Judges 2018-03-02T09:24:17+00:00
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

Judges confirmed to date

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

Adrian Phillips, Managing Director, Bradt Travel Guides
Amanda Statham, Travel Editor, Cosmopolitan
Andy Hoskins, Editor, The Business Travel Magazine
Ben Harper, Commercial Director, SACO
Chris Leadbeater, Travel Writer
Claire Irvin, Head of Travel Editorial, Telegraph Media Group
Colin Ekers, UK Sales Director, SIXT
Debbie Marshall, Managing Director, Silver Travel Advisor
Ed Grenby, Editor, Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Fiona Clarke, UK & Ireland Media Executive, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism
Geoff Cowley, Managing Director, Wyndham Vacation Rentals UK
Jae Hopkins, Marketing Director, Eurotunnel
Jane Atkins, Strategy Director, Shearings
Jo Geneen, Director of Marketing Communications, UKI & Benelux, Carlson Wagonlit
Jonny Ensall, Editor, Easyjet Magazine
Kerry Smith, Editor-in-chief, British Airways’ High Life

Laura Baker, Director of Communications, Shangri La
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
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
Ruth Hilton, Sales and Business Development Director, The Travel Corporation
Sarah Marshall, Travel Editor, Press Association
Sharon Confue, Head of UK Sales, Thomas Cook Group Airlines
Siobhan Wykes, Executive Editor, Best – Hearst Magazines
Steve Hartridge, Editor, Selling Travel
Susan Ward-Davies, Travel and Lifestyle Director, Elle
Tom Dunkley Managing Director, Magic Breaks


Details of shortlisters will be announced shortly