BritMums Live Speakers 2015

BritMums Live Speakers 2015

BritMums Live showcases dynamite speakers from the blogging, social media, charity, journalism, TV and political worlds, making the 2-day conference enlightening, inspiring and electrifying.

Speakers are being added regularly – so make sure you check back soon.

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THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Friday 19th: Ella Woodward, aka Deliciously Ella

Deliciously Ella speaking at BritMums Live 2015Ella Woodward is one of the UK’s most popular bloggers and is all about embracing healthy living. She started her journey into healthy eating to heal a chronic illness and has since created the deliciouslyella.com site, written a cookbook and created an app. Ella’s blog gets over six million hits a month and her book has been the fastest selling debut cookbook since records began.

Ella has been featured in publications ranging from Vogue to Grazia to Top Sante to Evening Standard and more. Her cookbook Deliciously Ella features more than 100 new sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes. It will inspire you to eat for better health, glowing skin and boundless energy. From sumptuous desserts, to food on the go, delicious dips, raw treats and rainbow bowls of awesome veggies, Ella’s philosophy is all about showing that healthy living is fun and enjoyable, it’s not about deprivation or starvation but finding ways to make you healthy and happy. 

Saturday 20th Morning: Carol Smillie

CarolSmillieCarol Smillie is one of TV’s best known faces. From her early career on Wheel of Fortune to the BBC’s CHANGING ROOMS, which earned her invitations to Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, an Indie award a National TV Award, a Bafta nomination, and of course Ronni Ancona’s alter ego ‘Smillie Smillie Carol Smillie’

Other shows quickly followed like Dream Holiday Home (C5) A Brush With Fame (ITV1) , she even took part in Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1) winning 5th place. She has also guested on countless shows including Friday Night With Jonathon Ross, Have I Got News For You and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

She has published her own book,’Carol Smillie’s Working Mum’s Handbook’ and pre and post natal fitness DVD “Changing Shape’ as well as columns in Woman’s Own and The Sunday Times.

Carol was chosen to host the Duke of Edinburgh’s 80th birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall and even turned her hand to comedy, treading the boards with two sellout tours of Vagina Monologues, and a further two of the hilarious ‘Hormonal Housewives’. She has just completed a second series of Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes, for STV

In 2012 Carol entered the world of business launching her own award winning brand ‘DiaryDoll Pants’ with friend and ex-tennis champion Annabel Croft, bringing a completely new and innovative product to market, that continues to go from strength to strength, both in the UK and Australia. With customers in 14 different countries, they are revolutionising the lives of women all over the world. For more information go to www.diarydoll.com

Saturday 20th Afternoon: Caprice

Caprice speaking at BritMums Live 2015Caprice ventured to England from Southern California and quickly became one of the most photographed women in the world having appeared on 300 magazine covers across the globe and over 200 TV shows. She was voted GQ Magazine’s Woman of the Year, and Maxim’s International Woman of the Year for three years running. She received rave reviews in London’s West End playing the lead role in The Vagina Monologues and the musical Rent. She later bought the rights to the hit production, Debbie Does Dallas the musical which she produced and starred in.

In 2006, Caprice launched By Caprice products, which she fully finances, designs, models and markets, and today, Caprice juggles motherhood with being CEO of By Caprice products. She is renowned for her business acumen and is in constant demand for motivational speeches.

An avid philanthropist, she has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities and Caprice is patron to Woman’s Trust. Caprice and her partner Ty Comfort reside in London with their two beautiful children Jett and Jax.

 

The Founders

Jennifer HowzeJennifer Howze is an award-winning journalist and blogger as well as Creative Director and Co-founder of BritMums. She blogs about family travel at Jenography.net. Previously she worked as The Times’ Online Lifestyle Editor and Alpha Mummy blogger. She frequently speaks about current events and parenting issues, appearing on TV and radio on BBC The Papers, BBC radio, and Sky News, among others. A 20-year journalism veteran, Jennifer has written for or been featured in a range of online and print publications, including The Times, The Wall Street Journal, Red magazine, The Guardian, The Independent, Travel+Leisure, Yahoo! Travel and many Conde Nast publications. She contributed to the book Standing Up to Supernanny and Frommer’s Budget Travel Secret Hotels of Cornwall, and in 2006 Planned Parenthood awarded her a Maggie for a health writing. @JHowze

 

Susanna Scott portrait by Boggio StudiosSusanna Scott is a leading British blogger and a digital innovator as well as Managing Director and Co-founder of BritMums. She started the BritMums social network in 2008, after a career in marketing, as a space for parent bloggers to network, and share ideas and opportunities. She is often quoted as a pioneer in the UK Mum Blogging space, and has been named a top female entrepreneur. She has been featured in The Times, The FT, The Independent, The Guardian, The Sun, Technorati, She, Primo Baby and Red magazine, amongst others. She speaks frequently about blogging, social networking and the BritMums community at industry events. Her blog A Modern Mother ranks in the UK’s top 10 Family Travel Blogs. @amodernmother.

