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Martin Lewis

Money Saving Expert

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis OBE is a 43-year-old award-winning campaigning TV and radio presenter, newspaper columnist and author. An ultra-specialised journalist, in 2003 he founded, which has nearly 10,000,000 users a month, and remains Editor-in-Chief working with the team, writing some of the guides, and being a money-saving pedant.

He has his own ITV programme, The Martin Lewis Money Show, is often credited as the "big gob in chief" behind campaigns to reclaim bank charges, PPI and council tax, was awarded an OBE for services to consumer rights and charitable services in June 2014 and topped The Grocer's 2011 Retail Power 100 list. He also has an honorary doctorate from Chester University, has featured in a top 40 bank charges protest single and, according to Google, was again the UK's most searched-for British man in 2013.

Outside of the money world he has an average score of over 400 at Scrabble (and not dissimilar at golf) and is married to Mrs MSE (Lara). Read Martin's full biography and Martin's blog.

Amy Roberts

Money Features Writer
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Amy joined MSE in March 2013 as money features writer. She’s responsible for writing new money guides as well as updating old ones. Previously she worked as a features writer at Financial Adviser. Amy was also a senior reporter at Post, a magazine for the insurance industry, after qualifying as a journalist in 2009.

Having danced since she was three years old, Amy enjoys nothing more than popping along to Pineapple Dance Studios in her spare time to do a class, going back to her home town to watch Norwich play football (hopefully not getting thrashed), or printing off some restaurant vouchers to catch up with friends.

Andrea Hirai

Forum Editorial Liaison
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Andrea joined in 2004 as the first member of the Editorial team, having been a site user for a year. Now on the recently formed Forum & Community team, as Forum Editorial Liaison she helps answer questions from site users, our fantastic volunteer board guides and companies, liaises with our legal team, and can be found tweeting most days, day and night on @MSE_Forum. Before MSE, Andrea was a Spanish, Italian and Portuguese technical freelance translator following a similar role at

At home, Andrea is mum to two excitable and beautiful little girls. When not working or chasing the little 'uns to eat their tea, Andrea’s hobbies include growing her own veg, relaxing with a good book, watching her solar panel display in hope whenever the sun comes out, and of course, her ultimate passion: bargain-grabbing.

Especially gratifying was a quadruple whammy of garden shed in a sale, pre-VAT increase, on a cashback card, via a cashback website! As an MFW (Mortgage-Free Wannabe) her ultimate goal is to pay off her mortgage early, which is currently due to happen in 2020, although the sooner, the better.

Archna Luthra

Clubs Manager
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Archna's in charge of our Cheap Energy Club, which helps you get no-hassle, permanently cheap gas and electricity. Before that she was the Email & Planning Editor which included heading up our Consumer team and ensuring the weekly email was in tip top shape. She's also a spokesperson for MSE, appearing regularly on radio and sometimes TV.

Her proudest MoneySaving moment came when she finally conquered her university debt hangover. Since then saving money has become a way of life for her, and fuels her love of travelling to far flung destinations.

Here from the online dating guide? You can tweet Archna @MSE_ArchnaL ;)

Deborah Shanahan

Assistant Deals Manager
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Deborah is part of the MSE Deals team which specialises in finding the site's fun deals. She works primarily on finding the best discount vouchers for eating out, shopping and days out. Deborah worked in law before joining MSE in 2008. Everyday she's glad she decided to change her career.

Deborah enjoys eating out (all in the name of research, of course) shopping (ditto), making and drinking cocktails and teaching her boyfriend to play tennis.

Eesha Mohindra

Money Analyst

Eesha joined MSE's Money team in November 2013. She ensures all our money guides are up-to-date with the best products for MoneySavers. She graduated in social anthropology in 2010, and went on to work as a manager in a bank.

In her spare time, she likes searching for and eating at exotic (and cheap, of course) restaurants with her best friends. She's also a novice dressmaker and stitches dresses for friends and family.

Gary Caffell

Deals Editor

Gary joined MSE in October 2014 and his main role is to ensure all deals and blogs are well researched, well written and stick to the lively MSE style.

