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PPA Next Gen Award winners announced

Formerly known as PPA’s 30 under 30, these awards celebrate inspiring and upcoming talent in UK specialist interest media.

PPA Next Gen Award winners announced
Sajeeda Merali, CEO, PPA said: “There’s so much aspiring and diverse talent in UK specialist media across both consumer and business media."

The PPA has announced its 30 Next Gen Award winners who have been recognised for their excellence and contribution to the specialist media industry.

Formerly known as the PPA’s 30 under 30, the awards have been rebranded to align with the PPA’s Next Gen programme. As an organisation, the PPA says it is looking to champion upcoming industry talent and encourage more inclusivity of younger voices across the sector. Its first initiative was the launch of its Next Gen Board in March this year.

The PPA says the Next Gen Awards exist to champion 30 of the most exciting rising stars in UK specialist media. From dynamic data analysts, event experts and driven sales teams; to marketing and insight stars, engaging writers, boundary-pushing people teams, and finance wizards these awards celebrate the individuals in the industry whose achievements and skills are shaping the future of the sector.

The winners will be celebrated at an exclusive awards event on Thursday 12th October at the Mondrian Hotel, Shoreditch, where their achievements will be recognised and they can network with other winners and industry leaders, says the organisation.

Sajeeda Merali, CEO, PPA said: “There’s so much aspiring and diverse talent in UK specialist media across both consumer and business media. As the industry accelerates and evolves, it’s important for us to recognise and nurture the people that represent the future of our industry. It’s great to see winners from data, marketing, events and programmatic teams as well as creative, writers and content producers.”

The PPA have announced the 2023 – Next Gen Awards winners as follows:

Melissa Epifano, editor in chief, Real Homes, Future

Meena Alexander, features director, The Stylist Group

Jake Wilson, deputy editor, BBC Match of the Day Magazine, Immediate Media

Grace Duncan, senior fresh foods reporter, William Reed

Eleanor Weaver, deputy commercial content editor, Bauer

Jess Hacker, senior reporter, Pulse and Healthcare Leader, Cogora

Dora Wells, scientific content creator, Select Science

Daniel Gayne, reporter, Building Magazine, Assemble Media Group

Isabella McRae, reporter, The Big Issue

James Baxter-Derrington, editor, Investment Week, Incisive Media

Lucy Morgan, purpose/deputy website editor, Glamour, Condé Nast

Costanza Potter, news editor, Chemist+Druggist, Citeline (Norstella)

Sean Boyle, editor, MA Healthcare, Mark Allen Group

Kathryn Wheeler, features editor, Happiful

Savannah Parkinson, client director, The Stylist Group

Emily Farquhar, affiliate business development manager, Bauer

Katie Austin, head of programmatic UK, Future

Parveen Bhambra, senior direct marketing executive, Immediate Media

Hollie Wong, senior social media manager, Gay Times

Sohaib Anjum, marketing executive, Motor Sport Magazine

Jenk Oz, founder & CEO, Thred Media

Kelly-Anne Taylor, podcast editor, The Radio Times Podcast, Immediate Media

Yingyu Sung, data analyst, Immediate Media

Hayley Nicholson, event content manager for financial services, Incisive Media

Chrissie Moncrieffe, creative producer, social media, Condé Nast, Glamour

Tara Blackburn, environmental sustainability manager, Hearst

Grace Leaper, publisher account manager, NLA Media Access

Victoria Hart, communities manager, Mark Allen Group

Ellie Harries, marketing manager, Incisive Media

Rebecca Taylor, commercial content manager, William Reed

Students of the Year:

Dani Clarke, MA Magazine Journalism, University of London

Georgia Rhodes, BA Fashion Marketing- specialising in Writing, Leeds Beckett University

The Judges:

Claire Smith, editor, emap

Alex Zeevalkink, director of digital publishing, The Drum

Arianna Chatzidakis, creative content director, HELLO!

Mario Laama, director of revenue operations, Immediate media

Amelia Tilney, director, Media Sales, Shutterstock

Zosia Kmietowicz, news editor, The BMJ

Elliott Webb, art director, BBC

Mark Hickling, art director, What on Earth

Simone Broadhurst, group event director, Emap

Cameron Sharpe, head of insight, Think

Chloe McCulloch, editorial director, Assemble Media Group

Maria Pieri, editorial director, APL Media

Pippa Jacks, editorial director, TTG

Donna Murphy, deputy managing director, Haymarket

Sally Fitzgerald, deputy managing director, Anthem

Amer Safir, chief editor, The Review of Religions

Sarah Perks, managing director publishing, Autovia

Tracy Larner, head of subscriptions, William Reed

Tony Hill, marketing & events director, Mark Allen Group

James Bennett, head of rightsholder relations, CLA

Wayne Mensah, creative solutions, Time Out

Faye Turner, head of commercial strategy and insight, Hearst UK

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