Meerkats’ Rikki Burns a juror For The Snapchat Young Lions Competition for Australia

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Meerkats’ Rikki Burns a  juror For The Snapchat Young Lions Competition for Australia

The annual Snapchat Young Lions competition for Australia is now open for entries and the jurors who will decide this year’s winners have been revealed.


Among them is Meerkats Creative Director Rikki Burns, who will judge the Digital category. She is the only juror from WA.

The top teams in each category will be announced at an intimate invite-only drinks reception at Snapchat’s office on 7 May 2020, with the Gold-winning teams earning the opportunity to represent Australia at the global Young Lions competition during Cannes Lions in France in June.

The runners-up will be sent to Spikes Asia in Singapore in September.

Entries are currently open, with the first-round entries due 13 March 2020. For further information on how to enter, please visit

Jury – Marketing
– Alison Hearne, National Marketing Manager, Universal Pictures International Australasia
– Caleb Bush, SVP/MD GPJ, MD Project, ANZ
– Emma Jenson, Head of Virgin Mobile, Optus
– Karissa Fletcher, Head of Marketing, Shopper Media Group
– Katyana Armen, Marketing & Innovation Director, Obela Fresh Dips & Spreads
– Kellie Northwood, Chief Executive Officer, The Real Media Collective
– Mark Tovbis, Customer Marketing Lead, NRL
– Melanie Fineberg, Behaviour Change Marketing Manager, VicHealth (Victorian Health Promotion Foundation)
– Miles Omodei, Chief Marketing Officer, Taylors Wines
– Steve Fontanot, Managing Director, Havas Blvd
– Vanessa Nicol, Managing Director, CHE Proximity

Jury – Digital
– Avish Gordhan, Executive Creative Director, M&C Saatchi
– Carmela Soares, Creative Strategist, Facebook
– Chris James, ECD, Imagination
– Giles Watson, Associate Creative Director, BWM Dentsu
– Jen Speirs, Executive Creative Director, ROTHCO
– Justine Metcalfe, Creative Director, Head and Heart
– Kath Blackham, CEO & Founder, VERSA
– Kim Bartowski, IBM Design Principal, IBM iX
– Mandie Van der Merwe, Executive Creative Director, M&C Saatchi
– Matt Chandler, Deputy ECD, DDB
– Nancy Hartley, Founder & Creative Partner, Rumble Creative
– Nicole Hetherington, Creative Co-Founder, Abel
– Pete Bosilkovski, CEO, Clemenger BBDO
– Rikki Burns, Creative Director, Meerkats
– Sinead Roarty, Creative Director, Wunderman Thompson
– Stephen Anderson, Senior Creative Strategist APAC, Snapchat

Jury – Media
– Alex Hayes, Founder, Clear Hayes
– Brett Dawson, Founder & CEO, Bohemia Group
– James Hier, Chief Growth & Product Officer, WaveMaker global
– James Bayes, GM ANZ, The Trade Desk
– Jonny Cordony, General Manager, Zenith Sydney
– Karen Halligan, Director -Media Value Advisory – Customer, Brand &Marketing Adivsory, KPMG
– Kirsty Muddle, Managing Director and Founding Partner, Cummins&Partners
– Marc Holloway, Lynx Brand Manager ANZ, Unilever
– Sebastian Graham, Head of Native, Verizon Media
– Simon Davies, Marketing Director, NewsMediaWorks
– Susan Massasso, Global Chief Marketing Officer, The a2 Milk Company
– Virginia Hyland, Founder, Hyland
– Zara Cobb, CMO, Lendi

Jury – Film
– Ant Melder, Co-founder & Creative Partner, Coffee Cocoa Gunpowder
– Billie Pleffer, Writer/Director/Actress
– Cam Blackley, Chief Creative Officer, M&C Saatchi
– Cinnamon Darvall, Head of Broadcast, McCann Melbourne
– Denise Mckeon, Head of Broadcast Production, Clemenger
– Kate Gooden, Executive Producer, Scoundrel
– Katrina Alvarez Jarratt, Creative Director, TBWA
– Jacqui Molensen, General Manager, Communications & Fundraising, Allanah & Madeline Foundation
– Loren Bradley, Executive Producer, FINCH
– Louise Bay, Key Account Director, UnLtd
– Mark Wheeler, Head of Large Customer & You Tube Marketing Australia & New Zealand, Google
– Patrick Whitnall, Marketing Creative & Media Executive Director, Publicis Media ANZ
– Sam Long, Executive Producer/Partner, GoodOil
– Vince Lagana, ECD, The Monkeys

Free workshops for each of the four categories have been announced.
Digital Workshop – Tue 25 Feb, 8-9:30am (Sydney)
Media Workshop – Tue 25 Feb, 4-6pm (Sydney)
Film Workshop – Wed 26 Feb, 8-10am (Sydney)
Marketing Workshop – Tue 3 Mar, 8-10am (Sydney)
Marketing Workshop – Wed 4 Mar, 4:30-6:30pm (Melbourne)