The awards will be 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.

Nina Aggarwal

Founder, Fusion Learning |

Nina co-founded fusion learning which she now heads up as Global MD with operations across APAC, N. America and Europe.

She has led the development of the agency’s capability programmes on Innovation; Building Brand Equity and Communications.  Nina ensures we have a strong team of senior marketers and agency directors who now want a life helping clients build great teams and great brands.

She began her marketing career in Procter and Gamble working on the introduction of the Always brand into Europe. She followed this with a move to Reckitt and Colman where she worked on European and Global homecare categories including home hygiene before setting up fusion learning.  Her marketing career was always enriched with experience as a trainer and during her subsequent freelance consultancy period Nina gained a diploma in professional coaching and studied the Herrmann© approach to whole brain thinking.

Jamie Boulger

Head of Digital, Bruntwood Group |

Jamie joined the family-owned property developer Bruntwood in 2011 to manage the marketing and development of their serviced office and meeting room portfolio. In late 2012, he also assumed responsibility for digital marketing and the promotion of Bruntwood’s Liverpool and Birmingham portfolios.

In 2016, Jamie’s role changed to focus, not only on marketing but also upon digital systems and technology throughout the Bruntwood Group, bringing best practice to property interests in Manchester Science Partnerships, Alderley Park and Circle Square.

Prior to Bruntwood, Jamie gained experience with in-house marketing roles at Genting and United Utilities.

Jamie has also held the role of President at Manchester Metropolitan Students’ Union and Non-Executive Director at MMU between 2004 and 2006.  He currently lives in Altrincham, is a keen runner and supporter of Everton Football Club. 

Claire Braithwaite

Ventures & Partnership Consultant, Co-op Group |

Claire Braithwaite is Ventures & Partnership Consultant at the Co-op Group, working to create a co-operative digital hub in Manchester. She is also Tech Advisor to the Manchester Growth Company, chairing the group’s Tech Advisory Board, and sits on the advisory boards for public data initiatives GM Connect and Health Connected Cities. 

Previously Claire was the first Head of Tech North, a government initiative announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, to accelerate the growth of Northern England’s digital economy. 

In 2005 Claire founded an award winning online retail platform for sustainable beauty brands. After selling the business Claire became Chief Financial and Operations Officer at ClearlySo, a financial intermediary in the UK impact investing space working with tech for good start-ups & social enterprises. 

Claire began her career as a Corporate Tax specialist with Arthur Andersen and moved into technology roles with global environmental consultancy ERM and Barclays Bank. She has an MA from Keble College, Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICEAW) and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). Claire mentors founders of early stage companies on the Mass Challenge, Dotforge & Ignite accelerator programmes and is a Commissioner for Grant Thornton’s Vibrant Economy initiative.  

Leanne Buchan

Principal Officer, Culture and Sport, Leeds City Council |

Leanne Buchan works for the Leeds City Council Culture and Sport team. She is currently leading the development of a new Culture Strategy for the city pioneering a co-produced, open-sourced approach. She is also the Leeds 2023 team lead for the Artistic Programme and Fundraising strands of the Leeds bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023. Having worked on major cultural programmes for projects including Tour de France Grand Départ 2014, Rugby World Cup 2015, and Unfold celebrating the Leeds visual art scene and welcoming British Art Show 8 to the city in 2015, her professional interest explore how culture can be used as a catalyst for change, engagement, and investment.

Tom Cheesewright

Founder of Applied Futurism Practice, Book of the Future |

Tom Cheesewright is the founder of applied futurism practice, Book of the Future and creator of the Futurist's Toolkit, a suite of tools for agile organisations.

Through consulting, speaking and media work Tom helps people to see, share and respond to a coherent vision of tomorrow. Clients range from charities and public sector organisations to FTSE100 enterprises and global technology corporations. They include; LG, Nikon, Sony Pictures, the NHS, Manchester University, the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Tom followed a degree in Mechatronic Engineering with 14 years in the tech industry, working with global brands such as BT, EE and IBM, and subsequently founded a series of technology-driven companies. Most recently Tom co-founded venture-backed big data analytics start-up CANDDi , of which he remains a shareholder. He acts as an advisor to a number of technology-driven start-ups.

