The 30 Under 30 2012


The Radio Academy has announced the second annual 30 Under 30, a list of the 30 brightest young talents working in UK radio!

The prestigious list, chosen from more than 200 applicants with a wide range of skills by our panel of independent judges, highlights the huge amount of young talent within the UK radio industry. The final 30 made the list not just by doing their day job brilliantly, but by going the extra mile and achieving exceptional results during the past 12 months. The list recognises them as superb ambassadors for the radio industry as a whole.

The list includes 16 young people from commercial radio, including six from Global Radio and five from Bauer Radio, and 10 from the BBC, as well as four from independent production companies. Six of this year’s 30 were also chosen for last year’s inaugural list – their 2012 entry was based on their achievements in the past 12 months.

The final 30 work across a wide range of roles within radio: 14 from production, three from management, four from within a technical environment, as well as sales, news and sport, and presenting. Women are well represented, accounting for 33% of the list.

Paul Robinson, Chair of the Committee, said: “UK radio is brimming with talented people – hard working, smart, passionate young radio achievers help make our listening experience in this country so compelling, and The Radio Academy’s 30 Under 30 is proud to shout that from the rooftops. This year the number of applicants is up almost 50% on last year so, on behalf of the 30 Under 30 team, we are proud and honoured to announce this brilliant class of 2012. Congratulations to all of them!

Graham Albans
BBC Radio 2
Broadcast Assistant, The Chris Evans Breakfast Show

Matt Bailey
Global Radio
Breakfast Show Presenter, Capital North East

Emma Barnett
Global Radio
Presenter, LBC Sunday drivetime show

Sam Bonham
Digital Radio UK
Technology and Vehicle Manager

Fred Bradley
Smooth Radio & Student Radio Association
Freelance Producer

Andy Buckingham
Global Radio
Creative Technologist

James Carpenter
BBC Radio 2 & 6 Music

Ann Charles
Project Manager, Major Projects Infrastructure

Laura-May Coope
BBC Audio & Music Interactive
Social Media Producer, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra

Heather Davies
Unusual Productions
Head of Content

Ben Day
Head of SPI / Presenter

Paul Fernley
Bauer Radio
Programmes Manager, The Hits Radio, heat radio & SmashHits Radio

Joe Friel
Folder Media
Content & Partnerships Manager

Katherine Godfrey

Gareth Gwynn
BBC Radio Wales/BBC Radio Comedy/PBJ Management
Freelance Writer / Presenter

Joe Haddow
BBC Radio 2
Broadcast Assistant

Sam Jackson
Global Radio
Managing Editor, Classic FM

Carly Lucas
Absolute Radio
Sponsorship Account Manager

Lucy Madge
Somethin' Else

Gaynor Marshall
Bauer Media
Producer, Metro Radio

Dave Masterman
Global Radio
Executive Producer, Xfm Breakfast Show with Danny Wallace

Chris Nicoll
Global Radio
Head of Production, Capital FM Network

Gav Richards
G Media
Product Development Director

Sara Sesardic
Global Radio / Absolute Radio / Wise Buddah Creative Ltd
Freelance Producer

Paul Sheehan
BBC 6 Music

Mike Tighe
BBC Audio & Music
Assistant Producer

David Treasurer
Real and Smooth Radio Ltd
Programme Controller, Real Radio Scotland

David Walker
Bauer Media
Station Programmer, Moray Firth Radio

Mike Williams
BBC Radio 5 live
Sport Broadcaster

Katy Winterschladen
Bauer Media
Charity Manager, Cash for Kids - Radio Aire

The Radio Academy's 30 Under 30 for 2012 were announced in a special session at Radio Festival 2012.