chief executive officer
Lucky Generals

Despite a degree in biochemistry and a family hell bent on her becoming a doctor. Katie found her way into advertising through work experience at CDP over 20 years ago. No career advisor had ever told her that jobs existed where you could simultaneously use your left and right brain and Katie was sold. She worked at Saatchi & Saatchi and BBH, before arriving at Leo Burnett where she worked on McDonald’s, Homebase and COI before becoming Marketing Director and latterly Managing Director. She left big agency world fascinated by the world of small, ambitious start ups with a different offering and perspective on the world. She was Gravity Road's first Managing Director, helping to grow and structure the business as it became a respected independent agency. She then worked at Sunshine. She had a disastrous 21 days at Y&R before it merged with VML but never have the words 'everything happens for a reason' been truer because Katie is now CEO of Lucky Generals. Probably the best job in the world.

Why I am judging the awards... "As an industry we, quite rightly, spend a huge amount of time celebrating the output but often it's the entrepreneurial approach to business change that results in the innovative work that we celebrate. I'm really looking forward to looking under the bonnet and seeing businesses that have pivoted their offering, changed their ways of working and made a real difference, not just surface level change."

Judging panel

Jean Paul Burge

chairman and chief executive officer

Kenny Powar

co-founder & chief executive officer
Rebel Owl

rowena bhagchandani

chief executive officer & co-founder

Pip Hulbert

chief executive officer
Wunderman Thompson

Nicky Bullard Chair of the judges

chairwoman & chief creative officer

Tobias Wilson

vice president of growth
Media Monks

derek walker

Brown and Browner

Pat Law


Jackie Stevenson

Founding partner & CEO
The Brooklyn Brothers

Nancy Hill

Media Sherpas

Deadra Rahaman

founder & lead consultant
Society Redefined Consulting

Oriel Davis-Lyons

creative director

patou nuytemans

chief executive, MENA

Olivia Clarkson

managing director

Christopher Kenna

chief executive officer & founder
Brand Advance

Kate Rowlinson

chief executive officer
MediaCom UK

Gellan Watt

creative director, global brand & growth strategy
Gellan Watt & Associates

Shanice Mears

co-founder & head of talent
The Elephant Room

Aaron Kwittken

founder & chief executive officer
KWT Global

Ian Armstrong

Topaz One

Frances Webster

chief executive officer

Esther *ET* Franklin

president, global strategy
Spark Foundry

Dino Myers-Lamptey

The Barber Shop

Jill Byrne

head of marketing
Rothco, part of Accenture Interactive

Asad Dhunna

The Unmistakables

Katie Lee

chief executive officer
Lucky Generals

rumble romagnoli

founder & chief executive officer

Dion McKenzie


margaret Johnson

group chief executive officer
Leagas Delaney

Rabeth Khan

chief executive officer