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2017's ReelWorld 30 under 30 Judges

To be in the running make sure that you impress these people! Being from different areas of the industry means that our Judges are experienced in every facet.

Steve Parkinson (Chair)

Group Managing Director, National Radio, Bauer Media

Steve is responsible for the overall development of six brands within Bauer Media: Kiss, Absolute Radio, Magic, Planet Rock, Kerrang!, and heat.

Originally from Aberdeen, Steve volunteered for Grampian Hospital Radio in his teens, and went on to work in local, regional and national radio. He has previously been a presenter (not very good!), producer and programme director (better!), and marketing director as well as S&P manager in his time.

He has felt privileged to have built his knowledge and experience across several successful brands over the years including Metro, Hallam, Clyde, Heart, LBC and Galaxy. Steve now leads a team of 200 dedicated media staff and presenters in One Golden Square, and collectively the brands broadcast to over 12m listeners across the UK.

Steve believes that celebrating and championing young talent across the medium and helping them navigate the industry are prime objectives of the Academy, and therefore is delighted to be chairing the 30 under 30 once again for 2017.

Anthony Gay

Managing Director, ReelWorld

Anthony is responsible for all ReelWorld's activities in Europe and Asia. Based at MediaCityUK he leads a team of producers, composers, and consultants providing jingles and audio branding solutions to over 250 European radio stations in 31 countries including BBC Radio 1Xtra, Heart UK, RTE 2fm, Kiss UK, Los 40 Spain, Radio 2 Belgium, 104.6 RTL Berlin, and NRK P1 Norway.

Before joining ReelWorld, Anthony spent many years programming radio stations across the north of England.

Up until 2012 he was Regional Programming Director for Bauer in Yorkshire and prior to that Programme Director at Key 103, Hallam FM, and Rock FM. He was responsible for launching the long running breakfast shows Mike & Chelsea in the Morning and Big John @ Breakfast and was part of the team that won the West Midlands license for Kerrang! Radio in 2003. Whilst in Manchester he also programmed The Hits and Smash Hits Radio to become the most listened to digital radio stations in the UK.

Anthony first broadcast on hospital radio in Sheffield aged 11 but his commercial radio career started at BRMB and X-tra AM in Birmingham where he was a presenter and producer for all the station's news and sports output.

Yasmin Evans

Presenter, BBC Radio 1Xtra

Presenter of BBC Radio 1Xtra's Weekdays 1-4pm show, Stockport born Yasmin Evans began her radio career at the age of just 15 presenting on one of Manchester's most prominent community radio stations. It was then that she began collecting vinyls and originals, developing a taste for eclectic urban music influenced by old school RNB, Hip Hop, House and Reggae.

Yasmin studied Radio BA (Hons) at the University of Salford where she was approached by the BBC to take part in their piloting scheme, which led her to be offered the 1XTRA Weekend Breakfast show in September 2012.

After being on air for just 9 months, she was offered the 1Xtra Weekday Breakfast Show which she co-hosted with Twin B from July 2013 for three years.

In July 2016, Yasmin was given her own 1-4pm solo show on 1Xtra weekdays. In 2016 Yasmin was nominated for Radio Personality at the Glamour Woman Of The Year Awards amongst other credible female radio broadcasters.

During her time at the BBC Yasmin has hosted a range of BBC events including 1Xtra's Live's coverage on the BBC Red Button and online content as well as presenting Radio 1's Big Weekend Backstage. Yasmin recently co - hosted the Rated Awards for GRM Daily which was streamed live on YouTube's official page.

Stephanie Hirst

Presenter, BBC Radio Manchester

Starting her career aged 12 at Radio Aire in Leeds, securing a slot on the overnight show at 16, this took her on an unbelievable journey hosting some of the biggest commercial radio shows in the UK, including the national Sunday top 40 show 'Hit40UK' for 3 years, along with the biggest breakfast show outside of London for over a decade on Capital Yorkshire. A true radio fan, who has always been fascinated by the workings of the industry, both on and off the air.

At last year's Radio Festival she was awarded a 'Fellowship' from the Academy, and with a passion for nurturing the next generation of new talent, she can currently be heard on BBC Radio Manchester hosting her weekly 'Vinyl Revival' show.

During her time at the BBC Yasmin has hosted a range of BBC events including 1Xtra's Live's coverage on the BBC Red Button and online content as well as presenting Radio 1's Big Weekend Backstage. Yasmin recently co - hosted the Rated Awards for GRM Daily which was streamed live on YouTube's official page.

