Rebecca Thair, Happiful Editor, joins the PPA’s 30 Under 30 line up

Lucy Donoughue
By Lucy Donoughue,
updated on Sep 8, 2020

Rebecca Thair, Happiful Editor, joins the PPA’s 30 Under 30 line up

Happiful’s Editor, Rebecca Thair, has been awarded a place in the Professional Publishers Association’s prestigious 30 Under 30 Class of 2020

Celebrating the best and brightest upcoming talent in UK magazine media, PPA 30 Under 30’s List for 2020 has been revealed today and we’re delighted to announce that Rebecca Thair, Happiful’s Editor, has been awarded a place.

As Editor from January 2018, and one of the original founding team of Happiful Magazine, Rebecca had led the way for the development of our much loved mag and its growth. She is dedicated to continuing conversations around mental health and illness, creating a supportive community for all readers, and ensuring that diversity of life experience is at the very core of the publication.

“Our judges loved Rebecca’s commitment to diverse voices, which was made even more impressive given that she is working at a smaller publisher without many central services,” PPA shared earlier today when the list was revealed.

“It’s wonderful to see Happiful, a relatively new title, flourishing with Rebecca at the lead.”

Co-Founder and Director of Happiful Paul Maunders shared his thoughts on Rebecca’s Editorship too, noting: “Rebecca became Editor of Happiful magazine in January 2018, and immediately began to develop Happiful into the inspirational, inclusive and stigma smashing magazine it is today.

“It’s no easy task to encourage and guide such a broad range of contributors to talk and write openly about their mental health, or to balance uplifting content with actionable advice and true stories – all while striking the right tone on some seriously sensitive subjects – but Rebecca has done it all, and with generosity of spirit.”


Rebecca Thair, photo by Paul Buller

“I feel truly honoured and grateful to be one of the winners of this award, particularly when you see the incredible calibre and talent of the others on the PPA’s list,” Rebecca said today. “I’m so proud of how far we’ve come as a team in the past three years, and am really excited for what we can achieve in the future. Having a reward to recognise that is just the icing on the cake, and very much appreciated.”

PPA’s list of 30 industry greats also includes: James Manning International Editor at Time Out; Alice Wilkinson Deputy Editor for Waitrose & Partners HEALTH Magazine; Olive Pometsey Junior Digital Editor at GQ; Becky Burgum Features Assistant at ELLE; and Sabrina Sahota Digital Journalist at MadeForMums.

PPA Managing Director, Owen Meredith, commented: “With an exceptionally high standard of entries, these awards grow in stature every year, and recognise the very best young talent working in magazine and business media today. These 30 winners have demonstrated genuine raw talent that will serve them and our industry well over their careers.”

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