Chief Executive

"I am thrilled to be joining the judging panel for The Drum again.  What's refreshing is the depth and breadth of the categories and therefore the entries themselves.  I'm looking forward to seeing the marrying of tech, creativity and data to allow the ideas to not only sing out but to spread across platforms."

Anna Watkins is Chief Executive of MOFILM, a global community of filmmakers and influencers that delight in telling and sharing brands' stories that challenge the way we think. Anna joined in September 2016 to grow the MOFILM offering across the world following their acquisition by You and Mr Jones, the brand tech network that provides a 'faster, cheaper and better' alternative to traditional agency models.

Before joining MOFILM, Anna launched Guardian Labs in 2013, the Guardian's in-house branded content agency, which was named 'Trendsetter of the Year' and Anna, 'Media Individual of the Year' by The Drum in 2015.

Previously Anna was MD of the media agency, Initiative, and before that MD of the digital agency Grand Union which they sold to FullSIX in 2011. 

She joined from TBWA's newly formed branded content arm, Stream, where she was Content Director, and way back in the mists of time she started out her career at M&C Saatchi

Judging panel

Anna Bassi

Editor, The Week Junior

Anna Watkins

Chief Executive

Ashley Highfield

Johnston Press

Bill Hagerty

British Journalism Review

Chris Russell


Conor McNicholas


Dietmar Schantin

Institute for Media Strategies

Esra Dogramaci

Senior Editor, Digital
Deutsche Welle

Ian Burrell

Media journalist and consultant.

Iain Hepburn

Development journalist
BBC Sport Online

James Martin

Executive editor
The Huffington Post UK

Jo Morrell

Managing Editor
The Telegraph

Jon Snow

Channel 4 News

Kate Ward

Vice President of International

Keith Walker

Digital Director, Innovation
Time Inc. UK

Kevin O'Byrne

Creative Solutions Director
Time Out

Laura Swinton

Global editor
Little Black Book

Liz Vercoe

Editor and journalist

Maggie Hitchins

Digital editor-in-chief

Megan Lucero

Director of the Local Data Lab
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Neil Hunter

Assistant Digital Editor (Operations)

Nick Creed

The Drum

Patrick Falconer

Managing Director -United Kingdom
The New York Times

Paul Hood

Head of Digital – Technology Division

Peter Clifton

Press Association

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones Reports LLC

Seb Joseph

News Editor
The Drum

Yasir Khan

Digital Editor