Cannes taps another Aussie for jury duty

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The Cannes Lions continue to appoint Aussie ad people to senior jury positions – the latest being McCann Health Australia/SE Asia ECD June Laffey, who will lead the Pharma Lions jury.

The Lions also announced the appointment of Serviceplan Health & Life creative partner Mike Rogers (Serviceplan Health & Life Europe) as president of the Health & Wellness Lions jury.

“The rigid boundaries in the healthcare communications industry act as a catalyst for creative solutions that genuinely make a difference and Lions Health is a platform for these ideas to be celebrated, discussed and built upon, said Lions Health director Louise Benson.

“June and Mike bring vast expertise and experience and we’re delighted to have them as Jury Presidents, championing the very best of creativity in this highly regulated field and pushing for greater innovation and fresher ideas going forward.”

Pharma Lions jury president June Laffey said, “In life every challenge is an opportunity. That’s how we learn, that’s how we grow. Nowhere is this more true than when working in healthcare. Heavy regulations, risk-averse thinking and a smorgasboard of other constraints mean that, in health, we have many challenges. Despite this, the opportunities for life–saving creativity have never been so huge.

“I am honoured to be trusted to lead this jury, where the filter of judging within these constraints must, and will, be rigorously applied.”

The Health specialist Lions celebrate creativity across a wide range of pharma and healthcare communications aimed at engaging healthcare professionals, patients and consumers. This year sees a new Health & Wellness Tech product category added to the Health & Wellness Lions reflecting the huge increase in digital products, apps, wearables and gadgets aimed at improving and promoting a modern healthy lifestyle.

Revolving around the work, Lions Health is a two-day event taking place during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, dedicated to exploring life-changing creativity. Running from 17-18 June, the event brings together professionals from across the healthcare communications industries to explore the intersection between health, technology and creativity and ignite a discussion focussed on the future of the industry.

The early-bird entry deadline closes in one week – on Thursday 23 February.

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