JUDGES

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

Winners of the 'CIPR Inside internal communications team of the year', 'CIPR Inside internal communicator 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 2023 awards, or are interested in being involved in our live content across 2022, please send a short bio over to michelle.manton@communicatemagazine.co.uk for consideration.

Meet our fantastic 2022 judging panel below:

Siobhan Boorer
Head of internal communications
Sopra Steria UK

As a senior communications professional with over ten years’ experience in leading on internal communications, Siobhan is passionate about the power of internal communications to help organisations achieve high performance and growth.  A strong advocate for connecting leaders and employees to collectively deliver business strategy, vision, purpose and values, Siobhan has developed and led a number of high-performing teams for major global organisations. A strategic thinker with strong business acumen and drive for delivery excellence across complex projects, Siobhan’s experience includes designing and developing comprehensive strategies for change and employee engagement programmes, including the successful delivery of extensive culture, rebranding, integration, divestment, business and digital transformation programmes.  In short, Siobhan believes that the role of successful internal communications is the ‘dot joiner’ for organisations.

Lisa Buchanan
Senior internal communications business partner
Legal and General

Lisa has over 10 years’ experience in internal communications. For most of her career she’s led on large transformation and change programmes in complex, unionised and operational industries at both national and global levels. Her scientific degrees and background before entering the world of internal communications, enables her to apply a scientific approach to the profession, using neuroscientific and behavioural psychology to help shape communications strategies that support employee engagement and change.

She is currently leading and delivering the internal communications strategy for Legal & General Retirement Institutional (LGRI) with offices in the UK, US and Bermuda.

Alissa Burn
Senior communications officer
Citizens Advice

Alissa Burn is a Senior Communications Officer in the national team at Citizens Advice. She is based in Birmingham and supports the employee engagement and wellbeing of over 1,000 staff working across the UK. 

Alissa made the move back in-house after two years as an Internal Communications Consultant at a PR agency. She is a certified member of the Institute of Internal Communication and has previously worked in corporate communications roles at The National Lottery Community Fund, HS2 and Capita. Her specialities are change management and digital transformation, including an award-winning SharePoint intranet launch.  

Laura Colantuono
Head of internal communications, International
The Kraft Heinz Company

Laura is a comms professional with over 12 years of experience gained in global organizations.
She’s Italian but has lived abroad for almost half of her life. Laura started her career as a journalist to then join Unilever Italy in 2010 where she discovered her passion for Internal Communications.
A passion that has been growing over the years leading her to the luxury sector in 2014, when she moved to Fendi (the Italian Fashion house) to lead the IC function for almost 5 years.
And then life brought her to London. Harrods for one year and - almost 2 years ago - she moved to The Kraft Heinz Company, where she’s the Head of Internal Communications for the International Zone. In her current role she oversees IC for over 16,000 employees spread across 6 regions.

Alyson Davis
Internal communications lead
IAG Tech

Alyson has over ten years’ experience of internal communication and colleague engagement from senior roles across multiple sectors. Her passion for inspiring and supporting colleagues to connect with company values, and each other, through meaningful activity, has led to her creating engaging campaigns spanning wellbeing, ESG and D&I topics. In addition, she enjoys speaking publicly at industry events on communication and engagement themes and watches Formula One and Bake Off in her spare time. Currently, she is driving internal communications for IAG Tech, part of International Airlines Group, which own some of our most well-loved airlines, British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia.

Nadine Dixon
Head of employee and leadership communications (interim), EMEA and APAC
Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Nadine Dixon is the Head of employee and leadership communications (interim), EMEA and APAC, at Columbia Threadneedle Investments.

Nadine has over 15 years’ of communication experience and in the past few years she has worked on assignment as an employee/change communications consultant. She has led the communications for groundbreaking projects across the full spectrum of financial services organisations from leading banks, asset and investment managers to ratings agencies and significantly the UK’s financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority.

