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Judges Alumni

Stephen McCallion

Global Head of marketing Communications at TAQA, former Global Head of Corporate identity Communications , SHELL

Globally experienced marketing communications, corporate brand/ branding professional with strong technical & leadership skills. Strategist with ability to develop internal & external networks, achieve buy-in from senior stakeholders, gain C-suite support and deliver-with-excellence. Well- honed decision-making skills. Collaborative. Keep-it-simple approach.

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Stephen McCallion

Stephen McCallion

Global Head of marketing Communications at TAQA, former Global Head of Corporate identity Communications , SHELL

Andrew Flowers

Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Microsoft & Nokia

Andrew is a content strategist and producer with in-house experience from the likes of Microsoft, Nokia, Ericsson and nASDAQ OMX. In the past few years Andrew has mainly been focused on producing online videos and TV advertisements for smartphones, yet his broad career also spans financial communication, consumer PR and B2B copywriting.

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Andrew Flowers

Andrew Flowers

Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Microsoft & Nokia

James Stevenson

Founder And Managing Director Of Bletchley Group Digital Consultant of Marks And Spencer, UK

James helped businesses create, transform and grow their digital presence, products and teams using strategy, marketing, product and technology. Working for global brands, offering a range of digital services from e-commerce, to online brand protection, digital business strategies and online marketing, helping clients understand new busi- ness practices, new consumer behaviour, and new digital technologies available.

His Clients include: Guardian News and Media, Selfridges & Co, Bacardi, News Interna- tional, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Grey Goose Vodka Hilton Hotels.

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James Stevenson

James Stevenson

Founder And Managing Director Of Bletchley Group Digital Consultant of Marks And Spencer, UK

Martin Kirke

Non-Executive Director and Coach, Advisory Board Chairman at PushFar.

Martin has held international HR director roles with Dow Chemical, Ericsson, Serco and BP including vice President resource management for Ericsson based in Stockholm and HR Director Operations Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific for the BP Group. Martin has experience of running a business as a General Manager and has also led major change and transformation programmes.

Martin was the lead in HR at Transport for London for the 2012 Olympics after which he decided to focus on non-executive director and consultancy work. His clients include the Cabinet Office, UK (Cabinet Office supports the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, and ensures the effective running of government) and healthcare charity ‘Action for Change’ where he is also a non-executive director.

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Martin Kirke

Martin Kirke

Non-Executive Director and Coach, Advisory Board Chairman at PushFar.

Tony Coll

Media & Communication Consultant, former BBC Journalist

Tony Coll is one of the UK’s most experienced media and presentation coaches and trainers. A former BBC TV and BBC Radio reporter and producer, he has worked for many years with senior figures from companies and organisations of all sizes; politicians; national and local government officers; health service and utility managers; pressure group spokespeople; charity workers; chief police and fire officers. He worked at cabinet level with the late Veronica Crichton, former director of communications at the Labour Party, in media training several UK government ministers.
Tony’s training can be delivered in the form of personal coaching or consultancy, in groups or as part of wider emergency response training. It covers effective emergency communication with newspapers, radio, TV and social media as well as addressing live audiences.

Tony Coll is an Oxford law graduate who began his career as a newspaper reporter in North East London and Sheffield.  He moved on to the BBC World Service, BBC Radio One ‘Newsbeat’, BBC and commercial local radio and BBC regional TV in Manchester and London.  He has interviewed cabinet ministers and other public figures; researched, produced, reported and presented news and current affairs programmes, from hard news, sequence programmes and “built” documentaries, through live political discussions and phone-ins, to lighter features, celebrity profiles and vox pops.

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Tony Coll

Tony Coll

Media & Communication Consultant, former BBC Journalist

Simon Nicholson

Social Media Manager, Honda Motor Europe Ltd
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Simon Nicholson

Simon Nicholson

Social Media Manager, Honda Motor Europe Ltd

Omar Rostom

Consumer Engagement and Media Manager Near East, North Africa, Levant, & Emerging Asia, Microsoft
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Omar Rostom

Omar Rostom

Consumer Engagement and Media Manager Near East, North Africa, Levant, & Emerging Asia, Microsoft

Christophe Ginisty

President 2013 , International Public Relations Association, Former Digital Evangelist for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Edelman

International public relations expert and a digital guru with more than 20 years of experience.
- Deputy Managing Director of Edelman EMEA, European Technology – Digital evangelist (2011-2012), fouunder and Managing Director Rumeur Publique (1988, 2011).
- President of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) for 2013.
- Founder of NGO ‘Internet sans Frontières’ (Internet without Borders) in 2007 then WebDiversity in 2011.
- Published author of Allons, enfants de l'Internet! (Publisher: Diateino, 2010).
- Creator of the "ReputationWar" international conference (2013).
- Professor of Lobbying & Influence at INSEEC (since 2010).

