The UK's top 50 digital women under 30 - numbers 40 to 32 revealed including Apple, Huffington Post and Maxus

By Ishbel Macleod | PR and social media consultant

Navigate Digital


50 under 30 article

August 15, 2014 | 7 min read

The Drum's 50 under 30 – a platform celebrating and highlighting young women making waves in the digital sector – will be revealed over the next few days.

The Drum's 30 under 30 list has become a widely recognised platform over the last few years, celebrating the talented young women blazing a trail in the digital industry, from team leaders to those who have started their own companies.

However, this year we received a record number of nominations, many of an extremely high quality and accompanied by glowing recommendations. Even after a round of public voting we still couldn’t whittle the list down to just 30 – showing that although women are still under-represented in the digital sector, there is now hope.

To celebrate this, The Drum 30 under 30 has become the 50 under 30.

Having revealed numbers 50-41 on Thursday (14 August) we now continue our countdown, with the top 10 women to be revealed on Wednesday 20 August, when the feature is published in the print issue of The Drum.

Today, we take a look at numbers 32-40 on the list, catching up with individuals from the Huffington Post, Apple and TubeMogul to learn more about them and their stories.

40: Jess Morgan, senior digital account manager, CleverCherry

Describe your current role in one sentence.

It’s like juggling several different sized, ever changing objects at the same time... whilst riding a unicycle... blindfolded.

What do you hope to achieve in the next 10 years?

I would like to be happy and in a job I love, which would involve working with great clients and colleagues while developing my knowledge and stretching myself as far as I can go.

39: Jessica Elgot, assistant news editor, the Huffington Post UK

Who inspires you?

Jon Ronson’s beautiful writing, Marie Colvin’s bravery, James Risen’s scoops, Ezra Klein and Vox’s digital innovation, Gawker and Vice pushing boundaries, Arianna Huffington for being a great boss.

What do you hope to achieve in the next 10 years?

If breaking news becomes all-but-redundant because of social media, quality analysis and offbeat storytelling is going to be the industry’s bread-and-butter. So I’d like to be leading a crack team of smart commentators and gonzo reporters, who go deeper into the issues than the technology and tweeters can, not only because of their own expertise but because of their digital and multimedia know-how. And I’d like to finish my novel.

38: Sheema Siddiqi, senior digital manager, Modest Management

Describe your current role in one sentence.

Managing and monitoring online platforms for global acts such as One Direction and Little Mix and implementing digital strategy.

What is your biggest professional achievement so far?

My biggest personal achievements would be working on the One Direction movie and also working on the campaign that resulted in Little Mix's sophomore album debuting at number six on the Billboard charts.

37: Sabah Choudhry, director of international sales, TubeMogul

Describe your current role in one sentence.

Working directly with agencies and brands to efficiently deliver multi-screen video campaigns.

What do you hope to achieve in the next 10 years?

I’d like to use the next 10 years to see more of the world, both in a personal and professional capacity. I want to be instrumental in driving media towards being a more efficient and innovative industry. The exciting part of my job is working directly with brands and agencies to develop their programmatic strategies, and I hope to be doing a whole lot more of this in the future.

36: Victoria Rowlands, senior sales, AOL and Huffington Post

Describe your current role in one sentence.

Creatively selling a premium portfolio of AOL owned sites across multiple digital platforms to achieve agency and brands KPIs.

How would you like your colleagues to describe you?

Someone who looks out for my team and is always there for them professionally and personally.

=34: Sharan Cheema, client services director, Navigate Digital

Who inspires you?

John Kimbell and Matt D’Alton, joint managing partners at Navigate. I have learnt a huge amount from them and nearly five years later I am still constantly learning from them both.

What do you hope to achieve in the next 10 years?

Professionally, to have made a bigger impact at Navigate and to successfully extend our global footprint in terms of both physical expansion and clients. Personally, to still be continuing with yoga which I started practicing at the start of the year. The Standing Head To Knee pose is the posture I struggle with most, so mastering this would be a personal triumph.

=34: Emily Barnard, biddable account director, Maxus

What do you hope to achieve in the next 10 years?

Digital marketing has evolved so much over the past few years, so I hope to continue learning and adapting to the changes. Continuing in digital marketing, I would like to further my expertise in financial marketing over the next 10 years.

Describe your career so far in five words.

Live fast; sleep much later.

33: Tiffany Maddox, word bird, Rubber Republic

What is your biggest professional achievement so far?

Either sneaking the words ‘episiotomy stitches’ into a film for Fiat, or winning a Golden Lion at Cannes for our Bodyform film.

How would you like your colleagues to describe you?

As two parts internet and one part Disney villain.

32: Becky Messere, business development manager, Apple

Becky Messere joined Apple as business development manager this year from Mindshare. During her six years at Mindshare, where her most recent role was digital content planner, Messere worked on clients such as Lynx, planning digital and mobile activity.

She was the youngest member on the Future Leaders Programme, which provided training and board- level mentoring, and has been described by peers as “outstanding,” “well beyond her 27 years” and “loved by media owners and clients alike”.

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