Meet The Judges

Jessica Badminton

Jessica BadmintonSenior Events Manager, Intrinsic Financial Services

Jess has ten years of experience in the events industry with roles in a full service agency, speaker agency, live producti...

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Caroline Bee

Caroline BeeGeneral Manager, Pico+

Caroline has been in the event marketing world for over 20 years. She has worked for several agencies in many countries and just l...

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Ruth Bennett

Ruth BennettAccount Director, Hills Balfour and SITE Young Leaders Board Member

Ruth Bennett joined Hills Balfour in January 2016 working on one of the agency's flagship account, NYC & Company. Ms Benne...

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Julia Charles-Wiginton

Julia Charles-WigintonManaging Director, Julia Charles Event Management

Julia has taken the events industry by storm and earned her title as an event professional. She exhales an immense passion, wh...

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Esther Clark

Esther ClarkLogistics Director, EJC Events

Esther has worked in the events industry for over 10 years, specialising in leading the logistical delivery on a variety of co...

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Arran Cruickshanks

Arran CruickshanksAccount Director, BCD M&E

I joined the Events industry following a career in the sporting arena and the wide range of responsibilities I've taken on sin...

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Scott Cullather

Scott CullatherCo-Founder and CEO, INVNT

Scott Cullather has more than 25 years of brand communications and live event experience. He co-founded INVNT in 2008, and und...

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Judy Elvey

Judy ElveyPresident, MPI

Judy is a strategic, CIM qualified marketing professional with experience in publishing, hospitality and leisure industrie...

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Charlie Hepburn

Charlie HepburnFounder, BE Vivid

Charlie is a 'live experience' specialist, an effective business leader that sees every day as an opportunity to make ...

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Sonia Hickey

Sonia HickeyHead of Commercial Programming - Events, The Guardian

Sonia is the Head of Commercial Programming at the Guardian News & Media, where she is responsible for creating the content an...

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Nyree Jones

Nyree JonesEvents and Operations Manager, Experiential Team, Deloitte

Nyree is the Events and Operations Manager for the Experiential Team at Deloitte LLP. In her current role, she leads on the op...

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Karen Kadin

Karen KadinCo-founder & Managing Partner, Brands at Work

Karen is a champion for clients, creativity and culture, having worked in strategic marketing and event communications lea...

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Jon Kelly

Jon KellyFounder & Managing Director, Meet & Potato

With over 20 years' global event experience, Jon founded Meet & Potato in 2011. A small company with big personality, ...

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Angie Mason

Angie MasonChair, HBAA

Angie has a wealth of experience in event management, venue finding and hotel booking. In 1991, she opened her first venue...

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Holly Mills

Holly MillsHead of Incentives, Penguins

As Head of Incentives at Penguins, Holly has been the driving force behind the creation and growth of the incentives division....

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Rob Morgan

Rob MorganHead of Business Development, FIRST & Clive

Rob is the Head of Business Development at FIRST and Clive, driving new opportunities within EMEA. Rob has over 9 years experi...

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Hamish Reid

Hamish ReidSecretariat, Destinations Alliance and MICE Director, Hills Balfour

Hamish has worked in destination promotion in the MICE sector for over 20 years. He heads up Hills Balfour's MICE team who loo...

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Martin Richardson

Martin RichardsonFounder & Managing Director, Ten Thousand Hours

Martin Richardson is Founder & Managing Director at Ten Thousand Hours with twenty years' experience in the live event and bra...

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Rick Stainton

Rick StaintonFounder & Group Executive Director, Smyle

Rick, 45, oversees the growth strategy of Smyle Group which owns leading creative agency Smyle, that delivers live and...

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Paul Stoddart

Paul StoddartManaging Director, CWT

Nicola Wedge

Nicola WedgeDirector, Head of Barclays UK Events, Barclays

Nicola Wedge is Head of Events for Barclays Bank UK Plc.    With over 20 years’ experience in event management, Nicola’...

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