A team of more than 60 experienced PR professionals will judge the Excellence Awards entries in a new two-stage judging process.

At stage one, judges will form teams of two to judge each entry in their specialist category and select the shortlist.

At stage two, all judges will come together and work in new groups to review the category shortlists and select the winners.

If you’re shortlisted in the Outstanding Young Communicator or Outstanding Independent Practitioner category, you’ll also be invited to attend a 20-minute panel interview in London. This is your opportunity to update the judges on your entry and for them to learn more about you.

If you’ve entered the Excellence Awards in the past, you’ll know that all shortlisted entrants were previously invited to attend panel interviews with the judges. This year, we have listened to your feedback and adapted the process to save you time and money, without compromising the integrity or quality of our judging process.

All judges sign a confidentiality agreement before judging commences and a replacement judge is sourced if any conflicts of interest arise.

Chairs of Judges

The role of the Chairs of Judges is to preside over the 60-strong team of judges to resolve any disputes, questions or differences of opinion that arise during the judging process.

Our 2019 Chairs of Judges are:

  • Paul Mylrea Found.Chart.PR FCIPR, Past CIPR President and Director of Communications at the University of Cambridge
  • Sandra Macleod FCIPR, Group CEO at Echo Research