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.

Austyn Allison

Editor, Campaign Middle East |



In a previous life, Brendan worked as a Geotechnical Engineer analysing data and trying to use the data to solve problems. Now he works in digital marketing… and does pretty much the same thing.

He likes data, maths and solving problems. He is particularly interested in paid search advertising and analytics. Brendan’s work has won multiple Irish & International awards including “Best Search for Retail” in the European Search Awards and he has had many a campaign published by Google as a “Google Success Story”. Brendan is a regular speaker on the international circuit having spoken at Hero Conf, SMX, SES, Friends of Search, The Marketing Festival and AdWorld Experience.

Jim Banks

CEO, Spades Media |

Jim has over 17 years of digital advertising experience, establishing one of the first digital marketing agencies focused on paid advertising in 2000.Since then he's spent in excess of £170 million buying traffic for over 1000 companies, from small one person businesses to household High Street names.

Jim is a keynote speaker invited to speak at industry events around the world, including Pubcon, Retail Global, Marketing Festival, Friends Of Search, Hitpath Masters Conference, a4uexpo, SES, SMX and Affiliate Summit. Spades Media, the company that Jim set up in 2012 manage large scale pay per click campaigns for advertisers and paid social media campaigns as well.

Jim has been a regular fixture on the judging panel at the UK and US Search awards for the past three years and is a returning judge for this years European Search Awards.

 Never one to shy away from giving an opinion or pulling punches Jim enjoys critiquing entries at the Awards and seeing what the search community thinks is worthy of winning.


Dan Barker


I work with website owners to help improve their results. Usually the broadest objectives behind my work are to 'make more money' or 'reduce costs' for companies, but they can cover any other business goal.
I have a background of more than 10 years working with companies to improve their results through the web. Alongside that, I have a first class degree in Software Engineering, a post-grad certificate in Digital Marketing (top of class) and scored 88% in my last Google Advertising exam.
Today I work either direct with clients or through a couple of great agencies.
Projects can be at a strategic or tactical level. They usually (but not always) involve one or more of the following:
Specialties: Analytics, Search (SEO/PPC), Email, Conversion, Affiliates, Usability, Content, Ecommerce, Social Media, Design, Development, Customer Acquisition & Retention.

There are a few brief examples of things I've been involved in here on LinkedIn, or take a look at & you'll find a little bit more there.



Kevin Gibbons is Managing Director of BlueGlass UK, a digital marketing agency specialising in SEO and content marketing. 

With offices in London, Zurich and Tallinn, BlueGlass helps clients such as Expedia, Totaljobs and the Financial Times by acting as an extension to their teams.  Kevin has been involved in digital marketing since 2003 often speaking at industry leading conferences and writing for high profile marketing and digital publishers.



Peter Handley is the Global SEO Manager for Sage, managing internal teams and agencies to grow the companies market share, traffic and conversions across all regions.

A technical SEO expert with a decade of experience, from running agency SEO departments, co-owning a digital marketing agency and freelancing, who has spoken at conferences across Europe. Peter has worked with a number of large and small companies throughout that time, on complex technical issues, innovative work and tool creation with hreflang and international configurations.

Peter also uses his skills to help local and environmental charitable organisations, to assist with digital marketing efforts and understand the potential of reaching out to new audiences.

Neil Hardy


Involved in commercial, digital and online since 1993. With vast experience in commercial partnerships, product sourcing, online strategy, large travel Ecommerce operations , project management and digital marketing.

Judge on the annual UK Search Awards for best SEO and PPC campaigns in the UK for 2011,12,13, 14, 15 and 2016

Northern Digital Awards judge 2015.

