Judging Panel

The judging panel is made up of Operations Directors and Managing Directors of some of the most successful Conference organising companies in the UK.


Judges will not be asked to assess any submissions in categories into which their company has entered themselves.


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference Division, Mash Media

Paul Colston is Managing Editor of the Conference Portfolio at international meetings industry publishers Mash Media. Paul oversees the monthly titles Conference & Meetings World, Conference News, and their related websites www.c-mw.net and www.conference-news.co.uk, as well as content for digital products.


Conference News was recently named Business Magazine of the Year at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards in December 2012.


Paul was also named Meetings & Events Journalist of the Year, at the 2011 Business Travel Journalist Awards. 


He has spoken at numerous industry forums including International Confex, EIBTM and Conventa; facilitated industry roundtable events, and also been on international judging panels for meetings industry trade show awards.


Paul came into the meetings industry in 2005 and is a fluent Russian speaker He previously edited magazines covering the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and Russia.


Paul is based in North London and is a committed fan of Everton Football Club.


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