Meet The Judges


Angie Ablard

Angie has over 25 years of experience in sales leadership mainly in the Telecoms sector. Her background spans both partner channels and direct sales across all business segments, from SoHo to Enterprise. Angie led the O2 SMB Direct Team through the  Virgin Media and O2 merger. She is also a former Daisy Group Operational Sales Director for Indirect Partners and a former Head of Sales - Indirect Partners at




Fiona Dear

Fiona is a co-director of The Restart Project charity, which helps people learn how to repair their broken electronic devices and also campaigns for the Right to Repair. She has spent more than 15 years in climate campaigning, working to engage public audiences in bringing about a more sustainable society.


Francisco Jeronimo

Francisco is the Vice President, of Mobile Devices Europe (Data & Analytics) at IDC. He was ranked in the 'World's Top #25 Influencer in Digital Transformation” in 2018 by Onalytica. At IDC, Francisco leads a team of 35 data analysts across multiple countries, delivering millions of data points across 30+ countries in Europe.



Darren Seward

Darren is a sales and vendor alliances manager for the cloud-based solutions provider Pax8. He is a former senior Xiaomi channel sales manager and former head of mobile solutions for Westcoast, where he led market expansion initiatives and implemented strategies to drive sales of mobile solutions in the B2B and retail markets.


Lucy Green

Lucy is the founder and CEO of the business development agency Larato, where she leads a team in collaborating with C-suite Executives and Sales Leaders of European B2B technology companies. She has spent more than 20 years delivering revenue growth strategies and business plans for technology, communications, and media companies, helping companies unlock their potential and improve value.



Tim Sagar

Tim is a vastly xperienced business development specialist covering mobile and fixed networks, services, and automotive. He has been involved in the mobile industry at all levels, starting with the days of 1G analogue. His clients have included Whalebone, Mosaik Solutions, Airspan, Interop Technologies, Veveo, Europe DT Logia, Panasonic, Thinkware, and Ubtrac. Tim has also had senior sales roles at NEC, Alcatel, and Motorola.



Roy Taylor

Roy is the CEO of Genuine Case Company who produce the JCB Toughphone range of rugged Mobile Phones, Tablets and Accessories. Formally he was Managing Director of Data Select and Group Purchasing Director of 20:20 Logistics. In 2006 he set up Our Perspective consultancy to provide Sales, Marketing, Logistics and Commercial Support to new and existing brands, prior to Establishing Genuine Case Company as the market-leading Ruggedised Mobile Business.



Fotis Karonis

Fotis is an executive vice president of global technology consultants Capgemini and is a former BT and EE Chief Technology Officer, where he played a leading role in setting up EE's 4G and 5G networks in the UK. Fotis was also the director of IT and telecommunications at Athens International Airport for 10 years.



Gareth Turpin

Gareth is a former Chief Commercial Officer of Virgin Media O2. He held many leadership roles at group level where his leadership style for employee engagement was recognised by the Mobile News Awards when he won the Best Motivator Award by popular vote. Gareth played a significant role in managing the merger of O2 into Virgin Media.



Laura Flynn

Laura is responsible for buiding and protecting Amazon's devices reputation internatioally. She is a cmmunications leader with 15 years' experience developing and delivering communications strategies in agency and multinational organisations including Amazon, Mondelex and Britvic. Laura is passionate about developing campaigns which drive awareness and behaviour change.



 John Coleman

John is VIce President for the UK at Kingfisher, a company built to revolutionise mobile device ownership and drive circularity globally. With over 20 years’ experience in consumer telecom John is an accomplished Commercial Director and Executive Coach. His roles at VMO2, Carphone Warehouse, and EE saw him lead the strategic and commercial direction for core mobile categories. At Kingfisher John is dedicated to changing the mobile market through programmes that deliver customer acquisition, margin improvements and innovative customer experiences.





How are our entries judged?

The judging panel comprises senior mobile telecoms experts. Judging day takes place in a central London business venue. Judges are in groups according to their expertise and each judge examines all the submissions in their allocated categories.


Independently scored

Each entry is independently scored by the judges against the category's specific criteria. Judges can discuss entries but their scoring remains confidential to themselves.

Judges must declare any relationship with any of the entrants and must recuse themselves from that category with their place filed by a judge from another group at the start of the process. Judges can score an entry against each of the criteria.

Once the scoring is complete, scores are averaged a calculated by the entry platform which ranks them according to the number of points from each judge.

The Mobile News Awards team supervises the judging day to ensure the process is adhered to and to respond to any questions the judges may have.