Judges

The Corporate Engagement Awards is judged by a panel of sponsorship, partnership and CSR experts. If you would like to judge the Corporate Engagement Awards please email brian.donnelly@communicatemagazine.co.uk

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Justin Avern

Fairtrade Foundation

head of media relations

Justin Avern

Fairtrade Foundation

Justin has over fifteen years experience working in communications, both in the governmental and not for profit sector, including WWF, the Department for Communities and Local Government and regional communications body Government News Network.  Since 2014 he has been head of media relations at the Fairtrade Foundation, the world's largest and most recognised fair trade system and part of a global organisation working to secure a better deal for farmers and workers.

 

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Vijay Bedarkar

Barclays

assistant vice president

Vijay Bedarkar

Barclays

assistant vice president

Vijay has worked with Barclays for almost six years spanning both corporate banking , gglobal community investment and most recently in reputation management. His role involves reviewing and assessing reputational risks associated with transactions and relationships on issues such as human rights. He also maintains a dialogue with external stakeholders including campaigning NGOs. Previously he worked directly with Barclays three global community investment programmes across 13 countries: the partnership with the Football Foundation to develop 200 sustainable community sports sites; the employability and enterprise partnership with UNICEF; and the savings-led microfinance programme, Banking on Change, with Plan and CARE. Vijay led on engaging colleagues to support local communities by leveraging Barclays core capabilities through skills based volunteering. He also led on reporting the outcomes and impacts of the global programmes, and contributes to driving robust evaluation and accountability with partners.

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Ian Burrows

Deloitte

director of brand & engagement

Ian Burrows

Deloitte

Ian is director of brand and engagement for Deloitte, re-joining in 2015 after a nine-year gap. He leads all communications and engagement initiatives for the firm’s 15,000 employees and 1,000 partners. Ian’s previous roles included internal communications for a Big Four rival and he’s also worked in broader management and IT consulting businesses. He has extensive experience across corporate communications and marketing and believes that increasingly the lines between these disciplines are blurred. Ian lives in East London with his wife and two young children. His main interests outside work and family are motorsport and fast cars.

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Richard Crook

Colliers-International

head of marketing, communications and business development, EMEA

Richard Crook

Colliers-International

Richard is head of marketing, communications and business development, EMEA at Colliers-International. He is responsible for working with the EMEA CEO and board to develop and implement a marketing and communication strategy to position Colliers as a leader in the commercial real estate industry, through innovative and measurable marketing tactics. Richard is responsible for the marketing, PR, digital marketing, social media, and research and client engagement teams.  Previous to Colliers-International, Richard held roles at Savills, Drivers Jonas Deloitte and Taylor Wimpey.

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James Docherty

SSE plc

senior sponsorship manager

James Docherty

SSE plc

senior sponsorship manager

James is SSE’s senior sponsorship manager responsible for a number of the brand’s high profile sponsorships including; The SSE Hydro venue, Next Generation programme supporting 100 young athletes across GB and Ireland and their Golf portfolio - having concluded a highly successful activation of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games for SSE. Recently James has also stepped into the field of diversity and inclusion, collaborating with Human Resources and Corporate Affairs to demonstrate how sponsorship can be a key channel in delivering key messaging internally and with external stakeholders.

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Graham Duxbury

Ground Work UK

chief executive

Graham Duxbury

Ground Work UK

chief executive

Graham was appointed Groundwork UK's chief executive in March 2014.  He has nearly 20 years experience of helping public and voluntary sector organisations reach new audiences and deliver strategic communications and development campaigns. He was previously Groundwork’s director of development – responsible for building national relationships and partnerships, generating income, developing national programmes and leading on policy and strategic communications.  Graham joined Groundwork UK in 1998, prior to which he undertook a number of communications roles in the voluntary, public and private sectors. 

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Joséphine Edwall-Björklund

SCA

senior VP corporate communications

Joséphine Edwall-Björklund

SCA

Senior VP corporate communications

Joséphine is the senior vice president of corporate communications at SCA. She has over 25 years’ experience working  in-house as a communications professional. Previous to SCA, she worked for Erikson AB and was head and vice president of communications, business unit global services. While working for Ericsson Response ,Ericsson’s non-profit organisation,  Joséphine was a board member and head of communications in a team that contributed to humanitarian relief work during natural disasters.

 

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Céline Gagnon

The Funding Network

chief executive

Céline Gagnon

The Funding Network

Céline is the Chief Executive of The Funding Network. Before joining the TFN team, Céline was involved in the cultural sector for over a decade working in fundraising, partnership development and community engagement. As head of development at the Tricycle Theatre, she led an integrated capital and revenue fundraising campaign which raised £5.5million to upgrade the auditorium and facilities. Prior to joining the Tricycle in 2013, she undertook a variety of roles in the arts including senior development manager at Battersea Arts Centre, Creative Communities Coordinator at Farnham Maltings and Cultural Attachée for the Quebec Government in London. A keen knitter, she counts setting up the Maltings knitting festival Unravel as her proudest achievement.

