strategy partner
Digitas UK

James is a senior strategist who has spent 14 years working on digitally integrated brand campaigns for a variety of clients. Whether that’s integrating and activating big TV with social for Expedia, planning global digital campaigns for Converse, or generating, pitching, and selling innovation-led ideas for IAG, James is at his best when he’s figuring out where consumers are and how brands should best go about meeting them. At Digitas, James puts all these skills to work as the strategy lead for several key accounts including Honda Racing, Kellogg's, and Mondelez. 

Outside the four walls of the agency, James is known for his weekly newsletter 'Five things on Friday' - where he writes about all of the above and more. Most recently, James helped setup The DICE charter - an industry certification that aims to increase diversity and inclusion at industry conferences and events.

Judging panel

Katy Howell

chief executive officer
immediate future

Steven Moy

global chief executive officer
Barbarian

Sinead Gray

joint managing director
Kindred

Timothy Armoo

chief executive officer
Fanbytes

Jenny Sprackling

senior digital marketing manager
Ordnance Survey

Beth Carroll

head of social
iris Worldwide

Christina Ahmed

paid media performance director
Greenlight Digital

Kristin Maverick

vice president, social & influencer marketing
360i

Rachel Clay

head of social media & influencer marketing
Matter Of Form

Shawn Tan

head of search & social
M&C Saatchi Performance

David Wilding Chair of the judges

director of planning
Twitter UK

James Whatley

strategy partner
Digitas UK

Ishbel Macleod

marketing manager
We Are Hydrogen

James Gregson

director, head of social studio
LEGO Group

Matt Navarra

social media consultant
Matt Navarra Media Ltd

Jinal Shah

vice president of marketing
Feather

Laura Hopes

global social media lead
Jaguar Land Rover

Jack Koch

global head of marketing sciences
Reddit

David Parkinson

chief executive officer & co-founder
Brave & Heart

Gianluca Toccafondi

global integrated media manager
IKEA Group

James Kirkham

chief business officer
Defected Records

Victoria Taylor

senior editor, community
Linkedin News

Neil Harrison

head of media
Royal Mail

Chaseedaw Giles

social media editor
Kaiser Health News

Will Harvey

digital innovation manager, GB & IOI
Diageo

Yuval Ben-Itzhak

chief executive officer
Socialbakers

Lisa Hale

head of social media
Specsavers

Kineta Kelsall

global social media training director
Jellyfish

Ellen Stewart

social content lead
Condé Nast