Cornwall 30 Under 30
Class of 2016

Lyssa-Fee Crump

Lyssa-Fee Crump Headforwards


Marketing expert Lyssa-Fee Crump made a major contribution to Headforwards; a software business based in Poole, being named Cornish Business of the Year at the 2016 Hub Awards. Crump also sits on the committee of not-for-profit organisation, Software Cornwall, and serves as a Young Enterprise business adviser and a STEM ambassador.

Elizabeth Lehan

Elizabeth Lehan The Point at Polzeath


When Libby Lehan was appointed golf manager at The Point at Polzeath back in January 2014, it was ranked in the bottom five golf courses in Cornwall. Since her arrival, Libby has helped transform the resort’s course into one of the most talked about in Cornwall. It is one of Cornwall's top six golf courses, with membership up from 75 to more than 300, bucking industry trends.

Lee Williams

Lee Williams Colas


Lee Williams has has been operations manager at the Penryn-based Carnsew Quarry facility since 2014 and has a number of key achievements of which he is rightly proud. He has established the Colas-operated Carnsew Quarry as Cornwall’s most strategic mineral reserve, developing it into being a major producer of crushed Carnmenellis granite aggregates; used in building and maintaining Cornwall’s road infrastructure. Other products are sold throughout the UK and Europe.

Katie Sandow

Katie Sandow Freelance Marketer


Marketing professional, Katie Sandow, has worked with a number of high profile businesses and organisations, including SWIG, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Fifteen. Desribed as having a “wise and thoughtful head on young shoulders,” she has now set up her own VC business with two experienced serial investors.

Kat George

Kat George Oh So Social


Kat was named Young Business Person of the Year at the Cornwall Business Awards last year. Her and her team at Oh So Social, a social media digital marketing business, are steadily building themselves an enviable reputation. She played a pivotal role in the hugely successful Man Engine campaign.

Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor Hunter Grange Investments


Josh spends much of his time inspiring local people to set up their own micro businesses, providing training workshops and social franchise business opportunities to share experience and resources. He successfully launched his own venture, achieved international publicity as an inspiring young entrepreneur and now regularly writes for Huffington Post and other major online news sites. He also raised a community investment fund to buy a local village shop which was in danger of closing down.

James Chapman

James Chapman Chapman Machinery


James founded Chapman Machinery in 2010, designing and manufacturing quality equipment for agricultural, equestrian and horticultural sectors. All the products are manufactured in Cornwall but have been exported worldwide as far afield as China and Australia. James is committed to developing his business here in Cornwall, yet with his sights for growth and export set on a worldwide scale.

Jackie Oddy

Jackie Oddy PKF Francis Clark


Jackie Oddy joined Francis Clark straight from school in 2009 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant six years later. Jackie came top out of nearly 1,700 students when taking her tax exam - a terrific accolade. She often attends careers events at schools and colleges to highlight the opportunities available to the next generation.

Hannah Scoones

Hannah Scoones Band it


Hannah Scoones has developed and launched a range of products supporting those with visual impairment. ‘Band-its’ are tactile, brightly-coloured bands that were developed alongside people who are visually impaired, to make it easier to identify different products in the home through touch and sight. Hannah has shown huge perseverance in bringing her product to market and last year successfully raised more than £5k through a crowdfunding campaign.

Grant Batty & Rich Stevens

Grant Batty & Rich Stevens PixelRain


Both PixelRain Directors have made it onto the inaugural 30 under 30 list. Grant Batty and Rich Stephens founded the video production company in 2012, while studying at Falmouth University. Within five years the company has gone from strength to strength, picking up a number of high profile clients such as The Savoy Hotel, Lucknam Park, Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall.

Fleur Jon

Fleur Jon Finisterre


Fleur Jon Joined St Agnes-based outdoor clothing company, Finisterre, in October 2014 as a retail assistant and made an instant impact. She was swiftly promoted to visual merchandiser, responsible for the company’s five stores, including Covent Garden. Last May Fleur was given responsibility to project manage the opening of the flagship Bristol store. She is also Finisterre’s ‘cultural lead’ responsible for organising its annual team away days.

Garry Barter

Garry Barter Hertzian


Garry Barter is the CEO of software business Hertzian, which he helped launch in September 2015 after successfully taking part in Falmouth University’s Launchpad programme. He has helped Hertzian launch successful products inside the games, film and eHealth industries, while also guiding the company through seed investment from a top London venture firm.

Daniel Rodia

Daniel Rodia Total Energy Solutions


Within 12 months of relocating to Cornwall and joining family business Total Energy Solutions, Daniel Rodia had taken over all finance and IT operations, dramatically increasing the efficiency of the entire business. He has helped establish direct relationships with utility companies, leading to a 20% increase in revenue, completed a rebrand of business and played a key role in redeveloping the website and establishing a social media presence.

Thomas Brown

Thomas Brown Burning Arrow


Thomas Brown is Director and co-founder of Burning Arrow, a new video games studio located in Falmouth. He graduated from the University of the West of England with a first class honours degree in games technology before receiving a masters with distinction in business entrepreneurship from Falmouth University. The Burning Arrow game itself is on track to become one of a very few games that reach global audiences from within Cornwall.