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Christophe Ginisty

Christophe Ginisty

President 2013 , International Public Relations Association, Former Digital Evangelist for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Edelman

Hannu Koikkalainen

Head of Digital Planning, Microsoft, Finland
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Hannu Koikkalainen

Hannu Koikkalainen

Head of Digital Planning, Microsoft, Finland

Guy Perry

Managing Director, Gulf Media Experts, UAE

Guy has 30 years’ experience in international BBC TV news, corporate communications and media consultancy. Now based in the UAE since 2006, he founded and ran for 10 years a successful media training and consultancy firm in London, Greenwich Village PR, working with blue chip clients such as KPMG, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), L’Oreal (Paris) and the Crown Estate.
In 2006, as adviser to the spokesman of the Asian Games Doha, he led the official response to the media onslaught following the death of a competitor.
Guy has worked for many international news organisations such as BBC TV, BBC World Service Radio, International Television News (ITN), Reuters, EuroNews and Channel 4 News.

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Guy Perry

Guy Perry

Managing Director, Gulf Media Experts, UAE

2020 Brilliance Awards - Winners Announced!

Brill Awards 2020International Brilliance Awards Announces the Winners of the 2020 Marketing & PR, Business, HR and IC Awards. 

This is the sixth year, these awards have run and yet again we had overwhelming response with great entries – some of which really pushed the boundaries of great practice; proudly encompassing a multitude of exciting and vibrant business industries from all over the world.

A huge thank you to our judges who have reviewed, sorted, scored and debated the entries. We’re lucky to have such an esteemed panel who gave so generously of their time.

In what, we all agree, to be a time of uncertainty, we are inspired to see strong, vibrant and diverse businesses that year upon year develop and grow their products and services to befit its new audience and situation. It is a real testament to the resilience of all of you and your organisations, that in times of such difficulty you take time to recognise and celebrate excellence wherever you see.

Consistently, simplicity emerged as a key theme in this year’s winning entries. Clear objectives and disciplined execution, with compassion and care were the hallmarks of the submissions that caught the judge’s eyes in 2020.

Once again, dear Finalists and Winners- we congratulate you! and sincerely hope this award will encourage you and your team to further scale up your excellent work and look forward to hearing of your new success stories in December 2021.

Brilliance awards prides itself on the validity of its awards and winners. The awards are given solely on merit and are awarded to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition.

The award was hosted by one and only Tom Griffin.

We could not help but include a handful of testimonials from yesterday’s awards:

“we have been fortunate enough to have been involved in several online ‘gala’ award presentation events this year. Yours stood out in two very distinct ways.

1 Being friendly, relaxed, engaging and authentic. The ONLY one to be a meeting vs a webinar including the winners and their teams by inviting them to give thanks and feedback live. This was especially valued by my team. That made it all very human and aligned with the new normal we are all experiencing and a model of how leaders need to behave with their employees. This was especially valued by my team and I am sure by others too.

2 The deep congruence conveyed by Tom and the micro Random Acts of Kindness that he espoused and encouraged… This is what 21st century leadership is all about and we all applaud you as an organisation and Tom the man for showing us the way. Wonderful!

Very nicely and smoothly done in a very relaxed, professional and human style”
VIC - your Virtual Interactive Coach

“Once again many thanks for organising and putting an excellent show in these difficult times”
ServiceMaster Guildford.

BUSINESS BRILLIANCE AWARDS CATEGORIES

BOC Brilliance Awards

Brand Brilliance (Large Business with turnover €20m+)

Brilliance Award Winner: GDS Group

Gold Award Winner: Sullivan & Stanley

BOC Brilliance Awards

Brand Brilliance (small to medium)

Brilliance Award Winner: ServiceMaster Guildford

Gold Award Winner: Stream Loyalty

Silver Award Winner: . SoPro

BOC Brilliance Awards

Employer of the Year

Brilliance Award Winner: Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group

