Awards Judges 2021

“I'm really excited to see innovation from entrants, in particular how they are using technology and partnerships to drive amazing shared user experiences.”

Carolyn Breeze

GM ANZ, GoCardless, Sydney

Joe Mayock

Head of Creative, Six Black Pens, Sydney

David Swan

Tech Editor, The Australian

“I'm excited to see the weird and wonderful ways entrants are leveraging creativity to create meaningful long lasting impact for their teams and help bring the future forward.”

James Gilmore

Creative Director, DesignStudio, Sydney

“Keen to see what's uppermost on the minds of those submitting and how they think to solve key challenges.”

Alexis Dallas

Snr UX Designer, Nintex, Melbourne

“I was blown away by the truly innovative nature of the 2020 entries and can't wait to see what this year brings!”

Jamie Finnegan

Global Head of Talent, Finder

Damien Hashemi

Head of Design, ARQ, Melbourne

Sonia Clarke

Director, PwC's The Difference, PwC Australia, Melbourne

"I'm excited to see how people/teams have applied insight in innovative ways to overcome business challenges."

Ashleigh Gardiner

Data & Performance Manager, My Muscle Chef, Sydney

Damian Sharpley

Strategy Partner, CX Lavender, Sydney

Vanessa Toholka

Senior Product Manager, Allens, Melbourne

“This type of award holds up a beacon for others, a lighthouse for organisations to learn, share and grow the work of creating impact and it’s possibilities for everyone in our community. Together, we can challenge typical ways of thinking, acting and operating.”

Melanie Rayment

Dir., Social Innovation Consulting, The ACSI, Sydney

Mario Van der Meulen

Head of CX Strategy & Design, Tribal Worldwide, Singapore

Paola Rocchetti

Art Director, Void n’ Disorder, Los Angeles

Katarina Bogut

Digital Producer, ACMI, Melbourne

“I'm excited to see which of the entrants have had the most creative/unexpected pivot of their business model in light of the pandemic.”

Dave Scheine

Managing Director, Podium, Melbourne

Matt Gardan

Big Chief, Digital Native, Sydney

Rachael Shea

Chair, Design Program Committee & Senior Lecturer, SAE Creative Media Institute, Byron Bay

“I'm pumped to see entries for the Creative Genius Award. Creativity can take on many forms, not just arts or design, and creative thinking in business, strategy or technology gets me just as excited as anything else. Having the ability to execute is equally as important, so I'm looking forward to seeing some really well-rounded entries here.”

Elias Proctor

Creative, FutureLabs, Melbourne

Chris Jeffares

Board and Advisory - Cummins&Partners, Stomping Ground Brewing, Ad Council of Aust, Melbourne

Rechelle Leahy

CEO, RegionalCollab and SBE Australia, Sydney

“Do you know who I am Award” - I like it because more silent achievers should be recognized.”

Anup Batra

Chief Growth Officer, Arrow Digital, Melbourne

Matt Taylor

Creative Consultant, Sydney

Danielle Mastronardo

Head of PR and Marketing, FINCH, Sydney

“I'm excited to see the innovative, ethical and purpose driven ways people are innovating. I'm particularly keen to see what new and exciting business ideas female founders have come up with!”

Jules Brooke

Founder of Handle Your Own PR and She’s The Boss, Melbourne

"I WISH I’D DONE THAT AWARD" - I don't mind that other people launch great companies. In fact, it's inspiring. I'm excited when I see a company I wish that I'd built. It makes me want to stay creative and to keep pushing.”

Andy Rosic

VP of Product, 5th Kind, Vancouver

Callum Fitzhardinge

Associate Creative Director, MediaMonks, Singapore

Peter Bray

Founder, Bray & Co, NYC

“The classic - out of the Garage Award. Firms that have come from the dream and proven themselves to the world. It recognises the genuine toil and doggedness that is required to move beyond the startup phase.”

Tom Leyden

Global Leader of IT, Woods Bagot

Hannah Nickels

Client Solutions Manager, Facebook, Melbourne

Ruth Young

Chief People Officer, Mobi2Go, Wellington

“I want to know how entrants have gracefully solved customer problems with technical solutions that scale. How have they applied deep thinking and meticulous product build to create something that feels easy, helpful and delightful?”

Will Hayward

CEO/Board member, Private Media (and The Wheeler Centre), Melbourne

Daniel Hewitt

Founder & CTO, FutureLabs, Melbourne

Suni Stolic

Head of Customer Experience, Squiz, Melbourne

“I'm keen to see entries showing an interest in meeting real world needs in elegant, effective ways. "Why didn't I think of that?" work.”

Josh Gardiner

Director, Gardiner Communications, Wellington

Laurent Marcus

Creative Technology Director, Leo Burnett Sydney

“In order to make a better world we need to shift the framework on what behaviors and actions are seen as "successful." Awarding impactful businesses signals to the world that having positive impact is important and should be seen as a key indicator of success.”

Julie Demsey

Coach, hypnotherapist & advisor, Sydney

Penelope Barr

Head of innovation, Product Lab & CEO, Allens Linklaters, Melbourne

Ben Ford

Head of Growth, Frollo, Sydney

“I'm excited to see who is making impact in creative ways. In a world full of too much talk, I'm keen to see some action and good use of creativity to make a difference in the world.”

Anne Miles

Founder & Managing Director, Suits&Sneakers, Melbourne

“B-Good Award because it relates directly to purpose more than any other category,  and I've found that many companies with a core focus on purpose fail to give sufficient attention to business fundamentals. In this context, I am looking for companies that excel in both.”

Paul Lange

Business Optimisation & Growth Accelerant, Melbourne

Giovanni Bucci

Director - Motion Designer, Void n’ Disorder, Los Angeles


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