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 UK Digital Growth Awards are accredited by the Awards Trust Mark – The Independent Awards Standards Council – Trust Mark Scheme.

Our Judges

Abdu Alhadithi
Abdu Alhadithi | Product Marketing & Brand Director | THG Ingenuity
Abdu has 14+ years of experience in eCommerce Marketing & Digital Transformation, helping brands build and grow their global DTC & e-Tail propositions across FMCG, Beauty, Consumer Electronics & Travel. Abdu is passionate about people and supporting great causes, and led a charity initiative, raising £350k for orphans worldwide.
Alex Natthaphon
Alex Natthaphon | Consultant in SEO, Digital marketing, and Digital transformation | Foundmatic UK
Alex is a highly experienced digital marketer in paid and owned media channels, a content marketer, and SEO expert since 2008. He is a founder of ABACTODAY which is an ed-tech with an online community and e-learning platform for students. He was head of SEO at Lazada Thailand which was one of the largest E-commerce Unicorn in Thailand and South East Asia, before stepping up to SEO Lead position as the first marketing person in Traveloka, another Unicorn in South East Asia and had shown highly successful macro and micro-influencers strategies and proven result in SEO and Social Medias. He also led paid media channels in Thailand and Vietnam for Flight product which is undoubtedly highly competitive in the market. Not only online marketing, but he was also AVP Head of Marketing at Robinson Online under Central Group which led the omnichannel marketing team from digital campaign execution to offline marketing in Robinson department stores, which has 44 branches in Thailand, considered to be the most coverage department stores in Thailand. Currently, he is VP / Lead in Digital Campaign Planning & Execution Manager at SCB bank, focusing on digital banking and transformation under SCBx's vision, which is one of the largest digital tech-savvy public companies or banks in South East Asia. Moreover, he usually provides free public speaking about SEO, digital marketing, and any general topic.
Cheryl Hill
Cheryl Hill | VP of Marketing | Parallel
Cheryl Hill, the VP of Growth and Marketing at Parallel, leads the fashion-first social commerce marketplace's strategic vision. Parallel meticulously curates user feeds, leveraging proprietary AI fit technology to match shoppers with similar creators based on body measurements, shopping behavior, and preferences solving the common problem of guessing what clothing size to buy online. Before joining Parallel, Cheryl served as the Director of Digital Marketing at SkipTheDishes, Canada's premier food delivery network. During her four-year tenure, Cheryl's dynamic leadership contributed to a 1000% increase in sales and a 400% surge in user growth. With twenty-one years of experience in digital marketing spanning finance, logistics, travel, and retail sectors, Cheryl is a seasoned growth leader with a penchant for startup and scale-up environments. She excels in driving substantial return on investment, crafting and executing full-funnel marketing strategies aligned with business objectives. Cheryl is adept at harnessing personalization, automation, and AI while continuously exploring innovative approaches to exceed targets within budget constraints.
Christopher Lehault
Christopher Lehault | Integrated Marketing Manager | Campbell Soup Company
Chris Lehault is a hybrid creative/marketing leader who believes that brands succeed when both work together. Currently, he is the VP of Marketing at Other Half Brewing, where he oversees the marketing function, in-house design studio, and the brand's direct-to-consumer eCommerce platform. His previous roles include serving as the Global Director of Brand Experience at ZX Ventures, the accelerator arm of Anheuser Busch InBev, as well as stints as a creative director at FCB, Sapient Razorfish, and Wunderman. Off the clock, he enjoys doing the most suburban of things with his wife and two kids across the river in New Jersey.
Ciara Serrano Temprado
Ciara Serrano Temprado | Head of Online Marketing | Urlaubstracker
After graduating from Journalism, Ciara changed her warm hometown, Barcelona, for the vibrant and underground Berlin more than 10 years ago. During this time in the German capital, she has been the SEO expert in different companies in a big range of industries such as travel, ecommerce, music and cars. Her roles have usually involved leading other SEOs and Marketing experts, as well as expanding her knowledge and expertise in other online marketing channels. Currently she is working as Head of Online Marketing at Urlaubstracker.
