The IPA unveils judges for the 2018 Women of Tomorrow Awards

The 2018 Women of Tomorrow Awards' 13-strong panel of judges will include Saatchi & Saatchi's Kate Stanners, Unilever's Nipa Shah, m/Six's Jess Burley and Now's Melissa Robertson, it was revealed today.

Kate Stanners: the Saatchi & Saatchi creative leader is one the 2018 Women of Tomorrow Awards judges
Kate Stanners: the Saatchi & Saatchi creative leader is one the 2018 Women of Tomorrow Awards judges

The 2018 Women of Tomorrow Awards, sponsored by DNA Recruit, champion female talent across agencies, media owners and brands. They are designed to tackle the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the advertising, media and communication industries.

The awards will be co-chaired by IPA president Sarah Golding and Campaign's global editor-in-chief Claire Beale, with a shortlist of entries announced in February before an awards ceremony on International Women’s Day, Thursday 8 March.

The IPA has set a target to bring female representation at a senior level to 40% by 2020 and the awards are one way in which the industry is championing female leaders. It is hoped that if women put themselves forward, or their colleagues recognise their leadership potential and nominate them, it will help their careers build momentum.

The full list of 2018 Women of Tomorrow judges:

Claire Beale, global editor-in-chief, Campaign (co-Chair)

Sarah Golding, IPA president and chief executive and co-partner, CHI&Partners (co-chair)

Jess Burley, global chief executive, m/SIX

Julian Douglas, vice chairman, VCCP

Pippa Glucklich, chief executive, Starcom

Kathryn Jacob, chief executive, Pearl & Dean

Laura Jordan Bambach, chief creative officer, Mr President

Tom Knox, chairman, MullenLowe London

Simon Peck, group managing director, Engine

Melissa Robertson, founder and chief executive, Now

Nipa Shah, global brand director, Unilever

Kate Stanners, chairwoman and global chief creative officer, Saatchi & Saatchi

Natasha Stark, associate director, DNA Recruit

Sarah Jenkins, CMO, Grey London

Earlier this year, Victoria Buchanan, the executive creative director at Tribal Worldwide and a former winner of the Women of Tomorrow, wrote about the positive impact winning the award has on her career. Urging women to put themselves forward she said she "decided I had nothing to lose and entered Women of Tomorrow’".

She added: ‘I had two daughters who drove me to have such a strong opinion on the male dominance in our industry, and I wanted to do that justice. I was honest, I talked from the heart and told a story in my own voice – trying to make sure I was insightful, entertaining and full of ideas.

"Claire Beale and Frances Ralston-Good interviewed me. I did my research and both ladies were kind, enthusiastic and interested. I love bumping into them now and they both still check up on my career and how I am doing. The process is not like an apprentice-style 'attack' interview. The judges aren’t out to get you; they want you to do well, they just want to expose amazing women doing amazing jobs."

To enter the 2018 Women of Tommorrow awards  click here.

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