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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.

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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, 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."

Rafael Brandao |  Director, Product Experience LATAM | HBOMax

Experience Design Manager passionate about Arts and Technology. For more than 15 years I’ve been working in several Advertising Agencies and Design Offices as an Interactive Art Director and UI/UX Strategist. Today, I’m the Head of Experience Design and User Studies at Telecine, a joint venture between Grupo Globo and the major Hollywood Studios. In 2012 I also concluded my Master’s degree in Design at ESDI/UERJ (Brazil) and IADE Creative University (Portugal). Alongside my current role at Telecine I’m an UX Design professor at Miami Ad School Brasil, the best creative school worldwide (Cannes 2019), a Mentor at Designed.org and AbeLLha and Vice President of the UX Committee of IAB – Interactive Advertising Bureau.

Martin SFP Bryant | Founder | Big Revolution |

Martin SFP Bryant is the founder of technology and media consultancy Big Revolution. He is also a speaker, writer, and educator in the fields of technology and media. With Big Revolution, he works to help technology companies craft a narrative around their products and business. He 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.

Montserrat Cano | Digital Marketing, eCommerce and Project Management Consultant

Montserrat Cano is a seasoned, all-round digital marketer and project manager who specialises in integrating the digital marketing areas to maximise marketing and business results. Having started in SEO and content almost back in the dark ages of digital, her core skill is SEO, as well as PPC,CRM/ email and social media strategy and execution. Her focus and passion is on solving issues and building internal processes to handle and prevent them using data. Being bilingual English-Spanish, she has worked with brands operating in the UK and internationally in a range of niches, such as ecommerce, legal, membership, public sector, technology or publishing. She has also spoken at the eCommerce Expo and Measurecamp. In her spare time, she mentors other SEO/ digital professionals to help make the industry stronger.

Stefan Casey | Innovation Lead for Packaging | Nestle

Stefan is a senior creative, an innovator and curator of ideas. Innovation lead in Nestle confectionery, operating at the cutting edge of future innovation. Responsible for the new product development and research within packaging. A digital evangelist, who brings together design, marketing, and insights with 20 year’s global experience. Ensuring Nestles Iconic brands continually push the boundaries of possibilities with leading partners through collaborative, accelerated innovation packaging developments. A visionary that embraces technology, expert in print and design. Ensuring inclusive packaging for today’s world and passionate to create sustainable solutions for a better tomorrow.

Arianne Donoghue | Founder | Tempest Marketing

A veteran of 14 years’ experience in the industry, Arianne has worked for some of the UK best-known agencies and most-loved brands. She's passionate about helping teams and businesses do the best work they can, through driving strategy, integration and inclusion. Arianne now runs her own small consultancy where she helps agencies and brands maximise their potential.

Eray Feyzi | Senior Art Director | Communicator London

Eray Feyzi is a creative individual with over 10 years of experience in the digital marketing world and has a strong track record of success, within both agency and in-house roles. Eray has spent his years working on clients like Microsoft, Xbox, Google, and Samsung. His personal passion is gaming and had a successful YouTube channel as an influencer to some of the biggest mobile games, the biggest being The Sims.

Charlie Harris | Sales and Marketing Director | Connective3

With over 10 years' marketing experience Charlie has delivered the marketing strategy for a number of industry leading brands and agencies, including Branded3 and Kin & Carta owned Edit. In her current role as Sales and Marketing Director at connective3, Charlie leads the growth strategy for the agency, despite having launched only two years ago, c3 now has over 70 staff and works with key clients including Comparethemarket.com, Wren Kitchens and Barker and Stonehouse. With an extensive background in events management she was key in the creation of the North’s most well attended industry networking event for digital marketers – SearchLeeds – a leading search marketing conference, which saw over 3000 delegates attend in its final year.

Bill Hunt | President | Back Azimuth Consulting

Bill is the President of Back Azimuth Consulting, which focuses on helping companies improve their Global Digital Marketing Strategies. Bill has extensive experience in multiple verticals uncovering missed opportunities and accelerating growth by implementing strategic centers of excellence maximize ecommerce programs at multinational corporations. Bill is the co-author of the best selling book "Search Engine Marketing, Inc." Driving Traffic to Your Companies Web Site from IBM Pres. This book has been adapted into the best practice guide for many global companies.

Lidia Infante | Senior International SEO Manager | BigCommerce

Lidia is the Senior International SEO Manager at BigCommerce. Born and raised in Barcelona she's been driving organic growth internationally for ecommerce sites, media and SaaS for over 6 years.

John Jones | Corporate Partner | Beever And Struthers

John leads Beever and Struthers' Corporate Team, having been made a Partner in 1999. Beever and Struthers is an award-winning firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors in Manchester, Blackburn and London, and currently rank in the Top 50 firms nationally and Top 10 firms in the North West. John is a local council member of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and has been co-opted to the Partnership Steering Group of the Business Growth Hub. He was Chairman of Pro-Manchester from 2014 - 2015.

Alan K'necht | Public Speaker & Principle | K'nechtology Inc |

Alan K'necht started his involvement with the digital world back in 1996 building websites and participating in the precursors to what would evolve into Social Media. Over 20 plus years he’s provided consulting services ranging from web development, analytics, search markeing/SEO and social media marketing to fortune 500 companies, government departments, military and small & medium size businesses. Through analytics, Alan has always helped clients measure and maximize their Return on Investment (ROI) for their digital marketing initiatives. At present he operates his consulting company K'nechtology Inc.

