Judges


The awards are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts, the judging is a rigorous two-stage process including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.

From a transparency perspective, we may video aspects of the judging session to show on the evening and give entrants an insight into why a winning entry was chosen.

This year’s judging panel is as follows:

 

Head judges

Olga Andrienko | Head of Global Marketing | SEMrush

Together with her team she has built one of the strongest international communities in the online marketing industry. Olga has expanded SEMrush brand visibility worldwide, bringing >90% YoY average revenue growth from top 10 new markets and growing SEMrush presence in the main markets such as USA, Europe and Australia. Olga is a sought-after speaker at leading marketing conferences such as SMX, Pubcon and BrightonSEO.

Judith Lewis | Founder & CEO | Decabbit Consultancy

Judith is a renowned international speaker, writer, trainer, blogger and digital media consultant specialising in applying strategic understanding of digital technologies to help businesses innovate and optimise their effectiveness within the new, networked communications environment. She is a regular speaker around the world on SEO, content strategy, link building, paid media, and digital strategy, and has been recognised by her peers as one of the most influential people in the UK digital industry. Judith judges the industry leading Search Awards around the world, and has every year since their inception. She has worked with market-leading global businesses including Google, NatWest/RBS, National Gallery, Fidelity, GalaCoral, NBC Universal, Readers Digest, Bayer, Family Search, Amadeus, AMD, AmEx , Virgin.com, Virgin Startup & more. She has over 23 years of experience, predating Google in her entry into the market, and now runs her own consultancy. She has worked both in-house and agency-side. Judith also blogs about chocolate, has contributed to the book “Pimp My Site” and the Econsultancy guide to Paid Search and rewrote the large foundational Econsultancy Best Practice Guide to SEO.

Maria Amelie White | Head of SEO and PR | FloristPro

Maria has over 10 years of experience in Technical SEO and Digital PR. Her current focus is Local SEO and Design. She works at Floristpro with over 650 florists in the UK, New Zealand, Malta and Singapore. Maria holds an MSc in Psychology which she uses as a part-time consumer behaviour researcher.

Judges

Jim Banks | CEO | Spades Media

Jim has over 18 years of digital advertising experience. Since then he’s spent in excess of £220 million buying traffic for over 1000 companies. Jim is a keynote speaker invited to speak at industry events around the world, including Pubcon, Retail Global, Marketing Festival, Friends Of Search, Hitpath Masters Conference, a4uexpo, SES, SMX and Affiliate Summit. Jim has been a regular fixture on the judging panel at the UK, European, MENA and US Search awards for the past four years and is a returning judge for this years UK Search Awards. Never one to shy away from giving an opinion or pulling punches, Jim enjoys critiquing entries at the Awards and seeing what the search community thinks is worthy of winning.

Laurent Bourrelly | SEO Consultant | LAURENT BOURRELLY S.L.U.

I started SEO for real in 2004 by ranking 3rd in a SEO contest, but I come from a marketing and public relations background. After discovering how to spam Google, I lived the life of super affiliate and clic whore until 2008 when I switched to the consulting side of the business. Since then, I also started a speaker’s career and got more involved in the SEO community in France. I am still running a few personal projects on the side, but my main focus is to rank high on Google for my clients. Of course, I also embraced on other fields of search, especially SEA, Content Marketing and Social Media Marketing.

David Fallarme | Head of Marketing, Asia | HubSpot

David Fallarme leads Asia marketing for HubSpot, a full stack platform for marketing, sales and customer service. David has successfully grown products across several industries. During his time with Electronic Arts, he led customer acquisition for several video games with millions of users. As the head of marketing for a B2B SaaS startup, he oversaw growth as the company went from thousands to multi 7-figures in annual revenue.

Jennifer Hoffman | VP of Marketing | Banked

Jennifer is an enthusiastic and passionate Marketing Director with over 15 years of experience in brand building and strategic marketing, with an impressive track record of developing key partner relationships and driving business growth. Fascinated by all things impacting the customer journey; brand experience, user experience and customer experience. Hyper curious about new tech, innovation and startup culture!

Motoko Hunt | President | AJPR

Since establishing AJPR in 1998, Motoko Hunt has been providing online marketing services to various companies around the world. Her extensive knowledge of Asia and Japanese markets proves to be highly valuable as her consulting services have made a significant impact on global marketing campaigns for some of the world’s most popular multinational brands. Besides being published in industry websites and printed media, Motoko is a frequent speaker at global search marketing conferences, giving seminars and training about topics on International Search Marketing.

