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An inside look at AOP’s Digital Editorial Individual shortlist

For the first time, AOP will be announcing the winner of its brand new Editorial Individual award at the AOP Awards Dinner, on 2 June At Old Billingsgate.

Our shortlist of 11 Digital Editorial Individuals can be very proud to have made it this far, in what was a very popular category, and we would like to take this opportunity to cast a light on our nominees.

This year's awards ceremony will see AOP delivering a fantastic night of glamour and entertainment for the digital publishing industry, and with our stellar shortlist of entries, the night promises to be as memorable as last year.

If you are yet to book your place, the last few tables are available – book now.

AOP Digital Editorial Individual Shortlist

Natasha Aitken - / CondéNet UK

Natasha Aitken

“Natasha stormed into her role as Editor and immediately, instinctively knew what was needed to make the website worthy of the brand name, Glamour.

She has made it a relevant, compelling site for anyone who wants lashings of gossip, relevant fashion and beauty news, serious retail therapy, smart health advice – that’s why traffic has made such an incredible leap in her short time on the site.”

Jo Elvin, Editor, Glamour, Condé Nast

Barbara Cockburn – Flight Global / Reed Business Information

Barbara Cockburn

"Barbara has successfully showcased, highlighted and presented the vast array of content produced by the entire Flight Content Team throughout all areas of the site, leading to an impressive growth in site traffic.

She has done a sterling job editing the Flight Archive channel, the Flight Blog – which covers aviation’s quirkier angles, and the Image of the Day blog."

Michael Targett, Editor, Flightglobal

Isabel Davies – Farmers Weekly Interactive / Reed Business Information

Isabel Davies

"Working across print and online makes Isabel unique as a community editor within RBI and she has worked hard to maximise the value of community content in both environments.

She is seen as an example of excellence within the company and should be credited with the fact that FWi is touted as the most successful example of community content and interaction within RBI."

Julian Gairdner – Online Editor, Farmers Weekly

Julian Gairdner – Online Editor Farmers Weekly / Reed Business Information

Julian Gairdner

"In the past year, Julian has taken FWi forward in leaps with a raft of initiatives of a technical, content and organisational nature to ensure FWi continues to be the biggest and most successful website in the UK agricultural space.

He has helped lead significant organisational change within the Farmers Weekly Group, resulting in fully integrated editorial, production and sales functions across web and print. He has also lead a research and redesign process which is paying dividends in traffic and commercial results including joint ventures/ partnerships – Muddy Matches online dating and Property Search partners."

Jane King – Editor, Farmers Weekly

Dolly Jones – / CondéNet UK

Dolly Jones

“Dolly has huge respect within CondéNet and Condé Nast due to her perseverance over the years to make the incredible site it is today.

Since taking over the role of Fashion Channels Manager she has been a fantastic leader and lent a wealth of her industry knowledge and editorial experience across the portfolio. She has a great talent for public speaking and communicating her passion for which not only her team online, but the magazine are extremely proud of!”

Condé Nast Team

Maria Milano – / IPC Media

Maria Milano

"Maria is highly-regarded both by her team members and her colleagues on the magazine.

Her passion for the brand and her enthusiasm for digital media are infectious and have led the team to constantly seek improvements to the website and become competitive with rival brands. She is hard-working, motivating and efficient."

Jeannette Arnold, Managing Editor of InStyle

David Moynihan – / IPC Media

David Moynihan

“David becoming Editor of NME.COM has given a massive shot in the arm to what was already a leading website. From brand positioning to major record industry deals, from page design to efficiency of code and minimising load-times, David has been over every inch of NME.COM improving the offering.

David is clearly one of the most talented web editors of his generation and his award-winning work on NME.COM is an example to the industry of how to be best in class and lead the way.”

Conor McNicholas, Editor, NME

Pete Picton – Sun Online / News International

Pete Picton

"Pete can only be described as the Kofi Annan of digital media. He has managed to bring together some of the best content creators and the finest digital geeks to produce one of the most talked-about newspaper offerings on the web.

His quiet, but steely determination has been the major reason why a big old-school brand has achieved so much in the digital age. He's led a fantastic team and is a great external ambassador for News International and the digital industry as a whole."

Marc Webber – former Assistant Editor, Sun Online

Tim Pollard – CAR Magazine / Bauer Media

Tim Pollard

"Tim stands out in the way he nails commercial and editorial objectives. Here’s how: In April 2008, CAR Magazine published a special issue for Porsche’s 60th anniversary. Tim developed a brilliant Porsche multimedia package to complement the magazine.

Most creative was a Porsche video game, backed up by brilliant video content, a poll ranking users’ favourite all-time Porsches, blogs about Porsche and archive content, plus stunning wallpaper downloads. The result? A really engaged audience who delivered big page impressions, and went on to buy the magazine, making the issue our best-seller of 2008."

Phil McNamara, Editor, CAR Magazine

Michael Targett – Flight Global / Reed Business Information

Michael Targett

"Michael is an inspirational editor. As well as driving the success of Flightglobal, Michael has also played in key role in the company-wide project to deliver a new platform to power all of RBI's websites, helping to shape the requirements and to ensure that the new tools are fit for purpose.

He really is the model for the 21st century website editor."

Karl Schneider, Editorial Development Director, RBI

Anthony Thornton – IPC Ignite! / IPC Media

Anthony Thornton

“Anthony overseas the editorial development of some of IPC's most successful websites. He has the rare ability to create a visionary idea and ensure that everyone understands it fully and follows his lead loyally.

He generates pride and excitement in the team he works with which is evident in projects such as the NME site redesign, a project which Anthony led and which saw startling results. Later in the year he added the editorial leadership of to his list of roles and proved his versatility by working just as well with game developers as editors, writers and web site developers.”

Kevin Heery, Digital Director, IPC Ignite

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