The awards will be judged by a panel of industry leaders and experts in 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 winners.

 

Mo Aldalou

Entrepreneur Engagement Manager for North West, Tech Nation |

Mo Aldalou is Tech Nation's new Entrepreneur Engagement Manager for the North West region. He is passionate about engaging with and championing tech entrepreneurs and startups across the region, having spent more than six years as a business and technology journalist at Insider Media and BusinessCloud.

Dawn Anderson

LECTURER IN DIGITAL AND SEARCH MARKETER, RESEARCHER AND INTERNATIONAL SEO CONSULTANT, MMU |

Past roles at Carat and Latitude, working on search marketing campaigns for major brands.

International Search Marketing Conference speaker on SEO and Digital Marketing Strategy.

International SEO Consultant to brands in-house teams covering ecommerce, sports, travel, food and nutrition, legal, finance and insurance.

A decade in SEO.  Researcher into search engine crawling and crawl efficiency.

Tom Armenante

eCommerce Manager, Wolsey and Nicole Farhi |

Tom Armenante is the Ecommerce Manager for the high-end fashion brands Wolsey and Nicole Farhi. Previously Tom was the Head of SEO at Matalan, where he was responsible for organic growth and working with the internal teams in driving e-commerce performance. During his time at Matalan he oversaw the successful backend migration onto the Shift Ecommerce platform.

Prior to Tom’s role at Matalan he worked at the award-winning SEO Agency, Branded3 where he helped to formulate the search strategy for some of the UKs largest brands. Tom’s experience spans a variety of sectors including outdoor fitness, home renovation and financial comparison.

In his spare time he likes to put his knowledge to good use and is focussed on continuing the successful growth of his niche e-commerce site Gocableties.

Paul Bamber

Director of Technology, Bruntwood |

I joined Bruntwood in 1995 as part of the finance team, in 1999 I was asked to start the IT department from scratch. Now over see a team who are responsible for the operational support of our 850 users, and for delivering the voice, data and connectivity strategy across the portfolio. 

My focus currently is on technology and how we can implement this in a purposeful way. I'm a huge advocate for being brilliant at the basics with the ultimate moonshot of delivering a portfolio of digital twin properties. 

Live in Timperley, wanna be athlete, average photographer and support of Manchester United.

Michael Boyle

Head Of Digital / Marketing - Manière De Voir |

Having started his career with one of the world’s leading cosmetics companies, L’Orèal, Michael has since led marketing activities for Selfridges.com, Jack Wills and Guerlain Cosmetics. He now heads up the digital and marketing for the disruptive fashion-forward enthusiasts at Manière De Voir – leaders in design and quality apparel.

With experience across a number of marketing disciplines Michael is delivering campaigns and creative synergies to enhance the online customer experience, building acquisition and retention life cycle strategies whilst refining marketing activities with the use of data insights.

Michael is passionate about aligning brand objectives with customer centricity to achieve maximum effectiveness.

Martin Bryant

Founder, Big Revolution |

Martin Bryant is the founder of Big Revolution, a consultancy that helps technology and media companies craft a narrative around their business and clearly define their proposition. He is also a speaker, writer, and educator, and often appears on TV and radio discussing technology news stories. Martin 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.

Tom Clarke

Head of PR / Social / Events, SharpFutures |

Tom heads up the SharpFutures team that deliver PR, design, social media, web & events for Manchester’s creative digital hub The Sharp Project, high end TV & film production complex Space Studios and the film office Screen Manchester.

Tom has worked in Manchester’s creative & digital sector for nearly 20 years with a variety of businesses including proto-streaming service Music33.com, international music & tech convention In The City, digital arts showcase Noise Festivaland youth FM station Unity Radio.

Richard Dawson

DIGITAL MARKETING EXPERT, THE CHESHIRE DIGITAL MARKETING AGENCY |

Richard is a inbound e-marketing professional with 15 years experience helping clients in a wide range of sectors with a full range of online marketing activities.

Mike Deyes

Deputy Director of Marketing, University of Liverpool |

Ellie England

Sales Director, Microsoft Search Advertising |

Passionate about digital, women in technology and making a lasting impact, Ellie began her career in sales working in an inner city secondary school 'selling' the importance of modern languages to disaffected teenagers with the Teach First Scheme. She got in to the world of digital advertising working for Google for 6 years, before eventually relocating to Manchester and joining Microsoft where she has worked for the last 3 years. As a Sales Director for Bing Ads, Ellie has been spearheading the continued investment in the North of the UK and leads a growing team of search account managers and account directors. In her spare time, Ellie is also a mother to a beautiful toddler and enjoys running and reading

Marcus Hadfield

Chief Strategy Officer for Apadmi |

With over twenty years’ experience in digital and brand marketing, he’s delivered award-winning campaigns across every discipline and most sectors. In 2017, he jumped into the mobile world, and since then has helped clients get more out of their technology offering. He now splits his time between leading on strategy for Apadmi’s clients, and working with Apadmi Ventures to identify and support the highly-scalable tech start-ups they work with.

