Davina McCall

Presenter & author

Davina is a television presenter who has hosted Channel 4's The Million Pound Drop Live, Five Minutes to a Fortune and The Jump as well as Sky1's Got to Dance and ITV's Long Lost Family and Stepping Out. Her new book, 'Lessons I've Learned', is out this year.
Twitter: @ThisIsDavina


Shappi Khorsandi

Comedian & author

Shappi Khorsandi established herself as one of the country's finest comedians in 2006 with her sell-out Edinburgh show, Asylum Speaker. Shappi's career has taken her to all corners of the globe, she has appeared on countless TV and radio shows including Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, QI and Just a Minute. She has yet to learn to drive.
Twitter: @ShappiKhorsandi

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The Saccone-Jolys

Lifestyle vloggers

The Saccone-Jolys consist of Anna, Jonathan, toddler Emilia, little Eduardo and their 6 Maltese dogs. Originally from Ireland, they now live in London. They upload every single day giving an insight into their daily lives. Anna also has a beauty and lifestyle channel and blog of her own.
YouTube: Sacconejolys

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Lucy Porter


Lucy has been a huge hit with comedy audiences up and down the country for over ten years with her distinctive, bouncy, feel-good comedy. Her 2016 sell-out show Consequences received rave reviews and is currently on tour across the UK. Lucy is a regular face and voice on TV and radio panel shows, and recently has contributed to various publications as a columnist, including City AM, Cook Vegetarian Magazine and Mother & Baby.
Twitter: @lucyportercomic

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Louise Pentland

Sprinkle Of Glitter

YouTube vlogging sensation Louise Pentland (Sprinkle of Glitter) is right at the heart of the vlogger community. Best known for her honest advice and up-beat attitude, Louise's channel is full of beauty recommendations, DIY ideas, shopping hauls and 'life chats'. She has over 2 million Youtube and Instagram subscribers, 1.5 million Twitter followers and 1 million fans on Facebook.
Twitter: @LouisePentland

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Kit de Waal


Kit de Waal was born in Birmingham to an Irish mother who was a foster carer, and a Caribbean father. She worked for 15 years in criminal and family law, was a magistrate for several years and sits on adoption panels.Her writing has received numerous awards including the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize 2014 and 2015, and the SI Leeds Literary Reader's Choice Prize 2014. My Name is Leon is her first novel. She has two children.


Sara Pascoe

Comedian & writer

As a stand up, Sara Pascoe has starred on Live at the Apollo, QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Room 101, as well as 8/10 Cats and is a regular contributor on the channel 4 series Stand Up for The Week. Sara won the 2014 Chortle Award for Best Breakthrough Act and has enjoyed regular roles in W1A and Twenty Twelve. She’s also written for the Guardian, the Independent and Standard Issue magazine.
Twitter: @sarapascoe


Stella Duffy


Stella Duffy is an award-winning writer with fourteen novels, ten plays, and over fifty short stories published in fifteen languages. She has twice won the CWA Short Story Dagger and twice won Stonewall Writer of the Year. She has worked in theatre for thirty-five years as an actor, director, playwright, and facilitator. She is Co-Director of Fun Palaces, the ongoing campaign for culture at the heart of every community. Her latest novel London Lies Beneath is published by Virago.
Twitter: @stellduffy

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Alison Perry

Not Another Mummy Blog

Alison Perry is a magazine editor turned blogger who lives in London with her husband and six-year-old daughter. She started Not Another Mummy Blog to write about motherhood, while on maternity leave in 2011, only to see it grow into an award-winning family lifestyle blog. Alison also co-edits award-winning family travel site Space In Your Case and contributes to magazines like Grazia, Closer, OK! and Mother & Baby.
Twitter: @iamalisonperry


Shami Chakrabarti

Author & human rights campaigner

Shami Chakrabarti is the former director of human rights campaign group Liberty and the author of On Liberty published by Penguin in 2015. She was a member of the panel of the Leveson Inquiry and is Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Manchester, Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple. She was awarded a CBE in 2007.

