2018 Judges

Mark Baker
Mark Baker

CEO, Sircula and former Director of Events, Faversham House

Bio

Over 17 years experience in the B2B conferences, events and communications industry, the past 15 have been working in leadership positions at director and board level, with current personal responsibility for annual revenues in excess of £3 million. 
David Ball
David Ball

CEO, Brandfuel

Bio

 David Ball has been in the creative and marketing services industry for 18 years. For the past 7 years he has built BrandFuel into a very successful design and events company that delivers the best, most appropriate creative ideas in the most effective way to help customers achieve competitive advantage.

An expert marketeer with an interest in new technologies it is apparent that he never likes to stand still, always looking for new opportunities.

Passionate about social media – ‘it never stands still’ he spotted an early opportunity to provide a more strategic and measured perspective to using social media as a serious business tool, launching SocialFuel, a social media consultancy.

David has always wanted to achieve real success in life – achieving happiness and for him it is all about creating and rising to bigger challenges. In 2003 David completed his first Ironman and now does an Ironman each year.

Matthew Blagg
Matthew Blagg

CEO, Criticaleye

Bio

A true entrepreneur, Matthew’s experiences setting up businesses, advising firms on strategy and corporate development and sourcing senior executives for boards have shaped his role as CEO of Criticaleye. His acute understanding of the challenges facing today’s leaders means he is well positioned to advise individuals in these roles. Matthew believes that executive collaboration needs careful framing and management so that senior executives get the most out of sharing information and ideas. He also thinks that in an increasingly complex landscape where leaders ‘don’t know what they don’t know’, CEOs should be seizing the opportunity to learn and gain insight from the wider business community. Before Criticaleye, Matthew founded a strategic consulting firm. In 1990, he founded a successful mail order business which he sold in 1995. He is also a Member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Development Board and a keen sportsman.

Simone Broadhurst
Simone Broadhurst

Events Director – Incisive Business, Incisive Media

Bio

Simone Broadhurst is the Events Director at Incisive Media, an award-winning B2B information and events business. Simone has been with Incisive for over 16 years and is responsible for developing and launching hundreds of conference and awards programmes. This includes driving the development of the British Insurance Awards and the Fund Manager of the Year Awards at the Royal Albert Hall which combined attracts over 2,800 attendees across 2 nights. Simone has launched events in Europe, Middle East and the US and has worked across multiple sectors including financial, legal and tech.

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/simone-broadhurst-aaa409a .

Nadim Chaudhry
Nadim Chaudhry

President & Founder, Green Power Conferences

Bio

I founded Green Power Conferences in 2003 after growing concerned about climate change and believing that renewables were coming of age (I was probably 10 years early). We have since successfully run over 450 conferences, exhibitions and training courses in 37 countries, spreading best practice and connecting businesses. We are now firmly focused on scaling up the size and impact of our commercially focused platforms for deal making, due diligence, project best practice and showcasing innovation. Attendees greatly value our portfolio, our attention to detail and the work of the research team and their ability to accurately map out the future contract opportunities available in the markets we serve.

I am a passionate advocate of new technology, renewable energy and the positive benefits of the transition of our transport, energy and industries into truly sustainable and highly efficient new energy systems. In 2007 we launched the Green Power Academy to provide strategic business training to equip global executives with the technical knowledge and detailed market understanding to compete in the new energy paradigm.

Nigel Clear
Nigel Clear

Commercial Director, Conferences, Science & Technology, Elsevier

Bio

An experienced events and publishing professional with a history of succesful delivery of revenue and cost targets. Skilled in producing strategy plans, sales management and operational delivery. 

Currently responsible for the management and growth of Elsevier’s scientific conference business. 

Nicole Cooper
Nicole Cooper

Managing Director Events, Fitz All Media Ltd

Bio

Nicole runs Fitz All Media, specialists in consumer and trade events and conferences. The company is owned by Channel 4’s Supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick. The portfolio includes the award winning conference, The Vet Festival, now in its fourth year as well as DogFest which attracts over 75,000 visitors across the UK over three weekends and the National Pet Show at the NEC, Birmingham. Revenues for DogFest doubled since its launch and it appeared on Channel 4’s Supervet in the Field programme with 1.1 million viewers. The National Pet Show has been filmed for the Apprentice as well as The Guiness Book of Records awarding people at the show. The portfolio is continue to expand with the launch of an Awards scheme in 2018.

