Judges 2018-09-26T10:00:35+00:00

Recognising excellence
in travel writing, journalism,
broadcasting and photography

The Judging Process

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

The Awards have an obligation to everyone who enters to ensure that the judging process is independent, fair and transparent.

Judging is undertaken against a proven scoring system, with strict entry criteria for each of the 20 award categories. Entry criteria are available to view on the awards website here.

Each category is judged by a panel of three individuals, comprised of two leading travel industry personnel alongside an established travel editor or writer. In total more than 50 judges from leading travel businesses and travel media will judge the 2018 awards. Details of all judges can be found below.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the judging process no one individual will judge the same category as in 2017, with 1 in 4 judges to the 2018 Awards being first time judges, allowing for all entries to be reviewed from a fresh perspective. Media judges will only be allocated non-conflicting categories.

In categories where very high entry levels necessitate first stage shortlisting we utilise the services of totally impartial non travel editors, sub editors and writers. The shortlist of finalists is then provided to the category judging panel to decide on the award winner.

Who will be judging

Adrian Phillips, Managing Director, Bradt Travel Guides
Alex Hunter, Attache
Amanda Statham, Travel Editor, Cosmopolitan
Andy Hoskins, Editor, The Business Travel Magazine
Betsie Barr, Brand and Campaign Marketing Manager, Travelbag

Brian Young, Managing Director, G Adventures
Charlotte Civil, Vertical Systems
Chris Leadbeater, Travel Writer
Claire Hancer, Country Manager UK&Ireland, Efteling
Claire Irvin, Head of Travel Editorial, Telegraph Media Group
Colin Ekers, UK Sales Director, SIXT
Colin Stewart, Chairman, LATA
Debbie Marshall, Managing Director, Silver Travel Advisor
Ed Grenby, Editor, Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Emma Mead, Head of Global PR, Visit England
Emma Tagg, Senior Global PR Manager, Hotels.com
Eric Hallerberg, Managing Director UK, Ireland and Benelux, Sabre
Fiona Clarke, UK & Ireland Media Executive, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism
Francine Sheridan, Regional Director, LA Tourism & Convention Board
Geoff Cowley, Managing Director, Wyndham Vacation Rentals UK
Gaby Huddart, Group Editorial Director, Hearst Lifestyle
Jae Hopkins, Marketing Director, Eurotunnel
Jane Atkins, Strategy Director, Shearings
Jo Geneen, Director of Marketing Communications, UKI & Benelux, Carlson Wagonlit
Jon Hawkins, Editor, Escapism & Foodism
Jonny Ensall, Editor easyJet Traveller – Ink Publishing
Julie Murphy, Country Sales Manager UK & Ireland, ANA – All Nippon Airways
Kate Bates, Head of PR, ATD
Kerry Smith, Editor-in-chief, British Airways’ High Life

Laura Baker, Director of Communications, Shangri La
Lesley Bauer, Head of Marketing, Qantas Airways Ltd
Lucia Rowe, Head of A-Rosa UK
Lucy Halfhead, Travel Editor, Harpers Bazaar and Town and Country
Maria Whiteman, Managing Director, Saga Holidays
Natalie Eales, PR Manager UK and Europe, Sandals
Natalie Wilson, PR Manager UK, Norwegian Air UK
Nim Singh, Media and PR Manager, Destination Canada
Paul Lacey, UK Manager and Head of Trade Sales, Voyages-SNCF UK
Paula Cullen, Director of Sales and Distribution, Go Native
Penny Worthy, Sales Manager, Avis Budget UK
Phil Gardner, Head of Commercial Sales and Relations, Thomas Cook Group
Phil Nuttall, Managing Director, Travel Village Group
Pippa Jacks, Editor, TTG
Rory Boland, Editor, Which?
Ruth Hilton, Sales and Business Development Director, The Travel Corporation
Sarah Marshall, Travel Editor, Press Association
Sarah Weetman, Head of Trade Sales, Travelsphere
Sharon Confue, Head of UK Sales, Thomas Cook Group Airlines
Siobhan Wykes, Executive Editor, Best – Hearst Magazines
Sophie Griffiths, Editor, TTG
Steve Hartridge, Editor, Selling Travel
Steve Nunan, Senior Sales Director – UK Ireland & Scandinavia, Melia Hotels International
Stuart Pearl, Managing Director, AMA Waterways
Susan Ward-Davies, Travel and Lifestyle Director, Elle
Susie Goss, Marketing Director, James Villa Holidays
Tom Dunkley Managing Director, Magic Breaks
Victoria Kyme, PR Manager, German National Tourist Office
Wendy Hartley Scarff, CEO, Assocation of Group Travel Organisers
Wendy Kenneally, Director Commercial & Operations, Kuoni
Wendy Missenden, UK Marketing Manager, Collette 

Ben Walsh, Freelance Sub Editor and Features Editor
Chris Hughes, Freelance Journalist
David Rogers, Contributing Editor, Global Construction Review
Joanne Dobie, Freelance Writer and Editor, Health Specialist
Laura Sutherland, Fashion Editor, Attire Accessories

Lorraine Griffiths, Freelance Copy Writer
Martha Alexander, Freelance Journalist
Natalie Stone, Freelance Copy Writer
Nick Mooro, Freelance Journalist