Jolyon Ferrier & Tom Pugh-Jones

Jolyon Ferrier & Tom Pugh-Jones Progress People


Co-founders of Progress People, Jolyon Ferrier and Tom Pugh Jones deliver a recruitment consultancy service to some of Cornwall’s leading brands (Seasalt, Finisterre, Origin Cofffee, Frugi etc), from junior to senior level. In the space of a year, the duo have created a brand and profitable business consultancy from the ground-up, with no outside investment.

Tarquin Leadbetter

Tarquin Leadbetter Southwestern Distillery


Tarquin Leadbetter is founder of Southwestern Distillery, the creator of Tarquin’s Gin and Cornish Pastis. The distillery is on track to become one of Cornwall’s largest drink producers. Since starting the company nearly four years ago aged 24, Leadbetter has grown the north Cornwall company rapidly, employing ten staff, turnover moving past the £1 million mark, winning international awards and exporting to more than ten countries.

Tamsin Mulcahy

Tamsin Mulcahy Turn to Starboard


Tamsin Mulcahy is second-in-command at Falmouth-based sailing charity, Turn to Starboard, where she has managed over 750 sailing opportunities for military veterans and service families since 2012. Mulcahy takes care of the charity’s core business of sail training and adventures and has a key role in managing relationships with major funders.

Sarah Leverton

Sarah Leverton Fastnet Marketing


Sarah Leverton established her own web design and marketing agency in 2010 at the tender age of 22. Her business is one of the few web design agencies in the country specialising in the marine sector. Clients include yacht builders and brokers and major yachting events, such as the Azores and Back Race 2019 and the Falmouth Classics 2017.

Sam Rule

Sam Rule Univeristy of Exeter Business School


Sam Rule is employability adviser for the University of Exeter Business School in Cornwall, where she encourages and motivates undergraduates to engage in work placements with the local community and businesses. By the end 2016, Rule had mentored and nurtured 87 Year one students from 27 different countries with around 50 different businesses, such as Eden Project, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Falmouth Harbour Commissioners.

Rosie Bradbury

Rosie Bradbury SBPR / We are Group


Since joining PR and marketing agency, SBPR, Rosie Bradbury has played a major role in the creation of sister company, We are Group. The We are Cornwall website was launched in March 2015 after raising £15k on Crowdfunder and is currently seeing a 345% increase in visitor traffic compared to 12 months ago, with a membership of more than 100 local businesses.

Melissa Reid

Melissa Reid Paralympian / Paratriathlete


International paratriathlete Melissa Reid won bronze at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio in the women’s PT5 category. She is a successful para triathlete who has represented her country for five years. Visually impaired, she is an inspiration and shows that you can achieve anything with hard work and dedication.

Benjamin Milby

Benjamin Milby The Rick Stein Group


The Rick Stein Group believes Benjamin Milby is destined to achieve great things. Indeed, it promoted him to recruitment manager just four years after he had initially joined the business on a short-term work placement. Said to be “a great ambassador for young professionals,” Benjamin can be seen regularly guest speaking at careers events and is a powerful advocate of apprenticeships across Cornwall.

Ben Rance

Ben Rance Robinson Reed Layton


“One to watch in the accountancy world” and “a business leader of tomorrow” is how Robinson Reed Layton describes talented young Chartered Certified Accountant, Ben Rance. Ben has jointly lead the academies and charities department, exceeding what is required in his job role on a daily basis. He has also been involved in successfully pitching for a number of new business opportunities.

Anthony Cavill

Anthony Cavill Ward Williams Associate


27-year-old Anthony Cavill joined Ward Williams Associates (WWA) ten years ago; joining the business as a trainee quantity surveyor straight from school. Since then, he has achieved a diploma and degree undertaken on a flexible learning basis, all the while being involved in some of WWA’s most high-profile projects. In recognition of his many achievements, last year he was promoted to senior quantity surveyor.

Amelia Rutter

Amelia Rutter Finisterre


Amelia Rutter joined Finisterre the day after the Brexit vote; an event which presented serious financial challenges to the business. Since then she has worked with suppliers to beat cost targets, while maintaining the strong ethical sourcing considerations which are at the heart of the brand. Amelia has surpassed commercial targets and has a fresh approach to managing the team, creating new processes with originality and initiative.

Alex Horsfall

Alex Horsfall The Valley Cottages


Alex Horsfall is a director at The Valley, a five-star collection of luxury holiday cottages in Carnon Downs, near Truro. His mission is to develop The Valley into one of the leading resorts in Cornwall and in the past year, increasing turnover by £80k. He has also helped the business to embrace digital technology, working closely with Superfast Business Cornwall to improve booking systems and develop an onsite Wi-Fi solution.

Sarah Scully

Sarah Scully ISO Spaces


Sarah Scully graduated in interior design but has since expanded her skills to a technical level as senior designer at ISO Spaces, a company which takes old shipping containers and converts them into amazing work and leisure and living spaces. She is currently working on a flagship project for a London Borough, to manufacture and install over 40 shipping containers as a viable solution to tackle the capital’s growing housing crisis.

Maddi Tiscoe

Maddi Tiscoe Wild West Comms


Maddi Tiscoe became a PR account director with Wild Card PR and Wild West Communications group by the age of 27. In 2016, she drove the launch of the new Wild West brand, including website and marketing plans. In addition to her diverse client portfolio, Maddie plays a significant part in evolving the agency’s client base.