Our judges

We are pleased to present an independent panel of local and international judges, each one an expert in their field.
Each category will be judged by three experts, one each selected for their expertise in communication, design and plain language sectors.

Judges: Communication

Sylvia Bell is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Director on the Australasian Reporting Awards Board. She has held executive roles in health, research, environment and media portfolios, specialising in PR, corporate communications and stakeholder engagement.

Danielle Bond is Chief Marketing Officer of global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon. She previously led the marketing team at Ernst & Young across Oceania, where as a member of the Global Marketing Leadership Team she contributed to global brand and marketing strategies across 140 countries.

Amanda Dennett is Head of Digital Experience at the Australian War Memorial, previously Director of Digital Media for the Australian Department of Human Services. She is a Board member of the International Association of Business Communicators (Canberra).

Harley Dennett is editor of The Mandarin, Australia’s news and analysis site for public sector leaders. His work as a senior journalist and communications professional in Australia and USA included two campaigns with Barack Obama.

Sophie Elsworth is national personal finance writer for News Corp and a regular commentator on Your Money and Sky News. Her articles appear in newspapers across Australia on topics like banking, investing, home loans and superannuation.

Gerry Gaffney is the former Director of Publications at UXPA and former managing editor of User Experience magazine. He is co-author of Forms That Work: Designing Web Forms for Usability and runs UX podcast uxpod.com

Elle Geraghty is one of Australia’s best-known content strategists and presenters. Elle runs the Sydney Content Strategy Meetup and has worked with Qantas, Atlassian, the Australian Museum and Australian Government.

Michelle Guillemard is the founder of Health Writer Hub, a freelance health writer and President of the Australasian Medical Writers Association. Passionate about helping people improve their health communication skills so they can write clearly and concisely, Michelle has taught courses and workshops for writers and corporations in 38 countries.

Kerry O’Shea is Public Affairs Manager for the Law Institute of Victoria. A former journalist, she has many years’ experience leading communications for the courts, a law firm, the legal regulator, government and media.

Sylvia Bell is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Director on the Australasian Reporting Awards Board. She has held executive roles in health, research, environment and media portfolios, specialising in PR, corporate communications and stakeholder engagement.

Danielle Bond is Chief Marketing Officer of global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon. She previously led the marketing team at Ernst & Young across Oceania, where as a member of the Global Marketing Leadership Team she contributed to global brand and marketing strategies across 140 countries.

Amanda Dennett is Head of Digital Experience at the Australian War Memorial, previously Director of Digital Media for the Australian Department of Human Services. She is a Board member of the International Association of Business Communicators (Canberra).

Harley Dennett is editor of The Mandarin, Australia’s news and analysis site for public sector leaders. His work as a senior journalist and communications professional in Australia and USA included two campaigns with Barack Obama.

Gerry Gaffney is the former Director of Publications at UXPA and former managing editor of User Experience magazine. He is co-author of Forms That Work: Designing Web Forms for Usability and runs UX podcast uxpod.com.

Elle Geraghty is one of Australia’s best-known content strategists and presenters. Elle runs the Sydney Content Strategy Meetup and has worked with Qantas, Atlassian, the Australian Museum and Australian Government.

Michelle Guillemard is the founder of Health Writer Hub, a freelance health writer and President of the Australasian Medical Writers Association. Passionate about helping people improve their health communication skills so they can write clearly and concisely, Michelle has taught courses and workshops for writers and corporations in 38 countries.

Kerry O’Shea is Public Affairs Manager for the Law Institute of Victoria. A former journalist, she has many years’ experience leading communications for the courts, a law firm, the legal regulator, government and media.

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