European Search Awards judge 2017

Travel Weekly / Travolution judge 2012, 13, 14 and 15 for PPC, Social Media, Content and SEO

Specialties: Travel, Ecommerce, project management, website development, digital marketing, SEO, PPC, email marketing, affiliates, MVT, social media, mobile development, commercial negotiations, business call centre operations,



Jackie Hole is an Award Winning independent Search Marketing consultant, and has been working in Digital Media and Internet Marketing for over 15 years.
Starting out as an Interactive Media and interface designer/project manager for blue chip companies, Jackie moved into SEO & Affiliate marketing when becoming interested in 'this new Google thing' in 1999 and subsequently Adwords/PPC in 2004.
Jackie is a well rounded SEM Strategist and trainer with a unique set of creative marketing and analytical skills with a proven track record for thinking differently and significantly improving ROI.

Jackie works both with direct clients and as a white label outsource for agencies in the UK, Europe, North America and Canada and is often thought of as an invaluable and knowledgeable member of any team.

Highly visible and active within the SEM community, Jackie is an editor and blogger for and and more recently and a trainer and speaker at various industry events.

Specialities: Search Engine Marketing (SEO / PPC & Adwords / Social Media / Biddable Channels / Content Marketing / Digital), Conversion Improvement, Pay per Click training and rapid startup growth strategies. 

Chris Hurst

Digital Marketing Manager, Thomson Reuters MENA |

My career started with Latitude back in the UK in 2012. Having worked across a number of accounts from SME’s to multi-national corporations I’ve always had the passion for search marketing and for bringing together other channels to ensure that companies take a ‘holistic approach’ to their digital marketing. Moving to the MENA region in 2014, I moved with Latitude to help expand the business over here and to help stimulate a market that was both maturing and developing at a fantastic speed.

Current role at Thomson Reuters makes me responsible for our ‘go-to-market’ strategy across 14 countries across 4 business units each holding many different solutions and products. My role is to ensure that we bring all digital channels together and continue to increase our web presence in the region.

Pierre Far

Founder/CEO, Deliberate Digital Limited |

Pierre Far is the founder and CEO of Deliberate Digital, a digital strategy agency. Prior to founding Deliberate Digital, Pierre held several roles at Google and the technology sector in the UK, including product management, community management, innovation consulting, and online marketing. He's a regular speaker and author about technology topics.

Pierre has a Ph.D. in microbial genetics from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Stephen Kenwright

Director of Search, Branded3 |

Stephen is director of search at St. Ives Group-owned Branded3 – the best large SEO agency in Europe according to the 2016 judges of the EU Search Awards – and is responsible for owned media, including search, analytics and marketing.

Writing weekly for the Drum Magazine, Stephen has presented at more than 100 industry events since joining B3 in 2012 and now organises the SearchLeeds conference, hosting hundreds of marketers from around Europe every year.



With decades of experience and hundreds of software and web marketing and development projects under his belt, Mark Knowles has an in-depth understanding of web marketing, design, development, and search engine optimization (SEO). 

His professional background includes developing technology solutions for companies such as JELD-WEN, Intel, adidas Golf, PacifiCorp and many others. And as an entrepreneur, Mark has built several technology companies into multimillion-dollar organizations. 

During the past several years, Mark's focus has been founding and developing the first-ever SEO-friendly content management system (CMS), Pixelsilk. At Pixelsilk, Mark leads a team that combines the Web CMS with SEO best practices for client websites across the globe. Industry luminaries like Adam Audette, Bruce Clay, Eric Enge, Laura Lippay, and others have publicly endorsed the value Pixelsilk in their writings and on stage.

In addition, Mark is also a speaker at leading search marketing conferences including Search Engine Strategies™ (SES), Search Marketing Expo™ (SMX), PubCon™ and others. He also serves as an advisory board member at SEMpdx in Portland, Oregon, and is co-chair of the annual web marketing conference, Swivel in Bend, Oregon.

On a personal note, Mark Knowles is known for having a relentless energy and a passion for craft beer.



Judith Lewis is the founder of the deCabbit Consultancy specialising in integrated digital marketing consultancy and execution. She is a specialist integrated online marketer with skills in SEO, PPC, and Social Media Marketing as well as other digital marketing techniques. She has been doing SEO since before it had a name and has worked both in-house and agency-side. 

