How they were picked

The judging of the Dynamites Awards is split into two panels: the category panels and the main judging panel. The category panels consist of experts with specialist knowledge in each of the awards categories, and are carefully selected to ensure a fair and representative judging process. The main judging panel is made up of experienced technology professionals, all with a passion for celebrating the best in the region’s digital sector. By having these two rounds of judging we insure all entries submitted to the Dynamites Awards are given the time and expertise to be evaluated fairly. 

The judges were invited by Dynamo based on their relevant experience and knowledge of the industry, and to ensure that the judging panel is diverse and inclusive. The panel includes representatives from a range of well-established businesses, cutting-edge start-ups, universities, and public sector organisations. Each judge brings their unique perspective and experience to the table, ensuring that the awards are judged fairly and transparently.

Throughout the judging process, all judges are required to maintain strict confidentiality, and the results are kept under wraps until they are announced on the night of the awards ceremony. By ensuring that the judging panel is made up of a diverse range of experts with extensive knowledge of the digital sector, we can guarantee a fair and rigorous judging process that recognises and celebrates the very best of the North East’s technology industry.

Keep an eye out as we add amazing judges to our panel.

Main Judging Panel

Suzanne Sheriff

Technology Delivery Lead Senior Manager

Lauren Bradshaw

Deputy Director, Communications & Development

Chris Dresser

Managing Consultant

Rachel Burdis

Inward Investment Manager

Category Judges

Robin Cordy


RC Consult

Growth Explosion

Nigel Moralee

Global Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Leader

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion 

Nick Gray

Principle Associate

Project Excellence

Adam Hill

Director of Operations

Tech for Good

Helen Robson

Head of Clinical Integration and Transformation

Remarkable Innovation

Alex Cook

Head of Immersive Programmes

Remarkable Innovation

Gill Hunter

Managing Partner

Remarkable Innovation

Michael Ward

Director - IT & Business Change

Remarkable Innovation

Dan Martin

Founder & Ceo

Sustainability in Tech

Katrina Appleyard



Sustainability in Tech

Alex Craig


International Success

Julie Mordue

Head of Marketing & Partnerships

Tech Champion

James Bunting

Chief Executive Officer

Tech Champion

Tamma Carel

Director & Senior Environmental Consultant

Sustainability in Tech

Michele Gettins

Chief Marketing Officer

Project Excellence

Cheryl Burns

Senior Executive Practice Head

Growth Explosion

Rob Charlton


Sustainability in Tech

Jon Dudgeon

Co-Founder and CEO

North East Tech Startup

Dylan McKee

Co-founder & CEO

North East Tech Startup

Graham Jordan

Partnership Analyst

Tech Champion