Judges


The awards are judged by an esteemed 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 give entrants an insight into why a winning entry was chosen.

Dawn Anderson | Founder | Bertey Ltd |

Dawn Anderson lectures on search and digital marketing strategy at Manchester Metropolitan University, is an international conference speaker (UK, US, AUS, IT), a trainer, and runs a digital marketing and international SEO consultancy agency, Bertey based in Manchester, UK. Dawn has spoken at some of the leading UK and global search marketing conferences, including Pubcon (Las Vegas and Florida), SASCON (Manchester, UK), European Search Conference (Liverpool, UK), Search Leeds (Leeds, UK), Brighton SEO (Brighton, UK), SMX London (London, UK), SMX East (San Jose, US), Ungagged London (London, UK), Ungagged Las Vegas (Las Vegas, US), MozCon (Seattle, US) and State of Search (Dallas, US). Dawn has also spoken at conference across Europe and as far afield as Australia. Dawn has been in digital marketing and SEO for 12+ years and works with leading brands providing digital marketing and SEO strategy and consultancy across a number of sectors. She is a Northern Digital, UK, EU and US Search Awards Judge. Dawn also contributes to leading search marketing industry publications such as Search Engine Land, Search Engine Journal, The SEMPost, State of Digital and Smart Insights. Dawn also supervises Masters dissertation students undertaking their MSc in digital marketing strategy at Manchester Metropolitan University and also lectures and undertakes workshops on search and marketing analytics teaching International Fashion Promotion students at Manchester Fashion Institute

Alan Baker | Head of Digital and Ecommerce at Pure Collection | Pure Collection

Liam Bateman | CTO | Silverchip

CTO And software developer, Liam has over 15years experience in the digital industry, working with some of the uk’s leading companies and brands. In 2010, with his friend and business partner, he co-founded Silverchip, an award winning digital agency in the heart of Manchester City centre, boasting an impressive client list and being renowned for its bespoke software development. Liam is extremely passionate about the importance of developing a ‘real-world curriculum’ within schools and colleges, working alongside students and young people to provide opportunities and routes into the sector.

Nathan Blackburn | Managing Director | Autonomous Digital

I would describe myself as digital problem solver, looking for creative and innovative solutions to real-world problems using the latest advances in technology. I’m what you might call a “gadget geek” – always finding new tech to mess around with. I’m really passionate about my work; helping businesses make more sales and become more profitable by streamlining internal processes. I’m proud of my standing and reputation in the worlds of marketing and business automation and I’ve achieved it by working successfully with clients from SMEs through to large corporate and public sector – the strategy and process is the same for all sizes of business, it is just the scale that changes.

Rob Callaghan | Head of SEO & Web Development | PPC Evolved

Rob Callaghan is the Head of Web Development & SEO at Dark Horse, a Manchester-based digital marketing agency. With over 10 years of experience in web development and SEO, he has worked with hundreds of notable brands, including We Buy Any Car, RBS and Emirates Old Trafford. Rob’s lifelong passion is everything digital, with a focus on discoverability, and his mantra is ‘there’s no point building a great website if no one sees it’.

Jon Cleaver | CTO | In The Style

Jon is the Chief Technology Officer for the high growth, social first, fast fashion brand www.inthestyle.com. Prior to that he spent 3 years leading the omni-channel transformation for Sofology as Chief Technology Officer. Jon believes in putting the customer first and building simple engaging digital journeys around their needs.

David Crawford | Director | The Digital Strategy Unit

Ross Featherstone | Head of Development | Zeal

Jamie Hinton | CEO | Razor

Jamie is CEO and Co-Founder of Razor. He is first and foremost a ‘techy’, but one who can translate the complex world of software development into language that everyone else can understand. Jamie has a long history in software engineering and a proven track record in translating business opportunities into living, breathing software that delivers real value. He has architected solutions for blue chip companies and large financial institutions including, Alfa Romeo, Co-Operative Bank, HCCi and Dyson. Jamie now applies his development thinking and extensive passion for technology to fuel the growth of Razor.

Mark Kuhillow | Founder | Fusion Unlimited |

Mark is deeply passionate about client service, digital analytics and media optimisation. He founded R.O.EYE in 2004, now seen as the largest specialist in its sector, R.O.EYE counts the likes of HMV, Best Western and Jessops amongst its clients. Whether buying performance media or supplying clients with key business insights, they are obsessed with one thing; ROI. With a background in traditional direct-response media, Mark has been involved with digital platforms since 1999.

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Jack Mason | Group CEO | Inc & Co

Jack is the Founder and Group CEO of Inc & Co, built to help its collective of agencies achieve their vision and aim for more: more clients, more revenue, more game-changing work. And he's always looking for more companies to join him on the journey. Jack empowers agencies and the people in them to realise their full potential. It's all about strategy, structure and - most importantly - support. He loves being able to bring out the best in people and use his experience to help agencies nail their internal processes and operations. Inc & Co agencies currently include: Fast Web Media and Cuhu.

Neil McKay | CEO | Endless Gain

For more than 15 years, Neil has been helping businesses here in the UK, Europe and USA grow their online profits. He started his career at publisher Media Ventures Group (MVG), helping to build and sell Global Media GmbH to private equity firm The Carlyle Group before leading the UK acquisition of Bigmouthmedia (now part of DigitasLBi). He later led Lakestar Media to success before it was acquired by McCann Worldgroup in 2012. Neil's latest venture is Endless Gain – a Conversion Optimisation Agency which launched in January 2016.

Bhavesh Patel | Head of Web Development | Degree 53

Bav is the Head of Web Development at Degree 53 with over 10 years of commercial development experience across multiple platforms, and using a variety of programming languages. He has previously worked in the healthcare and advertising industry for Saatchi & Saatchi Health, Razorfish Healthware, as well as online financial institution, Think Money. At Degree 53, Bav has built websites for a number of key clients including Penn Interactive Ventures, never.no and Sofology. Bav is hugely interested in using the latest tech offerings from the cloud giants to deliver the most performant and scalable, products and services.

Adam Ramsden | Digital Strategy Consultant

With well over a decade's experience in the fields of design and development and marketing and digital strategy, Adam Ramsden understands what it takes for brands and companies of all sizes and in all sectors to succeed online and improve business automation. With a work history that includes leadership positions at some of the North West's leading specialist digital agencies, and a client portfolio including brands such as Sports Direct, instaSmile, ForeverUnique and Godel Technologies, Adam is perfectly placed to advise forward-thinking companies on how to scale up and grow their digital presence. Adam's most recent project is working as the technical director for a multinational eCommerce platform, where he co-ordinates teams working around the globe.

Liz Scott | Head of Entrepreneur Engagement | Tech Nation

Liz is Head of Entrepreneur Engagement at Tech Nation. After having spent more time than she cares to admit in suits and corporate boardrooms, she is enjoying looking after the UK’s tech founders on a full time basis. She leads a national team across 11 different regions of the UK who are focused on finding and supporting tech founders to rapidly grow and scale their businesses. Liz was previously Head of Digital & Innovation for EY across the north of England, where she spent 3 years working on disrupting the global professional services firm from the inside, and supporting corporate clients to do the same. She is a self-confessed tech fanatic with a particular soft-spot for retail, e-comm & a relentless customer focus.

Daniel Tiffany | Creative & Web Manager | Fgh

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.