Meet the ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 Class of 2019

We are delighted to announce there will be an opportunity to meet the ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 Class of 2019, at Drive to Digital 2019.

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 identifies the most talented and exceptional future stars of radio spanning all areas of the industry.

The 30 outstanding individuals who comprise the Class of 2019 will be brought together for the first time at Drive to Digital and their collective achievements will be recognised and celebrated in a special moment within the conference.

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

Anthony Gay, Managing Director of ReelWorld, said:

“We get a huge buzz from celebrating bright young radio and audio talent who are shaping the future of our industry, that’s why it’s an honour for ReelWorld to be supporting the 30 Under 30 initiative for a 6th year. UK radio has changed beyond recognition during those six years but the power of sound to engage audiences only grows stronger. It’s great to see radio talent leading the revolution as more and more people re-connect with audio. Those on 2019’s record breaking 30 under 30 list are at the forefront of that revolution.There’s a thrilling optimism around audio right now and it’s exciting for ReelWorld to play a part in crafting the sound of the UK’s biggest radio brands as well as support the future of our industry.”

Ford Ennals, CEO Digital Radio UK, said: 

"The UK radio and audio landscape is healthy and vibrant but it’s moving fast with fundamental changes in consumer behaviour and new ways of listening. That’s why it’s so important the radio industry recognises the next generation of leaders and that’s exactly what the Radio Academy’s 30 under 30 does. We are looking forward to bringing the 30 under 30 Class of 2019 together and celebrating this unique group on the stage at industry conference Drive to Digital at the British Library on 30 October.”

Full list of winners, in no particular order:

Abi Paterson

Muddy Knees

Abi Smitton

Hits Radio Manchester

Alex Rogers

BBC Radio 1

Anouszka Tate


Ben Cartwright

Audio Always

Chelsea Dickenson

Audio Always

Chris Browning

BBC Radio Berkshire

Danny Mylo

Pulse of West Yorkshire

Danny Parkinson


Darby Dorras

Somethin’ Else

Dave Creasey

Record Them

David Robertson

Radio Clyde

Emma Louise Amanshia

BBC Radio 1 / 1Xtra

Emma Saunders

BBC Sport

Francesca Wells


Jack Pepper

Scala Radio

Jamie Wareham


Kamilla Baiden


Lucy Hickling

BBC Radio 1

Lucy Olivia

BBC Sport / Muddy Knees

Mo Ayoub


Natasha Johansson

BBC Radio 5 Live

Natasha Reid

West FM

Nicole Logan


Patrick Christys

Love Sport Radio

Peter Horspool

Country Hits Radio

Poppy Damon

BBC News

Rianna Croxford

BBC News

Ross Kempsell


Summaya Mughal

BBC Radio Nottingham

Drive to Digital is the annual free conference for the digital radio and audio industry and supply chain, which takes place on Wednesday 30 October 2019 at The British Library.

Event details:
When: Wednesday 30 October. Registration from 12pm. Conference start 1pm
Where: The British Library Knowledge Centre, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
How: Reserve your free place here

The conference will be followed by a drinks reception from 6 - 7.30pm hosted and sponsored by DTS Connected Radio.