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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.

2017's ReelWorld 30 under 30 Judges

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 and Chief Strategy Officer at ReelWorld

 

The production company who create the brand sound of thousands of radio stations around the world including Heart, BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Radio Scotland here in the UK. He oversees all ReelWorld activity in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia as well as working closely with the team in the US on American strategy.

A cheerleader for the radio industry and believer in the power of sound, Ant is curious about where radio is going and new ways in which audio is being used to engage and entertain.

 

Before ReelWorld he was a Regional Programming Director at Bauer Yorkshire, a Bauer station director, and has been PD at Key 103, Rock FM, and Hallam FM. Radio has always been in his blood since he first went on air aged 11 as a presenter on hospital radio in Sheffield. @anthonygay

Jo Bucci

Chief Operating Officer of The Wireless Group

 

Having joined in April 2018 after serving 11 years as Managing Director of The People’s Postcode Lottery.

 

Jo served as Deputy Chief Executive at Leicester City FC in 2006 preparing the Club for its sale.

 In 2005 Jo was involved in the merger between Capital Radio and GWR and become Group Commercial Managing Director of the newly formed company, GCAP Media Plc with 48 national locations.

 

From 2002 to 2005 Jo was Group Commercial Managing Director of Capital Radio PLC responsible for revenues at 12 locations.

Ahmed Hussain

Head of Prison Radio at HMPPS

 

Ahmed is currently the Head of Prison Radio at HMPPS. Having worked at the BBC with Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network for a number of years – Ahmed has also dabbled in TV, working on series 10 of Dragons’ Den.


He was also one of the much coveted ’30 under 30’ winners in 2014, showcasing some of the most exceptional talent in radio.

 

Having immersed himself in the world of radio since the age 14 learning the ropes at a local community station, Ahmed has since setup numerous community projects to help those with a keen interest in radio, music and media into the industry.

 Rowan Collinson

Content Programming Manger: Spotify UK

 

Rowan is the podcast programmer for Spotify UK, working as part of a global team to drive innovation around podcast curation and discovery on the platform. 

 Previously he was senior digital producer at BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music, where he oversaw social media and multi-platform music projects for both networks. Prior to joining the BBC, Rowan spent ten years as a producer at Somethin ‘Else, where he made a variety of programmes and podcasts for the BBC and commercial radio, winning a Sony Gold Award for Now Playing @6Music. Rowan loves cats, records and audio and has never ‘pivoted’ to video.

 Priya Shah

Producer, Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Radio 2

 

An award-winning journalist and producer on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show, the UK’s most listened-to news programme.  She has more than 15 years\' experience across World Service, 5 Live, and Radio 4 making and developing innovative news programmes, expanding the BBC\'s use of digital presence since the earliest days of social media.


 Priya is fluent in Spanish and Gujarati, and specialises in global politics. She also produced the critically acclaimed ‘What Makes Us Human?’ series for Radio 2 from its inception.

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Priya is passionate about developing talent. She is a mentor and qualified trainer, helping young journalists achieve their potential. @priyapas

 Marsha Ramroop

Founder, Unheard Voice Consultancy

 

Founder of Unheard Voice Consultancy an independent Diversity & Inclusion consultancy with Cultural Intelligence (CQ) expertise, as well as BBC Radio Leicester’s Communities Editor.

Marsha has always underpinned her life and 26 years’ work in journalism with an inclusive approach, reaching out to those we don’t normally hear from, listening to them and helping them tell their stories. She’s broadened her reach more recently by starting her business to help those who wish to approach their life and work – whatever the sector – in a more inclusive way. @UnheardVC


 Grace Hopper

Producer at BBC Radio 1

 

Grace currently produces the Life Hacks show and podcast on BBC Radio 1, and has also worked on the Greg James afternoon show, the Scott Mills show and The Official Chart. 

 A 30U30 alumni from 2017, Grace loved the experience and all the people she met along the way. Grace is now a Trustee for The Radio Academy and has been a judge for the Young ARIA\'s, ARIA\'s and now 30U30. @GraceHopper1

Claire Clottey

Broadcast Journalist and Communications Consultant

 

Claire Clottey is a dynamic community engagement specialist and award winning broadcast journalist passionate about youth development, social impact, diversity and inclusion and effecting social change.

 Known as a socially and culturally conscious commentator in the world of media and events, Claire continues to produce digital, radio and written content that informs, entertains and inspires mass audiences.