Daniel Saunders
Daniel Saunders | Head of Performance Marketing | Evergreen Finance London
I've worked in Digital for 18 years. Within Digital marketing I work closely with the directors and heads of service to identify new business opportunities and Strategies. Having an in-depth understanding of different markets and competitors in the area to maintain a competitive advantage which is used to work alongside key stakeholders in managing the translation of the business strategy into clear plans. Proactively researching markets, competitors within different regions and establishing ways to develop a competitive advantage within our strategies. Within Stanley Black and Decker, I am a catalyst for change, I plan and execute UK market E-commerce and digital marketing activities to increase sales, grow online channels, and grow new and existing online customers managing substantial 6 figures budgets over many different groups. As an international keynote speaker in the Digital sphere, I inspire and lead a large team of specialists, drive the delivery of brilliant digital products and services, mentoring at levels from executives to C suite. I utilize analytics and insight tools to evaluate end-to-end customer experience across multiple customer touch points. Working with trade marketing teams to analyse product categories and make appropriate product mix recommendations and effectively contributes to SEO, PPC, UX and CRO. I have built, nurtured and lead a diverse, multidisciplinary team to deliver digital transformation across the Stanley Black and Decker group. Defining the required digital capabilities across our people, their processes, and the technology we use. With Stanley Black and Decker being a multinational corporation, I make myself a visible leader by holding regular lectures and Q and A sessions with entry executives all the way up to C suite teams.
Dave Elliott
Dave Elliott | Head of SEO | Uprise Up
With over 12 years of experience as an SEO, Dave has worked with reputable brands such as Barclays and Monster Jobs both in-house and through agencies. A technical SEO who loves to delve into page speed issues and SERP analysis, Dave has challenged himself to branch out throughout his career and cover all aspects of the trade. From migrations to Magento, from Shopify to strategy there isn't much he hasn't worked on.
Davina Lines
Davina Lines | Managing Director | Mixing Digital
Davina Lines is Managing Director of Mixing Digital and the Ecommerce Club. She brings a wealth of knowledge and a big black book of digital contacts to ensure Mixing Digital’s event management services are of the highest standard. Davina co-founded Netimperative in 1999 and became Managing Director in 2002, stewarding the brand into new product launches and creating one of the most successful events programmes in the digital marketing industry. In the mid 90s Davina cut her digital teeth on New Media Age (now Econsultancy), forming part of the founding team and was responsible for the commercial development of the magazine and its early events from launch in May 1995 to 1999. In recent years Davina launched an ecommerce peer-to-peer community, the Ecommerce Club, which runs regular events in London and Manchester on topics relevant to the retail community.
Deepa Arthur
Deepa Arthur | Head of Digital and Social | Regal London
Deepa is the Head of Digital and Social Media at Regal London, one of London's leading privately owned property developers. With 15 years of experience in digital marketing, she has worked in travel and hospitality with Langham, London, Marriott International and Rocco Forte Hotels. She also has worked agency side looking after a plethora of retail and e-commerce brands. She leads a team of digital experts and uses innovative performance marketing campaigns and engaging content to deliver impactful results in the ever evolving global digital landscape.
Fatima Salhab
Fatima Salhab | Portfolio CFO & E-commerce sector leader | Flinder
Fatima lives and breathes e-commerce. As the E-commerce Sector Lead at flinder, she helps fast-growth e-commerce businesses to scale business operations, improve performance and prepare for investment. Fatima’s first passion for e-commerce started as Finance Expert at Deloitte where she was responsible for multiple e-commerce businesses. She enjoys working in collaboration with founders and CEOs of fast growth e-commerce start-ups, guiding them through the whirlwind journey of growing their businesses. Fatima develops best practice finance operations by using technology and apps to transform their systems. Originally training as a management accountant in industry, she is able to fully appreciate and understand a business from its core. This experience has given her the ability to support clients by understanding what they value and what they need from her as an adviser.
