Biggest ever CommsCon Awards jury revealed

The biggest ever jury for Mumbrella’s CommsCon Awards – which will highlight and celebrate the best people, businesses and campaigns in the PR, social media and communications industries – has been announced, ahead of the looming entry closing date.


The fifth annual CommsCon Awards will follow the CommsCon Conference on March 30. The awards recognise the industry’s best leaders as well as its emerging talent. The awards will also highlight Australia’s best PR employer and the country’s best agencies.

This year’s jury is the largest yet and boasts an extensive range of industry-leading PR and communications professionals.

The awards will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, with submissions closing soon. To beat the late entry fee, entires should be submitted before this Friday, January 13.

The jurors for the 2017 CommsCon Awards are:

  • Leilani Abels – managing director of Thrive PR
  • Tim Addington – director of TAG PR
  • Katie Barclay – managing partner of Magnum & Co
  • Elly Baxter – publicity and public affairs manager of Belvoir
  • David Breen – head of corporate affairs at ING Direct
  • Richard Brett – managing director of Pulse Communications
  • Lucy Broad – managing director of Cox Inall Change
  • Annalise Brown – managing director of Hidden Characters
  • Bec Brown – Bec Brown Communications
  • Rochelle Burbury – principle of Third Avenue
  • Fern Canning-Brook – Edelman
  • Jason Carnew – general manager of Haystac
  • Nic Christensen – head of digital comms at Nine
  • Anne Costello – APAC regional director of Text 100
  • John Croll – CEO of Isentia
  • Melissa Cullen – managing director of Res Publica
  • Kristin Devitt – managing director at KDPR
  • Kata Farrell – general manager and head of strategy at N2N Communications
  • Tiffany Farrington – director of Social Diary
  • Margaret Fearn – Fearnace Media
  • Mathew Gain – COO of Audible
  • Alain Grossbard – PRIA Victoria
  • Michelle Hampton – founder of Magnum & Co
  • Toby Hemming – director of Bold Media
  • Geoff Ikin – general manager of global media and PR at Tourism Australia
  • Matt Jones – founder, marketing and creative strategist of Better Happy
  • Tracy Jones – principal of Creative Territory
  • Sarah Kelly – head of PR at
  • Derek Lau – public relations manager of Kellogg ANZ
  • Ava Lawler – managing director of Weber Shandwick
  • Allison Lee – Director, Media and Public Relations, Destination NSW.
  • Jemma Lee – senior account director at Liquid Ideas
  • Vanessa Liell – managing director of n2n
  • Olivia Loughnan – PR, sponsorship and comms manager of Virgin Mobile
  • Rob Lowe – co-founder and director of Poem
  • Sarah Mason – general manager of Hausmann School of Public Relations
  • Kurt McGuiness – public relations manager of Volkswagen
  • Richard McGowen – RMG Communications
  • Kim McKay – founder and director of Klick Communications
  • Alana Morton – associate Vice President for Mastercard
  • Lorraine Murphy – head of relationships for The Remarkables Group
  • Steven Murphy – head of communications at Fremantle Media
  • Liz O’Neill – corporate affairs and communication at Campari Australia
  • Roberto Pace – managing director diversified brands at Eleven PR
  • Joanne Painter – managing director for Icon PR
  • Nichola Patterson – national managing director of PR Edge
  • Louise Pogmore – managing partner of One Green Bean
  • Kate Prideaux – general manager of comms at Crown Group
  • Lee Robson – head of publicity at Fox Sports
  • Mitzi Saitzyk – corporate and public affairs manager at Johnson & Johnson Pacific
  • Chris Savage – The Savage Company
  • Liane Sayer-Roberts – director at Sauce Communications
  • Nicholas S. Scofield – general manager corporate affairs at Allianz Australua Insurance Ltd
  • Robyn Sefiani – managing director of Sefiani Group
  • Amanda Shannahan Moore – deputy managing director of Pulse Communications
  • Rob Sharpe – corporate communications manager at Network Ten
  • Melissa Simpson – corporate communications director at DDB
  • Steve Spurr – Edelman
  • Dena Vassallo – Head of Innovation and Integration
  • John Vineburg – PRIA NSW
  • Jack Wakden – CEO of The C Word
  • Dawn Watt – general manager of Fuse Agency
  • Graham White – group managing director of Howorth
  • Sharyn Whitten – director of communications at NewsLifeMedia
  • Andrew Woodward – principal of Andrew Woodward Consulting
  • Stuart Wragg – head of creativity at N2N Communications
  • Jeremy Wrench – group managing director of Capstone Hillsearch
  • James Wright – managing director of Red Agency
  • Gillian Yeap – director of strategy finance and operations at Keep Left



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