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Deadline Friday 24 June 

Introducing the Incentive Awards

Now in our sixth year, we continue with our mission to recognise and reward the very best employee programmes, great people and amazing technology which showcase exceptional execution, creativity and innovation.
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Our 2022 awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday 28 September at the stunning Church House, Westminster London – after our sell out event last year we anticipate another great evening, celebrating all the many achievements from across the incentive, recognition and reward sector.

The event will provide the perfect chance to toast the industry’s finest achievements, whilst providing a greatly anticipated networking opportunity and the chance to celebrate with friends old and new.

The judging panel are being assembled, which once again will comprise of industry experts and leaders from across the globe. As always they are challenged to discuss and debate each nomination, ensuring that only the best of the best secure the top prize.

There are sixteen diverse categories to choose from, if you operate a business in the incentive, reward or recognition industry, or have developed your own in house employee programme, or manage a successful employee focused solution, developed some ground breaking technology, or believe your company deserves to be crowned Inspirational Place to Work – we welcome your nominations.

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Introducing our 2022 judging panel

CEO - Appreciate Group

Ian O’Doherty

Ian O’Doherty is CEO of Liverpool-based, Appreciate Group, home of many of the UK’s most popular gift card solutions. Under Ian’s stewardship, the company has become a leader in digital gift cards and developed award-winning programmes to help organisations retain and reward their employees and customers. He also has more than 30 years of experience in financial services in the USA, Ireland and the UK, nine years of which were spent as Chair and CEO of MBNA Europe. He is also non-executive Chair of Chester Race Company and was previously a Governor of the Kings School Chester.
Prizeout - Co-Founder & Chief Partnerships Officer

Holly Glowaty

Holly Glowaty is the Chief Partnership Officer and a Co-Founder of Prizeout. Holly is a serial entrepreneur (founder of both K+H Connection Consulting and Flourish Conference and Media) who has spent the last decade working with merchants to create profitable partnerships in FinTech, Paymentech, loyalty and rewards; with a special expertise in closed-loop payments and gift cards.

She is the Chief Partnerships Officer and a Co-Founder of Prizeout, and ad-tech company that utilizes gift cards to drive customer acquisition. Prior to Prizeout, Holly co-founded K+H Connection: a branded currency consulting firm, Flourish Conference & Media: a conference and media network focused on branded currency, and FinFoundHer: an initiative aimed at helping female-led businesses grow and gain access to funding.

Holly is passionate about moving the branded currency industry forward in new and interesting ways. She was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in Incentives by Incentive Magazine. She serves as an Advisor to LiftUp Enterprises, is a Founder of the Women in Incentives Network, a member of Chief and an active member of the Incentive Marketing Association and the Incentive Gift Card Council.

CEO UK Diggecard | IMA Europe President

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson is a highly regarded gift card expert who wears many hats (and floral shirts) within the industry. He is the current President of the IMA Europe, Diggecard’s UK CEO as well as the former Director General of the GCVA - he also takes part frequently in expert panels.
Andrew has been committed to the gift card industry for the past 20 years, developing a reputation as a ‘go to’ for gift card consultancy and knowledge. There really isn’t much that he doesn’t know about gift cards!
His career history is varied, working within retail and leisure operations and managing his own gift card consultancy, which became part of a global gift card company and now continues as Diggecard.
Diggecard delivers gift card expertise and technology to the heart of businesses of all kinds. As UK CEO, Andrew holds key positions within the Diggecard executive management team and board of directors, helping to define and guide the strategic vision and goals. He also leads the UK team to deliver the best consultancy services and programme implementation for clients in retail, leisure and hospitality. He is also focused on providing gift card solutions and services for businesses and agencies who want to capitalise on the power of gift cards to deliver their commercial goals.
As President of the IMA (and former Vice President) Andrew continues to strengthen hisknowledge and experience, as well as to develop a strong global network of industry partnerships. He described his role as a real honour to represent the industry with some great media experiences and opportunities to work with legislators and the government.
We think you will agree that this breadth of experience and knowledge makes him an ideal member of this year's judging panel for the Incentive Awards. Thank you for joining us Andrew!
Chairman & Founder - Motivforce Marketing & Incentives Ltd

Dr David Cox

David Cox is the Chairman and Founder of Motivforce Marketing & Incentives (MMI), an organization with offices in Sydney, Singapore, Shanghai, New Delhi, Nicosia, Santo Domingo, London, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Vancouver, Sofia, Managua and Annapolis. David’s expertise provides specialised incentive, performance improvement and customer loyalty-marketing solutions to organisations developing and implementing customer loyalty programs. Additionally, David has in-depth experience in developing and implementing marketing strategy and associated tactical marketing campaigns as well as conducting market research. Currently David operates customer and employee incentive programs in over 130 countries.

David has been designing and operating loyalty and incentives programs for many Fortune 500 corporations during the past 30 years and during that time has won over 70 awards for his loyalty programs.

David academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Sydney University), Master of Commerce (University of NSW), Master of Business Administration (University of Technology, Sydney) and PhD in Marketing (University of Technology, Sydney).

Entrepreneur, former Chairman of Sodexo Engage UK

John Sylvester

His industry career started fresh out of university in 1985 initially with Grass Roots before moving to Page & Moy Motivation in 1989 (later to become p&mm Ltd). Following two MBOs and an AiM float John was one of the founders of Motivcom plc which was established in 2004 and grown to be one of the leading UK businesses in this field before it was acquired by Sodexo in 2014. John remained on the UK board for five years until his retirement at the end of August 2019.

