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The rising stars of internal communication celebrated as they were named in IoIC's 'Under 30s for 2014'.


Now in its third year, the Institute's initiative identifies young communicators who are really making a difference in their jobs.

All aged under 30, and drawn from careers as in-house communicators, working for an agency or freelance they were named at a ceremony at London's Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel.

IoIC president Suzanne Peck said: "When we began our search to identify talented internal communicators under 30, to be frank, we didn’t know what to expect. Was the internal communication profession mature enough to ‘cough up’ exceptional people who had the potential to be IC leaders in the future?

"Was it a one year wonder? Would there be enough talent year on year to make the search worthwhile? Well, we have been nicely surprised. This is the third year of our search and the word has truly spread.

"Thirty people each year was a tad ambitious, but each year the entries have come in and we’ve had plenty of people to select from – talented people who really stand out, demonstrating passion and expertise.

"So tonight we are celebrating the third year of a unique group of people who have been judged to be IC’s rising stars.

"We know it is important to identify and support talented practitioners, especially at the early stages of their career. You are the people who will help to shape the future of internal communication, influencing and motivating others."

The gathering then heard from Helen Deverell, a previously recognised '30 Under 30', who shared her experience of being among the chosen few.

Suzanne then added that the new batch of 'talented IC stars' would be joining a developing ‘30’ programme for 2015.

She said: "We asked past winners how IoIC could best support them and the ideas we are following up include setting up an alumni programme for networking, giving you a section on the IoIC website so everyone can see who you are, support for regular events, and asking you to be part of shaping IoIC’s events and strategy.

"We want you to stay involved and be involved! In the meantime, you should be proud of making this year’s list and to be celebrated here tonight. We’re proud of you and delighted that we can celebrate your achievements with you."

One of the new '30' cohort, Sarah Roberts (pictured top with Robert Swaine), who works for the NHS, said: "It's great to be in a room with people who are as passionate as I am about communication", while Robert Swaine, of Tullow Oil, added: "It's a brilliant achievement for everyone here and it's really great to be acknowledged as an industry professional."

Eugiena Pratley, of the Post Office, said: "My background is in PR and I've only been in internal comms for about 18 months so it's great to be able to meet all these people and set up a network of people to seek advice and inspiration."

Maddie Marchment (pictured above), of Soldier magazine, said: "It's great to be recognised and hopefully, by being in touch with all these new people, we can all get new ideas."


The 'Under 30s for 2014' - along with a comment on their entry from the judges, are:


Alex Archer-Todde (Limehouse TV)
"Alex is clearly hard working, good at communicating with clients. The testimonials were impressive."

Amie Mowlam-Tett (AB Publishing)
"Amie has clear thinking and determination to make her designs work with the content. She is enthusiastic and ambitious, clearly making a difference to her clients."

Baxter Willis (WM360)
"Baxter’s business partner approach, built on his experience with Capgemini is a far-sighted approach to internal communication."

Eloise Hindes (AB Publishing)
"Eloise has used her enthusiasm for internal communication to take her into interesting territory: measurement and laying the foundations for two-way dialogue between organisation and individual. Her inquiring approach and the ability to influence organisations is impressive."

Emily New (44 Communications)
"Emily shows a breadth of experience and has some great testimonials from clients. She has shown talent as demonstrated by winning awards."

Eugiena Pratley, pictured right (Post Office)
"She has shown flexibility in adapting her communications skills. She has led on major projects while maintaining the relationship between the Post Office and its target audiences."

Hannah Lyons (United Utilities)
"Hannah embodies the business partner approach to internal communication and has demonstrated her abilities with the success of the campaigns that she has led."

Jade Eva (InterContinental Hotels Group)
"Jade has moved on with panache from a sound platform of strong writing skills. In a short time, she has made an impressive list of achievements and deserves to go far."

Kirsty Paignton (NATS)
"Kirsty has the independence of spirit and initiative that will take her a long way in internal communications. She has clearly demonstrated her capabilities in delivering on events and projects."

Liz Fisher (Buckinghamshire County Council)
"Liz is enthusiastic and has the creativity to bring communications channels to life. She has a high level of understanding about measurement and demonstrates this to good effect."

Louise Nicol (Shell)
"Louise already has many achievements already in her career and is clearly capable and professional."

Maddie Marchment (Soldier magazine)
"Maddie’s hope that she will 'continue to innovate, inspire and motivate' her audience is inspiring, as is the quality of her work, where the design and content work well together. It’s a tribute to her abilities that she is working on a publication with as high a reputation as Soldier magazine."

Luke Murdoch (Barclaycard)
"Luke demonstrates ability and business acumen, having been promoted three times within his current organisation."

Nicola Smith (Fifth Business)
"Nicola’s strong belief and striving for self-development and improvement are impressive. As can be seen from the testimonials, her work is appreciated by senior management. Her belief in the purpose of communication is very encouraging."

Robert Swaine (Tullow Oil)
"Robert’s example of his ability is engaging for its non-technical target audience and the feedback he has gained is impressive. If this is typical of his approach to internal communication, he has talent in depth."

Sarah Roberts (NHS)
"Sarah has introduced a powerful way of reporting on performance that has been appreciated by staff and management. Not only did she gain promotion, she has progressed to running larger and larger campaigns."

Sophie Grant (theblueballroom)
"Sophie’s writing skills are impressive. She has shown her enthusiasm in her work for a wide range of clients. I love her enthusiasm for turning information into effective communication."

You can view the entry videos of all the selected '30 for 2014' cohort here
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