Announcing the 2023 BIMA 100

18 May 2023

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Every year, we celebrate 100 of the people who are leading the industry right now. From leaders and industry pioneers, to entrepreneurs, disruptors, changemakers and rising stars – the people we look up to.

We are thrilled to announce that out of a huge amount of nominations, the 2023 top 100 brightest digital stars have been selected.

Being selected for the BIMA 100 is an unquestionable recognition of an individual’s remarkable achievements and contribution to the UK digital industry, and we are honoured to have them among us.

Congratulations to all the ones who have made it in this year’s 100! Please welcome the BIMA 100 Class of 2023:

Bravest Clients

Darren Milton, CMO, Boundless by CSMA
David Hunt, Associate Director of Digital and Strategic Insight, Breast Cancer Now
Dominic Traynor, Global Head of Digital Experience & Demand Generation, BNY Mellon Investment Management
Hannah Crabtree, Chief Customer & Technology Officer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (BB&R)
John Dick, Chief Digital Delivery Manager, RGAX
Lee Dunn, Head of the Scottish Digital Academy
Morgan Long, MyNavy Platform Product Owner, The Royal Navy
Trish Thomas, Head of Digital and Innovation, Museum of London
Tim Saxon, Environmental Sustainability Strategy and Delivery Oversight Lead Department for Work and Pensions

CEOs and Leaders

Ranzie Anthony, CEO & Founder, Athlon
Julie Cohen, CEO, Across the Pond
Matt Simpson, Managing Director, Candyspace
Becky Simms, CEO & Founder, Reflect Digital
Cameron Gunn, Co-CEO, Emperor
Pete Heslop, Founder and Managing Director, Steadfast Collective
Kathryn Strachan, CEO, CopyHouse
Louise Lai, Chief Client & Transformation Officer, TPXimpact
Tariq Mohammed, CEO & Founder, 360 OM
Solange Sobral, EVP Partner of Operations, CI&T
Dave Dunlop, Chief Design Officer & Partner, Else
Sarat Pediredla, CEO, hedgehog lab
Rob Dando, Managing Director, FINALLY Agency
Angela Prentner-Smith, Managing Director, This is Milk
Rob Simone, President, Summer Friday

Champions for Change: People

Devamsha Gunput, Consultant, Deloitte
Dines, Creative Director & Co founder, STUDIO BLUP
Iain Preston, ND Agency Leader, DE&I Advocate
Jon Mason, Founder and Managing Director, Jollywise & The Secret Story Draw
Madeleine Cooper, Chief Commercial Officer, Brilliant Noise
Rebecca Smith, Co-founder & Director, Fountain
Seye Olokode, Agile Delivery Manager, Candyspace
Tim Green, Lead Strategist, Paragon DCX
Yahye Siyad, Diversity and Accessibility Lead, Cyber-Duck
Charlene Charity, Head of Strategy, Digitas

Champions for Change: Planet

Alexandra Porter-Currie, Co Founder and Managing Director, High Tide
Ed Nicholson, Brand Experience Director, The Organic Agency
Ed Riseman, General Manager/ Co-founder, big group
Gavin Shinfield, Co-founder & CSO, Kyan
Harry Owens, Senior Programmatic Manager, Croud
Jennifer Crowley, Global Director of Responsible Business, Kin + Carta
Neil Clark, Planet Officer and Service Designer, TPXimpact
Sabrina Chevannes, Founder & CEO, Complex Creative
Sally Allan, Experience Designer, Deloitte Digital

Client Services and Project Management

Alison Retz, Senior Product Owner, Candyspace
Dan Willis, Client Partner, Sagittarius
Dani Donohoe, Digital Project Manager, The Organic Agency
Emily Gray VP, Client Partner Critical Mass
Georgia Baker, Project Manager Graphite Digital
Leticia Gomes, Project Manager, HLabs
Rebecca Vickery, Business Director, Brave Spark
Steven Smith, Head of Operations, CopyHouse
Tom Kingham, Client Director, J B Cole UK
Will Fernandez, Global Client Lead & Global Head of Product, Wunderman Thompson

Creatives and Designers

Rob McLellan, Creative Director, Dimension Studio
HAM, Creative Director & Visual Artist
Ami Vadi, Multidisciplinary Designer
Jamie Manfield, Digital Design, Director 2LK
Gareth James, Creative Director, Brilliant Noise
Sam Healy, Co-Director of Ray Interactive
Brendan McCarthy, Co-Director, Ray Interactive
Kim French, Head of Marketing, Preen
Alexandru Savescu, Illustration Director, HLabs
Jack Burton, Senior Clinical UX Researcher, Graphite Digital
Shadi Ekman, Creative Director, HLabs
Michael Robinson, Creative Director, Critical Mass

Rising Stars

Antonia Simon, Experience Consultant, EPAM Systems
Emily Kemp, Director of Social Media, FINN Partners
Grace Appleby, Head of Partnerships, Yawn Marketing Ltd
Hailey Pun, Product Developer, AND Digital
Isabella Bencardino, iOS Developer, Candyspace
Jessica Church, Marketing Manager, The Organic Agency
Laura Barr, Senior Content Manager & Reload Creative Lead, Reload Digital
Omari Green, Strategist, MullenLowe
Paavan Buddhdev, UX designer, AND Digital
Puja Soneji, Experience Architect, Else
Harry Spawforth, Junior UX Design Consultant, MMT | MSQ
Chantel Piper, Marketing Manager, Reflect Digital
Luke Whitaker, SEO Consultant, Organic

Strategists and Consultants

Alex Comyn, Brand Experience Principal & Practice Group Lead, AND Digital
Alex McGibbon, Director of Innovation, Giant Digital
Amy Gilmore, Head of Creative Strategy, Accenture Song
Ayan Banerjee, Principal Director, Accenture Song
Eliette Cremer, Programmatic Lead, Space & Time
Kerensa Ayivor, Strategy Director, Across the Pond
Micha Nicheva, Design Strategy Lead,. Reason
Patti Balbas, VP, Strategy, Critical Mass
Remy Brooks, Joint Managing Director, Future Platforms
Rosie Hopes, Managing Partner, Insight & Strategy, Passion Digital
Sharon Wright, Associate Director, Strategy, Space & Time
Mike Maxwell, Strategy Partner, Valtech

Tech Innovation

Ahmed Tarek M., Data Science Team Lead, UK, Media.Monks
Andrew McKaskill, Lead Technical Architect, Great State
Ben Connolly, CIO of Cloud Engineering and Head of Digital Engineering UK, Vodafone
Colin McCrory, Lead Solutions Consultant, Paragon DCX
Dom Carter, Co-founder & Digital Director, Serotonin
Jamie Patel, SVP, Marketing Science, Critical Mass
Michael Litman, Senior Director, Web3 & Innovation, Media.Monks
Owen Ayres, Principal Engineer, MMT | MSQ
Piotr Zielinski, Chief Technical Officer, This is Milk
Will Humphrey, Creative Director, Sugar Creative


A special thanks goes to our wonderful 2023 judges, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Congratulations again to the 2023 BIMA 100 from all of us at BIMA.

Find out more about the BIMA 100 here.


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