The Judges 2017


Andy Mucahy, Editor, IMRG

 

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Chris Brassington, CEO, Starfish 360

Chris is the founder of Starfish 360 Limited, a pioneering digital commerce and disruptive technology strategy firm. He is the former Group Managing Director of 2ergo Group plc. a global mobile marketing company. He has also held senior roles at NCR, Cap Gemini and BT. Chris has over 25 years of IT, digital and Telecoms experience.

He has been instrumental in defining and deploying successful technology and business generation strategies, which have enhanced both customer experience and shareholder value. Chris was awarded a commendation at the PwC innovation and Growth Awards in 2006 in the category of Technology CEO of the Year - Private Firm and, was awarded an Honorary IMR World Fellowship Award in 2012 in recognition of innovation, leadership and outstanding contribution to the field of ecommerce.

 

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Chris Harrington, Chief Sales & Commercial Officer, Maru/edr Limited 

Chris is an accomplished sales and business development professional with over 20 years’ experience across a variety of sectors and industries. Roles at a senior and executive level have involved supporting businesses with the creation and implementation of strategic and business development plans for growth. Through working in the professional services and in industry Chris has supported many clients and businesses to deliver planned revenue and profit growth.

 

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George Ioannou, Global head of Ecommerce & Optimisation, Wipro Digital

George Ioannou, has spent over 20 years working within Digital, specialising in ecommerce, optimisation and growth hacking. His experience spans a variety of sectors with global clients ranging from small businesses through to Fortune 100 Companies. George speaks internationally as a thought leader as well as publishing articles and papers for the digital industry.

 

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Iain Hunter, Executive Creative Director, STACK

Iain has been the ECD at STACK for the last three years, and CMW the four years before that - and is responsible for the quality of our creative product in every channel. Before that Iain was CD at Wunderman, responsible for Land Rover, Orange, Microsoft and San Miguel. Iain's work has been recognised at almost all the main worldwide festivals including both Cannes and D&AD.

 

Mario Thomas, Senior Consultant, Global Advisory, Amazon Web Services

 

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Martin Woolley, CEO, The Specialist Works

Martin previously worked for publishing newspapers such as News International, before joining the specialist works in 2007. He has overseen the global expansion of the Specialist Works and has integrated businesses such as TRT Direct, due to his innovative and inquisitive focus, which has undoubtedly influenced the speed at which TSW has grown in the last decade.

 

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Rebecca Gay, Retail Industry Manager, Google

Rebecca works at Google and advises the UK's largest retailers on all aspects of their digital strategy. A trained accountant, she previously led global search analysis for Google in Europe. Prior to joining Google Rebecca was a commercial analyst at Sainsbury's.

 

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Rebecca Jones, Online Editor, Business Matters Magazine

Rebecca has been online editor for Business Matter Magazine since 2012. Rebecca has made significant positive changes to the largest SME business publication in the UK as it has evolved into a true digital multi-platform offering. With more than 80,000 SMEs subscribing to the magazine's Daily Updates – a business briefing that runs seven days a week, and with up to 5000 visitors to its online information hub each day.

Whilst with Business Matters Rebecca has helped launch two new titles and a new podcasting series for startups and SMEs. Rebecca is a 24/7 operator who is keenly in touch with the SME marketplace, passionate about digital technologies and startup scenes across the globe.

 

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Shiran Liyanage, General Manager, MetaPack

Shiran Liyanage is General Manager for MetaPack, the global leader in delivery management solutions, used by the majority of the top 100 online retailers and hundreds of SMEs to offer the best consumer delivery experience to build customer loyalty and repeat sales. A media spokesman and innovator since the early days of the internet, Shiran has devised and launched over fifty products as both a serial entrepreneur, and as a senior executive for two of the UK's best known brands, Virgin & Reuters. Shiran was the publisher of the UK's bestselling Internet Shoppers' Guides series and also instrumental in the setup of IDIS, the industry's good practice charter for internet shopping delivery, which was based on an award-winning initiative he launched for Virgin that helped over 12,000 businesses trade online. Shiran is a graduate of Warwick University and is married with a daughter.

