director of digital engagement, global corporate digital channels
Unilever

Heritage inspires Kate in her role as Director of Digital , having overseen projects that land in more than 100 countries. She led a full re-imagining and redesign of Unilever’s 48 corporate websites which completed its launch in 2018. Last year, she oversaw the creation of Unilever’s mould-breaking Take Action Hub – a new way to engage young millennials in what Unilever’s brands and partners are doing around sustainability. It inspires the social entrepreneurs of the future to get involved with projects around the UN’s sustainable development goals , has won industry-wide praise as well as several high profile awards.

Kate describes herself as ‘being on a mission to make corporate digital activity as bold, powerful and brave as the most exciting brands do. In a sector that’s constantly evolving, we’re always looking for better ways to tell a vivid story.’

Having started her career in TV in 2000, Kate was drawn into the early possibilities of the creative digital industries. Making the move from broadcast tv news to corporate production Kate says ‘It really was an exciting time. The internet was still in its infancy and many clients hadn’t yet thought about the potential of having an online presence. I loved pioneering and the desire to do something new and changemaking is still what drives me today.’

Kate joined Unilever in 2009. She says, ‘It’s an exciting place for those of us who are passionate about digital. Our mission is to make sustainable living commonplace. Digital is the driving force underpinning that’.

Kate point outs that success has come as a team and she is a passionate believer in providing opportunities for talented people from all backgrounds in the digital sector, backing apprenticeship schemes and speaking on diversity at industry events – unusually in digital, over half her team are women.

In 2019, Unilever has achieved 5th  place in the Bowen Craggs Index of Online Excellence – an industry barometer of the movers and shakers in corporate communications. Over the last 18 months, Unilever has also won Gold at the International Business Awards for Best Website and the Digital Impact Award for Best Corporate Website - for a redesign of a global network of 48 sites in 28 languages which engage over 23 million visitors.  

Judging panel

Sadaf Zarrar

director integrated content and creative excellence, ASEAN
The Coca-Cola Company

Arjoon Bose Chair of the judges

head of culture and brand experience, Europe-Australasia
General Mills

George Hammer

chief content officer
IBM

Jessica Myers

brand and marketing director
Metro Bank

Nate Nichols

founder & creative director
Palette Group

Forrest Bryant

creative director
Evernote

Marc Wesseling

co-founder
Ultrasupernew

Maya Bogle

co-founder
Talenthouse

Kevin Morosky

creative director, JUMP
Havas Media

Calvin Loh

head of content
Publicis Media

Sille Opstrup

head of digital, connections and content
Pernod Ricard

Vikesh Amey Bhatt

creative director
Wildfire

Mark Boyd

co-founder
Gravity Road

Paps Shaikh

commercial director
Nextdoor

Kate Slater

director of digital engagement, global corporate digital channels
Unilever

Raymond Murphy

head of content
MADE.COM

Neil Boorman

head of creative lab Europe
TikTok

Ete Davies

chief executive officer (creative)
ENGINE

Anna Downes

co-founder & chief executive officer
Video Sherpa

Lucy Ferguson

head of content
Google

Grace Kok

head of content marketing, Lark
ByteDance

Becky McKinlay

head of marketing communications, client solutions
The Economist Group

Alex Latham

chief marketing officer
Chip

Robert Ratcliff

head of content
Barclays Corporate Banking

Grace MacDonald

marketing manager, content & social
LinkedIn

Neil Nagraj

director of content, core experience
TripAdvisor

Meg Moss

strategic business development, content
Adobe

Flo Lau

creative director
Shutterstock

Rebecca Rumble

creative director, content studio
Squarespace

Laura Caraccioli-Davis

senior vice president, head of strategic creative partnerships
Fox Broadcasting Company

Andrew Saunders

global head of entertainment & culture, XCM
Amazon

Omar Gepiga

former head of content marketing
HOOQ