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Nick Gardner

Project Dirt

co-founder

Nick Gardner

Project Dirt

Co-founder 

Nick Gardner is co-founder of Project Dirt, the online network of 2,000 community-based social and environmental projects. Nick's background is in social and environmental research, primarily for large government bodies and corporate clients. His work has ranged from evaluating major national lottery-funded programmes such as "Transforming Your Space" and "People's Places", to auditing the Carbon Trust's Future Impact estimation tool for KPMG. With Project Dirt, Nick and his team have devised a new model for CSR which is currently being trialled with several companies

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Kate Goldman

Unicef

director of partnerships & philanthropy

Kate Goldman

Unicef

director of partnerships & philanthropy

Kate is director of partnerships & philanthropy at Unicef UK with responsibility for leading their philanthropy, foundations and corporate engagement. She is defining and leading their partnerships & relationships agenda bringing together some of the world’s leading businesses, foundations and philanthropists with the world’s leading organisation for children to drive transformational change for the most vulnerable and marginalised children. Prior to joining Unicef UK Kate has led corporate engagement strategies at Save the Children and the NSPCC and supported the establishment of venture capital firm, Ariadne Capital. She has a degree in Ancient History from Nottingham University and is a Fellow of the RSA

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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Stephanie Harvey

Providence Row

head of fundraising

Stephanie Harvey

Providence Row

head of fundraising

Stephanie has 15 years of experience in fundraising and has worked at Providence Row for six years. As the Fundraising Manager she works alongside front line teams and supports the development of new initiatives alongside funding for core support services.  Company partnerships are an integral part of Providence Row. They believe having strong relationships within their local area means they are able to work together to tackle the root causes of homelessness. 

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Sara Heald

Legal & General Group

head of community involvement

Sara Heald

Legal & General Group

head of community involvement

Sara's role is to be the “conscience” of Legal & General in the way that it campaigns for social, environmental and economic issues material to its businesses. Working in a unique way with charities to help them solve long term issues that really matter. She looks after employee volunteering and engagement programmes for the group and drives the CSR Report. Employee engagement programmes include the Chairman’s community awards, time and sponsorship matching, pennies from heaven, GAYE, Social enterprises and our education programme in schools.   

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Olivia Highland

The Old Vic Theatre

head of corporate development

Olivia Highland

The Old Vic Theatre

head of corporate development

Olivia Highland is head of corporate development at The Old Vic – one of the only theatres in London with such a prized and international reputation not to receive any regular government subsidy. Olivia leads the corporate fundraising team in defining the corporate fundraising strategy, stewarding partner relationships with a range of businesses and brands across multiple sectors, seeking and securing new business to effectively realise the corporate revenue target, which amounts to 45% of the organisation’s overall revenue fundraising target. Companies engage with The Old Vic across multiple partnership platforms to unlock a range of staff engagement, client entertaining, brand alignment and profile raising opportunities

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Lareena Hilton

Deutsche Bank AG

managing director, global head of brand communications & corporate social responsibility,

Lareena Hilton

Deutsche Bank AG

Lareena works within the communications & CSR department and has global responsibility for setting strategy for the brand & CSR functions. She has worked at Deutsche Bank since 1995 and is based in London. She joined Deutsche Morgan Grenfell to implement a new identity for this developing brand.  During her tenure she has had various regional and global roles across marketing, communications, events, brand and CSR.  In her current role, she is focused on an integrated approach to build profile, engage multi-stakeholder audiences and deliver sustainable impact for the bank, to enhance reputation and trust.

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Simon Humphrey

ARM Holdings

senior manager, corporate responsibility

Simon Humphrey

ARM Holdings

Simon works at ARM Holdings in the corporate responsibility team where he leads on external communications, engagement with charity partners and advocacy across education, health and the environment. Simon has been involved in sustainability and corporate responsibility since 2008. Prior to that he spent 12 years with accountancy firm PwC advising large corporations on risk management working extensively across Europe, Africa and Australasia. He is currently a trust board governor for the Anglia Learning Trust, a trust governor at a secondary school and sixth form, a trustee of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and represents ARM on a number of external committees and Boards in relation to Education.

