Meet the judges
We are delighted to announce our line up of industry expert judges for this year’s Appsters. Our panel of judges are selected on merit for their industry expertise & impartiality.
Martin has more than 25 years of experience in telecoms and IT, with a wide background of IT development, solutions architecture and delivery and is now an independent consultant and Executive Director of AQuA.
Having spent the last three years juggling an English Literature degree with writing articles on video games and any technology that looks like it came from an episode of Star Trek, Alysia is now a staff writer at ITProPortal specialising in mobile, web and consumer tech.
Darren Johnson is the Chief Growth Officer and Vice President of Kodak Alaris, Personalized Imaging business. Darren has a broad cross functional background spanning marketing, sales, R&D and manufacturing across fmcg, services and commercial sectors.
Ferran Clavell is Head of Innovation & Future Media at CCMA (Catalan Broadcasting Corporation).
Dr. Randolph Nikutta, Leader Interactive High End Media, Innovation Development, Deutsche Telekom AG
Randolph Nikutta started his career at Deutsche Telekom in 1996 at a R&D subsidiary. Between 2002 and 2008 Dr. Nikutta has been working for Detecon International GmbH (consultancy subsidiary of T-Systems International).
Jack Kent is an associate director in the IHS mobile team covering all forms of mobile content with a focus on mobile applications, games, music and social networks. Jack joined the company in 2008 and launched its coverage of the mobile applications business in 2009.
As head of UX at Shop Direct, Sam is responsible for delivering the most engaging and innovative shopping experience to millions of customers across all devices. He and his team ensure that the key objectives of the business are met by continually optimising customer journeys to drive improved customer satisfaction and business performance.
Gino Goossens, Director Omni-Channel Strategy & Innovations, UK and International, Maplin Electronics
17+ years working experience in eCommerce with proven track record of successfully launching 20+ high volume international eCommerce- and mobile strategies. Extensive experience with Hybris PCM (PIM/MDM), Hybris Omni-Commerce, Hybris E-Commerce, Magento Enterprise, SpreeCommerce, Fredhopper and Endeca programs within B2B and B2C environments at medium- and large retailers in Germany and UK.
Paul Clark has been involved with digital content since 2004 when he was drafted into Channel 4 to help deliver 4oD, the world's first broadcast grade video on demand platform. Since then he's worked for the BBC delivering, amongst other things, the BBC recommendation engine and is currently Technology Controller, Online, Pay & Interactive at ITV where he's responsible for getting ITVs programs into the hands of as many digital consumers and syndication partners as possible.
Hugh Westbrook is Producer for Product Development in the Sky News digital team. He is responsible for the development of Sky News’ mobile and tablet products and the Sky News presence on third parties, such as railway stations and taxis. Previously he was responsible for all the website’s interactive projects, including the award-winning Fallen Heroes. In total, he has worked at Sky News for more than 13 years across online, Sky News Active and Sky Text. Hugh previously worked for the BBC on Ceefax Sport and Business, and was a freelance writer for a number of years for many business newsletters, in particular in the food and retail sectors.
Paul Heybourne, Global Innovation Lead for the Aviva Group. A proven innovator with a track record of delivery within multiple global financial organisations and over 20 years’ experience working in the financial industry.
Previous winner of the Insurance Times - Technology Champion of the Year Award 2012.
Deliveries have included Insurance Telematics Solutions, the digitisation of traditionally traded insurance products, Enterprise Mobile Applications and more recently, responsibility for engagement with the external Start Up and Entrepreneur community to drive Aviva’s ‘disruptive’ innovation agenda.
Aviva is the UK’s largest insurer and one of Europe’s leading providers of life and general insurance, with 36,000 employees serving around 43 million customers worldwide.
Neil Churcher is a design manger and strategist in the digital arenas of interaction design and UX and is currently Head of Design at the Orange Global Design and Usability group based in London and Paris. Neil manages the Transversal Design Team responsible for the design standard for transversal products and services across multiple platforms including Browsing, Android L, iOS and Windows 8.
Giulio Montemagno is the RetailMeNot’s first Senior Vice President and General Manager of the company’s international business activities outside of North America. In this role, Giulio drives RetailMeNot’s international strategy and oversees operations for the company’s portfolio of brands, including VoucherCodes.co.uk, the leading digital coupon site in the United Kingdom; www.Deals.com in Germany; www.ActiePagina.nl, a leading digital coupon site in the Netherlands; and Bons-de-Reduction.com, ma-Reduc.com and www.Poulpeo.com, leading digital coupon and cashback sites in France.
Terry has over 15 years experience in the telecomms and mobile industry working in both the public and private sector. Using core Product Management skills as a base, Terry has been developing mobile applications and mobile solutions for over 10 years. Terry is fuelled by the belief that the right combination of technology, design and customer experience can really change the way we go about our daily lives.
Ross Webster is the Managing Director of EMEA for The Weather Company International Webster is responsible for all B2B & B2C properties across the EMEA regions as well as taking a global lead in B2C monetization across all 37 of The Weather Company’s language sites. Webster covers all aspects of the revenue waterfall, including utilising data to delivering premium marketing solutions and programmatic revenue across web, mobile & tablet.
Head Of Technical and Creative, Digital Marketing, Warner Music UK. An experienced Digital Marketing campaign producer, team lead, and line manager, and an expert web and mobile production project manager. Have primarily worked in the music industry, both indie and major, and have also worked at small digital creative agencies, and BBC Media Action.