Meet The Drum Digital Advertising Awards Europe 2019 judges: The FT, BBC, AppNexus

The Digital Advertising Awards Europe, formerly The Drum Digital Trading Awards, seeks the best in programmatic performance to give recognition to the most effective campaigns and innovative thinkers in the ad-tech industry.

In 2018, Republic of Media and the Scottish Government won the Grand Prix for its campaign around the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, while Carat UK and NHS Blood and Transplant snapped up the Chair Award for their work on blood donor sign ups.

To determine who the outstanding players of the ad-tech industry for 2019 our expert panel of judges include:

Jessica Barrett
Financial Times
Jessica Barrett
global head of programmatic
Jessica Barrett is the global head of programmatic at the Financial Times. She is currently based in London. Barrett joined the FT's New York team in 2013 as a campaign manager and went on to become head of US programmatic operations, before taking on her current role in April 2017. Her main focus is creating products that benefit clients and offer additional revenue streams for the FT. Under Barrett's leadership, the FT was placed on the AdExchanger Top 10 Programmatic Publishers of 2018 list, and won Best AdOps team at The Drum Digital Trading Awards.
So much work is put into marketing and advertising campaigns, it's important that we recognise the passionate people involved in making them successful. I like The Drum Awards because it includes 30+ categories that represent various teams within our industry.
David Goddard
BBC Global News
David Goddard
vice president of global programmatic Strategy
David Goddard is the global head of programmatic trading BBC Worldwide, and is responsible for programmatic trading across the BBC's digital portfolio outside of the UK.Prior to the BBC, Goddard was responsible for programmatic trading at Gumtree, Ebay inc. He is also a member for IAB Europe's Programmatic Trading Committee which help publishers, agencies and advertisers increase their understanding of the programmatic ecosystem and the impact it is having on digital advertising.
Despite the complexity that technology can bring, I would simply like to see entrants submissions with innovative solutions that deliver a clear message and drive results beyond standard performance metrics.
Niki Stoker
Rabbit and Hare
Niki Stoker
commercial director EMEA
With over 19 years experience in digital advertising, working for some of the biggest Adtech names UK and worldwide, Niki Stoker's main focus is within creative and technology. She has experience across a plethora of platforms and systems and finds it fascinating how they are or could be connected. Currently, she spends her time educating brands, clients, employees or anyone who is interested on the wild eco system of the online advertising world. She attempts to demystify the acronym crazy industry and how it all fits together. With her agency, Rabbit and Hare, which she founded with her business partner Rob Ryan, they craft digital experiences for some of the world's biggest (and smallest) brands.
This is one of the most prestigious awards you can enter which means the level of creativity, strategy & ingenuity the entries display is huge. It's a great opportunity for companies to showcase their work in an appreciative environment, the awards always provide a bit of healthy competition pushing people do to their absolute best and in my eyes this can never be a bad thing.
Nigel Gilbert
Nigel Gilbert
vice president of strategic development
A digital industry veteran of more than 20 years, Nigel Gilbert connects AppNexus at an industry and market level across the region, including developing and executing strategic initiatives, partnering with key client and prospects, and building the overall company profile and reputation. Gilbert joined AppNexus in 2011, leading strategic development across EMEA, and has been instrumental in establishing the European. Prior to AppNexus, he served as head of Orange Ad Market (UK and France) for France Telecom. He was responsible for all commercial operations at Orange Ad Market, the real-time bidding (RTB) exchange.
The Drum Digital Advertising Awards seeks to champion the best, most creative and innovative work across the industry and celebrate advertising success. Entering these awards allows the best advertising minds to showcase their work.
Ellie Edwards-Scott
The Advisory Collective
Ellie Edwards-Scott
co-founder and digital consultant
Ellie Edwards-Scott has been consulting for the last four years and in 2018, she took the leap to launch The Advisory Collective alongside her business partner Lisa Menaldo. They identify innovative digital and technology companies and work alongside them to support their launch and growth strategies as well acceleration projects.Having worked at the two largest agency groups (GroupM and Dentsu) as well as previously run the Ad Network Hi-Media, Edwards-Scott is fortunate to have been exposed to some great creativity as well as disruptive technology.
I'm thrilled to judge the awards for a second year and am looking forward to getting a better understanding of some of the impressive work that goes on in our industry. One tip to entrants would be to ensure that your admission is in the right category

Check out all of our judges here. The entry deadline is Thursday 7 February. Download your entry pack now and show the industry the outstanding work you have been producing.