The Brand Agency's Emily Colman and Meerkats' Simon Thuijs finalists for APG 2017 Planning Idol

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Emily_Colman_BLOG.jpgThe Communications Council's Account Planning Group (APG) has announced a shortlist of 16 people who will progress to the final round of the 2017 Planning Idol awards. 

Among them are Emily Colman from The Brand Agency (pictured) and Simon Thuijs from Meerkats in Perth.

APG Planning Idol is a unique competition designed to raise the profile of planning and foster professionals under 30 in the discipline. Idol is part of The Communications Council overall program to support agency investment in talent.

55 submissions were accepted and reviewed by the APG Committee, responding to a brief set by Australian Red Cross centred on addressing loneliness and exclusion. 
The awards will be held in Sydney on Monday 13 November, at which the shortlisted 16 will present their strategies to a panel of APG Judges and Australian Red Cross representatives in the final day of judging, before one is crowned APG Planning Idol. 

The standard of entries has once again impressed this year's judges with a standout selection making the shortlist. 

The shortlist:
Kellie Box - BMF Sydney
James Bennett - Cummins & Partners Melbourne
Simon Thuijs - Meerkats
Isabelle Zacharia - M&C Saatchi Sydney
Molly Blacker - UM
Thomas Cleary - Sapient/Razorfish Sydney
Josh Oakley - Porter Novelli Melbourne
Grace Espinoza - UM
Charlotte Berry - UM
Bryan Wilmot - Leo Burnett Sydney
David Toussaint - UM
Emily Colman - The Brand Agency Perth
Alistair Stephenson - M&C Saatchi Sydney
Georgia Pritchard - The Monkeys
Charlotte Goodsir - Clemenger BBDO Sydney
Miriam New - DDB

Angela Morris, chair, APG said : "Planning Idol is an important part of our programme to encourage up and coming strategic talent and everyone who tackled the brief this year should be congratulated - because we never make this easy, and this years' challenge was no exception!"

This year's judging panel includes:
Angela Morris, executive planning director, J Walter Thompson Australia
Joseph Smeaton - DDB Sydney 
Scott Matyus - Flynn - Republic Of Everyone 
Sam Geer - UM (2015 APG Planning Idol Winner)
Red Cross Representative 
Anuj Mehra - gtb Melbourne
Alison Tilling - BMF Sydney 
Jody Elston - Richard Rose Sydney
Pieter - Paul von Weiler - AJF Partnership Melbourne
Kate Smither - Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney

Tickets for the award presentation are now on sale, with discounted prices for members. 

For event details, please see here

Finalist Judging & Presentation: Monday 13 November 2017
Location: Level 4, Hotel CBD, King Street
Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm 

Tickets 
APG & Communications Council members - $45
Non Members - $65
Includes nibbles and drinks 

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