The Judging Panel

The Wave Awards judging panel is made up of distinguished specialists and expert industry representatives together with our magazine editors. The 2017 panel will be chaired by Andy Harmer in an impartial non-voting role. A selection of the 2017 judging panel can be found below.

Andy Harmer

Vice President Operations, CLIA Europe

Andy is CLIA Europe’s Vice President Operations with responsibility for the strategic development of CLIA Europe’s travel agent and event programme.  Among his achievements are CLIA UK & Ireland becoming the first organisation to be recognised for the excellent standard of its travel agent cruise training by the UK’s leading awards company in vocational education, City & Guilds; the implementation of the travel agent programme within France and Spain, and a successful series of events including the CLIA Conference, the largest cruise travel agent event of its kind in Europe.

Juliet Archer

Managing Director, Blue Water Holidays (Cruise Agency of the Year 2015)

Juliet Archer has been involved in the cruise industry for 15 years, and has cruised on board a wide range of river and ocean-going ships throughout the world. A self-confessed ship-spotter, she has a great passion for the cruise industry and the unique experiences that cruising can offer. Her favourite cruise destinations include the South Pacific, Adriatic and River Rhone, and top of the current wish list are Myanmar and Cuba (although it changes weekly!). When not cruising she enjoys pub quizzes (specialist subject – rivers, seas and cruising areas in general) and paying vet bills for her accident-prone competition horse.

Lesley Bellew

Editor, Cruise Ports & Destinations

Lesley is the current editor of Cruise Ports & Destinations. Lesley got hooked on adventure cruising in 2008 and now travels the globe chasing stories and sunshine. An award-winning journalist with more than 30 years’ experience contributing to national, international and regional press. She finds cruising the perfect way to indulge her passions for the arts, architecture, gardens, history and wildlife.

Claire Brighton

Senior Commercial Manager, Advantage Travel Partnership

Claire is the Senior Commercial Manager at the Advantage Travel Partnership, the UK’s largest independent travel agent group.

Claire is happy to admit to being a travel addict in every sense but particularly for cruise. She regularly cruises both for work and for pleasure and loves that every brand, ship and port of call offers guests something different.

Claire says she is lucky enough to have some amazing experiences whilst cruising but one that sticks in her mind would definitely be sailing into Puerto Rico with a glass of champagne on the helipad of a cruise ship.

Simone Clark

Managing Director,

Simone Clark is the Managing Director at, the UK’s largest cruise specialist travel agency. Iglu have been selling cruise for 8 years and 2 years ago acquired Planet Cruise, a specialist in tailor made and longhaul cruise holidays.

Simone enjoys cruising and as well as visiting many ships for her job; also regularly cruises 2-3 times a year for a family holiday on cruise lines as diverse as Royal Caribbean, P&O cruises, Azamara Club cruises, Seabourn and Carnival.

Her son has cruised since he was 6 month’s old and is already a cruise addict! She believes that there is a wide choice of cruise lines and ships to suit everyone and all the innovation in the cruise industry means that the standards are extremely high; meaning that this will be a very close contest to judge.

Joseph Grimley

Head of Agency Sales, Riviera Travel

Joseph joined Riviera Travel in April 2012 to launch sales through Travel Agents. He now heads up a team of 5 in Agency Sales and sales through agents are growing at a healthy rate of knots.

Riviera Travel River Cruises go from strength to strength with 4 brand new Five-Star River Ships launched in the last 4 years and another 4 on order for 2017.

Giles Hawke

CEO, Cosmos Tours & Cruises

Giles has worked in the Travel Industry for 25 years starting out as an Overseas Ski Rep, spending 8 years in front line operational roles, before moving back to the UK in 2000 to take up the position of Sales Director at Specialist Holidays Group.   In 2002 Giles became Commercial Director at Highlife Breaks and in 2003 moved into the Cruise Industry joining Carnival UK as Sales & Customer Service Director.  In 2013 Giles became Executive Director at MSC Cruises and took up his current position of CEO at Cosmos Tours & Cruises in April this year.

Giles is a non executive director of the Institute of Customer Service, runs his own small tour operation, South Downs Way Tours, and is deputy chair of CLIA UK.  In his spare time Giles is a keen cyclist, enjoys a glass of red wine and loves spending time with his family.

Caroline Hendrie

Travel Writer and Editor

Caroline Hendrie is an award-winning travel writer specialising in ocean and river cruising. As a national newspaper journalist for more than 25 years her work has taken her all over the world, but her love of sea travel stems from childhood holidays which usually started on a ferry from Dover.

Caroline has been cruise correspondent for The Mail on Sunday for the past ten years. She has a cruise column in the Independent and is a writer and editor for Mail Travel website.

John Honeywell

Editor-at-Large, World of Cruising Magazine

John, a self-confessed cruiseaholic and ocean-travelling addict, is well renowned as one of the country’s leading travel writers and has written for many years for a host of publications and websites, including the Daily Mirror, as his alter ego Captain Greybeard.

