The awards will be judged by a panel of industry leaders and experts. The judging is a rigorous two stage process including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.

From a transparency perspective, we may video aspects of the judging session to show on the evening and to give entrants an insight into why our winners were chosen.

The 2018 judging panel will be announced shortly.

Marcus Hadfield

Chief Strategy Officer, Apadmi |

With over twenty years’ experience in digital and brand marketing, he’s delivered award-winning campaigns across every discipline and most sectors. Most of his career has been spent in advertising agencies, most recently as a Managing Partner at McCann Manchester. In 2017, he jumped into the mobile world to help clients get more out the increasingly close relationships people have with their devices. His question stays the same – why will customers care?

Clients have included Expedia, Argos, Costa, American Airlines, CrossCountry Trains, Which?, Homebase, Sony, Aldi, World Vision, Plan International and more.

Simon Wharton

Business Strategy Director, Pushon |

Having led PushON for 12 years, In 2017 Simon transitioned from Managing Director to Business Strategy Director where he could apply his considerable experience in digital transformation to PushONs digital consultancy service. Simon has spent more than two decades operating within the digital sector, initially in a corporate environment, before becoming embroiled in the early days of the Manchester digital community. Alongside his business partner, Roy Wilding, he pivoted PushON out of an incarnation of a previous successful digital business. Steady planned growth has seen the business gain recognition as one of the North West’s leading eCommerce agencies. The business’ expertise in eCommerce development and its particular skill with online marketing has led to a raft of peer reviewed award wins throughout the North West, UK and Europe.

Simon also has a reputation for “sticking his oar in” to drive the digital sector forward. He is a council member for Manchester Digital, lectures at local universities and was a founder of SASCon, the infamously expert digital marketing conference. He speaks at events, organises events and largely keeps himself busy both in the sector and in the community. He has four children available to keep him stressed and is the gofer for a local under 10s football team. When he finds the time to go out, you’ll most likely find him seeing a loud band somewhere.

 

Jonathan Boakes

Managing Director, Nodes Agency |

Jonathan has led a number of companies in the mobile space, prior to joining Nodes Agency four years ago. Now Managing Director for the London, Manchester & Amsterdam offices and subsequent to the recent purchase and investment by Japanese conglomerate 'Monstar Lab', he is now helping to oversee the European expansion, which will include growing into five new offices this year. As a result Nodes continues to invest in consultancy services around Digital Transformation and is currently leading the the transformation for a number of major global companies.

A big part of Nodes sucsess is the belief that the best strategy and design is created with a deep technical understanding, so as an agency Nodes ensure that integrated teams share knowledge and encourage the continuous development of all employees across the agency. 

His team continue to perform well and recent agency wins include Emirates, Fujitsu, British American Tobacco, CBRE, London & Partners, Melody VR, The Wedding Shop, Abellio, Britvic, Drinkaware, IATA & LGT Vestra.

 

Nic Cumisky

UK Mobile Lead, Google |

Nicholas is a well regarded Industry thought leader across the mobile ecosystem. He has over a decade of mobile experience after joining AdMob in 2007, at the time an early stage Silicon Valley based mobile advertising start-up. As part of the Management team running Europe he joined Google in 2010 after Google's successful acquisition of AdMob for USD$750million.

Nicholas has spent large parts of his Google career building and implementing mobile strategy for large UK businesses. Up until mid-2017 he has led UK App strategy, helping businesses find and engage consumers that will both install and more importantly use their Mobile App. 

He has now switched his focus toward maximising delivery of performance based results for UK businesses from their Mobile Sites. This mSite focus spans strategy and implementation of best in class consumer experiences around mSite load speed, user experience and development around the next generation of the mobile web.

Outside of Google he has a small family and a garden full of triffids.

Jotham Oakley

UX/UI Designer, Brightec |

A graduate of Ravensbourne College of Design & Communication, Jotham is a gifted designer based at Brightec.

He’s particularly passionate about the developer to designer relationship and his work has helped Brightec’s clients to win numerous awards, increase conversion rates and improve brand perceptions. He has worked for a broad range of clients across various sectors, including: Jaguar Land Rover; TrainSplit; KitchenCraft; Ziffit; Willis Towers Watson and The Marine Conservation Society.

 

Martin Bryant

Media and Tech Consultant |

Martin Bryant is a consultant, speaker, writer, and educator in the fields of technology and media. He works to help technology companies craft a narrative around their products and business. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of international technology publication The Next Web, and Community Editor at Tech North, where he shone a light on the stories of startups and entrepreneurs in the North of England.

Geraldine Vesey

Director, SKV Communications |

Geraldine leads the team at multi-award winning creative communications agency, SKV Communications, across a number of Government campaigns.  She has extensive behaviour change experience with specialisation in regional implementation and has most undertaken activity for Department for Education, Department for International Trade, Food Standards Agency and Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

She has undertaken impactful marketing and PR activities for charities and public sector clients including WRAP and Transport for Greater Manchester. Her skills span creation, direction and evaluation of creative integrated campaigns including stakeholder engagement, crisis communications and digital media management.