The awards will be judged by a 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 to give entrants an insight into why our winners were chosen.

The 2017 judging panel will be announced shortly.

Ed Fletcher

Head of Digital IT, Vodafone Group. |

Ed started his IT career in 1988 at the IBM Hursley Software Lab. This proved to be a great foundation, covering everything from mainframes to PCs and system software to application integration. He specialised in Digital integration and mobility and lectured at IBM conferences and at the IBM Education Centre at La Hulpe.

Ed gained an MBA in 1999 and joined Vodafone UK in 2002. As lead architect, working on both web and retail, he was responsible for major upgrades to both environments before moving to a Group role in 2007. There he has designed and deployed internal cloud capability for use by the 21 Vodafone markets before moving into the Digital Optimisation space. Ed is now responsible for all Group Digital IT delivery and runs an internal digital technology agency delivering performance, SEO and analytics optimisation to Vodafone’s 21 markets, Vodafone Enterprise and the vodafone.com platform.

 

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.

Thomas Armenante

Ecommerce Manager for the high-end fashion brands Wolsey, Nicole Farhi and BLK DNM |

Tom Armenante is the Ecommerce Manager for the high-end fashion brands Wolsey, Nicole Farhi and BLK DNM and is charged with maintaining the sites and driving online revenue for the brands.

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.  

Peter Handley

Global SEO Manager, Sage |

Peter Handley is the Global SEO Manager for Sage, managing internal teams and agencies to grow the companies market share, traffic and conversions across all regions.

A technical SEO expert with a decade of experience, from running agency SEO departments, co-owning a digital marketing agency and freelancing, who has spoken at conferences across Europe. Peter has worked with a number of large and small companies throughout that time, on complex technical issues, innovative work and tool creation with hreflang and international configurations.

Peter also uses his skills to help local and environmental charitable organisations, to assist with digital marketing efforts and understand the potential of reaching out to new audiences.

Dan Barker

DIGITAL, MARKETING, ECOMMERCE, ANALYTICS CONSULTANT |

I work with website owners to help improve their results. Usually the broadest objectives behind my work are to 'make more money' or 'reduce costs' for companies, but they can cover any other business goal.
I have a background of more than 10 years working with companies to improve their results through the web. Alongside that, I have a first class degree in Software Engineering, a post-grad certificate in Digital Marketing (top of class) and scored 88% in my last Google Advertising exam.
Today I work either direct with clients or through a couple of great agencies.
Projects can be at a strategic or tactical level. They usually (but not always) involve one or more of the following:
Specialties: Analytics, Search (SEO/PPC), Email, Conversion, Affiliates, Usability, Content, Ecommerce, Social Media, Design, Development, Customer Acquisition & Retention.

There are a few brief examples of things I've been involved in here on LinkedIn, or take a look at www.barker.dj & you'll find a little bit more there.

 

Alan Coleman

CEO, Wolfgang Digital |

After failing to land his dream job in Google in 2007 Alan decided to set up search marketing agency Wolfgang Digital on his kitchen table.

From these humble beginnings, Wolfgang Digital won the coveted "Grand Prix" Prize in the 2015 European Search Awards as well as the "Best Third Sector" category. Wolfgang are highly decorated in Ireland's Digital Media Awards having won the Best Search title 3 times in the last 4 years as well as Best Agency, Best Company, Grand Prix among others during this time.

Alan blogs for Moz and is a regular speaker on the international PPC circuit having spoken at SES, HeroConf, OMCAP, AdWorld Experience, The Conversion Conference and SXSW Interactive.

Wolfgang Digital shot to international notoriety in 2014 when they "came out of the closet" as the owners of one of an online sex toy shop. The shop was opened as a 'be your own customer" project back in 2012 and led to many hilarious stories which simply had to be told.

Alan is excited to contribute to the search marketing community via judging the UK/US Search Awards.