Tejas Kirodiwal | Regional Head of Growth | ZALORA

9+ years of insightful experience in all flavors of Digital Marketing viz. Performance Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Data & Analytics, Media Planning, Process & People management. In my career so far I had the fortune to anchor Omni-channel Digital Marketing Campaigns for eminent clients’ viz. Nestle, L’Oreal group, IKEA, Guardian et cetera. Being a curious professional my zeal to grow enabled my success and in different stages of career I had been entrusted with the responsibility to lead large teams. In my present association I am shouldering responsibilities as Regional Head of Growth with Zalora.

Wei Leen | Chief Consultant | Lean Metrics

Wei Leen has written about SEO for Moz, Semrush, Techinasia and others. He has spoken on the same at the Digital Marketing Summit Asia, Singapore Management University, and Ngee Ann Polytechnic's STF program. Formerly with Moneysmart in Singapore managing SmartCredit.sg and 9flats in Berlin leading communications and Asia before starting his own consulting practice. Big fan of optimizing for cognitive ease over algorithms. Direct questions to @ngweileen.

Debra Mastaler | President | Alliance Link

Debra Mastaler is an experienced traditional marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) specialist with a deep skillset in link building, SEO content strategy and media relations. She has owned Alliance-Link since 2001 and specializes in combining big idea content and smart SEO to build links, traffic and brand growth. Debra is a regular conference speaker, trainer and contributor to numerous search and tech sites and is OMCP certified link building trainer.

Chris Nightingale | PPC Manager | AO.com

Chris is an experienced Digital Marketing Strategist with a passion to deliver through the ever evolving eCommerce landscape. His passion for digital led him to focus more on Online Retail and the exciting nuances of working for an exclusively online retailer. He is part of the vibrant AO.com Digital marketing and commerce team, on the forefront of the latest trends and technologies in order to bolster AO.com’s presence within a competitive market space.

Eli Schwartz | SEO Expert & Consultant

Eli Schwartz is an SEO expert and consultant with more than a decade of experience driving successful SEO and growth programs for leading B2B and B2C companies. He helps clients like Shutterstock, BlueNile, Quora, Getaround, Mixpanel, and Zendesk build and execute Global SEO strategies that dramatically increase their organic visibility at scale. In the past, Eli led the SEO team at SurveyMonkey, building organic search from nearly zero to one of the largest growth drivers at the company. He helped launched SurveyMonkey’s first APAC office and oversaw international SEO pre- and post-IPO. Prior to SurveyMonkey, he led user acquisition at High Gear Media, pushing the company from 500,000 new users to 6 million every month in just three years. Eli frequently speaks at marketing events across the U.S., Asia, and Europe, and he authors columns published on Search Engine Land, Marketing Land, and Search Engine Journal. His work has been featured on sites ranging from Techcrunch to the Y Combinator blog. He has guest lectured at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, Singapore’s Civil Service College, and the Founder’s Institute. Eli regularly appears as a guest on top industry podcasts such as Y Combinator, Everybody Hate’s Marketers, and Search Nerds.

Sabiha Shakil | Marketing Consultant

Sabiha is a Marketing Consultant with over 15 years of experience across Asia, Europe, the US, and the Middle East in leadership roles. Sabiha has an international background having developed B2B and B2C marketing strategies across markets and sectors. She has provided business and marketing strategy advice to all kinds of businesses- from Startups to Multi-National Corporations across the globe.

Joana Sinel | Technical SEO Manager | Property Finder

10 years’ experience working in the world of digital & performance marketing, with in-depth specialist knowledge of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), martech & product marketing.

Lukasz Zelezny | SEO Expert & Consultant

Lukasz Zelezny, UK Search Awards judge, Top10 UK Social Media influencer and former director of organic performance at uSwitch / Zoopla. Currently is working as an independent SEO Consultant helping in organic traffic acquisition, technical SEO and content marketing. Lukasz started his career in 2005 and has since been responsible for the organic performance of a number of companies including HomeAway, Thomson Reuters, The Digital Property Group, Fleetway Travel, uSwitch, Zoopla. Each year Lukasz is speaking at many SEO and social media conferences. He was a speaker at ClickZ Shanghai China, ClickZ Jakarta Indonesia, SiMGA Malta, SES London as well as Marketing Festival in Brno, Brighton SEO in Brighton and UnGagged in London. Every year he is actively participating in 10 to 20 events as an SEO/Social Media keynote speaker. Additionally, he organizes workshops and meetups where he is sharing tips around SEO, Social Media and Analytics.

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