Tom is a frequent presence on TV and radio, appearing across the BBC from the Breakfast sofa to Newsround and World Business Report, and as a regular contributor to 5live and Radio 4. He has shared his thoughts on the future with Channel 4′s Sunday Brunch, Sky News, the Guardian, Evening Standard, Entrepreneur Magazine, Stuff and MSN.

Tom is in demand as a futurist speaker, trainer and host and is able to shape his presentations to suit your requirements and audience.

Stuart Clarke

Director, Media Yorkshire |

Stuart has over twenty years’ experience building and running marketing and corporate relationships teams for the likes of Prudential, Alliance & Leicester, first direct and TD Bank. He now runs his own marketing consultancy, helping firms in many sectors, from wealth management to energy provision to contemporary dance.

He is also an adviser and non-executive director to a number of startups, including Synap (Edech), JigTalk (dating) and InventMe (product development), helping them develop their marketing strategies and raise funds.

Stuart is a founding director of Media Yorkshire, the membership organisation for creative, media and digital agencies, and is also on the marketing sub-committee for the Leeds bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Named as one of City AM's 100 most influential people in FinTech, Stuart is also on the Leeds Digital Board and is a co-founder and the Festival Director of Leeds Digital Festival.

Richard Collingwood

Brand & Digital Manager, Riverside Group |

Richard is responsible for managing and developing the digital marketing strategy for one of the UK's largest housing providers, to facilitate channel shift and develop new innovative ways to engage with customers and stakeholders.

Previous to this role, Richard spent 8 years in the policing sector leading on several pioneering digital projects, most notably introducing social media as a key tool for frontline police officers, transforming the way modern policing operates.

In sectors which have faced increasing uncertainty in recent years, Richard has enjoyed the challenge of delivering projects in tough financial and political environments, which have had a genuine positive impact on many people’s lives.

Jon Corner

CEO, The Landing |

Jon is CEO at The Landing MediaCityUK heading up a groundbreaking technology project and business innovation hub. The Landing is a unique tech environment and a driver of digital collaboration across Manchester and other UK clusters. In 2016 The Landing contributed £105m GVA to the UK digital economy.

In addition Jon has helped set up and shape a new education institution at MediaCityUK – the University Technical College (for 14-19 yr old students) - which opened in Sept 2015.

In 2009-10 as Director of MediaCityUK for the University of Salford he spearheaded the fit-out and technology platform of the University's iconic new digital campus.

With a background in Creative Direction and Production Jon has successfully delivered a multitude of national and international film and rich media projects for such clients as The Home Office, The British Council, Unesco, BBC, CBS and Shanghai World Expo amongst many others. His detailed knowledge and expertise spans broadcast, post-production, interactive and advertising. 

Ellie England

Account Director, Microsoft |

Passionate about tech, women in tech and digital advertising, Ellie England has spent the last year working as the Account Director for Microsoft Search Advertising in the North of England- partnering with the largest agencies and direct clients across the region.

Prior to relocating back up North, she lived and worked for 13 years in London, 6 of those with Google in both the travel and retail vertical teams. Prior to that, Ellie taught French and Spanish in an inner city London secondary school through the Teach First Programme following a joint honours degree in languages.

Andy Green

AndyGreenCreativity |

Andy Green helps people and organisations fulfill their potential and make the most of their situations by making creativity, innovation and brand story-telling easy and fun to use. He is an author, international conference speaker, trainer, facilitator, university lecturer and Brand PR consultant. Andy’s books on brand communications and creativity include ‘Creativity in Public Relations’, and‘Effective Personal Communications Skills for Public Relations’ and have been translated into eight languages. His latest book, due out next year is ‘Tubespiration! – how to get your next brilliant ideas on the London Underground’. He works with major blue chip brands around the globe. He is the inspiration and author behind the new CIPR Innovation & Creativity Toolkit - a free downloadable resource offering the equivalent of a virtual creativity director to your team.

