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5 September 2018

The Reelworld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 Revealed

The Radio Academy and ReelWorld have today (5th September) unveiled this year’s 30 people under the age of 30 who have shown exceptional tenacity, talent and a proven trajectory, to be the industry’s next generation of talent.

This year, six rising stars from Bauer Radio have made the prestigious list:

  • Alexandra Jueno, Assistant Producer – Magic Radio;
  • Hannah Austin, Broadcast Engineer – Bauer Media;
  • Jak Carlin, Account Manager – Radio Forth;
  • Sammy James, Freelance producer and presenter – KISS
  • Lucy Ford, Entertainment Reporter – Ents Hub;
  • Nick Harris, Assistant Producer – Absolute Radio.

Each year the ‘ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30’ celebrates the UK radio and audio industry’s most promising young professionals. Now in its seventh year, the national search, which was created by The Radio Academy and has been supported by ReelWorld for the last five, identifies the most talented and exceptional future stars of radio spanning all areas of the industry.
The Radio Academy ReelWorld 30 Under 30 is open to anyone under 30 working in UK radio and audio, from producers, sales people, journalists, presenters, production assistants and PAs to technicians, commercial producers and support staff.

Making the shortlist is an outstanding achievement and can act as a great career platform for the future.

Ahmed Hussain, Radio Academy Trustee, 30 under 30 judge and a previous 30 under 30 winner, is currently Head of Prison Radio at HMPPS, having worked at BBC with Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network for a number of years. Hussain immersed himself in the world of radio from the age of 14 years, learning the ropes at a local community station and has since set-up numerous community projects to help those with a keen interest in radio, music and the media industry.

Hussain commented: “The quality of candidates this year (like every year) has been exceptional. I still can’t get over the amount of ridiculously talented people working in our industry who are under the age of 30. They all deserved to be recognised which is why it was so hard for all of us judges to whittle it down to the final 30.

“As a previous 30 under 30 winner, I can say from experience that this accolade will most certainly boost winners’ profiles and help them gain recognition in and out of their workplaces. The 30 under 30 list is always eagerly anticipated by the radio industry and beyond. It holds great merit to make this prestigious list in such a competitive field. These are our future legends! Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, I look forward to meeting you all at the ARIAS in October.”

Anthony Gay, Managing Director of ReelWorld added: “Our passion and enthusiasm for radio extends beyond our audio branding and it’s a huge honour to acknowledge all those talented individuals that have made the 30. This year’s judging was both tough and hugely inspirational and I look forward to seeing those on the list continuing to make a ruckus in the audio industry in the coming years.”

Steve Parkinson, Group Managing Director, Bauer Media and Chair of the 30 under 30 judges added: “This year has been another hotly contested 30 under 30, demonstrating that the young, vibrant, new generation are working and shouting loud across our industry, which bodes well for the future of radio and audio sector in the coming years.”

The full list of winners in no particular order: 

Abbie McCarthy



Alex Farrell

Executive Producer


Alexandra Jueno

Assistant Producer

Magic Radio

Anishka Sharma

Radio producer

Whistledown Productions

Ben Sheppard


Global Radio

Cheyne Hewison

Digital Content Producer

Communicorp UK (Capital Scotland, Ca

Cornelius Mendez

Freelance Producer and Writer


Erin-Jane Golding

Marketing Coordinator

BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network

George Butler

Marketing Executive


Hana Walker-brown

Executive Producer

Audible / Freelance

Hannah Austin

Broadcast Engineer

Bauer Media

Harrison Stock


BBC Radio 1

Harvey McCabe

Social Media Producer

BBC Radio 2

Inzy Rashid ( Inzamam)

Broadcast Journalist

BBC Radio Manchester

Jackson Davies

Assistant Producer

BBC Radio 1

Jak Carlin

Account Manager

Radio Forth

Jamie Lee

Content Producer

Capital – Global

Jessica Bumby

Creative Account Manager

Global East Midlands

Juliette Nicholls

Imaging/S&P Producer – The Heart Network/ Heart Extra/ Heart 8


Kathy Green

News Editor

Lincs FM Group

Liam Hadley

Producer, Station Sound

BBC Radio 1

Louis Chadwick


BBC Asian Network

Lucy Ford

Entertainment Reporter

Bauer Media

Matt Willdig

Project Deliver Engineer


Nick Harris

Assistant Producer


Rachel Holmberg

Editor, BBC Music Introducing


Reece Parkinson


BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra

Sammy James

Freelance Producer and Presenter

KISS FM UK (And Others)

Scott Hastie

Music Officer

Student Radio Association

Victoria Ferran

Radio producer

Just Radio Ltd.


For more information, or photographs of the winners please contact Lucy Goodwin on: 0203 189 1951 or email:

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