Design Session Curator

Lucy Heath Capture by LucyIn 2015 BritMums Live features an expanded Define Your Design stream, with interactive sessions for novice and advanced bloggers, curated by Lucy Heath. Lucy Heath writes the award winning photography-focussed blog capturebylucy.com, documenting her family life with her childhood sweetheart and their 2 small boys in the South West of England. Lucy juggles a part-time consultancy job in the development industry, where she established her career as a land buyer for national house builders, with her growing product photography business. Lucy’s passion is in making the ordinary extraordinary through creativity, a positive outlook and imagination. Her blog features her love of making, baking and sourcing pretty things as well as her charity shop hauls and vintage treasures. Lucy’s photography work has been featured in a number of magazines including Pretty Nostalgic, Wedding Flowers and the US publication Where Women Cook. @capturebylucy

 

Teri Muncey speaking at BritMums LiveAssisting Lucy in Define Your Design is Teri Muncey from The Lovely Drawer. Teri is a designer, illustrator, stylist and crafter. God made her with hands that create and so that’s exactly what she tries to do! Originally trained in print and surface pattern design, Teri has had five years experience designing in-house for a greetings card company. After dabbling in freelance design, Teri now works full time from her London flat. Her blog is a scrapbook of style ideas and DIY inspiration. @TheLovelyDrawer

 

THE FULL SPEAKER LINE-UP

 

Christina Amarchey from ActionAid Ghana at BritMums LiveChristina Amarchey. Christina Amarchey is from ActionAid Ghana and specialises in Women’s Rights. As a result of her strong passion to end violence against women and children, she has been leading her team to work to eliminate some identified traditional practices that infringe on the rights of women and girls such as FGM. She leads the team in education and advocacy programmes and has produced outstanding results. Christina’s depth of knowledge in development issues is due to a Masters in Development. Previously she worked with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture Many other courses she has undertaken have afforded her considerable knowledge in strategic planning, leadership, project/programme management, gender issues, campaigning and facilitation
 

 

Paul ArmstrongPaul Armstrong. Currently a Digital Consultant working with mid- to large-sized brands and agencies via his agency HERE/FORTH, Paul is back in London after spending seven years in Los Angeles, the last two of which were at MySpace in the Corporate Communications department. Recently, Paul headed up Mindshare’s Social Media department – the largest dedicated team of all media agencies in the UK – creating strategies for clients such as HSBC, Three, Ford, ITV, and Unilever. Whilst in the US, Paul created and executed strategies for some of the top brands out there like Sony, Activision, 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks and Yahoo! He gets a real kick out of digital media but enjoys keeping abreast of how it fits in business and the real world. In his spare time Paul travels, takes photos, blogs for various outlets and updates the @themediaisdying Twitter network amongst other less digital things.

 

Michael E Ball speaker at BritMums LiveMichael Ball. Born in North London, Michael Ball grew up travelling, living in the UK, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia. Between 2009 and 2010 he lived in Sydney and was part of the original group who formed the Travel Massive networking events and founded the London meet up on his return home. Since then he co founded Traverse Events, holding annual travel blogger conferences in the UK, as well as Blogstock, the world’s first bloggers’ festival. Michael lives and works in London. More information on the work Michael does can be found on MichaelEBall.com. @michaeleball

 

Pippa BestPippa Best is co-founder of Story of Mum, a free online creative community encouraging mums to share their stories, beat “bad mummy” guilt, and carve out vital me-time. Passionate about supporting mums to be heard and valued, she hosts Mamas’ Retreats on and offline, and last year toured a participatory motherhood exhibition and events programme across England and on to New York. Pippa also works as a feature film script consultant and project manager, helping writers and directors to tell their stories. She lives with her surf-obsessed husband, hilarious son and daughter in a chaotic house in Cornwall, UK. @storyofmum

 

Alicia_Blum-Ross_Headshot-PhotoDr Alicia Blum-Ross Alicia is a Research Officer in Media and Communications at the LSE and is in charge of the day-to-day management of the Parenting for a Digital Future research project, including pounding the pavements to find families willing to let friendly researchers into their home to talk about their kids and digital media. Alicia’s past research has examined digital media and learning from the perspective of young people, studying participatory filmmaking and civic engagement projects for ‘at risk’ young people in London. She has a doctorate and masters in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford. Alongside her academic research Alicia has also worked as a consultant and facilitator, evaluating the impact of and managing programmes for media, arts and culture-based learning organizations including BAFTA, Into Film the London Film Festival at the British Film Institute and FilmAid International. She has twin toddlers, so is glad of the opportunity to try to figure out what the deal is with screen-time.

 
 
Claire-CandlerClaire Candler Claire is Head of the Consumer Packaged Goods team at H+K, a leading public relations and integrated communications agency.  She also leads H+K’s Marketing to Mums specialist team. Her team creates campaigns and content that drive conversations for the likes of P&G, Bayer and Novartis.

