2018 Judges Spotlight: Part Two

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Digital Entrepreneur Awards

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our judges’ spotlight series meeting Vikas Shah, Naomi Timperley and Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, as well as the selection of judges in Part One of the Judges’ Spotlight.

In our final judges’ spotlight series, you’ll be meeting the rest of our heavyweight panel who are more than excited to read all your entries!

First up, we have…

Laura Bartlett, Founding Editor & Publisher of House of Coco

Laura is the award-winning founding editor of global magazine House of Coco. Laura built her business from the ground up without any investment in her twenties. Today, she works alongside a team of people to achieve the goal of becoming the number one travel magazine for millennials.

Laura most certainly is a leading voice for young female entrepreneurs.

Why not apply for our Young Entrepreneur of the Year or Online Retailer of the Year awards to impress Laura Bartlett?

Lawrence Jones MBE, Founder and CEO of UKFast

Lawrence is the CEO of web hosting firm UKFast. With more than 30 years’ business experience, Jones is at the helm of a portfolio worth £350m including a cybersecurity firm, a Swiss ski hotel and a construction business.

Jones’ unique approach to employee engagement has earned him plaudits from across the country, while his philanthropy has seen him transform the lives of thousands of people by helping to raise millions of pounds through charity campaigns.

His commitment to bridging the skills gap and redressing the gender balance in the technology industry has seen UKFast move into the education space, and will soon be opening a digital-focussed high school and committing to training teachers as well as pupils.

Lawrence’s entrepreneurial blog is read by over 200,000 people every month.

Discover our Digital Innovation category with awards such as Best use of VR/AR, Tech for Good and Most Innovative use of Digital Technology to be won!

Gail Jones, Managing Director of UKFast

Gail is the co-founder and Managing Director of UKFast. With close to two decades’ experience in technology, she manages UKFast’s relationships with suppliers and continuously assesses its best practice. She drives the creation of software to streamline internal processes and increase functionality for clients.

Gail has been instrumental in the business since its inception, taking on a number of roles as the business has grown.

UKFast works with 60,000 young people across Greater Manchester to encourage more  young people to choose a career in tech, which is something that Gail has been strongly involved in. Gail was recently shortlisted for CRN’s Women in Channel Awards.

Show Gail Jones how you’ve innovatively used technology in our eCommerce Developer of the Year, Web Development Project of the Year or Software Innovation of the Year awards!

Richard Gregory, non-executive Director of Fluid Digital and Chair of Tech North Advisory Board

Richard is the Chairman of tech companies Ruler Analytics and Ash.tv, non-executive Director of Fluid Digital and co-founder of SAScon – a digital marketing conference. Heralding from “Silicon Ramsbottom” he is an ardent supporter of the digital and tech industry in the North of England.

With more than 20 years of digital expertise, including membership of the Manchester Digital Council, Richard now advises agencies and startups on marketing and growth strategies.

Take a peek at our Design and Marketing category with awards such as Most Innovative Use of Video or Animation and Best Use of Mobile and IoT!

That’s a wrap!

There are now only days to go until our extended deadline ends (14th September). Get your entries in to be recognised by our extraordinary panel of expert judges!

Answer just three questions for the chance to become a DEA winner.



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