Lorna Clarke

Head of Production, BBC Radio Production, Radio 2 & 6Music, London & Salford

Lorna has been in working in the industry for 30 years and her career includes, Print, BBC, and Commercial brands. At the BBC Lorna has played a significant role at Radio 1 (Head of mainstream programmes), BBC London (GLR), BBC Cornwall and currently 6Music, Asian Network and Radio 2 as the portfolios Network Manager.

Lorna also launched the BBC Electric Proms, which was a broadcast live event for BBC TV and radio. Commercial local radio experience includes, launch team for KISS FM /London, and later South Africa, also Viking Radio in Hull, and Metro in Newcastle.

Lorna is a respected radio and music executive, having judged the Sony Radio Academy awards, and The Mercury Music Prize four times. Whilst in the position of Programme Director for KISS 100 in 1995, Lorna was awarded the prize of Best Radio Programmer by the commercial radio industry.

Rozina Breen

Head of News - BBC 5Live

Rozina Breen is the Head of News at 5Live, the BBC's news and sport network. As well as leading the News output, she also runs a 5Live News Northern Stories digital team, a collaboration with BBC News and BBC Three the aim of which is to tell the stories of young women in the North - for Digital and for Radio.

She began her career in journalism at BBC Radio Leeds as a production assistant before moving to London to join Radio Current Affairs, working on weekly programmes for BBC Radio 4 and 5Live such as Talking Politics, Special Assignment and Stop Press. She worked on a range of specials too including documentaries about women and crime, the Southall story - and The Lost Race, a BBC2 documentary about the rise and fall of the National Front.

Before moving to 5Live last June, she set up and ran a digital hub serving the World Service's then 27 language services with world news on digital platforms and before that ran BBC Radio Leeds, one of English Region's biggest city stations. There she led a collaboration with BBC Radio 2, building a community Big Band with Clare Teal, ran editorial campaigns on crime, addiction and prostitution and launched My Bradford, a citizen journalism digital initiative, using Tumblr to tell people's stories and based in one of Europe's youngest and most diverse cities.

She's also written two publications aimed at the teenage market based on real life issues for Trotman Publishing - one about stress and the other on prejudice.

Nicky Ness

Controller Radio & Entertainment, BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service)

Nicky Ness has responsibility for three networks of output on local, national and international platforms aimed at entertaining and informing British Forces and their families wherever they may be based. 900 unique weekly hours of programmes are delivered to 23 countries by BFBS broadcasters based from Canada and the Falkland Islands in the West, throughout the UK and Europe to Nepal and Brunei in the East, on a dozen different time zones. 12 community stations in the UK and Northern Ireland add an additional and very bespoke local FM offering in major garrison locations.

BFBS currently offers two English language radio services as well as BFBS Gurkha Radio, 24-hour a day bespoke output in Nepalese.

Nicky's 26-year career with parent company The Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) began as a radio reporter for BFBS in Germany before moving into speech programme presentation. After a relocation to Gibraltar she added music sequence presentation to her skills where weekend and late shifts soon turned into a weekday breakfast show residency. Nicky was appointed as Station Manager in Gibraltar in 1997 and she became the voice of Gibraltar mornings for six years until she moved on within the BFBS Group in 2003. Belize and then Cyprus followed before Nicky returned to the UK when appointed Director of Entertainment at SSVC, joining the senior team and heading up morale boosting live entertainment events for troops deployed on operations around the world and in locations such as Iraq and Afghanistan - a role she retains. In 2013, Nicky added a network of static & mobile cinemas to her department, delivering current digital and 3D movies to Forces communities in the UK and overseas. In 2017 the portfolio expanded again, now with BFBS TV also under her remit, a bouquet of 16 channels delivered to UK military communities based away from home.

Dave Terris

Editor IRN and Sky News Radio

Dave Terris is the Editor of Sky News Radio and IRN which provides national and international news, sport, business and showbiz to the UK's commercial radio network of 300-plus stations 24 hours a day.

He is responsible for a team of more than 20 journalists at the Sky News Centre in London where he has worked for 13 years. After beginning his career in print, he became a news editor and reporter in local radio in Essex before joining Sky in 2004.

He's co-ordinated IRN's coverage of two General Elections, a US Presidential election, the EU and Scottish Independence referendums and two Royal births.

Dave organises the annual IRN Awards for commercial radio which continues to grow every year and he was part of the Sky/IRN team which won the Arqiva Award for News Coverage in 2013

Matt Deegan

Founder & Creative Director, Folder Media

Matt Deegan is the Creative Director of Folder Media, a radio and new media ideas incubator. Matt helps Folder's internal projects grow and develop and helps external clients develop and implement plans to benefit from the changing digital world. This includes everything from business planning and platform analysis to customer relationship management and social network marketing.

