The most ambitious BIMA Awards jury yet

12 Apr 2017

Posted by Bridget Beale

BIMA Awards 2016

The 2017 BIMA Awards have undergone an exciting shakeup, seeing the industry’s longest-standing and most prestigious digital awards restructure with one clear mission in mind: to support and encourage the work in the British digital sector that is pushing the limits of what is possible, making a difference in business, culture and society.

Setting the gold standard in digital, the change to the BIMA Awards is dramatic and will enable those driving innovation and excellence across the industry to cut through, make themselves known and be showcased as the industry leaders shaping the future of our industry.  The BIMA Awards isn’t just another awards programme. The new structure sees the introduction of awards to champion those who are driving change in business critical areas, including diversity and talent. In so doing, the BIMA Awards are serving as a platform to command and encourage our industry to do more to drive the positive changes that make both ethical and business sense.  

Introducing the BIMA Awards 2017 Jury Chairs

A jury of the highest calibre and credibility is essential to the success of the BIMA Awards, and it’s with delight that we can introduce you to the Jury – our most ambitious yet! 

Chair of Big Data, Lindsay McEwan, General Manager EMEA of Tealium

Lindsay McEwan BIMA Awards Jury Chair

A major figure at one of the leading enterprise software companies, Lindsay McEwan is Chairing the Big Data category. Lindsay comes with an impressive 20-year strategic leadership career in technology and marketing businesses, including the likes of Adobe and Oracle.

Chair of Communications and Content, Anna Rafferty, Global Director, Digital Marketing at BBC Worldwide

Anna Rafferty BIMA Awards jury Chair  

There are few people in our industry better qualified to Chair the Communications and Content category than Anna Rafferty. Not only is she responsible for BBC Worldwide’s digital marketing successes with shows like Top Gear and Doctor Who, her CV includes creative content and leadership roles at J.K Rowling’s Pottermore and at Penguin books. 

Chair of Immersive, Resh Sidhu, Creative Director at Framestore VR Studio

Resh Sidhu BIMA Awards Jury Chair

At the bleeding edge of immersive content and technologies, Resh is an incredible asset to our Immersive category. Creative Director at Framestore VR Studio, they need little introduction. The minds behind films like Interstellar and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Resh is one of their leading lights, sought after worldwide as a speaker and lecturer on VR and AR. 

Chair of Product and Service Design, Julie Dodd, Director of Digital Transformation and Communication at Parkinson’s 

Julia Dodd BIMA Awards Chair

Julie has built her career both agency side and with major brands. She now heads up a 50-strong digital innovation and marketing team at Parkinson’s, transforming patient outcomes through digital product and service design. Julie is also author of The New Reality – looking at how non-profit organisations can use technology to deliver greater social impact. 

Chair of Technology, Dave Coplin, Principle Tech Evangelist at Microsoft 

Dave Coplin BIMA Awards Jury Chair

Another author in our ranks is Dave Coplin, Principal Tech Evangelist at Microsoft, and Jury Chair for Technology. Dave’s books are a challenge to established thinking on technology and business, with his latest book “The Rise of the Humans” a call to action for organisations and individuals to take control of technological potential.

Chair of the BIMA Advance Award for Entrepreneurial Business of the Year, Jon Davie, CEO of Zone

Jon Davie BIMA Awards Chair 

Zone is a shining example of an entrepreneurial business: now the UK’S biggest independent digital agency having completed two acquisitions in 2016 alone, with annual turnover of upwards of £20million. Under Jon’s leadership, Zone won last year’s equivalent trophy and were named as BIMA’s Agency of the Year 2016. 

Chair of the BIMA Advance Award for Startup of the Year, Richard Fearn, Director of Friday Club

Richard Fern BIMA Awards Jury Chair

Richard provides startups with access to senior marketing expertise and in return gives industry mentors access to the brightest founders. He is also a highly successful and prolific investor and advisor in his own right, including the likes of What3Words, Blaze and Dojo.

Chair of the BIMA Advance Award for Talent, Colin Campbell-Austin, Head of Talent at the Telegraph

Colin Campbell-Austin BIMA Awards Jury

Colin is a trail blazer in embedding talent strategies that attract, grow and nurture high-performing, diverse teams. He is currently leading this agenda at the Telegraph and previously did so at Channel 4.

Chair of the BIMA Advance Award for Diversity, Amali de Alwis, CEO of Code First: Girls. 

Amali De Alwis BIMA Awards Jury
Amali’s organisation is a multi award-winning social enterprise that works to increase the proportions of women in tech and entrepreneurship. In the last 3 years, Code First: Girls has provided over £2.5m worth of free tech education, and taught 4000+ women how to code.

We are incredibly honoured to have such a stellar line-up, and our chairs are a taster of the incredible people involved in judging this year’s BIMA Awards. For a full list of the BIMA Awards 2017 jury, head over here >> 

So if your work is pushing the limits, driving change and propelling our industry forward, we want to hear about it. Take a look at the full list of categories, and enter your exceptional work at 


Bridget Beale
Posted by Bridget Beale

Bridget has been MD of BIMA since early 2014, working closely with the BIMA Executive board to lead and grow the organistation. Bridget has been in the digital sector since mid-2011, having previously worked in media relations for a leading human rights charity and change management within a Government regulator.

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