Managing Director, ESI Live
ESI Media: The Independent and London Evening Standard

"I am judging the awards to celebrate and be inspired by the best events and brand activations in the UK. I look forward to seeing some truly innovative work and the creative team behind it."

Leigh is the Managing Director of ESI Live, the events division of London Evening Standard and The Independent. Dedicated to bringing your campaign, message or product to life, ESI Live curate and produce awards ceremonies, bespoke events, debates, conferences and in June launched London Food Month.  Previously Leigh was founder, festival & brand manager of Be:Fit London; Europe’s only health & fitness festival dedicated to women. In addition to building Be:Fit London from its origin to established event status, Leigh has also built a confidence boosting and interactive community of women in London through the Be:Fit brand. Recently voted Best Events Director in the UK and listed in the Event 100's most influential leaders in the UK event industry, Leigh is known for launching award-winning events, creating meaningful, memorable and magical live brand experiences, expanding events into new territories and taking established events to the next level.

Leigh worked in partnership with Reebok to develop their recent activation at Be:Fit London which has since been declared global best event practise for Reebok women.

Prior to this, Leigh managed Cancer Research UK's Race for Life events nationally, including delivering their largest race to date, and she played a key role in the launch of Cancer Research UK's inaugural midnight marathon (Shine).

Leigh is also a Reiki Master, Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner and a wellness advisor to global brands, regularly running meditation sessions and self-development workshops

Judging panel

CHAIR - Damian Clarke

Managing Director
Undercurrent

Adam Lee

VP Experiential Marketing and Partnerships Manager
Barclaycard

Alison Camps

Co-chair and Marketing Director - Pride in London
Deputy Chairman & Joint Managing Partner - Quadrangle

Andrew Akuffo

Director of Events and Brand Partnerships
Ministry of Sound

Andy Dougan

Head of Experiential & Growth
Geometry Global

Catherine Borowski

Founder and MD
Produce UK

Kia Hanly

Corporate Events Director
Quintessentially & Co

Leigh Fergus

Managing Director, ESI Live
ESI Media: The Independent and London Evening Standard

Michelle Bryan-Low

Director, Large Customer Marketing and Events, EMEA
Google

Nick Tether

Head of Experiential
Exterion Media

Victoria Archbold

Director of Events and Sponsorship
Hearst Live, Hearst Magazines UK