 

 

Ali Clifford blogger speaking at BritMums LiveAli Clifford is a creative stylist and social media marketing consultant, who in a previous life ran the design studio for a well-known British department store group, and went on to be creative director for one of the founding organic and Fairtrade kidswear brands in the UK. Now with her own consultancy, Ali works predominantly with eco brands, and ethical SMEs, establishing and maintaining a strong, engaging online social presence for them. In her spare time Ali loves getting crafty with her two young boys, upcycling old reclaimed ‘junk’, baking (and eating) and experimenting with Instagram. She blogs at www.KidsChaos.com, www.aGreenerLifeforus.com, and www.FunCraftsKids.com.@incredibusymum

 

Super Lucky blogger Di Coke at BritMums Live‘SuperLucky’ Di Coke is a Prize Promotions Consultant, comper and blogger. With more than £250,000 of prizes under her belt, Di knows competitions inside out and works with brands and bloggers to ensure their prize promotions are fair, fun and successful. Di has been interviewed about competitions on BBC Breakfast, Radio 4 and in the national press, and never tires of welcoming new recruits to the hobby. You can find Di blogging at superlucky.me.@superluckydi

 

 

Nigel Camp speaking at BritMums Live 2015Nigel Camp is founder of DevilBoy Productions, which specialises in producing videos with animation for businesses who want a big company experience on an affordable budget. He is about to release his book entitled The Video Effect, which explains how to create quality content with professional advice on production techniques, equipment, storyboarding and content sharing. His blog www.thevideoeffect.tv contains cool video tips. When he’s not working you can find him relaxing on a beach on getting ready for his next snowboard trip. Follow Nigel on Twitter at @nigelcamp.

 

karen cannardKaren Cannard is the co-founder of The Rubbish Diet Challenge, a feel-good slimming club for bins that motivates dieters into reducing waste beyond their expectations. Writing as ‘Almost Mrs Average’, The Rubbish Diet began in 2008 as blog about her council’s Zero Waste Week challenge, during which Karen unexpectedly reduced her family’s waste to just a plaster. She has since influenced thousands of people and has featured on Woman’s Hour, The One Show, C4 Dispatches and ITV’s Tonight documentary ‘Throwaway Britain’. She is a local columnist, BBC Radio Suffolk’s Bin Doctor and a Trustee of Reuseful UK. She has been highlighted for the second year running as one of the top 10 most influential people in the UK’s resource sector. As well as helping people feel great about making a difference at home, Karen is also passionate about waste reduction innovation that’s making an impact on the UK economy. Follow Karen at @therubbishdiet.

 

Marco Danesi YouTube speaker at BritMums LiveMarco Danesi is a London-based professional in the online media and entertainment industry. He’s a Partner Manager in the Content Partnerships team at YouTube and deals with creative minds, video producers and media companies on a daily basis. Before that, he worked at Google and at a San Francisco PR firm specializing in video games. Today, he helps UK and Irish content creators develop video strategies for their channels and earn better returns. He does so via 1:1 consultations, educational workshops and public speeches at industry events. Originally from Italy, he has lived, studied and worked in the US (Ann Arbor, Berkeley and San Francisco), Ireland (Dublin), and now the UK (London). He loves writing, video editing, graphic design, and everything that’s branding (and trending). After two years at YouTube, he finally decided to open his own channel and be a creator himself. He recently embarked on this new adventure / experiment: https://www.youtube.com/user/MarcoinaBOX. Follow Marco at @marcoinabox

 

James Dearsley Digital Marketing BureauJames Dearsley is founder of The Digital Marketing Bureau. In 2006, as sales & marketing director for a leading overseas property company, James saw and grasped the benefits of a digital marketing strategy. With the combination of a blog, Twitter and LinkedIn opening up opportunities for him on British and American TV, he understood the opportunities that Social Media Marketing in particular offered and made it his personal mission to learn everything he could about it. After building successful strategies in his own businesses ranging from property to beekeeping, he decided to take the leap and use his passion for communication and digital marketing to help others succeed. James is also a husband, and father to two boys, a keen gardener and beekeeper, and published author. @jamesdearsley

 

 

alice_elliottAlice Elliott, also known as the Fairy Blog Mother, offers tuition and advice to beginner and post-beginner bloggers. Her particular talent is explaining blogging “really simply” using ordinary, everyday language, and through tutorials and e-courses in a highly visual, step-by-step format. She is currently working on her new blog Beginner Bloggers, which will be stuffed full of simple and helpful ‘How-To’ posts that aim to clarify WordPress and other blogging issues. Alice believes that if technical things like blogging are explained properly from the beginning, this will make later advanced use a lot easier. @alice_elliott

 
 

Melinda-Fargo-profile-picture-800Melinda Fargo is a former senior executive now working with children’s services. She first came to social media attention via her successful, satirical and reflective blog, HerMelness Speaks…Out. This personal blog was born as an antidote to the sudden death of her beloved husband, Bronson, five years ago. It was therefore bereavement that ‘outed’ Melinda’s writing. Regularly featured in the writing and blogging worlds, Melinda was further talent spotted by the UK’s largest regional newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where she is now a monthly columnist. Last year, Melinda founded and is Editor-in-Chief of the news and editorial website, Post-40 Bloggers, which features and publicises the work of talented bloggers and writers aged 40+. The 20-strong team of editors are dedicated to creating, finding and sharing the best the post-40 community has to offer.

