Judges

Ethical, transparent, and respected, the awards are judged by esteemed industry experts who follow a robust two-step judging process that includes pre-scoring to establish a shortlist and judge discussion to determine winners and in some cases silver awards.

None of our award judges can take part in the competition and any conflicts of interest must be declared.

The Global Agency Awards are accredited by the Awards Trust Mark – The Independent Awards Standards Council – Trust Mark Scheme.

Our Judges

Ahmed El-Gamal
Ahmed El-Gamal | Senior Director of Marketing | Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts
After starting his career as an architect, Ahmed El Gamal transitioned into digital marketing and communications. With over 15 years of experience, Ahmed has worked across a plethora of global brands at BBDO & Proximity, followed by Emaar and MetLife. He is currently leading Global Resort Marketing as the Senior Director of Marketing at Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts from Dubai and a recent Executive MBA graduate from IE Business School.
Andor Palau
Andor Palau | International SEO Consultant |
Andor is an independent international SEO consultant based in Berlin, Germany, and has started his online career back in 2009. Having worked both in-house, as well as on the agency side, he is currently advising online shops, classifiers, marketplaces, and other companies regarding international organic growth strategies as well as technical SEO issues as an independent SEO consultant. He is former Head of SEO at Peak Ace, where he was responsible for SEO and managed a 20+ people team of SEO consultants and editors. Before joining the agency side, Andor was In-house SEO for a top-3 comparison portal in highly competitive verticals such as insurance, power, and telco. Andor’s core expertise is strategic SEO as well as technical SEO, covering topics such as crawlability, indexing management, migrations, and site structure optimization. He is a lecturer at the afs Akademie in Germany, which has made it its mission to offer quality education and training in the field of SEO.
Ashley Hannaway
Ashley Hannaway | | SEM Consultant
Ashley has over 9 years of multi-channel digital marketing experience, with a focus on paid search and paid social. Throughout her career, she has been able to learn from both agency and in-house work. She has helped multiple brands grow their paid digital efforts, and exceed goals through well-developed growth strategies and a keen attention to detail.
Charlotte Howell
Charlotte Howell | Digital Marketing & eCommerce Manager | Grafton International
Charlotte Howell is a creative digital marketing professional with proven success at implementing cross-channel digital strategies to increase traffic acquisition and positively impact sales growth. She began her journey in organic search and has since crafted a diverse skill set covering ecommerce, paid media and influencer marketing. She currently heads up the Digital & eCommerce team at Grafton International, known for creating and distributing beauty brands such as CARMEX, ORLY and Eyelash Emporium. Charlotte is a strong advocate for continual learning in digital and adapting to industry trends. Her 12 year experience working both in-house and agency side, has been rewarding, providing her with a deep understanding of the ever-evolving marketing landscape.
Christopher Lehault
Christopher Lehault | Consumer Engagement Manager | Campbell's
Chris Lehault is an accomplished marketing leader with experience in launching startups and pre-seed ventures as well as scaling new opportunities for Fortune 500 companies. He is an award-winning CPG/FMCG marketer with creative experience and a track record of growing sales and brand equity through performance marketing and storytelling.
Dan Barker
Dan Barker | Consultant |
Dan has worked in ecommerce for around 20 years. He has worked within companies in ecommerce functions, up to CMO level, has worked on projects for more than 100 ecommerce businesses as a consultant, and has co-owned a couple of ecommerce businesses with millions of visitors and hundreds of millions of turnover between them over the years. He enjoys the opportunity that ecommerce has brought and can bring to people all over the world.
Dateme Tamuno
Dateme Tamuno | Head of Marketing | Londonist DMC
Dateme is a digital marketer with experience running organic and paid search campaigns for companies across several verticals. Currently, he is the Head of Marketing at Londonist DMC. A regular speaker at BrightonSEO and often challenging search marketers to create a deeper understanding of the user intent that transcends the informational, navigational, commercial, and transactional classifications. He has completed ten marathons and has a goal of running 50 before he turns 50.
Elaine Miller
Elaine Miller | Global Operations Manager | Tribe Global
Elaine is the Global Operations Manager at Tribe Global, a leading network of 45+ award-winning communications agencies and businesses in more than 100 cities around the world. Elaine has been supporting the growth of the network and championing independent agencies and businesses for seven years. She empowers, inspires and connects Tribe’s member agencies, working closely with the Executive Board to drive innovation and foster growth across the network. Her experience focuses on key business areas including: the network’s growth strategy, sponsorship, business development, marketing and communications, global meetings and the TribeOPEN event series, finance, the Tribe Academy learning programme, and various member focussed initiatives.
