30 Under 30: Rising Stars class of 2022

bodyshop magazine is delighted to announce the names of the winners of our 30 Under 30: Rising Stars for 2022.

The winners come from across the full spectrum of job functions and from almost every part of the collision repair industry – including apprentices and technicians, business owners and bodyshop managers, accounts, HR and administration, marketing, VDAs and engineers, and distribution.

bodyshop’s 30 Under 30: Rising Stars for 2022 are (in alphabetical order):

  1. Abbie Austin | 20 | Trainee VDA | Premier Group
  2. Sam Bootle | 24 | Assistant bodyshop manager | L&I Eaton ARC
  3. Chelsie Carey | 27 | Call centre team leader | iRG Pontypridd
  4. Lucy Cater | 28 | Market support specialist – Global Accounts | AkzoNobel
  5. Rachel Clarke | 25 | Parts product manager | Nissan GB
  6. Matthew Davies | 29 | Director/painter | Killa Shine Vehicle Body Repairs
  7. Bianca Dubiel | 26 | Marketing and events assistant | Fix Auto UK
  8. Thomas Field | 24 | Account manager | Indasa Abrasives
  9. Oliver Firth | 26 | Branch manager | Carlac
  10. Tyrone Greig | 24 | MET technician | Solus ARC Nottingham
  11. Aaron Hartley | 25 | Paint technician | Holley Autobodies
  12. Curtis Hawes | 26 | Senior engineer (active safety) | Thatcham Research
  13. Stacey Hill | 29 | Apprentice VDA | iRG Bristol
  14. Jake Hodnett | 26 | VDA | Autocraft Telford
  15. Milena Kadreeva | 29 | Funding and logistics co-ordinator | Thatcham Research
  16. James Lamb | 23 | Technical sales development (ART) | Mirka UK
  17. Damian Lisek | 22 | Bodyshop manager | Pronto ARC, Grantham
  18. Joe Morgan-Thomas | 29 | Owner/director | Independent Paint Supplies
  19. Ben Murphy | 22 | Multi-skilled technician | Fix Auto Dagenham
  20. Harrison O’Leary | 23 | Paint technician | Parkway Prestige ARC
  21. Luke Peers | 24 | Network manager | Fix Auto UK
  22. Tom Phillips | 29 | Bodyshop manager | D Walton, Manchester
  23. Alex Ralphs | 29 | HR manager | The Vella Group
  24. Grace Richards | 22 | Paint technician | Dick Lovett, Swindon
  25. Ryan Smith | 28 | Senior panel technician | Parkway Prestige ARC
  26. Anthony Temperton | 28 | Paint/panel technician | Auto Spray Darwen
  27. Dominic Thomas | 29 | Owner/director | Independent Paint Supplies
  28. Dylon Traynor | 21 | MET technician | Solus ARC Coventry
  29. Hannah Turner | 23 | Reception manager | Eastbourne Coach Finishers
  30. Matthew Turner | 24 | Multi-skilled technician | Gemini ARC, Featherstone

“Congratulations to all of this year’s outstanding winners,” said bodyshop editor Simon Wait. “I would like to thank everybody who has been involved in the competition, especially the initiative’s sponsor 3M UK, all the nominators, our judges and, of course, those who entered but didn’t make it into the final 30 this time round.”