The awards will be judged by a panel of industry leaders and experts. The judging is a rigorous two stage process including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.

From a transparency perspective, we may video aspects of the judging session to show on the evening and to give entrants an insight into why our winners were chosen.

Andy Hulstone

Product Lead, Auto Trader |

Andy Hulstone is Product Lead at Auto Trader. Having started out in mobile well before the days of Apple's iPhone, he has worked for agencies and large brands on some of the UK’s best loved apps. Highlights include Sony Walkman, The Guardian, Rightmove, BBC iPlayer and now Auto Trader. 

When Andy’s not working or ferrying his two daughters around he, all to infrequently, gets out to explore the north west on his road bike. 

Paul Bason

Director, Digital Innovation |

Paul Bason has a background in managing complex multimedia projects for prestigious museums and galleries around the world.  This includes being Creative Director for the world’s largest audio-visual exhibit at Expo 2000 in Hannover. As Director of Digital Innovation at MMU he has responsibility for building relationships with broadcasters, agencies and other companies in the North West’s digital media sector. In 2016 he was elected to the Council of Manchester Digital.  He has a particular interest in usability and service design and how these principles can be applied to harness technology for new approaches to education and economic growth.

Martin Bryant

Community Editor, Tech North |

Martin Bryant is Community Editor at Tech North, part of Tech City UK, where he tells the story of technology in the North of England. He uncovers world-class companies, people and initiatives that often fly under the radar of major tech publications.

Martin was previously Editor-at-Large at The Next Web and is a regular fixture on technology conference stages in Europe and the USA. He often appears on national and international TV and radio programmes to talk about technology.

Jonathan Boakes

UK Managing Director, Nodes |

Jonathan cut his teeth working with some of the biggest brands in the UK, whilst with BBC Worldwide and Time Inc, where he oversaw projects that ran across TV, Radio, Print, online and mobile. Having helped smaller agencies win new clients including Camelot, National Lottery and Good Energy. Jonathan joined Nodes Agency 2.5 years ago and is currently Managing Director for the UK and subsequent to the recent purchase and investment by Japanese conglomerate 'Monstar Lab', is now helping to oversee the European expansion, which will include opening 3 new offices this year. Part of Nodes sucsess is the firm belief that the best design is created with a deep technical understanding, so, as an agency Nodes ensures  knowledge sharing and continuous development of all employees across the agency. His team continue to perform well and recent UK wins include Hiscox, Abellio, Britvic, Tempur, Drinkaware, IATA, LGT Vestra, Weatherby's Bank, Red24, Fujitsu & CBRE.


Mylo Kaye

CEO, Dreamr |

Mylo Kaye is CEO at Dreamr, an award-winning app development agency that designs and develops iOS and Android apps. Originally from Wirral, Merseyside; Mylo studied at the Manchester Metropolitan University, before dropping out to start his first entrepreneurial venture in 2011. Through his experience of homelessness, Mylo recognises the importance of working with charities and organisations to raise the awareness of Manchester’s homeless challenges. In 2017, he became a trustee of the homeless charity, The Booth Centre. Mylo has worked in the digital sphere for almost a decade, which has facilitated a deep passion for technology and the future. More recently, Mylo has mentored start-up’s within NatWest’s Entrepreneurial Spark programme.

Daniel Keighron-Foster

Managing Director, Steamhaus |

Back in 2000 Daniel set up Melbourne Server Hosting and grew it to become one of the North West’s most respected and successful independent hosting companies. Melbourne’s specific focus was on customer service, resulting in the business consistently growing at a rate of 40% per year.Daniel ran Melbourne for a total of 12 years, through to its sale in 2012; at this point having a turnover of £3.5m and a team of around 40 staff. In 2012, after exiting Melbourne, Daniel decided to spend some time focusing on starting a family. His twins were born in 2014. They’ve kept him and his partner incredibly busy since. Really, really busy. Daniel realised early on in 2015 that the cloud and DevOps are where the future lies in regards to hosting. Before he knew it, Steamhaus was incorporated and he was leading a team of experts. When Daniel isn’t working or being a Dad, you’ll find him either at the gym or at his piano playing at the skill level of a five-year-old.

Juan Pablo Luchetti

Consultancy Director - Digital Products, Mubaloo Limited |

After working in the structured consultancy market for over 5 years, Juan Pablo matured into a completely de-structured, objective oriented creative director working for iPhoideas. Being an engineer with experience in consultancy makes JP a rare creature with a complex set of skills.
With an acute business sense and fluent technical grammar, JP is able to successfully communicate with both business and technology to orchestrate a successful solution. Juan has been immersed in a diverse client ecosystem; designing and delivering successful digital products for companies such as HBO, Diesel, Beazley, GE, Univision, Yell, Ford, Coca-Cola, Mc Donald’s, Sony, Hanson, SEI, Maersk and ESPN among others.
Currently working at Mubaloo in the UK, JP is leveraging his experience in mobile and consultancy as Mubaloo's Consultancy Director. JP and his strategy team have built a user centric evidence based approach to design and deliver digital products for companies such as Maersk, National Express and SEI among others.

Simon Wharton

Co-founder and Managing Director, PushON |

Since graduating with an honours degree in computer science in 1988, Simon’s career has shadowed the rise of the internet from being a niche communication tool to where it is now. He started out providing technical support to IBM and then moved to IP Support, building ISPs and delivering VoIP solutions.

In 2002 Simon formed VirtuAffinity with Roy Wilding. It started as a web development and internet services agency, and within four years the company had moved into search and digital marketing, becoming PushON in 2005.

Simon is a respected member of the north-west digital sector. He is an active member of the Manchester Digital Council, taking a particular interest in education and skills. He is also working with the Pro-Manchester Skills and Education committee to bring the digital sector closer to schools in the region. He founded the hugely successful SASCon (Search, Analytics & Social Conference) and is a regular lecturer at the Greater Manchester universities.