We would like to thank all of our judges for being involved in the UK Public Sector Communications Awards.

The 2018 judging panel will be announced shortly.

Kathryn Ager

Head of Public and Third Sector Health and Skills, Grayling Communications |

Kathryn leads the Grayling public sector team and has more than 20 years’ experience delivering communications ranging from consumer behaviour change campaigns to large scale stakeholder engagement and reputation management programmes. This includes running Health Education England’s There's Nothing General About General Practice campaign and the Know Before You Go travel safety campaign for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Other public sector clients include NHS England, National Trading Standards, The Department for Health, Transport for London and University Hospitals Bristol. She has extensive experience developing communications strategies and running workshops for senior management teams. Kathryn is also a member of the PRCA’s PR and Communications Council.

Ross Wigham

Head of Communications and Marketing, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust |

Ross currently runs communications for NHS Hospitals in Gateshead and before this he was head of comms at Northumberland County Council, one of the largest local authorities in England.

In 2012 he was named ‘Public sector communicator of the year’ at the UK Public Sector Communications Awards and ‘Professional Communicator of the year’ at the Golden Hedgehogs.

Ross is also a multiple CIPR PRide award winner and judge, who won many plaudits for using social media to communicate with residents during his time at Northumberland. He has worked on some of the biggest public sector campaigns in the North East and spoken extensively about how local public services can use social media and PR to engage more effectively with local people.

He is also an experienced journalist and blogger, having spent a decade in London working for top trade publications as well as producing content for firms such as Sony, HSBC and Business Link.

Dee Cotgrove

Director of Communications, Met Office |

Dee Cotgrove is Director of Communications at the Met Office, leading digital reach and high profile public communications ranging from heatwaves and winter storms to climate science and pollution.  Dee is passionate about building trust through engagement and her teams have won multiple awards for public communications across digital and social media.

Dee is a lead auditor for the Government Communications Service capability audits and sits on the GCS Improvement Board and Digital Futures Council.  Dee chairs, judges and speaks at PR and marketing events in the UK and shares best practice at international events across Europe and USA.  Dee is also a Trustee Director on the board of Relate whose mission is to help and support relationships, primarily through counselling.

With a first degree in Politics from the University of York, and a professional post-graduate diploma in Marketing, Dee is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Philip Kitchen

Professor of Marketing, Salford University |

Philip J. Kitchen, (PhD) is Professor of Marketing at Salford University Business School. He was previously Research Professor at ESC Rennes School of Business, France. He has held a Full Professorship since 2001. He is Editor - Journal of Marketing Communications now in Volume 23 and Founder of the International Conference on Corporate and Marketing Communications (inaugurated 1996).  He has published 20 books and over 150 papers in leading journals around the world.  Listed as one of the 'The Top 50 Gurus who have influenced the Future of Marketing', Marketing Business, December 2003, pp. 12-16.    Fellow of CIM, RSA, HEA; and Member of the ALCS, Institute of Directors and Institute of Marketing Science (USA). He has served as Visiting Professor of Marketing and/or Communications in many universities/business schools around the world. His areas of research include: marketing communication, corporate communications, brands and branding, and marketing theory.