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JUDGES

The Midlands Media Awards are judged by senior and respected journalists completely independent of the Awards organisers, who would like to extend their grateful thanks to all of them for their time and commitment.

Alan Carruthers

Alan Carruthers, a former winner of the NTL Commercial Radio Programmer of the Year Award, has over 20 years experience in running UK radio stations. He is an ex-programme controller for Smooth Radio in the West Midlands and programme director at Heart 100.7.

Blogger of the Year

Radio Journalist of the Year

Alex Noble

Alex Noble, who is the presenter of BBC Music Introducing in the West Midlands, is a former team assistant/producer at BBC Radio Nottingham and BBC Essex. He is also a freelance social media strategist.

Best Use of Social Media

Blogger of the Year

Campaign of the Year

Amanda Woolley

Amanda Woolley is a communications manager at Ernst & Young, having joined from Jaguar Land Rover, where she was corporate communications lead for the Engine Manufacturing Centre. A former editor of Business Finance East Midlands magazine.

Best Use of Social Media

Feature Writer of the Year

Magazine of the Year

Brian Doogan

Brian Doogan is an award-winning journalist having worked for five years on the Daily Express and seven years on The Sunday Times. For the past decade he has been Head of Media and Communications at two Premier League football clubs, Aston Villa and Everton, and is co-author with Joe Calzaghe of the Sunday Times bestselling autobiography, No Ordinary Joe.

Sports Journalist of the Year (Broadcast)

Sports Journalist of the Year (Print)

Carla Scaroni

Carla Scaroni, a former marketing lecturer at Birmingham City University, now a marketing and PR manager for multiple shopping centres for Velocity Worldwide.

Blogger of the Year

Radio Journalist of the Year

Chris Hills

Chris Hills contributes video content to local and regional news channels  and, as an independent, is involved in all aspects on both sides of the camera - from finding the story to editing the final package.

Multi-media Journalist of the Year

Television Journalist of the Year

Chris Mair

Chris Mair, a freelance journalist and web writer, is a former newspaper editor. He is chair of the South Worcestershire Police Independent Advisory Group.

Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year

News Reporter of the Year (Daily/Sunday)

Website of the Year

Weekly Newspaper of the Year

Chris Mowbray

Christopher Mowbray is an experienced writer, freelance journalist and PR practitioner, who formerly edited a magazine for Britain’s security supply industry.

Feature Writer of the Year

Magazine of the Year

News Reporter of the Year (Daily/Sunday)

Claire Wolfe

Claire Wolfe, who has worked in journalism for more than 25 years, is subject leader for journalism at the University of Worcester. She is an executive committee member of the Association for Journalism Education.

Newcomer of the Year

Columnist of the Year

Dan Barton

Dan Barton, Assistant Director Corporate Communications at West Midlands Police for the last seven years, was previously Assistant Director Communications at Stoke-on-Trent City Council. A former deputy editor of The Birmingham Post, he was also Head of News at ITV Central West.

News Reporter of the Year (Daily/Sunday)

Story of the Year

Dave Woodhall

Dave Woodhall is a freelance journalist, author, broadcaster and researcher. He is proprietor of Heroes Publishing, which produces football and music books, and since 2010 has edited The Birmingham Press website.

PR Campaign of the Year

News Reporter of the Year (Daily/Sunday)

Dawn Roberts

Experienced PR consultant Dawn Roberts co-founded Birmingham-based Headline Communications in 1992. She set up Internet consultancy WebXpress five years later, eventually selling the operation to a Top 50 advertising agency in 2006.

Business Journalist of the Year

Website of the Year

Dean Williams

Dean Williams is co-founder of both the Birmingham Film Festival and the Birmingham Music Awards. He also finds time to be an entrepreneur, stuntman, actor and film producer.

PR Campaign of the Year

Television Journalist of the Year

Derek Inman

Derek Inman, a former Head of UK Regions with BT, is the current chairman of The Journalist’s Charity (West Midlands). He has also been chairman of Birmingham Forward and served as chief executive of both Birmingham Foundation and Nechells Regeneration Project.