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Meera Syal CBE

Comedian, actress & writer

Meera Syal CBE starred in the hit series The Kumars at No. 42 and the BBC film of David Walliams’ The Boy in the Dress. She is also highly regarded for her funny, sharp and provocative fiction – her earlier novels are Anita and Me (a national curriculum set text) and Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee, and h long-awaited third novel The House of Hidden Mothers was released in 2015.
Twitter: @MeeraSyal

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Ed Balls

Former MP & Cabinet Minister

Ed Balls is a former MP, Cabinet Minister and Treasury Chief Economic Adviser. He is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center, Visiting Professor to the Policy Institute at King’s College London, and Chairman of Norwich City FC. He is also a dad, cook, pianist, economist and, now, Strictly Come Dancing contestant.
Twitter: @edballs

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Emily Quinton

Photographer & blogger

Emily has worked as a professional photographer for a decade, doing a wide variety of work – shooting weddings for high profile clients including MPs and appearing on Channel 5’s How to Take Stunning Pictures. Her first book, Maker Spaces, was published in Spring 2015 and is a collection of thirteen photo-essays about inspiring makers and their homes. Emily also teaches students in her photography workshops, online and in person at the Makelight Studio in South London.
Twitter: @emilyquinton


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Revered, applauded, loved and reviled Shazia Mirza is an award-winning comedian and columnist, as much recognised for her literary prowess as she is for her unique comedic talents. She has appeared on Have I Got News For You and is a regular panellist on The Wright Stuff, Comedy Central’s The World Stands Up, NBC’s Last Comic Standing and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show.


Kate Thornton

Presenter & founder of TBSeen

Kate started her career as a journalist, becoming the youngest ever editor of Smash Hits in 1995. She has written regularly for The Daily and Sunday Mirror, The Sunday Times and was the Contributing Editor for Marie Claire. Her presenting credits include some of the most high profile programmes on British television including The X Factor and Comic Relief. She is also the founder of TBSeen, a website all about smart living and smart shopping.
Twitter: @k8_thornton

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The Scummy Mummies

Comedians & podcasters

Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson met on the stand-up circuit. They bonded after discovering their sons were born 11 days apart, with the help of the same midwife. Together they host The Scummy Mummies Podcast, which launched in July 2013. It was an instant hit, going straight to number one on the iTunes Kids & Family chart. They produce a hit blog, and have written for Glamour and Kin, and their first book is due for publication in time for Mothers' Day 2017.
Twitter: @scummymummies

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Elizabeth Sellers

Lifestyle & Travel Blogger

Elizabeth Sellers is a multi-award winning lifestyle blogger with her blog Rosalilium. When she is not creating content for her blog and YouTube channel she can be found retreats and training workshops for content creators and small businesses with her Blognix brand. Elizabeth is the resident agony aunt at Blogosphere magazine, and a regular speaker at conferences on the topic of blogging and entrepreneurship. As an early adopter of Pinterest she has over 720,000 followers and is super enthusiastic about teaching content creators how to make the platform work for them.
Twitter: @rosalilium

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Liv Little

Editor, gal-dem

Liv is a recent graduate from the university of Bristol, where she studied Politics and Sociology receiving 1st class honours. She's also the founding editor-in-chief of online magazine gal-dem, a website committed to showcasing the creative work of women of colour. Come September, she'll be embarking on Channel 4's production trainee scheme as a factual documentary researcher.
Twitter: @oliviaslittle


Sara Khan

Director and Co-founder, Inspire

Having worked and actively campaigned for women’s rights within Muslim communities for over 20 years, Sara has a wealth of experience in understanding the huge barriers that face British Muslim women today. To help redress these wrongs, Sara co-founded Inspire in 2009 to empower Muslim women, raise awareness of their inequalities and challenge the growing extremism often justified in the name of Islam. In January 2015 Sara was recognised as one of Britain’s 500 most influential people.
Twitter: @wewillinspire

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Fi Glover


Fi Glover is a multi-award winning broadcaster, writer and voice over artist. Her current radio programmes include Radio 4's landmark series Listening Project and Generations Apart. Fi has won Sony Gold and Sony Silver for her shows Saturday Live and Broadcasting House on Radio 4. Having been voted the 9th Most Powerful Voice on Radio, Fi was recently made a fellow of the Radio Academy. Her work in television includes Newsnight and she is the host of BBC1's 24 Hours in the Past.
Twitter: @fifiglover

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Miranda Sawyer

Journalist & broadcaster

Miranda Sawyer is a journalist and broadcaster. Besides her features and radio criticism for the Observer, her writing has appeared in GQ, Vogue and the Guardian. She makes documentaries for TV and radio and is the author of two books – Park and Ride and Out of Time.
Twitter: @msmirandasawyer

