Previous Judges

The Global Content Awards have been judged by digital marketing industry leaders and experts.
Current Judges
Previous Judges include:


Montserrat Cano | Digital marketing, Product and Project Management Consultant

Montserrat Cano is a seasoned, all-round digital marketer and project manager who specialises in integrating the digital marketing areas to maximise marketing and business results. Having started in SEO and content almost back in the dark ages of digital, her core skill is SEO, as well as PPC,CRM/ email and social media strategy and execution. Her focus and passion is on solving issues and building internal processes to handle and prevent them using data. Being bilingual English-Spanish, she has worked with brands operating in the UK and internationally in a range of niches, such as ecommerce, legal, membership, public sector, technology or publishing. She has also spoken at the eCommerce Expo and Measurecamp. In her spare time, she mentors other SEO/ digital professionals to help make the industry stronger.

Justin Clark |  Social Media Consultant | JustSocial

Justin is a social media and digital crisis communications specialist with more than 10 years’ experience leading social media, PR and digital communications in Government and the public sector, both in the UK and overseas. A regular keynote speaker at major social media conferences across the UK and Europe, Justin is the Chairperson for the UK’s largest public sector social media and crisis communications conference series, runs Manchester’s fastest growing social media industry event series (SocialMCR), and judges some of the world’s biggest industry awards. Justin runs social media consulting firm, JustSocial, where he provides strategic counsel and operational advice to some of the world’s biggest brands. Justin also works as a Non-Executive Director and Social Media Director for multiple UK agencies.


David Crawford has worked for the last 25 years in marketing and digital agencies of all shapes and sizes. He was most recently Managing Director of Branded3, one of the UK’s leading search agencies, and has also held senior positions at McCann, BJL and twenty-six. He has worked directly with clients such as American Airlines, UPS and Bentley as well as help a couple of tech start-ups develop and deliver their digital & marketing strategies. He now works with creative, digital and tech agencies as a Non-Exec Director, Board Advisor and Coach.

Philip Crothers | Head of SEO & Performance Content | Starcom Performics

Phil is Head of SEO & Performance Content at Starcom Performics, part of the Publicis Media Groupe, leading a global team who work with brands such as Samsung, Procter & Gamble, and Domino's. Having 10+ years’ experience in content, SEO, and web design, his primary focus is helping organisations understand how consumer insights can inform their content decisions and how that content can be accountable to brand spend.

Fernando Maciá Domene | CEO & Founder | Human level Communications |

Fernando Maciá Domene is the founder and CEO of Human Level Communications, a leading online marketing and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) consulting firms with offices in Alicante and Madrid (Spain). Fernando is the author of three books: SEO Advanced Techniques (2015), Online Marketing 2.0 (2013) and Advanced Web-positioning Techniques (2011) and has also co-authored Web Positioning (2006), Web Positioning 2009 Ed. (2009), Online Marketing (2010), Social Media Marketing (2011), Web Positioning 2012 Ed. (2012) and Marketing with Social Media (2016). Fernando is currently a professor of various master's courses and has spoken at national and international conferences and seminars including SMXL Milano, The Inbounder, SMX, eShow, OMExpo, Search/WebCongress, FICOD, Feria de Tiendas Virtuales Walqa, SmashTech, Digital Marketing Day and e-Comm Retail.


Lyndsey founded Collaborative Folks, a PR & Content consultancy, after 20+ years working both agency side and in-house across public relations, content marketing and brand strategy. Previously she headed up comms at retailers and Iceland Foods, as well as worked at some of the north west’s biggest agencies. Lyndsey’s experience spans 70+ brands across 20 sectors and includes Bentley Motors, Gumtree, Very, Specsavers, Marks & Spencer, CarFinance 247, Findel Education and Shepherd Group. At, Lyndsey transformed the brand's reputation from a little-known online white goods specialist to one of the most talked about retailers in the last five years. She also introduced the company’s first content marketing strategy bringing its search rankings back to page 1 from page 100 following a Google algorithmic penalty. Lyndsey has won many industry awards and in 2017 was named a top 50 in-house communicator in the north by Prolific North.

Samantha Fay | Senior Vice President - Global Brand Strategy | Guinness World Records

Samantha is Guinness World Records’ SVP of Global Brand Strategy and is responsible for the company’s new product development and strategic partnerships. Since joining the company in 2003, she has helped transform the company from a legacy publisher into a multi-platform, IP brand. She also heads up the innovation division, The Records Lab, developing creative campaigns to take the world’s best-known brands to new, record-breaking heights. Her favourite moments over the years have included presenting Michael Jackson with his certificates, meeting the Queen and sharing the lawn at the White House with Michelle Obama.

Dee Goldstraw | SENIOR LECTURER | Manchester Metropolitan University

A senior lecturer in marketing and digital communications at Manchester Metropolitan University, Dee specialist area is content marketing, where she teaches across a number of content strategy units. Reading for her PhD has taken her research into the area of exploring online influencers, in particular on Instagram, and their impact on women. A PR professional for more than 15 years, Dee has worked in a mixture of PR, digital marketing and events agencies across the north of the UK as well as working freelance.

