The Newsworks Planning Awards, run by Newsworks on behalf of the leading national newspapers in the UK, were created in 2013 to celebrate the UK's outstanding planning talent in media agencies and beyond.

Entries are across seven categories and take full account of today's multi-platform and multimedia environment. The 2016 awards will be judged by a panel comprised of leading marketers and agency experts, chaired by David Wheldon, chief marketing officer at RBS.

The awards will be presented at a party at the Century Club on Wednesday 30 November 2016.

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Shortlist announced: 10 November

Key dates

10 November - Shortlist announced
30 November - Awards party


There are seven categories you can enter, two of which are new for 2016, plus a chair's award.

  • Best newspaper campaign
  • Best newsbrand campaign
  • Best topical campaign
  • Omnimedia award
  • Best content partnership
  • Best use of insight – NEW
  • Effectiveness award – NEW

Judges and chair

David Wheldon 310

David Wheldon - Chair

chief marketing officer

Royal Bank of Scotland

Jude Bridge 310

Jude Bridge

executive director marketing, fundraising & public affairs

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Vanessa Clifford 310

Vanessa Clifford

interim CEO


Rachel Eyre

Rachel Eyre

head of marketing propositions


Kristof Fahy 310

Kristof Fahy

chief marketing officer


David Fletcher 310

David Fletcher

chief data officer

MEC London

David Grainger

David Grainger

chief strategy officer


Dan Hagen 310

Dan Hagen

chief strategy officer


Judy Harman

Judy Harman

planning director


Mark Holden 310jpeg

Mark Holden

head of strategy

Arena Media

Richard Huntington 310

Richard Huntington

chief strategy officer

Saatchi & Saatchi

Stephen Knight 310

Stephen Knight

owner & CEO


Katrina Lowes

Katrina Lowes

head of marketing

Vodafone global enterprise

Alistair MacCallum 310

Alistair MacCallum



Tim Pearson 310

Tim Pearson

chief executive officer


Kirsty Redfearn 310

Kirsty Redfearn

consumer marketing

MasterCard Europe

Denise Turner 310

Denise Turner

insight director



Jan Gooding on the Newsworks Planning Awards 2015

Aviva's group brand director discusses what she looks for in a good ad campaign; the changing relationships between clients and agencies; the impact of technology and the importance of context.


Previous years

2015 awards

Chaired by Jan Gooding, group brand director at Aviva, the awards attracted a record 94 entries from 23 agencies, covering 62 brands. Winners included M2M, MediaCom, PHD, Mindshare, Manning Gottlieb OMD and OMD UK, with the chair's awards going to Channel 4's Alternative Election Night.

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2014 awards

Chaired by Amanda Rendle, HSBC's former global head of marketing, the 2014 competition saw MediaCom, Mindshare, Manning Gottlieb OMD, Initiative, Carat, and OMD UK take home prizes, with Cancer Research winning the chair's award.

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2013 awards

The inaugural year was led by Unilever's senior vice president of marketing, Marc Mathieu. 2013 winners included Initiative, Manning Gottlieb OMD, KR Media and MediaCom.

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