Judges

The Corporate Engagement Awards is judged by a panel of sponsorship, partnership and CSR experts. Below are our esteemed panel from the 2018 awards. If you would like to judge the Corporate Engagement Awards please email lauren.ditcher@communicatemagazine.co.uk

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Vijay Bedarkar

Barclays

Assistant vice president

Vijay Bedarkar

Barclays

Assistant vice president

Vijay has worked with Barclays for almost seven years spanning Corporate Banking, Reputation Management and Citizenship. His current role looks at the reporting and impact measurement of the UK Citizenship activity. Prior to this he was involved in reviewing and assessing reputational risks associated with transactions and relationships on issues such as human rights, sustainability and sensitive sectors. He maintained the dialogue with external stakeholders including campaigning NGOs. Previously he worked directly with Barclays three global community investment programmes across 13 countries. Vijay led on engaging colleagues to support local communities by leveraging Barclays core capabilities through skills based volunteering. Outside of work he sits on the advisory board for the Student Development Company, a non-profit organisation which aims to reduce youth unemployment and provide career advice to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to it.

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Anna Boss

London City Airport

CSR and sustainable procurement manager

Anna Boss

London City Airport

CSR and sustainable procurement manager

Anna is CSR and Sustainable Procurement Manager at London City Airport, based in London’s Royal Docks. Anna is responsible for managing the airport’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme focusing on education initiatives, community engagement, local employment, environment and sustainable procurement. Anna is also introducing new sustainability reporting methods and is designing and implementing the airport’s sustainable procurement strategy. Before joining the airport Anna worked for Incluzio, who operates in the Dutch social sector developing innovative social services projects in which public and private sector collaborate. Anna graduated from Utrecht University and Roskilde University with a Master’s degree in Global Political Economy working with the United Nations Development Programme team in parallel to her studies.

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Lucy Dormandy

Aviva

Global corporate responsibility senior manager

Lucy Dormandy

Aviva

Global corporate responsibility senior manager

Lucy is global corporate responsibility senior manager at insurance company Aviva. She leads the global CR communications strategy internally and externally for the company, as well as their three year strategic partnership with the British Red Cross (which won three awards at last year’s Corporate Engagement Awards). She has a decade of experience in social purpose strategy and communications, with previous roles including CR and HR communications manager at Hilton Hotels, and before that spent six years ‘agency side’, working for clients including lifestyle brand Philips and the UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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Becky Ettinger

Natural History Museum

Head of corporate partnerships

Becky Ettinger

Natural History Museum

Head of corporate partnerships

Becky is Head of Corporate Partnerships at the Natural History Museum where she leads the team responsible for securing and managing relationships with corporate partners, harnessing the great breadth of opportunity the Museum has to offer business, supporting the work of the Museum, and delivering a strong return on investment for all parties.

Previously, Becky spent 13 years at Comic Relief where she led and developed the charity’s long term strategic partnerships that encompassed sponsorship, merchandise development, cause-related marketing, employee fundraising and licensing.

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Ed Fletcher

Hope for Children

Head of fundraising and communications

Ed Fletcher

Hope for Children

Head of fundraising and communications

Ed is the Head of Fundraising & Communications at Hope for Children, an international charity that works globally to enable vulnerable children to experience a happy, healthy and positive childhood. Ed is responsible for the strategy and operations of both the fundraising and communications teams at the charity, delivering high-value partnerships with corporate supporters and philanthropic donors, both in the UK and around the world.
In the last 5 years, Ed has worked closely with a broad portfolio of corporate partners, from airlines to private equity firms and FMCG brands, leading his team to create and implement innovative partnerships that improve employee engagement, deliver strategic business goals, increase brand awareness, and most importantly, fund lifechanging projects across the countries the charity operates in.  

 

 

David Greenfield

SOcial, ENvironmental and EConomic Solutions (SOENECS)

Managing director 

David is a chartered waste manager, Fellow of the CIWM and Chartered Environmentalist with over 16 years leadership experience in public sector roles focused on waste strategy, planning and delivering efficiencies in the environmental space. He has an excellent track record in transformation facilitated by expertise in partnership working, procurement and strategic policy interventions. He is Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)  Resources Management Expert panel, a non-executive board director for the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) and acts as advisor to central and local government. David created for his PhD thesis, a Mass Balance Model (MBM), to allow councils to plan over 25 years for a new system of technologies while meeting the pressures of legislation and public opinion. David set up SOENECS, an independent boutique research practice, in June 2014 to provide strategic advice and support to the public and private sectors. SOENECS specialises in the fields of Circular economy, waste management, resource management, climate change, ICT secure destruction, renewable deployment, carbon management and partnership delivery.

 

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Sarah Harrison

Instinctif Partners

Business development manager

Sarah Harrison

Instinctif Partners

Business development manager

Sarah has spent more than 20 years working in communications and engagement for consultancies such as Wardour and most recently Instinctif Partners. She is responsible for adding new global brands to the client list, by matching their complex needs with Instinctif’s innovative solutions. She believes corporate communications can make or break audience engagement and is due to join the UK Board of the International Association of Business Communicators this Summer.