 

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Sue MacLure, Head of Data, PSONA

As Head of Data at PSONA, Sue sits on the agency’s management team and is charged with reshaping and spearheading the CRM, Data, and Digital offering for clients such as Co-op, Amex and Argos.

Prior to this, she was one of the Directors at EHS Discovery, helping build the brand’s data offering, before becoming Board Level Data Director at comparethemarket.com.

 Sue started out client side working for Allied Domecq Pub Retailing 25 years ago – cutting her teeth on customer data in the form of drinking habits, pub crawl management and early Loyalty schemes. Since then she has made it her mission to demonstrate the commercial value customer data can add to organisations, and showing the pragmatic path to delivering that financial benefit – to both agencies and clients.  

During her career, Sue has also worked at Albion Cell, Wunderman and DigitasLBi; working with brands including Starbucks, EasyJet, Bupa, Nissan, Bennetts and Sky.

 

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Tom Roberts, CEO, Tribal Worldwide London

Tom Roberts leads Tribal Worldwide London as CEO, part of the Tribal DDB Worldwide network held by marketing services giant Omnicom. Tom’s responsible for the agency’s strategic direction, expanding client relationships, and managing the executive team. Tom heads up both large-scale national and international projects, overseeing ventures such as the digital redesign for South America’s largest online department store, Falabella. He is also a member of the DDB UK Executive Board.

Tom’s journey in digital began over a decade ago at Billco Interactive, a subsidiary of DDB. Tom joined Tribal DDB London in 2002 and has since worked on a large portfolio of well renowned clients including retail giants Morrisons as well as Diageo, Telefonica UK Ltd (O2), Sony and Barclaycard.

Promoted to the role of CEO in 2017 following growth in the agency, Tom’s experience of business management, combined with his digital marketing expertise, makes him ideally placed to lead the talented team in London. He is also an expert in ecommerce, business transformation and connecting consumers with brands. Tom has a passion for blending creativity and technology to deliver campaigns that push the boundaries for companies and keep customers engaged.

 

The Judges 2016

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Ben Morgan, Director, Pivot
Co-Founder and Director of an agency who represent online marketplaces in Europe. Pivot are the official representatives in Europe for Newegg - the 2nd largest pureplay retailer in the USA with 2015 revenues over $3Bn, and help European companies export to America through this tech focused platform. Pivot also represent MarkaVIP, the leading fashion and lifestyle focused ecommerce business in the Middle East which offers European companies several routes to develop this market.

Experienced programme manager having previously run the UK Governments campaign to deliver £500m in online exports. Program resources managed included ~15 people, ~£4m in budget and many partners including Alibaba, Amazon, Newegg, Rocket Internet and Naspers.

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Chris Brassington, CEO, Starfish 360
Chris is the founder of Starfish 360 Limited, a pioneering digital commerce and disruptive technology strategy firm. He is the former Group Managing Director of 2ergo Group plc. a global mobile marketing company. He has also held senior roles at NCR, Cap Gemini and BT. Chris has over 25 years of IT, digital and Telecoms experience.

He has been instrumental in defining and deploying successful technology and business generation strategies, which have enhanced both customer experience and shareholder value. Chris was awarded a commendation at the PwC innovation and Growth Awards in 2006 in the category of Technology CEO of the Year - Private Firm and, was awarded an Honorary IMR World Fellowship Award in 2012 in recognition of innovation, leadership and outstanding contribution to the field of ecommerce.

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Frazer Locke, Head of Advertising Sales, Amazon Media Group
Frazer has twenty five years retail experience, with the last nine being spent leading and developing eCommerce propositions at Gamestation, Asda and Amazon. He graduated from Manchester Business School with an MSc in Internet Retailing last year and has been a regular on the judging panel for the eCommerce Awards in recent years.

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George Ioannou, Director, Wipro Digital
George Ioannou, Director of Wipro Digital has spent 20 years working within Digital, specialising in ecommerce and online marketing. His experience spans a variety of sectors with global clients ranging from small businesses through to Fortune 100 Companies. George speaks internationally as a thought leader as well as publishing articles and papers for the digital industry.

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Guillaume Pousaz, Founder and Executive Chairman, Checkout.com
Guillaume founded Checkout.com in 2009 after working in the finance and payment industries in Europe and North America.

