Meet our Talented Judges!

All categories are judged by a highly influential and respected judging panel. The judging is a robust, credible and transparent two-step process, involving pre-scoring and a face-to-face panel discussion.The shortlists will be announced on Wednesday 24th March 2017.

Aiden O’Byrne

Aiden O’Byrne is a director with DistilledSCH, Ireland’s largest indigenous Internet platform created from the merger of DoneDeal.ie, Daft.ie & Adverts.ie and now partnering with TheJournal.ie to afford access to 60% of all Internet users in Ireland. Active in the digital media industry since 1999 with the successful launch of Cityjobs.com, Aiden was also a founding director of Electric Media, the Irish Times digital division.

A proud father to 3 beautiful daughters, secret cricket fan and a dedicated gadget geek Aiden is a hipster-fearing mischief-maker, who believes in turning ideas into reality.

Barry Adams

Barry Adams is a seasoned digital marketer, active in the industry since 1998. As the founder of Polemic Digital he delivers world-class SEO and digital strategy services to clients worldwide. In 2014 Barry was awarded Digital Business Person of the Year at the 4th annual DANI Awards, and in 2016 his agency won two UK Search Awards including Best Small SEO Agency.

Barry is passionate about educating the next generation of marketers, providing lectures on SEO and digital marketing for Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast, and the Digital Marketing Institute.

Bas Van Den Beld

Bas van den Beld is an award winning consultant, trainer and speaker and the founder of State of Digital, one of Europe’s biggest online learning platforms. He is a highly sought after marketing and SEO professional speaker, consultant and trainer. Bas has helped big brands like KLM and Viacom develop a solid marketing strategy based on the needs and behavior of the customers. Bas trains other speaker to be excellent at their jobs through his agency Speak with Persuasion.

Bas can help you to make the most out of your digital marketing strategy.

Learn more about him at www.basvandenbeld.com
www.speakwithpersuasion.com and www.stateofdigital.com

Chris Love

With over 15 years’ of communications experience, Chris began his professional career after graduating in Fashion Management. He currently runs his own communications agency in Belfast working throughout the UK and Ireland. He has extensive knowledge in consumer, corporate, crisis management and the pharmaceutical sector.

Chris is one of only a number Chartered PR professionals and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.  He is energetic, motivated and highly dynamic with first-class communication skills along with extensive experience and a proven track record of success.

Chris is former Chair of CIPR Northern Ireland and CIPR UK Council & Professional Practices Committee member.

Samantha Noble

Samantha is a Digital Marketing Expert with a focus on Paid Media helping clients increase their revenues through Digital. She recently won the UK Search Personality Award at the UK Search Awards and was also rated 6th in PPC Heros ‘Most Influential PPC Experts’ list in 2016. Her core role is as the Director of Strategy atKoozai, a UK based digital marketing agency.

In addition, she works as the Co-Chief Editor for State of Digital, one of the leading industry websites when it comes to digital marketing.

She also founded the Digital Females group; which now has in excess of 750 members and has held 16 events to date. The group was designed to bring together likeminded females in the digital marketing industry to encourage a higher ratio of male vs. female at some of the leading conferences across the UK.

Professor Jonathan Wallace

Professor Jonathan Wallace is Professor of Innovation at the University of Ulster. His excellence in both Knowledge & Technology Transfer and lecturing has been recognised by his being awarded both a Distinguished Business Fellowship and Distinguished Teaching Fellowship.

He has for the last 15 years been Director of Knowledge and Technology Transfer for the Faculty of Computing and Engineering, with direct responsibility for the commercialisation of the Faculty’s research, industrial collaboration and consultancy provision. Under Jonathan’s leadership the Faculty of Computing & Engineering has generated on average 44% of the total annual consultancy income of the entire University of Ulster each year for the last 15 years.

Mark Scully

Mark is an Inbound Marketing Specialist, experienced freelance SEO consultant and Founder of Learn Inbound, an inbound marketing training company based in Dublin. They aim to bring top global Inbound Marketing speakers to Ireland to share their knowledge with, what he believes to be, a knowledge-hungry Irish marketing industry.

Ian Weatherup

Ian began his career in recruitment in 1992 when fax was the chosen method of communication and the Jobfinder supplement was the holy grail for filling jobs. A Business & IT grad he knew his talents did not lie in software development so he became an IT recruiter setting up the first IT recruitment company in NI in 1998. Since then he has gone on to focus on Digital, Sales and Management recruitment to C Level working with companies throughout the UK & Ireland.