The Judging Process

The Travel Media Awards recognise the importance of an impartial judging process for all 20 award categories.

We have an obligation to ensure the judging process is fair, independent and transparent. Accordingly, details of all judges will be made available on the awards site.

Judging is undertaken against a proven scoring system, with strict criteria for each category, details of which are also published on the Awards website. The judging panel for each category will comprise two senior travel industry personnel alongside an established travel editor, writer or broadcaster. Media judges will only assess non-conflicting categories.

In categories where high numbers of entries necessitate first-stage shortlisting, we use the services of impartial non-travel editors, sub-editors and journalists, whose details can be found below. The shortlist will then be sent to the judging panels to decide on the overall winner.

Who will be judging

All of the categories within the 2017 Travel Media Awards will be judged by a panel of travel industry leaders, combined with members of the travel media, providing for a unique assessment of entries, leading to only the very best in class winning a coveted “Media Awards Trophy”.

Award categories will then be carefully assigned to ensure that media judges only assess non-conflicting categories.

In total more than 50 judges from some of the leading travel businesses and travel media will judge the 2017 awards. Over 25% of travel industry judges will be new to the Awards this year, while no judge who took part in the 2016 awards will judge the same category again in 2017.

The full list of both travel industry and media judges will be announced in the coming weeks. Check back soon or sign up for email updates to be notified when the list is available.

Judges confirmed so far

Adrian Phillips, Managing Director, Bradt Travel Guides
Alan Cross, Head of Trade, Jet2holidays
Alison Holmes, Head of Co-op Travel Consortium, The Midcounties Co-operative
Allan Lambert, Managing Director, Blue Chip Holidays
Andy Hoskins, Editor, The Business Travel Magazine
Beverley Williams-Smith, Head of Travel Trade UK & Inbound, Kew Green Hotels
Brian Young, Managing Director, G Adventures
Claire Hancer, Country Manager UK, Efteling
Colin Wilson, Sales Director, Travelsphere / Just You
Dale Templar, Managing Director, One Tribe TV
Dave Cramp, Head of Sales, Warner Leisure Hotels
David Wickers, Travel Editor, Good House Keeping
Debbie Marshall, Managing Director, Silver Travel Advisor
Emma Tagg, Senior Global PR Manager,
Fiona Harris, Director of International Public Relations, Corinthia Hotels
Francine Sheridan, Regional Director: Europe & Middle East, LA Tourism & Convention Board
Geoff Cowley, Managing Director, Wyndham Vacation Rentals UK
Hannah Summers, Associate Editor, Square Up Media
Jae Hopkins, Marketing Director, Exodus Travels Ltd
James Lewis, Head of Partnerships, Holiday Extras
Jane Atkins, Group Strategy Director, Shearings Leisure Group
Jane Dawkins, Senior Trade Executive UK & Ireland, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
Jason Geall, Vice President & General Manager, Northern Europe, American Express
Jo Copestake, UK Sales and Market Development Manager, Air New Zealand
Jo Geneen, Marketing Communications Director, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Julie Murphy, Country Sales Manager UK & Ireland, All Nippon Airways
Kate Bates, Head of PR, Attraction Tickets Direct

Kash Bhattacharya, Blogger,
Kathryn Beadle, Managing Director, Uniworld
Kerry Smith, Editor-in-chief, British Airways’ High Life
Lars Olsson, General Manager UK, Ireland & International, Stena Line
Louise Newton, Group Head of Marketing, Hotelplan UK
Lucia Rowe, Head of A-ROSA UK & Ireland
Lucy Halfhead, Travel Editor, Harpers Bazaar and Town & Country
Michael Edwards, Managing Director: UK, Europe & South Africa, Intrepid Group
Natalie Eales, PR Manager UK & Europe, Sandals
Nick Hughes, Sales and Marketing Director, Attraction World
Nick Wilkinson, General Manager: Northern Europe & MEA, Norwegian Cruise Line
Nigel Thompson, Travel Editor, Daily Mirror
Nim Singh, Media and PR Manager , Destination Canada
Penny Worthy, Sales Manager, Avis Budget UK
Phil Bloomfield, Global Head of Comms and PR, Cheapflights
Phil Nuttall, Managing Director, The Travel Village
Pippa Jacks, Group Editor, TTG Media
Rhiannon Batten, Travel Editor, Olive Magazine
Ruth Hilton, Sales and Business Development Director, Trafalgar
Sandra Moore, Head of Client Development: EMEA, Trip Advisor
Sarah Barnett, Head of Travel PR, Black Diamond
Sarah Marshall, Travel Editor, Press Association
Sarah Tomczak, Deputy Editor, Red
Siobhan Wykes, Executive Editor, Best Magazine
Stephen Bleach, Travel Editor, The Sunday Times
Steve Hartridge, Editor, Selling Travel
Susan Ward-Davies, Travel and Lifestyle Director, Elle
Victoria Kyme, PR Manager, German National Tourist Office
Wendy Kenneally, Director Commercial and Operations, Kuoni


Chris Hughes, Freelance Journalist
David Rogers, Freelance Journalist
Joanne Dobie, Trade Editor
Laura Sutherland, Trade Editor

Marie-Anne Hamilton, Freelance Writer & Editor
Nick Moore, Freelance Writer
Susan Grossman, Lecturer & Media Coach
Tim Nelson, Freelance Journalist