Graham Goodkind | Founder & Chairman | Frank PR

Graham set up Frank in 2000 and built it into one of the most legendary, creative and award-winning agencies in the UK PR industry. He also established a Frank in Sydney, Australia, which has made a big impact down under. In addition to his role chairing Frank, he combines this with other business interests having ‘gone plural’ at the start of 2018. As a board advisor at corporate finance boutique Green Square, he works with agency owners on their exit strategies, having had the experience of selling Frank in 2007. He is also Chairman of Noise Media Group, a social media publishing company with the largest audience of students in the UK. He sits on the board of Shift, a not-for-profit organisation that builds social businesses to solve social problems, and Camden Town Unlimited, the business improvement district for Camden. Graham is also a Dutch Uncle (a new type of business advisor who cuts through the bullshit to offer straight-to-the-point advice without pulling any punches) to several other marketing services agencies as well as being an early stage investor in a few start-ups and new ventures.

Greg Harwood | Social Media Manager | The Open University

Greg has over 6 years’ experience developing content strategies for 3rd sector organisations. He’s devised and led numerous award-winning social campaigns and enjoys helping charities produce impactful comms on small budgets.

Chrissy Kellaway | Associate Director | Splendid Communications

Chrissy Kellaway is Associate Director at Splendid Communications, an award-winning creative agency with a ‘People-First’ approach to creativity. She leads PR accounts for some of the world’s best brands, including Pepsico and William Grant, creating talkable campaigns that stand out from the crowd and connect with people in the real world.

Pete Knott | Associate Director | Lansons

Pete is one of Lansons’ content and social media experts, bringing 10 years of experience creating multi-channel campaigns across a variety of different sectors. When it comes to content Pete has a passion for making the complex simple and takes pride in finding new ways to engage audiences online. Throughout his career, he has worked with some of the UK’s leading brands, including Aviva, Legal & General and IBM.

Steve Kuncewicz | Partner - Head Of Creative, Digital & Marketing Sector Group | BLM Law |

Steve is a Partner and Head of Creative, Digital and Marketing at BLM Law in Manchester. He specialises in intellectual property, media social media and privacy law and is listed as a "recommended lawyer" in the Legal 500’s 2019 edition, and was a Co-founder if the Bulletproof Agency Network. He is a regular media spokesperson, and has given interviews to the local and national press through BBC Breakfast, Sky News, ITV, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live and LBC London. Steve is also the Manchester Publicity Association’s Honorary Solicitor and Co-Chair of Creative ProManchester.

Mark Leech | Product Expert | Force24

Mark's 15 years of experience in content both in-house and agency-side, managing content campaigns for household name brands such as Interflora, and Kayak, has led Mark to his current role helping marketers leverage the power of content through automation.

Emma Leech | Director of Marketing and Communications | Nottingham Trent University |

Emma is Director of Marketing and Communications at Nottingham Trent University and sits on the University Executive Team. She was previously Director of Marketing and Advancement at Loughborough University. She started her career in fashion and consumer PR in 1988, working in tourism and destination marketing before settling in higher education in 1997. A Founding Chartered PR Practitioner, Chartered Marketer and Chartered Manager, she has won a string of awards over more than two decades spanning PR, marketing, innovation, fundraising, digital, and web. Emma holds an MBA and various PR, marketing and management qualifications. She was the Chartered Institute of Public Relations President 2019.

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Michał Leszczyński | GetResponse | Head of Content Marketing & Partnerships

Michal Leszczynski is immersed in developing, implementing, and coordinating all manner of content marketing projects as the Head of Content Marketing and Partnerships at GetResponse. He has 9-plus years of expertise in online marketing with a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Marketing and Consulting from the University of Birmingham (UK). Michal is the author of more than 100 articles, ebooks, and courses for both GetResponse and renowned websites like Crazy Egg and Social Media Today.

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Trond LyngbØ | Senior SEO Consultant | Search Planet

Trond Lyngbø is the founder of Search Planet and a senior SEO Consultant. He has over two decades of experience in SEO, e-commerce, content strategy and digital analysis. His clients include multinational Fortune 500 corporations and major Norwegian companies. Trond has helped grow businesses through more effective search marketing and SEO strategies. He is most passionate about working with e-commerce companies and web shops to develop and expand their omni-channel marketing initiatives.

Mimouna Mahdaoui | Global Content Marketing | StepStone |

Mimouna is a content marketing specialist who's work is inspired by human experiences and life at work. Over the past 10 years, she has produced a vast range of campaigns in multiple markets to strengthen SEO performance and gain top tier media coverage. In her current role, she helps facilitate conversations and generate thought leadership with strong data narratives, compelling stories and useful tools. This work, combined with innovative outreach tactics, has claimed global media mentions and opened conversations with employers and candidates on the job market.