Rob Day
Rob Day

Global Client Services Director, Imagination

Bio

Responsible for the management of all experiential activity undertaken on behalf of Shell includingthe Shell Global Exhibition and Make the Future programmes.  Rob works with Imagination business leads around the world to conceive and create world-class, insight driven communications that are strategically targeted to engage key audiences and maximise value for clients.  Rob leads the financial management and reporting of all experiential activity globally and, more broadly he supports the growth and development of the global Imagination business, nurturing new business opportunities that range from brand strategy to content creation.  Rob has been at Imagination for over nine years.

With over 14 years’ experience working across the events and communications industry, Rob brings a wealth of practical knowledge and understanding to each project. Having worked client side within the automotive sector at Honda for four years, he brings a unique perspective to all business challenges.  After graduating from Plymouth University with a BA (Hons) in Marketing, Rob spent two years travelling the world, working in both Tokyo and Sydney.  Away from work Rob is often either spending time with his wife and two daughters or training for his next running challenge.

Gemma Fawcett
Gemma Fawcett

Managing Director, Arena International Events Group

Bio

Gemma has been Managing Director at Arena International Events Group since November 2016. She is a senior and seasoned events leader with exceptional track record – 15+ years’ experience growing companies across a variety of industry verticals in multiple geographical territories. At Arena International Events Group she is primarily responsible for enhancing profitability of the group whilst ensuring customer service and product quality levels are above industry standard. During her tenure the business has benefited from year on year profit growth, despite operating in a severe and continued economic downturn.

Alex Foster
Alex Foster

Divisional Director, Telegraph Bespoke and Telegraph Business Events

Bio

Alex is Divisional Director of Telegraph Events, the Telegraph Media Group’s events business, and is responsible for two launch divisions namely Telegraph Bespoke and Telegraph Business Events.

Telegraph Business Events is the conference and exhibition arm of Telegraph Media Group (TMG) and delivers agenda-setting programmes for UK and international business communities.

Focussing on large scale congresses and custom events which focus on key political, investment & technology themes, Telegraph Business Events has launched the Telegraph Middle East Congress, Business of Sport and Digital Leaders conferences to date.

Alex returned to TMG, having worked previously at UBM, The Telegraph and The Guardian across a wide range of commercial roles.

Orson Francescone
Orson Francescone

‎Director of Events, Haymarket Media Group

Bio

Ros Irving
Ros Irving

Divisional Director, Euromoney

Bio

 Ros Irving is Divisional Director responsible for many of Euromoney’s events businesses including TelCap, Euromoney Conferences, Metal Bulletin Events, Mining Indaba and Euromoney Financing Events. She joined Euromoney in 2009.

Before joining Euromoney, Ros spent 15 years working for IIR, Risk Magazine and Eurofinance. Rosalind has a BA in Anthropology from Durham University. 

Hanna Jackson
Hanna Jackson

Global Events Director, Ascential

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Adam Jaffe
Adam Jaffe

Director, Oliver Kinross

Bio

With over 10 year’s experience at Oliver Kinross, Adam facilitated the growth of the company’s conference portfolio in various markets across six different continents. Currently responsible for the management and expansion of Oliver Kinross’ Build events.

Charlie James
Charlie James

Founder & CEO, Corinium Global Intelligence

Bio

With over 20 years experience in the conference industry, Charlie founded Corinium in 2013. With offices in the UK, US, South Africa and Australia, we run successful conferences, private events and roundtables across the globe backed up by our rapidly expanding digital business.

At Corinium we get excited about the incredible pace of innovation and disruption in today’s digital, consumer driven world. As enterprises fight to stay relevant, we’re witnessing the emergence and growth of new executive roles leading their companies into this new paradigm. The C-Suite welcomes new recruits focused on Data, Analytics, Customer, Innovation and Digital, amongst others. Corinium is the world’s largest community, designed specifically to inspire and support the executives in these pivotal new roles. We believe that connecting our members with the people and ideas that are driving this charge is a vital part of accelerating progress and innovation..

