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

Lisa de Bonis

Executive Digital Director
Havas Media

Adam Boita

Head of Marketing
Pernod Ricard UK

Jon Dobinson


Flo Heiss

Studio of Art & Commerce

Andrew Holden

Global Digital Creative Director

Alan King

Executive Director, Head of Digital
Manning Gottlieb OMD

Claire Koryczan

Managing Partner

Candace Kuss

Director of Social Media
H+K Strategies

Joanna Manning-Cooper

Director of Digital, Marketing and Communications
Rugby Football Union

John Mathers

Director of the British Design Fund and Consultant

Adam Powers

Chief Experience Officer

Cheyney Robinson

Chief Experience Officer, EMEA and APAC

Ross Sleight

Chief Strategy Officer

David Smith

Brand consultant

Tiffany St James


Lee Woodard

Global Chief Experience Officer
Crabtree & Evelyn