April 18, 2024

New judges join panel for 2023 People Awards

Seven new judges will join the panel for the 2023 Business Travel People Awards.

New to the panel are Merv Moonien, UK Travel Services Manager for JLL/Amazon, Devi Virdi, Group Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Centrica, Paul Bowden, Commercial Director at RDG (Rail Delivery Group) and Carolyn Pearson, CEO of Maiden Voyage and winner of the 2022 Chair’s Award.

Following tradition, the winner of the Rising Star award will also become a judge. This year, there were three joint winners of this award – Sinéad Ryan, Head of Account Management UK, ALTOUR, Georgia Suttie, Venue Find Operations Manager, Agiito, and Laura Garton, Sales and Marketing Executive, Synergy Global Housing – who will all help to judge the awards in 2023.

These new judges will join the existing industry experts on the panel, which include Emma Lamb, Global Travel Safety & Security Specialist Milestone Tech @ Facebook, Danni Ives, Partnership Project Manager, Focus Travel Partnership,  Carol Fergus, Director of Global Travel, Events and Ground Transportation, Fidelity, Juliet Price, Consultant Executive Director, beam, and Guy Snelgar, Global Business Travel Director, The Advantage Travel Partnership. Further judges will be confirmed shortly.

For the third consecutive year, the panel will be chaired by Leigh Cowlishaw, Managing Partner, Black Box Partnerships.

“It’s an honour to be chairing the panel of judges again for the 2023 awards and especially with such a group of esteemed experts and professionals, covering all corners of the industry.

“We can’t wait to see all the submissions for the categories, which we have tweaked again this year to reflect key trends and to showcase our industry’s best talent.”

The nominations will open early in 2023 and the presentation ceremony will take place on September 25 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London.

It is the first time the awards will be held at the venue, which underwent a £700,000 refurbishment just before the pandemic.

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