How judging works

A team of more than 60 experienced PR professionals will judge the Excellence Awards entries in our two-stage judging process.

At stage one, judges will form teams of two to judge each entry in their specialist category and select the shortlist.

At stage two, all judges will come together and work in new groups to review the category shortlists and select the winners.

If you’re shortlisted in the Outstanding Young Communicator or Independent PR Practitioner of the Year category, you’ll also be invited to attend a 20-minute online panel interview. This is an opportunity for the judges to learn more about you.

All judges sign a confidentiality agreement before judging commences and a replacement judge is sourced if any conflicts of interest arise. 

Name Job Title Organisation
Lis Anderson Director Ambitious
Elizabeth Bananuka Founder BME PR Pros
Andrew Bartlett Director of science and engineering
Definition Agency
Graz Belli Co Founder Third City
Dave Bennett Global Comms Director Rise at Seven
Daljit Bhurji CEO & Co-Founder Diffusion
Dave Britton Associate Director of Communications and Engagement Met Office
Charlotte Brooks Managing Director MHP Mischief -
Mischief Lead
Matt Brown Director of News and External relations TFL
Chiara Ceci Science Communcation & Engagement Lead
Astra Zeneca
Orla Clancy Founder and Editor-in-Chief Strategic
Emily Coen Head of Corporate Communications and Engagement L'Oréal
Alex Davies Deputy Managing Director Hanover
Selena Dhanak
Associate Director, Global Communications Organon
Nicola D'Hubert Deputy Managing Director 
Navigate PR
John Dolan Head of Media Lawn Tennis Association
Deborah Down Change Communications Manager Surrey Police
Paul Fincham Group Head, Communications London Stock Exchange
Group plc
David Fraser Founder  Ready10
Aisha Furtado Communication Operations Manager (Deputy Head
of Communication)
Tony Garner MD Viva PR
Stacy Gibbs Deputy Head of Corporate Communications HM Land Registry
Suzy Giles Consulting Director ESG Communications
Hannah Glenny Head of Corporate Comms UK Google
James Gordon-MacIntosh Chief Creative Officer Hope&Glory
Julian Henry Global Head of Communication XIX Entertainment
Kristian Hoareau Foged Founder Simply Thought (Copenhagen)
Jan Ingle Deputy Director of Communications and Engagement East Suffolk and North Essex
NHS Foundation Trust
John Innes Exec Director Think Publishing
Binu Merin Jacob Engagement & Communications Lead Engage For Success
Kate Jones Director of Communications Macmillan Cancer Support
Gemma Kappala-Ramsamy   Head of Media and Public Affairs London Councils
Marcel Klebba Communications specialist Global Bank
Chris Love Communications & PR Manager Survitec 
Michael Lowdon Digital Communications Manager The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust
Paul Lucas Partner Fanclub
David MacDonald VP Communications Walgreens Boots Alliance
Eva Maclaine Managing Director Maclaine Communications
Cristina Macina Corporate Affairs Director Nestlé
Kenon Man Deputy Director of Marketing Nottingham University
Rachel Miller Director All Things IC
Dev Mistry Global Internal Communications Manager DICE
Michael Murphy Senior Partner Michael Murphy & Ltd
Tessa Murray Director  Tortoise Media
Andrew Neilson Media Relations Manager NatWest
Joanna Oosthuizen CEO PR & Influence & Chief Communications
Officer, EMEA
Clare Parsons Co-founder Lansons
Johnny Pitt CEO Launch
Max Puller Director BCW
James Puxty Chief Adviser Rio Tinto
Caroline Raines Director of Corporate Affairs Compare the Market
Kate Reynolds UK Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications National Express
Julia Ruane Head of Internal Communications & Engagement - 
Health & Welfare
Capita plc
Salma Shah Founder Kraken Strategy
Whitney Simon Account Director Missive
Alicia  Solanki MD Client Experience Ketchum
Annette Spencer Director of Public Affairs & Research Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
Vicki Spencer-Francis Managing Director Cowshed
Charlotte Taylor Dimond  Director Sidekick PR
Charlotte Tobin CEO Belle PR
Dima Vasilenco Founder & CEO Good Advice
Samuel Wallace Provider Engagement Lead Care Quality Commission

Chairs of Judges

The role of the Chairs of Judges is to preside over the judging team to resolve any disputes, questions or differences of opinion that arise during the judging process.

Click below to read more about the Chairs for 2023

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