She is passionate about the advancement of underrepresented children and is a sponsor of a girls’ education programme.

Richard Etienne
Global internal communications director
Elsevier

Former official videographer to British Prime Minister Theresa May, Richard holds senior communications positions within the private and third sectors and has aided the online promotion of global brands in academia, art, and politics for over 17 years. 

Currently Director of Internal Communications at Elsevier, a medical data and analytics publisher, Richard also holds trustee positions at Hackney Empire, SarcoidosisUK and is an independent steering group member for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Belinda Gannaway
Strategy director
FathomXP

Belinda Gannaway is an employee experience design practitioner, facilitator and team and systems coach. She is co-author of Employee Experience by Design: How to Create an Effective EX for Competitive Advantage, published in 2021 by Kogan Page.

Belinda has been working in and around organisational culture and employee experience for many years. Belinda’s career has covered the worlds of journalism, PR and marketing, and digital transformation. She has worked with some of the world’s best-known organisations, helping to create cultures that are more purposeful, innovative and human. Her clients include LEGO, Jaguar Land Rover, Diageo, the International Olympic Committee, WWF and Crown Worldwide Group. 

Andreia Gomes
Senior head of employer brand and people communications
FARFETCH

Andreia has developed her career in the intersection of People, Marketing and Communications and for 20 years she has been connecting people and brands, across geographies, through public relations, brand management, internal communications, advertising, social media and marketing. 
Passionate about future trends, innovation, and technology, she holds a degree in Journalism and many several post graduations in Management. Recognized as a highly creative person with the ability to inspire, great focus on results and clearness of purpose. Since 2017, she has been leading the Employer Brand and Internal Communications strategy and team at FARFETCH.

Andy Hammerton
Head of corporate affairs
Appreciate Group

Andy’s helped companies navigate significant corporate challenges during his 20 years’ leading communications teams. Initially starting in PR, his communications remit broadened during the Co-op Bank’s recapitalisation, arguably the most high-profile and sustained corporate crisis event in the past decade.

 

He joined RBS in 2015 to help build the culture to support launch of the new challenger, Williams & Glyn, following an EU directive. Later, he handled internal and external communications for Business Banking Switch, a unique scheme that saw RBS switch around 70,000 SME customers to smaller banks and distribute almost £250m in incentives to customers.

 

Andy currently oversees all stakeholder communications for AIM-listed, Appreciate Group, home to some of the nation’s most-loved gifting and reward brands such as Love2shop, as it undergoes digital transformation.

Steve Hayes
Director of corporate affairs and communications
Green Square Accord

Steve is an award-winning communications professional and thought leader with a decade of experience leading communications for not-for-profit organisations.

In his current role, Steve led a transformation of Citizen's communications function, its rebrand from WM Housing and its establishment as a leading voice in the sector.

He previously led the communications function of 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, which has seen hundreds of housing organisations pledge to make practical changes to support people affected by domestic abuse.

His career in PR and communications follows a successful spell as a senior journalist during which he worked as a news editor at local newspapers in the West Midlands.

Dan Holden
Communications consultant
All Things IC

Dan Holden is a CIPR Chartered PR practitioner with a dedication to internal communications. He’s the founder of Horizon Comms, an in-house communications practitioner and has served on the CIPR subgroup, CIPR Inside and the IOIC FutureNet committees. He also supports the Royal Air Force Air Cadets as a volunteer Internal Communications Manager, helping to reach over 9000 volunteers.

Having experienced in his early career the frustrations of being a remote worker himself he’s spent his internal comms career to date working within organisations who need to communicate effectively with their remote/frontline colleagues.

Neil Jenkins
Director of communications business partnerships
Iron Mountain

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

Today, Neil is Director of communications business partnerships at Iron Mountain, a global information management company that employs 24,000 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.