Hamza Ayub
Hamza Ayub | Chief Marketing Officer | Dunkin'​
Listed under the Forbes 30 Under 30 (Europe) list for Marketing, Hamza is the CMO of DUNKIN Switzerland and the founder of AnW Studios. Having multiple awards and accolades to his name, he has worked with some of the biggest brands and celebrities in the past such as Akon, Ian Rush, Manchester United Football Club, B.Howard and the Jackson family to name a few.
Heana Thakur
Heana Thakur | Head of Paid Search | Sainsbury's | Argos
After a brief stint in creative marketing, Heana began her digital career in 2015 working for one of largest digital marketing agencies Merkle. She started as an exec fresh out of university working her way to director level. In this time, she worked on a variety of clients including Sky, The BodyShop, Uniqlo and Facebook. Outside of her day-to-day role, Heana was also involved in the recruitment of the paid search team, mentoring junior members of the department, delivering internal training sessions, working on commercial pitches and being a part of the Diversity & Leadership committee. Heana is passionate about change within organisations and sat on the Gender Pillar committee for 4 years helping to deliver events such as International Women's Day and organising networking events. She also spoke at a variety of different universities including the University of Surrey and University of Brighton to educate students about the life of a digital marketer. In November 2021, Heana switched from agency side to client side and she now leads the in-house paid search team at Sainsbury's, Argos and Habitat.
James Roach
James Roach | Digital PR and Marketing Specialist |
After a successful career in the media industry, James transitioned to SEO specialsiing in Digital PR and content at Distilled (now brainlabs). James led the highly successful team producing hundreds of class leading campaigns for some of the biggest household names in the UK and the US. James went on to join Re:signal as Creative Services Manager and Croud as both Head of Content and Creative and Head of Digital PR, building out the proposition for the agency from scratch. Now operating as a freelancer, James continues to work with the biggest agencies supporting their Digital PR and Content efforts.
Janna Pugh
Janna Pugh | SEO Manager | Five9
Janna Pugh is a SEO Manager with a history of agency and in-house work. She has recently been nationally recognized as the Industry Rising Star in Conductor's 2022 C2 Summit and regularly speaks with college classes about the essentials of organic marketing. With her passion for SEO, she knows firsthand how to make the smallest and largest websites succeed organically. Her areas of focus specialize in enterprise SEO, with scalability and automation for both small and large SEO teams. Her varied approach to SEO combines on-site content with off-site brand management. In her free time, she loves trying out new recipes and reading mystery novels.
Joel Mesherghi
Joel Mesherghi | | Freelance SEO Contractor
With over a decade of experience in the SEO industry, Joel has worked with some of the largest e-commerce brands, including ASOS, Screwfix, and NOW. Having cut his teeth at agencies such as Distilled and Brainlabs, Joel founded JUST JAM, where he consults for e-commerce brands to help them generate more traffic, boost sales and increase revenue through effective SEO strategies. As a consultant, he's passionate about going beyond the “SEO guy” brief and instead strives to be a valuable extension of a business, not an outsider.
Kate Buchanan-Jack
Kate Buchanan-Jack | KBJ Consultancy | Senior Consultant and Lecturer in International Marketing
Kate Buchanan-Jack is a senior consultant and lecturer in international marketing, with over two decades of leadership experience in marketing and enrollment for the education sector. After starting her career as a teacher of English and French, Kate quickly found her niche in blending digital communications with the power of human connection. Kate led the launch of the very first 100% online global MBA for Glion Institute of Higher Education and then became VP of International Marketing for Laureate Online Education. After almost a decade working across Europe, Asia, and the Americas, Kate left to pursue her own path and set up KBJ Consultancy in 2013, leading digital transformation for global education and professional development clients such as LifeRamp, Shorelight, Inspired, Globeducate and Cognita.