Before creating Folder Media, Matt was part of the strategy team at commercial radio groups GWR and GCap Media (now Global Radio). There, he worked on mergers and acquisitions, new business development and regulatory relationships as well as strategic projects for Classic FM, XFM and Capital FM. He also developed much of their local digital radio businesses and worked to launch a variety of new digital radio stations.

Folder Media operates the national children's radio station Fun Kids. Matt's work on the station has seen him be nominated for UK Radio Programmer of the Year and the station has won or been nominated for Station of the Year at the Sony or Radio Academy many times.

Folder won the licences for, and now manages a raft of local DAB multiplexes under the MuxCo banner - bringing local digital radio to over 10million people. It also makes programmes for BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2 and the World Service as part of Folder&Co.

In 2017 Matt launched the self-service DAB radio station - Upload Radio, allowing anyone to get on the radio.

In his spare time Matt has created the Next Radio conference series alongside James Cridland and the British Podcast Awards, with Matt Hill.

Chris North

Founder & Talent Manager, North Media Talent

With 16 years experience in talent management and artist representation, Chris is the founder of North Media Talent and as an Agent and Manager consults on media projects while continuing to discover fresh talent and represent a combination of new and established presenters.

Chris' career began at BBC Radio Clwyd at 15 before presenting the BAFTA winning documentary series Ipso Facto for CBBC. At De Montfort University he helped set up Demon FM and was elected Student Radio Association Development Officer.

On graduation he briefly worked for a media sales company before eventually joining The Radio Academy as its Skills Development Officer setting up its successful Masterclass series and cementing the Student Radio Awards as a key event in the radio industry calendar. In 2000 Chris joined Wise Buddah before transforming the agency as its Head of Talent and subsequently Director of Talent.

Chris was lucky enough to lead Challenge Radio in October 2014, the very first pop up radio station for the UK Radio Festival & Radio Academy from Salford Quays.

An active mentor across UK student media he became Honorary Life Member of the Student Radio Association in 2008 and produces the infamous Demo Factor competition at the Annual National SRA Conference.



Steve Parkinson (Chair)

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Yasmin Evans

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Stephanie Hirst

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Steve Parkinson (Chair)

Group Managing Director, National Radio, Bauer Media

Steve is responsible for the overall development of six brands within Bauer Media: Kiss, Absolute Radio, Magic, Planet Rock, Kerrang!, and heat.

Originally from Aberdeen, Steve volunteered for Grampian Hospital Radio in his teens, and went on to work in local, regional and national radio. He has previously been a presenter (not very good!), producer and programme director (better!), and marketing director as well as S&P manager in his time.

He has felt privileged to have built his knowledge and experience across several successful brands over the years including Metro, Hallam, Clyde, Heart, LBC and Galaxy. Steve now leads a team of 200 dedicated media staff and presenters in One Golden Square, and collectively the brands broadcast to over 12m listeners across the UK.

Steve believes that celebrating and championing young talent across the medium and helping them navigate the industry are prime objectives of the Academy, and therefore is delighted to be chairing the 30 under 30 once again for 2017.

Anthony Gay

Managing Director, ReelWorld

Anthony is responsible for all ReelWorld's activities in Europe and Asia. Based at MediaCityUK he leads a team of producers, composers, and consultants providing jingles and audio branding solutions to over 250 European radio stations in 31 countries including BBC Radio 1Xtra, Heart UK, RTE 2fm, Kiss UK, Los 40 Spain, Radio 2 Belgium, 104.6 RTL Berlin, and NRK P1 Norway.

Before joining ReelWorld, Anthony spent many years programming radio stations across the north of England.

Up until 2012 he was Regional Programming Director for Bauer in Yorkshire and prior to that Programme Director at Key 103, Hallam FM, and Rock FM. He was responsible for launching the long running breakfast shows Mike & Chelsea in the Morning and Big John @ Breakfast and was part of the team that won the West Midlands license for Kerrang! Radio in 2003. Whilst in Manchester he also programmed The Hits and Smash Hits Radio to become the most listened to digital radio stations in the UK.

Anthony first broadcast on hospital radio in Sheffield aged 11 but his commercial radio career started at BRMB and X-tra AM in Birmingham where he was a presenter and producer for all the station's news and sports output.

