as well as change communication, she’s a strong believer that a positive employee experience will ultimately fuel performance which benefits the business strategy AND the employee… and it all starts with comms!

Paul Harrison
Communications Manager
Chelsea and Westminster and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trusts

Paul Harrison started his career in internal communication with a global change programme affecting 7,000 staff across 100 countries. Paul now works in internal and change communication for NHS Trusts and has a special interest in digital transformation. He is a guest tutor for PR Academy on the CIPR Specialist Diploma (Internal Communications). Paul tweets as @paulhcomms.

Lucy Henry
Head of Internal Communications
Avanti Communications

Lucy Henry is the Head of Internal Communications at Avanti Communications plc (Avanti) in London. Joining the global satellite operator in 2018, she was tasked with building a new IC function, in addition to overseeing Corporate Social Responsibility.

In 2014, Lucy relocated to New York City. As the Manager of International Communications for Discovery, she worked across corporate and consumer communications for the division, and was responsible for events, talent management and program publicity for the international portfolio of brands including HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel.

Before moving, Lucy was a publicist for the UK’s fastest growing commercial network – UKTV. Prior to UKTV she held positions at Condé Nast, working across the digital properties including Vogue, GQ and Glamour, and at independent production company Tiger Aspect developing publicity campaigns for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.

Gihan Hyde
Senior Communication Advisor for Workplace Modernisation and Advancing Low Carbon

Gihan Hyde is an award winning corporate communication expert with a deep passion for internal communication. She specialises in building innovative and non-existent communications departments, strategies and delivering business results in pressurised and uncertain situations in Large, complex and global organisations. Her roles spanned different organisations such including HSBC, Barclays, M&S, and Riyadh Metro Project. Currently she is BP’s Senior Communication Advisor for Workplace Modernisation and Advancing Low Carbon where she is tasked with changing the culture, mind set and behaviours of their employees and external audience to help BP achieve its Net zero by 2050 ambition.

Neil Jenkins
Director of Communications and Culture
Iron Mountain

Neil is a highly experienced internal communications leader who’s worked in the industry for more than 20 years. He joined Iron Mountain in April 2019, a business with 25,000 employees in over 50 countries, and has held senior positions at BT, Coca-Cola, Vodafone and Siemens.

Neil is passionate about harnessing the power of communication to get the best out of people, connect them to their organisation and build reputation and trust from the inside out. He’s a champion of digital solutions that enable great internal communications, and of brilliant content and experiences that make employees proud of who they work for.

Sian Jones
Head of Internal Communications
Bank of England

Sian has been head of internal communications at the Bank of England since April 2015. She spent most of her career working in external communications in central government, including spells at the Department of Work and Pensions, the Teacher Training Agency and the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit. She started out as a journalist before moving into press, parliamentary and PR work in the voluntary sector.  Outside work, Sian is a lay magistrate, sitting in East London and enjoys horse riding, Pilates, yoga and theatre-going.

Rachel Miller
All Things IC

Rachel Miller is the Director of All Things IC and advises IC pros via training, consultancy and her popular blog. Her clients include ARM, BBC, LEGO, NHS, Jamie Oliver Group, HSE, The Guardian, O2, Royal Mail and the Zoological Society of London.

She’s a highly experienced and multiple award-winning practitioner who has trained hundreds of Comms pros via her monthly and bespoke Masterclasses. Communicators say working with her increases their knowledge and boosts their confidence.

Rachel is a Chartered PR professional and Fellow of both the Institute of Internal Communication and CIPR.

She’s a regular keynote speaker whose thoughts have been featured in a number of best-selling PR books.

Steven Murgatroyd
Internal Communications Manager

Steven has been part of the Internal Communication world for the last 10 years. Starting at Asda, he spread his wings to KCOM Group, Transport for London, River Island and finally AXA (with a few stops at agencies along the way). Steven's proudest moment was being described as a maverick by a previous comms director, she meant it negatively but he can't see anything but a positive connotation. You can find Steven on twitter using the handle @steve_murg.

Emma Parker
Head of Internal Communications
Herbert Smith Freehills

Emma has many years' experience in the communications industry, most recently as global Head of Internal Communications for leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. She began her career in a small PR agency, working on accounts for Yellow Pages, the DSS, BT and Capita Group. Several publications she ran in those pre-intranet days won awards from what was known as the British Association of Industrial Editors – a name that shows how internal comms have changed! This was followed by a move to the London Stock Exchange, where Emma launched the organisation's first internet site. Corporate and internal comms roles with Magic Circle law firm Clifford Chance saw her presiding over internal comms for its pioneering three-way international merger in 2000.