He has nine years of experience working on national and regional newspapers and magazines. Gary has a passion for words and a pet hate for grammatically incorrect shop or road signs.

When he’s not honing his craft, he enjoys following Arsenal, where he has a season ticket. He also loves travelling and has an interesting claim to fame – he once held a world record for juggling (with 15,000 others!).

Guy Anker

Managing Editor
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Guy manages the Editorial team (which writes the content on MSE) and is one of the site’s editors, ensuring guides, the weekly email and news stories are in tip top shape. He also regularly appears on radio and TV as a spokesperson for MSE. He joined MSE in December 2008 after a year as assistant producer on Martin Lewis' It Pays to Watch on Channel 5. Before that, he was a personal finance reporter at the Daily Mail.

His MoneySaving skills are best demonstrated when haggling. He never misses a chance to get a few quid off when shopping for clothes or to cut his digital TV and mobile phone bills by playing the 'I'm going to cancel my account' card.

Helen Knapman

Senior News Reporter
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Helen's main role includes writing news stories for the site and researching topics for Martin’s broadcast appearances, such as on Radio 5 Live. She joined MSE in January 2011, and was named Online Financial Journalist of the Year at the 2013 Santander Media Awards. Before she joined MSE, she spent her time interning for various publications after graduating from university in 2010 with a degree in multi-media journalism.

In her spare time, Helen enjoys rooting through stores for sales bargains and accessories for her ever-expanding wardrobe, as well as putting restaurant vouchers to good use with friends.

Helen Saxon

Money desk leader
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Helen joined MSE in September 2012 to look after the money content on the website. This means ensuring the best buys for savings, loans, credit cards and more are up-to-date, as well as the wider areas of the site covering tax, benefits, pensions and more.

Before joining MSE and becoming a journalist, Helen spent much of her time talking to them as a PR, first for a debt help charity, then for a consumer credit trade association.

She regularly represents MSE in the media, whether providing tips in a feature article on how to do a budget to commenting on breaking personal finance news.

Away from MSE Towers, Helen spends time seeing as many theatre shows as possible for as little money as possible. In slightly less refined pursuits, she’s often to be found watching her home-town team, Manchester United, play football. She also enjoys winning pub quizzes.

Jenny Keefe

Lead Writer
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As's Lead Writer, Jenny covers a wide array of subjects, including travel, money-making, mental health and debt, shopping and property. She also produces apps and online tools such as the Local eBay Deals Finder and Split Train Ticket Finder.

Born in the glorious county of Essex, Jenny got the book Free Stuff for Kids for her eighth birthday, and so her passion for MoneySaving began. She's now been writing about consumer affairs for nearly a decade.

Johanna Gornitzki

Web Content Editor
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Jo is one of the site’s editors and manages the Money and Insurance teams, ensuring guides and the weekly email are in perfect shape. She is also one of MSE’s main spokespeople.

She joined MSE at the beginning of 2014, but has more than 10 years' experience as a personal finance and consumer journalist. An award-winning journalist, she spent four years as the editor of money magazine Moneywise, its website and TV channel and more recently as personal finance correspondent for the Mail on Sunday.

When she’s not at work fighting the corner of the consumer, she’s busy training for the London Marathon, and trying to convince her other half that getting a dog would be a great idea.

Nick Durrant

Consumer Analyst
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Nick joined MSE as an intern, before becoming our Consumer Analyst in April 2014. He studied English and European law, spending a year abroad in the Netherlands as part of his course. He spends most of his money on travelling and spent every summer as a student "somewhere tropical and green". He still tries go camping and hiking at least once a year.

He enjoys reading fiction (ashamedly mostly crime novels), is interested in economics and technology, and watches a lot of Korean and Asian movies. He's yet to grow out of his childhood love of video games – Mario is his hero.

Paloma Kubiak

News Reporter
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Paloma joined MSE in July 2011 as a deals researcher and writer, helping the team scout out the hottest bargains. She switched to the News team in May 2014. Previously, she worked for a freelance investigative reporter, as a senior multi-media journalist for Trinity Mirror and was a presenter and engineer at Radio Northwick Park (though her friends would say this didn't improve her music taste!).

