KEY figures in Hampshire’s digital and creative sector have figured in a list of the industry’s top 100 talents.

The British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) publishes the annual BIMA 100 list of influential and pioneering people.

This year’s list includes Jan Carlyle, founder and managing director of the Winchester-based events and marketing company Autumn Live.

She was named in the Champions of Change category, following a year in which she was awarded the licence to deliver the TEDxWinchester event, since postponed because of the coronavirus. She also established Tea and Toast as a regular event for the digital and creative communities in the city and surrounding area.

She said: “I’m so honestly pretty overwhelmed and honoured to appear on this list with 99 others I admire so much. I do really feel extremely lucky to be doing what I love. To anyone just starting out in the industry and looking to make a success of their career my advice would be to connect with as many people in your industry as you can, get a mentor, and be passionate about people and planet ”

Also on the list in the Champions for Change category was Richard Coope, founder and managing director of the Winchester-based remote creative consultancy Brightful.

The BIMA 100 list said: “On a personal level he is kind and compassionate. On a professional level he is the best there is. His passion for his job is beyond infectious.”

Fleurie Amorette Forbes-Martin, business growth director for Winchester digital agency Studio Republic, was named in the Rising Star section of the BIMA 100. She is also founder of the Saffron Society, a marketing collective for vegan start-ups.

The list said: “Fleurie is part of an exciting generation of young entrepreneurs prioritising the purpose of the work they do over all else. There is no doubt the world will be a more equitable place when Fleurie and her peers are running the show.”

BIMA co-president Nat Gross said: “Our BIMA 100 is about recognising the people at the forefront of our industry. They are the people making a fundamental difference to our industry right now and, given the strange circumstances in which we find ourselves, we need their inspiration, innovation and leadership more than ever.”