Judges 2017-03-22T10:38:30+00:00


The most respected awards are usually those with the best judging process. Win or lose, we expect everyone in the room to acknowledge that the winners were worthy of their accolade.

In the first round of judging, small groups of category judges will review submitted entry material and then vote in a secret ballot against each of the judging criteria, ranking the top three entries for each criteria. Votes will be counted and verified by an independent adjudicator.This voting process will ensure absolute fairness in the selection of the shortlisted entries. Shortlisted entries will be reviewed in discussion by committees of the judging panel before a further round of voting by secret ballot. Winners will not be announced until the awards presentation evening.


Chair of 2017 Judging Panel

Neil Thackray
Co-Founder, Briefing Media

“The British Media Awards are the finest accolades you can achieve in media.  You might be the best magazine or the greatest mobile site, or the finest newspaper – but can you be the best in British Media, in being innovative and making a difference? Judged by some of the smartest brains in media so I urge you to put in your entries.  We don’t charge you for entries by the way- we want your best work not your money!”

2017 Judging Panel

Maria Chadbury
Maria ChadburyManaging Director UK, Evolve Media
James Tye
James TyeCEO, Dennis Publishing
Geoff Inns
Geoff InnsSVP International, Ziff Davis
Tanya Cordrey
Tanya CordreySchibsted Media Group
Helen Collier
Helen CollierDeputy Director for Communications, News UK
Julian March
Julian MarchMD, Media Future Plc
Lauren Holleyoake
Lauren HolleyoakePublisher, Debrief
Duncan Tickell
Duncan TickellCommercial Director, Immediate Media
Ilicco Elia
Ilicco EliaHead of Mobile, DigitasLBi
Doug Marshall
Doug MarshallHead of Marketing, Wilmington plc
Luke Bilton
Luke BiltonDirector Digital & Content, UBM
Andy Baker
Andy BakerManaging Director, Health Services Journal, Wilmington plc
Steven Hull
Steven HullEditor-In-Chief, Huffington Post UK
Jeff Moriarty
Jeff MoriartyChief Digital & Product Officer, Johnston Press
Mark Challinor
Mark ChallinorCEO, INMA/Media Futures
Craig Stevens
Craig StevensCommercial Director, TES Global
Mark Lacey
Mark LaceyCommercial Director, Dods Group
Kit Gould
Kit GouldCEO, IDG UK
Mike Smith
Mike SmithHead of Publisher Services, UK
Sue Todd
Sue ToddChief Executive Officer, Magnetic
David Prasher
David PrasherManaging Director, Haymarket Consumer Media
Sarah Parsonage
Sarah ParsonageProducer, One Question
Sacha Bunatyan
Sacha BunatyanGlobal Marketing Director, B2C, FT
Will Hayward
Will HaywardChief Executive Officer, JOE Media
John Crowley
John CrowleyEditor-in-Chief, IBT
Sophie Robinson
Sophie RobinsonChief Marketing Officer, Shortlist Media
Julia Smith
Julia SmithPartner, The 614 Group
Jon O'Donnell
Jon O'DonnellManaging Director, ESI Commercial
Rebekah Billingsley
Rebekah BillingsleyHead of Digital & Content Strategy, John Brown Media