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Matthew Leopold

British Gas

Brand reputation – partnerships, sponsorship, skills and education

Matthew Leopold

British Gas

Brand reputation – partnerships, sponsorship, skills and education

With a background in PR and branding, Matthew has been involved in shaping and implementing partnerships for most of his career – latterly heading up sponsorship and partnerships at British Gas and now as a Director of the European Sponsorship Association. Primarily focusing on the title sponsorship of British Swimming and its subsidiaries, Matthew was able to focus on making swimming’s assets work hard for British Gas. He led the development of innovative and technological activation campaigns that supported both the sport’s and his objectives. Matthew speaks widely about how sponsorship and partnerships work and how they can grow engagement for consumers and employees.  Through various activations and campaigns, he has learned how to build consumer trust through sponsorship and the importance of a tangible business return.

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Anna Lovell

British Red Cross

Head of corporate partnerships

Anna Lovell

British Red Cross

Head of corporate partnerships 

Anna Lovell is head of corporate partnerships at the British Red Cross and has over 12 years’ experience in shaping and delivering high profile, long term corporate partnerships, both nationally and globally.

Working with big names spanning the retail, legal, financial, automotive, FMCG and pharmaceutical industries, Anna has built successful and award winning partnerships through maximising collaborative opportunities to deliver impact across a range of metrics.

As head of corporate partnerships, Anna is responsible for leading her team to secure and maintain high quality partnerships that focus on and enhance employee engagement, social responsibility, marketing communications and strategic partnership activities. 

 

 

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Freida Moore

Hays plc

Head of corporate communications

Freida Moore

Hays plc

Head of corporate communications

Freida is head of corporate communications for Hays plc, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified professional and skilled people. Here she is responsible for leading external and internal communications across the global business, working closely with the marketing and communications teams in 33 countries. Previously, she spent nine years as a financial public relations consultant at Citigate Dewe Rogerson, working for a range of listed and unlisted clients. She started her career as a financial and corporate consultant at GCI Focus

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Wayne Morris

Premiership Rugby

Community & corporate social responsibility director

Wayne Morris

Premiership Rugby

Community & corporate social responsibility director

Wayne is the Community and Corporate Social Responsibility Director for Premiership Rugby, the umbrella organisation representing the strategic interests of the 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby Clubs. His role is to orchestrate the strategy and delivery of Premiership Rugby’s community & CSR work, including creating and delivering Premiership Rugby’s domestic and international community programmes, ensuring the clubs community network shares knowledge and best practice, whilst developing new partnerships with the corporate sector, 3rd sector, government and NGO stakeholders.

Premiership Rugby’s community work enhances the lives of over 320,000 young people each year and is delivered by over 150 full time community development officers who are supported by over 400 part time and volunteer staff.  

Wayne previously played professional rugby in both Wales and England and was capped by his country at u19 – u21 and A team level.

 

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Kerry North

O2 Telefonica UK

Senior manager – youth and community

Kerry North

O2 Telefonica UK

Senior community manager

Kerry is O2’s senior community manager, looking after their Think Big programme to support young people develop and utilise their digital, entrepreneurial and employability skills.  She’s previously worked across the field of sustainability with small businesses and local government, so has a rounded experience, and leads on award entries for sustainability at O2.

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Adam O'Kane

World Child Cancer

Director of fundraising and communications

Adam O'Kane

World Child Cancer

Director of fundraising and communications

Adam has extensive fundraising experience gained from a wide range of charities including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, St Mungo’s homelessness organisation and most recently within International NGOs working in children’s healthcare in Africa and Asia. Much of his career has been working with sourcing and securing successful corporate charity partnerships, as well as helping individuals manage their personal philanthropy. Adam is currently leading the fundraising and communications functions at World Child Cancer helping the team to achieve their ambitious growth targets over the next few years.

 

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Rob Powell

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Head of pro bono and CSR

Rob Powell

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Head of pro bono and CSR

Robert Powell is Head of Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion (CR&I) at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP. He manages the full breadth of activities in the London office’s award-winning CR&I programme which focuses on four priority areas: pro bono, inclusion, community & environment and wellness. During his time at Weil, Robert has increased employee engagement significantly resulting in the average Weil London lawyer spending 65 hours a year on pro bono legal work and more than 75% of employees taking part in some form of volunteering activity.

Robert is also on the board of the charities Special Olympics GB, Heart of the City and is a member of a number of charity advisory boards.

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Nicola Robson

Providence Row

Marketing manager

Nicola Robson

Providence Row

Marketing manager

Nicola started her career working in marketing for a hotel chain and then spent several years working as a marketing executive for a venture capital investment firm. She moved into the charity sector in 2010 and has worked in marketing and fundraising roles at The Children’s Society, Barnardo’s and Missing People. She currently works as marketing manager at East London homelessness charity Providence Row.