Naomi Jones
Communications and marketing director
SUEZ

As Communications and Marketing Director for SUEZ, Naomi has responsibility for both the communications and marketing teams for the UK and Sweden.

From starting her career in agency life working in public affairs, she became a specialist in sustainability communications, crisis management and corporate communications, with experience spanning industries from retail to banking. In 2009, she became SUEZ group’s youngest ever head of department, aged 28.

Naomi has been instrumental in numerous projects during her 12 years at SUEZ, including increasing SUEZ’s media share of voice in the waste management sector from fifth, to first position. In 2015, she project managed the group’s rebranding and repositioning in both the UK and Scandinavia, and has overseen the employee engagement programme resulting in the company being awarded the Sunday Times Best Companies’ ‘Best 25 Big Companies to Work For’ accolade in 2018 and again in 2020, for a predominantly operational and dispersed workforce.

Naomi has co-authored the book ‘Managing a Crisis: A Practical Guide’ (2006, Palgrave Macmillan) and is a member of the CIPR’s STEM committee.

Jeremy Laight
Director of marketing and communications
LendInvest

Jeremy has over 20 years’ experience building marketing and communication capability with leading brands including; Bupa, RBS, NatWest, Travelex, Crown Worldwide and Nationwide. He is currently director of marketing and communications at LendInvest, a leading London based Fintech, committed to making property finance simple, underpinned by its innovative asset management platform. He is a certified net promoter specialist, Marketing Society member, graduate of Mark Ritson’s mini marketing MBA, founding member of MarketingKind, charity trustee and personal mentor. In 2021 his team picked up the Grand prix ICE award, as well as those for Best use of data and Best evaluation process.

Nicola Lally
Director of communications
BDO LLP

Nicola Lally, 2021 ICE’s Internal Communicator of the Year, is Director of Communications at accountancy firm, BDO. She leads the firm’s internal and external communications programme. She is lead Comms adviser to the firm’s Board, sits on BDO’s Culture Board and Crisis Committee, and is co-chair of the ESG Executive Committee. This senior access means she is no longer simply telling the stories but influencing the actions behind them too. Before being an in-house adviser, she trained at a leading corporate comms agency working on behaviour change campaigns, corporate comms and crisis management for major UK and global brands.

Chris Lees
Head of internal communications and employee experience
Purple Bricks

Chris joined tech-led estate agent Purplebricks in August 2021, heading up Internal Communications and Employee Experience. Previously, he spent eight years at Virgin Media, initially joining as part of the Sales Development & Delivery team, before moving into a Go to Market role. In 2018 Chris switched focus to concentrate his career on Internal Communications, first within the Virgin Mobile business, then as Head of Internal Communications for Consumer Operations. He has become known for finding creative solutions that disrupt the norm, delivering lasting and impactful content, and having a passion for building a high-performing environment where his team can grow and have fun. In his limited spare time, Chris enjoys cooking, keeping fit and getting out on the golf course!

Caroline Lagden
Head of internal communications
Lloyds Banking Group

Caroline is the Head of Internal Communications at Lloyds Banking Group. The Group has c.65,000 colleagues and serves more than 30 million customers across the UK and includes famous brands like Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Lloyds Bank and Scottish Widows. Caroline and her team develop and deliver strategic pan-Group and pan-Divisional content.

Caroline has been with Lloyds Banking Group for 9 years, during which time she has led the Group’s Internal Communications content team, as well as several senior business partnering roles, covering a variety of business areas. Prior to joining Lloyds Banking Group, Caroline held a number of internal communication roles at Friends Life (now part of Aviva), where she completed her post graduate diploma in internal communications.

Maureen McGuinness
Communications Senior Associate, Corporate & Investment Bank
J.P. Morgan

After graduating from University College London with a BA Hons in German, Maureen has worked in Financial Services for just over 10 years in a variety of roles supporting employee engagement and internal communications. Most recently, after nearly 4 years at London Stock Exchange Group supporting the Group Head of Capital Markets, she joined J.P. Morgan Corporate & Investment Bank to support internal comms for Global Markets. With an interest in psychology outside of work, Maureen enjoys discussing ways to apply behavioural psychology to comms to improve engagement.

