The Judging Process

The Travel Media Awards recognise the importance of an impartial judging process for all 21 award categories.

The Awards has 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 21 award categories. Entry criteria are available to view on the awards website here.

Each category is judged by a panel of three, comprised of two leading travel industry personnel alongside an established travel editor or writer. In total, 60 judges from leading travel businesses and travel media will judge the 2020 awards. Details of all judges can be found below.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the judging process, none of the judges will be given the same category they assessed in 2019. Furthermore, one in four judges of the 2020 Awards will be first-time judges, allowing the 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

Andrea Nicholas, Managing Director, Green Tourism
Adam Coulter, Managing Editor, Cruise Critic UK
Adrian Phillips, Managing Director, Bradt Travel Guides
Andrew Davies, Marketing Manager, Dolphin Dynamics
Andy Hoskins, Editor In Chief, BTN Europe at BTN Group
Betsie Barr, Trade Manager, Tourism Authority of Thailand
Bev Fearis, Editor, The Business Travel Magazine
Beverley Williams-Smith, Head of Sales & Partnerships UK & Inbound, Kew Green Hotels
Brian Young, Managing Director, EMEA, G Adventures
Caroline Calvert, UK PR Director, The Travel Corporation
Charlotte Civil, PR & Media Manager, Vertical Travel Group
Chris Leadbeater, Travel Writer
Claire Hancer, Country Manager, Efteling
Claire Ross, Head of Specialist Products, Kuoni
Colin Stewart, Chairman, LATA
Darija Reic, Director, Croatian National Tourist Office
Dawn Page, Director, UK & Northern Europe, Hong Kong Tourism Board
Debbie Marshall, Managing Director, Silver Travel Advisor
Diane Glover, Marketing Manager, The Beatles Story
Ed Grenby, Editor, Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Elizabeth Fox, Regional Director, Visit Jamaica
Fiona Jeffery OBE, Founder and Chair, WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, Just a Drop
Fiona Lilley, Senior Media Executive, Abu Dhabi Tourist Board
Francine Sheridan, Regional Director, Los Angeles Tourism Board
Gareth Humlston, Sales Director, Lusso Travel
Georgia Lewis, Managing Editor, Travel Bulletin
Jae Hopkins, Sales & Marketing Director, Eurotunnel
James Lewis , Head of Partnerships, Holiday Extras
James Mundy, PR & Marketing Manager, InsideJapan
Jonathan Gregson, Photographer
Jonny Ensall, Editor, easyJet Traveller
Julie Murphy, Counry Sales Manager, UK & Ireland, ANA

Karen Musgrave, PR & Communications Manager, Barrhead Travel Group
Kelly Cookes, Leisure Director, Advantage Travel Partnership
Kerstin Zumstein, Editorial Director, Ink
Kyle Haughton, Managing Director, City Cruises
Laura Askew , Head of PR, Legoland Windsor Resort
Laura Baker, Corporate Communications, South East Asia & Australasia, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Lucy Halfhead, Group Luxury Travel Director, Hearst UK
Maria Thuesen Bleeg, PR & Press Manager, VisitDenmark
Mark Boullé, Managing Director, Beachcomber Tours
Matt Howard, PR Director, Travelsphere/Just You
Matthew Parsons, Corporate Travel Editor, SKIFT
Melanie Jones , Senior Manager, Northern & Western Europe, Singapore Tourism Board
Michael Keating, Co-CEO, Ink-Global
Natalie Eales, Head of PR, UK & Europe, Sandals Resorts International
Nikki Stimson , PR Director, GBTA
Peter Ellegard, Freelance Travel Journalist
Phil Cook, CEO, VIBE
Richard Hammond, Editorial Director, Green Traveller
Rory Boland, Editor, Which? Travel
Rosie Paterson, Travel & London Live Editor, Country Life
Sam Ballard, Director, Cruise Adviser
Sarah Marshall, Travel Editor, Press Association
Sarah Wilson, Director Of Communications, Northern Europe, Accor
Stephanie Wood, Editor, The Caribou, Ti Media
Steve Hartridge, Editorial Director, BMI Publishing
Tom Dunkley, Managing Director, World Travellers UK
Tony Lincoln, European Sales & Marketing Director, Planet Hollywood & Earl of Sandwich
Tricia Handley Hughes, UK Director, InteleTravel
Uwern Jong, Editor In Chief, OutThere Magazine
Wendy Hartley-Scarff, CEO, AGTO
Zina Bencheikh, Managing Director, EMEA, Intrepid Group


Natalie Stone, Freelance Copywriter
Joanne Dobie, Freelance Editor
David Rogers, Editor
Martha Alexander, Freelance Journalist
Paul Parry, Writer and Editor