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All members are invited to be involved with the Star Awards judging and will be allocated categories to score the case studies online. Members at Leader level and invited judges with category insights will be invited to sit on the panels which decide the shortlists and winners.

If you’d like to take part as a judge, please register here by the end of January 2024.

The judging dates are Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 March and Wednesday 8 May 2024. Judges will be allocated either a two-hour morning or afternoon session assessing entries where there is no conflict of interest. If there is any potential conflict of interest the judging chair should be informed at the start of the session.

Judges must score the entries online at least 48 hours prior to attending a panel session.
Judges can bulk download their assigned entries on Award Force by clicking ‘bulk download’ at the bottom left of their judging view.

We recommend that all judges read the ultimate guide for any questions they have on the Award Force system.

The online scoring may influence the judging but may not determine the shortlists or winners. The average scores provided to the judging panels will include those provided by the Future Leaders and First Role member scores.

The final decision will be made by the judging panel with the Judging Chair having the casting vote if required.

The Judging Chair also reserves the right to recommend reviewing entries in other categories.
A maximum of 6 entries will be shortlisted in any category.
Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be awarded in most categories if a minimum standard has been achieved.

Entrants will be provided with their average scores, if requested, across the various judging criteria.
Judging will be held virtually via Zoom.


Judges from the 2023 awards

Name Company
Abigail McCormack STV
Adam Smith The Gate
Ailsa Graham Tesco Bank
Alasdair Wallace Material
Alison Winship MacKay Beam Suntory
Amy Slesinger Bright Signals
Amy Collins Sainsbury’s Bank
Amy Peters Dynam
Andrea Knoop Edrington
Andy Gray StudioLR
Anna Vaughan NatWest Group
Anneli Ritari-Stewart Royal London
Bethan Mackenzie John Doe
Cara Chambers International Beverage
Carly Gilchrist DC Thomson
Carol Prest BBC
Caroline McGrath The Media Shop
Cate Nelson Shaw Remarkable
Catriona Summers Guy & Co
Catriona Quinn Muckle Media
Chris Batchelor Muckle Media
Chris Bruce The Lane
Claire Wood The Scottish Government
Claire Moyles Sainsbury’s Bank
Claire Prentice The Scottish Government
Clare Willis National Trust for Scotland
Colette Gourlay Edrington UK
Cori Schwabe Leith
Dan Sear EssenceMediacom
Dave King StudioLR
David Roberts Multiply UK
Deborah Mackay  Republic of Media
Douglas Brown The Union
Dyan Owen Weber Shandwick
Ed Dalgleish Guy & Co
Ed Vickers LOOP Agencies
Ekaterina Kolesnik  Beam Suntory
Emma Preston Edrington UK
Emma Campbell Union Direct
Fiona Gray  Equator
Fiona Kennie Innis & Gunn
Fiona Luke Edrington
Fleur Maguet Beam Suntory
Gemma Bell Stripe Communications
Name Company
Gill Jarvie Republic of Media
Gill Hanlon STV
Gill Petrie STV
Gillean Mclaren DC Thomson Media
Graeme Davies UXL Marketing
Greg McEwan McEwan Marketing
Gus Chalmers  Union Direct
Hannah Alexander  Wemyss Family Spirits
Hazel Alexander C&C Group
Ian Duncan Lane
Ian McAteer The Union
India Morrow  First Milk
Jacqueline Reid  Volvo Construction Equipment
Jacquelyn Whyte  Muckle Media
Jane Stewart EssenceMediacom
Jane McTaggart  EssenceMediacom
Jenifer Spinks  Beam Suntory
Jennifer Robertson SPEY
Jenny Terris Guy & Co
Jill Walker The Scottish Government 
Jo Coomber National Galleries Scotland
Joanne McTavish  esure Group
John Bernard  Dexcom
John-Paul Murphy  Macdonald Hotels
Kat Urquhart  Sainsbury’s Bank
Katherine McIsaac  The Scottish Government
Kelly Ling Dentsu
Kenneth McFarlane  People’s Postcode Lottery
Kenny Nicholson  AG Barr
Kirsteen Beeston  Beam Suntory
Kirsten Korhonen  Union Direct
Kirsty Grierson  Stripe Communications
Laubscher Coetzee  Royal London
Lindsay Montgomery Lloyds Banking Group
Lisa King The Union
Lorna King  Hymans Robertson
Louise Fraser Jump Research
Lucy Henderson C&C Group PLC
Lyndsay Snoddon  The Union
Madeleine Macaulay-Stuart  Sainsbury’s Bank
Marco Di Ciacca Edrington UK
Mark McGuinness Guy & Co
Matthew Mitchell Big Partnership
Michael Hart The Union
Name Company
Miranda Shannon Multiply UK
Morna McLelland Stripe Communications
Nathalie Agnew Muckle Media
Oliver Swaden Tesco Bank
Paddy Baxter Frame
Pamela Wilson Union Direct
Patricia Pieroni SQA
Paul Menzies C&C Group GB
 Paul Borthwick Lane
Pauline Aylesbury The Scottish Government
Pete Martin Always Be Content
Peter Wright Multiply UK
Petra Cameron  NatWest Group
Rachel McMullan The Union
Richard Kelly MediaSpark
Richard Simpson Tayburn
Rob Catterson Brand Scotland/Scottish Enterprise 
Rod Gillies Whyte & Mackay
Roderick Keating  Sainsbury’s Bank
Ross Jardine  Always Be Content
Sarah Baillie The Scotsman Group
Sarah McKerley Edrington UK
Sheryl Thomson Union Direct
Shona McCarthy Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
Shona Smith Places for People
Simon Watson Republic of Media
Simon Crunden Republic of Media
Siobhan Nicolson ICAS
Sorcha McClinton The Union
Stacey Bridges Weber Shandwick
Stephanie Forsyth Whyte & Mackay
Steven Flanagan Weber Shandwick
Stuart Mackenzie Tennent’s
Stuart McLaren SQA
Tala Cook ALT
Tana Stenhouse Sainsburys Bank
Tim Malseed John Doe
Toby Hutchins EssenceMediacom
Tory Benyon The Union
Valerie Weaver Multiply UK
Vickie Fawcett Dentsu Creative
Vicky Hope LOOP Agencies
Victoria Allison STV Creative
Zoe Coyle Always Be Content

Monday 12 February 2024

Entry Deadline

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