The Good Web Guide Awards 2016 – Meet the Judges
We have another stellar line up of judges, industry experts, who are lending their support to this year’s GWG Website of the Year Awards. The judging panel will assess entries on the quality of design, usability, content and product or service evident within each site put forward.
Sam Crocker is Digital Director at the mission™, headline sponsor of this year’s GWG Website of the Year Awards. With over 14 years’ experience working in digital marketing, Sam has led a number of digital transformation initiatives and worked with clients including Post Office, Intel, BP, Freederm, Castrol and Wrigley. Responsible for the strategic direction and delivery of digital projects, Sam has worked on everything from apps and ecommerce websites to networked screens in retail and e-learning courses. Recently, Sam has been instrumental in growing the mission™’s digital businesses in Asia, where he is looking into the role of emerging technologies and social networks in the region.
Follow on Twitter @the missiongroup
Aneeqa Khan set up eporta in 2014, it has now grown to hold one of the largest interiors inventories globally. Aneeqa describes eporta as a ‘bit like airbnb for interiors.’ It helps trade buyers (interior designers, architects, retailers and the contract market) to discover new suppliers with whom they can liaise directly to negotiate trade discounts. Investors include Robin Klein, Guy Hands, Rohan Blacker and Will Cooper. Prior to eporta, Aneeqa was strategy director and head of IPO at property website, Zoopla, successfully leading the company to IPO.
Follow on Twitter @eporta
Ayman Zakaria Jomaa is a serial entrepreneur in the mobile and technology sector, having established and invested in a large number of successful businesses since 2003. He is an investor in Shazam, the world’s leading music identification app through one of his companies. His latest venture is Muzeit, a new music sharing and discovery app for people who want to share their music tastes and see exactly what their friends and favourite celebrities are listening to. Muzeit provides users with instant access to their friend’s music libraries so they can view, share, stream and download songs in just a few clicks.
Follow on Twitter @muzeitofficial
William Reeve is a serial entrepreneur and internet investor, who joined one of his investments, Hubbub.co.uk, as full-time co-CEO in 2014. Hubbub.co.uk is a VC-backed online grocery service on a mission to save the High Street; it offers the convenience of online ordering and 1-hour delivery slots, offering the best local shops in one delivery. William also serves a non-exec Director at Dunelm PLC, the UK’s leading homewares retailer.
He has previously served as non-exec Chairman or Director of several other high-growth businesses including Graze.com, Evi (formerly True Knowledge), Paddy Power PLC, Secret Escapes, and Zoopla.co.uk. Prior to that, William co-founded and built two businesses into leaders in their fields: Fletcher Research became the UK’s leading internet research firm before being bought by Forrester Research in 1999, and LOVEFiLM.com grew to be Europe’s leading online film business before its acquisition by Amazon.com in 2011.
Follow on Twitter @HubbubEats
Richard Salmon is Chief Executive of the capital’s leading enterprise agency, Enterprise for London, which provides support to new and existing businesses to help them grow. Enterprise for London prides itself on providing jargon free, easy to access advice to entrepreneurs. While Richard oversees the planning, direction and co-ordination of the company, he likes to make sure he is out meeting clients, supporting and understanding their needs. Richard has over ten years’ experience working with clients to plan and grow their businesses. Previously to this, Richard set up a women’s fashion retail site, taking it from concept to trading.
Follow on Twitter @Enterprise4LDN
Ciaron Dunne is co-founder and CEO of Genie Ventures, the e-commerce tech business behind a series of successful brands including Broadband Genie, the broadband comparison website, Office Genie, the shared desk marketplace, and Genie Goals, a fast-growth performance marketing agency. Ciaron is also a Board Advisor at Amara, the home fashion retailer, an occasional investor in adtech and e-commerce, and has co-founded and exited two online coffee businesses, Kopi and BigCupLittleCup. Ciaron’s particular interests are growth strategies, customer acquisition, marketing technology, and – unfortunately – Coventry City FC.
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Stefano Maruzzi is GoDaddy Vice President EMEA based in London, UK. GoDaddy is the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small business, empowering small businesses with the solutions they need to successfully create and grow their businesses online. The company has also made it their mission to help the UK businesses without an online presence to get online before the end of 2016. With approximately 13 million customers worldwide and more than 59 million domain names under management, GoDaddy gives small business owners the tools to name their idea, build a beautiful online presence, attract customers and manage their business.
Follow on Twitter @smaruzzi and @GoDaddy
Leon Fear oversees Fear Group’s property interests and looks for new strategic land opportunities in the UK in both the residential and commercial sectors. He has been featured in the Daily Express and Financial Times as well as various regional press and is a regular contributor with articles and comments about business and entrepreneurship to various national press including the Daily Telegraph, Property News, Business Leader and Business Today magazine and was Ambassador for The Business Show 2015 which was held at ExCel London.
Fear Group was founded in 1969 as an industrial chemical manufacturer and distributor and has evolved into a multifaceted international business, focusing on corporate and property acquisitions and investments with interests in many sectors including green technology, affordable housing, manufacturing, hotels, property investment, student accommodation and the care industry
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Alex Minchin is the founder and managing director of Zest Digital, one of the UK’s most up-and-coming digital marketing agencies. Zest is an award-winning agency that helps companies to generate more income through intelligent search engine marketing, goal-focused landing page design, and a deep understanding of customer behaviour. In 2014 Zest was named ‘Fastest Growth Agency’ in the South East at the Wirehive 100 Awards, and were a finalist again in 2015, in addition to being a finalist for the coveted ‘Most Respected Agency’ award. Alex has built a reputation as one to watch as a director under the age of 30.
Follow on Twitter @AlexMinchin and @ZestDigital
Rachel Bridge is a best-selling author, journalist and public speaker specialising in personal development, smart thinking and entrepreneurship. Her sixth book, Ambition: Why it’s good to want more and How to get it, has just been published by Capstone. She is the former Enterprise Editor of The Sunday Times and now writes for The Times and The Telegraph. She took a one-woman show about entrepreneurs to the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe comedy festival, and will be taking another show, called Ambition, to the 2016 Festival. She has an MA degree in Economics from Cambridge University.
Follow on Twitter @rachelbridge100
Kitty Parry is the founder and CEO of the Social Media Compliance (SMC) platform. The SMC provides a licence to trade bodies, financial institutions and regulators, enabling them to use social media compliantly. Supported by the SMC’s annual summit at the House of Lords, this comes about through the setting of the global standard for the practical application of social media regulation. Forbes has declared that Kitty has spotted a significant niche in the market, and has commented that the need for the SMC is ‘glaring’.
Follow on Twitter @SMCharter1
Rasha Khawaja is the founder and CEO of Toucan. Rasha’s past experience heightened her entrepreneurial drive and after spotting a gap in the market for a way to help creatives and entrepreneurs get their ideas out into the world and in front of influential business luminaries, Toucan was born. Beyond leading the Toucan vision, Rasha’s passion for innovation and nurturing new talent and business continues through her role as a member of the UKBAA, and being an active member of the advisory board of Innovation RCA and the development and strategy board of the ZSL.
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