In her free time, Paloma enjoys reading, having been a member of a book club since 2008, as well as long strolls and cycle rides in the summer. She loves travelling, having toured parts of the US, India, Dubai, China and Hong Kong and is slowly conquering Europe. Her weaknesses are chocolate and snoozing and an occasional glass or two of rosé in good company.

Rebecca Rutt

Insurance Desk Leader

Rebecca has recently become Senior Insurance Writer after spending the past year working in the Consumer team.

Before joining, she worked at a number of different personal finance publications after completing a journalism MA in Cardiff and an undergraduate degree in history in the fine city of Norwich.

When not searching for a new way to save money, she can normally be found in a kitchen baking, organising dinner with friends at a new restaurant, planning her next holiday or laughing at internet cat videos.

Sam McFaul

Money Writer

Sam joined MSE as an intern, before becoming a Money Writer in September 2014. He initially qualified as a chartered accountant before having an epiphany and realising life as an accountant was not for him. He spent five months in Italy before joining MSE and still likes to go travelling when he can.

He’s currently studying for his NCTJ, but when he has time to spare from practising shorthand, he’s also an occasional Leyton Orient supporter, enjoys reading fiction (mainly dystopian sci-fi), likes swimming and live music.

Sarah Monro

Deals Researcher

Sarah joined MSE in June 2014 as a Deals Researcher. Her job is to find the best discounts, vouchers and special offers available.

When she's not saving money, Sarah tries to find time to read, keep fit and teach herself to play the guitar; something which has gone unappreciated by all her previous housemates. She also enjoys travelling, usually to escape to warmer climates, and her most recent adventure was a charity trek to Everest Base Camp.

Steve Nowottny

Consumer and Features Editor
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Steve is one of the site's editors and manages the Consumer and Features teams. He's responsible for ensuring guides are in tip-top condition, works on the weekly email and also acts as a spokesperson for MSE.

A journalist for more than 10 years, Steve trained as a reporter on a daily newspaper in Alabama. After returning to the UK, he specialised in health journalism, working as an investigative reporter and then editor at the GP magazine Pulse before joining MSE in April 2014.

Away from work, Steve enjoys travelling, cinema, following Newcastle United and trying to learn Vietnamese faster than his (bilingual) one-year-old son.

Tony Forchione

Insurance Analyst
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Tony joined MSE Towers in September 2011 as part of the Editorial team. His specialist subject is anything and everything insurance-related – whether it's to help you find the right deal or what you should be looking out for when selecting a type of cover.

All this knowledge was gained from a number of years working for an insurance broker and a financial research company, while he’s recently completed a degree in business management.

He loves spending time with his wife, impressing her with shopping vouchers and visiting family in Northern Ireland. He also has three young boys and has great fun causing mischief with them – when Mrs F isn't watching, of course. He’s now got an allotment patch – that’s where he can be found in his free time with family Forchione.

Wendy Alcock

External Affairs & Campaigns Manager
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Wendy liaises with the Government, regulators, other consumer groups and charities on any issue affecting consumers. Her role is to put the consumer's point of view across in the places that matter and to push for stronger rights in the future.

Before joining MSE in 2007, Wendy worked for Trading Standards and the Citizens Advice Bureau in an attempt to redress the balance between consumers and the corporate beast. This is something she continues to do with a vengeance, although she also likes to potter around in her garden growing a variety of veg and playing with her two cheeky chickens.

Zorica Campbell

Forum & Community Researcher

Zorica joined MSE in May 2013 as a Forum & Community Researcher. Her role involves spotting any exciting new trends that crop up in and around our buzzing forum, as well as liaising with the Deals, News and Editorial teams and helping to drive social media. Prior to joining MSE, she worked in social media and online research for Groupon.

A fully-fledged Gooner, Zorica is staunchly proud of her north London family roots. She enjoys reading, writing, is a HUGE music lover and started playing netball as part of her 2013 campaign "Get Fit or Die (hopefully not)".

Biographies of the technical and other members of the team coming soon...