Clients have included Expedia, Argos, Costa, United Utilities, American Airlines, CrossCountry Trains, Which?, Homebase, Co-op, Aldi, World Vision and more.

Kristal Ireland

HEAD OF ECOMMERCE AND RETAIL TECHNOLOGY, LONDON NORTH EAST RAILWAY |

Previously voted as one of the UK's Top 30 Women in Digital Under 30. A specialist in Social Media and Digital Brand Strategy, Kristal is an award winning, strategic and experienced digital marketing expert. A regular digital conference speaker and industry commentator Kristal has worked in digital for over a decade developing digital solutions for some of the UK’s biggest brands

Brendan Keegan

Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing, MMU |

Mark Kuhillow

Founder, R.O.EYE |

Starting his career on 1994, Marks media roots are firmly planted within the offline direct response world, moving online in 1999. Seeing the opportunity to apply a digital direct response agency model to affiliate and performance marketing campaigns, Mark 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.

Davina Lines

MANAGING DIRECTOR, ECOMMERCE CLUB & MIXING DIGITAL |

Davina Lines is Managing Director of Mixing Digital and the Ecommerce Club. She brings a wealth of knowledge and a big black book of digital contacts to ensure Mixing Digital’s event management services are of the highest standard. Davina co-founded Netimperative in 1999 and became Managing Director in 2002, stewarding the brand into new product launches and creating one of the most successful events programmes in the digital marketing industry.

In the mid 90s Davina cut her digital teeth on New Media Age (now Econsultancy), forming part of the founding team and was responsible for the commercial development of the magazine and its early events from launch in May 1995 to 1999. In recent years Davina launched an ecommerce peer-to-peer community, the Ecommerce Club, which runs regular events in London and Manchester on topics relevant to the retail community.

Peter Lusty

Chief Executive, Manchester Tech Trust |

Peter has over 20 years’ experience as a CEO leading private equity and angel backed technology companies in software, systems, telecoms and mobile industries. Before this he held senior roles in multinational technology businesses managing sales, marketing and R&D and did his first management buyout in 1993.  He is now working with angel investors in the technology and biotech sectors as well as looking at the broader issue of how to develop tech enterprise in Greater Manchester

Neil McKay

CEO, Endlessgain |

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.

Paul Morris

HEAD OF MARKETING PLANNING & PERFORMANCE, TESCO BANK |

Paul has over 18 years’ experience leading Marketing and Digital both agency and Brand side and currently heads up planning and performance at Tesco Bank.

Paul previously managed global e-commerce at PZ Cussons (brands including St Tropez, Imperial Leather & Original Source), led Digital at the Co-op Group (Food, Pharmacy, Electrical, Bank, Insurance, Legal Services & Funeralcare) and had Digital/ through the line experience of working both client and agency side with brands including Wickes, Laterooms, Silverstone, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Cash Generator, Stagecoach and Park Resorts.

You can find out more about him by visiting www.paulmorris.org.uk or www.searchmuse.com

Rob Shaw

CEO, Jaywing PLC |

Rob Shaw is the CEO of Jaywing PLC. The company is a data science-led agency and consulting business, with a marketing technology division and growing international footprint. With over 30 year’s experience in the technology sector – particularly in the fields of digital and search marketing – Rob has managed services for some of the UK's largest brands including Tesco, O2 and Pets at Home. Employing over 450 people more than 70 of whom are experienced data scientists, Jaywing has offices in Sheffield, Leeds, London, Newbury and Sydney.

Lisa Wood

Head of Communications, Now Healthcare Group |

Lisa Wood, is Head of Communications for the Now Healthcare Group and also oversees the PR activity for Media Agency Group.

Lisa has had a diverse career working at the heart of the north west’s creative, tech and digital scene and spent 8 years building the global brand for the prestigious MediaCityUK development  (The Peel Group).


She has also worked for Lime Pictures, dock10 and Toast PR and is currently an elected board member of the PRCA.

Jim Young

Head of Creative Technology, Sparq, part of the Saville Group |

With event experience going back 20 years, Jim’s covered it all – from event planning right through to AV. But it’s digital events when Jim comes into his own. Culturally aware with a keen eye for detail, Jim has developed cutting-edge interactive systems for some of the world’s best-known brands, travelling all over the globe in the process. As Head of Creative Technology, it’s Jim’s job to ensure Sparq’s finger is on the pulse when it comes to innovation and development of our suite of digital services. His passion for usability and intuitive design coupled with his love of typography and graphic design, means he’s completely at home creating incredible interactive platforms that reimagine user experience.