PRWeek UK Best Places to Work Awards: judges named as entry deadline nears

Entries are open for the PRWeek UK Best Places to Work Awards, with an employee engagement survey added as a new feature for 2023. The first tranche of judges has also been named for the prestigious awards scheme.

There are three Gold Award categories available in the PRWeek UK Best Places to Work Awards 2023: Large Agency (100+ UK employees); Mid-Size Agency (30-99 UK employees); and Small Agency (two-29 UK employees).

Entry is via the online form. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend an online panel judging session to decide the winners and highly commended entries.


As in previous years, anyone who enters a Gold category can also enter any or all of the Specialist categories, with a supplementary fee for each. It means agencies will have even more opportunities to be a Best Places to Work Awards winner and be recognised for outstanding initiatives and ways of working.

The Specialist categories are:

  • Training and Development
  • Reward and Benefits
  • Mental Health
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Internship Scheme
  • Apprenticeship Scheme
  • Sustainability

Separate judging panels will decide the winners in these categories, with online judging to decide the shortlists followed by panel sessions to choose the eventual Specialist winners.

Those applying for the Best Places to Work Awards only need to complete one form, regardless of how many Specialist award categories are entered. There is no limit to the number of Specialist categories that can be entered; however, only Gold Award entrants can enter the Specialist award categories.


Judges confirmed so far are:

  • Jo Bartlett, director, global corporate communications, Electronic Arts
  • Koray Camgoz, director of communications and marketing, PRCA
  • Alison Clarke, principal, Alison Clarke Consulting
  • Martin Currie, managing director, Citypress
  • Vicki DeBlasi, founder and director, Innovate Comms
  • Katie de Cozar, head of enterprise tech, CCgroup
  • Nicola Dodd, managing director, Ogilvy PR
  • Jackie Elliot, chair, Cathcart Consulting
  • Ngozi Emeagi, director, communications - data and analytics, London Stock Exchange Group
  • Manisha Ferdinand, head of PR, Prime Video Europe
  • Richard Fogg, CEO, CCgroup
  • Jane Fordham, founder, Jane Fordham Consulting, and head of people, Hanbury Strategy
  • Chloe Franses, founder and CEO, Franses
  • Ebony Gayle, founder, Ebony Gayle Communications
  • Jon Gerlis, PR and policy manager, CIPR
  • Nik Govier, CEO and founder, Blurred
  • Bibi Hilton, CEO, Creative Access
  • Rosalind Holley, director of communications and marketing, B Corp
  • Jessica Hope, CEO, Wimbart
  • Adina James, account director, Allison+Partners, and PRWeek Young Game Changer of the Year 2022
  • Greg Jones, European CEO, Smarts
  • Patricia Macauley, founder and director, Multicultural Marketing Consultancy
  • Sophie Raine, managing director, Consumer Brands, Ketchum
  • Mandy Sharp, founder and CEO, Tin Man Communications
  • Ethan Spibey, practice director, Brands2Life
  • Anna Terrell, joint-managing director, Hope&Glory
  • Sarah Waddington, director, Wadds Inc., and co-founder, Socially Mobile
  • Nicole Yost, executive coach and communications consultant

You can nominate a judge for Best Places to Work by clicking here.


This year, every entrant will be required to take part in an employee engagement survey element. The survey must be completed by at least 50 per cent of the workforce for the entry to be valid.

The survey results will be used as part of the judging process. A custom survey link will be emailed to the email address of the entrant within 72 hours of entering and must be circulated within your organisation by this person. The survey takes only five minutes to complete by each employee and must be completed by no later than 9 March 2023.

The ‘early bird’ entry deadline for the Awards is 26 January 2023, with a standard deadline of 9 February 2023. Click here for more details and to enter.

For more information, please contact Tom Rossage at For partnership opportunities, please contact Jess Wain on

To read about the 2022 winners, click here – and good luck!

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