Katie Holme
Katie Holme | Co-founder and Corporate Lead | Interkultura
Katie has been an entrepreneur since she graduated university back in 2010, establishing and running different businesses both in the UK and abroad. She is currently Co-founder and Corporate Lead at Interkultura, a company that empowers its clients to deliver enhanced client service through international intelligence. Her work includes training a range of sectors with an emphasis on supporting HR and Sales teams in global expansions, helping to overcome any of the cultural and linguistic obstacles that it may involve. She is also a charity trustee and a volunteer with various organisations.
Michael Emiliani
Michael Emiliani | Founder | Emiliani Digital
Mike is a seasoned digital marketing expert with a decade of experience in PPC and digital media. His passion lies in developing and growing businesses through comprehensive, integrated digital media campaigns. His ability to draw on knowledge and experiences from a wide range of challenges from his time in-house, agency-side and as a consultant has given him a unique depth and breadth to solving complex problems in PPC and broadly digital marketing. Mike has shared insights as a contributing writer and speaker at events. His extensive knowledge has also earned her the distinction of being a featured subject matter expert at Endicott College in Massachusetts, a contributor to industry blogs and recipient of the 2018 Interactive Marketing Award.
Michelle Gledhill
Michelle Gledhill | Employability Lead Department of Marketing, Retail & Tourism | Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Michelle Gledhill is a specialist in in advertising, branding and media. My former position (2010 to 2022) as Programme Leader for MSc Creative Advertising Strategy combined my expertise in strategic thinking when working on live briefs with brands such as Manchester City, the Happy Linen Company and Rockstar Spirits, with my passion for developing and nurturing student talent in the Manchester and across the UK. This has led to a new role where I am the Marketing Retail and Tourism Employability Lead. She will be working with agencies and businesses to enhance the career prospects of MRT students. Her fascination for branding led her to complete a unique doctoral thesis on how brands are processed whilst playing videogames. She is a highly experienced marketer, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), CIM Senior Examiner and HE Examiner.
Paul Campillo
Paul Campillo | Head of Marketing | Rep AI
Paul Campillo is a seasoned B2B tech marketing leader with a passion for creating meaningful brands. From leading brand at Typeform to growing REP AI, Paul has consistently helped companies engage and elevate their audiences. He brings a people-first, story-driven approach to everything from product launches to thought leadership, always striving to help others become the best version of themselves.
Ric Rodriguez
Ric Rodriguez | Chief Growth Officer | Raze
Ric Rodriguez is an accomplished marketing and growth leader. Ric is Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer at Finsu, the sustainable fashion marketplace, taking the compromise out of conscious shopping. Ric is driven and his career to date speaks to his ambition - most recently holding a senior strategy role at Vashi, the fine jewellery disruptor - where he built the digital marketing team from the ground-up, launched the Covent Garden flagship store and Innovation Centre and established an accredited approach to ESG. Prior to this, Ric held an evangelist role at the marketing technology company, Yext, where he supported sales and product teams in building new propositions for customers, including delivering an new approach for qualifying deals during the beginning of the Covid-19, which was adopted across EMEA - as well as regularly representing the NYSE-listed firm as an industry expert at events across Europe. Ric has also held significant roles in agency-side positions, at iProspect, where he lead accounts for leading brands such as Santander and Post Office; at Croud, where he was seconded into IWG’s marketing organisation to deliver the company’s digital growth across 110+ markets - work for which he won an industry award. Ric is often invited to speak at industry conferences and is a regular award judge. He has twice been a co-author for the Amazon-Bestselling “Mastering In-House SEO.
Richard Dawson
Richard Dawson | Digital Marketing Coach | Cheshire Digital Marketing
Richard provides Digital marketing strategy structure and results for his clients. He has nearly 25 years of experience and has helped more than 30 SME Businesses achieve Digital Marketing Excellence and grow their business to the NEXT LEVEL. He helps Business Owners and Founders feel focused, purpose-driven & sure of their Brand by providing uplifting Coaching, Mentoring & Training. He also works with digital marketing agencies and service providers to enhance their offerings to clients and add value to what they do. He also writes about Politics and Digital Campaigning.
Richard Gregory
Richard Gregory | Founder | Agency NXD
Richard is co-founder of AgencyNXD as well as an advisor and NXD to multiple tech firms and agencies, including Adzooma, Fluid Digitial and Ruler Analytics. Heralding from “Silicon Ramsbottom” he is an ardent supporter of the digital and tech industry in the North of England. Previously, Richard was the managing director of digital agency Latitude, director of Tech North and co-founder of SAScon.
