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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

2019 Business Brilliance Awards - Winners Announced!

The Brilliance Awards highlights a commitment to excellence among practitioners and consultants in a range of fields.
By entering these awards, organisations make a public statement that they are willing to stand up for best practice and be judged by their peers. Within their entries and out of their success, there are lessons from which we can all learn.
Yet again we are grateful to the organisations who have put themselves forwards but also to the judges who are leaders in their fields who have taken the time to review entries.
Consistently, simplicity emerged as a key theme in this year’s winning entries. Clear objectives and disciplined execution were the hallmarks of the submissions that caught the judge’s eyes in 2019.

Brand Brilliance (small to medium)

Brilliance Award Winner: QEII Centre

The QEII centre has been on a journey of transformation in the last few years as It keeps abreast with the needs of the 400 plus events which it hosts annually. Alongside a major capital investment programme, the venue has focused on customer service excellence and sustainability across every aspect of its operations.  The Judges have been impressed by the QEII’s faithfulness to its core brand values while remaining relevant in a fast-changing market.

Gold Award Winner: Sullivan & Stanley

Driven by powerful thought leadership about the power of interim expertise, change specialist Sullivan & Stanley is commended by the judges for its commitment to innovation and the power of simplicity. Impressively, the company applies its methodologies to itself as it keeps finding ways to deliver real change where others have often failed.

Silver Award Winner: Heycar

Heycar have shown that finding the car you really want can be simple. The judges were impressed by how, in a short time, they have done it through investing in a brand that really lives internally and externally.

UK Business of the Year Award

Brilliance Award Winner: BIE Executive

Following a management buyout, recruiter BIE Executive has secured impressive growth through a strategy of customer-centricity and proven that relationship selling is the future for recruitment. It’s a strategy that’s not just reflected in the bottom line and the growing team but also in a robust NPS. The Judges were impressed by the energy which the management team brought to bear in delivering success.

Gold Award Winner: MotorEasy

The judges were impressed by how MotorEasy have disrupted a segment and reaped the rewards in terms of growth and customer satisfaction. By bringing together technology, deep industry knowledge and great marketing, MotorEasy have changed motoring for good.

Silver Award Winner: Sullivan & Stanley

Sullivan & Stanley exist to solve a problem that defeats thousands of organisations – achieving transformations intelligently and quickly. The judges appreciate how Sullivan & Stanley’s innovative and surprisingly simple solution of bringing in seasoned experts who are passionate about innovation and results has delivered for the company and provides the platform for the next stage of its growth.

Start Up of the Year

Brilliance Award Winner: MotorEasy

MotorEasy have hit the ground running and have shaken up a segment that was ripe for disruption. Self-funded and powered by deep industry expertise and smart tech, the company is transforming the motoring experience for thousands of people every day.

Gold Award Winner: Heycar

Fresh on the scene, Heycar’s fresh marketing, bright tone of voice and understanding of customer needs is making the process of finding a quality used car easier. They are showing how a genuine marketplace can bring benefits to both buyers and sellers.

Gold Award Winner: Heycar

Fresh on the scene, Heycar’s fresh marketing, bright tone of voice and understanding of customer needs is making the process of finding a quality used car easier. They are showing how a genuine marketplace can bring benefits to both buyers and sellers.

Employer of the Year

Brilliance Award Winner: Jaluch Ltd

 HR advisors Jaluch put employee happiness at the heart of a culture which celebrates learning and growth. The Judges were impressed to hear about a firm that puts into practice the advice which it gives its clients. Importantly the belief in the power of staff development has delivered real commercial success for the business and opportunity for the beneficiaries of the company’s social programmes.

Best New Product Launch

Brilliance Award Winner: The Tonic Communications

Product: Astriid & Tonic: Making the Invisible Visible 

Not for Profit, Astriid helps talented people affected by long-term illness find meaningful work, powered by an online skills matching platform. The judges were impressed by the mix of traditional PR activities excellently delivered and smart partnering with a global tech giant. Most importantly, we were blown away with the impact the launch is having on the lives of individuals and on attitudes among employers.

Gold Award Winner: Heycar

Product: Heycar UK

Heycar’s assertive ‘go big or go home’ approach to media spend gave them an impressive entrance into the market! Careful targeting along with strong PR and creative earns them a commendation from the judges.

