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CN30 under Thirty: Class of 2020

The CN30 under Thirty Class of 2020 has been revealed. The intake were inducted during a hybrid event at ODEON Leicester Square, London, 4 November. Half the group were at the Covid-secure event in person, while the other half dialled in remotely.

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Against all the odds, Conference News decided to press ahead with the event in 2020 as we are of the view that it has never been more important to celebrate aspiring talent, especially at a time of so much uncertainty.

Despite the events industry facing the greatest crisis it has ever known, the selected 30 (and many more besides who did not make the cut) have demonstrated creativity, versatility and determination to deliver fantastic events and experiences, in live settings or online.

The event was opened by Felicia Asiedu, manager, Europe Marketing, at Cvent, who offered a rallying cry and praised the Class for their dedication and determination in the face of adversity. 

Reflecting on the Class of 2020, Conference News' marketing and partnerships manager Max Agostini said: "We were not just going to stand idly by and let the current crisis stop what should be a celebration of talent. As an industry we are famously versatile, and we always find creative ways to get things happening, so we knew that's what this year's CN30 under Thirty would expect.

"We received more than 170 entries this year, which just goes to show how much aspiring talent is out there, and if we could have inducted all of them we would have. The 30 who have joined the Class of 2020 are all here because they have led from the front. They are tomorrow's leaders, and I am confident they will embrace this new age."

Editor Martin Fullard, who hosted the event, was keen to stress to the Class of 2020 that they must put themselves forward if they are to drive real change. He said: "The Covid-19 situation has highlighted our flaws as an industry, and we all have a responsibility to address them going forward. What we can't have is people just waiting for someone else to fix things.

"I call on the Class of 2020 to put themselves forward for discussions, columns and even volunteer work with Mash Media and the trade associations. They must throw themselves into the industry, time spent wishing is time wasted, so let us stand up for our industry together. I am sure this year's class will not sit by. It is a very exciting prospect."

The event was supported by Cvent, ODEON, Aniseed Photo, Onward Display, MPI and ABPCO.

More information about the Class of 2020 will be revealed next week.

Photography by Jonathan JT Taylor at Aniseed Photo

More images from the event can be viewed here.

Class of 2020

Amelia Brown


Marketing and Communications Executive


Amy Hewick

Hewick Events

Managing Director


Amy Ford

One Young World

Summit Manager


Emily Hume

Make Events

Event Producer


Erika Osborn

FIRST Agency

Corporate Access Logistics Coordinator


Georgia Cross

Cheerful TwentyFirst

PR and Campaign Manager


Hannah Caldwell

The Creative Engagement

Project Manager


Isabel Toussaint

Strata Creative Communications

Senior Project Manager


Jack Lee

Clive Agency

Senior Account Manager


Jade Clark

Telegraph Media Group

Events Executive


Jessica Bishop

Bray Leino Events

Events Project Manager


Jessica Hebden

AMEX (Banks Sadler)

Project Manager


Joanne Whitsonn

Educational Collaborative of International Schools

Head of Events


Joseph Charlton

Events by Joseph



Josh King


Head of Business Development


Katie Williamson

Ashfield Meetings & Events

Project Manager


Katya Moore

Clarion Gaming

Special Events Manager


Lauren Stanislas

Aspect Communications

Project Coordinator


Matlide Piteira

Facebook (contracted by Career Moves)

Business Education Events Lead

for SSA & DACH


Olivia Unsworth

Venues & Events International

Senior Events Manager


Sophie Bell


Events Manager


Sunny Sethi

Health Careers Live / Explosive Group



Tom Burns

Vlogger Events

Event Director


Callum Clark

Inside Government (part of GovNet)


Emily Stanton



Harriet Gisbourne

KVA Digital


Joshua Green

DMG Events


Ryanne Law

Pico In-Creative (UK) Ltd.


Robert Chain

Freeman | R_C_Squared


Scott Irwin

Investors in People