A Swiss national, he studied mathematical engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne and later economics at HEC Lausanne. After moving to California in 2005, he worked for a US payment service provider, during which time he identified numerous opportunities within the payment industry. Within 18 months Guillaume launched his first company, NetMerchant, which exclusively served US merchants selling internationally with complex cross-border needs. Leveraging this initial experience with his entrepreneurial acumen, Guillaume was able to successfully unify the merchant-consumer value chain in his next business by creating a pure play end-to-end e-commerce acquirer, now known as Checkout.com.

Since its inception, Checkout.com has progressed into one of the top payment service providers in the world. A true entrepreneur, Guillaume believes that technological innovation is the key factor for moving online payments from a commodity to an e-commerce success.

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Hedley Aylott, CEO & Co-founder, Summit
With a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Music Composition, Hedley Aylott's route to leadership of a Top 10 digital company is, to say the least, unconventional. In 1995, he worked with a group of prisoners in Manchester's HMP Strangeways, recording and releasing a Top 40 single, before staging two rock operas at HMP Wolds in East Yorkshire – and winning a BAFTA in the process.

Continuing his ground-breaking work with prisoners, Hedley launched Summit in 2000 at HMP Wolds to provide online strategy, marketing and technology to businesses whilst establishing a rehabilitation programme for prisoners. Today Summit has a turnover in excess of £40 million and employs over 120 staff at its offices in East Yorkshire, London and Prague. Summit has also trained over 450 prisoners and employed over 20 following their release from prison. Summit helps retailers and brands transform the way they trade online, working with some of Europe's most successful retailers including Argos, Homebase, Carpetright, Peugeot and Reckitt Benckiser.

Voted the Most Innovative Person in Digital Marketing by eConsultancy and winner of the 2008 '42 under 42 Entrepreneur' award for Innovation, Hedley is an engaging and enthusiastic speaker about all aspects of business, retail and a digital evangelist. Away from work, he is a passionate polo player, founder and chairman of The White Rose Polo Club, a qualified pilot and water-ski instructor as well as an avid sailor.'

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Jeremy Morris, Industry Head, Retail and Technology, Google

Jeremy leads relationships with Google's advertising partners across the Retail and Technology sectors, this includes Omnichannel retailers such as Grocers and Department Stores as well as Consumer Electronics brands. His team helps create and execute digital marketing strategies across Google's online platforms, including search, video, mobile and display.

Prior to Google he spent lots of years spent working in Marketing and Sales roles in the Telecoms sector. His first job was in a mobile start up in Panama and after spending several years in Madrid he joined Orange and then Sky in marketing and sales roles in the UK prior to joining Google 4 years ago.

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Neil Callaghan, Head of Business Development, Maru/edr
Neil has worked in the market research and customer experience industry for over 25 years, with a strong emphasis in retail and FMCG. During his time in the industry, Neil has been central to the development of key account data - including online and digital data – with a number of high street retailers. Neil joined eDigitalResearch in 2012 as Head of Business Development and has been instrumental in the expansion of their market leading Customer Experience Management proposition. He previously held roles at AC Nielsen, Symphony IRI, NOP, and Marks & Spencer.

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Patricia Davidson, Managing Director, The Site Guide
Patricia Davidson is an online retail consultant and author who has written 7 books about online shopping for consumers. Her website is thesiteguide.com and she has two blogs, Glamoursleuth.com for consumers and webhints.co.uk for retailers. She works with small to medium sized online retailers to help improve conversion and launch websites that work and also acts as a consultant and project manager for all aspects of ecommerce including website design, social media, content creation, SEO, photography and product page design.

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Rebecca Jones, Online Editor, Business Matters Magazine
Rebecca has been online editor for Business Matter Magazine since 2012. Rebecca has made significant positive changes to the largest SME business publication in the UK as it has evolved into a true digital multi-platform offering. With more than 80,000 SMEs subscribing to the magazine's Daily Updates – a business briefing that runs seven days a week, and with up to 5000 visitors to its online information hub each day. Whilst with Business Matters Rebecca has helped launch two new titles and a new podcasting series for startups and SMEs. Rebecca is a 24/7 operator who is keenly in touch with the SME marketplace, passionate about digital technologies and startup scenes across the globe.

