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 2023 judging panel announced so far.

Gareth Brookes
Digital and brand specialist
Tata Steel UK

With over 12 years’ experience in manufacturing and the third sector, Gareth brings award-winning videography, design and storytelling skills to the steel industry.

As well as being a core rich-content creator, as an advocate of authentic communications, Gareth shares his knowledge and experience across the organisation to give a wider tranche of employees the confidence to shoot and edit user-generated smartphone content. 

As a recipient of a number of industry awards and a CIPR accredited PR practitioner, Gareth regularly shares his skills with professional communication peers, including his ‘DIY Digital Content – Creating videos and podcasts on a budget’ online course.

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.

George Fuller
Senior digital communications officer (video production)
House of Commons

George Fuller is a communications and video production professional with many years of experience working for ITN Productions, The Telegraph and as a freelance producer. He currently holds a role in the public sector for the House of Commons, and regularly works with the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, as well as, Parliamentary staff to produce videos on events and procedures across Westminster. 

Steve Garvey
Founder
Moving Image News

Steve helps brands achieve business results with the emotive power of film. He has over 30 years of experience in film and video as an agency head, producer and in-house comms director. Steve’s business, Moving Image, is the independent hub for insights into brand video and corporate film, using data to analyse video, and sharing the results. Moving Image blends a unique understanding of brand video with an extensive database of film content and audience engagement

Richard Humphries
Social video producer
Vodafone UK

Richard is an experienced video industry professional with over 12 years experience in the telco sector. Building on 15 years of prior graphic design and marketing experience, he creates content using a combination of cinema cameras and smartphones. He also scripts, animates, and scores music to produce high quality video content. His video content spans a variety of audiences including bringing products to life for consumers, retail spaces, employee engagement comms and high-profile launch events. From YouTube to TikTok, his videos have racked up millions of organic video views. He currently holds a role as Social Video Producer for Vodafone UK, focusing on creating eye catching content to engage and support customers, build brand awareness and drive positive sentiment.

Rabia Jones
Senior producer, global film and video
HSBC

Rabia is a passionate producer/director with more than 15 years’ experience creating inspiring branded content for some of the world’s biggest brands. A keen storyteller, she has filmed footballing legend Pele in a favela in Rio, superstar rapper Akon in Lagos, X-Box Halo characters in Lichtenstein and Magnum photographers around the world.  Her true passion lies in telling stories of ordinary people making an extraordinary impact. Rabia’s career spans stints in television, broadcast PR, creative agencies and more recently in-house with HSBC’s Group Reputation team where she oversees and produces multimedia content for HSBC’s Group social media channels and corporate website.

Simon Kramers
Head of film
Deloitte

Simon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a passion for telling stories. He started out working in broadcast news, where he worked with a team of investigative journalists to tell hard-hitting stories with a national reach. For the past 8 years, Simon has been working agency side as a Creative Producer working with brands like Vodafone, Jaguar Land Rover, and SAP. Last year he started his latest role as the Head of Film at Deloitte, working within their in-house creative agency, 368.

Connor Matheson
Video manager
Department for Work and Pensions

An ambitious passionate and creative visual story teller, with three years experience freelancing for a diverse client base and Video Manager at DWP. Delivering multi-media digital projects with a focus around the web and social media. A dedication for developing multiple styles of writing, photography, video and audio.

Janet Morgan
Head of corporate affairs
LifeArc

Janet is an award-winning corporate communications professional specialising in science, healthcare and technology.

With a degree in biochemistry, the world of communications was probably not a natural career option, but it was the opportunity to tell stories about science, technology and health that attracted Janet to the world of communications many years ago. And she hasn’t looked backed.

She has worked with charities, membership organisations and some of the world’s largest companies and headed up communications teams at GSK, Nuffield Health and LifeArc.

Sheloa Nichols
Head of content and channels
Ministry of Justice

Sheloa Nichols is an award-winning digital content strategist and storyteller with over thirteen years of industry experience crafting impactful digital to deliver insight-driven, multi-channel communications that inspire audiences, increase engagement, create community and build awareness. She has worked in partnership with countless global brands from Nike to Bose to Dior and international companies including HARBOR, Vice, Freeda and Refinery29. Currently she is the Head of Digital Communications at the Ministry of Justice where she leads on content innovation and digital strategy.

Kulveer Ranger
Global head of strategy & communications FS&I
Atos

Kulveer Ranger is Head of Strategy, Marketing, Communications & Public Affairs for Northern Europe, India and APAC at Atos, a global leader in digital transformation with 110000 employees in 73 countries.

He has been a leading figure in the development and communication of innovate, technology led services and has a unique track record of working in politics, the public and private sectors over the last 25 years. This includes having worked on the delivery of the London Oystercard, and four years working for the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, leading the transport and environment briefs and establishing the Digital London Office. His time at City Hall included preparing London for the 2012 Olympics, making the case for Crossrail, leading on ground-breaking initiatives such as the cycle hire scheme and Tech City and acting as his official spokesman. Operating and influencing at the highest levels, Kulveer has a proven record of building effective and engaging internal and external campaigns that motivate people to act.

Doug Revolta
Head of video
What Car?

Doug has worked as a journalist at What Car? for more than eight years and he is currently their Head of Video. His primary role is writing and presenting all of the content that appears on What Car?'s YouTube channel, which is watched by two million people each month and has more than 410,000 subscribers.

What Car? is the home of independent, trusted and expert car reviews and covers everything from limited edition supercars to regular hatchbacks and everything in between, and it is Doug's job to ensure all of the video output carries What Car?'s insightful, informed and engaging tone.

Gareth Scurlock
Head of content and communications
TMF Group

Gareth has worked as a digital editor and content manager for more than 20 years. He created the NME.com’s first summer festival website in 1999 before spending ten years as an editor at The Times and Sunday Times. He was online deputy travel editor for six of those, creating and curating a travel images channel. After a few years at digital agencies and as Head of Content in ecommerce, he moved into B2B at LexisNexis. Since 2020 he’s been Head of Content and Communications at TMF Group, a global professional services firm. His role includes corporate video creation and strategy.

Rebecca Williams
Group photo & video production manager, product
Tui

Rebecca is a skilled and experienced expert in photography, video, content management, content strategy, and lean process implementation. She has produced and art directed hundreds of hotel and destination videos and thousands of images for TUI since 2005 and has contributed to creating and Implementing content strategies with a KPI to manage and maintain images for over 4000 hotels. Rebecca is now part of the senior management team in Group Content and focuses on developing, maintaining and implementing visual guidelines for TUI UK and TUI Group. She has delivered an innovative visual content strategy to include virtual tours and insight led photography and video styles. Over the years at TUI, Rebecca has developed and fostered collaborative ways of working with multiple key stakeholders and cross-divisional teams including product, e-commerce and brand marketing.