Cornwall 30 Under 30
Class of 2017

Aurelie Nollet

Aurelie Nollet Cornwall Marine Network


French national Aurelie Nollet first arrived in Cornwall in 2013, working at the Council as Cornwall’s Finistere cooperation officer. Cornwall Marine Network (CMN) was so impressed by her approach, however, that a year after she had returned to France, it lured her back to the Duchy as senior project executive. And in the 18 months she has been at CMN, Nollet has driven forward a range of new transnational activities; from accompanying marine engineering students in Brittany and organising work placements in French shipyards through to overseeing the training of EU organisations on CMN’s model of skills brokerage and sourcing new business opportunities.

Sam Shrimpton

Sam Shrimpton Wild West Comms


“A rising star in the digital PR industry”, Sam Shrimpton has an incredible breadth of experience having previously worked for BBC Top Gear, Red Bull Media House and creative agencies in varying roles as a producer, campaign strategist, media buyer and journalist. He obtained a BA Hons degree from Falmouth University in press and editorial photography, learning the art of storytelling in many formats, further receiving the coveted Falmouth University Multimedia Award in his final year. This year, four campaigns he worked on at Wild West Comms have won awards with the PRCA and CIPR.

Adam Sara

Adam Sara Currie Brown


Adam Sara helped project manage the new extension and refurbishment of the Tate St Ives and is helping to project manage the new refurbishment works to the Hall for Cornwall. He also had a key leadership role with the new rail terminal depot in Penzance. Sara displays commendable dedication and commitment to seeing through the works with some of Cornwall’s most prestigious landmarks and clients.

Alex Reed

Alex Reed RRL


An accountant beyond his years. Alex Reed passed his chartered accountancy exams aged just 24 and became one of the youngest chartered tax advisers in the county at 26. Possessing “excellent communication skills”, Reed manages a significant number of diverse clients’ tax affairs on a daily basis, including heavy involvement with advising on complex and specialist tax treatments and reliefs. Said to be a credit to Truro-based accountancy firm RRL, Reed has made a “fantastic start” to his career and is certainly one to watch over the coming years.

Antoine Russegger

Antoine Russegger Hiventi


Antoine Russegger has studied and worked all over the world. Following his recent experiences as a student at the University of Falmouth’s Penryn campus, when he struggled to find affordable “decent” food, he identified a gap in the market for good quality, fresh, locally produced, healthy meals delivered to the door. Hiventi was launched in time for freshers’ week 2017. Hiventi has a social enterprise focus to work towards helping students reduce student debt. They are exploring ways of creating a fund that will support those adversely affected by student debt.

Jacob Down

Jacob Down Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole


“An exceptionally talented” artist, designer and architect from St Ives, Jacob Down studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, before returning to Cornwall to complete his training and qualifying as a RIBA chartered architect in 2015. He has taken a key role within PBWC Architects, working with other members of the practice in how the business should adopt new technology such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and CGI rendering, tools that are shaping the productivity and quality of the construction industry across the UK. As an artist, Down has explored how these technological tools can be best utilised for creative thinking, which has resulted in a number of installations, exhibitions and articles in international design publications.

Hayley Stanton

Hayley Stanton Quiet Connections


“A good listener, a great communicator and very compassionate towards the people she deals with”. All ideal facets for Hayley Stanton to have as the founder and life coach of social enterprise, Quiet Connections, which is all about growing confidence in people who are shy, socially anxious or feel they are not good enough, so they can live a happier life. She is also non-executive director for New Day Knitwear, a mental health social enterprise.

Hayley Robins

Hayley Robins Hive Business


As an integral part of Hive Business, Hayley Robins manages the accountancy division and achieved her chartered qualifications simultaneously. Since then, she has helped recruit numerous team members and encouraged their career development. As a valued member of the senior management team, Robins was invited to become a board member aged just 25. She encourages all employees to develop their careers at Hive and is keen to train and support all new accountants.

Gracie Sodzi

Gracie Sodzi Graciefullymade CIC


Gracie Sodzie set up her community interest company (CIC) in 2015 aged 18, having been inspired by her friends’ difficulties as well as her own challenges with mental health. She runs mental health workshops covering topics such as stress, challenging negative thoughts and self-esteem and has set up a social prescribing scheme for students. While Sodzie continues to battle mental illness, she uses these struggles to form a real passion to help others.

Dan Fine

Dan Fine Hive Business


Dan Fine comes from a sales and marketing background which led him to start his own telecoms business in 2010. Through this experience, he developed a much broader interest in business as a whole, with a particular focus on leadership and business model innovation. Three years ago he joined the team setting up Hive Business, a professional services company for dentists and within 18 months was promoted to the board of directors. Last year he launched the management consultancy division of Hive which has generated £200k+ of additional revenues and continues to grow rapidly.