Gabriele Bertucci
Gabriele Bertucci | Export Sales Manager | Siren Craft Brew
Gabriele is a seasoned digital marketing, communication, and sales professional with more than twelve years of high-level experience in diverse and multicultural settings. His journey has been marked by significant contributions to the beverage industry, having held roles at companies such as Siren Craft Brew, Carlsberg Group, and BrewDog. Gabriele is renowned for orchestrating effective multi-stakeholder communication strategies, spearheading impactful digital marketing efforts, and fostering the brand's evolution. He created What's In The Glass?, a consultancy agency focusing on the drinks sector and Cosmic Lazers, an innovative digital music publication
Gerry White
Gerry White | VP of Growth | Mirador Local
Gerry White has been in the industry for 20+ years, with a background in development he transitioned to technical marketing leading on SEO, analytics and digital growth strategies for companies, agencies, the government and corporations such as the BBC. In the past few years Gerry has spoken at conferences around the globe including Paris, Germany, USA and of course the UK. Gerry was the Technical SEO Lead for Just Eat a FTSE 100 company in 12 markets as well as consulting for other e-commerce brands. Gerry was the SEO Director for Rise at Seven from 2020 to 2021 when they grew from 15 to 115 people before returning client side as the head of SEO at Oda an international supermarket.
Haris Evangelou
Haris Evangelou | Head of PPC | Compare the Market
Haris is currently the Head of PPC in Compare the Market, UK’s biggest price comparison website offering customers a fair, independent comparison on insurance, energy and broadband, money products. His experience covers all biddable media and SEO, content, with a genuine passion in data, analytics and integrated customer-focused marketing strategies. Previously spent all of his years agency side, leading and managing big global brands to deliver growth through PPC and integrated biddable marketing strategies. Now, with more than 14 years of in-house and agency-side experience under his belt has worked in almost all industries from retail and fashion to travel and financial services. A technical marketer at heart, focuses now more into strategy setting and leadership but will always love an innovative marketing campaign that delivers against the business objectives.
Ixone Isasi
Ixone Isasi | Owner PaidStrategy | PaidStrategy
Ixone is a digital marketing specialist with over 10 years of experience. She currently runs a remote performance marketing agency serving clients in Canada, US, Latam and European markets. Her agency is a Google Premier Partner and has also partnered with Microsoft, Meta, Funnel, Supermetrics and Adroll to name a few. She is highly experienced in the Education, SaaS and Travel industries and encompasses both B2B and B2C segments. Her visionary leadership and extensive expertise continue to drive success and innovation in the digital marketing landscape, making her a highly respected figure in the industry.
Jade Morand
Jade Morand | Digital growth manager | Bella & Duke Ltd
Jade Morand is a Digital Marketing Growth Manager and is a highly skilled professional with a strong background in developing digital marketing strategies and growth tactics. Jade’s omni-channel expertise allows her to develop targeted campaigns that deliver impactful and measurable results for a number companies over the last 10+ years including The Perfume Shop and Bella & Duke.
Jaime Hill
Jaime Hill | Ecommerce Director | ex Oak Furnitureland, Hurtigruten & Monsoon Accessorize
Jaime has over two decades of experience as a Marketing & Ecommerce professional with a successful track record leading teams and developing strategy to transform organisations’ digital capability and channels to market. She has had success in roles at brands including Avis, Barclays, Dairy Crest and Oak Furnitureland, and across a wide range of B2B and B2C vertical markets. Most recently, Jaime was Interim Head of Ecommerce & Trading at Monsoon. A graduate of the Institute of Digital Marketing and qualified Executive Business Coach, Jaime's professional passion is for making life easier for the customer at every touch point.