Business Journalist of the Year

Feature Writer of the Year

Dorothy Hobson

Dorothy Hobson is a former university lecturer and author. She is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and vice-chair of the Royal Television Society Midland Centre.

Newcomer of the Year

News Reporter of the Year (Weekly)

Fiona Alexander

Fiona Alexander was an award-winning editor of the Sunday Mercury before taking over as editor of The Birmingham Post. She is now director of communications at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Feature Writer of the Year

Multi-media Journalist of the Year

Supplement of the Year

Gary James

Gary James, a former radio journalist and presenter and experienced event manager, was also a broadcast journalist and presenter with Made TV. He is currently freelancing.

Sports Journalist of the Year (Broadcast)

Sports Journalist of the Year (Print)

Gary Phelps

Gary Phelps spent 28 years working in West Midlands journalism, editing 10 newspapers including the Tamworth Herald, which twice won Newspaper of the Year at the Midlands Media Awards. He now runs a successful PR firm, with clients ranging from West Midlands Mayor Andy Street to numerous local schools.  

Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year

Team of the Year

Geraldine Sheridan

Geraldine Sheridan, director of Real People Communications, is a “human interest” journalist specialising in content creation and content strategy. She spent almost 20 years in newspapers, magazines and television before launching her own company.

Radio Journalist of the Year

Website of the Year

Helen Stevens

For the last six years, Helen Stevens has been communications and marketing manager with the Midlands Air Ambulance charity.  Previously she was account manager with both Haslimann Taylor and Golley Slater PR consultancies.

PR Campaign of the Year

Supplement of the Year

Television Journalist of the Year

Helen Toomey Hesk

Helen Toomey Hesk is managing director and founder of Melon Communications, a Midlands-based PR, marketing and online media consultancy, which in 2015 won the Small Business of the Year accolade at the Pride of Warwick District Awards.

Best Use of Social Media

Blogger of the Year

Howard Bennett

Howard Bennett, who comes from a family of journalists, started his career on newspapers in the East Midlands, before joining commercial radio stations in Nottingham and Birmingham. He later moved to the BBC, working on Radio WM, the Asian Network and Midlands Today.

News Reporter of the Year (Weekly)

Radio Journalist of the Year

Ian Strachan

Ian Strachan, who set up his own communications consultancy in 2000, is a former journalist, news editor and corporate communications professional, whose career included senior PR roles at the Rover Group and West Midlands Police.

Business Journalist of the Year

Columnist of the Year

John Duckers

John Duckers, now an author of children’s books, is a former award-winning business editor of The Birmingham Post, who spent ten years in public relations after exiting newspapers

Business Journalist of the Year

Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year

News Reporter of the Year (Daily/Sunday

Story of the Year

Weekly Newspaper of the Year

John James

John James is a former award-winning photographer with the Birmingham Post & Mail. He now specialises in editorial-style PR photography and videography, having successfully freelanced for the last 13 years.

The Tony Flanagan Photographer of The Year Award

Katie Cohen

Katie Cohen is a senior media relations officer with HSBC UK. She joined the Birmingham-based bank from corporate and financial advisory agency Hudson Sandler, part of Huntsworth plc, after starting her career at global PR agency Weber Shandwick

Columnist of the Year

Magazine of the Year

News Reporter of the Year (Weekly)

Laurie Upshon

Laurie Upshon, chairman of the judges, is a former chairman of The Journalists’ Charity and ex-TV executive who started his journalistic career as a reporter on regional newspapers.

Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year

Story of the Year

Team of the Year Excellence Award                       

Weekly Newspaper of the Year

Marc Kirsten

Marc Kirsten, a former newspaper photographer with over 30 years’ experience, now freelances, providing images for end-products such as newspapers, magazines and websites.

The Tony Flanagan Photographer of The Year Award

Martin Swain

Martin Swain is director of communications at West Bromwich Albion FC, having joined the club five years ago from the Express & Star, where he was an award-winning sports journalist.