Yasmin Evans

Presenter, BBC Radio 1Xtra

Presenter of BBC Radio 1Xtra's Weekdays 1-4pm show, Stockport born Yasmin Evans began her radio career at the age of just 15 presenting on one of Manchester's most prominent community radio stations. It was then that she began collecting vinyls and originals, developing a taste for eclectic urban music influenced by old school RNB, Hip Hop, House and Reggae.

Yasmin studied Radio BA (Hons) at the University of Salford where she was approached by the BBC to take part in their piloting scheme, which led her to be offered the 1XTRA Weekend Breakfast show in September 2012.

After being on air for just 9 months, she was offered the 1Xtra Weekday Breakfast Show which she co-hosted with Twin B from July 2013 for three years.

In July 2016, Yasmin was given her own 1-4pm solo show on 1Xtra weekdays. In 2016 Yasmin was nominated for Radio Personality at the Glamour Woman Of The Year Awards amongst other credible female radio broadcasters.

During her time at the BBC Yasmin has hosted a range of BBC events including 1Xtra's Live's coverage on the BBC Red Button and online content as well as presenting Radio 1's Big Weekend Backstage. Yasmin recently co - hosted the Rated Awards for GRM Daily which was streamed live on YouTube's official page.

Stephanie Hirst

Presenter, BBC Radio Manchester

Starting her career aged 12 at Radio Aire in Leeds, securing a slot on the overnight show at 16, this took her on an unbelievable journey hosting some of the biggest commercial radio shows in the UK, including the national Sunday top 40 show 'Hit40UK' for 3 years, along with the biggest breakfast show outside of London for over a decade on Capital Yorkshire. A true radio fan, who has always been fascinated by the workings of the industry, both on and off the air.

At last year's Radio Festival she was awarded a 'Fellowship' from the Academy, and with a passion for nurturing the next generation of new talent, she can currently be heard on BBC Radio Manchester hosting her weekly 'Vinyl Revival' show.

During her time at the BBC Yasmin has hosted a range of BBC events including 1Xtra's Live's coverage on the BBC Red Button and online content as well as presenting Radio 1's Big Weekend Backstage. Yasmin recently co - hosted the Rated Awards for GRM Daily which was streamed live on YouTube's official page.



Lorna Clarke

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Rozina Breen

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Nicky Ness

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Dave Terris

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Lorna Clarke

Head of Production, BBC Radio Production, Radio 2 & 6Music, London & Salford

Lorna has been in working in the industry for 30 years and her career includes, Print, BBC, and Commercial brands. At the BBC Lorna has played a significant role at Radio 1 (Head of mainstream programmes), BBC London (GLR), BBC Cornwall and currently 6Music, Asian Network and Radio 2 as the portfolios Network Manager.

Lorna also launched the BBC Electric Proms, which was a broadcast live event for BBC TV and radio. Commercial local radio experience includes, launch team for KISS FM /London, and later South Africa, also Viking Radio in Hull, and Metro in Newcastle.

Lorna is a respected radio and music executive, having judged the Sony Radio Academy awards, and The Mercury Music Prize four times. Whilst in the position of Programme Director for KISS 100 in 1995, Lorna was awarded the prize of Best Radio Programmer by the commercial radio industry.

Rozina Breen

Head of News - BBC 5Live

Rozina Breen is the Head of News at 5Live, the BBC's news and sport network. As well as leading the News output, she also runs a 5Live News Northern Stories digital team, a collaboration with BBC News and BBC Three the aim of which is to tell the stories of young women in the North - for Digital and for Radio.

She began her career in journalism at BBC Radio Leeds as a production assistant before moving to London to join Radio Current Affairs, working on weekly programmes for BBC Radio 4 and 5Live such as Talking Politics, Special Assignment and Stop Press. She worked on a range of specials too including documentaries about women and crime, the Southall story - and The Lost Race, a BBC2 documentary about the rise and fall of the National Front.

Before moving to 5Live last June, she set up and ran a digital hub serving the World Service's then 27 language services with world news on digital platforms and before that ran BBC Radio Leeds, one of English Region's biggest city stations. There she led a collaboration with BBC Radio 2, building a community Big Band with Clare Teal, ran editorial campaigns on crime, addiction and prostitution and launched My Bradford, a citizen journalism digital initiative, using Tumblr to tell people's stories and based in one of Europe's youngest and most diverse cities.

She's also written two publications aimed at the teenage market based on real life issues for Trotman Publishing - one about stress and the other on prejudice.

