The MPA, the independent voice of Manchester’s media and creative community, has announced its Chair of Judges for the MPA Inspiration Awards 2020.  Now in its 8th year the awards were created for the industry by the industry.

Cindy Simmons Managing Director of the MPA said, “We are delighted to announce that Jane McMillan, Head of Marketing Communications at Warburtons, has agreed to be this year’s Chair of Judges for the MPA Inspiration Awards 2020”.

Jane has worked at Warburtons since 2004 and was promoted to her current role in 2017. She has helped deliver campaigns featuring company Chairman Jonathan Warburton coming face-to-face with luminaries as diverse as Sylvester Stallone, the Muppets, Peter Kay and, most recently, Robert De Niro.

Jane commented about being asked to be Chair of MPA Inspiration Awards Judges, “I am both delighted and honoured to be working with the very talented creative digital and media community in Greater Manchester. I look forward to reviewing all the amazing work that is bound to be entered and guiding the judging panel to reward the best work there is out there”.

Christian James, MD of The IF agency, and Chair of the MPA said, “Manchester is delivering world-class campaigns across the media, digital and creative spectrum, so it’s only fitting we have a world-class judging panel to evaluate them. Warburtons has long been one of the UK’s favourite brands and a benchmark for creativity so it’s a real coup for us to have Jane as our Chair of Judges this year”.

In June, the MPA board made the decision to extend the call for entries time frame so businesses can focus on what they need to achieve over the coming months.

At the same time, the decision was also taken to move the awards dinner to 10th  March 2021. To find out more about the MPA Inspiration Awards, how to enter and our categories please click here.

For a full line up of our judges please visit

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