JUDGES

The Lens Awards judging panel will be made up of in-house professionals and supporters of the awards.

If you would be interested in judging for the 2023 awards, please send a short bio over to michelle.manton@communicatemagazine.co.uk for consideration.

Judging spots assigned to agencies are allocated to those organisations who won the 'Corporate video of the year' and the 'Video production company of the year' in the 2022 awards.

Below you can see our esteemed 2022 judging panel.

Greg Adams
Head of video
Hearst UK

Head of Video at Hearst UK, Greg Adams leads video production, strategy and operations for household brands including Elle UK, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Digital Spy and Runner’s World where video viewership has grown significantly across all sites and social video platforms over recent years.

Greg has a decade of experience in many roles including managing video across Bauer Media titles Kiss FM, Grazia, Empire and Car Magazine and live broadcasts streaming events at London Fashion Week, NME Awards and Creator Management at one or the world's largest MCN's, Brave Bison.

Simon Crofts
Client Services Director
Big Button

Simon is an award-winning producer whose work has been recognised by the Royal Television Society, New York Festivals, EVCOM, and Cannes TV. He develops effective video strategy, creative, and content, and has achieved over 45 million organic views, measurable ROI, improved sales performance, and significant increases in brand consideration for clients including Serco, Amazon, Xerox, Network Rail, Rackspace, SEGRO, RSSB and PensionBee - on global change comms projects, TV/cinema commercials, promo films and viral/social media content. Simon is an acknowledged industry expert in strategic video and developed and delivered the CPD-accredited ‘Video Marketing Strategy’ course for Econsultancy to some of the world’s leading brands.

Ryan Curtis-Johnson
Director of communications
The Valuable 500

Ryan started his career in the entertainment industry, leading to event management, film & video and communications-related services. He gained experience along the way and has worked in the events and communications industry for over 12 years.

Being authentic is key to what Ryan wants to achieve both professionally and personally.

His current role is Director of communications and the Valuable 500, helping to drive the message of inclusivity for those with disabilities within the workplace and working closely with members of the Valuable 500.

The Valuable 500's mission is to use the power of business to drive lasting change for the 1.3 billion people around the world, living with a disability. The global movement is putting disability on the business leadership agenda.

 

Tiffany De Koninck
Creative content manager
Deloitte UK

Tiffany is an award-winning content creator based in London. Originally trained as a translator, she’s worked in a variety of communications roles and industries around the world.

In her current role, Tiffany leads on creative content for Deloitte’s priority campaigns, including climate, people and wellbeing. She’s also part of the team behind The Green Room, the firm’s much-loved podcast.

If she’s not scribbling away at her desk then you’ll probably find her on a long walk, with her nose stuck in a book or on her yoga mat.

Adam Fisher
Global head of press, financial services & insurance
Atos

Adam Fisher has deep and rich experience in dynamic commercial environments within sector- leading global enterprises. A strategic communicator with particular focus on media relations, issues management and the ESG agenda, in addition to extensive b2b experience Adam has spent time at consumer companies including Tesco and Unilever where he led on many of the key corporate events of those organisations.

At leading digital services provider Atos, Adam has established a new global public relations and communications structure for the company’s financial and services and insurance industry offering, as well as retaining responsibility for media relations and external communications for Atos UK and Ireland.

Steve Garvey
Founder
Moving Image News

Steve helps brands achieve business results with the emotive power of film. His business, Moving Image, is the independent hub for insights into brand video and corporate film, using data to analyse video, and sharing the results. Steve has 30+ years'​ experience in film and video as an agency head, producer and in-house comms director.

Scott Horsfield
Head of film
DRPG

Scott has over 20 years experience as a filmmaker, creative and storyteller.  He has created brand, comms and marketing films for a variety of organisations from Citibank, Visa, BMW, INEOS, Tesco and BT.  He has won many industry awards most notably the Grand Prix at both Cannes Corporate and the New York TV & Film Festival.  Scott was previously Head of Film at Media Zoo and now heads up the Film Team at DRPG, ranked number one by Televisual. 

Zander Mills
Corporate Communication Manager
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Zander has worked in public relations for more than 15 years- 12 of them spent within the fire and rescue service. He is currently Corporate Communication Manager at South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, leading a team which has won multiple awards for its delivery of properly planned, properly measured behaviour change campaigns- several of which have video at their heart. He has previously been a national chair of FirePRO, which represents communicators working in the fire and rescue service and has been a member of the LGComms Executive Committee for several years.

Sheloa Nichols
Head of content and channels
Ministry of Justice

Sheloa Nichols is an award-winning digital content director and storyteller, she has a background in commercial and documentary film production and over thirteen years of industry experience working with global brands and international companies including HARBOR, Google, Vice, the BBC, Freeda and Refinery29. Currently she is Head of Content and Channels at the Ministry of Justice where she leads on digital innovation, overseeing a large team of digital content experts to deliver insight-driven, multi-channel communications that inspire audiences, increase engagement, create community and build awareness.

Andrew Soane
Associate Director, Marketing Strategy
Accenture

A veteran of the advertising and marketing industry, Andrew has spent most of his career working agency-side, helping some of the world’s biggest and best-known companies (e.g. BP, BT, EY, Phillip Morris International and Tesco) develop and execute their employer brand, attraction and people communications and digital marketing strategies. He joined Accenture in 2016 and today Andrew is responsible for developing marketing strategy. Andrew is passionate about storytelling, and by extension, corporate video - in particular UGC which enables organisations to tell their story in a truly authentic way whilst creating an emotional connection between brand and audience.

Mark Stephens
Executive Producer, Storytelling
Lloyds Banking Group

Bringing over 20 years’ experience in media, marketing, creative and strategy; gleaned from worked with media owners, creative agencies and clients in the UK, Europe and US. Mark has delivered strategic, advertising, marketing and communications solutions to brands including EBAY, Google, The Economist, ASOS, Sony, Citibank and L’Oreal. Currently at Lloyds Banking Group, he has worked in launching an internal creative communications agency ‘Storytelling.’ A team consisting of producers, animators, illustrators, filmmakers, writers and motion graphics telling the story of one of the largest corporate digital transformations in Europe and its positive impact on colleagues, customers and partners alike.

Gemma Umney
Head of communications
Randstad UK

Gemma is a communications expert at Randstad, a Fortune 500 company and global leader in the HR Services industry. With extensive in-house and agency exposure, covering a multitude of brands, sectors and audiences, Gemma’s comms experience touches on everything from compelling consumer-facing content to crafting measurable internal communications strategies.

Gemma has a strong track record in leading communication campaigns where engagement, performance, transformation and brand are key cornerstones. A champion for ED&I, Gemma is an advocate for using video and animation to educate, inspire and power cultural change within the world of work. Gemma’s work often covers sensitive and emotive topics and showcases the power of the human touch.