Co-Founder and Publisher
Tortoise Media

Co-founder and Publish of Tortosie Media with James Harding and
Matthew Barzun, Katie has left the corporate bosom of News Corp after
more than 20 years. Prior to this new adventure as an entrepreneur, Katie was the
President of Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal, where
she led the company to over 3m subscribers, the largest number in WSJ
history. She has previously worked at the Telegraph Media Group and
The Times, where, as Chief Marketing Officer, she was the architect of
the newspaper's early move to paid digital subscriptions. She created
the UK's first news membership brand, Times+, and oversaw the events
programmes, including both the Wall Street Journal CEO Council and the
Times CEO Summit. She was named Pioneer of the Year at the British
Media Awards. She is vice-patron of the charity, Family Action.
Married to Nick Smith, with one son Stanley.

"I'm looking for evidence of people who have really thought about sustainable business models built around what customers want. It sounds so obvious but digital media innovation is pointless if people won't use it. None of us needs more stuff to do with our phones. What we need to stuff that makes a genuine difference because then we'll be prepared to pay for it"

Judging panel

Richard Hammond

Founder
Chimp Media

katie vanneck

Co-Founder and Publisher
Tortoise Media

Laura Dunlop

Business Manager
PPA Scotland

Hilmar Mulder

Editor in Chief Libelle
Libelle

Natalie Cummins

CEO
Zenith UK

Jasper Jackson

digital editor
New Statesman

Shirong Chen

Managing Editor
Foremost 4 Media Limited

Chris Sutcliffe

freelance media journalist
Media Voices

Iain Gray

Senior Consultant
TH_NK Live

Matt Roper

Editor, Mobile and Online
BBC Scotland News

Peter Clifton

Editor-in-Chief
Press Association

Ellen Stewart

Head of Platforms
PinkNews

Lloyd Embley

Group Editor-in-Chief
Reach PLC

Steve Wilson-Beales

Head of Editorial
Global

Sarah Jones

Journalist
Sarah Jones Reports LLC

Melissa Chapman

Chief Content Officer
Jungle Creations

Owen Wyatt

Managing Director
The Stylist Group

Jane Wolfson

Chief Agency Officer
Hearst UK

Dr Max Pemberton

Columnist
Daily Mail