 

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Moses Sangobiyi

The Successful Failure

Founder

Moses Sangobiyi

The Successful Failure

Founder

Moses is the founder of the Successful Failure, a platform that looks to challenge society’s stance on failure. Having a background in sports, Moses had to experience his own journey of up’s and down’s to fully appreciate the importance of bouncing back from failure. Through a combination of interviews, workshops and other live events; The Successful Failure has been able to work with some household names such as: Unilever, TeachFirst, Mercedes-Benz & more. Moses has been heavily involved with community projects with roles at Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea FC & other community centred organisations

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Jacqui Segal

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Deputy director of corporate partnerships

Jacqui Segal

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Deputy director of corporate partnerships

With a fundraising career spanning nearly twenty years, Jacqui has worked at a number of sector-leading charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Shelter and Whizz-Kidz. Jacqui specialises in forging and delivering partnerships between the charity and corporate sector and, in her ten years at GOSH, has been responsible for raising well over £50m with her teams. Key clients and past successes include Premier Inn & Restaurants, M&S, Butlins, ASK Italian Restaurants, Disney, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse.

Jacqui has a particular interest in empowerment, culture-change and leadership within the voluntary sector and is part of small team driving GOSH’s internal leadership programme.

 

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Edward Sharman

Help for Heroes

Senior manager – corporate partnerships

Edward Sharman

Help for Heroes

Senior manager – corporate partnerships 

Edward oversees the corporate partnerships team for Help for Heroes one of the UK’s leading Military Charities. Overseeing new business and account management teams he ensures all partnerships are delivered to the highest possible standards maximising income and ensuring success for both parties.

Having worked for a number of national charities ranging from the RSPCA, RAF Benevolent Fund to The Eve Appeal and Help for Heroes has given him a good insight into the corporate world. In addition, he has worked in In-House on partnerships including COTY for Deutsche Bank and Nomura giving an insight into CSR from both sides including partner selection. Edward specialises in multi-tiered partnerships as well as Cause Related Marketing having worked with companies including Aston Martin, Breitling, P&G & HP.

 

 

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Grace Shotbolt

The Funding Network

Membership and communications executive

Grace Shotbolt

The Funding Network

Membership and communications executive

Grace is the Membership and Communications Executive at The Funding Network, a charity that funds small, social change projects through live crowdfunding events and has raised £10.5million worldwide since 2002. Prior to joining TFN, Grace worked at a start-up funding initiative set up by the British Government. Grace is the founding trustee of Hackney Wicked Women, a Women’s Institute group based in Hackney, London, that empowers women to share skills and strengthen their local community.

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Andy Smith

Santander

Head of media relations

Andy Smith

Santander

Head of media relations

With over 20 years’ experience, Andy has worked both in house and in agencies for some of the biggest UK financial services brands; including Virgin, Scottish Widows, Prudential, Direct Line and Alliance & Leicester.  Since 2009 he has been head of media relations at Santander. Andy has led the media relations strategy for the rebrand of Abbey, Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley to Santander, launched the 123 account, and overseen growth in corporate & commercial banking.  Andy is also a qualified teacher.

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Abigail Tompsett

ITV

Head of appeals and partnerships

Abigail Tompsett

ITV

Head of appeals and partnerships

Abigail is Head of Appeals and Partnerships at ITV. She is responsible for managing the delivery of content across all channels which use ITV’s reach for the benefit of communities and causes.
Over her seven years at ITV Abigail has been a key part of the senior management team who delivered Text Santa, ITV’s charity Christmas appeal, that raised over £32 million for 25 charities over five years, and Soccer Aid for Unicef, which so far has raised over £24 million over ten years. Abigail helps manage the long term strategic partnership with Unicef which includes brand development, marketing, fundraising and donation mechanics.
Prior to ITV, Abigail has had a diverse career, spanning events management for large scale international music and multinational corporate events, through to co-managing Geri Halliwell when she left the Spice Girls.

 

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Kesah Trowell

Dixons Carphone

Group head of corporate responsibility

Kesah Trowell

Dixons Carphone

Group head of corporate responsibility

Kesah Trowell is group head of corporate social responsibility for Dixons Carphone and has over 23 years of experience in marketing communications, public relations, corporate social responsibility, employee engagement and sponsorship. Working within Europe’s biggest technology and electrics retailer, Kesah created a CSR function from scratch - and on a relative shoestring - by leveraging ground breaking collaborative sponsorship opportunities to deliver tangible results across a number of metrics – and has picked up a number of prestigious communications awards and accolades along the way, including a Corporate Engagement Award in 2013. 

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Hina West

WWF

Head of corporate partnerships management

Hina West

WWF

Head of corporate partnerships management

With a career spanning the private, public and charity sector across multiple countries, Hina currently leads WWF UK’s corporate partnership management team - working with the private sector to forge share-value partnerships and drive real change in business practices. Prior to this, Hina worked in a number of programmatic and partnership roles at Oxfam. Along with time spent working for New Zealand’s Green Party combating social and environmental injustice; within communications for the iconic MINI; and raising youth’s awareness of HIV/AIDS with The British Red Cross. She also has a one year old daughter and 10 year old Rottweiler.