2017 judging registration is now open.

Please register your interest in becoming a judge for POPAI's 2017 Marketing @ Retail Awards by filling out our online  expressions of interest survey here.

All category judging will be carried out online between 14 August and 4 September. There will be no physical entries or exhibition in 2017.

2017 Judges will receive a 2017 POPAI Awards judge badge for use in their email signature, as well as acknowledgment in POPAI Awards materials and on the POPAI website.

More than 70 senior industry representatives judge the POPAI Awards each year. While judges must be a POPAI Member, POPAI does reserve the right to use a non-member as a judge to balance the judging teams as needed.

Applicants must have a minimum five years of experience in the Marketing at Retail Industry. Many of our judges have 25! For the judging process, judges are divided into teams with representation from all areas of the industry, including retailer, brand, POP, agency, and shopper insights.

The groups will be assigned to categories that do not conflict with their companies’ primary areas of business or with any entry assigned to them. No judge can judge a category their company is entering. Current POPAI Board Members are not permitted to judge. Specific Awards including Environmental Stewardship and the Individual Leadership Awards, have specialist judging teams.

Key dates:

Online Judging Commences: Monday 14 August to Monday 4 September

Online People's Choice online judging: Tuesday 5 September to Friday 8 September

Online Pinnacle judging: 5 to 11 September

Following your registration, POPAI will be in contact with further information, including your allocated category, judging criteria, and deadlines.


To register as a judge, click here.

Pinnacle Judging Team

– 10 Members

1.   Sarah Nichols – Former POPAI Chair, Head of Marketing, McWilliams Wines

2.   Debbie Schubert– Former POPAI Chair, more than 15 years at PepsiCo, now Director at POPLever

3.   Karen Spear – Former POPAI GM, Director - Customer Practice at Deloitte

4.   Paul Speers – Shopper Marketing Manager - Baking, Goodman Fielder

5.   Emma Kinder – Visual Merchandising Manager, Rebel Sport / Amart

6.   Paul Bull – Director, Real World Marketing

7.. Mark Fletcher – Managing Director, ShopScience

8.. Peter Wilson – Senior Consultant, Koji Market Research

9.. Dr. Violet Lazarevic – Senior Research Consultant, ACRS

10.. Peter Hassett– Visual / Retail Merchandising Manager - DULUX

The Pinnacle Judging Team judges the four Pinnacle (Industry Best) Awards from the Gold Winners in each category.

Category Judging Teams

70 members

1.   Oliver Ranck – CEO Inside Retail / Inside FMCG (Octomedia)

2.   Chris Gilroy – Global Retail Manager, Vodafone

3.   Phil Day – Director, POPAI UK & Ireland

4.   Adam Mourad – Category Buyer, Woolworths

5.  Diana Fabac – VM Manager, Rebel / Amart

6.   James Boysons – Retail Industry Manager, Google

7.   Taz Ali – Shopper Marketing Manager, Snack Brands

8.   Rachel De Leon – Shopper Marketing Manager, Coca Cola Amatil

9.   Nic Claase – Shopper Marketing Manager, GsK

10. Victoria Davies – Trade Marketing Manager, Red Bull

11. Michelle Casey – Channel Marketing Lead, Microsoft

12. Mitch Shelley– Channel Marketing Manager, Microsoft

13. Mary Brown – Shopper Marketing Manager, Brown-Forman

14. Monique Farrow – Shopper Activation Manager, Pernod Ricard

15. Rina Gioia – Consumer & Shopper Insights Specialist

16. Lisa Galea – POP Manager, Confectionery & Snacks, Nestle

17. Summy Chung – Category Manager, Allied Mills

18. LiviaMcRobert – POP Manager, Nestle

19. Karen Spear – Director - Customer Experience, Deloitte

20. Brooke Hankinson – Category Development Manager, Red Bull

21. Damien Arthur – Category Development Manager, Red Bull

22. Patrick Rowe– General Manager, Leo Burnett

23. Joe Mayock – Managing Partner, Onepartners / OP

24. Howard Spreadbury – Head of Retail, M&C SAATCHI / 14FORTY

25. Emma Keech – Senior Consultant, Real World Marketing (formerly Woolworths)

26. George Stupart – Brand Manager Evans & Tate, McWilliams Wines

27. Kate Sloper – Assistant Retail Activation Manager, Ferrero

28. John Natale – Senior Marketing Activation Manager- Grocery, Schweppes

29. David Joubert– Executive Creative Director, Y&R Group

30. Jeremy Taylor – National VM Manager, yd.

31. Brett Dalley– Industrial Designer & Key Account Manger, Conversion Group

32. Sally Tobin– Managing Director, XPO Brands

33. Gary Head– Creative Director, XPO Brands

34. Rob Draper – CEO The Store, WPP AUNZ

35. Jemma Caprioli – Marketing Director, Dashing

36. Steve Napier – Designer, Orora Group

37. Clayton Frost – Managing Director, POP This POP That

38. Simon Tesoriero – Design Manager, Megara

39. Ewan Thornton – Business Director, Australia - Geometry Global

40. Lucas Bigwood – Co-Founder, Raincheck

41. James Griffiths – Creative Director, Ideaworks

42. Mike Dickson – Director, Six Degrees Executive

43. Sarah Nichols – Head of Marketing, McWilliams Wines

44. Rodd Jackson –  Senior Account Director, Bluestar Display

45. Guy Johnson –  Director, The Round Table

46. Brett Mitchell – Director, Pollen

47. Paul Adams – Director, F2T

48. Debbie Schubert – Director, POPLever (former POPAI Chair, formerly PepsiCo)

49. Alicia Beachley – Director,  April5

50. Sonia Taranec – Production Manager, Active Display Group

51. Rod Haber – Marketing Director, Active Display Group

52. Frazer Cooper – Shopper Marketing Manager, GsK

53. Scott Mitchell – Director, 100th Monkey

54. Mark Fletcher – Managing Director, ShopScience,

55. Paul Bull – Director, Real World Marketing

56. Peter Wilson – Director, KOJI

57. Stuart Gittus – Operations Director, Active Display Group

58. Jo Jericho – Carlton United Brewery

59. Sandy Mascaro – Marketing Manager, Centrum Printing

60. Percy Vij – DirectorSales, Centrum Printing

61. Neil Arrowsmith – Global CEO, Greater Group

62. Rob Cawrthorne – Managing Director, The Carbon Reduction Institute

63. Paul Borg – Active Display Group

64. Rebecca Mountain – Extravert

65. Harley Slatter

66. Paul Speers – Shopper Marketing Manager - Baking, Goodman Fielder

67. Emma Kinder, Visual Merchandising Manager, rebel / Amart

68. Cameron Wall, Director, Raincheck

69. Veronica Wells

70. Ashley Harris, Schweppes

·      Each Awards category has a minimum team of 6 Judges and up to 10 (judges in categories with fewer entries may
appear on two teams)

·       Senior Representatives across Retailer, Brand, Agency, POP Supplier, and Insights

·       No judge allocated a category their company has entered

·       Judging teams include multiple agency and POP representatives for fairness

·       Judges score entries online as per universal set of questions across all categories,
but judged against category-specific criteria

·       Each category includes a representative from the Pinnacle Judging team


The Tom Harris Award judging team includes the Pinnacle Judging Team and POPAI Alumni; being former Chairs and Company Secretaries of POPAI.


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