Advita Patel

CIPR Inside

Advita helps people take the leap so they can revolutionise the way the communicate within their organisation. She has worked within internal communications for the past 14 years in various industries including Healthcare, Education, Energy and Transport. Advita is the Director of CommsRebel and has worked in areas such as Employee Engagement, Digital, Change and Transformational comms. Her area of specialism is with remote workers based in large operational organisations. She is also the founder of the comms networking group The Comms Hive, which brings together communication professionals so they can share and learn knowledge from each other over an informal dinner. 


Advita is a chartered PR professional, Chair for the CIPR Inside committee and she was also named on the Northern Power Future List for her contribution to the work she has done within communications. In 2018 she was awarded a Fellowship by CIPR for her outstanding work in the communications community.

Max Puller
Director of Employee and Change Communications

Max is currently Director of Employee and Change Communications at Sodexo - a multi-award winning catering, hospitality and facilities management company, operating in 72 countries around the world. Max leads the team responsible for engaging and inspiring 36,000 employees operating across 2,300 client sites in the UK and Ireland. Previous roles include Account Director at healthcare communications agency, Pegasus, and Chief Communications Officer at the Ministry of Defence. Max is also a Non-Executive Director for the Salvation Army in the UK and Ireland, advising on strategic communications, marketing and fundraising issues.

Stephen Ralph
Intenal Communications Business Partner

Stephen is an Internal Communications Business Partner at PDSA, the UK’s leading veterinary charity, providing 2.7 million veterinary treatments to 470,000 pets each year.

Stephen has been working in communications for over 10 years, working in the public, private and charity sectors.

At PDSA, Stephen has developed and launched a number of PDSA’s core communication channels to keep colleagues informed and engaged with key organisational activities, as well as leading on recognition schemes for both the charity’s 2,000 employees and 3,500 volunteers.

Simon Rutter
Group Internal Communications Director

Simon is the Group Director of Internal Communications at Sage, the UK’s leading technology company.  He is an experienced change communications and employee experience specialist, accredited coach, facilitator, trainer and mentor, and award-winning editor and writer. He has designed and delivered change and engagement communications strategies in large, global FTSE 100 organisations across a range of industries to improve business performance. He coaches and counsels senior leaders on how to communicate strategically and effectively to achieve business objectives. Simon creates and works collaboratively with global networks of communications and HR professionals to ensure a holistic, integrated and aligned approach to change communications and engagement.

Kate Shaw
Senior Internal Communication Manager

Kate Shaw is the senior internal communication manager at Nationwide Building Society. With over 15 years experience in internal communications and having recently completed a Masters in Internal Communication Management, she now leads Nationwide’s Change Communication team and is responsible for engaging employees in large scale, Society-wide transformation programmes, including technology, systems, regulatory and people change. She’s passionate about the power of communication in delivering the strategic outcomes of an organisation, the development of internal communication as a profession and the importance of building a professional network to share best practice.

Rhiannon Stroud
Head of Strategy

Rhiannon Stroud is Head of Strategy at award-winning employee engagement specialists, Synergy Creative. She works with ambitious brands like Aldi, RBS and Vodafone, helping their people take action, delight customers, transform cultures and create change.


Passionate about making work something people should enjoy, Rhiannon is a regular speaker in both the UK and internationally on all things employee engagement and employer brand, and has various personal and team accolades under her belt; including last year’s ICE Grand Prix award for Synergy’s work with RBS on its ‘10 Years on’ campaign.  

Jennifer Thomas
Head of Internal Communications and Experience
Direct Line Group

Jennifer Thomas has risen quickly to the top as a corporate communicator, having been talent-spotted for rapid promotion at every company she has worked for. Currently, Jennifer is transforming the profile and reputation of Direct Line Group (DLG), now as Head of Internal Communications, Experience & Sustainability and previously as its Head of Financial Communications. Jennifer is part of the Group’s Strategic Leadership Team, responsible for developing the Group’s internal communications strategy, including employee engagement, the incorporation of the employee value proposition and corporate brand as well developing and executing a new corporate social responsibility strategy. Jennifer was involved in the IPO of RBS orchestrated by DLG and the biggest stock market listing of 2012. Jennifer had a former career as a UK Championships 400m runner and hurdler for England. 

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.

Marsha van Moorsel
Internal Communication Manager
CIPR Inside

Marsha began her IC career eight years ago by pioneering the internal comms function at the Royal Institute of British Architects. Since then she’s worked at Tullow Oil and AXA UK as a consultant and as an Internal Comms Manager. She has a keen interest in employee voice and working to create a good employee experience. In her most recent role, she built and managed a community of 80 employee reporters across the business, ran focus groups and developed insight to help the team better serve the business.

Prior to the world of IC, Marsha has worked in admin for Arts Council England and as a Youth Worker in Canada, always with an interest in creating a better work environment. Marsha has completed the CIPR Certificate in Internal Communication from the PR Academy in 2012 as well as the Black Belt Pro and Black Belt Pro Advanced.


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