As the countdown to this year’s MiAwards September entry deadline approaches two new agency owners have joined the judging panel to further bolster the expertise of the group appointed to identify the best independent agencies in the UK.
Joining the panel are Karen Welman, founder and chief executive of independent branding consultancy Pearlfisher, and Vicky Reeves, managing director of Chameleon. Welman launched her consultancy in 1991 and expanded into New York in 2003. Not only does she run her agency, but she is aloso a patented inventor and was named one of the top 10 female inventors of 2006.
Reeves is a Female Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and launched Chameleon in her bedroom in 1998. She has gone on to build that into a highly successful independent agency business that employs 30 people in the heart of London. The agency is particularly well known in the charity sector and clients include UNICEF, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Amnesty International, Mind and Woodland Trust.
Other judges on the panel are:
Ian Pearman, CEO of AMV BBDO
Noel Penrose, former CEO of DDB Worldwide and founder of Juniper2 Advisory
Barry Dudley, former COO of Naked Communications and a partner at Greensquare
Steve Antoniewicz, former MD of Citigate Smarts and MD of the Recommended Agency Register
Andy Edge, commercial director at Odeon Cinemas
MiAwards is now in its fifth year and is split into four distinct areas - Business Categories, Marketing Strategy Categories, Geographic Categories and the Public Vote - offering agencies off all sizes and disciplines to get involved and to raise their profile.
Richard Draycott, managing director of MiNetwork, said: “This year’s judging panel is incredibly strong and any agency that does pick up a MiAward in November will very much deserve their accolade. The good thing about MiAwards is that it doesn’t matter how big you are as an agency business or where you are based; if you are a well run, well managed and well led agency then you are in with a great chance of winning an award.”
All MiNetwork members get TWO FREE ENTRIES to MiAwards and the deadline for entry into his year's MiAwards is Friday 13th September. The gala dinner takes place in Manchester on Thursday 14th November. For more details on MiAwards, categories and how to enter please visit the website www.miawards.me or contact Nikki Gillies on 0141 559 6076 or by email.