Brands & Fans

Gareth is a marketer with more than 20 years experience, gained in both advertising agencies and client side, working with some of the UK’s favourite brands.

Gareth is the founder of Brands & Fans. A business determined to rewrite the playbook on how to solve strategic and creative problems for brands that demand fast and effective ways to reach their audience.

Previously Gareth spent 5yrs at Samsung Electronics UK as Head of Brand Advocacy. He launched several phones and tablets and created a number of ‘firsts’ for Samsung in experiential and content partnerships, with brands and artists as diverse as AEG, Tough Mudder, Love Island, Vice, Royal Blood, Charli XCX and UNILAD. He also championed new approaches to creating in store experiences and content for consumers and staff.

A confirmed MAMIL, Ducatista, lifelong surfer and skier. Gareth lives in Ascot with his wife and two children.

“It’s fantastic to be part of the judging panel again in 2019. Content creation and distribution continues to be one of the most exciting, challenging and potentially controversial areas in today’s culture, so it’s brilliant to be part of the debate around what ‘great’ looks like.”

Judging panel

Toby Horry

brand and content director

Zoe Jones

marketing & insight director

Stephen Mai

chief content officer
Boiler Room

Gemma Knox

managing director, northern europe
Virtue Worldwide at Vice

Coral Cranmer

Head of Planning

John Parker

director of creative partnerships

Matthew Kershaw

head of content
iris Worldwide

Laura Street

social media, content and consumer PR

Gareth Rowe

Brands & Fans

Lisa Green

managing partner

Karl Newman

managing director content practice
Publicis Media

Ali Gray

branded content director
Hearst UK