The awards will be 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.

The 2019 judging panel will be announced shortly.


Julian Carter

Regional Director North-Exterion |

Julian Carter has 23 years experience in commercial radio and is more recently Managing Director at Sun FM Radio, having previously been Group Commercial Director at both Wireless Group and GMG Radio he was involved in the creation of the Smooth Radio Brand. Previously Carter had run regional sales teams at both Capital & Century Radio where he launched the station In the North West 20 years ago. Mid September he starts a new role as Regional Sales Director for the North at Exterion Media based in Manchester. 

Jacqui Gay

Head of Communications, Hull City Council |

As Head of Communications for Hull City Council, Jacqui leads an award winning PR & Marketing team and since 2013 has worked as strategic communications and positioning lead for UK City of Culture from bidding through to delivery and legacy.  She has more than 20 years’ experience working at a senior level in the public, private and third sectors, ranging from consumer PR for major brands to leading communications and engagement on major regeneration and housing market renewal projects.



Previously voted as one of the UK's Top 30 Women in Digital Under 30. A specialist in Social Media and Digital Brand Strategy, Kristal is an award winning, strategic and experienced digital marketing expert. A regular digital conference speaker and industry commentator Kristal has worked in digital for over a decade developing digital solutions for some of the UK’s biggest brands.

Gary Jenkins

Co-owner and Director, No Brainer |
Gary is co-owner and director of No Brainer, an award-winning PR, social media and content marketing agency based in Cheshire. 
Gary is a former news journalist and corporate communications specialist. Formerly Senior Communications Officer at Warrington Borough Council, Gary moved on to become Head of Communications at Merseytravel in Liverpool and then latterly Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Bank of America in Chester, before setting up No Brainer with his business partner Lee Cullen in 2015.
No Brainer has been named one of the UK’s hottest Start Ups (Start Ups 100 Index 2017), it was nominated for a British Small Business Award, and is currently the Chartered Institute of PR’s Outstanding Small PR Consultancy (Silver winner) and PRmoment’s Best New Agency in the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Richard Kenyon

Director of Marketing & Communications, Everton Football Club |

Richard was appointed Director of Marketing and Communications in January 2014 following an interim consultancy role with the Club.

He arrived at Everton from Kenyon Fraser which - initially as Managing Director and then as Chief Executive - he built into one of the leading marketing and communications agencies in the North and one of the fastest-growing in the UK. A lifelong Evertonian, his role is to oversee and drive Marketing, Insight, Corporate Communications, PR and Media functions, Fan Services and the Club’s Fan Centre. Richard previously worked for the PFA and MLS and acted as Interim Head of Marketing and Communications for The Jockey Club in the North West and the Grand National. He has also worked closely with the R&A on golf’s oldest major, the Open Championship.

Richard is Chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the North West and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute.

Robert McClements MBA FRSA

President, Creative Digital Industries (CDi) |

Robert is President of Creative Digital Industries (CDi) which he established as a Special Interest Group of the BPIF. It is a focal point for an 800-strong network ranging through brand owners, agencies and independent designers and printers in the marketing communications chain. The network’s annual Visual Media Conference attracts international speakers and delegates and addresses the current case studies and future-scoping of the emerging technologies and strategies.

Robert’s marketing career began in advertising and moved rapidly into corporate identity where he became managing director of two small subsidiary companies in Allied Domecq working with the likes of McColl and Conran. Intent on providing a full-service proposition he established printing and point-of-sale manufacturing facility that counted Guinness and Mercedes among its client list.

Following an MBA that led to him to becoming a director of the Bradford Management Centre he franchised its programmes in the Middle East and ran the BBC Executive Programmes.

Robert has a portfolio of clients who he advises as a non-executive director in strategic development, succession planning and leadership. He is a wind-surfer and in his spare time once took part in the classic car rally from Peking to Paris – but that’s another story.

He is a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Stationers’ Company.



Anthony Patterson is Professor of Marketing at the University of Liverpool. His research amounts to an assorted mix of qualitative and interpretive projects, all of which tend to focus on providing a snapshot of current cultural practices in consumption and artfully exploring how these phenomena impact on consumer behaviour. He received his Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Ulster. Anthony’s research has appeared in Journal of Business Research, Psychology & Marketing, Marketing Theory and the Journal of Marketing Management, among many others. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marketing Management, Marketing Theory, International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research and Arts Marketing: An International Journal. In 2011 he co-chaired the Academy of Marketing Annual Conference, and since then as continued to serve on the Academy of Marketing Committee as its Secretary. In 2014 he chaired the Marketing Transformation: Rethinking marketing, Digital First practitioner conference.  His teaching interests are in the area of consumer behaviour, research methodology and critical marketing.

Ricardo Seixas

Head of Digital at Media Agency Group |

Ricardo is the Head of Digital for Media Agency Group, a top independent UK agency, and leads ClickTap Media, a fast-growing digital division of the agency. He has over 15-years’ experience working entirely in the digital world working internationally for consumer brands, start-ups, software companies, digital agencies, and most recently a lead at Google. He has led innovative digital projects for brands such as L’Oreal, Telefonica, Sanofi, Ambev and some of the world’s top agencies.


Will Stone MCIPR, FRSA

Will Stone, Marketing and Communications Manager, Atmos International |
Will Stone is a storyteller for business with more than 25 years experience working in the corporate and public sectors.
Starting out in journalism, he has worked agency-side and led communications for global forestry company UPM ( He has worked with leading publishers and magazines including Wallpaper* and Monocle, as well as with renowned designer Tom Dixon. Will has run events across Europe including Capital Market Days, World Magazine Congresses in London and Rome, and exhibitions across the UK. He also has extensive experience of working with devolved governments and the Finnish Ambassador for the UK. 
He was a freelance consultant for over five years working with tech businesses including a number of his own start-ups in wireless charging and image recognition. Focusing on brand strategy and storytelling, Will has also delivered digital business training programmes within education.
Will was one of the founding judges for the Northern Marketing Awards.

Mick Style

CEO of Wavemaker North. |

Wavemaker North is just 18 months old, launched in January 2018 following the global merger of MEC and Maxus - and MEC’s Manchester office became Wavemaker North. Mick was previously MD of MEC in Manchester for 12 years, having previously run the Broadcast Department at the agency. Wavemaker is a multiple award winning agency servicing clients throughout the UK with a simple purpose - to create impact for our clients and our people.  

The agency has grown from a media and digital planning and buying agency, accelerating into search, performance, technology, social and content marketing services.

Mick says: ‘I’m proud to lead an amazing and talented team in helping solve a greater share of our clients’ problems, and in continuing to grow our capabilities and our business. We are really proud to be Prolific North’s Integrated Agency of the Year AND Content Team of the Year for 2019’.

‘I’m a fell-bred Cumbrian, passionate cyclist and cyclo-cross obsessive, lover of music and most importantly proud Dad to Charlotte.

Karen Webber

Creative Freelancer |

Karen Webber is a creative freelancer who does marketing for goodness’ sake. She works with organisations that are trying to make the world a better place, helping them with effective, ethical marketing strategies and tactics, as well as empowering, creative training, and compelling, exciting content.

Karen has been a Northern Marketing Awards judge since the inception of the awards. Find her on Twitter or LinkedIn