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Dominique is a Broadcast Media and Media Writing graduate who studied at the University of Derby. Born and raised in Birmingham she spent three years in Derby studying. Dominique returned to her home city to work as fashion Editor of Tru Life magazine for a year before moving to London. For the last three and a half years she has been working in fashion PR for footwear retailer Schuh. When she isn’t buying shoes Dominique can be found partying with her friends in London city or lusting over new season trends in fashion magazines.
Emily Jayne is a freelance blogger, personal stylist and writes on fashion, beauty, and the Midlands Style Scene at her own blog, www.emily-jayne.com . She has been a feature writer on makeup for Vintage Life Magazine, and has presented on Web TV and a bridal makeover show for Wedding TV. She is passionate about making style and fashion accessible for all, diversity in fashion, and helping women to feel amazing about the way they look.
Fiona is on a mission to help more ambitious people and entrepreneurs ‘Excel:arate’ their success and stand out in the crowd. After an early career in the competitive world of sports broadcasting, marketing, PR and sponsorship, she moved into business development and consultancy, using her marketing, communications and customer service skills in industries as diverse as insurance, distilling, international courier services IT and Telecommunications.
Over the last decade, she has specialised in corporate and internal communications, business transformation and change management, embedding change and coaching and mentoring staff through it. She believes that effective leadership and communication are fundamental to personal and business success and enjoys giving others the skills they need to communicate effectively. A qualified performance coach and engaging trainer, she works with managers and teams to make them more effective, and helps business and private clients achieve more and bridge gaps in their careers and businesses. Her practical approach has helped middle and senior managers as well as business owners become more productive, focussed and successful. She also provides outplacement activities, supporting staff facing redundancy.
Passionate about employee engagement, she has worked with organisations to improve management/staff relationships resulting in improved staff commitment and business performance.
HELEN MOORE \\ Lifestyle
Helen Moore, BA (hons) in Modern Drama Studies from Brunel University, is an actor by trade. She writes because she loves to! A freelance Creative Practitioner who embraces using the arts (especially drama) to enhance people’s life experiences and learning opportunities. She uses the written word to express herself and to enlighten, excite and entertain readers. Helen not only puts her hand to journalism but also creative writing in poetry and as a playwright.
Helen was a contributing writer and broadcast journalist for ‘Tru Life Magazine’ – an urban lifestyle magazine for aspirational young women. She delivers weekly performing arts classes to children aged 4 –10 years and once a week she works with a group of adults with learning disabilities. She also undertakes freelance performance, voiceover and acting roles. Snippet of life experiences: She has led drama workshops in a high security female prison; been inside a pyramid in Cairo, Egypt; drove a quad bike on the Sahara desert; seen alligators in the Everglades, Florida and held a baby alligator…
In addition to writing and acting, Helen loves visiting the theatre, cinema and comedy shows, reading books and socialising. She is also raising awareness for the chronic muscle condition she suffers with – Fibromyalgia.
JAY \\ Lifestyle \\ Health & Fitness
Jay Wheeler is the Head Personal Trainer at theclubandspa Birmingham in The Cube. A personal trainer for more than 6 years, Jay has been directly involved with the fitness industry for 12 years, with the proven track record and the know how to get results. As a person and a professional, Jay’s strengths lie in his ability to adapt both his personal and military experience to people’s health & fitness requirements and goals.
Alongside his versatile and dynamic approach, this has made Jay the success that he is today. A key to success as a personal trainer is the ability to train effectively using different approaches suited to a clients goals- after all it is ‘Personal Training’! So whether it‘s weight loss or weight gain, to increase fitness or decrease body fat, your personal goals are Jay’s professional responsibility. By adopting his techniques and a bit of hard work and determination, dreams are just goals with a time frame.
Leona vernon is a fashion journalist and stylist with a varied fashion past. Leona has played a part in some of Birmingham’s well known magazines including vine magazine (beauty and fashion editor) then onto Trulife magazine as a editorial contributor and stylist. As a budding writer leona is now moving into children’s story books and also her own fashion projects. Having studied both fashion design and journalism, with a great passion for clothes, design and styling, I guess we could say she’s an all round player in this industry we call fashion.
Lisa is a marketing and communications professional who has worked both in the private and public sector. Her experience covers strategic marketing, corporate branding, market insights and all spectrums of internal and external communications. She has a real passion for marcomms and currently spends her days developing communication plans including online strategies; writing editorial; managing media relations; hosting media visits; planning and managing VIP events and managing her growing communications team.
In those precious moments of free time Lisa loves nothing more than sampling fine food, visiting faraway places or finding stylish accessories. A supporter of independent businesses she thrives on discovering new ventures and takes time to learn more about them. Lisa shares her insights by writing articles, features and reviews for her blog Glamour in the County.
LOUISE \\ Lifestyle
Louise Hulland is a Sony Award winning investigative reporter, documentary maker and presenter. The Independent named her ‘an up and coming radio star’ for her BBC Radio 1 documentary ‘Missing The Message’ about young people in the UK with HIV, and since then she’s reported for BBC One and BBC Radio 4 on the rise of female bouncers.
Currently Louise is reporting for Live with Gabby on Channel 5, where she’s investigated how guide dogs are trained, why we’re all getting tattoos, and even sat her driving test on telly! Louise also produced Amy Winehouse: Her Life and Legacy for ITV2. She is also working on programmes about WAG culture, the sex trade, crime and the Olympics and consumer affairs.
As well as working as an investigative reporter, Louise is a radio host on various BBC stations including BBC London 94.9. She reports for BBC Radio 2, is a continuity announcer for BBC Three and finds the time to be an in-demand voice over artist.
MARY \\ Fashion
After studying Fine Art at university, Mary started off her career in London as a stylist for Topshop and after a few years began freelancing. She is currently working as a fashion writer and stylist for various publications.Writing is her passion and there is nothing more she likes to do then discuss latest trends and shopping. She is obsessed with finding a bargain and spends her spare time hunting for one off vintage pieces to add to her growing collection.
PR account manager by day, Sarah has a background in media and communications, having previously worked for the Birmingham Post and Mail. Not one to sit still for very long, she has been writing her popular ‘Diva Diaries’ blog for the Sunday Mercury since 2008 and also volunteers for BHBN Hospital Radio in Birmingham as both publicity director and presenter of a weekly Saturday midday show called ‘The Frock Show’.
Having graduated from university in 2005 with a fashion degree and work experience with a glossy fashion magazine under her belt, she still likes to keep abreast of what’s going on in the fashion world. Armed with a pair of stilettos and a sharp eye, she can often be found scouring everything from the market, to charity shops, to Selfridges for the next quirky must-have. Also likes food, wine, karaoke and a red lip.
Tia is finding her feet as a student journalist and is trying her hand at freelance and magazine journalism. Originally from Birmingham, she is studying a Journalism degree at the University of Chester, but ‘you can’t take the city out of the girl’ so returns to her hometown regularly. Tia has been published by The Birmingham Press reporting on student charity work in Thailand and has investigated into the rising number of neglected animals in Cheshire.
She enjoys writing about food (and eating it), a variety of music that she can’t live (or write) without, films, festivals, travel and student life. She occasionally blogs at tiasmithxx.blogspot.co.uk and tweets at @tiasmithxx