Plain Language Awards

Celebrate the stories of our clearest business communicators

Judges for the 2021 Plain English Awards

Introducing our expert judging panel

We’re enormously grateful to have had the guidance and insight of the experts on our international panel of judges. Find out more about each of our judges below.

Award categoryLead judgeJudges
Plain English Champion — Best OrganisationMatt HuntingtonMatt Huntington
Sarah Stacy-Baynes
David Boyle
Plain English Champion — Best Individual or TeamPaula van GemenPaula van Gemen
Steph Prince
Rosie ter Beek
Best Plain English Document — public sectorRalph BrownRalph Brown
Rob Waller
Dana Skopal
Best Plain English Document — private sectorBarbra KingsleyBarbra Kingsley
Lynne Laracy
Charlotte Davis
Best Plain English Website — public sectorKylie McGrathKylie McGrath
Ginny Redish
Marjon Leemborg
Best Plain English Website — private sectorMaryland SpencerMaryland Spencer
Gail Marshall
Suraya Casey
Best Plain English Sentence TransformationMaryland SpencerMaryland Spencer
Gail Marshall
Suraya Casey
Best Plain English Annual ReportDeanna Lorianni and Emma FosseyDeanna Lorianni
Emma Fossey
Sheridan Gundry
Best Plain English Legal DocumentJan BowenJan Bowen
Andrew Pegler
Jacqueline Stephenson
Best Plain English Technical CommunicatorTanya BoelemaTanya Boelema
Linda Lior
Kathleen Dobson
Best Plain English TurnaroundMary McLaughlinMary McLaughlin
Susan Kleimann
Melissa Kargiannakis
People’s Choice — Best Plain English Communication and Worst Brainstrain Communication Simon HertnonSimon Hertnon
Jacqueline Taylor
Ben Whitaker

How the judging process works

Plain language criteria for documents and websites

What types of user-testing do judges look for?

Entry terms and conditions