Julian Kirby
Julian Kirby

Group Portfolio Director for Global Finance Knowledge & Networking, Informa

Bio

Suzy Mayhew
Suzy Mayhew

Director of Events, Campden Wealth

Bio

Suzy spent the first 14 years of her career founding and building the telecommunications and IT divisions for Informa: producing, marketing, selling and administering the events from idea generation through to on-site delivery. Having developed the portfolio across the world she was promoted to managing director for the (250 events per annum) technology, pharmaceuticals and bioscience, industrial, energy, management, HR and technical publishing divisions. Subsequent to this Suzy has undertaken a number of roles establishing and directing a broad spectrum of publishing and events businesses and association conference divisions. She has experience with many sectors and professions as well as all types of face-to-face events from training courses, workshops and roundtables through conferences, awards and complex shows. Suzy specialises in growth: product and portfolio development and improving margins, profitability and productivity.

 

Suzy is passionate about bringing people together in the right setting to share experiences, learn from each other and progress their understanding: providing a framework of theme, topics and carefully curated content to educate, inform and inspire. A great believer in there being ‘no Cinderella’ function’ and ensuring teams are well integrated to achieve optimum performance and to provide excellent events that are the best planned version of ‘live industrial theatre’.

In her current role with Campden Wealth Suzy oversees a niche portfolio of events to provide a unique blend of stakeholders with a safe haven environment.  

James McGough
James McGough

Divisional Director of Life Sciences, Clarion Events

Bio

 James has over 12 years’ experience in the B2B event industry serving sectors including built environment, telecoms and life sciences. He joined Clarion in 2014 and is now Divisional Director of Life Sciences.

Prior to Clarion, James worked at UBM and Informa across a range of products starting in publishing and digital events in the early years before focusing on conferences, awards and large scale exhibitions. Over his career he has specialized in transitioning conferences to exhibitions and expanding brands internationally as demonstrated by launching eight new events across three continents over the last five years.

At Clarion, James is primarily responsible for strategic direction and enhancing profitability of the division whilst ensuring customer service and experience levels are above industry standard. During his tenure the business has benefited from year on year profit growth outperforming market expectations.

Fiona Miller
Fiona Miller

Group Events Director, Wilmington Healthcare

Bio

Fiona Miller is Group Events Director at Wilmington Healthcare and is a conferences, summits, festivals and awards specialist.  Fiona has worked in b2b events for nearly 20 years in numerous sectors including healthcare, finance, film, fashion, retail, government, business management, construction, engineering and law.    Senior leadership positions held previously include Group Events Director at Emap; Managing Director, Events at MEED and Head of Conferences & Training at LexisNexis. Common to all positions held is Fiona’s keen focus on delivering sustainable growth through high-value, high-quality products that are integral to the audiences they serve and developing an engaged, ambitious and enjoyable working environment.

Karen Parks
Karen Parks

Managing Director, Ultima Media

Bio

Karen is a B2B media specialist with a wealth of experience growing, developing and managing a variety of businesses and organisations. She started her 30 year B2B media career at VNU in advertising sales before moving into live events with emap during its heyday. She has led Ultima Media for the last five years. Ultima offers its readers, users, attendees, sponsors and advertisers a focused business delivering B2B automotive content and intelligence. Ultima participates in the industry and seeks to respond to its trends; from this comes an ability to deliver marketing opportunities which reach executives across the globe.

 

@parkska

www.ultimamedia.com

Dale Parmenter
Dale Parmenter

CEO, drp

Bio

Dale has been in the presentation and communication industry for 38 years. He left school with one goal to run his own business, after just 3 years the opportunity arose and Dale took it, operating at first from a small outbuilding at his parents home.

Today drp is recognised as one of the leading presentation and communication companies in the UK. The drpteam comprises of over 180 specialists across three locations in Worcestershire, London and Leeds. The company offers a range of in-house communication solutions, from creative development, video, events, digital, design, exhibition and print.

He is actively involved with key corporate clients such as Redrow, Sainsbury’s, Prudential, Lloyds Banking Group and more, he works at a senior level assisting in the development of communication strategies and creating presentation vehicles.

Clients find his wealth of experience and knowledge invaluable in creating solutions that are bespoke to an organisation and are effective.

Dale is passionate about nurturing new talent and putting his people first. drp has appeared in the Sunday Times best 100 companies to work for list and has been awarded the IIP Gold standard.