She has judged both US & EU Search Awards, is a founding everywoman Modern Muse and is the coordinator for London Girl Geek Dinners.  Having both an in-house and agency background, her clients have included Google, Virgin, NSPCC, Zopa, Slendertone, the Guggenheim, SAP, Amadeus, Blue Cross, & ShareThis. She works from planning through to execution, integrating her digital expertise through research & analysis, design & build through to deployment.

Judith writes for the SEO Chicks and Mostly About Chocolate as well as the Huffington Post.  She speaks at various conferences around the world and is passionate about teaching and helping businesses large and small (as well as chocolate).

Jason Meininger

SEO Product Manager, Totaljobs Group |

Working online since the original internet boom, Jason now has a decade of hands-on experience with on-and off-site SEO programmes at Totaljobs Group, the UK’s leading family of online recruitment classified sites.

His background in web design, development, marketing, and project management has evolved at TJG from managing linkbuilding and content development campaigns into focusing on scalable, platform-led technical optimisation tactics to drive organic traffic and maximise engagement across a variety of large-scale generalist and smaller specialist industry domains.




Director of Strategy at Koozai & Co-Chief Editor at State of Digital |

Samantha is a Digital Marketing Expert with a focus on Paid Media helping clients increase their revenues through Digital. She recently won the UK Search Personality Award at the UK Search Awards and was also rated 6th in PPC Heros ‘Most Influential PPC Experts’ list in 2016. Her core role is as the Director of Strategy at Koozai, a UK based digital marketing agency.

 In addition, she works as the Co-Chief Editor for State of Digital, one of the leading industry websites when it comes to digital marketing.

She also founded the Digital Females group which now has in excess of 750 members and has held 16 events to date. The group was designed to bring together likeminded females in the digital marketing industry to encourage a higher ratio of male vs. female at some of the leading conferences across the UK.

Akville Pareigyte

Google Regional Trainer, Head of Digital Consulting at VOLT LAB |

Former digital marketing manager at Jumeirah Group and Digital Marketing Lecturer at the Digital Marketing Institute Middle East, Akvile now heads digital consultancy at VOLT LAB and is actively engaged in the digital education with Google Digital Academy UK and The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management. 

Tarek Reda

Head of Digital, bfound |

When he's not rocking out on the guitar with his band, Tarek is a well-versed digital marketer currently heading the digital department at UAE's local search platform - bfound. His digital marketing career started back in Cairo before he acquired his master degree in Digital Marketing from London. 

Tarek has always had passion for Search marketing. Having ran search campaigns for companies like dubizzle and 3M across MENA, Sub-Saharan Africa, UK and USA, Tarek has a proven track record of managing high performing digital marketing campaigns. Tarek also lectures on Search Marketing at institutions such as DM3 and Synergy University. 

James Reynolds

Founder, Veravo |

James Reynolds is the founder of Veravo, a 40 person search engine marketing company consisting of 2 divisions SEO Sherpa and Click Jam.

He has spoken at dozens of conferences in the United Kingdom, Australia and UAE to name just a few and appeared alongside notable speakers such as Michael Gerber (E-Myth), Larry Winget and Scott Stratten in the successful Guinness World Record attempt for the longest-ever online seminar.

James is a columnist for leading publications including Entrepreneur Magazine and has been featured on CNN, Fox News and locally on Dubai One. He also mentors startup companies in his free time. 

Mark Rofe

Digital Marketing Specialist, Blue Beetle |

Mark Rofe is a digital marketing specialist at Blue Beetle are a Dubai-based web development and digital marketing agency whose clients include Emaar, Atlantis The Palm, and Falcon and Associates. 

He is responsible for ensuring that Blue Beetle create outstanding and search-friendly websites, and that digital marketing clients see traffic and business growth by developing and implementing CRO, PPC and SEO strategies

Mark is a Business with Law graduate from Kingston University, he started his digital marketing career in 2010 when he created affiliate websites. Since then he has helped start-ups, SME’s and FTSE 100 companies to grow their online presence, and has a novelty gift creation to his name. 