Brilliance in Customer Service

Brilliance Award Winner: Maxx

Simply put, Maxx’s success comes from knowing that a true friend tells you how it is. The Judges loved Maxx’s commitment to real service and real partnership; a creative agency that knows that great support is a mix of smart processes, commitment and honesty.

Gold Award Winner: QEII Centre

The judges wanted to commend QEII’s investment in customer service excellence; it’s key to the venue’s brand and shows other organisations what it takes to stay relevant year after year.

Silver Award Winner: JPC Cleaning Services Ltd

The judges commend JPC’s commitment to training. This family-oriented company goes beyond the basics of explaining the job and ensure that staff have the skills, confidence and passion to deliver the promise of great service.

Innovative Team of the Year

Brilliance Award Winner: CPP Group Plc

 CPP Group’s approach to people development stood out to the judges as imaginative and challenging. Rather than follow tired and mistrusted routes to building a common team, the firm has worked with the art world to stimulate creativity, producing training which pushed people to genuinely think differently. This is a firm which is delivering results by asking its people to ‘learn more - be more’.

Gold Award Winner: Travis Perkins 

The judges commend the innovative work of the HR analytics team to give managers real insights into their people and empower local leaders to deliver better results because they can access data and information better than ever before.

Silver Award Winner: Learning Pool Ltd 

Judges have praised continuous personal development, innovation, improvement and a can-do attitude that underpins the success of this team. There’s a focused but relaxed environment, including lots of laughter, in which team members have flourished.

CEO of the Year

Brilliance Award Winner: Rob Walker - BIE Executive

In an industry noted for individual performance, Rob Walker’s leadership has forged a truly collaborative recruitment and advisory business. It’s an approach which has delivered consistent results for his shareholders, his clients and his staff

Gold Award Winner: Helen Jamieson  - Jaluch Ltd

Helen’s vision and energy have created a business that stands out for its strong values and innovation. Importantly, she is commended by the judges for showing how applying a principled and consistent approach results in commercial success.

Silver Award Winner: Duncan McClure Fisher - MotorEasy

As well as a serial entrepreneur Duncan is a devoted business leader and CEO. In a very short time, he has built a business that disrupts as traditional market and has delivered impressive growth.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Brilliance Award Winner: Pat Lynes - Sullivan & Stanley

Pat Lynes epitomises a true entrepreneur. He has taken an idea and driven it forward at his own risk. Staying with the idea and growing (rather being crushed by) setbacks has enabled him to grow a business that delivers a genuinely fresh solution to the change problems faced by businesses.

Gold Award Winner: Duncan McClure Fisher - MotorEasy

Duncan is a serial entrepreneur and not afraid to put his money where his passion is. In a very short time, he has built a business that disrupts as traditional market and has delivered impressive growth.

Silver Award Winner: Helen Jamieson - Jaluch Ltd

Jaluch was founded by Helen Jamieson to provide organisations with pragmatic HR advice and training. She has pioneered Jaluch, a small business to become an award-winning force within the HR sector. Judges specifically praised Helen’s focus on integrity and her dedication to long term business sustainability, rather than a short-term gain.

Business Leader of the Year

Brilliance Award Winner: Ramesh Gopal - Deutsche Bank AG

Ramesh Gopal has turned around the risk function at Deutsche Bank in MENA and Turkey by applying a simple strategy. Celebrating learning, applying a tight focus on specific objectives and re-energising values have taken his organisation from stagnation to leadership within their bank and in the wider marketplace. The judges were impressed by his determination and energy.

Joint Gold Award Winners:

A) Honourable Lujaina Mohsin Haider Darwish - Mohsin Haider Darwish

B) Areej Mohsin Haider Darwish - Mohsin Haider Darwish

The Judges wanted to celebrate two Omani women who have together driven a business forward over a number of years.

Mrs. Areej Mohsin Haider Darwish Areej and Honourable Lujaina Mohsin Haider Darwish lead a business that has become a significant force in Oman and the wider region in recent years. Their focus and smart business acumen have together provided a brilliant example to women entrepreneurs and created a platform for development and community growth They have both give extensively of their expertise in industry forums and as advisors to government.

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