Sales and Partnerships Director

Content marketing has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years but people still need to give more consideration to the end consumer. To achieve real cut through with your desired audience you need to recognise their needs and embrace platforms rather than producing for your own vanity. I am sure the entries that achieve this will stand out from the rest.

Ben has spent the last 17 years working in an industry that he is passionate about. Ben’s career so far has allowed him to build a vast knowledge base across the digital landscape from both a commercial and marketing perspective, as well as indulging a creative side whilst building campaigns across multiple markets. Ben has had experience beyond media including working in areas such as Space Tourism and owning an online Casino at one stage.

He has strong experience across ad technology platforms, social networks, portals, peer to peer and mobile platforms. Ben has been lucky enough to speak about the subjects that excite him including digital futures, brand exploitation and maximising marketing effectiveness. 

Ben has worked across many territories with major agency groups, a huge number of Fortune 500 brands and start-ups to help them realise their digital ambitions. Before joining JCDecaux Ben ran Mashable in EMEA and South East Asia.

Judging panel

CHAIR - Lisa Gilbert


Abby Carvosso

Group Managing Director
Bauer Media Advertising

Andrew Canter

Chief Content Officer / Global Living Brands
Chief Executive Officer / BCMA (Branded Content Marketing Association)

Anne Shooter

Digital Content Consultant, Centre of Digital Excellence

Arif Durrani

Executive Editor
Bloomberg Media Studios

Ben Maher

Sales and Partnerships Director

Ben McKay

Managing Director
Wavemaker UK

Benedict Winter

Creative Director

Brandon Keenen

Senior Digital Commercial Director
CNN International Commercial (CNNIC)

Claire Elsworth

Innovation Director

Clare O’Brien

Digital Media

Dale Lovell

UK MD & Chief Digital Officer

Daniel Lee

Senior Digital Marketing Manager
Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Emma Samuel

Head of UK Marketing

Gareth Shaw


Helen Southgate

Managing Director
Acceleration Partners

Imogen Fox

Executive editor, Guardian Labs
Guardian News & Media

James Hayr

Head of Global Sales
EndemolShine UK

Jamie Toward

Managing Partner, Content

Jane McFadzean

SVP International
CBS EcoMedia

Joanna Carrigan

Head of Branded Content
News UK

Justin Taylor

Managing Director, UK

Katie Ingram

Trade Marketing and Insight Director
ESI Media

Mark Stephens

Head of Content Marketing
The Foundry, Time Inc.

Nic McCarthy

Chief Creative Officer

Oliver Feldwick

Head of Digital Strategy and Partner
CHI London

Rebecca Allen

Independent Consultant
self employed

Rhian Mason

Native & Content Strategy Director
IPG MediaBrands

Ryan Uhl

Head of Marketing and Creative
Mail Advertising

Scott Braut

Head of Content

Sonia Bouadma

Director, Client Services

Tom Curtis

Managing Partner, Head of MediaCom Beyond Advertising UK
MediaCom UK

Tom Jenen

Threepwood Ltd

Toni Ambler

Brand Strategy Director
Contiki Holidays

Tristan Taylor

Head of Branded Content
Condé Nast Britain

Vince Medeiros

Co-Founder and Publisher
Huck and Little White Lies

Zoë Collins

Chief Content Officer
Jamie Oliver Media Group