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Shiran Liyanage, General Manager, MetaPack
Shiran Liyanage is General Manager for MetaPack, the global leader in delivery management solutions, used by the majority of the top 100 online retailers and hundreds of SMEs to offer the best consumer delivery experience to build customer loyalty and repeat sales. A media spokesman and innovator since the early days of the internet, Shiran has devised and launched over fifty products as both a serial entrepreneur, and as a senior executive for two of the UK's best known brands, Virgin & Reuters. Shiran was the publisher of the UK's bestselling Internet Shoppers' Guides series and also instrumental in the setup of IDIS, the industry's good practice charter for internet shopping delivery, which was based on an award-winning initiative he launched for Virgin that helped over 12,000 businesses trade online. Shiran is a graduate of Warwick University and is married with a daughter.

 

The Judges 2015

We would like to thank all of our judges last year for their help, support and commitment in helping us to select our 2015 finalists.

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Chris Brassington, CEO, SBL Group Limited 
Chris Brassington is the CEO of SBL Group Limited, a leading provider of digital solutions focused on Unified Communication.  Chris founded Starfish 360 a pioneering mobile digital commerce strategy firm and is the former Group Managing Director of 2ergo group plc a global mobile marketing company. He has also held senior roles at NCR, Cap Gemini and BT. Chris has over 25 years of IT, digital and Telecoms experience.

He has been instrumental in defining and deploying successful technology and business generation strategies, which have enhanced both customer experience and shareholder value. Chris was awarded a commendation at the PwC innovation and Growth Awards in 2006 in the category of Technology CEO of the Year - Private Firm and, was awarded an Honorary IMR World Fellowship Award in 2012 in recognition of innovation, leadership and outstanding contribution to the field of ecommerce.

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Chris Webster, SVP, Head of IT Strategy & Architecture, Royal Ahold
Chris Webster is a global expert in retail and ecommerce having specialised in running large scale, technology enabled transformation programmes across most domains of retail.  He is currently the global head of IT Strategy and Architecture at Royal Ahold, whose retail portfolio includes bol.com (Netherlands leading multi-category online retailer), albertheijn.nl and PeaPod (Netherlands and US leading online grocers respectively). Prior to working at Royal Ahold, Chris was the VP, Head of Retail at Capgemini where leadership roles included the multi-channel programme lead for a top 4 UK grocer, a store transformation programme for another top 4 retailer and the post-merger integration for the UK’s leading video games retailer.

Eve Henrikson, Grocery Online Trading Director, Tesco PLC
More information coming soon!

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George Ioannou, Director, Wipro Digital
George Ioannou has spent 19 years working within Digital, specialising in ecommerce and online marketing. His experience spans a variety of sectors including retail, media and entertainment, automotive and financial. He has worked globally with clients ranging from small businesses through to Fortune 100 Companies. George has spoken internationally as a thought leader at a variety of events as well as publishing articles and papers for the digital industry.

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Hedley Aylott, CEO & Co-founder, Summit
With a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Music Composition, Hedley Aylott’s route to leadership of a Top 10 digital company is, to say the least, unconventional. In 1995, he worked with a group of prisoners in Manchester’s HMP Strangeways, recording and releasing a Top 40 single, before staging two rock operas at HMP Wolds in East Yorkshire – and winning a BAFTA in the process.

Continuing his ground-breaking work with prisoners, Hedley launched Summit in 2000 at HMP Wolds to provide online strategy, marketing and technology to businesses whilst establishing a rehabilitation programme for prisoners. Today Summit has a turnover in excess of £40 million and employs over 120 staff at its offices in East Yorkshire, London, Paris and Prague. Summit has also trained over 450 prisoners and employed over 20 following their release from prison. Summit helps retailers and brands transform the way they trade online, working with some of Europe’s most successful retailers including Argos, Homebase, Carpetright and Reckitt Benckiser.

Voted the Most Innovative Person in Digital Marketing by eConsultancy and winner of the 2008 ‘42 under 42 Entrepreneur’ award for Innovation, Hedley is an engaging and enthusiastic speaker about all aspects of business, retail and an internet evangelist. Away from work, he is a passionate polo player, founder and chairman of The White Rose Polo Club, a qualified pilot and water-ski instructor as well as an avid sailor.

