Meeting the Judging Panel

Simon McCulloch
Simon McCulloch is Commercial Director at and the chair of the Simples Awards. Simon’s responsible for demand and supply-side relationships across’s full product suite. He is an industry expert and well known commentator in the consumer and personal finance media, quoted regularly on issues facing consumers and the wider insurance, finance and utility industries.


Tara Evans
Tara Evans is The Sun’s digital consumer editor. Before working for the Sun she wrote for newspapers and magazines, including penning a weekly column for Woman's Own. She is passionate about helping consumers save money and get the best deal possible.

Holly Thomas
Holly Thomas is a freelance financial journalist and former Deputy Personal Finance Editor at The Sunday Times. She writes across all areas of personal finance and consumer issues, although her true passion lies in mortgages, property and investments. Previously she wrote for the Daily Express and Sunday Express as Money Editor and also at Financial Times Business. 

Joanna Faith
Joanna Faith has been Editor at consumer website for 7 years. Before that, she wrote for several trade publications including Investment Week, Professional Adviser and International Tax Review. In 2017, Joanna won Headlinemoney Awards ‘Savings Journalist of the Year’.

Industry Experts

Mike Preston
Mike Preston is Business Development Director at, the consumer finance and insurance comparison platform. Mike works across a range of product areas, ensuring that consumers experience the simplest and easiest experience when comparing providers.

Martin Williams
Martin Williams is Managing Director at Octo Telematics UK, the global leader in telematics motor insurance. Martin specialises in fintech solutions and using big data to improve customer experience, pricing, safety and claims management in the world of motor insurance.