total of 22 influential thought leaders have so far agreed to be part of the independent panel of judges who will deliberate on the Awards, being held at 8 Northumberland Avenue, one of London’s most celebrated venues.
The panel of confirmed judges comprises: Jan Jones, Senior Vice President Communications & Government Relations, Caesars Entertainment; Tracy Damestani, Forum Director, NCiF; Lynda Atkinson, Head of CSR, Genting Casinos; Dick Flink, CEO, Holland Casino; Per Jaldung, CEO Casino Cosmopol; Dietmar Hoscher, Director, Casinos Austria International; Bruno Cagnon, COO, Groupe Lucien Barriere; Pieter Remmers, Director, Assissa Consulting; Warwick Bartlett, CEO & Owner, Global Betting & Gaming Consultants; Phil Martin, Editor, International Casino Review; Tim Cullimore, Director, C3 Cullimore Casino Consultancy Ltd; Michael Pollack, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming; Paul Talboys, CEO, Bingo Association; Clive Hawkswood, CEO, Remote Gaming Association; Charles Palmer, Partner, CP Consulting; Kevin Hamilton, COO, Beacon Bingo; Mark Davies, CEO, Camberton; Brigid Simmonds, CEO, British Beer & Pub Association; Peter Weir, CEO, IOA Group; Friedrich Stickler, Member of the Board and President, Austrian Lotteries; Cristino L. Naguiat, Chairman & CEO, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation; and Dr Jonathan Parkes.
Commenting on the Totally Gaming Awards, Peter Weir, CEO of the IOA Group and a member of the judging panel, said: "It was a great honour to be invited to join the judging panel of these awards and one which I was delighted to accept. The gaming and entertainment industry in all of its guises was founded on innovation, has prospered through innovation and will steer its way out of the economic downturn through innovation. Innovation is our lifeblood and the IOA Group is delighted to support initiatives such as the Totally Gaming Awards which celebrate original thinking in gaming."
Kate Chambers, Portfolio Director responsible for ICE and the Totally Gaming Awards, said: "The response we've had to the Totally Gaming Awards has been nothing short of amazing and you can feel the anticipation building from all sectors of this fantastic and remarkable industry. Everyone has responded so positively to having the most significant international awards as the curtain raiser to the most important gaming exhibition on the calendar.
"Simply take a look at our judging panel which really is beyond compare. The take-up of tickets has been superb and having Novomatic as our headline sponsor and TCSJohn Huxley as sponsors of the Champagne Reception adds so much cachet to the inaugural Totally Gaming Awards which, I believe, will become the hallmark of gaming excellence."
Awards will be given across a variety of categories, including best bingo, betting, lottery, mobile and online product of 2011; best manufacturer of the year and best marketing campaign of the year. There will also be two outstanding achievement awards which will be presented to personalities from within the gaming industry.