 

Hayley Goleniowska speaking at BritMums Live 2015Hayley Goleniowska. Hayley created internationally renowned blog Downs Side Up to support other parents following a diagnosis of Down’s syndrome. Her words quickly became known for changing the nation’s perceptions of the condition. She campaigns tirelessly for inclusive advertising — her youngest daughter Natty is now a model who famously fronted the Sainsbury’s Back to School campaign, September 2014. She has appeared on Woman’s Hour, Sunday Morning Live, the Lorraine show and Daybreak. She has been featured in Woman’s Own, Bella, The Daily Mail, The Sun and The Telegraph. Downs Side Up was recently tipped by The Financial Times as ‘a campaign blog from the frontline to watch’ and she has been listed as a Health Service Journal Rising Star for her influence within the medical profession. You can find Hayley on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest. @DownsSideUp

 

kate hardcastleKate Hardcastle, is one of the UK’s leading ‘go-to’ business experts for national TV & Media. As seen and heard weekly on BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4 & as a guest writer for the Guardian & Virgin, Kate has also led the turn around of British branded businesses, as the Founder of Insight with Passion business transformation. Kate works on projects in the UK and Internationally, and has been the Keynote Speaker as over 200 events including The Business Show, World Congress and Arabian Business Conference. Supporting herself through her further education & schools of business – such as INSEAD, Kate also pushed forwards with her career, breaking boundaries & receiving 25 National awards including Marketer of the Year. Kate’s business – Insight with Passion, donates an impressive 20% back to good causes – which has been flagged as a case study by Downing Street. Kate is also a proud charity ambassador for Women In Sport, Diana Awards, RSPCA and founder of Positive Image Month & a proud mum to daughter, Nya. @KateHardcastle

 

Alex H-French speaking at BritMums Live 2015Alex H-French Marketing & P.R Manager at Rotolight, a multi-award winning LED Lighting brand based at the world famous Pinewood Studios. With a degree in Media Technology and a Masters in Creative Technologies, Alex has experience producing and delivering media using innovative technologies! Throughout his 4 years at Rotolight, Alex has written about lighting and current trends in the market for both photographic and video / broadcast magazines and has worked with some of the best filmmakers and photographers in the world, bringing Rotolight’s lights onto the sets of Captain Phillips, Maleficent, James Bond Skyfall and many others! @Rotolight

 

Photo by Julia Boggio StudiosKaty Hill has over 2,000 hours of live broadcasting to her name, a BAFTA Best Presenter Award, a National Television Award and an extensive fan base, including her two biggest fans ­and proudest achievements to date ­- 7 year-old daughter Kaya Sky and 4-year-old son Akira Seven. Having taken time out to focus on her kids, Katy is just getting back to speed – these days presenting on Heart Radio and ITV’s Daybreak where she’s a regular. You might also have caught her reading the C-Beebies Bedtime Stories! Katy is passionate about supporting parents and 2013 was the year she chose to stand up for the UK’s most famous new mum, Kate Middleton, when she tweeted a picture of her own post-baby belly in support of the Duchess after the fuss over her “belly”. The tweet went viral and saw Katy interviewed worldwide on the subject of new mums and women’s body image generally. Katy juggles work and kids with her husband, TV Presenter & Actor Trey Farley. Katy has a lifestyle and parenting blog at katyhill.com and has written for Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast and Hello. The family also make travel Vlogs which can be seen through their website www.treyandkaty.com. @KatyHillTV

 

Nadine Hill JuggleMumNadine Hill is an award-winning professional blogger, speaker, writer and entrepreneur who has just celebrated a decade in self employment after she created a boutique virtual assistance business to be at home with her toddler. This business led to her writing her first book – a how to guide for VAs which became an Amazon best-seller and launching JuggleMum, a lifestyle blog aimed at busy working mums. Since then she has had her second book published – a time management guide for writers and bloggers, and she is currently planning her third. Nadine is the BritMums Video Round-up Editor and winner of the Brilliance in Blogging award for Video in 2014. She is also one of Yorkshire Business Insider’s ’42 Under 42′, a list of the most dynamic and inspirational entrepreneurs in Yorkshire.  Nadine lives with her husband, two children and two cats and you can always find her on social networks where she is ‘Businessmum’ on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest! @Businessmum

