Director of Digital, Marketing and Communications
Rugby Football Union

Joanna Manning-Cooper became RFU Director of Digital, Marketing and Communications in May 2016 and is responsible for the England Rugby digital, marketing and communications strategy, integration, planning and delivery.

Her remit includes: England Rugby content and channels, team and corporate communications, media relations and media operations, CRM, the England Rugby brand as well as setting and delivering the fan's stadium spectator experience and match-day sports presentation.

Manning-Cooper was Communications and Marketing Director for three years at England Rugby 2015, organisers of  Rugby World Cup 2015. The tournament delivered record ticket sales and digital reach, and the tournament’s marketing campaign won a Sports Industry Award for the best integrated marketing campaign in 2014.

Her previous roles include Head of PR and Media for LOCOG, organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, and Director of Global Communications for the Financial Times. She has over 20 years' experience in communications roles. Joanna was awarded an MBE for services to Sport in 2017.

 

“The digital world is exciting and full of innovation. I’m looking forward to seeing the best digital marketing projects from a variety of industries."

Judging panel

Phil Jones

Founder & Organiser,
Podge Events

Richard Ayers

CEO & Founder
Seven League

Benjamin Blanco

Head of Sport & Entertainment Marketing
Samsung Electronics UK

Adam Boita

Head of Marketing
Pernod Ricard UK

Lisa de Bonis

Executive Digital Director
Havas Media

Arjoon Bose

Marketing Head-Häagen-Dazs and Snacking(UK& Northern Europe)
General Mills

Guillaume Buat-Menard

Chief Technology Officer
Aqueduct

Matthew Candy

Vice President, UKI & Europe Leader
IBM Interactive Experience

Trevor Chambers

Group Creative Director
Cubo

Kate Dale

Head of Brand and Digital Strategy
Sport England

Neil Davis

Managing Director UK & Europe
squiz

Jon Dobinson

CEO
other

Alastair Duncan

Chief Strategy Officer
Splash Worldwide

Liane Grimshaw

Founder & Managing Director
SupaReal

Keith Gulliver

Marketing Communications Director
Post Office

Flo Heiss

CREATION
Studio of Art & Commerce

Bo Hellberg

Executive Creative Director
Kaiser

Craig Hepburn

Global Vice President of Digital Marketing and Brand
TATA Communications

Andrew Holden

Global Digital Creative Director
 

Greg Jarrett

Head of UX
William Hill

James Keady

Head of Digital
Samsung

Alan King

Executive Director, Head of Digital
Manning Gottlieb OMD

Claire Koryczan

Managing Partner
Decoded

Candace Kuss

Director of Social Media
H+K Strategies

Joanna Manning-Cooper

Director of Digital, Marketing and Communications
Rugby Football Union

Andrew Marcus

Head of Communications
Museum of London

Peter Markey

Marketing Director
TSB

John Mathers

Director of Design
British Design Fund

Lee McGuffie

Digital & Content Strategy Director
Virgin

Ash Mohd

Global Communications Manager
Mars

David Morris

Head of Marketing & PR - UK & IE
Bang & Olufsen

Jude Ower

Founder and CEO
 

Glynn Pegler

CEO, Culture Group
The Culture Group

Adam Powers

Chief Experience Officer
BBH

Lauren Rayner

Head of Digital
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Cheyney Robinson

Chief Experience Officer, EMEA and APAC
Isobar

Kate Ross

Founder and MD
eight&four

Seb Royce

Co-founder
Kindeo

Mark Sherwin

Managing Director
Accenture Interactive

Ross Sleight

Chief Strategy Officer
Somo

David Smith

Head of Marketing
RightNow Digital

Tiffany St James

Founder
Transmute

Steven Swann

Creative Director
Mando

Lawrence Weber

Managing Partner Innovation
Karmarama

Lee Woodard

Global Chief Experience Officer
Crabtree & Evelyn