Claire Southgate

Claire Southgate Southgate Accountancy


Claire Southgate founded her business in December 2016 when she decided to start bookkeeping for a few businesses while on maternity leave. From there it took off and over the past year Southgate has worked hard to cultivate the right kind of atmosphere and culture for her business. Her attention to detail is second to none with clients calling her “a breath of fresh air”, especially when it comes to handling complicated finance issues and helping others to run their business more efficiently.

Zoe Prosser

Zoe Prosser Eight Wire


When Falmouth agency Eight Wire was looking to appoint a studio manager last April, Zoe Prosser was something of a wild card applicant, possessing little direct experience with no marketing or design background. However, her enthusiastic and passionate manner persuaded Eight Wire to give her the job and what a good decision it has proved, going the extra mile for clients and forming a perfect conduit between them and the studio.

Caitie Hall

Caitie Hall Buttermilk Confections


Caitie Hall joined Buttermilk at a time when significant investment had been made into brand and product development, but sales opportunities were still being developed. Despite these challenging conditions, she enthusiastically embraced the brand and displayed an unerring commitment to the strategic plan. Over the past year, Hall has worked closely with existing and new customers to understand their market and support/service needs and has developed a number of good partnerships achieving positive results and good growth.

Tyler Pedley

Tyler Pedley Bluefruit Software


Since joining Bluefruit in September 2015 as an apprentice, Tyler Pedley has quickly worked his way up in the company to an experienced developer. Outside of work he also runs his own online classes, teaching software development to over 250 students from countries across the world. He also recently created a new product that assists forex (foreign exchange) traders and is currently turning it into an automated trading tool. Pedley is in discussion with a big multi-million-pound forex broker from London about buying or licensing it.

Tom & Sam Hanson

Tom & Sam Hanson The Liquor Cellar / Beer and Bird


The two ambitious brothers are responsible for running one of St Ives’ oldest businesses, and one of its newest. Johns Wine and Spirits off-licence has been in the family since 1894 and is famed in the area for offering a huge range of quality drinks, many of which are produced locally. The pair recently expanded this online with The Liquor Cellar. And then last year they opened Cornwall’s first gourmet fried chicken restaurant and craft beer bar – Beer and Bird – where Sam is head chef and met with instant success.

Tassy Swallow

Tassy Swallow SurfHouse St Ives


As a professional surfer, 23-year old Tassy Swallow travels the world. However, when at home in St Ives she teaches surfing to the SurfRatz, a group set up to help young girls gain confidence in and out of the water. She has worked hard to convert a derelict old storehouse on The Island, leased from Cornwall Council, combining her own and her family’s fundraising efforts with successful Crowdfunding. She started SurfHouse St Ives as a base for her surf school and a venue for workshops and events related to the sea. Future plans include foraging days, beach photography workshops, beach school classes, mindfulness, meditation workshops and yoga classes.

Shawn Brown

Shawn Brown Kids Invent Stuff


Shawn Brown is a freelance engineer and technologist and was part of the team which designed and built the Man Engine. Brown, who was named UK Young Engineer of the Year 2010, is also the joint creator of Kids Invent Stuff, a YouTube site which invites invention ideas from 5-11 year olds, which they then build (and film). They have developed a growing online following of young people, with thousands of invention ideas submitted to date and over 200,000 minutes of content watched globally.

Sean McNeill

Sean McNeill 4C Architecture


Sean McNeil is MD of Penzance- based 4C Architecture, a manufacturer of roof structures “to save the world”. McNeil has designed a number of building products designed to save time, money, be easier and safer to construct and with the ability to be self-sufficient. He claims it will soon be possible to build a home with enough renewable energy to require no connection to the National Grid; while charging your electric car as well. And all being manufactured in Cornwall.

Natasha Price

Natasha Price Engine House VFX


While Cornwall is not seen as a traditional base to break into the film industry, it certainly has not hindered Natasha Price’s fledgling career. Her stellar directorial work on The Ship, an animated short produced for Channel 4’s short film strand, Random Acts, was showcased as an ‘official selection’ in numerous British and International Film Festivals, and subsequently won multiple awards. In addition to this, Price also handles marketing and business development for Engine House VFX, where she has helped the business grow by more than 25% through securing contracts with household-name brands, such as Coca-Cola, TfL (Transport for London), Penguin Books, and author Stephen King.