Last year the company celebrated its 35th anniversary, many activities took place to recognise the milestone, including taking part in 35 CSR challenges..

Sarah Payling
Sarah Payling

Event Director, Ocean Media

Bio

Ocean Media Group own the main route to market for the affordable housing sector in the UK. The portfolio is diverse with publications, data, digital and events. My main responsibility is for the 30 events in this portfolio including Europe’s largest housing event.

I sit on the senior management team at OMG and my main remit is to grow our portfolio through providing excellent content and understanding all our key stakeholders needs.

Isobel Peck
Isobel Peck

Chief Audience Officer, KNect365

Bio

Isobel has moved between central and operational roles for the Informa Group working across publishing, exhibitions and conferences & training before joining KNect365 as Chief Audience Officer in 2014.

Having managed marketing, sales and customer service functions, Isobel became the business sponsor for KNect365’s digital transformation programme with the objective of moving the business from a transactional outbound marketing model to a customer experience led digital inbound model.

Her role is focused around establishing a strong digital presence for KNect365’s events, products, services and communities and designing a 365-day engagement programme for its customers marrying valuable, rich and compelling content with cutting edge, market-driven face to face meeting and learning opportunities for high calibre decision makers.

Richard Pope
Richard Pope

Founder & Managing Director, Procurement Leaders

Bio

Richard Pope is co-founder and Managing Director of Sigaria, a business intelligence organisation, providing research and events for global procurement and supply chain executives. Richard completed a BSc with Honours in Economics and Sociology from the University of Wales, Swansea and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from Cardiff University. Richard started his career as a reporter and producer for ITV. He then did a short stint at Alternative before setting up Sigaria in 2004. Sigaria has quickly established itself as a leader in the information services space, winning 20 industry awards and serving an impressive blue-chip client base.

Nick Rapley
Nick Rapley

CEO, Open Door Media

Bio

Nick has over 30 years’ experience in b2b media. He was one of the founding directors of Incisive Media in 1994 and ran their Financial Services Division through to 2013 when he led a management buyout of Investment Europe and set up Open Door Media Publishing Ltd. The company has enjoyed considerable success in its early years especially with its extensive portfolio of conferences and events.

Andrew Reed
Andrew Reed

Managing Director, Events & Exhibitions, William Reed

Bio

Andrew joined William Reed in 1991 and created their events division focusing on awards and conferences. The portfolio grew and in 1999 William Reed launched their first trade show, and in 2002 Andrew become Divisional MD.

He now overseas central events contracts, the International Wine Challenge and an exhibitions portfolio that encompasses 10 shows and a team of 35.

Prior to WRBM, Andrew served in the 9/12 Royal Lancers for 11 years, including tours in Germany, the Lebanon and UK. Outside of William Reed, Andrew is on the board of the Association of Convenience Stores and the Wine and Spirits Trade Benevolent Fund, and treasurer of the Association of Event Managers. 

Tom Richardson
Tom Richardson

CEO, Hanson Wade

Bio

Tom’s background covers sales, marketing and data analytics. A conference professional for 10 year he is passionate about the application of evidence based decision making to the world of events.

For the last two years Tom has been CEO of Hanson Wade developing a range of brands across Life Sciences, Energy and Finance.

Prior to Hanson Wade Tom worked across publishing and events for Ark Group as part of Wilmington’s legal portfolio. 

Matthew Robinson
Matthew Robinson

Event Director, Acuris

Bio

Matthew heads the events team at global financial intelligence and data company Acuris. Based in London, he oversees content, event marketing and operations with remit for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. The events portfolio spans conferences for market-leading brands including Mergermarket, Debtwire, Unquote and Creditflux. Matthew previously worked for IQPC in their finance division.

Helen Seaman
Helen Seaman

Group Managing Director, Rapiergroup

Bio

Helen leads Rapiergroup onto new opportunities, having grown and helped us achieve outsized success for more than two decades.

A Chartered Accountant by profession – a career she decided upon at the age of seven – Helen joined Rapiergroup as Financial Director in 1995. Since then, Helen has been involved in all aspects of the business, working with our creative and account teams to build strong relationships, deliver excellence and safeguard our success through acquisition and expansion.

