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, comprised of two leading travel industry personnel alongside an established travel editor or writer. In total some 60 judges from leading travel businesses and travel media will judge the 2019 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 2018, with 1 in 4 judges to the 2019 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

Industry judges

Matt Crate, Sales Director, WeSwap
Dawn Page, Director, Hong Kong Tourism Board
James Mundy, PR and Marketing Manager, InsideJapan Tours
Tony Lincoln, European Sales and Marketing Director, Planet Hollywood
Natalie Eales, Head of PR UK and Europe, Sandals
Laura Baker, Director of Communications, Shangri-La
Betsie Barr, Brand and Campaign Marketing Manager, Travelbag
Jae Hopkins, Marketing and Sales Director, Eurotunnel
Lesley Bauer, Head of Marketing, Qantas
Laura Askew, Deputy Head of Consumer Communicatons & Campaigns, Thomas Cook
Caroline Calvert, PR Director, The Travel Corporation
Gordon McCreadie, Sales and Marketing Director, If Only
Colin Stewart, Chairman, LATA
Brian Young, Managing Director, G Adventures
Sharon Confue, Head of Sales UK, Thomas Cook Airlines
Julie Murphy, Country Sales Manager UK and Ireland, All Nippon Airways
Fiona Clarke, PR Manager, Abu Dhabi Tourist Board
Kate Bates, Head of PR, Attraction Tickets Direct
Natalie Wilson, Senior PR Manager, Norwegian
Sarah Weetman, Head of Trade sales, Travelsphere
Tom Dunkley, Director, World Travellers
Penny Worthy, Head of UK Business Travel, Avis Budget Group
Charlotte Civil, PR & Media Manager, Vertical Systems
Jo Geneen, Senior Director of Global Marketing, Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Wendy Kenneally, Director Commerical & Operations, Kuoni
Nim Singh, Media and PR Manager, Destination Canada
Wendy  Hartley-Scarff, CEO, Association of Group Travel Organisers
Lucia Rowe, Managing Director, A-Rosa
Colin Ekers, UK Sales Director, Sixt
Beverley Williams-Smith, Head of Sales and Partnerships, Kew Green Hotels
Phillipa Duckworth, Senior Marketing Manager, Oceania Cruises
Gareth Hulmston, Sales Director, Lusso
Vicki Mills, Director of Sales and Support Europe, Travelport Digital
Fiona Jeffery OBE, Founder & Chairman, Just a Drop/Tourism for Tommorrow Awards
Francine Sheridan, Regional Director, Europe & Middle East, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board
Paul Stobbs, CEO, Attraction World
Kyle Haughton, Managing Director, City Cruises
Phil Cook, CEO, Vibe Systems
Claire Hancer, UK Country Manager, Efteling Theme Park Resort

Media judges

Pippa Jacks, Group Editor, TTG
Debbie Marshall, Managing Director, Silver Travel Adivsor
Adrian Phillips, Managing Director, Bradt
Steve Hartridge, Editor, Selling Travel
Jonny Ensall, Editor, easyJet Traveller
Ed Grenby, Editor, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Kerry Smith, Editor, British Airways High Life
Jon Hawkins, Editor in Chief, Escapism
Chris Leadbeater, Freelance Travel Writer
Andy Hoskins, Editor, The Business Travel Magazine
Sarah Marshall, Travel Editor, Press Association
Rosie Paterson, Editor, Country Life
Jane Kemp, Features Director, Life and Style Portfolio, Women’s weekly and Women and Home
Sam Ballard, Director, Cruise Adviser
Peter Ellegard, Travel Writer
Uwern Jong, Editor in Chief, OutThere
Bev Fearis, Editor, Travelmole
Lucy Halfhead Senior Editor, Harpers Bazzaar / Travel Director, Town and Country
Laura Rowe, Editor, Olive Magazine


Chris Hughes, Freelance journalist
Ben Walsh, Freelance sub editor and features editor
Lorraine Griffiths, Freelance copy writer
Martha Alexander, Freelance Journalist
Joanne Dobbie, Freelance writer and editor
Natalie Stone, Freelance copy writer
David Rogers, FreelanceeEditor
Paul Parry, Freelance copy writer