Chief Strategy officer
Somo

Respected throughout the digital industry for the breadth of his experience, his foresight and vision, and the quality of his strategic thinking, Ross is without doubt the Professor of Digital!

With over 23 years of experience in digital spanning desktop to mobile, Ross has been a founding member of six influential digital businesses, and has operated both Agency and Client side. Today as Somo’s Chief Strategy Officer, Ross has advised global brands such as Audi, HSBC, Shop Direct and adidas on how to generate product experiences that engage and delight customers and staff against a backdrop of ever evolving digital technology

In his career he has been a founder of Virgin Games, helped develop the first digital property for 10 Downing Street and has advised the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on interactive media development, along with creating multiple award winning digital strategies for numerous brands across every sector including Virgin Casino, Reuters, The Independent, British Airways and Pepsi.

Ross is an expert in how digital changes consumer behaviour and how to create innovative products to react to these changes. He has been a judge for all the major creative and effectiveness awards in Digital, has  been voted in the top 100 digerati and top 50 in mobile by The Drum for three years and is a frequent keynote speaker at global industry events, giving his first TEDx Talk in 2017.

Judging panel

Phil Jones - Chairman

Founder & Organiser
Podge Events

Ben Wyatt

Head of Communications
Red Bull Racing

Helen Colclough

Head of Digital Product
British Airways

Mark Brayton

Marketing Director
Barclays

Anna Rafferty

Global Director: Digital Marketing, Digital Studios
BBC Worldwide

Tom Head

Co-Founder & Director
Lab

Marcus Foley

Managing Director
This Is Tommy LTD

Paul Smernicki

Co-founder / Artist Manager
Restless Natives

Beverley Sullivan

Guidelines Manager
Sainsbury's

Stephen Mai

Chief Content Officer
Boiler Room

Mark Sherwin

Managing Director
Accenture Interactive

Kevin Dunckley

Chief Digital Innovation Officer
HH Global

Peter Markey

Marketing Director
TSB

Pj Jones

Founder
Mallard and Claret

Darren Whittingham

Founder & Group Chief Creative Officer
Start Design

Viktorija Grigorjevaite

Co-founder & Ad photographer
Sane Seven

Chris Brown

Global Head of Digital
M&C Saatchi PR

Charlie Greenwood

Digital & Sponsorship Consultant For The Sports Industry
N/A

Trevor Chambers

Founder and Creative Partner
Fear No Space

Wayne Deakin

Executive Creative EMEA
Huge

Kristal Ireland

Head of Ecommerce and Retail Technology
LNER

Dom Bailey

Strategic Director
BAXTER AND BAILEY

Joanna Manning-Cooper

Director of Digital, Marketing and Communications
Rugby Football Union

Alex Bubb

Marketing and Sales Excellence
Canon Europe

Rebecca Brennan

Managing Director
Cubo

Tom Burton

Head of Interactive
BBC Studios

Katy Howell

CEO
immediate future

Tom Foulkes

Marketing Director
Carter Jonas

Alastair Keeble

Director of Digital Marketing
Hakkasan Group

Alex Trickett

Director
Alex Trickett Consultancy

Syd Nadim

Executive Chairman and Founder
clock.

Thom Groot

Data & Digital Director
The AA

James Chorley

Group Creative Director
AKQA

Paula Jago

COO
Provenance

Mike Flynn

Digital Marketing Entrepreneur
DataPOWA

Sandra McDill

Global Digital Media
GSK

Kate Dale

Head of Brand and Digital Strategy
Sport England

Ross Sleight

Chief Strategy officer
Somo

Valerie Bounds

Head of Digital
Uniform

Nikki Barton

Head of Digital Design
British Airways

Hannah Matthews

Managing Partner
Karmarama

Melissa Ditson

Executive Creative Director
360i

Des Johnson

Global Marketing Director
Castrol/BP Lubricants

David Stanley

Marketing Director, UKI
Getty Images

Callum Reckless

Founder & Managing Director
Reckless

Gion-Men Kruegel-Hanna

Group Creative Director
HEAD