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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 MPR 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.

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.

Brilliance in Marketing

Brilliance Award Winner: EDF Energy

Project Name: Changing perceptions through a circular economy approach

The judges were impressed by EDF’s imaginative and relevant campaign the get business to think afresh about their sustainable energy use. Not only did the campaign overshoot its objectives, it introduced the ideas behind the circular economy to the debate about green futures, positioning this major energy supplier as a significant contributor to change.

Gold Award Winner: Specialist

Project Name - Dyneema® ‘Work Smarter’ launch campaign

The Judges were struck by the care that went into analytics for a highly focused B2B campaign. Although the tactics themselves were not revolutionary and were excellently executed, it was the focus on data and evaluation that made this programme stand out.

Silver Award Winner: The Tonic Communications

Project Name - National Eye Health Week for Vision Express (23-29 September 2019) 

A simple idea and excellent execution; the key to a brilliant campaign.

Brilliance in PR/Communications

Brilliance Award Winner: Hearst UK

Campaign Name - Cosmopolitan x Tess Holliday – A Global Conversation

Many publications dream of igniting a debate but without well organised PR many such ambitions fall flat. Cosmo owned an important issue and made the world sit up and take notice; their well organised and intelligent PR ensured that the mission to start discussion around body positivity was actually realised.

Gold Award Winner: Liberty Communications

Campaign Name- Drones for Good

Liberty’s work to stop the snowballing of negativity around drone usage following the major incident at Gatwick Airport in 2018 paid off. Smart, responsive outreach to the media ensured that a balanced view was presented to the media at a time of crisis. Solid and intelligent PR turned a story around.

Silver Award Winner: Specialist

Campaign Name - Dyneema® ‘Work Smarter’ launch campaign

The Judges were impressed by the communications side of this highly focused B2B campaign. By understanding the role each type of communication plays in a customer’s journey, the team were able to set targets to accurately measure performance. In only two months, the campaign delivered outstanding results.

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