Congratulations to all the winners of the inaugural Rise Awards, in association with Avid.

Technical Operations Award


Lorraine Panman

Lorraine Panman

Portfolio Project Manager

Massive, a Deltatre company

Lorraine goes above and beyond the requirements of her day-to-day role to make a difference, from delivering outstanding client service on a particular project or service line, resolving a difficult problem and supporting a colleagues and clients.


Chair: Lesley Marr, Rise Advisory Board 
Lesley Johnson, BBC Director of Home Entertainment BBC Studios; Neil Hatton, Chief Executive, UK Screen Alliance; Rich Moss, Managing Director, Gorilla Post; Zoe Carter, Director of Content Operations, Broadcast Operations ITV

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Rising Star Award


Shannon Albrink

Shannon Albrink

Junior Editor

Therapy Studios

Shannon is a stand-out performer and innovator in the broadcast & media industry. She demonstrates exceptional and ongoing achievements and has made significant and demonstrable contributions to the team at Therapy Studios.


Chair: Charlotte Wheeler, Rise Advisory Board Member 
Cristina Aragon, Managing Director, 5A Studios; Judy Parnall, Head of Standards & Industry, BBC R&D; Jake Bickerton, Technology Editor, Broadcast; Nigel Wilkes, General Manager, Panasonic Europe; Serena Harris, Sales Director, North America, Marquis Broadcast

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Sales Award


Charlotte Latham

Charlotte Latham

Sales and Operations Manager


Charlotte consistently excels in her role as Sales and Operations Manager at CueScript. She has demonstrated excellence in sales; from great sales performance, showing initiative and creativity, as well as maintaining great customer relationships.


Chair: Samantha Arlow, Rise Advisory Board Member 
Dave Cheesman, Regional Sales Director EMEA, The Vitec Group Plc; Mike Thomas, Sales Director, Top-Teks Ltd; Nela Pertl, European Sales Manager, Panasonic Europe; Nick Millen, Business Development Manager, Proactive UK Ltd

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Engineer Award


Gemma Ebbs

Gemma Ebbs

Systems Development Lead

BT Media and Broadcast

Gemma has been recognised as a dynamic and innovative engineer, who represents the very best of our broadcasting profession. She is a high achiever, a problem solver and a team player. She is an inspiration to her colleagues and the wider profession.


Chair: Nicki Fisher, Rise Advisory Board Member
Eben Jenkins, Partner, Certeon Group; John Ive, Director, Producer, Technologist – IABM/IveTechMedia; Kat Lancaster, Graphics & Data Solutions Support Manager, Sky UK; Stephane Menard, VP Engineering, Clear-Com

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Marketer/PR Award


Lucy Speed

Lucy Speed

Marketing & Communications Manager, Middle East & Africa


Lucy has been commends for her outstanding performance in her role at Discovery. She has demonstrated a desire to learn and innovate, as well as being a strategic-thinkers who consistently show astuteness, professionalism and creativity.


Chair: Anne-Louise Buick, Rise Advisory Board Member 
Darren Deans, Head of Marketing, Dock10 (UK); Mackinlay, SVP Marketing, Product Management & Sales Operations, Amino (UK); Laurie Durcan, Director, Avid Customer Association (ACA) (USA); Simon Frost, Head of EMEA Media Marketing, AWS (UK) 

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Business Award


Natascha Cadle

Creative Director and Co-founder


Natascha has been recognised for her achievements in successfully running a business within the broadcast industry. She impressed the judges by demonstrating excellent business acumen, outstanding leadership whilst achieving remarkable business growth.


Chair: Sadie Groom, Rise Founder
Graham Sharp, Director, Media Asset Capital; Kathy-Anne McManus, SVP Global Customer Solutions and Services, Avid; Lucinda Meek, Finance Director, IABM; Rebecca Price, Sales Director, Azule Finance

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Woman of the Year Award

Morwen Williams

Head of UK Operations

BBC News

This special award was chosen by the Rise Advisory Board. It celebrates the achievements of Morwen Williams, an extraordinary and inspirational woman who has made a significant contribution within her field.

Chosen by the Rise Advisory Board, Morwen has had an important year, having being promoted to Head of UK Operations at the BBC and appointed chair of the World’s Broadcasting Union’s International Media Connectivity Group. In addition, she has been chosen to complete an Executive Education programme at Harvard University on Media Transformation Challenge.

As well as her professional achievements, the board cited additional reasons that led to her being chosen as the winner. They said: “She has relentless positivity and enthusiasm and is a fantastic role model across the sector. Although she is incredibly busy, she continues to take the time to be involved in the Rise mentoring programme and has been a superb mentor for the last two years.”

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