First Group Of Judges Revealed For B&T’s Best Of The Best Awards

First Group Of Judges Revealed For B&T’s Best Of The Best Awards

With on-time entries to B&T’s inaugural Best of the Best awards closing THIS FRIDAY, we thought we’d start sharing which industry luminaries will be judging all the submissions.

Presented by Finecast, Best of the Best will bring something unique to this year’s awards season.

While most awards focus on the work of an agency or company as a whole, Best of the Best will celebrate the immense individual talent on show in every area of advertising, marketing and media.

From casting agents to content producers, finance to film directors and project managers to PRs, we want to showcase the brightest talents across the whole industry.

Our Best of the Best awards will also be celebrating the people who continue to do the most, with categories for mentors and social change-makers.

You can find a breakdown of all the different categories here, along with a downloadable file outlining the full submission criteria.

Head on over HERE and start your submission. On-time entries for Best of the Best will be accepted until 5pm (AEST) on Friday 25 June.

The awards will be judged by an exclusive panel of the industry’s most esteemed execs, some of whom are listed below:

Ben Balestrieri Head of shopper marketing Diageo
Ben Lawless-Jennings Director of sponsorship and retail marketing Optus
Brian Piantadosi Head of SMB, Australia Pinterest
Brittany Kury Senior brand and marketing manager BPAY
Christina Erskine General manager of marketing Sydney Opera House
Darren Wright Global head of brand and marketing Flight Centre
Dean Norbiato General manager of marketing Kia Motors Australia
Essie Wake Chief marketing officer JCDecaux
Fabian Marrone Chief marketing officer Monash University
Geraldine Davys Marketing director Nissan Motor Corporation
Hayley Peacock-Gower Global head of marketing Aurora Expeditions
Jemma Downey Head of integrated marketing CUB
Jessica Richmond General manager of marketing Officeworks
Joachim Holte Chief marketing officer Youi
Kate Leplaw GM of Marketing AIA
Keith Murray General manager of marketing Bunnings
Leanne Cartwright-Bradford Country manager, Australia and NZ Audible
Liana Lorenzato Chief marketing officer Modibodi
Louise Laing General manager of marketing, Asia Pacific Intrepid Group
Manelle Merhi General manager of marketing and customer experience Kennards Hire
Matt Fletcher Head of marketing Fitness First Australia
Mim Haysom Chief marketing officer Suncorp
Nicole McInnes Director of marketing and commercial, Australia and NZ WW
Olga Specjalska Marketing director, Australia and NZ VMWare
Rene Rached Head of marketing Medibank
Sarah Tucker Head of marketing, APAC LinkedIn
Nik Weber Commercial director, Australia and NZ Disney


Here are the key dates for Best of the Best, just in case you don’t already have them in your diary:

Entries close: Friday 25 June 2021 at 5pm AEST (on-time entry fee is $299 plus GST/entry)

Late entries close: Friday 2 July 2021 at 5pm AEST (late entry fee is $399 plus GST/entry)

Judging period (case studies and examples of work must have been active in the market during this period): 1 January 2020 to 31 March 2021

Shortlist announced: Monday 9 August 2021

Awards night: Friday 10 September at White Bay Cruise Terminal

Time is ticking, so make sure to start your submission now HERE.

If you’d like more information about Best of the Best, head to the website.

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