 

jennifer-jain-profile-picJennifer Jain is a Mum to two, and became a grateful stay at home Mum in 2012 after redundancy. She loves blogging at Jennifer’s Little World about the fun that they have together as a family, with a particular emphasis on the crafts that they all enjoy. She loves sharing her own ideas, as well as finding inspiration from other blogs and Pinterest. @JenniferJain

 
 

 
Amanda Jennings - photoAmanda Jennings is a published author of psychological drama who lives near Henley-on-Thames with her husband and three daughters. Vogue.co.uk called her first book Sworn Secret “an intense, relentless story that grips from the start”. It was a Kindle Top 100 Bestseller in the US and Italy, and reached Number 4 in the UK in February last year. Her second book The Judas Scar was published in May 2014 and was optioned by a television production company shortly afterwards. She went to university to study architecture, making a change to history of art when it became clear she was more interested in writing than designing. Amanda worked at the BBC but left to become a full-time mum, writing in any spare time she could find. She also writes a blog and is a regular guest on BBC Berkshire’s Talking Entertainment. When not writing she can generally be found misbehaving on Twitter or walking the dog. @mandajjennings

 
Karin_joyceKarin Joyce began blogging in the “olden days” before statistics and rankings ruled the blogosphere. In early 2014, after several years as a “mummy blogger”, Karin had a bit of an epiphany! Having been challenged by her dad to try a gratitude exercise known as #3goodthings, Karin realised that her days of grumpiness and stress needed to end. There were so many things to be grateful for and it was time to start embracing happy and spreading the message. And so Embrace Happy was born. The idea that “not every day is good but there is good in every day” is the underlying message of Embrace Happy. Karin is well aware that you can’t be happy 24/7 but you certainly can and should celebrate the little gems that happen each and every day. Karin began her site Embrace Happy and started a public group on Facebook to help others to find the good in every day. Karin’s goal for 2015 is to spread sunshine far and wide and help bloggers in particular to live in the moment, celebrate small victories and make a difference in the lives of others. @cafebebe
 

 

 

steve keenanSteve Keenan spent his journalistic career in newspapers, eventually becoming Deputy Travel Editor of The Times in 1999. He moved into digital media a decade ago, as the first online travel editor of a national newspaper. Having introduced social media, video and blogs at both The Times and Sunday Times, he left News International three years ago to co-found Travel Perspective. The consultancy helps travel brands develop digital and social strategies, and Steve speaks regularly at blogger and industry conferences. Travel Perspective has also teamed up with BritMums to create Family Travel Perspective, a collaborative of 10 bloggers, to extend our offering to the travel industry. Elsewhere, Travel Perspective runs the social media seminars at World Travel Market and, in April, 2015, created the first digital/social conference for Britain’s tourism industry, Social Travel Britain. @StevenKeenan

 

Emily Leary of A Mummy TooEmily Leary is a writer and presenter, as well as a busy mum of two with a love of all things creative. After a lot of plate spinning, Emily left a 12 year career in digital marketing behind in 2013 to write about food and lifestyle full-time. Her love of food and photography is the basis for her blog, A Mummy Too, which began in 2011 and now shares daily recipes, tips and video guides for anyone who believes a shortage of spare time shouldn’t mean you can’t enjoy beautiful, delicious things. @AMummyToo

 
 

Cesca MajorCesca Major. Cesca’s first real writing success came in 2005 when she was Runner Up in the annual Daily Mail Writing Competition for the best opening paragraph to a novel. She has won or been placed in some prestigious short story competitions since then including the annual competitions for: Women and Home, Wells Festival of Literature, Grace Dieu and has also had short stories published online and in the Sentinel Champion and Sunday People Magazine. After studying History at Bristol University Cesca went on to work in television as a live presenter. She taught History for seven years before becoming a Housemistress at a Secondary boarding School in Berkshire. She has filmed vlogs to help new writers for both www.writersandartists.co.uk and the popular women’s fiction website www.novelicious.com. She lives in Bradfield with her husband and their brood of ex-battery chickens. The Silent Hours is her first novel. @CescaWrites

 

 

jaumeJaume Marin is the Marketing Director at the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board. Prior to his time in Costa Brava, Jaume participated in the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games as IT Coordinator, then went on to live in Holland and Scotland for over 5 years. While in Scotland, he helped in developing Sports and Excellence in the Sports Scotland marketing department. Coming back to Spain, he was involved with two golf resorts, and fell in love with Costa Brava and the Pyrenees. Now working in Costa Brava, he has found great success in combining 1.0 and 2.0 strategies – implementing Storytelling wherever possible. He finds himself very lucky to be a part of one of the best marketing teams in tourism – whose successful blogtrips #incostabrava and #inpyrenees have received worldwide recognition. @jaumemarin

 

 
 

ana_canhoto-aic-2013-sep-06-cropAna Canhoto I am an academic. I am interested in the uses of customer data, currently investigating the use of social media data in customer profiling. I also study the dark side of Customer Management – how to identify and manage difficult customers, and terminate bad (commercial) relationships. My mother likes to tell how I loved to play schools when I was a little girl – I still do. Nowadays, I teach on specialist modules closely related to my research interests, such as Digital Marketing, Customer Rela=”http://www.

