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VMAs Rising Stars

VMA’s Rising Stars

On Thursday 25th July, VMA Group hosted the inaugural Rising Stars Awards 2013 at their offices on Bedford Square, London.  The sell-out event was part of the annual VMA Group Rising Stars initiative that aims to profile the brightest talents in the communications industry. This year, the campaign focused solely on four key areas – digital, internal, marketing and agency communications.

The evening itself was a mixture of presentations, drinks and networking, before the winners were whisked away for interviews, which will be featured on over the coming weeks.

The Winners:

Digital Rising Star:

Richard Atkinson, Senior Web Relations Manager, Barclaycard

“Richard has radically improved Barclaycard’s customer service model through engaging the online community around the brand”, Darren Caveney, Comms2Point0 and Rising Stars judge.

Marketing Rising Star:

Gareth Groarke, Senior Marketing Manager, RNIB

“Flexible, positive, strategic, creative, consultative, cooperative and results-focused. Gareth’s entry really astounded the judges.” John Harte, Marketing Communications Consultant, VMA Group.

Agency Communications Rising Star:

Lucy Miles, Account Director, Pelham Bell Pottinger

“A real expert who has established a vast array on contacts in a short space of time”, Nicky Young, Director at Salt and Rising Star judge.

Internal Communications Rising Stars:

Katie Stray, Internal Communications Officer, Housing 21

Victoria Stuart Communications Manager, Serco Docklands

“Katie and Victoria’s entries were both so compelling we genuinely could not choose between them”, Michelle Morgan, Senior Consultant, Internal Communications Practice, VMA Group.

As part of the prize fund, each of our four Rising Stars received &pound100, a place on a VMA Enhance communications training course of their choice and a star named after them presented to them by VMA Group with a personalised star chart and presentation case.

Gareth Groarke, VMA Group’s 2013 Marketing Rising Star called the star, “One the coolest awards you can ever get... It’s absolutely brilliant!”


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