David Edmundson-Bird

Principal Lecturer in Digital Marketing & Enterprise Associate Director: Digital Innovation, MMU |




Following a degree in media and communications, Sarah started her PR career in 1996. She has been working within PR and Comms consultancy for more than 20 years, the last 15 of which have been helping to launch and grow Tangerine.

Throughout her career, Sarah has supported leading worldwide brands, with a particular passion for the retail sector. She also enjoys creating, launching and growing award-winning community relations/CSR campaigns on behalf of clients of all shapes and sizes.

Sarah is a mum of two boys and has a passion for horses and all things countryside.




Jim Hancock

Journalist and Presenter |

Jim Hancock was Political Editor of Granada and BBC North West. Today. He's now busy with conference hosting, media training and political commentary.

He’s in high demand for Data TV media training from companies like Siemens and the Co-operative Group, plus major local authorities including Lancashire and Manchester Councils.

Jim hosts award ceremonies, seminars and conferences. Current clients include the High Speed Rail Industry Leaders Group and Marketing Cheshire.

Jim hosts evenings with the country’s top journalists for the Royal Television Society in the North West. Guests have included Newsnight's Kirsty Wark, the BBC's former Political Editor and now Today presenter, Nick Robinson, and Channel Four's Michael Crick.

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.

Keri Lewis Brown

Owner and Founder, K7 Media |

Keri Lewis Brown founded K7 Media in 1998 as an independent organisation providing TV trend insights and media intelligence to broadcasters, producers, distributors and advertisers internationally. Keri has driven the company’s growth from breakaway startup to a leading media consultancy providing insights to an 80-strong client base including some of the key players in TV broadcasting.  

Before founding K7 Media, Keri was Head of International Sales for production company, Action Time, where she led the rapid expansion of international format sales, making her one of the rst to explore the potential of global programming. Keri is based at K7 Media’s headquarters in Manchester and is on the Management Board of FRAPA (Format Recognition and Protection Association) which aims to protect the intellectual property of television formats across the globe.

Sandy Lindsay MBE

Chair, Tangerine & The Juice Academy |

Sandy was honoured in the Queen's birthday list of 2015 for services to business and young people. The same year also saw Sandy named as IoD North West’s Director of the Year (SME) and Highly Commended in the same award, nationally.

Sandy launched Tangerine in 2002 and it is now one of the UK’s leading integrated communications consultancies. The first PR company outside London to be named Outstanding PR Consultancy of the Year in the CIPR’s national Excellence awards, Tangerine employs 60+ people and supports some of the world’s leading brands, including Peugeot, Atkins, Iceland, Jewson and Pizza Hut.

Sandy is passionate about creating quality career opportunities for young people and has launched and grown myriad job creation programmes over the last decade. Her latest - The award-winning Juice Academy social media apprenticeship - has created more than 180 roles in 60+ businesses across the North West.

Sandy chairs skills groups for the IoD and the North West Business Leadership Team, is a national Ambassador for Apprenticeships, Vice-Chair of Forever Manchester and on the Business Leadership Council of TeachFirst.

Rose Marley

CEO, SharpFutures |

Rose Marley is Chief Executive Officer at SharpFutures, the social enterprise partner of The Sharp Project, home to digital entrepreneurs and production companies, and The Space Project, a purpose-built facility for large scale TV & film production, both based five minutes outside Manchester city centre.

SharpFutures Manchester CIC, is a social enterprise designed to ‘seed, nurture and grow talent and skills for creative digital sector’. A commitment to helping young people discover and pursue career paths in the fast-growing creative digital sector, combined with her stewardship of one of Europe’s most iconic digital hubs, provide Rose with a unique perspective on youth employment, business development and the Creative Digital sector.

Winner of the 2013 International Women’s Week Business Innovator of the year awarded by Manchester City Council, in September 2014 Rose Marley also collected an Enterprising Britain award at the Houses of Parliament from The Department of Business Innovation and Skills, in recognition of The Sharp Project and SharpFutures’ effect on the local economy and is currently short-listed for the Natwest SE100 leadership awards in Creative Digital 2017.

Neil McKay

CEO, Endless Gain |

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.