 

Katy Orme speaking at BritMums LiveKaty Orme writes the award-winning interiors-focused blog Apartment Apothecary, capturing her DIY room makeovers, design ideas and craft projects that she showcases in her central London flat. Katy gave up a 10-year career in teaching to become a full-time blogger last year and hasn’t looked back since. She now collaborates with great brands on her blog, styles homes for magazine home tours and writes and styles for magazine craft shoots. Katy’s passion for all things beautiful led to her beginning a monthly styling challenge for other bloggers and those on the social media scene called Styling the Seasons and she organises seasonal events to meet other bloggers and creatives. @aptapothecary

 

Michelle Pannell, Mummy from the HeartMichelle Pannell – Michelle’s tales of everyday life and imperfect parenting of an 11-year-old boy and 7-year-old twin girls as well as her positive Christian outlook on life have made her name known in the UK parenting blogosphere. Her blog, Mummy from the Heart, has struck a chord with and is read by thousands of women across the world. Michelle readily left behind the corporate arena but draws on her 20 years of career experience from the fields of hotel, recruitment and HR management as a writer, in her current voluntary roles and as a digital activist. Michelle is passionate about fighting for a better world and as such she campaigns for a number of charities and not-for-profits but it is her work as a ONE ambassador that has impacted her most. In 2012 Michelle was selected to travel to Ethiopia with ONE to report on global poverty and health issues. Then in 2014 she was invited to Washington, DC, where she attended the AYA Summit for girls and women worldwide. When asked about her ambassadorship with the ONE Campaign, she stated, “I feel humbled to be able to act as an advocate and campaigner for those living in poverty.” @MichelleTwinMum

 

joanna pennJoanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers and non-fiction. She is also a professional speaker and entrepreneur, voted as one of The Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals 2013. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com is regularly voted one of the Top 10 sites for writers. Twitter: @thecreativepenn

 

 

Vicki PsariasVicki Psarias is a professional blogger at Honest Mum and Mummy’s Got Style, a multi-award winning filmmaker and former magazine editor. Vicki has starred in a campaign film for bareMinerals and has appeared on camera for Selfridges, Yahoo, BBC2 and SKY among others. She writes for Grazia Daily and Time Out Leeds and has blogged for Mamas and Papas and Seraphine’s sites, as well as having a host of international clients from high street to luxe brands.  Vicki was selected to model worldwide for luxury designer bag company Nova Harley appearing in British Vogue, Grazia Daily, catalogues and in luxury department stores worldwide. She is also the face and ambassador of baby and maternity brand The Essential One.  As a director, Vicki has won the 30 Under 30 Square Mile London Talent Award, The Channel 4 4Talent Award for Best Filmmaker among many ‘Best Director’ film festival awards from LA to India.  Vicki features in the Guardian’s Courvoisier Future 500 and was highly commended at the Red Magazine Red Hot Women Awards for her writing and directing work.  @HonestMummy

 
 

Monika Roozen started her blog in 2011 and writes at Mumonthebrink and Family{m}adventures.  She has a passion for outdoors, affordable travel and technology. She was named one of the top 10 UK family travel bloggers by Cision in 2014.   On her blogging journey so far she has gone from being anonymous and the blog being more about her, to showing more of her family with a hope to inspire others to do more, go further.  She recognises the fine line we bloggers tread on sharing so others can learn from our experiences and protecting our privacy.

 
 

Abbie-Ross-publicity-materialAbbie Ross moved from London to North Wales aged two and lived there until her family moved to West Gloucestershire when she was twelve. She has a Psychology degree from Cardiff University and worked for Aardman Animations as a senior commercial producer. She lives in Bristol with her husband and children and is working on a novel.

 

 

Gretta Schifano Mums do Travel at BritMums LiveGretta Schifano is a professional travel writer specialising in family travel. Her website Mums do travel won the 2014 BritMums BiB award for the best travel blog. Her travel features have been published in places such as National Geographic Traveller, the Financial Times and The Independent. Gretta previously worked as a BBC radio producer and has also spent time as an English teacher in Italy and Spain. Gretta’s children are 16 and 12 years old and she pines for the days when they were officially allowed miss school in order to go on family holidays. @GrettaSchifano

 

Carol SmithCarol Smith is an award winning, serial blogging, coffee drinking, crocheting mum of two with a huge passion for music.  Carol also happens to be a Freelance Social Media & Content Manager. Carol started blogging 6 year ago and went freelance 5 years ago.  She works from home part time in between school runs and toddler groups and currently manages several social media accounts and blogs for small businesses. You can sometimes find her blogging at www.lipstickandlace.co.uk and find her pretty much all of the time on twitter @caroljs

 

 