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Jess Phillips MP

Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley

Jess Phillips is the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley. Jess has committed her life to improving the lives of others, especially the most vulnerable, and spent five years working for Women’s Aid supporting and defending women. Jess became a councillor in 2012 through the Labour Future Candidates Programme. Since becoming a MP in 2015, Jess has continued her fight to support those who need it the most and has been appointed to the Women and Equalities Committee and Backbench Business Committee.
Twitter: @jessphillip

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Bryony Gordon

Journalist & author

Bryony Gordon is a journalist, columnist and interviewer for The Telegraph. In 2015 she launched her YouTube channel, One Fat Mother, aiming to deliver practical, intuitive, guilt-free parenting tips, delivered without judgement. This year she published her second book, Mad Girl – a memoir on living with depression and OCD which became a Sunday Times bestseller.
Twitter: @bryony_gordon


Darren & Georgie

Vegan Family TV

Darren and Georgie along with their two daughters are the stars of Vegan Family TV, where they share daily vlogs of life as a healthy and fit vegan family. Darren and Georgie will offer insight into how they’ve taken their channel from 0 to over 50,000 subscribers in nine months!


Sarah Turner

The Unmumsy Mum

Sarah Turner is an author and freelance writer living in Devon with her husband and their two boys. Her first book, The Unmumsy Mum, is a Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller and has its roots in Sarah's parenting blog by the same name. She is currently working on her second book which will be published in February 2017.
Twitter: @TheUnmumsyMum

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Carrie Longton

Co-founder, Mumsnet

Carrie is co-founder of Mumsnet, an online community of parents sharing advice, support and product recommendations. Over the last 13 years it has become the UK’s busiest and most influential network for parents, with over 14 million visits a month, more than 200 local sites, and a network of 6000 bloggers. In 2013, Carrie was listed seventh in BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Power List of the 100 most powerful women in the UK. She also won Red Magazine’s Red Hot Woman of the Year in 2010.

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Samantha Baines

Comedian & writer

Trained at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama Samantha is a Best Actress Award winner and popular comedian. Winner of the What the Frock Best Newcomer Award 2015 for her stand up comedy, Samantha is also A Funny Women Awards Finalist 2014. You might recognise Samantha as Steph in popular TV series: Lee Nelson's Well Funny People on BBC or from character roles in Call the Midwife, Doctors, Hank Zipzer and So Awkward for CBBC. Samantha recently played the role of Mary in celebrated cinema release A Royal Night Out alongside Emily Watson and Rupert Everett.

Samantha blogs for a number of publications including the Huffington Post Comedy and Time Out. She frequently appears on the radio on stations such as Radio 4, XFM and BBC London and presents her own weekly radio shows.


Sam Eades

Senior commisionning editor, Orion

Sam is a senior commissioning editor and publicist with nine years’ experience, and has won multiple PPC awards for her campaigns on The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse. Eades joined Orion in 2015 as a Senior Commissioning Editor and Associate Publicist, working in the Orion Fiction team. She is now commissioning commercial fiction for Trapeze, looking for great writing with a broad appeal. She is on the look for standout voices in the crime, psychological suspense, reading group and women’s fiction areas.

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Kate Rushworth

YouTube Strategist

Kate Rushworth has spent more than three years at Google working as an audience development strategist on the YouTube platform, advising partners across the UK and Europe on how to grow sustainable audiences. Previously, she worked at BBC Worldwide for three years, running six YouTube channels such as Top Gear and BBC Earth. Basically, she's spent six years watching an awful lot of YouTube.


Anna Whitehouse

Mother Pukka

A journalist, editor and mother in search of pukka things for her kid, founder Anna Whitehouse previously worked as the Vice Editor at Time Out Amsterdam before writing about shoes and handbags for fashion labels SuperTrash and Tommy Hilfiger. Looking for a change of pace, she recently returned to London and now works as a writer at Shortlist Media and vlogs as Mother Pukka.
IG: @mother_pukka

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Paris Lees

Journalist & campaigner

Paris Lees is a multi award winning journalist, broadcaster and equality campaigner, dubbed 'the voice of a generation by i-D magazine' and named Comment Writer of the Year at the Words by Women journalism awards 2016. She is currently working with All About Trans to improve media representation of trans people and her memoir is set to be published by Penguin next year
Twitter: @parislees

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Ruth Hunt

CEO, Stonewall

Ruth Hunt is the Chief Executive of Stonewall. Ruth was appointed in August 2014, having worked in senior positions in the organisation since 2011. She has successfully led the development of the Stonewall’s groundbreaking policy, campaigns and research outputs, including its work to tackle homophobic bullying in schools, effective interventions to improve the health of lesbian, gay and bisexual people and Stonewall’s acclaimed leadership development programmes.
Twitter: @ruth_hunt