Neil started in Web Development in 1998 before moving onto Search in early 2000. His work, as part of a small firm from Cheshire, helped develop them to become one of the largest UK SEO companies before it was acquired in 2007. This is where Neil moved into the position of CTO for the Pan-European Group. Neil has since consulted for PR companies, in-house marketing teams and agencies. He has spoken about his expertise and experiences at a large number of conferences across the world from Silicon Valley, Reykjavik, Rome, Stockholm and the UK. He has written and carried out webinars for websites such as State of Digital, Advanced Web Ranking, SEMrush among others. In December 2015 he consolidated his consultancy to become a partner in Digital Marketing Agency where he now sits as Technical Director.



Marty is an entrepreneur, author, speaker & BWCA wilderness guide. He founded Aimclear®, a driven marketing agency dominant in psychographic targeting, 2016 winner of three US Search Awards, including Best Large Integrated Agency. 

Credits include Uber, eBay, Airbnb, Dell, LInkedIn, Eurail, Firestone, Amazon, Quest, Martha Stewart Omni, Intel, Travelocity, Macy’s, GoDaddy, 3M, InfusionSoft, Siemens, The Washington Post and numerous others. A fixture on the international conference circuit, Marty has appeared in front of hundreds of international search & social marketing conference audiences, from Jerusalem to Sydney. 

Entrepreneur Magazine wrote the reason for Marty’s success is his “Unique persona that is instantly recognizable.” He has been described as “not your typical agency type,” a “social media maverick,” “Foodie-Yelp addict” and “more innovator than follower."​


Colin Woon

SEO Manager - Marketing & Consumer, O2 |



Murat Yatağan is an SEO Consultant with more than 7 years of expertise on SEO and UX, of which 5 years derives from his Sr. Product Analyst role at Google Search Quality Team in Ireland. Murat was involved in several sub teams at Google, such as web spam fighting with a specialized approach on manual actions, reconsideration requests, site recoveries, backlink profile analysis and community management. Apart from that, Murat gained expertise on technical SEO, high quality content creation strategy, outreach and international SEO throughout leading an SEO team with 10 members in a Turkish Digital Performance Agency (SEM) and managing clients from various business verticals as a freelancer.

Murat is a member of Advisory Board at two startups from Turkey (KTH Event Agency and indisera) focusing on growth strategies and technical consultancy and Co-Founder of a Turkish startup (SociRest). He's a regular speaker of industry events, podcasts and meet-ups. As an active member of the SEO Community, he is authoring on organic search and digital marketing. Plus, he offers in-company SEO trainings and occasionally gives lectures on SEO at universities. 

He has a M.Sc. in Engineering Management from IYTE and a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from IEU.

Murat slaps bass guitar and enjoys travelling to explore local foods.

Lukasz Zelezny


Lukasz Zelezny is the head of organic acquisition at, a UK based price comparison website with offices in London. Leading his team, he is responsible for the brand’s organic visibility, conversion rate, traffic and engagement. Lukasz is a hands-on person; he spends lots of his time keeping up to date with the changes in the technology of online marketing.

Lukasz started his career in 2005 and has since been responsible for the organic performance of a number of companies including HomeAway, Thomson Reuters, The Digital Property Group and Fleetway Travel.

 He is a graduate from the Silesian University of Technology with a BA in Marketing.

In 2015 he traveled 75,000 km speaking at many SEO and social media conferences including ClickZ Shanghai China, ClickZ Jakarta Indonesia, SiMGA Malta, SES London in United Kingdom as well as conferences held in Europe; Marketing Festival in Brno, Brighton SEO in Brighton, UnGagged in London. Every year he is actively participating in 10 to 20 events as a SEO/Social Media keynote speaker. Additionally, he organizes workshops where he is sharing tips around SEO, Social Media and Analytics.