Jana Lowe
Jana Lowe | Global Head of Digital Sales | HSBC
Jana Lowe is a seasoned leader in digital sales strategy with a career spanning over 15 years across renowned global brands in financial services. Currently serving as the Global Head of Digital Sales at HSBC, Jana leads initiatives to elevate digital sales performance across markets, products and customer segments. Having led initiatives to optimise digital sales funnels, implement innovative marketing strategies, and leverage cutting-edge technologies, Jana’s expertise spans transformative digital agendas, delivering tangible results and setting new benchmarks for excellence. With a passion for driving digital innovation and a track record of driving sustainable growth, Jana brings a wealth of expertise to the digital landscape, poised to recognise outstanding achievements in digital growth and foster further industry thought leadership.
Luce Rawlings
Luce Rawlings | SEO Consultant |
Luce Rawlings is an SEO consultant and Ecommerce business owner with 9 years of digital expertise. Prior to starting her consultancy business in 2021, Luce worked in-house as Group Marketing Manager for TravelUp and as an SEO Manager at pure-play SEO agency, Blue Array. She specialises in content strategy and technical SEO for Ecommerce and Marketplace websites. She is also a part of SISTRIX’s Data Journalism team, regularly analysing and reporting on the latest UK search visibility trends.
Lukas Adamec
Lukas Adamec | Consultant |
Lukas Adamec has been working within Paid Digital for 11+ years, during which he transitioned from an employee to a freelancer & CEO of Abadam Marketing. In the last 5 years Lukas has focused on Consultancy - working with established agencies to deliver client growth. His focus is particularly on international paid opportunities, from Google to Yandex, from Naver to Baidu, from Yahoo JP to Seznam. Lukas is a firm believer in knowledge sharing and enjoys discussing experiences with established online marketers as well as providing training to new colleagues. During his time off, Lukas recharges his energy by being disconnected from online influences and instead spends his time on wildlife photography.
Luke Twomey
Luke Twomey | Head of Digital, Scripted | BBC Studios
Luke is an experienced digital marketer whose career has spanned both agency and in-house and worked across brands like Toyota Europe, Visa UK, Co-op Food, Autotrader, Specsavers, Pizza Hut and the BBC. Luke is currently the Head of Digital for Scripted brands at BBC Studios. Here he develops and leads on digital strategies to increase revenues, develop and encourage audience interaction and retention and build brand status across multiple channels like EastEnders, Casualty, Comedy Greats and Funny Parts to name a few.
Marcus Oughton
Marcus Oughton | Global Head of Digital Commerce | Clarks
In his 20-year long career, Marcus has significantly impacted the world of digital commerce. His robust commercial strategies and keen eye for optimising consumer journeys showcase his expertise, while his extensive experience in P&L management has driven the direct-to-consumer growth of several global brands. As Clarks' Global Head of Digital Commerce, Marcus is spearheading digital growth and transformation for the brand, currently leading DTC channel re-platforming across several regions. He actively engages in digital advisory boards, industry podcasts, panel debates and award judging panels, underscoring his commitment to brilliant digital branding.
Polly Walton
Polly Walton | Head of Experience Optimisation | UNRVLD
Polly works with SEO consultants, PPC managers, content & PR consultants, and technical developers. Polly works on digital strategies and solutions for major brands in sectors including higher education, sport, property, travel and more. She is also a search marketing conference speaker on SEO, page speed and performance and digital marketing.
Rejoice Ojiaku
Rejoice Ojiaku | SEO Manager | Nelson Bostock UNLIMITED
Rejoice Ojiaku is an SEO Specialist & Content Strategist, as well as the Co-Founder of B-DigitalUK – a platform for showcasing and empowering black talent in the UK digital marketing scene. Her expertise lies in SEO, Diversity and inclusion, all bolstered by strong personal branding both online and offline.
Ric Rodriguez
Ric Rodriguez | Search Director | Vashi
Ric Rodriguez is an experienced digital marketer, with a background that stretches across agency, brand and vendor-side. Ric is the Search Director at Vashi, the bespoke fine jewellery brand, where he currently leads the performance team. He joined from NYSE-listed technology company Yext, where he was the European search marketing expert. Prior to this, Ric led teams at well-known agencies, most notably within iProspect, where he grew online market share for two high street finance brands - and at Croud, where he oversaw all SEO activity for a well-known B2B business across over 100 markets. He was also a part of iCrossing’s, multi-award winning L'Oreal team. Ric is co-author of the Amazon bestselling book "Mastering In-House SEO" and often speaks at marketing conferences.