Katie Sandow

Katie Sandow Fifteen Cornwall


Katie Sandow introduced a renewed strategic approach to Fifteen’s marketing. She transformed Fifteen's marketing team making it more creative, more sales focused and customer-centred. She is credited with a “bold can-do no-nonsense approach” which has made a “massive difference” to the company over the last year. Her maturity and insight are an asset to the management team where she doesn’t shy from hard truths. She has championed the customer relentlessly and brought a long view to marketing planning and rebuilt the marketing team at a challenging time for the business, where she has shown an aptitude for picking and developing talent and has unlocked some real creativity.

Katherine George

Katherine George Oh So Social


Since launching Oh So Social, one of Cornwall’s first social media agencies in 2014, Katherine George has led the way for digital marketing in Cornwall. After recognising a need for her level of social media knowledge in Cornwall, she has grown Oh So Social from its humble beginnings as a one-woman band working from a spare room to a team of four social media experts, working for clients across the world. She has worked on a number of high-profile initiatives, including The Man Engine project.

Joanna Godolphin

Joanna Godolphin Ward Williams Associates


One of Ward Williams Associates shining lights, surveyor Joanna Godolphin has rapidly become a key member of the WWA team and will undoubtedly be instrumental in the future success of the business. Since joining the company, Godolphin has completed her master’s degree in surveying, receiving a distinction and is working towards professional chartership, with the goal of becoming a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors by the end of the year. She is currently leading the delivery of a number of significant projects across the county, including the renovation of a large manor house and a new boutique hotel.

Jamie Voller

Jamie Voller The Cornish Tent Co


Since starting The Cornish Tent Co two years ago, Jamie Voller has grown the event and marquee hire company into a £200k business, with further growth predicted this year. Voller certainly did his research when starting out, visiting the Tipi manufacturer in Sweden where he learnt to sew and make tents. During this visit, he also went to the edge of the Arctic Circle where he learned about spruce and other arctic timber which is ideal for tent hardware and manufacturing. To furnish the marquees, Voller’s team also make all their own furniture, upcycled from old scaffolding boards.

James Sculthorp-Wright

James Sculthorp-Wright Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management


James Sculthorp-Wright, 24, is a true financial high flyer. He graduated in the top 0.1% of undergraduate business students worldwide and progressed to be one of the Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management’s (AFWM) top advisers very quickly after graduation, with prospects to be one of the most highly-qualified financial advisers in the UK. In 2015 he was honoured to be invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma, recognising academic excellence of business students who studied in the world’s best business schools, accredited by the Association of Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business.

Warwick Royden

Warwick Royden Skylight Cinema


Despite having little experience of cinema when he took over the running of Skylight Mobile Outdoor Cinema two years ago, what 23-year old Warwick Royden did possess was an unshakable belief that he could make the business work. And he has certainly been proved right, growing the company from 50 events to 250 and making it one of the largest outdoor cinema equipment providers in the UK. Last year, Skylight was nominated for Most Innovative Business in Entertainment and Adventure in the UK.

Ryan Came-Johnson

Ryan Came-Johnson The Cornish Lamb Co


Four years ago innovative young farmer Ryan Came-Johnson spotted a gap in the local market for Cornish grass-fed lamb, marketing the product based on its flavour and health benefits. Since then the breeding ewe flock has grown from five to 330, with all the lamb born and reared on the farm near Helston. He actively embraces science and technology to maximise the flock’s productivity and profitability. His business, The Cornish Lamb Co, now not only supplies home produced lamb to top local chefs but has an expanding lamb box by post service to customers across the country.

Zac Jones

Zac Jones Bespoke Handling Equipment Ltd


Since joining the family company full time two years ago as business improvement manager, Zac Jones has worked tirelessly upgrading and refining processes bringing the manufacturer to the forefront of its industry. He has overseen the rewriting of the company website, the development of a new marketing plan and taken over production planning and accountability, working towards ISO9001(2015) accreditation. Also proficient in sales, Jones has also been involved with developing the company’s European distributor network.

Lucy Rafferty

Lucy Rafferty TRAC Services


While Lucy Rafferty has only been with regulatory affairs company, TRAC Services, for less than two years, she is already making complex and important decisions on strategic projects. Demonstrating “project management skills of someone with many more years’ experience behind them”, Rafferty has worked on a number of multi-national projects with ease and impressed her more experienced colleagues with the knowledge and dexterity she brings to the table.

Giel Spierings

Giel Spierings Cornish Gouda Co


Dairy farming is notoriously tough, there’s not much margin in milk. So when 18-year old Giel Spierings returned home from college one day to see the ‘for sale’ sign outside the family farm, the writing appeared to be on the wall. However, it sparked the innovative young farmer into action by diversifying the farm into cheese production with the Cornish Gouda Co, buying the family farm’s milk at a sustainable price. The ‘for sale’ sign has long disappeared and Cornish Gouda was named Best Hard Cheese at the Great British Cheese Awards 2016.