With the strong belief that happy staff provide great outcomes for customers, the vision to deliver exceptional results for our clients and our team is at the heart of Helen’s objectives – in turn keeping Rapiergroup one step ahead of the events industry, always.

Janine Shepherd
Janine Shepherd

Senior Event Specialist, Zurich Insurance Plc

Bio

Janine is an experienced events professional within the industry having worked in a variety of different roles. After studying events at University she began her career within a venue agency, after this she moved on to becoming an in house wedding planner for a charity in their headquarters building in London and later moved into corporate events world working at the financial publisher Incisive Media. More recently she has held roles as an in house event specialist within the investment management branch of BNY Mellon and is currently Senior Event Specialist at Zurich Insurance.

 

Her experience includes working on large events varying from exhibitions, awards ceremonies, dinners, multi-day conferences in the UK and overseas, corporate festival events, working within historic buildings and museums, and much more.

Robert Stead
Robert Stead

Managing Director, Sense Media Group | Chair, IEEE-SA P2020 Working Group

Bio

Rob has been working in B2B conferences for 13 years and ran the Image Sensors conference in London each March for the last eight years prior to setting up Sense Media. He has in-depth knowledge of the B2B conference world and extensive management and strategic experience across Production, Marketing, Operations, Sales and New Product Development. Rob is the face of Sense Media, Chairman of the AutoSens conference, Chair of the IEEE Standards Association working group on automotive image quality, P2020 and has deep topic knowledge across the digital imaging, automotive and medical device marketplaces. A scientist at heart, Rob has an academic background in physics with a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Nottingham and a firm believer in the power of technology to improve and save lives across the world. As well as running best-in-class events, outside of work Rob likes to play golf, cycle long distances, walk in the hills, and tinker with his classic car. 

Ben Turner
Ben Turner

Founder and Managing Director, WONDER London

Bio

Ben Turner is an expert in delivering world-class events for some of the biggest brands on the planet. With 19 years of experience in the business, Ben has worked with brands including Google, PlayStation, YouTube, the BBC and Vodafone, delivering events across Europe, North America and Asia.

Ben launched his own agency, WONDER London, in 2012 to deliver exceptional experiences for brands. Based in Shoreditch at the heart of London’s creative, technology and entrepreneurial community, WONDER London specialises in B2B and B2C event design, production and fulfilment across a multitude of formats, from conferences, exhibitions and fundraisers to pop-ups, guerrilla stunts and festivals.

In just five years, Ben has grown his agency into a 28-strong team of full-timers across its core in-house Creative, Production and Project Management divisions. The agency prides itself on creativity blended with exceptional delivery and excellent client service, which has led to it achieving a number of industry awards. Most recently, Ben and his team scooped Best Conference Series at Conference Awards 2017 and were named UK Agency of the Year at C&IT Awards 2017.

As an industry thought leader, Ben has strong views about what makes a great agency partner and regularly writes on key themes across a number of media titles. At the heart of WONDER London is one simple objective: to produce the best work, deliver great service and enjoy the experience along the way.

http://www.wonderlondon.com/

Sean Willis
Sean Willis

Managing Director, Terrapinn

Bio

As Managing Director of Terrapinn’s London business, Sean directs the creation and execution of B2B events across a range of industries, markets and geographies. He also serves on the group’s board of directors.

He joined Terrapinn as a conference producer in 1997 and has worked in production, sales, general management and has previously managed Terrapinn’s South African business, the launch of Terrapinn World Congress, and a range of events across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.

Sophie Wright
Sophie Wright

Senior Event Manager, BNP Paribas

Bio

 With a dual focus on engaging clients and employees, Sophie develops and executes the event schedule for the BNP Paribas Group in the UK.  To this end, she undertakes end-to-end project management, budgeting, creativity and reporting.  Sophie brings with her specific sectoral expertise in arts and sport, having worked closely with partners at the Lawn Tennis Association, International Tennis Federation, IMG and the Royal Academy of Arts to activate sponsorship assets. 

Sophie has 15 years of agency and corporate experience deeply rooted in financial services, having previously working for Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs.  Away from corporate life, Sophie is passionate about charity work; she has cycled from London to Paris in 24 hours, ran in the London marathon, completed the Tough Mudder challenge, and climbed Snowdon by night.

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