The winners of our Rising Star Awards were recently celebrated at the House of Lords. Hosted by Lord Black of Brentwood, Deputy Chairman of the Telegraph Media Group and the charity’s President Emeritus, the event praised the achievements of the young winners and awarded each with grants of up to £1,500 to boost their professional skills.
This year’s awards received 114 applications and the 52 winners from over 40 companies represent a cross section of the sector from print and publishing to paper, journalism, and graphic arts.
At the event, Lord Black said: “On a truly momentous day in Westminster, it’s so good to be back after three long years and to see that the talent is as bright and shining as ever. Thank you to all who have made these awards such a force in our industry and a beacon for young talent.
“This sector used to be thought of as dominated by men so I’m particularly thrilled that of the 52 winners, 40 are women. That’s a real cause for celebration. The ladies have stolen the show. It’s awards like this and the message they send that will help us keep challenging outdated perceptions, breaking down remaining barriers, and showing how very real our commitment is to equality, diversity, and inclusion.”
“It’s the young people in the room today and those joining our sector doing amazing things that these awards are about.”
Neil Lovell, our Chief Executive, said: “One of the most important things we do in the year is raise awareness of young people in the sector and how vital they are. Our awards are nearly 20 years old but one thing we know from the last few years is you certainly cannot predict the future, but we do know that to thrive you have to adapt.
“Our sector does that and it’s the young people in the room today and those joining our sector doing amazing things that these awards are about. They are a fantastic way of shining a light on current and future talent and it’s important that moving forward we use your voice to encourage others to come into the sector. Without you, the sector will die. The judges were blown away by the enthusiasm and desire to learn and do more.”
He thanked Unite the Union’s Graphical, Paper, Media, and IT Sector for sponsoring the event, The Publishing Training Centre for contributing to the production of the winners’ certificates, which were printed by Dynamic Print, and membership organisations including BPIF, IPIA, and Picon for helping to promote the awards.
This year’s judges who gave their time and shared their expertise with applicants were: Danny Arter, The Bookseller; David Bottomley, Agfa; Kerry Bradbury, Graphic Packaging International; Joanne Butcher, NCTJ; Julia Cole, Trustee; Jem Collins, Journo Resources; Aimee Dewar, BookMachine; Emma Fells, HH Global; Guy Forester, DC Thomson; Susan Graham, FLB Group; Petra Green, Publishing Training Centre; Janet Marshall, Arjowiggins; Andrew Neal, Communisis; Amanda Newman, Tharstern; Brendan Perring, IPIA; Richard Pickard, Telegraph Media Group; Ian Pollock, Mark Andy UK; Jackie Sidebottom-Every, packaging consultant, Glossop Cartons; Laura Summers, BookMachine; Lucy Swanston, Nutshell Creative; and Susan Wright, Earth Island Publishing.
To learn more about our 2022 winners, see all categories below:
- Rising Stars in leadership and management
- Rising Stars developing marketing skills
- Rising Stars in journalism
- Rising Stars developing publishing skills
- Rising Stars developing practical skills