Jen StanbrookJen Stanbrook is the founder of Love Chic Living, an award winning blog focusing on style and design for a family home. Jen’s main aim is to keep her advice aspirational yet achievable. With an insatiable love of home interiors and interior design, Jen firmly believes that just because you have children, your home doesn’t have to be boring or dull. Having won Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Best Interiors Blog in 2013 and the Style Brilliance in Blogging award 2014, the success of her blog keeps on growing. Jen is a huge Pinterest fan, with over 650K followers and a wealth of pinning knowledge and inspiration that she loves to share. @lovechicliving

 

Ellie StoneleyEllie Stoneley. Ellie’s first book Milky Moments is published by Pinter and Martin in May 2015. It’s a beautifully illustrated book for children and their families depicting breastfeeding as a normal day-to-day part of family life. When she’s not writing or singing songs about dingle dangle scarecrows with her 3-year-old daughter, Ellie Stoneley works freelance helping small charities and businesses to give themselves a louder voice online. She has worked all over the world, most notably helping teach Aboriginal children and mining opals in the Australian outback, and more recently, making a visit to Madagascar to highlight the issues many children face there, on behalf of John Humphrys charity the Kitchen Table Charities Trust. Ellie writes regularly about mothering and being an older firsttime mother on her own blog Mush Brained Ramblings, for Huffington Post, as well as at Mumsnet, Midlife Mothers, What to Expect and Breastfeeding Matters. She has appeared on TV and radio to discuss a variety of issues from breastfeeding to the over-emphasis on childproofing your house, to pregnancy, blogging and being an older mother. You can follow the Milky Moments journey on Facebook. @E11ie5

 

kate suttonKate Sutton is a freelance writer and Social Media/Community Manager, a single parent to two very handsome boys, and an occasional dater. She has blogged for five years, after graduating from University as a mature student and enjoys writing about positive body image, single parenting, plus size fashion, travel and dating – making sure she never takes herself too seriously. Also an avid vlogger, Kate loves the challenge of creating new video content and is keen to show the world that being in your forties is a fantastic and positive thing. In her spare time, Kate loves cycling and baking … not necessarily in that order.  Kate blogs at the lifestyle blog, WitWitWoo. @iamwitwitwoo

 

Chelle McCannChelle McCann Mum of two Chelle started blogging in 2009 on various sites, finally finding a home at www.TheMumingtonPost.com Not long after starting to review products for her parenting blog, a few small businesses asked Chelle if she would give managing their social media a go. In 2011 after growing her business successfully by word of mouth alone, Chelle took voluntary redundancy from her day job and launched Social Sparkle (@socialsparkleuk). Although the main aim of the business is to run as a consultancy to small businesses (she’s counted over 35 clients from cloth nappies to language learning products), it’s also to support other freelancing parents – so she formed a group where you can find cover for maternity, sickness and for those days you just can’t get out of bed to work as the baby has kept you up all night! Chelle returns from maternity leave this year so understands the importance of balancing family time with work time.”It’s tough, but  it’s really worth it. I get to do the school run, spend time with my young family whilst also creating a business that I enjoy. More importantly it works around family needs.” @ChelleMcCann

 

Helen McGinnHelen McGinn is the author of The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club, an tionship Managemen blog and best-selling wine book. She has a weekly wine column in the Daily Mail and has been the resident wine expert on The Alan Titchmarsh Show for the last few years. Awards for her blog include BritMums Outstanding Award in 2013, Fortnum & Mason’s Online Drink Writer of the Year and Red Magazine’s Award for Best Blogger. Helen is an ex-supermarket wine buyer. She spent almost a decade sourcing wines around the world, then spent the next half decade pregnant. She’s married with three children. Her desert island wine would be a bottle of 1988 vintage champagne. Her desert island dish would not be leftover fish fingers. @KnackeredMutha

 

Jean McLean Save the ChildrenJean McLean is Head of Mobilisation at Save the Children. Her role involves influencing and campaigning on high profile issues relating to child survival and protection. Her work has contributed to over half a million people engaging David Cameron to tackle hunger. This resulted in the pledging of  £2.7bn for nutrition interventions to aid 1.7 million children.  Prior to her role at Save the Children Jean worked for the National Union of Student as Head of Communications. During her time she mobilised 52,000 people to participate in the biggest student demonstration in 30 years. She also developed the campaign strategy to reverse a decision by HSBC bank to charge graduates interest on their ’interest free’ accounts, saving graduates over £20 million in the first year.

