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Martin Lewis

Money Saving Expert

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis OBE is a 44-year-old award-winning campaigning TV and radio presenter, newspaper columnist and author. An ultra-specialised journalist, in 2003 he founded MoneySavingExpert.com, which has nearly 10,000,000 users a month, and remains its Executive Chairman, 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

Senior Money Writer (currently on maternity leave)
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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. She's now a Senior Money Writer for MSE.

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's been an MSE site user since she googled "MoneySaving" sometime in 2002/03 (she remembers those early days when Martin answered every question) and in 2004 joined as the first Editorial team member.

Now as the Forum & Community Team’s Forum Editorial Liaison she coordinates forum and social media campaigns and Q&As highlighting where people can best save money across the site and forum.

Andrea works with organisations ranging from the Home Office to Citizens Advice and communities such as Netmums and The Student Room. Before MSE, Andrea was a Spanish, Italian and Portuguese translator, both freelance and at FT.com.

She's excited by a good bargain, her best recent success being a solid oak book/DVD/games case haggled from £200+ to £60 because "it has a hole in the back and you don't want it taking up space in your store room" (that hole is now covered by… DVDS!). She's an MFW (Mortgage-Free Wannabe) and aims to pay off her mortgage as early as possible without being too tight and pass on her MoneySaving and eco-friendly skills to her two girls.

Andrew Capstick

Energy Analyst

Andrew joined MSE in June 2016 as Energy Analyst. He covers some of our guides on utilities and looks after content on Cheap Energy Club. He previously worked as analyst for a wide range of subjects, from energy and construction, to entertainment and sports.

Outside of work, Andrew enjoys playing squash, watching football and rugby, going to gigs and music festivals, and attempts to play the guitar and ukulele.

Anthony Hill

Senior Deals Researcher

Anthony joined the MSE Deals team in November 2014. Previously he specialised in saving people money on their household bills – writing articles for an Ofcom-accredited comparison site, as well as guest blogging for sites such as BT.com and the Huffington Post.

Prior to that he studied marketing and journalism before gaining experience writing for newspapers and magazines. He landed his first ever paid writing job at a West Yorkshire news agency in 2010.

Born and bred in Scunthorpe, Anthony's been living in Bethnal Green, east London, since moving down south with his girlfriend in 2011.

When he's not busy hunting for hot bargains, Anthony enjoys trips to the cinema and the swimming pool, watching bands and taking part in pub quizzes. He's a self-confessed gadget hoarder who's obsessed with his smartphone, and he reckons he could beat anyone in a pickled onion eating contest.

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 tiptop 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 ;)

Callum Brodie

Senior News Reporter

Prior to joining MoneySavingExpert in March 2016, Callum served as news editor at Post – a general insurance trade publication – having joined as a reporter in 2011. After studying history and journalism at university, Callum started his journalistic career at his hometown newspaper in Slough before venturing up north to work on regional daily the Grimsby Telegraph.

It was during these formative years that Callum experienced a wide variety of reporting from covering high-profile court cases, inquests and vigilante neighbourhood patrols to writing about (and participating in) Morris dancing, dog grooming and fish pedicures.

As a keen sportsman – and qualified tennis coach – Callum enjoys spending his spare time playing and watching most sports (particularly tennis, football and rugby), while he is also at his most content when enjoying a pint of ale with good friends. Having got married at the end of 2015, Callum is constantly on the lookout for MoneySaving tips.

Deborah Heston

Deals Manager (currently on maternity leave)

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 husband to play tennis.

Eesha Mohindra

Money Analyst for Martin Lewis

Eesha first joined MSE as a Money Analyst in November 2013. Since then she has moved to working as Martin's Money Analyst and Writer. She ensures all of Martin's articles for TV, radio and print are prepared and supports Martin while he's out filming for his TV shows. She also regularly represents MSE on the radio.

Before MSE, Eesha graduated in social anthropology in 2010 from the London School of Economics, and went on to work as a manager in a bank. In her spare time, she practises yoga and frequently goes to the gym (though probably not as often as she would like). She's also a novice dressmaker and stitches dresses for friends and family.

Faye Lipson

News Reporter

Faye joined MSE as a News Reporter in May 2016. She started out as a sub-editor at the Morning Star, eventually becoming deputy features editor, but left to pursue her ambition for a reporting career. She's written for various publications, including The Guardian, New Statesman and Brixton Bugle.