Richard Shove
Richard Shove | SEO Marketing Manager | Samsung Electronics
Richard is an experienced SEO and digital marketer, having worked in the industry since 2005 with roles across agency and in-house. Richard specialises in ecommerce growth, having worked at multiple ecommerce brands, including Farfetch and Not on the High Street and currently working in the DTC team at Samsung Electronics. Richard is passionate about data driven, customer first, sustainable growth, and also coaching and mentoring for personal growth.
Sarah Cook
Sarah Cook | Head of Content |
Sarah has worked in communications for over 15 years: both in-house and for agencies. Most recently, she's been responsible for brand campaigns and content in the Group brand team at Legal & General. Before this, she worked at an international law firm, leading their social media strategy and started her career as a communications consultant, working at PR agencies in London.
Sarah Orrill
Sarah Orrill | Head of Digital Media | TalkTalk
Sarah is a highly commercial and strategically minded marketer with extensive experience across a range of sectors, including Retail, Online gambling, and Telco. In her role as Head of Digital Media, at TalkTalk, she leads the team responsible for driving profitable new customer acquisition through Affiliates, Paid Search and Organic Search.
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.
Terry Rand
Terry Rand | Global Head of Growth Industry Marketing | LinkedIn
Terry is an experienced and passionate marketer, who understands exactly the challenges and opportunities marketers of today are facing. Having worked in numerous roles in different industries over the last ten years, Terry has seen first-hand the rapid change and innovation underway, the need to work within industry limitations, and seek creative and cost-effective solutions. Terry began their career as part of the graduate scheme at HSBC, then moved on to be a Relationship Manager within the Commercial and Corporate side of the bank. They soon realized that their interest and passion lay in marketing, working their way up to the role of Global B2B Marketing Manager. From there, Terry went on to Senior roles at Masthaven Bank, the crypto startup Coinfloor, and the global professional services brand, KPMG. In his role at LinkedIn as the Global Head of Growth Industry Marketing, Terry leads a team which focuses on developing and executing a number of creative industry-focused campaigns and GTM strategy for their rapidly growing Enterprise business. They are committed to helping marketers learn from their peers and adapt to a changing landscape, while maximizing the LinkedIn platform to build trusted relationships with their audiences. Outside of his core role, Terry serves as a board member for Financial Narrative, a global Financial services marketing and communication community. Additionally, Terry is a committee member internally for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, something he feels passionate about.
Veronika Höller
Veronika Höller | Global Senior SEO Manager | CompuGroup Medical
Veronika is a Global SEO Lead 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.
Lukasz Zelezny
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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We are thrilled to see our team’s remarkable efforts being recognised and celebrated. This prestigious award is a testament to the combined accomplishments of our entire team. Receiving a research-based award for our work with a valued client reaffirms our dedication to connecting a data-led approach with human insight & experience. It serves as compelling evidence that our approach empowers us to consistently deliver exceptional work. Steven Underwood- Managing Director
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Recognition in these awards is a wonderful honour. Accreditation of this nature is significant because although we are able to say we exceeded targets, to have external review and validation of the strength of this strategy is a great boost. It tells Numatic that they picked the right agency and that our approach is industry-leading and signalling to potential clients that we know what we’re doing! Amy Lighton- Account Manager
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Everyone is really excited about our award entry and grateful that their efforts are being noticed externally – it’s been the talk of the office over the past few weeks! Being shortlisted at this year’s UK Digital Growth Awards is a great demonstration of the team’s effort and dedication to improving our customer experience. To win the award would be a great honour and achievement for everyone.
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Any form of positive industry and peer recognition really helps validate what we’re doing both for our clients and for our agency. We truly care about driving transformational growth for our clients. This also allows us to grow and succeed – it’s a win-win. Coming to the table with hard earned accolades can only be a positive thing in any client or prospective client conversation.
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