Media Week 30 under 30 winners receive awards

Women rule the roost in this year's talent search, but the industry still needs to encourage ethnic diversity


The winners of the Media Week 30 under 30 competition gathered in the Trafalgar Hotel to celebrate their achievement and receive their awards.

Women dominate the 2016 Media Week 30 Under 30 as the judges have picked 20 female rising stars and ten males in our annual talent search.

We received 117 applications from some of the smartest thinkers and doers that anyone could hope to find in any industry. So it was hard for the judges to pick this year’s cream of the crop, in partnership with Millennial Rules from MailOnline and Metro.

While we were pleasantly surprised that two-thirds of the winners were women, we were concerned about the lack of ethnic diversity and felt the industry must do more to encourage people from every background.

The judges included four previous Media Week 30 Under 30 winners: Davina Barker, sales director at DCM; Luke Bozeat, joint managing director of MediaCom London; Tom Denford, chief strategy officer of ID Comms; and Amanda Pitt, partner at Grace Blue. All of them said winning the contest had boosted their careers.

The other judges were: Sophie Robinson, creative director of Metro; Jake Parry, commercial director of MailOnline; Gurjit Degun, senior reporter at Campaign; and Gideon Spanier, head of media at Campaign.

Some companies told us they were worried about employees entering the Media Week 30 Under 30 because they might get poached, but it’s a mark of a successful business that it knows how to retain as well as recruit talent.

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