Originally from Brighton, Faye has lived in various towns and cities and studied English and philosophy before moving to London in 2012. She unashamedly loves the '90s nostalgia of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twin Peaks.

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 tiptop 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 Saxon

Chief Product Analyst
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Helen joined MSE in September 2012, originally to look after the money content on the website. She now has a wider brief, including savings, loans, broadband, utilities, credit cards and more. She regularly represents MSE in the media.

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.

Away from MSE Towers, Helen spends her time seeing as many theatre shows as possible for as little money as possible. When not doing that, she’s catching up on the latest TV box sets or playing board games.

Imogen Gartside

User Relations Executive

Imogen joined MSE as a temp in July 2015 and came back permanently in December that year, as User Relations Executive. She helps users navigate the site and answers their questions on things like redeeming vouchers and the weekly tip.

After studying fashion Imogen moved to London in 2013, and previously worked in e-commerce and account management. Imogen spends her free time hunting down her next designer bargain (not very MoneySaving), relaxing in a north London pub or saving for her next city break.

Jenny Keefe

Lead Writer
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As MoneySavingExpert.com'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.

Jessica Di Paolo

Digital Community Executive

Jessica joined the MSE Social Media team as Digital Community Executive in June 2016. Originally from Rome, she got an MSc in media and communications in 2015 from the London School of Economics and won the Robert Schuman scholarship to work as journalist and press officer at the European Parliament office in the UK. She is particularly curious about the relationship between people and social media and how new technologies shape our daily lives.

Outside work and when not online, Jessica enjoys watching films, writing, playing tennis and going to music festivals. She also likes travelling to new places and trying out different cuisines.

Johanna Gornitzki

Associate Editor (currently on maternity leave)
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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.

Jordon Cox

MSE's Coupon Kid

Jordon is MSE’s Coupon Kid, writing and filming the best deals and tricks to save money. He was one of the first people in the UK to start the extreme couponing trend and has been teaching others to do the same since he was 15. He is a regular (and the youngest) spokesperson for MSE.

Jordon does a lot of charity projects. His proudest MoneySaving moment was getting a £600 food shop for only 4p by using coupons, and donating it to a London homeless shelter.

A Star Wars fan, his goal is to control coupons with the force by the end of the year. Jordon also loves free food, acting, travelling (on the cheap) and seeing a cashier's face when you hand them 500 coupons… it’s a picture!

Lucia Ariano

Deals Researcher

Lucia joined MSE as a Deals Researcher in May 2015. She researches and writes deals content, having previously spent 18 months in the industry at Wowcher.

Lucia’s had an eye for a bargain since her teens, when she took to her hometown Bedford’s charity shops to craft her wardrobe. Recently her passion’s matured to finding and upcycling second-hand or inexpensive furnishings for her newly rented flat in Islington.

When she’s not chasing a deal, you’ll find her eating and drinking out, scrupulously planning her next holiday, binging on TV series and home-cooked feasts, and most likely, immersed in music.

Maeve O’Donnell

Money Writer

Maeve joined MSE in March 2016 as a Money Writer. She covers some of our guides including pensions, PPI and ISAs. She previously worked at the Financial Ombudsman Service and once wrote for a publication all about caravans.

Outside of work you'll mostly find Maeve hanging out with her two blind cats. If she does leave the house, she likes nothing more than travelling to new places, going to gigs or trying new restaurants.

Megan French

Consumer Writer

Megan joined MSE in March 2015 as a Consumer Writer. She covers some of our guides including trains and motoring, with some student, family and health ones thrown in for good measure.

In her spare time she captains a netball team, tries to improve her long-distance running (which probably can’t yet be considered long distance) and can usually be found at the stables on the weekend.

Nick Durrant

Consumer and Technology Writer
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Nick joined MSE as an intern, before becoming our Consumer Analyst in April 2014 and then Consumer Writer in July 2015. 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 to 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.

Rosie Bannister

Money Analyst

Rosie joined MSE’s Money team in July 2015, helping to ensure the money content on the site is up to date with the best products and tips. Having made a slightly circuitous route from a chemistry degree to writing for a theatre website to MSE, she is enjoying learning the financial ropes and helping people (including herself) save money.

