Judges announced for Stationers' Innovation Excellence Awards

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Photo: Kim Antoniou and Lara Pierce of Auris Tech (L-R)
Photo: Kim Antoniou and Lara Pierce of Auris Tech (L-R)

The Stationers’ Company has announced the panel of industry experts judging this year’s Innovation Excellence Awards. Drawn from the communications and content industries, the judges are:

  • Trevor Fenwick (Master of the Stationers’ Company), managing director, Euromonitor International plc
  • Vida Barr-Jones, managing director, Focus 7 International Ltd
  • Peter Day, former BBC business correspondent
  • Helen Esmonde (Past Master of the Stationers’ Company), publishing director, Esmonde Publishing
  • Jonathan Kingsbury, head of digital economy & creative industries, Knowledge Transfer Network/Innovate UK
  • Tim Webb, former CEO, Picon
  • Jill Jones, former CEO, Cengage Learning EMEA, managing director, McGraw Hill Education EMEA
  • Linda Drew, board member, Social Enterprise Mark CIC, board trustee, HEAD (Higher Education Art and Design) Trust, former vice chancellor, Ravensbourne University London
  • Kit van Tulleken, independent adviser to publishing, information and data companies in the UK, Europe, and North America

Jill Jones, chair of the Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards, says: “Judging is an enjoyable job seeing how diverse organisations are responding with novel ideas and solutions to existing challenges in the communications and content industries. “


Jill Jones continued: “There’s still plenty of time to enter the awards online at www.stationers.org/siea-entry by 7pm on Thursday 9 April 2020. Free to enter, the awards are a great opportunity for organisations to promote their achievements.”


Kim Antoniou, co-founder and CEO, Auris Tech and the winner of a 2019 Innovation Excellence Award, says: “We have gone on to win excellent accreditation and validation by the DfE and have progressed, having gone live in the app store and had a marketing launch in February 2020.


"We are curating our own content as our ’base subscription model’ and are currently working with 40+ children’s story writers and illustrators (and growing) and will have 100 books in the library before Easter (75 by the end of February 2020).


"This is game changing in terms of our content strategy as it means that we are able to have more control around how we offer subscriptions and are able to give free access, where we can make a positive impact by making books available to encourage children to read more.”


Kim Antoniou concluded: "Finally, we have progressed with our relationship with Clare Balding OBE and she is now officially recognised as our Brand Ambassador and together we have a shared vision to do what we can to improve child literacy, especially in the special needs (whether educational or economic) space."


The 2020 winners of Innovation Excellence Awards will be announced at an awards event at Stationers’ Hall, London, on 30 June 2020.

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