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Carlo Maria Ferrari | Global Head of Brand Communications | The Protein Works

Passionate in marketing and communications, Carlo is specialized in Content, Influencers, and Social Media. His 8+ years of experience in International Marketing include global A-brands like Vodafone, Sanofi, category disruptors as Elvie, and digital leaders in health & wellness as THG, bulk, and The Protein Works, where he's currently heading the Brand Communications department. In and out of his role, Carlo focuses his curiosity on storytelling innovation, always looking for new ways to delivering messages to new and existing audiences.

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Carla Marshall | Head of Content Marketing | vidIQ

Carla Marshall is the Head of Content Marketing at YouTube analytics platform vidIQ. She has 10+ years of experience in video marketing, social media management, content marketing, Digital Rights Management, and SEO. She was previously Editor in Chief at and She is YouTube Certified and a judge for the UK, US, Canadian, and EU Search Awards.

Lexi Mills | CEO | Shift6

Lexi Mills is a multi-award-winning digital marketing expert, specialising in integrating PR and SEO at both strategic and tactical levels. She’s President of The Future of Search Foundation and CEO of Shift6, an international consultancy that provides professional services and training to agencies, corporations, government entities and investors. Lexi’s research focuses on the opportunities, ethics and risks of artificial intelligence within sectors such as internet search and healthcare, and the effects of emerging technologies on consumer behaviour. Lexi combines technical search algorithm knowledge with psychology to create measurable, data-driven, but emotionally intelligent communications strategies that create healthy working relationships between humans and machines. For more than eight years, she’s been part of core teams responsible for the communications, marketing and investment strategies of startups, SMEs, corporations and agencies within e-commerce, finance and technology sectors. Lexi is based in London and New York but works with B2B and B2C brands across the US, UK, UAE, Canada, Australia, Europe and Africa.

Jubran Moe | Head of Digital Marketing | Gulf Related

Miguel Orense | HEAD OF PERFORMANCE | Rebold

Passionate about driving innovation and digital transformation to "traditional" companies. Miguel is a digital pioneer in Spain with an entrepreneurial mindset. 20+ years’ experience in digital marketing and ecommerce, founding and leading companies or dedicated teams. Proven flexibility acquired in several sectors and clients, working with huge corporations, big brands or top advertisers. Experienced in leadership, search, analytics, growth, content strategies, marketplaces and experimental paid media using new platforms.

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Plamen Popov | Senior SEO Lead Manager | Acronis

Plamen Popov is an experienced digital marketer & SEO Expert with history of working for internationally renowned brands. He currently is working as Senior SEO Lead in Acronis, world leader in cyber protection & data security company. Plamen joined last year from the marketing team of Management Financial Group, where he lead global marketing strategies for various fin-tech brands inside the holding. Plamen has a genuine interest in marketing and technology and that drives his experience through out consulting start up companies and leading teams in enterprise brands exploring various aspects of marketing activities including PPC, Social Media, Display, Programmatic, App Marketing and SEO. His passion for Search Marketing & SEO always drives him to learn and explore new possibilities of creating better user experiences and results.

Claire Richardson-critcher | Digital Business Development Director | McCann Connected

Over the last 15 years Claire has worked in media, creative and digital in multiple capacities, from client service to new business development. Claire’s passion for the industry drives her curiosity in all areas of brand and consumer interaction, and her focus on working in close collaboration with skilled practitioners means she is able to build a story around what they do, how they do it and how this drives a transformational outcome for clients

Ricardo Seixas | One Day Agency | Managing Director |

Along with his 15+ years of an international career in the digital space spanning 4 continents, Ricardo worked for consumer brands, start-ups, software houses, and digital agencies. Most recently, and after being a lead at Google and restructuring a large media agency digital division collecting multiple awards, he founded a digital marketing agency named One Day Agency. Across his experience, he led innovative digital projects and campaigns for Liverpool ONE, I Saw It First, L’Oreal, Telefonica, Sanofi, Ambev and the world’s top agencies.

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Jamie Stanley | Head of Content | Growth Shop

Jamie is Head of Content at Growth Shop, one of the world’s fastest-growth e-commerce businesses, leading growth content strategy across a brand and consultancy portfolio featuring names as diverse as Axon TASER, Idle Sleep and Luv AJ. He has more than 8 years of experience planning and executing concise, penetrative brand stories that drive action in audiences and revenue for businesses across the world. Previous collaborators include Bandai Namco, Rockstar Games, Nationwide Building Society and Virgin Media.

Alexandra Tachalova | Digital Marketing Consultant

Alexandra is a frequent speaker and founder of the digital marketing conference, She also helps clients with digital PR, content marketing, and link building. Besides that, she regularly contributes to leading digital marketing blogs, including Moz, SEJ, Salesforce, SMExaminer, and many others.