head of social media

Lisa Hale is currently Head of Social Media at Specsavers UK, building the brand's first ever social media team and shaping its future social media strategy. Previous to this, Lisa was Associate Director and Trustee Board Director at employee owned creative communications agency Tangerine.
Lisa has headed up a series of award winning social media campaigns including The Drum Marketing Award's Best Integrated B2C campaign and The Social Buzz Award’s Best Use of Instagram for Vimto, The DADI’s Best Use of Social Media for Pizza Hut Restaurants UK and more recently The Drum Marketing Award's Best use of Sponsorship for the social media activation of the The Ashes.
Lisa has over 13 years’ experience in PR & social media, spanning public affairs, B2B and B2C, working with brands including John Lewis, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, M&S Bank, Vimto, Pizza Hut Restaurants and Specsavers.

Why I am judging the awards... "I am taking part in this year's Social Media awards as I'm really keen to play a role in recognizing and rewarding industry leading work in the UK.The awards are really important as it gives us an opportunity to learn about and keep up with best practice, in an industry that is forever changing. I will be looking for examples of true brand impact and audience cut through. Especially during this period of time - when platforms are busier than ever, your brand's voice and activations need to be stronger than ever."

Judging panel

Joseph Pek

head of social media

Smith Leong

social media trainer
National Trades Union Congress

Wenen Tang

social communications lead, APAC

Alexis Nelson

social media manager

David Wilding

director of planning
Twitter UK

Elfried Samba

head of social content

Will Harvey

Global digital innovation manager, GB & IOI

Lisa Hale

head of social media

Yuval Ben-Itzhak

chief executive officer

Makeda Smith

chief executive officer
Savvy Chicks in Real Estate

Kineta Kelsall

global social media training director

Ellen Stewart

social content lead
Condé Nast

Steven Moy

global chief executive officer

Katy Howell

chief executive officer
immediate future

Tim Armoo

chief executive officer

Sinead Gray

joint managing director

Beth Carroll

head of social
iris Worldwide

Jenny Sprackling

senior digital marketing manager
Ordnance Survey

Kristin Maverick

vice president, social & influencer marketing

Christina Ahmed

paid media performance director
Greenlight Digital

Shawn Tan

head of search & social
M&C Saatchi Performance

Rachel Clay

head of social media & influencer marketing

James Whatley

strategy partner
Digitas UK

James Gregson

director, head of social studio
LEGO Group

Ishbel Macleod

marketing manager
We Are Hydrogen

Jinal Shah

vice president of marketing

Matt Navarra

social media consultant
Matt Navarra Media Ltd

Laura Hopes

global social media lead
Jaguar Land Rover

Jack Koch

global head of marketing sciences


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