Rob McLoughlin OBE

Founder, Carm Productions |

Rob is an award winning Broadcaster and Producer; a former Board Director and Advisor to Granada Television and later ITV plc.

He founded and floated Hasgrove plc which owned the leading digital agency Amaze. In 2014 he became ITV's longest serving presenter of political programmes (1994-2015 Granada and ITV). In 2015 he won The O2 Scoop Of The Year Award for an ITV special on politics and in the same year he was appointed an OBE for 'Services to Broadcasting in the North West'. 

The former 'World in Action' investigator was Executive Producer of 'The Hacienda House Orchestra' in 2016, a special for C4 on the surprise fusion of classical and Acid House music which packed out The Royal Albert Hall and he also oversaw the cinema/DVD version for Sony and Vue Cinemas produced by his company CARM MUSIC with Chris Cowey and Stephen Chapman.

He  has announced that he is to  produce the first Grand National Race of Champions  in April 2017 using famous legends in a 3D High Definition animation spectacular for TV and gaming on the actual Aintree course. He has teamed his company, Carm Productions,up  with Inspired Gaming, world leaders in Virtual Sport .

Rob created The Educate-North and UK Leadership Awards for Universities and FE Colleges with The Telegraph Media Group and Prolific North and its now in year 3 and to be staged in April 2017 in Manchester. He is regularly asked to comment on key political issues and events by the media and others and made six appearances on BBC Breakfast in 2016 which has a reach of 6 million viewers daily.   

Karen Milligan

Head of Film, WRG Creative Communication |

Having spent the first ten years of her career working for broadcasters including BBC, ITV and Endemol. Karen worked as a Producer/Director across various TV formats including documentaries, travel series and entertainment programmes.

She later moved into the corporate sector working for a leading UK agency to deliver a wide variety of TV commercials, live events content and brand engagement films for a global client base. She has also found time in her career to lecture in Media Production for leading Universities and deliver Skillset industry training to TV professionals.

Since joining WRG in 2015, Karen leads the creative output of the Film department. A passionate film-maker, always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to champion film content as the leading communications platform.

Charlotte Miskell

Contour Cosmetics |

Managing Director of marketing company Sweetheart Marketing and online beauty brands Contour Cosmetics and Niko Pro Tools. 

Charlotte created her beauty brands and started selling them online in 2015 turning over more a million pounds in year one. Her products are now stocked in various stores including Very.co.uk, Pretty Little Thing, Littlewoods, TK Maxx, Beauty Bay and THG stores as well as international stores.

Charlotte has experience in branding and marketing from her time working in her Digital Agency which is now in its 4th successful year, she has been able to transfer over these skills into her new B2C companies. Charlotte's strengths are product development, marketing and branding.

Matthew Quinn

Head of Media, Technology & Future Development, LFC |

Having been with LFC on and off since 2001 Matthew now manages the technical team, technology and infrastructure behind LFC’s massively impressive digital media team who’s output ranges from TV, VOD, apps, social, global syndication/distribution to partnership integration and activations. With a constant eye on innovation and new opportunities to engage with LFC’s global fan base and help take the club to greater commercial success he is constantly striving provide the best experiences for LFC fans around the world.

Rob Shaw

CEO, Jaywing |

With over 25 years of 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.  

As CEO of Jaywing Rob is responsible for growth and innovation across the UK and Australian markets, in addition to a continued focus on providing a world-class service to Jaywing clients. He also drives the cultural direction for over 650 staff, retaining an environment that attracts the best in the industry.  

Prior to this, Rob was CEO of Epiphany for over six years, where he transformed the search marketing agency from an ambitious start-up to an internationally-respected brand and proud member of the Jaywing family, following his leadership of the agency through a corporate transaction process in March 2014.  

Alongside his role at Jaywing, Rob is also Non-Executive Director for Run for All, which was established by the late Jane Tomlinson CBE. Rob is also a regular speaker at business development events, specialising in how digital marketing can be embraced by companies to their commercial advantage. When he's not thinking about digital marketing, he takes part in Ironman triathlon and ultramarathon events.


Danny Thompson

Commercial Director, Global |

David Prior

Editor, Prolific North |