Nicky Ness

Controller Radio & Entertainment, BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service)

Nicky Ness has responsibility for three networks of output on local, national and international platforms aimed at entertaining and informing British Forces and their families wherever they may be based. 900 unique weekly hours of programmes are delivered to 23 countries by BFBS broadcasters based from Canada and the Falkland Islands in the West, throughout the UK and Europe to Nepal and Brunei in the East, on a dozen different time zones. 12 community stations in the UK and Northern Ireland add an additional and very bespoke local FM offering in major garrison locations.

BFBS currently offers two English language radio services as well as BFBS Gurkha Radio, 24-hour a day bespoke output in Nepalese.

Nicky's 26-year career with parent company The Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) began as a radio reporter for BFBS in Germany before moving into speech programme presentation. After a relocation to Gibraltar she added music sequence presentation to her skills where weekend and late shifts soon turned into a weekday breakfast show residency. Nicky was appointed as Station Manager in Gibraltar in 1997 and she became the voice of Gibraltar mornings for six years until she moved on within the BFBS Group in 2003. Belize and then Cyprus followed before Nicky returned to the UK when appointed Director of Entertainment at SSVC, joining the senior team and heading up morale boosting live entertainment events for troops deployed on operations around the world and in locations such as Iraq and Afghanistan - a role she retains. In 2013, Nicky added a network of static & mobile cinemas to her department, delivering current digital and 3D movies to Forces communities in the UK and overseas. In 2017 the portfolio expanded again, now with BFBS TV also under her remit, a bouquet of 16 channels delivered to UK military communities based away from home.

Dave Terris

Editor IRN and Sky News Radio

Dave Terris is the Editor of Sky News Radio and IRN which provides national and international news, sport, business and showbiz to the UK's commercial radio network of 300-plus stations 24 hours a day.

He is responsible for a team of more than 20 journalists at the Sky News Centre in London where he has worked for 13 years. After beginning his career in print, he became a news editor and reporter in local radio in Essex before joining Sky in 2004.

He's co-ordinated IRN's coverage of two General Elections, a US Presidential election, the EU and Scottish Independence referendums and two Royal births.

Dave organises the annual IRN Awards for commercial radio which continues to grow every year and he was part of the Sky/IRN team which won the Arqiva Award for News Coverage in 2013



Matt Deegan

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Chris North

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Matt Deegan

Founder & Creative Director, Folder Media

Matt Deegan is the Creative Director of Folder Media, a radio and new media ideas incubator. Matt helps Folder's internal projects grow and develop and helps external clients develop and implement plans to benefit from the changing digital world. This includes everything from business planning and platform analysis to customer relationship management and social network marketing.

Before creating Folder Media, Matt was part of the strategy team at commercial radio groups GWR and GCap Media (now Global Radio). There, he worked on mergers and acquisitions, new business development and regulatory relationships as well as strategic projects for Classic FM, XFM and Capital FM. He also developed much of their local digital radio businesses and worked to launch a variety of new digital radio stations.

Folder Media operates the national children's radio station Fun Kids. Matt's work on the station has seen him be nominated for UK Radio Programmer of the Year and the station has won or been nominated for Station of the Year at the Sony or Radio Academy many times.

Folder won the licences for, and now manages a raft of local DAB multiplexes under the MuxCo banner - bringing local digital radio to over 10million people. It also makes programmes for BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2 and the World Service as part of Folder&Co.

In 2017 Matt launched the self-service DAB radio station - Upload Radio, allowing anyone to get on the radio.

In his spare time Matt has created the Next Radio conference series alongside James Cridland and the British Podcast Awards, with Matt Hill.

Chris North

Founder & Talent Manager, North Media Talent

With 16 years experience in talent management and artist representation, Chris is the founder of North Media Talent and as an Agent and Manager consults on media projects while continuing to discover fresh talent and represent a combination of new and established presenters.

Chris' career began at BBC Radio Clwyd at 15 before presenting the BAFTA winning documentary series Ipso Facto for CBBC. At De Montfort University he helped set up Demon FM and was elected Student Radio Association Development Officer.

On graduation he briefly worked for a media sales company before eventually joining The Radio Academy as its Skills Development Officer setting up its successful Masterclass series and cementing the Student Radio Awards as a key event in the radio industry calendar. In 2000 Chris joined Wise Buddah before transforming the agency as its Head of Talent and subsequently Director of Talent.

Chris was lucky enough to lead Challenge Radio in October 2014, the very first pop up radio station for the UK Radio Festival & Radio Academy from Salford Quays.

An active mentor across UK student media he became Honorary Life Member of the Student Radio Association in 2008 and produces the infamous Demo Factor competition at the Annual National SRA Conference.

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