30 Under 30


Five University of Hull alumni named in 2021 Hull & Humber Top 30 Under 30

Five of the 2021 Hull & Humber Top 30 Under 30 winners are graduates from the University of Hull.

Now in its fourth year, Hull & Humber Top 30 Under 30s was set up to highlight and recognise rising stars within businesses in the Humber region.

The recipients of the 2021 award were revealed this week, with five of the 30 being alumni from Hull.

This year’s selection sees talent from established employers such MKM, DFDS, KCOM, Associated British Ports, AAK International & Siemens Gamesa alongside a number of smaller organisations

Simon Jones, founder of the Top 30 Under 30, said: “I am delighted to announce this year’s winners and our class of 2021.

“What is extremely clear is that our region’s young people have contributed to the survival, and success, of businesses during the pandemic.

“I am thrilled to be representing a group of professional young people who acted in the best interests of their organisations throughout 2020. The stories we are representing showcase the real value of having talented young people within business.”

The five names on this year’s Top 30 Under 30 list who studied at the University of Hull are:

Emily Proctor – Head of Digital Performance at Green Ginger Digital

Emily has achieved so much in the last 12 months.

She has grown both personally and professionally through what has been a challenging period for many. She has continually invested time and effort in clients, helping them to grow their business and allowing them to flourish throughout some tough trading periods.

Put simply, Green Ginger could not operate without her. As a new business, Emily has made a huge difference to Green Ginger Digital’s growth.

More importantly, a place on the LEAP programme will help Emily with her own personal development.

Matthew Clayphan – Financial Controller at IT @ Spectrum

Matthew has made a real difference since joining IT @ Spectrum.

Responsible for running the finance department, he has helped the business steer through the Covid-19 pandemic and progress the organisation with new system and processes.

He has provided the directors with leadership, giving detailed financial reports, and was key in scenario planning throughout the crisis, always making sure the business had a plan regardless of the scenarios presented.

Matthew has taken the step into management with real ease, showing real leadership qualities and keeping morale high. 

Lucy Henn - Wi-Fi Product Manager at KCOM

Lucy joined KCOM in November 2019, and although relatively new to the business, has performed outstandingly.

Lucy led KCOM Retail’s response to Covid-19, working closely with colleagues across the business to ensure customers could work from home and home school their children without additional worries.

This involved rapid response, mobilisation and collaboration with a number of teams to ensure customers were supported.

In addition, Lucy played an integral part in preparing the business case for recruiting and onboarding graduates as part of a new scheme to provide more career opportunities for people in the region.

Jimmy-Dean Wilde - Domestic Abuse Mens Practitioner at Strength to Change / Hull Domestic Abuse Partnership

Jimmy has been a vital key worker during the pandemic, and his work has made the difference to a vast amount of people during a difficult year.

Domestic abuse has seen an increase through the lockdowns and Covid-19 restrictions, and Jimmy has played a massive part in helping and supporting the victims of this abuse.

Jimmy has developed his skills and knowledge and has a great work rate and determination to support all, working tirelessly both from home and at work to ensure he kept others safe.

Jimmy has had such a positive impact on those he works with in such difficult circumstances.

Elliot Needham – Product Owner at Summit Media

Since joining Summit in 2013, Elliot has grown in stature at Summit to emerge as one of its most trusted and valued leaders.

He is highly respected by his peers, by senior leaders and his direct reports. Elliot's biggest achievement has been with Summit’s Comparison Shopping Services (CSS), which was launched in 2018 and quickly grew in revenue and is one of the company’s most profitable products.

Today, Summit's CSS platform, Productcaster, is the no.1 provider in both the UK & France. Elliot was a key player in the team that quickly responded to the opportunity and set up a new part of the business in months.


In addition to the recognition, the winners each get enrolled onto the highly coveted LEAP Programme.

This programme provides participants with a unique opportunity to further enhance their leadership skills.

They are guided by industry experts in leadership, self-development, and communication to give the winners the awareness, confidence and skills to help progress their careers further, and into the region’s next generation of business leaders.

Find out more on the Hull & Humber Top 30 Under 30 and to see the full 2021 list.

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