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Jonathan Kettleborough | Senior Lecturer | Manchester Metropolitan University

Jonathan has been involved with technology for over 30 years, firstly learning how to program in BASIC, then later holding a number of senior positions delivering technology solutions. He launching a consulting business which he ran for almost 20-years, working in sectors including financial services, nuclear, retail and telecommunications. Now in academia and sharing some of his knowledge, Jonathan is a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems Strategy and also Programme Leader for the BSc Business Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is passionate about the role of business and technology within the economy and has recently conducted research to determine if there is a productivity ‘sweet-spot’ connected with home and hybrid working.

Max Kurton | Head of Content | EM360

Max is an experienced host with a demonstrated history of working in the online media industry with over ten years of experience in podcast presenting and production. He is also highly skilled in content management, video presenting, editing, and social media marketing. Max is currently the Head of Content for EM360, a content platform that collects and communicates industry insight for its online communities through podcasts, videos, whitepapers, and articles.

Louisa Laughton-Scott | Interaction Design Specialist | Treatwell

Louisa Laughton-Scott is an interaction design specialist, focusing on helping companies effectively and efficiently design for their users. She is currently working as a Product Designer for Treatwell, Europe's largest hair and beauty marketplace. While working, she is also studying for her master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction Design. In her spare time she is Global Events Manager for UX For Change, a global initiative dedicated to bringing the UX design community together in order to tackle problems from any non-industry related fields, such as education, charities and the public sector. Follow her on Medium @LLaughtonScott , Instagram @louisatechdesign and Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/llscott/

Karl Lillrud

Karl is a leading expert in eCommerce globalization and growth strategies and has been working with some of the top brands around the world. Karl is a sought after professional Mentor, Global speaker, and two times TEDx talks speaker, as well as being a bestselling author of multiple books where his latest book is called "Hacking your destiny" Learn more about Karl Lillrud on www.karllillrud.com

Trond Lyngbø | Senior SEO Consultant

Trond Lyngbø is the founder of Search Planet and a senior SEO Consultant. He has over two decades of experience in SEO, e-commerce, content strategy and digital analysis. His clients include multinational Fortune 500 corporations and major Norwegian companies. Trond has helped grow businesses through more effective search marketing and SEO strategies. He is most passionate about working with e-commerce companies and web shops to develop and expand their omni-channel marketing initiatives.

Amit Masram | HR Technology and Scale-up Expert

Amit is a multi-award-winning global HR Leader with over 15 years of experience in regional and international roles across Europe, North America, and Asia. He worked in SaaS-based technology and high-growth organizations in multiple countries in Digital HR Transformation, Strategic Business Partnering, OD, and Change roles. He has demonstrated success and expertise in accelerating the scale-up of tech companies leveraging digital HR, process automation, and AI-led HR Technologies. He is passionate about leveraging technology to create exceptional digital employee experience and advocates investing in developing a future digital workplace. He is a mentor to tech start-ups incubators and is involved with several, not for profits focused on building digital skills for children and youth. He has lived and worked in the UK, USA, Canada, India, Singapore, and Malaysia and enjoys deep connections in the global technology communities. Amit is a regular speaker in global HR tech summits and international marquee

Raul Queiroz | Head Designer | Rede D'Or São Luiz

I’m a 24 year multidisciplinary experienced Designer, Art Director and Illustrator with passages through the main advertising and digital agencies in Rio de Janeiro where I could, in addition to managing creative teams and winning some awards, start and maintain digital transformation processes. Because of my diverse career path, I've been working with products with several business models and scopes, bringing the design vision in addition to a business and a communication vision. Now, I'm Head Designer at Rede D'Or São Luiz, the major health company in Brazil.

Roxana Stingu | Head of SEO | Alamy

Roxana heads the SEO efforts at Alamy, a stock photography agency with a collection of over 270M images to date. She loves getting into the nitty-gritty of technical SEO and, besides theorising about the future of Image Search, her favourite past-time is automating anything repetitive. She’s been previously working in the web hosting industry for almost 10 years, leading the technical SEO efforts for brands such as 123 Reg, Host Europe and GoDaddy EMEA. Roxana is also a proud member of the Women in Tech SEO community and a frequent speaker at BrightonSEO and WTSFestival.

Sophia Story | Chief Change Maker | 3 Sided Cube

Puff Story is Co-Founder of 3 Sided Cube USA, responsible for the client relationships and impact of projects. Named as one of the top 100 most influential business developers in the UK, Puff is known for her contagious laughter, love of neon colours and an unrelenting passion to help organisations such as The American Red Cross, The World Resources Institute and Save the Children to make a real difference. Puff has vast amounts of practical experience in a variety of industries but has a love for using tech for good in the NGO, charity and third sector.

Lukasz Zelezny | SEO Consultant |

Lukasz Zelezny, UK Search Awards judge, Top10 UK Social Media influencer and former director of organic performance at uSwitch / Zoopla. Currently is working as an independent SEO Consultant helping in organic traffic acquisition, technical SEO and content marketing. Lukasz started his career in 2005 and has since been responsible for the organic performance of a number of companies including HomeAway, Thomson Reuters, The Digital Property Group, Fleetway Travel, uSwitch, Zoopla. Each year Lukasz is speaking at many SEO and social media conferences. He was a speaker at ClickZ Shanghai China, ClickZ Jakarta Indonesia, SiMGA Malta, SES London as well as Marketing Festival in Brno, Brighton SEO in Brighton and UnGagged in London. Every year he is actively participating in 10 to 20 events as an SEO/Social Media keynote speaker. Additionally, he organizes workshops and meetups where he is sharing tips around SEO, Social Media and Analytics. To get in touch with Lukasz simply search “Lukasz Zelezny” or visit https://Zelezny.uk

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