In her spare time, she mainly spends all her money saved on trips to the theatre (about which she also chips in content occasionally for MSE), finds the odd bit of time to work behind the scenes at shows and is still meaning to join a choir.

Ryan Beardsley

User Relations Manager

Ryan joined MSE in March 2015 as our first User Relations Manager. It's his job to ensure our users are responded to and to make sure any issues are resolved as quickly as possible.

He graduated in Film and Theology in 2009 from Nottingham University and worked in banking for five years before switching over and joining the good guys!

Outside of work Ryan enjoys playing football and going to gigs and trying to help people understand his northern accent.

Inside of work, he doesn't appreciate being told he looks like he should be in One Direction...

Sally Francis

Senior Writer
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Sally is a senior writer specialising in travel and helps keep the editorial team working smoothly, taking care of operations and planning.

She is also a lead MSE spokesperson. She covers a variety of consumer and money topics in the media, regularly appearing in print and on TV and radio.

Outside work, Sally enjoys nothing more than staying active, balanced out by a deep-rooted love of wine. She is a keen jet-setter and loves planning visits to far-off places.

Sam Dunn

Assistant Editor

Sam joined MSE in February 2016 and has (cough) nearly 20 years of experience working on national, regional and local papers – all the way from the left (The Independent, The Guardian) to the right (The Daily Mail).

Rotten grammar, poor spelling and indifference to words drive him to distraction. Lack of context in an argument, article or argy-bargy is as much of a bugbear too.

Curiously indifferent to football teams, Sam loves playing guitar to relax when not being hounded by his kids. Which is never.

Sarah Einig

Senior PR Manager

As MoneySavingExpert.com’s Senior PR Manager, Sarah’s main responsibilities include generating coverage of MSE in the press, handling enquiries from the media and publicising campaigns and stories from the site.

She joined MSE in November 2014 from a PR agency having worked with a variety of corporate and media clients. Prior to that Sarah did a French and Spanish degree, spending a year split between living in Paris and Chile.

In her spare time Sarah can usually be found planning a trip to far-flung exotic places or scoping out the best places to brunch and lunch in London.

Sarah Guershon

Deals Researcher

Sarah joined MSE in November 2015 as a Deals Researcher. She is part of the team responsible for finding you the best MoneySaving deals on the high street and online. Before joining MSE, Sarah worked for a tech start-up and before that was a freelance writer.

When she’s not hunting out secret sales, Sarah enjoys spending time in the kitchen cooking, baking and making up recipes as she goes along. She also spends a lot of time walking around London to “explore the city”, although she will admit that much of this is down to her faulty sense of direction.

Sarah Monro

Senior 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.

Tom Ivan

Deals Researcher

Having spent the previous eight years writing about video games, Tom joined MSE in April 2015 with the goal of becoming more financially savvy and helping others do likewise.

He looks after restaurant, hotel and theme park deals, plus a number of technology guides, and hopes to grow the site’s coverage of video games.

Outside of work, Tom enjoys watching football, films and live music. He wants to see the world, have kids and a dog (not necessarily in that order).

Tony Forchione

Insurance Analyst

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.

Weleid Omar

Consumer Analyst

Weleid is MSE's Consumer Analyst and mainly looks after the broadband, TV and mobile products on the site.

He's a big sports fan and despite growing up in Watford has been an avid Arsenal supporter since 1994, the year he met Ian Wright and went to his first match at the team's old ground Highbury.

Film is one of Weleid's major passions, particularly French cinema and Alfred Hitchcock. He finds history fascinating and always backs himself in a pub quiz.

Weleid has Jamaican, Somali, English, Egyptian and Chinese heritage and tries to get back to Jamaica every couple of years.

Will Barnes

External Affairs and Campaigns Officer

Will joined MSE in June 2015 and works to represent consumer issues to the Government and regulators, campaigning for strong consumer protections in future. He also liaises with charities and other consumer groups.

He used to work for a communications agency, keeping his clients up to date with what was happening in Parliament. He has also worked for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and lived on a ship for three months in 2012 when volunteering for a Japanese NGO.

Will can be his own pushy parent, with Spanish class, yoga class and swimming taking up much of his evenings and weekends. He also loves a good book.

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