Sophia 'Puff' Story
Sophia 'Puff' Story | Co-founder | 3 SIDED CUBE
Puff Story is Co-Founder of 3 Sided Cube Inc, 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, World Resources Institute and numerous UN agencies 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.
Stephen Kenwright
Stephen Kenwright | Exited Founder - Rise at Seven |
Stephen founded SEARCH-FIRST creative agency Rise at Seven in 2019, growing it to employ 110 people across 4 offices and reaching revenues of more than £7m, before exiting in 2022. He previously held senior roles at digital transformation consultancy Kin + Carta PLC and the UK's largest automotive retailer Pendragon PLC. He founded SearchLeeds, a conference that hosted more than 2,000 marketers at the first direct arena in its most recent iteration.
Steve Kuncewicz
Steve Kuncewicz | Partner & Head Of Creative, Digital & Marketing | Glaisyers ETL
Steve is a Partner and Head of Creative, Digital and Marketing at Glaisyers ETL in Manchester. He specialises in intellectual property, media social media and privacy law and is listed as a "recommended lawyer" in the Legal 500, and was a oo-founder pf the Bulletproof Agency Network. He is a regular media spokesperson, and has given interviews to the local and national press through BBC Breakfast, Sky News, ITV, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live and LBC London. Steve is also the Manchester Publicity Association’s Honorary Solicitor.
Steven Lynch
Steven Lynch | Head of Digital Marketing | Parkdean Resorts
Steven has over 15 years of experience in multi-channel digital marketing, and is currently Head of Digital Marketing at Parkdean Resorts, the UKs largest holiday park operator. Starting his career in affiliate marketing, Steven has worked in agencies and in-house. He specialises in PPC and SEO, as well as other paid media, social and content channels, with a track-record in delivering change and implementing successful long-term growth strategies aligned to business goals.
Tasha Antwi
Tasha Antwi | SEO Consultant |
Tasha Antwi is an SEO Consultant with 11 years of experience in the industry, known for developing data-driven global omnichannel search strategies driven by audience insights. She has become an expert in the luxury and premium space and is a regular speaker at Brighton SEO, featured in WARC, Prolific North, and more. She has worked with some of the biggest and most renowned brands globally and was previously Director of Search at Rise at Seven and an Advisory Board Member for Wix. Tasha was also recently named one of the 'Top 24 Marketers to Follow in 2024'.
Veronika Höller
Veronika Höller | Global SEO Lead | CompuGroup Medica
Veronika is a Global Senior SEO-Manager and has worked in SEO and PPC marketing for over 14 years. She started as a copywriter and PPC Manager in a little Ads Agency. She has continuously developed herself further into the direction of SEO. Over the years, she has worked as a digital marketing manager in agencies and international companies, including CompuGroup where she is now. International SEO and PPC Strategies are Top of her priority list. She views SEO as a whole puzzle and not just individual sub-areas, hence why she trained herself in all areas – content, technology, PPC, SMM and UX. Today she spreads her knowledge as a speaker on the stages of international digital marketing conferences such as BrightonSEO, SMX advanced, International Search Summit etc. For her all digital marketing channels have to be united to get the best of your website.

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Initiatives such as the Global Agency Awards provide an invaluable aid to companies in the industry, serving to close the gap between agency potential and client doubts. It provides amazing networking opportunities and enables us to share our name and experience with fellow digital marketing fanatics. Winning this award would be an exceptional milestone for Growzillas, as it would be a reflection of all the amazing achievements behind us, and brilliant motivation for the achievements to follow. - Growzillas
Growzillas
As a small agency, it’s humbling to have our work recognised on such a big platform. Being shortlisted for not one but four awards is a significant accomplishment that reflects the dedication and hard work of our team. We take a personalised approach to every project, striving to assist our clients in reaching their goals and targets. Winning an award would be an honour, providing the motivation to continue making a positive impact in the world of digital health. Stephen Bryant- Co-founder
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We are incredibly proud of our team for the recognition we have received from the Global Agency Awards. These nominations reflect the unwavering dedication and effort put forth by each member of the Bluebird Media family. It is truly an honor to be selected as finalists in two categories, reaffirming our steadfast commitment to providing outstanding digital marketing solutions for our clients. With our passion for our craft as the driving force, we will continue to strive to push boundaries and deliver excellence in everything we do. Magnus Dahlquist- CEO & Co-Founder
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