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Rowena Howell

Macmillan

partnership services manager

Rowena Howell

Macmillan

Partnership services manager

Rowena leads the cancer information and support area of the corporate partnership between Macmillan and Boots UK. She has worked in the field of cancer information and support for over ten years, firstly within the NHS within Mount Vernon Cancer Network.  She moved to Macmillan Cancer Support where she led the expansion of its Mobile Information Service in the South East region, before joining the Boots Partnership team in 2011. Before her involvement in cancer support, she worked in both production and communication roles at the BBC, before joining the National Pharmacy Association comms team in 1999.  She has a postgraduate qualification in Health Information Management, and has a particular interest in developing service offers that give broader choice to people, and break down some of the barriers people can face when they’re looking for help and support

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Claire Jeromson

LV=

head of sponsorship and brand

Claire Jeromson

LV=

Claire heads up the team at LV= that looks after brand, sponsorship, corporate responsibility, and membership. She has over 20 years marketing experience predominantly in financial services. Before joining LV=, she worked at RBS, Bank of Scotland and Scottish Widows in a variety of marketing roles.

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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. Primarily focusing on the title sponsorship of British Swimming and its subsidiaries, Matthew has been able to focus on making swimming’s assets work hard for British Gas.  As a non-Olympic sponsor of an Olympic sport, Matthew oversaw BG’s hugely successful 2012 campaign which gave free swims to anyone that pledged support to the British Swimming team.  He has led the development of innovative and technological activation campaigns that support both the sport’s and his objectives. Matthew speaks widely about how sponsorships 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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Geraldine Mapp

National Grid

head of corporate communications

Geraldine Mapp

National Grid

head of corporate communications 

Geraldine heads up the corporate business partner team for National Grid, the company that connects people safely and reliably to the energy they use every day. She is charged with making engaging connections that positively impact business outcome, working with UK and US internal and external stakeholders on behalf of the company’s group corporate functions.   Geraldine is a regular speaker, particularly around disciplined communication planning and measurement. Her 25 year communication career includes head of internal and external communications at Homeserve;  acting head of PR for npower, where she remained with the brand for five years managing its consumer PR; and senior manager at the Midland's full service agency Barkers PR, working for banking, home interest, fashion, pharmaceutical, independent pharmacy, food and manufacturing sectors. She cut her teeth as press officer for Pilkington Glass in St Helens and Scania trucks in Milton Keynes

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Liam McKay

London City Airport

head of CSR & public affairs

Liam McKay

London City Airport

Liam McKay is head of public affairs at London City Airport. Liam is responsible for campaigning and political engagement at the airport, managing links with relevant political and regulatory audiences in Europe, Westminster, City Hall and across London. Liam also runs LCY’s community engagement, public policy and supply chain agendas. In 2016, he oversaw the successful conclusion of the £350 million City Airport Development Programme (CADP) which was green lighted by UK government after a three year campaign. Liam has over ten years’ experience in campaigning and communications, and previously was responsible for TfL Comms and Engagement in Central London during the 2012 Games, was the London regional manager for the BBC’s Switchover Helpscheme and promoted the 2011 Census on behalf of the GLA/London Councils. An Edinburgh native, Liam has a masters in politics from University College London.

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Hugh Mehta

WWF

head, corporate partnerships management

Hugh Mehta

WWF

Hugh leads the team at WWF-UK that delivers major partnerships with the private sector. WWF partners with companies to drive sustainable business practises, to communicate environmental issues and to generate income for vital conservation work. Hugh joined the organisation in 2009, initially to run the global partnership with HSBC. Prior to that he spent 5 years at UNICEF UK as a corporate fundraiser, where he established a long term commitment to international organisations that care about people and the planet. He lives in Brighton with his wife and two young children and can often be found at the beach.

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Freida Moore

Hays plc

head of corporate communications

Freida Moore

Hays plc

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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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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Gwen O' Toole

The Guardian

partnerships manager

Gwen O' Toole

The Guardian

Partnerships manager

Gwen looks after the SME business portfolio for The Guardian's 'Professional Network'. Launched in 2012, the Network is a dedicated platform and resource for SME professionals to educate, interest and unite this market. She works with brands to create bespoke partnerships which target this audience through editorial and multimedia content, and live events. Prior to this she published business reports in 'The Times', managing the process from conceptualisation to editorial comissioning and commercialisation. Titles included; 'Future of Work', 'Business Transformation' and 'Future of Outsourcing'.

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Katherine Raven

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

head of communications

Katherine Raven

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Katherine has worked in the public relations industry for over eleven years leading the communications for national health charities and NHS organisations. She is currently head of communications at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London. Previously Katherine was senior communications manager at the Royal National Institute of Blind People and press and campaigns manager at the British Lung Foundation. Katherine is a Chartered Institute of Public Relations accredited practitioner and served as an elected CIPR Council member from 2014 until 2016

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Moses Sangobiyi

Compass Mentoring Group

director and co Founder

Moses Sangobiyi

Compass Mentoring Group

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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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.