Meet the Judges

 

Karen Jones
CEO
Citywealth

Karen founded Citywealth after a career at News International, The Times, and Sunday Times in the legal, financial and recruitment sections. She also ran the Legalease flagship title Legal Business/Asia Pacific Legal 500, and launched Legal Business Awards and Legal 500 parties. Karen then took over In Brief magazine, where she grew the organisation from a buyout where it had gone bankrupt to a successful £500,000-a-year publishing and events business. Her work as a Citywealth CEO was recognised by four New York Stevie Awards: Women helping women (2014, 2015), Innovator of the year (2015), and Entrepreneur of the year (2015).

Katie Cramond
Director of Business Development International
McDermott Will & Emery UK

Katie Cramond is the Director of Business Development, International at US headquartered law firm McDermott, Will & Emery. The focus of Katie's role is to build growth and loyalty with her firm's clients and develop relationships across the McDermott platform, as well as encouraging cross-border collaboration. McDermott Will & Emery is an international law firm with a diversified business practice. The firm is one of the largest grossing law firms in the US and globally, and its lawyers represent a wide range of commercial, industrial and financial enterprises, both publicly and privately held.

When it came to choosing a career path, Katie wanted an environment where she could thrive and take advantage of her natural creativity and interpersonal skills. The world of professional services marketing and business development seemed like a natural fit and Katie began her career in the UK Marketing team at EY, the accountancy firm in London. She then joined the magic circle law firm Freshfields in London in 2012. It was here that she met her mentor, a senior corporate partner who gave her the opportunity to move to Singapore in 2014. Living and working in Asia for 5 years was pivotal to Katie’s personal and professional development. Having worked in Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, and Tokyo as well as New York and London, Katie’s international outlook and perspective really set her apart in her field. She appreciates the nuances of working with different cultures and enjoys the opportunity to bond with others over experiences in Asia and the US.

Katie is nurturing and extremely committed to her team’s personal growth. She creates an inclusive culture, investing in her staff and fostering client relationships but also long-term planning for the success of the individuals as well as the collective. The success of those around her is as important to Katie as her own success.

Tim Maltin
Managing Partner
Maltin PR

Tim is Managing Partner of Maltin PR, an award-winning and internationally recognised London-based Legal and Litigation PR firm, which is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers for Litigation PR and Communications.

Also individually ranked Band 1 by Chambers and Partners for Litigation Support and ranked as a leading reputation manager in the Spear’s 500 guide to the top global advisers for High Net Worth individuals, Tim is a recognised expert in Legal and Litigation PR, and Reputation Management. Tim was also named Outstanding Individual of the Year at the Citywealth Brand Management and Reputation Awards, and listed as one of the top Crisis Communication experts in the world in the Lawdragon Global 100 Leaders in Legal Strategy and Consulting, in 2022.

Chambers and Partners describes him as “extremely proactive” and “an excellent ideas man”. The Guide also recognises his understanding of legal and litigation matters, and his ability to “quickly grasp the agendas involved in a case“. The Guide also describes Tim as “a very passionate advocate for his clients. He really fights their corner and makes clients feel he is very much a part of the team. He takes very complex litigation and presents it to journalists in a way that is digestible without losing any of the accuracy.”

Nicola Roigard
MASECO Private Wealth
Head Of Marketing

Starting out working for the likes of Barclays and Merrill Lynch, resulting in becoming an Events and Communications Manager at Barclays in the early 2000s, Nicola then went on to become Head of Marketing and Communications at Arbuthnot Latham Private Bank, utilising the knowledge and experience gained in the ‘big banks’ and worked for 11 years in this role, which included a seat on the Executive Committee, to entirely develop and transform the non-existing marketing function at Arbuthnot Latham to become a profit making function.

From her Head of Marketing role at Arbuthnot Latham to her then later Head of Marketing roles at the Multi-Family Office Sandaire and now Head of Marketing at MASECO Private Wealth, Nicola’s role has spanned from actively leading and developing marketing and communications strategies, defining brand positioning, and leading teams to deliver internal and external communications, marketing campaigns, product launches, marketing materials, content creation, PR, website and social media development, client journey and relations building and strategy, internal and external events and also has experience in being responsible for risk, conduct risk, governance, budget and control requirements.

With a Marketing Diploma with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Master’s Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Management, in addition to her Supervisory Management degree, Nicola’s qualifications and experience allow her to oversee teams ranging from a team of 10, through to a small team of 2, working in both a fully hands on role to develop small and thriving family office businesses. As well as this, Nicola Co-Founded a Marketing and Concierge business during the pandemic, alongside Co-Founder Georgina King, to support businesses in moving forward during what was a difficult time for marketing departments and marketing budgets. En Avant offers board marketing services to a variety of clients including a Family Office Association, an Asset Finance business, variety of sporting associations and a family-owned investment vehicle, to name a few.

Sue Primmer
Chief Marketing Officer
Sionic

Currently CMO at global consulting firm Sionic, Sue Primmer has spent her career in communications, working in private and public sectors, with clever people tackling complex topics, be they bankers, business leaders, academics, politicians, Olympic games organisers - or even Bishops. Before entering the world of finance, she was Assistant Chief Executive of one of London’s most diverse boroughs, Hackney having been Director of Comms for the University of Birmingham and before that, setting up one of the UK’s original dotcoms. Professionally and personally she is dedicated to encouraging others’ ability to tell their own stories well in public, with a real love for broadcasting, brand and reputation building, financial literacy, further and higher education and corporate governance. Now, as an advocate of the importance of good finance for societal well-being, she is proud to be able to apply her skills in a sector that seriously matters. Sue holds a Masters degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, an MLitt in the Construction of Gender from the University of Durham, is one of 100 women awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of a century of women’s suffrage, sits on the Board of the Chartered Banker Institute and of the 2025 Foundation Committee, a charity dedicated to opening up careers in banking to young people who might not otherwise consider it a realistic choice.