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.

From a transparency perspective, we may video aspects of the judging session to show on the evening and give entrants an insight into why a winning entry was chosen.

Jim Banks

CEO, Spades Media |

Jim has over 17 years of digital advertising experience, establishing one of the first digital marketing agencies focused on paid advertising in 2000.

Since then he's spent in excess of £170 million buying traffic for over 1000 companies, from small one person businesses to household High Street names.

Jim is a keynote speaker invited to speak at industry events around the world, including Pubcon, Retail Global, Marketing Festival, Friends Of Search, Hitpath Masters Conference, a4uexpo, SES, SMX and Affiliate Summit.

Spades Media, the company that Jim set up in 2012 manage large scale pay per click campaigns for advertisers and paid social media campaigns as well. Jim has been a regular fixture on the judging panel at the UK and US Search awards for the past three years and is a returning judge for this years European Search Awards.

Never one to shy away from giving an opinion or pulling punches Jim enjoys critiquing entries at the Awards and seeing what the search community thinks is worthy of winning.

Arianne Donoghue icelolly.com

Digital Marketing Manager |

Arianne Donoghue is the Digital Marketing Manager at icelolly.com. Having started off her digital career client side over a decade ago, she’s worked for both agencies and brands in-house, specialising in search. She is now back client side delivering biddable media digital strategy for leading holiday comparison site icelolly.com. A regular on the conference scene, she’s also an editor and contributor at popular site State of Digital.

Sophia Evgeniou

Head of Digital Marketing, Charlotte Tilbury |

Sophia is responsible for digital at Charlotte Tilbury, with a set task to drive conversions and develop a digital strategy including online marketing, mobile, social media, Loyalty, CRM, Insights and new digital technologies to deliver rich, engaging and integrated digital experiences for consumers.

Prior to Charlotte Tilbury, Sophia was Head of Acquisition at House of Fraser for 3 and half years, and prior to that spent over 7 years agency side, working across multiple sectors, which has not only helped her to gain a great understanding of how different sectors work but also how similar the need for data and customer journeys and the bigger view of the world can be.

Luis Navarrette-Gomez

Global head of search marketing, the Lego group |

Head of Global Search Marketing at The LEGO Group, Luis defines the strategy for organic and paid search activity globally for LEGO. A regular writer and speaker about Search Marketing, his main focus is to enhance the user experience when users search for the LEGO brand in different markets and platforms. Coming from a technical background Luis has more than 13 years' experience in Search Marketing with cross-functional expertise in technology and management.

Jackie Hole

Senior Account Director PPC & SEO and European Search Personality 2013 |

Ben Irons

Head of Digital Marketing, notonthehighstreet.com |

Ben is Head of Digital at online retail website notonthehighstreet.com. The site connects consumer to more than 5,000 of the UK’s best small creative businesses who supply unique and thoughtful products for all gifting and other notable occasions.

 Ben is responsible for developing and implementing and audience centric approach to notonthehighstreet.com’s performance and brand focused digital marketing with his remit covering traditional performance channels such as PPC, Performance Social and Programmatic Display while also connecting the CRM channels and placing the audience at the heart of their digital acquisition and retention communications.

Having started his digital career by spending three years in the search team at Yahoo, Ben has gained extensive experience in performance marketing haveing spent time at Aegis’ performance agency iProspect both in PPC and in client management, and recently Ben has held senior positions in Search and Biddable media at Omnicom group agency PHD Media working across leading clients in the retail, finance, entertainment and travel verticals.

 Ben is a contributor to the industry having presented on Search optimisaton at the Search Engine Strategies (SES) conference in London, contributed to the IAB Big Search Handbook writing a chapter on Brand vs DR for PPC, and wrote and article for the Journal of Digital and Social Media Marketing on Revamping and rebooting your paid search campaign: Optimising paid search activity for success

Marko Johns

Head of EMEA Trading & Agency Development, Yahoo EMEA |

As Director of EMEA Trading at Yahoo, Marko is responsible for partnering with agencies and clients across the region, leveraging Yahoo's wide suite of products including Gemini Native, video and programmatic data opportunities to drive commercial growth for all parties. After 10 years in digital marketing at Yahoo, preceded by time cutting his teeth at Viacom Brand Solutions and ITV, he has a wealth of experience in the world of traditional media as well as the ever changing environment of digital

Max Macintosh

Agency Head, Google |

As an Agency Head at Google, Max is charged with partnering with agencies and clients on Google’s suite of ad products, across both Adwords and Doubleclick.  His role encompasses working principally with Agencies, from Independents to Ad Networks to Mobile Specialist Agencies, helping deliver positive results across PPC, Video, Display and App Promo. Before he joined Google, Max worked at a few other US ad tech firms such as Conversant (then Mediaplex) and Yahoo Search Marketing, ensuring he possesses experience across a broad range of product areas, ranging from trafficking banner ads, to paid search to app promo all underpinned by smart measurement.

Andy Mihalop

Head of Northern Europe – Facebook Atlas |

As Head of Northern Europe at Facebook Atlas, Andy is responsible for supporting agencies and brands leverage the benefits of cross-device, people based marketing using the Atlas advertising technology platform to achieve their marketing goals.

