Winners of the Intranet and Digital Workplace Awards are determined by an international judging panel of intranet experts, located in Australia, Europe and the USA.

See more about this year’s judges below:

James Robertson, Founder, Step Two (Australia)

Speaker-JamesRobertson-afterJames Robertson is one of the global experts on intranet strategy and design.

He is the author of Essential intranets: inspiring sites that deliver business value, Designing intranets: creating sites the work and What every intranet team should know, the three best-selling intranet books in the world.

James is the founder and managing director of Step Two, a vendor-neutral consultancy located in Australia. In this role, he has helped high-profile organisations to develop intranet strategies, both within Australia and internationally.

James has keynoted conferences around the globe, including in the UK, USA, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia.

Catherine Grenfell, Community Manager, Step Two (Australia)

Judge-CatherineGrenfell-AfterCatherine is the ‘super-connector’ at Step Two, and it’s her job to know who’s doing what in the intranet space. She heads up the Step Two Forum, bringing intranet teams together to share insights and experience.

Her journey with intranets began in 2001, developing a HR intranet at AMP. From this humble start, Catherine became one of the most experienced intranet managers in Australia.

Catherine has a unique ability to foster teams and communities, and to build stakeholder engagement. She is also passionate about developing organisation-wide initiatives such as collaboration teams, innovation groups and change communities.

Susan Hanley, President, Susan Hanley LLC (USA)

Judge-SueHanley-AfterSusan Hanley is a business analyst and information architect specializing in the “people side” of intranet and collaboration solutions. She is a Microsoft Office Servers and Services MVP and the co-author of the Essential SharePoint book series. Sue is excited to return for the fourth time as a judge for the Step Two Intranet and Digital Workplace Awards.

Sue’s areas of expertise include knowledge management, information architecture, collaboration and intranet strategy, user adoption, governance, and business value metrics. Immediately prior to establishing her own consulting practice, Sue led the Portals, Collaboration, and Content Management consulting practice for Dell Professional Services.

Follow Sue on Twitter or her Essential SharePoint blog for ComputerWorld.

Sam Marshall, ClearBox Consulting (UK)

Judge-SamMarshall-AfterSam Marshall is the owner of ClearBox Consulting and has specialised in intranets and the digital workplace for over 18 years, working with companies such as AstraZeneca, AkzoNobel, TUI Travel, Sony and Vodafone. His current activities focus on intranet and digital workplace strategy, the business side of SharePoint, and the use of enterprise social tools.

He is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences and was named a ‘Contributor of the year’ for his CMSWire column in 2015, 2016 and 2017.In 2015 Sam was given the Intranet Now award for ‘remarkable contribution to the intranet community’.

Contact: [email protected] or @sammmarshall


Elena Bogdanova, Rivelty.Intranet (Russia)

Elena has more than nine years of experience with intranets. She started as an internal intranet developer and then took on the challenges of being an intranet project manager and leader. She is currently the only intranet consultant in Russia.

Elena was responsible for developing visual concepts for the first digital workplace in Russia, featuring ‘cool tools’ and a mobile app for the Y generation. Her projects have also included delivering intranets for numerous sectors including banks, manufacturing, telecoms and IT. More than 120,000 people in Russia are using these intranets.

Elena is passionate about intranets. “I’m in love with intranets and really believe that great intranets can change employees’ life in a positive way”.  She carries out a unique intranet benchmarking  service in Russia and has been highly active in fostering the Russian intranet community – organising conferences, inviting foreign experts, blogging and translating best practices from around the world.

Elena has been a member of the judging panel for the “Best Intranet Russia” contest for five years.

Frank Sielaff, Merck Group (Germany)

Frank Sielaff heads the Digital Channels unit in Group Communications of Merck, a global science and technology company headquartered in Germany. Since 2013, he is responsible for digital strategy and implementation of Corporate Web, Social Media and the Social Intranet. The Social Intranet has been launched in 2015 and is globally used by 50000 employees.

Frank started his career at Merck in the IT department. Before joining Merck in 2005, Frank worked as a consultant for virtual product development in the automotive and aeronautics industry. He holds a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Technische Universität Darmstadt. Frank is married and has two children.

You can follow Frank on Twitter: @fsielaff

Steve Bynghall, Two Hives Ltd (UK)

Judge-SteveBynghall-AfterSteve Bynghall is a freelance consultant, researcher and writer, specialising in intranet, collaboration, knowledge management, social business and crowdsourcing. Following an MSc in Information Science from City University, Steve worked at accounting firm BDO LLP for over 13 years, working in various knowledge roles including managing the firm’s global extranet program. In late 2010 he set up Two Hives Ltd.

As well as his consulting activities, Steve produces and coordinates Step Two Design’s Intranet Innovation Awards. Steve is also a consultant, knowledge manager and benchmark evaluator for the Digital Workplace Group. Steve recently set up a new intranet strategy, governance and measurement training company with Chris Tubb called Spark Trajectory.

Steve is based in London, UK. You can follow Steve on Twitter.