 

Currently the presenter of #TimeToTalk a monthly policy and public affairs show sponsored by Brent Council on The Beat London 103.6FM, Claire was also a regular guest presenter on TalkRADIO and remains a frequent parent contributor on BBC Radio 5 Live #UpAllNight. @claireclottey

Matt Payton

Director of External Affairs, Radiocentre

 

Matt oversees policy, strategy and public affairs functions of Radiocentre, the industry body for commercial radio, providing a collective voice on issues that affect the way that radio stations operate. He works closely with government officials, politicians, policy makers and regulators to secure the best possible environment for the radio. 

He is Vice President of the Association of European Radio and was a Trustee of the Radio Academy for four years until March 2019.  Prior to joining Radiocentre, Matt worked for several membership organisations, trade bodies, in government and in parliament.

CHRIS NORTH

FOUNDER & TALENT MANAGER, NORTH MEDIA TALENT

 

With 19 years experience of Talent Management and artist representation, Chris is the founder of North Media Talent and as Agent and Manager consults on media projects while continuing to discover and coach fresh talent and represent a combination of new and established presenters. 

Prior to this he worked at WiseBuddah for 12 years leaving as its Director of Talent. In a previous life he presented a BAFTA winning documentary for CBBC and while at Uni helped set up DemonFM. He is the founding father and Head Judge of the annual DemoFactor competition at the Student Radio Conference, now in its 11th year. @chrisnorth94

Nicky Ness

Director Forces Broadcasting & Entertainment

British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS)

 

Nicky Ness started her broadcasting career as a radio reporter and then producer, daily Breakfast/Morning Show presenter, programme director and radio station manager and was a well-known voice on the radio in a diverse range of locations including Germany, Gibraltar, Belize and Cyprus.  

 

 

Now with 30 years’ experience and based firmly back in the UK with BFBS, she has a wide ranging brief covering radio & audio, television, live events and cinema portfolios, delivering content focussed services to the UK’s Armed Forces community on a variety of platforms in the UK and overseas. 

Developing a deep understanding of the needs of niche audiences and the content that excites them, Nicky has also driven commissioning approaches to deliver new and innovative content within both broadcast and entertainment landscapes.

 

As a long standing member of the senior management team of parent organisation the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) she has also led digital transformation within her departments, evolving the strategy, skills and approaches of content creators to meet the ever evolving opportunities to connect with audiences.  She was appointed a Fellow of the UK Radio Academy in 2017 and is a regular judge for many broadcast and event award schemes.



Steve Parkinson (Chair)

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Jo Bucci

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Ahmed Hussain

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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 and Chief Strategy Officer at ReelWorld

 

The production company who create the brand sound of thousands of radio stations around the world including Heart, BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Radio Scotland here in the UK. He oversees all ReelWorld activity in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia as well as working closely with the team in the US on American strategy.

A cheerleader for the radio industry and believer in the power of sound, Ant is curious about where radio is going and new ways in which audio is being used to engage and entertain.

 

Before ReelWorld he was a Regional Programming Director at Bauer Yorkshire, a Bauer station director, and has been PD at Key 103, Rock FM, and Hallam FM. Radio has always been in his blood since he first went on air aged 11 as a presenter on hospital radio in Sheffield. @anthonygay

Jo Bucci

Chief Operating Officer of The Wireless Group

 

Having joined in April 2018 after serving 11 years as Managing Director of The People’s Postcode Lottery.

 

Jo served as Deputy Chief Executive at Leicester City FC in 2006 preparing the Club for its sale.

 In 2005 Jo was involved in the merger between Capital Radio and GWR and become Group Commercial Managing Director of the newly formed company, GCAP Media Plc with 48 national locations.

 

From 2002 to 2005 Jo was Group Commercial Managing Director of Capital Radio PLC responsible for revenues at 12 locations.

Ahmed Hussain

Head of Prison Radio at HMPPS

 

Ahmed is currently the Head of Prison Radio at HMPPS. Having worked at the BBC with Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network for a number of years – Ahmed has also dabbled in TV, working on series 10 of Dragons’ Den.


He was also one of the much coveted ’30 under 30’ winners in 2014, showcasing some of the most exceptional talent in radio.

 

Having immersed himself in the world of radio since the age 14 learning the ropes at a local community station, Ahmed has since setup numerous community projects to help those with a keen interest in radio, music and media into the industry.



Rowan Collinson

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Priya Shah

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Marsha Ramroop

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Grace Hopper

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 Rowan Collinson

Content Programming Manger: Spotify UK

 

Rowan is the podcast programmer for Spotify UK, working as part of a global team to drive innovation around podcast curation and discovery on the platform. 

 Previously he was senior digital producer at BBC Radio 2 and Radio 6 Music, where he oversaw social media and multi-platform music projects for both networks. Prior to joining the BBC, Rowan spent ten years as a producer at Somethin ‘Else, where he made a variety of programmes and podcasts for the BBC and commercial radio, winning a Sony Gold Award for Now Playing @6Music. Rowan loves cats, records and audio and has never ‘pivoted’ to video.