Prior to joining Facebook, Andy was Head of Network Agencies for media platforms at Google and Head of Digital for MoneySupermarket, where he delivered a highly successful digital transformation programme, spanning digital strategy, paid search, SEO, programmatic media buying and data monetisation for one of the largest UK price comparison websites.

He has extensive media agency and advertising technology experience including previous roles as Head of Biddable and Programmatic Media at MediaCom and Head of Search and Performance Media for UK & Global clients at iProspect, leading digital performance strategy for some of the world’s largest brands. 1n 2016, Andy was voted one of the top 25 most influential individuals in UK digital as part of the The Drum Digerati, an annual celebration of the top achievers in the UK digital industry.

Rumyana Miteva

Head of Search, Secret Escapes |

As Head of Search at Secret Escapes, Rumyana has a deep understanding of the current Paid and Organic search ecosystem. With over 7 years of experience in the Digital Marketing she has worked for various international brands and managed a portfolio of over a billion keywords. She decided to pursue a career in Performance Marketing because it is constantly evolving, which makes it equally appealing and challenging. Rumyana is a regular conference speaker (SMX, Hero Conf London to name a few) and enjoys travelling in her free time.

Jon Myers

Chief Growth Officer - DeepCrawl |

Jon is an experienced senior leader with over 19 years’ experience within the Digital Marketplace working for large corporate organisations to start ups within the sector.

Having worked Senior Roles for Agencies, a founding staff member and Director of Search at Latitude Group Ltd and worked at MediaVest part of Starcom Mediavest as Head of Search, Publisher side with Yahoo as their Director of Search and Display Account Management UK and IE and more recently the Ad Technology space as VP and MD EMEA of Marin Software and CMO Karhoo Inc.

Jon has a strong understanding of all sides of the market, very strong business and people connections across EMEA and recognised for his experience and thought leadership within the European online advertising industry. Having worked in Paid Search since its inception, with many years’ experience in SEO, Display and Paid Social as well.

He is a regular speaker/moderator at conferences worldwide and frequently judges Awards in the Industry such as UK Search Awards, European Search Awards, Performance Marketing Awards to name a few.

Samantha Noble

Director of Strategy at Koozai & Co-Chief Editor at State of Digital |

Samantha is a Digital Marketing Expert with a focus on PPC who helps clients increase their revenues through Digital. She has been in the marketing industry for over ten years, eight of those years spent specialising in digital marketing. Her core role is as the Marketing Director at Koozai, a UK based digital marketing agency specialising in SEO, PPC and Content Marketing.

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 works alongside Bas van den Beld, managing the site and the blogging team as well as assisting with the overall business strategy.

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.

Tyson Pearcey

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Publicitas Programmatic |

Tyson heads up Publicitas Programmatic in the UK. Working with both agencies and advertisers directly to provide true excellence in biddable media delivery whilst offering a fully transparent programmatic solution. He ensures partners achieve true ROI, offering advertisers a bespoke and efficient service to develop a deeper relationship with their audience.

Tyson is a digital marketing veteran with over 13 years’ industry experience. He has previously held senior roles at iProspect, GroupM, AOL as well as several positions as a Sales Director and VP for a number of digital start-ups. He specialises in growth marketing strategies and biddable media; he has overseen some leading campaigns from pitch to delivery across all verticals.

Donna Pullen

Sales Manager at Trinity Mirror |

Donna has been in media for the past eight years starting out within New Business at OMD UK, affiliate marketing at affilinet and then moving into planning and account management at Omnicom Media Group within their Lead Generation (specialising in B2B) and affiliates team.  Since then, she has moved into the programmatic field where she is a Sales Manager at Trinity Mirror.

Oscar Romero

Head of Biddable Media International, Publicis Media |

Oscar Romero is currently Head of Biddable Performics for international clients at Publicis Media (Starcom and Mediavest). Oscar is a results driven marketing specialist with over 15 years’ experience in both client-side and agency-side roles, across Search, Social, Display, Programmatic, Affiliates, Video, CRM, Web Analytics, etc. His biddable experience spans both the UK and EMEA, across verticals such as FMCG, Retail, Financial Services, Travel, Telecoms, Automotive and Pharma.

Rob Weatherhead

Group Operations Director, Amplifi |

Having started out his career in the early days of PPC and manual bid management Rob has followed the biddable market into the world of display and programmatic media. Currently Group Operations Director for Amplifi in Manchester he oversees the agencies trading desk running campaigns for some of the UKs largest companies.

Simon wharton

Managing Director, PushON |

Simon has more than 2 decades working in digital, initially in a corporate environment before becoming embroiled in the early days of the Manchester digital community. Alongside his business partner, Roy Wilding, he pivoted PushON out of an incarnation of a digital business. Steady planned growth has seen the business gain recognition as one of the North Wests leading eCommerce agencies. Expertise in eCommerce development and particular skill with online marketing lead to a raft of peer reviewed awards throughout the North West, UK and Europe.

Simon also has a reputation for “sticking his oar in” to drive digital sector forward. He is a Council member for Manchester Digital; lectures at local Universities and was a founder of SASCon, the infamous digital marketing conference.