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Martijn Bertisen, Director of Retail, Google 
Martijn is responsible for leading Google’s ecommerce initiatives and strategies across a large portfolio of retail clients. This involves the management of a sales and account management team that shares the benefits of Google advertising solutions and other products directly with senior level executives. Over the last 7 years Martijn has worked with and developed a deep understanding of some of the world’s leading retail businesses and more recently leads Google UK’s export strategy helping retailers get the most out of the global digital opportunities. 

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Nathan Jackson, Managing Director, Interactive Transactions 
An experienced payments expert with over 25 years in secure payment processing and technology, Nathan Jackson is VP Europe at Zooz, Prior to this, Nathan held senior leadership roles with companies including Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ: EPAY), Chase Paymentech (a business unit of JPMorgan Chase), and CyberSource (a Visa Inc company), together with numerous advisory engagements. Nathan has assisted some of the world’s largest retail brands, financial institutions and innovative agile technology vendors in implementing secure, robust and reliable processing solutions.

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Neil Callaghan, Head of Business Development, eDigitalResearch
Neil has worked in the market research and customer experience industry for over 25 years, with a strong emphasis in retail and FMCG. During his time in the industry, Neil has been central to the development of key account data - including online and digital data – with a number of high street retailers. Neil joined eDigitalResearch in 2012 as Head of Business Development and has been instrumental in the expansion of their market leading Customer Experience Management proposition. He previously held roles at AC Nielsen, Symphony IRI, NOP, and Marks & Spencer.

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Patricia Davidson, Managing Director, The Site Guide
Patricia Davidson is an online retail consultant and author who has written 7 books about online shopping for consumers.  Her website is thesiteguide.com and she has two blogs, Glamoursleuth.com for consumers and webhints.co.uk for retailers. She works with small to medium sized online retailers to help improve conversion and launch websites that work and also acts as a consultant and project manager for all aspects of ecommerce including website design, social media, content creation, SEO, photography and product page design.

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Rebecca Jones, Online Editor, Business Matters Magazine
Oxford University graduate Rebecca has been online editor for Business Matter Magazine since 2012. Rebecca has made significant positive changes to the largest SME business publication in the UK as it has evolved into a true digital multi-platform offering. With more than 80,000 SMEs subscribing to the magazine’s Daily Updates – a business briefing that runs seven days a week, and with up to 5000 visitors to its online information hub each day, Rebecca is a 24/7 operator who is keenly in touch with the SME marketplace. Passionate about cutting edge technology as well as ecommerce, social media and everything digital, Rebecca is also a huge supporter of British businesses and soucring locally wherever possible.

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Shiran Liyanage, General Manager, MetaPack
Shiran Liyanage is General Manager for MetaPack, the global leader in delivery management solutions, used by the majority of the top 100 online retailers and hundreds of SMEs to offer the best consumer delivery experience to build customer loyalty and repeat sales. A media spokesman and innovator since the early days of the internet, Shiran has devised and launched over fifty products as both a serial entrepreneur, and as a senior executive for two of the UK’s best known brands, Virgin & Reuters. Shiran was the publisher of the UK’s bestselling Internet Shoppers’ Guides series and also instrumental in the setup of IDIS, the industry’s good practice charter for internet shopping delivery, which was based on an award-winning initiative he launched for Virgin that helped over 12,000 businesses trade online. Shiran is a graduate of Warwick University and is married with a daughter.

The Judging

The Judging Process

The judging process will take place early July, when the Judging Panel members will decide on the winner and finalists for each category, having taken into account and reviewed all submissions.

Every applicant will then be contacted, regardless of the result, by the end of July 2016.

The entries will be judged remotely by an independent panel of industry experts.  Scores, using the supplied entry criteria as a guide, will be awarded by each allocated judge to each entry.  The judges scores will then be aggregated to identify the successful applicants for each category, and these entrants will make up the official shortlist, and ultimately the winner.  The judging process is always based purely on the entry form contents and support material that has been received prior to the close of entry deadline.