Justine Roberts

Founder and CEO, Mumsnet

Justine is Founder and CEO of Mumsnet, an online community of parents sharing advice, support and product recommendations. Over the last 15 years it has grown into the UK’s busiest and most influential network for parents, with over 14 million visits a month. In February 2013, Justine was listed number 7 in BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour’s Power List of the 100 most powerful women in the UK. In September 2013, Justine was appointed to the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement. She was voted Red Magazine’s Red Hot Woman in 2010, and was also included in the Guardian’s 100 most influential people in the media. In 2014 Mumsnet was named Best Online Comment Site in the EI Comment Awards. Before Mumsnet, Justine wrote about football and cricket for the Daily Telegraph and The Times – and before that, a long time ago, she was an economist and strategist for SG Warburg.

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Steph Douglas

Founder, Don't Buy Her Flowers

Steph started online business Don’t Buy Her Flowers in November 2014 selling thoughtful gift packages for new mums. It started with her blog Sisterhood, an honest, funny and often emotional account of motherhood, and in 2 years Steph has grown the business significantly using social media, PR and collaborations. Customers now send packages for birthdays, get well and any occasion when they want to make someone feel loved, as well as for new mums.
Twitter: @DBHFGifts


Emma Conway

Brummy Mummy of 2

Emma Conway is a Birmingham-based mother of two, blogging and vlogging about the honest side of parenting. She won Best Vlogger in last year's Mumsnet Blogging Awards.
Twitter: @brummymummmyof2


Aby Moore

You Baby Me Mummy

Aby lives with her husband and young daughter on the Hampshire border. She started blogging almost accidentally and now works as a professional blogger and social media manager. Her award winning blog You Baby Me Mummy is one of the top ranked family blogs in the country. It's where she shares her family adventures and helps people who want to blog better, or even make blogging their jobs, through posts, courses and coaching.
Twitter: @youbabymemummy

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Will Francis

Literary Agent at Jankow & Nesbit

Will Francis represents writers of popular science and narrative history as well as novelists. He has a particularly interest in literary fiction, thrillers, speculative fiction, and genre writers with a literary edge. His clients include Jasper Fforde, Sunjeev Sahota, Tanya Byron, Anna Smaill, Charles Cumming, Evan Davis and Adam Rutherford, and he represents two of the 13 authors on the Long List for the Man Booker Prize 2015. He became director of Janklow & Nesbit's UK office in 2013
Twitter: @zcosini


Cash Carraway

The Comeback Mum

Cash is a writer, activist and mother. She lives in a little cottage on the River Thames in West London with her 5 year old daughter Biddy and their cat Angie Bowie.Cash started The Comeback Mum in February 2015 and it quickly grew to be one of the UK's most popular yet controversial parenting and lifestyle blogs.
Twitter: @comebackmum

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Sarah Perry


Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979. She has a PhD in creative writing from Royal Holloway, and has been a writer-in-residence at the Gladstone Library and from January-February 2016 was the UNESCO World City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. Her first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. She lives in Norwich.
Twitter: @SarahGPerry


Hayley Goleniowska

Downs Side Up

Hayley is the mum of two gorgeous girls, the youngest of whom, Natty, has Down’s syndrome. She blogs, speaks, provides training and writes articles on the subject and has published a first introduction to Down’s syndrome for children. Through her blog Downs Side Up, she aims to both offer encouragement and advice to new families with a diagnosis, and to gently change the nation’s perceptions of Down’s syndrome.
Twitter: @DownsSideUp


Alison Bloomer

Complicated Gorgeousness

Alison Bloomer is mum to three children and editor of a UK medical journal. Her youngest son Gabriel has an undiagnosed genetic condition and she writes about life with a child with global development delay at Complicated Gorgeousness. The aim of the blog is to share the highs and lows of raising a family under the shadow of an unknown medical syndrome and finding that there is plenty of light at the end of the tunnel. She was awarded Best Campaigner in the Mumsnet 2015 Blogging Awards.

Twitter: @complicatedgorg


Katie Kirby

Hurrah For Gin

Katie lives with her husband and two young sons by the sea in Brighton. She started blogging on a whim one night, probably under the influence of gin after a bad day. Her blog Hurrah For Gin is a real and humorous account of parenting young children – the happy, the sad, the good and the bad.
Twitter: @hurrahforgin