Erin Johnson

Marketing Director UK & Ireland, Carnival Cruise Line

Erin Johnson is UK Marketing Director at Carnival Cruise Line, the World’s Largest cruise line carrying over 4 million guests a year. Erin has been at Carnival Cruise Line for 15 years since graduating from Leeds in 2001, and has in that time worked on other brands within the Carnival Corporation portfolio including Holland America Line and Windstar Cruises.

Erin firmly believes that there is a cruise out there for everyone, and enjoys visiting new ships that come into the sector, as well as sailing with her husband and two small boys, both of whom have cruised since they were 9 months old.


Cruise Writer, Shipmonk.

Dave, aka Shipmonk, has been a journalist for 38 years, most recently as deputy editor of Metro, Britain’s third-biggest daily paper. He began writing about cruising in 2005 and was voted best cruise blogger this year for You’ll also find him as Shipmonk on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Lines Dave has sailed on include Royal Caribbean, P&O Cruises, Disney, Celebrity, Princess, Norwegian, Carnival, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd, Silversea, Seabourn, Viking, Cunard, Crystal and Holland America.

Louise Robinson

Editor, World of Cruising Magazine

Louise Robinson is currently Editor of World of Cruising. A national newspaper journalist for twenty five years, Louise edited S Magazine, the Sunday Express colour supplement, for over a decade. She has contributed cruise and family travel features to her own magazine as well as to the travel pages of the Daily and Sunday Express. Louise is particularly interested in family cruising and often takes her husband and children onboard with her. Her eldest daughter’s first words were “watertight doors” and her youngest daughter calls hotel rooms cabins.

Jill Sayles

Editor, Cruise Trade News Magazine

Jill Sayles is a journalist specialising in the travel trade. She has worked on travel trade magazines and online for more than 10 years and was appointed editor of Cruise Trade News (CTN) in April 2015.

Jill has travelled extensively as part of her career and enjoyed a number of cruises before joining CTN. These experiences whetted her appetite to become increasingly more involved in the cruise industry. During her time at CTN she has immersed herself in the cruise industry, attending events, conferences, and more cruises, both river and ocean, to really experience and understand the products.

Nigel Thompson

Travel Editor, Daily Mirror

Nigel Thompson has been writing about travel for 30 years and became Travel Editor of the Daily Mirror in 2009. Famously intolerant of daft surveys from travel PR firms, he also has been known to be severely unimpressed by numerous phone calls asking if they can email him (it’s fine, they can). He has visited 79 countries if you count crossing the halfway mark in the UN hut straddling the border at the South-North Korean DMZ. Nigel has never been to Brazil – despite years of dropping unsubtle hints on Twitter and Facebook. Keen on planes and cruise ships, a fly-cruise ticks all the boxes. Especially one to Brazil. A lifelong Liverpool FC supporter and cricket lover, he is married with two grown up children. His wife has a real job in a school.

Nikki White

Head of Destinations and Sustainability, ABTA

Nikki White is ABTA’s Head of Destinations & Sustainability with responsibility for destination government liaison, sustainability, operations, crisis management and health & safety in destinations. Nikki chairs a number of committees, including the Federation of Tour Operators. Nikki represents the UK on ECTAA’s destinations and sustainability committee, sits on the WTM advisory council and is a judge for the Responsible Tourism Awards.

Nikki has gained an impressive grasp of travel and tourism strategy over her years as Head of Strategy and Development at travel and leisure marketing experts Fox Kalomaski.  Here she worked with a number of destinations as well as specialist agents, tour operators and airlines devising a range of strategic policiesNikki’s expertise in sustainable tourism has been enhanced by her completion of a Masters degree in Leadership for Sustainable Development.

Sally Winfield

Chief Executive Officer, Accord Marketing

Sally joined DMGT in 1987 in the Classified Department of the Evening Standard, and stayed for the next 21 years.  During this time, she was promoted through the ranks, becoming Ad Director in 1996 and Group Classified Director some 3 years later.  In 2004, she was appointed Managing Director of Loot, a brand-leading free ads newspapers with an award-winning website.  Today, she is the Chief Executive Officer of Accord Marketing, the UK’s leading travel marketing agency, working with luxury hotels to international airlines, tour operators to tourist boards.

David Winterton

UK Marketing Manager, Emerald Waterways

David Winterton has held senior roles in the industry for over 20 years and is the UK Marketing Manager for Emerald Waterways, part of the Scenic group.

David joined Scenic to launch the Emerald Waterways brand in the UK and is busy driving the brand to be the UK’s number 2 river cruise line. The line has gone from two ships in year one to four ships in year two (this year) and a fifth joins the fleet early next year.

Previous to his current role, David has held senior roles at Shearings, Co-operative Travel and TUI where he specialised in promoting ocean and river cruising.