 Priya Shah

Producer, Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Radio 2

 

An award-winning journalist and producer on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show, the UK’s most listened-to news programme.  She has more than 15 years\' experience across World Service, 5 Live, and Radio 4 making and developing innovative news programmes, expanding the BBC\'s use of digital presence since the earliest days of social media.


 Priya is fluent in Spanish and Gujarati, and specialises in global politics. She also produced the critically acclaimed ‘What Makes Us Human?’ series for Radio 2 from its inception.

.

Priya is passionate about developing talent. She is a mentor and qualified trainer, helping young journalists achieve their potential. @priyapas

 Marsha Ramroop

Founder, Unheard Voice Consultancy

 

Founder of Unheard Voice Consultancy an independent Diversity & Inclusion consultancy with Cultural Intelligence (CQ) expertise, as well as BBC Radio Leicester’s Communities Editor.

Marsha has always underpinned her life and 26 years’ work in journalism with an inclusive approach, reaching out to those we don’t normally hear from, listening to them and helping them tell their stories. She’s broadened her reach more recently by starting her business to help those who wish to approach their life and work – whatever the sector – in a more inclusive way. @UnheardVC


 Grace Hopper

Producer at BBC Radio 1

 

Grace currently produces the Life Hacks show and podcast on BBC Radio 1, and has also worked on the Greg James afternoon show, the Scott Mills show and The Official Chart. 

 A 30U30 alumni from 2017, Grace loved the experience and all the people she met along the way. Grace is now a Trustee for The Radio Academy and has been a judge for the Young ARIA\'s, ARIA\'s and now 30U30. @GraceHopper1



Claire Clottey

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Matt Payton

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Chris North

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Nicky Ness

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Claire Clottey

Broadcast Journalist and Communications Consultant

 

Claire Clottey is a dynamic community engagement specialist and award winning broadcast journalist passionate about youth development, social impact, diversity and inclusion and effecting social change.

 Known as a socially and culturally conscious commentator in the world of media and events, Claire continues to produce digital, radio and written content that informs, entertains and inspires mass audiences.

 

Currently the presenter of #TimeToTalk a monthly policy and public affairs show sponsored by Brent Council on The Beat London 103.6FM, Claire was also a regular guest presenter on TalkRADIO and remains a frequent parent contributor on BBC Radio 5 Live #UpAllNight. @claireclottey

Matt Payton

Director of External Affairs, Radiocentre

 

Matt oversees policy, strategy and public affairs functions of Radiocentre, the industry body for commercial radio, providing a collective voice on issues that affect the way that radio stations operate. He works closely with government officials, politicians, policy makers and regulators to secure the best possible environment for the radio. 

He is Vice President of the Association of European Radio and was a Trustee of the Radio Academy for four years until March 2019.  Prior to joining Radiocentre, Matt worked for several membership organisations, trade bodies, in government and in parliament.

CHRIS NORTH

FOUNDER & TALENT MANAGER, NORTH MEDIA TALENT

 

With 19 years experience of Talent Management and artist representation, Chris is the founder of North Media Talent and as Agent and Manager consults on media projects while continuing to discover and coach fresh talent and represent a combination of new and established presenters. 

Prior to this he worked at WiseBuddah for 12 years leaving as its Director of Talent. In a previous life he presented a BAFTA winning documentary for CBBC and while at Uni helped set up DemonFM. He is the founding father and Head Judge of the annual DemoFactor competition at the Student Radio Conference, now in its 11th year. @chrisnorth94

Nicky Ness

Director Forces Broadcasting & Entertainment

British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS)

 

Nicky Ness started her broadcasting career as a radio reporter and then producer, daily Breakfast/Morning Show presenter, programme director and radio station manager and was a well-known voice on the radio in a diverse range of locations including Germany, Gibraltar, Belize and Cyprus.  

 

 

Now with 30 years’ experience and based firmly back in the UK with BFBS, she has a wide ranging brief covering radio & audio, television, live events and cinema portfolios, delivering content focussed services to the UK’s Armed Forces community on a variety of platforms in the UK and overseas. 

Developing a deep understanding of the needs of niche audiences and the content that excites them, Nicky has also driven commissioning approaches to deliver new and innovative content within both broadcast and entertainment landscapes.

 

As a long standing member of the senior management team of parent organisation the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) she has also led digital transformation within her departments, evolving the strategy, skills and approaches of content creators to meet the ever evolving opportunities to connect with audiences.  She was appointed a Fellow of the UK Radio Academy in 2017 and is a regular judge for many broadcast and event award schemes.

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