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.

The 2019 judging panel included:

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

International SEO and Web Marketing Consultant. Founder of Move It Marketing |

Dawn Anderson lectures on search and digital marketing strategy at Manchester Metropolitan University.  Dawn ia also an international conference speaker (UK, US, AUS, IT), a trainer, and runs a digital marketing and international SEO consultancy agency, Move It Marketing, 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 supervises Masters students undertaking their MSc dissertation 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.

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.

Andy Barke

Head of Northern Agencies, Google |

Andrew Joined Google in 2005 and manages the UK Direct Sales Team based in Manchester. He is responsible for building and retaining key agency relationships within the Northern region and advises agencies on how best to grow strategic advertising revenue. He re-located from London in 2005 helping to establish Google’s second UK office in Manchester. Prior to working at Google Andrew worked for handbag.com where he was the Head of Agency Sales and before that he worked for a major online display network and Carlton TV where he managed agency ad sales relationships with media agencies in London.

 

 

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.

Anna Leyland

Service Excellence Manager, SopraSteria |

Anna Leyland has over 20 years’ experience in Service and Business Management.   As Consulting Manager at Sopra Steria, she manages the Service Excellence function for a retail bank client, along with carrying out pre-sales and consultancy assignments for clients in the higher education, government, retail and financial services sectors.  In addition, Anna is a volunteer for the IT Service Management Forum, a member of the SIAM and VeriSM Architects’ Group, a member of the Oldham College Digital and Creative Campus’ Employers’ Advisory Board, a volunteer for the Manchester International Festival and school PTA. She regularly arranges events and speaks on a range of Service Management topics, including Continual Service Improvement, Service Transition, ITIL and SIAM

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.

Alexandra Morris

Managing Director, MakeUrMove |

Alexandra is 34-years old and has seen her national PropTech company, MakeUrMove, grow by 20 percent since becoming Managing Director in mid-2017.

She started as the first employee of MakeUrMove in 2008, initially as customer service advisor before progressing to Operations Director and finally, Managing Director in June 2017. 

Alex joined the board of MakeUrMove aged just 24 and has risen through the ranks to shape the future direction of the technology platform.

Alex’s experience as a woman in business, and in particular in the property and tech industries, shape her ethos today. She’s proud to have grown a business organically, something that is paying off as MakeUrMove continues to grow while competitors struggle in today’s challenging housing market.

Alex is a Member of the ARLA Propertymark (MARLA). She also sits on the board of Techcelerate.

Alex is also studying part-time for a law degree with the Open University in addition to her role at MakeUrMove

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

Manoj Ranaweera

Founder & CEO, Techcelerate Ventures |
Manoj is a Manchester-based Tech Entrepreneur (2004 to 2017) turned Businessman (from 2018) with a special focus on disruptive technologies operating under the recurring revenue model (SaaS). 
 
Manoj founded his first tech company in 2004 when the startup he joined as an investor employee went into voluntary liquidation. Over the next two years, Manoj lost significant cash trying to take the proposition to market. Out of the necessity to meet fellow tech entrepreneurs, learn how to build scalable tech products and build successful tech companies, Manoj started a tech event in Nov 2006 with the help of KPMG and TechCrunch. 
 
This resulted in Manoj building the tech ecosystem of Manchester from 2006 to 2013 (over 100+ events) via Northern Startup 2.0 which eventually became Techcelerate. When GP Bullhound acquired Techcelerate, Manoj ceased the operations of Techcelerate. 
 
Manoj exited from his second startup, edocr.com in 2015 when US-based Accusoft, Inc acquired it. Manoj then helped Causeway, UK's market leader in software for the construction industry to spin out Livestax.  Later Manoj left Liverstax to found UnifiedVU. 
 
In 2018, Manoj resurrected Techcelerate to help Manchester tech companies secure investment. As part of this, together with Alexandra Morris and trusted friends, Manoj is building a self-supporting network to accelerate the growth of tech companies offering access to finance, know-how, talent and markets. 

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.

David Turner

VP Engineering, Response Tap |

David Turner has been working with startups for over twenty years and is passionate about customer experience excellence. He moved back to Manchester in 2013 and has since worked with seed stage and growth stage businesses to establish high functioning product and engineering teams to validate and scale new business models.

David is currently leading the engineering team for ResponseTap, Europe’s leading call intelligence provider linking online activity to inbound phone calls and outcomes.

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.