Each year our judges are chosen because of their experience and expertise in the field of new media. They represent a range of disciplines and backgrounds and we are grateful for the commitment and enthusiasm they bring to these Awards.
As the wife and daughter of diplomats, Laura has lived and worshipped in every continent except Antarctica. Born in 1948, she is the author of several books and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She started the Lay Anglicana website in 2010, aimed at promoting discussion amongst the laity and with the clergy, on the Church of England in particular and the Anglican Communion in general. Her blog won the ‘Best Newcomer’ award at CNMAC 2011.
Sara was awarded her PhD in 2013 for her investigation into English churches’ use of the internet. She has experience presenting at a variety of conferences and events – secular and faith-based – on issues including professional development via social media, best website practice and internet search as well as contributing to one-to-one teaching in social media surgeries. She is a keen tweeter and is of course webmaster for her church. She lives in Colchester, Essex and when not web wrangling enjoys running, reading and putting the world to rights over a real ale.
Alan Wilson has been the current Bishop of Buckingham in the Diocese of Oxford since 2003. Alan has a long-standing interest in new and social Media and their impact on the rest of life. He writes for the Guardian’s Comment is Free website, and has been blogging since 2007.
Pam Smith has been the web pastor of i-church since 2008. Before she was ordained, she worked in women’s health, prison chaplaincy and education. Pam is a regular contributor to BIGBible’s #digidisciple and BBC Coventry and Warwickshire and a keen user of social networking. Pam’s book on online mission and ministry is due out in 2014.
Dr Bex Lewis is a ‘DigiExplorer’, an experimenter in the digital spaces, with a background as a cultural communications historian whose PhD explored wartime propaganda. Bex has over 15 years of experience in the digital environment, having built her first website for her PhD in 1997, and is an early adopter of social media tools. She is the Director of Digital Fingerprint, a social media consultancy that works particularly within the HE and Christian sectors. Bex is in demand as a speaker at events, both academic conferences, and public Christian events in the UK and Europe.