 

eleanor millsEleanor Mills is Editorial Director of The Sunday Times, and also Chair of Women in Journalism. She writes a weekly column in the News Review section of the paper on social affairs as well as one in Home on how we live now. Eleanor is proud to be a winner of the International Alliance of Women World of Difference Awards for her “contribution to the economic empowerment of women” and was one of four journalists to be shortlisted for Journalist of the Year at the European Diversity Awards 2012. She appears regularly on television, reviewing the papers on Sky News, Lorraine, This Morning etc and on radio – Woman’s Hour, BBC London, LBC etc. In 2011, she was shortlisted for Feature Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards for her long-form writing in the Sunday Times magazine. Publications include Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs: The best journalism by women from the last 100 Years, published by Constable and Robinson. For 10 years Eleanor edited the News Review section of the Sunday Times and was the most senior woman on the paper. @EleanorMills

 

Marianne WeekesMarianne Weekes is a top UK blogger and editor of the BritMums blog. She and has been creating family and lifestyle content for more than four years at Mari’s World, sharing her favourite family recipes, lifestyle tricks and parenting mishaps as they happen. Mother to four and grandma to three, she is constantly on the move and can always be found brainstorming ideas. She has been a Butlins ambassador for three years and also ambassador for John Crane and Panasonic. Having lived half her life in Italy, she is known to be a bit too huggy, kisses everyone she meets on both cheeks and can knock up a mean risotto. @MarisWorld

 
 

Becky Wiggins English Mum at BritMums LiveBecky Wiggins is a writer and the editor of food, travel and parenting blog English Mum. Attracting an average of 50,000 visitors every month, plus 12.6k Twitter followers, the blog is one of the longest established parenting blogs (live since 1996), and is listed in Morrison’s top blogs, Good to Know’s top food bloggers and the top 10 Wikio travel blogs. Becky writes extensively in print and online for publications such as Cruise International, The Guardian, Tesco Magazine, Nat Geo Traveller and Royal Caribbean’s blog. She was shortlisted in Red Magazine’s Red’s Hot Women Awards and won Best Cruise Blogger in the 2014 Cruise Awards. Becky is currently teaming up with Sainsbury’s for their Love Your Freezer campaign.
Becky lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband, two teenage sons, neurotic whippet and a Maine Coon kitten called Tails. @EnglishMum

 

Victoria Wright campaignerVictoria Wright is a disability and disfigurement rights campaigner. She is a Campaigns Officer at the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, co-running the Trailblazers network of young disabled people who campaign on social issues (www.mdctrailblazers.org). She is also a freelance writer and has written for the Independent and the BBC. She is a regular guest presenter of Disability Now’s monthly podcast. Victoria has also dabbled in acting and won the Creative Diversity Network award for Best Onscreen Performance in 2010 for her role in the Channel 4 drama series Cast Offs. Her personal experience of living with a severe facial disfigurement – she has a rare genetic condition called Cherubism – informs all her work and she is particularly passionate about improving the lives of disabled children and young people. She lives in London with her 3 year old daughter. @VictoriaMWright

 
 

maggy woodleyMaggy Woodley is a self confessed social media addict (aren’t we all) who owns a number of blogs, amongst which the best well known is her craft blog RedTedArt.com. You will find her pretty much everywhere as @redtedart – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, G+, YouTube, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, ello, Tumblr …. and so on how does she do that?! @RedTedArt

 

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kate davis holmes newKate Davis-Holmes is a freelance writer and a member of the BritMums team. She blogs at kateonthinice.com.After studying Law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, Kate spent 20 years promoting and supporting a wide range of charities including Oxfam and Citizens Advice Bureaux. Her roles included media relations and events organisation. She has encouraged many people to participate in volunteering and also Action Learning. Kate lives with her husband and 3 children in Hampshire. @kateonthinice

 

 

Kelly InnesKelly Innes is the face behind the silhouette at Domestic Goddesque, part of The Motherhood and contributing editor at BritMums. She is a wife to her beloved DH, mother to two absurdly photogenic daughters, dog-owner, chicken-feeder and country-dweller. She likes baking cakes, drinking cocktails and arguing with the Sat Nav and *may* have an unhealthy fondness for her coffee machine, but don’t hold it against her, will you? @domesticgoddesq

 

Helen NealeHelen Neale started blogging in 2012 on KiddyCharts and Stickers, Stars and Smiles after throwing in the towel on being a business analyst and a mum after too many late nights and trips to the US. Believe it or not, she missed them. Writing had always been a dream, and blogging seemed to be an ideal way of developing that dream while still managing to keep her kids entertained. Blogging and social media quickly became her not so secret escape; coupled with the occasional diet coke and sneaky choccy bar. Thankfully, other organisations noticed she was spending far too much time on social media; with KiddyCharts making it as a finalist in the National Blog awards this year, and in the BIBs last year. KiddyCharts has now developed into much more than a mere distraction and provides a steady income, alongside her social media and blogging role for the online retailer, Truprint. @KiddyCharts

 

lauren_woodward_photoLauren Woodward is a housewife, mum to two young boys and blogs as the Real Housewife of Suffolk County. She is also 1 of 12 contributors to the Living Arrows photography project. Lauren covers a variety of topics but is particularly passionate about writing an open and honest account about mental health.  She loves sailing on the Norfolk Broads, photography, blue floral dresses, coffee, Ricky Martin, the US series of Impractical Jokers and Tom Hanks. @LaureninSuffolk

 

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