Sports Journalist of the Year (Broadcast)

Sports Journalist of the Year (Print)

Marverine Duffy

Marverine Duffy is director of undergraduate journalism at Birmingham City University and a former senior lecturer in journalism at the University of Northampton. She has enjoyed a 30-year career in the media industry, working in both radio and television. And she’s also a qualified Beer Sommelier, beer writer and critic!

Best Use of Social Media

Multi-media Journalist of the Year

Story of the Year

Murray Morse

Murray Morse is a former national and regional newspaper editor, spending several years as editor in chief of Sport Media Group plc. He is now senior media relations manager with NHS England.

Campaign of the Year

Team of the Year Excellence Award

Website of the Year

Neil White

Neil White, who started his career at the Birmingham Post & Mail, is a former assistant editor on the Nottingham Evening Post. He later edited the Derby Telegraph before leaving to set up Neil White Associates. Last year he co-founded Black and White PR.

Sports Journalist of the Year (Broadcast)

Sports Journalist of the Year (Print)

Nick Hudson

Nick Hudson went from being the youngest reporter on the Birmingham Evening Mail in the early 1970s to becoming head of a leading press agency, launch editor of Spain’s first national English-language weekly and editor of two niche market website-journals. Currently news editor of Red Snapper’s Police Oracle.

Campaign of the Year

Multi-Media Journalist of the Year

Paul Raymer

Paul Raymer worked as a journalist on the Evesham Journal and Coventry Evening Telegraph  before joining the district staff of the Birmingham Post in Stratford-upon-Avon.  He later moved to head office and had numerous roles including regional news editor and property editor, before leaving to help set up a property PR company.  For many years he wrote a hockey column for the Post.

Columnist of the Year

Newcomer of the Year

Peter John

Peter John served as editor of the Worcester News for five years until 2018. He is also a former group editor of Newsquest Midlands South.

Story of the Year

Team of the Year Excellence Award

Weekly Newspaper of the Year

Sarah Bishop

Before joining BBC Midlands Today as a reporter and newsreader, Sarah Bishop worked for local radio stations in Worcester, Coventry and Birmingham. She has also worked as a teacher in Spain and a writer in South Africa.

Campaign of the Year

Team of the Year Excellence Award

Sonya Bell

Originally from Manchester, Sonya Bell moved to Birmingham to pursue a career in public relations after working as a journalist for an international trade magazine for the entertainment and leisure sector. She is a former director of Birmingham Press Club.

Best Use of Social Media

Blogger of the Year

Magazine of the Year

Stewart Lawley

Stewart Lawley has spent 17 years working mainly in the Photo and Video Journalism industry, with a lot of TV Production thrown in. His credentials include BBC, ITV Central, UK Foreign Office, Chatham House and over 400 programme and design content publishings across TV, print and digital media.

The Tony Flanagan Photographer of The Year Award

Sue Green

Sue Green, who started her journalism career as a news/feature writer on the Sunday Mercury, was the first woman board director of Birmingham Press Club. Now a respected trainer, she won an NCTJ Chairman's Award for the quality of journalism training she delivered at the City of Wolverhampton College and leads the BBC national academy for apprentices at the same institution.

Campaign of the Year

Magazine of the Year

Newcomer of the Year

Sue Smith

Sue Smith is a highly experienced Midlands journalist, having served with both the Birmingham Post & Mail and Express & Star.

News Reporter of the Year (Daily/Sunday)

News Reporter of the Year (Weekly)

Tom Vale

Tom Vale is head of communications at Wasps Rugby after having joined from Worcester Warriors, where he was communications manager. Previously he was a sports reporter at various regional newspapers, including the Hereford Times.

Sports Journalist of the Year (Broadcast)

Sports Journalist of the Year (Print)

Tony Adams

Tony Adams is a journalist/broadcaster, a former chair of NUJ Birmingham and Coventry Branch and ex-vice chair of NUJ Black Members Council. He now runs a specialist press and pr service across the automotive, private equity and property sectors.

Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year

Multi-media Journalist of the Year

Story of the Year

Website of the Year

Weekly Newspaper of the Year