Iris, Ebiquity, Firehaus, TH_NK, Red-Fern: Meet The Drum Agency Business Awards UK 2019 judges


By Dani Gibson | Senior Writer


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August 15, 2019 | 9 min read

The Drum Agency Business Awards (formerly The Drum Network Awards) is back for 2019 and looking for the very best run agencies in the UK.

Clients want to know the businesses they depend on for advice, are well managed in their own right. Not only that but this event gives you the chance to give your key back-office team the recognition they deserve.

Earlier this month, it was announced that EY global brand and marketing leader, John Rudaizky will chair the judging panel which features industry experts from; Fawnbrake, Ebiquity, ISBA, FirmDecisions, Smart Energy GB, Doodle, Creative Equals, Sky, BJL Group, Firehaus, Gravity Thinking, Exposure, Cubo, Iris, Initials, Michael Murphy & Ltd, TH_NK, JFDI, Elephant Room, Marketing Agencies Action Group, Splendid Communications, Ingenuity, WeAreFearless, Xigen, Reflect Digital, Red-Fern Media Limited and Yoyo Design.

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Following is a breakdown on six of our stellar judges:

Debbie Morrison
Debbie Morrison
managing director - global partnerships and events
At Ebiquit, Morrison works closely with the main advertiser trade bodies globally, WFA, ANA (USA) and ISBA in the UK, driving joint initiatives designed to bring greater clarity, accountability, effectiveness, transparency and trust to advertiser relationships with their agency partners and helping in turn maximise their investment in marketing. She has won three prestigious WFA President’s awards for industry leadership also acts as a coach and advisor to many senior advertisers and can often be seen speaking on advertising trends at conferences across the globe.
Our communications world is ever evolving so I will be looking in particular for evidence of progressive and innovative or new ways of managing the agency business which reflect the realities of the new dynamic communications world."
Ian Miller
Ian Miller
global chief executive officer and co-founder
Miller founded Iris back in 1999 aiming to create an alternative to the traditional agencies. 20 years later, the agency is a growing global innovation network that specialises in helping clients understand and respond to future opportunity and has over 1,000 people in 17 locations working with clients such as Samsung, adidas and Starbucks.
The agency scene has never been under so much pressure. And from so many sources. I’m really interested in the power of agency leadership…and the role of clear and distinctive agency branding and culture in agency performance.
Beth Pope
Beth Pope
founder and brand partner
Pope has 19 years’ experience working with private and public sector brands in the UK and internationally to deliver transformational brand engagement across advertising, digital and CRM. As a former agency MD and network chief client officer she grew the agency she led to its most successful ever financial year, and headed up the network’s largest client.
The heart of any business is its people. Creating a culture where those people are encouraged and supported to be their innovative and creative best is fundamental to business success. The Drum Agency Business Awards are a fantastic way to celebrate businesses leading the way in this area.
Sean Redfearn
Red-Fern Media Limited
Sean Redfearn
managing director
Redfearn's core passion is partnering with businesses to help them realise their growth potential when investing in digital transformation, helping them to achieve their business and marketing growth goals. With a 15 strong agency team, one of Sean's key passions is driving forward a positive agency culture to further develop individuals and develop long-term growth partnerships with businesses.
With Red-Fern going through a period of sustained growth, when I was offered the opportunity to Judge on the agency awards, I thought it would be a great opportunity to gain greater insights into some of the amazing agencies around the UK and hopefully give some of them the recognition they deserve.
Tarek Nseir
Tarek Nseir
chief executive and co-founder
Nseir has partnered clients through their most ambitious programmes including working with Atom to design a bank from scratch and working directly with J.K Rowling to conceive and create Pottermore, a digital legacy for her most loved story and one of the most exciting and anticipated publishing launches in years. He has spent the past three years as co-president of BIMA, evolving it into an entirely future facing initiative. Nseir is a regular marketing industry speaker and commentator in the trade and national media.
We’ve made our best decisions in challenging times so I’m really excited to see how the best of our industry have adapted this year.
Peter Pederson
Peter Pederson
senior principal consultant
Pedersen displays a diverse technology career, delivering digital strategies and solutions to an array of industries. Now he is sharing his wisdom, providing direction and advice to a portfolio of companies as advisor or in interim roles. He has built up a diverse portfolio of companies, now helping to solve many challenges and issues. He serves both as non-executive director, as advisory consultant.
I was delighted to be a judge in this year’s awards because of the quality of entries combining strategic thinking and creativity with demonstrable results and outcomes.

Agencies are amongst the best-run businesses in the industry. Let us celebrate that fact, and remind the world that your expertise includes running great businesses as well as great marketing campaigns. The entry deadline for these awards is September 11 - download your entry pack now.


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