Here at Woman’s Weekly we make every effort to meet as many of our readers as we can – whether it be at our annual Live! event, at one of our specially-crafted workshops, or out and about in interviews – there really is nothing like putting a face to a name.
With that in mind, we thought it would be nice for us to introduce ourselves so you can get to know us. So, here goes – scroll down to meet the Woman’s Weekly team and find out what we love about our jobs…
Diane Kenwood, Editor
The best thing about my job is… Knowing how much the magazine means to our readers and always trying to make it the best it possibly can be for them. Oh, and getting to try out so many of the recipes!
Geoff Palmer, Deputy Editor
The best thing about my job is… Meeting our lovely readers, who’ve proved without exception to be the nicest people you could ever wish to come across…and helping to create the Woman’s Weekly specials series of magazines, which cover everything from knitting and craft, to gardening, health, cookery and fiction.
Sue Pilkington, Associate Editor (features)
The best thing about my job is… The mind-boggling variety. Being a journalist, I’m a natural nosey parker – so delving into peoples’ lives fascinates me. It could be a famous celebrity one minute, a heartwarming story about a family who’ve come through great adversity the next. I can tell you the latest lipstick colours, five easy ways to save £300 for Christmas, and where to go for the best Winter sunshine. Love my job? It’s the best hobby in the world.
Jayne Marsden, Lifestyle Editor
The best thing about my job is… Working with the wonderful Woman’s Weekly team to try and create the best home, craft, fashion, knitting and beauty features we can – to inspire you in all things to do with lifestyle.
Emily Dawe, Home Editor
The best thing about my job is… My most favourite part of my job is getting to see the previews of the new Homeware ranges from lots of lovely companies before anyone else – mind you, Christmas decs and gift collections while drinking mulled wine in July is slightly odd! Also, I love sitting next to the table where the Cookery team put out samples to try!
Gaynor Davies, Fiction Editor
The best thing about my job is… Finding new writers is brilliant, but what I like best about my job is the feeling that Woman’s Weekly fiction lovers are sharing something special. It’s great when they tell us that the stories – both the amusing ones and the poignant ones – have given them a lift.
Tina Egleton, Technical Knitting Editor
The best thing about my job is… Solving dilemmas that the job creates or readers technical problems.
Kandy Regis, Knitting Editor
The best thing about my job is… I’ve always felt it privilege to have a job that’s an extension of what only started as a hobby and interest. Sourcing the designs for the knitting pages, working with the colourful yarns and creating textures with them as a creative person is fab.
Stephanie Maylor, Beauty Editor
The best thing about my job is… Getting access to the Beauty Cupboard. It’s an Aladdin’s cave of gorgeous make-up, high-tech face creams and hair treats. The world of beauty is constantly evolving so I have to keep on top of the latest wonder ingredients and anti-ageing breakthroughs to pass on to our readers.
Freddie Patmore, Knitting Assistant
The best thing about my job is… Mixing work with my greatest pleasure, knitting! There’s no greater way to spend my day than knee deep in yarns, helping you lot with your queries and chatting crochet in the office.
Esme Clemo, Deputy Craft Editor
The best thing about my job is… being able to incorporate my favourite hobby into my work life. I love finding out about new craft trends and coming up with new makes to share with the lovely Woman’s Weekly readers!
Mary Bird, Head of Marketing
The best thing about my job is… It’s so hard to pick just one thing! This is the best job I have ever had – and, I’ve worked in magazine publishing and PR since 1988. I love working with the editorial team and coming up with fun ideas for readers to get involved with – such as our World Record Attempts and charity activities. I really enjoy organising the workshops that we hold here at HQ, and Woman’s Weekly Live which is held in Manchester each September. But, most of all, I love meeting the readers who are completely honest about what they like or don’t like and that is so refreshing – it definitely keeps me on my toes!
That’s us – nice to meet you! If you’d like to get involved in chat with us then head over to the Woman’s Weekly Facebook page and join the conversation. You can tweet us too @Womans_Weekly, or find us on Pinterest. We look forward to chatting with you.