Vincent Coyle

Head of Digital Marketing, Zoopla |

Vince Coyle is Head of Digital Marketing at Zoopla and has 18 years marketing experience

Halide Ebcinoğlu

Partner, Kubix Digital |

Halide is a digital marketer with over a decade of experience in Search Engine Marketing, Search Engine Optimization & Business Development.  She has a strong passion for all Search & Inbound related marketing. She has worked at Google Dublin before she has founded her own Digital Marketing Agency.

She is now Co-Founder at Kubix Digital, a search-focused Digital Marketing Agency based in Istanbul & Berlin. She says that she loves her job, because she lives and works for the values that her company and she represents: Taking Ownership, Thinking & Working Smart, Communicating with each other, whether it's a teammate or a client and last but not least supporting others.

Neil Hardy

Commercial & Product Director, Icelolly.com |

Dr Aleksej Heinze

Co-Director Centre for Digital Business, Salford Business School |

Aleksej is a senior lecturer, author and researcher in the area of digital marketing. He is also Head of the Advisory Board at SEMTA (Search Engine Marketing Trade Association).

Being a pragmatist, he believes in innovation in practice and hence in addition to his academic activities he works with real businesses. He has a breadth of experience working on projects with both small local organisations and large internationals such as the development of an international community of digital marketers of the future - #passion4digital

Jackie Hole

Senior Account Director PPC & SEO |

Saif Jarad

Managing Director, Chain Reaction |

Saif Jarad is an internet entrepreneur who founded the 1st online performance marketing company in the Middle East back in 2010 “Chain Reaction” and he is the current CEO of the company. At the moment Chain Reaction has 4 offices across the region, serving regional and local brands including some Fortune 500 companies in the region.

Chain Reaction has become the region’s 1st Google analytics premium partner hiring more than 25 digital experts.
He has managed to sign representation deals for the Middle East region with Baidu from China and an agency partner for Yandex from Russia.

Saif holds a BSc in Mechatronics Engineering and starting his MBA at London Business School this year. 

 

Judith Lewis

Founder and CEO, Decabbit Consultancy |

NEIL MCKAY

CEO, ENDLESS GAIN |

Hi, I’m Neil and I’m passionate about helping organisations grow their businesses online by applying data, science and psychology. Our company Endless Gain is central to this passion.

For more than 15 years, I’ve been helping businesses here in the UK, Europe and USA grow their online profits. Today’s businesses must be more scientific in how they approach business growth and that’s where we can help. In addition, our approach to conversion optimisation enables companies to maximise their marketing channel investments.

James Murray

Product Marketing Manager, Bing Ads EMEA |

James Murray works for Microsoft and is the Product Marketing Manager for Bing Ads across EMEA. In his role he is responsible for refining Bing’s brand positioning in Europe and orchestrating engineering engagement in the region in order to inform product development of the Bing Network. James connects sales, marketing and engineering to develop and execute local product marketing plans across 14 regions. He is a passionate storyteller and product evangelist, being a regular contributor at industry events and widely quoted in the media.

Sam Noble

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY AT KOOZAI & CO-CHIEF EDITOR AT STATE OF DIGITAL |

Samantha is a Digital Marketing Expert with a focus on Paid Media helping clients increase their revenues through Digital. She recently won the UK Search Personality Award at the UK Search Awards and was also rated 6th in PPC Heros ‘Most Influential PPC Experts’ list in 2016. Her core role is as the Director of Strategy at Koozai, a UK based digital marketing agency.

 In addition, she works as the Co-Chief Editor for State of Digital, one of the leading industry websites when it comes to digital marketing.

She also founded the Digital Females group which now has in excess of 750 members and has held 16 events to date. The group was designed to bring together likeminded females in the digital marketing industry to encourage a higher ratio of male vs. female at some of the leading conferences across the UK.

Neil Walker

Director, madeNotable |

Rob Weatherhead

Group Operations Director, Amplifi UK |