When not working in communications, Maureen is a professional tennis umpire, studies Japanese and French and reads about personal finance online (previously an online writer but time constraints have changed this hobby!).

Drew McMillan
Director of colleague communications and culture
British Airways

Drew has worked in Communications for 23 years, across diverse sectors and geographies. In the last decade he’s led the IC and Engagement functions of household names like Ladbrokes and Virgin, often through periods of significant organisational change. Today he leads the global comms and culture team at British Airways, as their business and the wider aviation industry begins the recovery from being almost completely grounded during the pandemic.

 

A Masters graduate of the University of Glasgow, Drew has lived and worked in the Middle East, Americas, and Japan during his Comms career. In addition to his day job, Drew is involved in developing young people to unlock their full potential through mentoring.

Binu Merin Jacob
Former Global engagement and communications manager
British Standards Institution

An award-winning communications enthusiast who believes storytelling has the power to inspire change in everyone. Binu has over a decade’s experience in both agency and in-house roles across India, Middle East and the UK. She is an active member of the CIPR Inside and IoIC-FutureNet committees, and also volunteers with the Engage For Success (EFS) movement as its Content Lead, helping champion employee engagement for positive and fulfilling workplace experiences.

Dev Mistry
Internal communications manager - global
DICE

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.

Lauren Mottram-Heathcote
People communications and engagement lead
Auto Trader UK

Lauren has over 10 years’ experience in all things people; starting her career in HR she transitioned into internal communications, holding roles with many brands. She has experienced complex markets and organisations with varying demographics including global audiences. As Lauren progressed through her career, she has led company-wide messaging, managed organisational change projects and experienced mergers and acquisitions where employee engagement has been key. She is currently leading employee communication at the UK’s number one automotive marketplace, Auto Trader.

Áine Murphy
Head of internal engagement
Care Quality Commission

Áine Murphy is an Internal Communications leader with a decade of experience in the charity sector. She now heads up the Internal Engagement function at the Care Quality Commission, leading Internal Engagement through an organisational transformation programme. Previously she worked at the disability equality charity Scope, and Macmillan Cancer Support, where among other things she led on change communications, a rebrand, an office move and an award-winning intranet redesign project. She’s passionate about employee engagement, creating internal brand ambassadors, and shaping and developing organisational culture. Outside of work, she loves to be outdoors whatever the weather. You can find her running, cycling, or maybe even open water swimming.  

Manali Patel
Internal communications manager
Nursing and Midwifery Council

Manali helped the NMC win gold at last year's awards, in the best event category, for her team's virtual employee conference.

An internal communications specialist with over 10 years' experience, she has a passion for employee engagement and celebrating the importance of a diverse workforce. As someone with dyslexia this is something she knows only too well.

She started her career at IKEA before joining the NMC in 2020, right at the start of lockdown. Since then she's been involved in the launch of a corporate strategy, while continuing to support staff through the impact of Covid-19 and the issues highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Her focus is on improving the digital experience and channels for staff, as well as doing more to empower managers - through a cultural change aligned to the new people plan due to lunch in the new year.

James Powell
Head of group communications
Irwin Mitchell

James Powell is Head of Group Communications at Irwin Mitchell, and has held a variety of senior communications roles at national and international organisations and across industries. James is hugely passionate about recognising and rewarding excellence in communications and is committed to highlighting the positive impact communications teams and individuals can have on their colleagues, clients/ customers and communities.

Chanelle Shibata
Senior corporate and brand communications manager
NOW

Chanelle is an award-winning communications professional with a track record of delivering globally awarded creative communications campaigns. She has built up a diverse portfolio of local and international brands and has experience leading in-house and agency teams.

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