An early advocate of using technology as the enabler of innovation, John and his team were responsible for the first UK on line rewards platform, the first UK open loop incentive prepaid card and more recently for developing international programmes using a cloud-based SaaS platform. With a strong belief that it is the quality of programme design that fundamentally drives the effectiveness of incentive and motivation solutions, John was also responsible for establishing the Diploma in Incentives and Motivation with the IPM to drive professional standards and provide an industry qualification that all can benefit from.

John was awarded ‘Trailblazer of the year’ by the UKGCVA and recognised for his ‘Outstanding contribution to the Industry’ by the Incentive Marketing Association.

HR DIrector, Oakman Group

Jill Scatchard-Bolton

Jill has been with the Oakman Group since 2012 successfully delivering their regular entry and placing with the Best Companies to Work Listings. She has gained two Princess Royal Training Awards for the implementation of the Oakmanology Training Brand. Prior to joining the Oakman Group Jill had extensive experience working within the hospitality industry in both hotels and contract catering; and not just within the HR role. Jill has front line experience before she moved into the supportive role of people management. Jill has also been Partner to more unusual enterprises including being the Chef Partner on a pair of floating Hotel Narrow Boats and a three-year experience in Austria running a small hotel.

Jill is passionate about Team Engagement and drives the Oakman SPEED Values through the growing number of sites at Oakman; now standing at 37 with more due in the forth coming months. Her reward and recognition programme at Oakman, a spearhead gifting initiative, continues to delight team members as they gain recognition for those ‘moments of truth’ during service to our guests or supporting their colleagues.

Founder & Managing Partner, Related Inc

Rabih Farhat

Prior to founding Related, Rabih was leading the Loyalty practice at Peppers & Rogers, within the MEA region. There he played an essential role in building the largest loyalty program in the region, Saudi Telecom’s Qitaf.

Rabih is an adamant believer in a more humane and compassionate “alliance” between brands and customers, and that any rewards program should play an active role in achieving a higher purpose than the commercial benefits for both brands and consumers.

In 2020, his company, Related, was awarded the Best Industry Service Provider and Best Technology Solution as part of the international Incentive Awards, London. Rabih has also received acknowledgements from top-executives in the region for his dedication and thought leadership.

Managing Director, Information Technology & Services Industry.

Mark Brown

Having worked with global corporations and FTSE 100 companies, where his clients have included the likes of Microsoft, IBM, HP, Balfour Beatty Plc, Virgin, Britannic Assurance Plc and Channel 5, Mark’s most recent role was at KPMG, where he was Global Lead and UK Head of Sport for the Personal Development Programme for Athletes. During this period Mark worked with sporting bodies, elite athletes and player associations with a core focus on personal development, career transition, on-field performance and welfare. He was also an advisor for the KPMG Emerging Giants Programme. He also attended the University of Cambridge, where he was a member of the Wolfson Course, a globally recognised Senior Management & Leadership Development Programme.

Amongst others he has been a guest speaker to the Master’s Degree Course in Cyber Security Management at the University of Warwick, the Maritime Security Industry Conference and Cargo Security Intelligence seminars, Barclays Bank and CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy.
In his spare time, in addition to watching and enjoying his children play sport, Mark is a Lead Coach for Greater Birmingham County Men’s Rugby Team and a selector for the Midlands U18 Schools Rugby, which forms part of the England RFU Talent Pathway.

Client Partner, Growth, Digitas

Meena Ganeson-Kumar

Meena has also sat on a number of award judging panels and presented in data forums around Australia .She is a great believer in delivering personalized customer experiences across all channels with technology being the enabler. Recognizing, retaining and rewarding high value customers are key components to drive loyalty and advocacy.
Managing Director Emma Johnson Consulting

Emma Johnson

Having set up and run Learning and development functions and throughout her career she has been recognised for ensuring development activities are designed to meet real business challenges, while contributing to business success. In recognition of her achievements, she has been awarded the IPA CPD Gold for 8 years running, as well as holding IPA CPD Platinum for 4 consecutive years. Combining a dynamic and engaging facilitation style with the ability to both support and challenge to accelerate personal growth and professional development. Emma holds an MA in Social Anthropology, and is an experienced executive coach.
She started her career as Media Planner/Buyer in media agencies, progressing to run pieces of business such as Ford, Nokia and Shell. After a decade of working on client business, she explored her passion for developing other people and retrained as a coach. Diversify into working in the Learning and Development field, thriving on developing initiatives to support, engage and challenge others to become the best versions of themselves. Most recently, she has been working in a number of organisations designing and delivering a variety of programmes including leadership development, management practices, change initiatives and team effectiveness
President at Visible Communication

Barb Hendrickson

Barb Hendrickson is President of Visible Communication, LLC, focused on the platforms and strategies that help companies to develop and communicate their marketing messages. Visible Communication is a Michigan-based company that helps organizations be more visible in their marketplace, improve business, and be recognized as leaders in their industry through effective website content, in-bound marketing and social media strategies, reputation management, brand development and more. Barb is a frequent speaker and trainer on Branding, Storytelling, Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing Strategy and In-Bound Marketing.
Founder of Bravand

Jilly Cross

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