Gold Award Winner: Hunter Bond

Silver Award Winner: GDS Group

BOC Brilliance Awards

UK Business of the Year

Brilliance Award Winner: gunnercooke llp

Gold Award Winner: ServiceMaster Guildford

Silver Award Winner: Hunter Bond

BOC Brilliance Awards

Brilliance in Environmental & Corporate Sustainability

Brilliance Award Winner: Ziraat Bank

Gold Award Winner: Fortem

Silver Award Winner: VIRTUS Data Centres

BOC Brilliance Awards

Innovative Team of the Year 

Brilliance Award Winner: Al Jazeera Media Network

Gold Award Winner: Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group

Silver Award Winner: Prevayl

BOC Brilliance Awards

Best New Product Launch 

Brilliance Award Winner: GDS Group - Product Name: Digital summits

BOC Brilliance Awards

Brilliance in Customer Service

Brilliance Award Winner:Sunrise and Gracewell

Gold Award Winner: Markel UK

Silver Award Winner: Hunter Bond

BOC Brilliance Awards

Business Leader/CEO of the Year

Brilliance Award Winner: Vladimir Gorbulya, CEO, Animaccord Group

Gold Award Winner: Darryl Cooke, Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, gunnercooke llp

Silver Award Winner: Richard Morson, CEO, Bibby Distribution

BOC Brilliance Awards

Entrepreneur of the Year

Brilliance Award Winner: Adam Crofts, Prevayl

Gold Award Winner: Rob Harlow, SoPro

Silver Award Winner: Dave MacMillan, MacLav Ltd

BOC Brilliance Awards

Start-up of the Year 

Brilliance Award Winner: Prevayl

MARKETING AND PR BRILLIANCE AWARDS CATEGORIES

BOC Brilliance Awards

Brilliance in PR/Communications

Brilliance Award Winner: Spottydog Communications / Autarkys- Campaign Name: The hunt for the UK’s Hardest Working Dog  

Gold Award Winner: Sunrise and Gracewell - Campaign Name: #CelebrateCareHomes

Silver Award Winner: FTI Consulting / Sage Group plc - Campaign Name: Sage SME Tracker

BOC Brilliance Awards

Best Marketing/PR Team

Brilliance Award Winner: Learning Pool

Gold Award Winner: Places for People

Silver Award Winner: Hearst UK

BOC Brilliance Awards

Best Social Media Campaign

Brilliance Award Winner: The Social Co.- Campaign Name: We Remember Video Campaign

Gold Award Winner: Qatar Airways - Campaign Name: Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Qatar Airways

BOC Brilliance Awards

Brilliance in Marketing

Brilliance Award Winner: WiredScore

HR BRILLIANCE AWARDS CATEGORIES

BOC Brilliance Awards

Brilliance in Employee Engagement in HR

Brilliance Award Winner: Qatar Airways

Gold Award Winner: pladis

Silver Award Winner: Dentsply Sirona

BOC Brilliance Awards

Brilliance in Innovative Use of Technology

Brilliance Award Winner: V.I.C. your Virtual Interactive Coach

Gold Award Winner: Arctic Shores / Capita

Silver Award Winner: everis

BOC Brilliance Awards

Brilliance in Diversity and Inclusion 

Brilliance Award Winner: Vodafone

Gold Award Winner: everis

Silver Award Winner: Reward Gateway

BOC Brilliance Awards

HR Team of the Year

Brilliance Award Winner: Serco

Gold Award Winner: Kernel

Silver Award Winner: TURKCELL

BOC Brilliance Awards

Brilliance in Recruitment & Retention

Brilliance Award Winner: Kernel

Gold Award Winner: Arctic Shores / Capita

BOC Brilliance Awards

HR Professional of the Year 

Brilliance Award Winner: Jignasha Grooms, Chief Human Resources Officer, Epicor Software Corporation

IC BRILLIANCE AWARDS CATEGORIES

BOC Brilliance Awards

Brilliance in Employee Engagement in IC

Brilliance Award Winner: Lloyds Banking Group

Gold Award Winner: FSCS - Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Silver Award Winner: Pyaterochka

BOC Brilliance Awards

Brilliance in Internal Communications Campaign

Brilliance Award Winner: The Ardonagh Group - Campaign Name: Radio Ardonagh

Gold Award Winner: DHL Supply Chain UK & Ireland - Campaign Name: Staying apart to stay #TogetherUnstoppable -

Silver Award Winner: Reward Gateway - Campaign Name: COVID-19 response

BOC Brilliance Awards

IC Team of the Year

Brilliance Award Winner: Virgin Media

Gold Award Winner: O2

Silver Award Winner: Places for People

BOC Brilliance Awards

Brilliance in Use of Technology in IC

Brilliance Award Winner: FSCS - Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Gold Award Winner: pladis

BOC Brilliance Awards

IC Professional of the Year

Brilliance Award Winner: Sinéad Meckin, Hanover Communications

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