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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.

Jason Mills

Editor-in-Chief

As MSE’s Editor-in-Chief, Jason is in charge of all content and editorial. With more than 20 years’ journalism experience, Jason joined MSE in July 2016 having been head of digital at ITV News. Jason’s career spans ITN – he is a former editor of ITV’s News at Ten – the BBC and Sky News. Most recently he was responsible for relaunching award-winning website itv.com/news.

As well as leading MSE’s Editorial and Campaigns team, Jason supports Martin and MD Andy in its digital strategy. You can follow him on Twitter @MSEJason.

Amy Roberts

Senior Money 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. 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 London since moving down south with his girlfriend (now his wife) in 2011.

When he's not busy hunting for bargains, Anthony enjoys trips to the cinema and the swimming pool, watching bands and taking part in pub quizzes. He's a self-confessed social media addict and he reckons he could beat anyone in a pickled onion eating contest.

In his spare time, Anthony writes a blog about free and cheap things to do in London.

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 ;)

Deborah Shanahan

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. Every day 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.

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 (currently on maternity leave)
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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.

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, he aims 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!

Karl Talbot

Personal Finance Researcher

Karl joined MSE in May 2016 as a Personal Finance Researcher. He is part of a team that ensures the site's money products are relevant and up to date. Since undertaking a work experience placement with MSE in 2007, Karl graduated in business before going on a long period of extensive work and travel – much of which was in New Zealand.

As a natural MoneySaver, Karl regularly scours MSE for the latest tips and deals. He's an avid fan of Liverpool FC and enjoys nothing more than commuting by bicycle.

Matt Hope

Forum and Community Manager

Matt is MSE's Forum and Community Manager, having joined the team in April 2016. He looks after all things MSE Forum as well as MSE's social media strategy.

He's previously delivered community management and award-winning social-media strategy for the likes of the Southbank Centre, Levi's and IBM, and also headed up the content and community strategy for a global secret music events company, Sofar Sounds.

A qualified music engineer, producer and DJ, Matt has a huge passion for jazz, funk, disco and anything electronic or odd. He's a coffee geek and former barista, and when not working enjoys running, cycling and craft beer. You can follow him on Twitter @MattHope_.

Megan French

Senior News Reporter

Megan joined MSE in March 2015 as a Consumer Writer and became Senior News Reporter in May 2017. She has a keen interest in consumer rights, campaigning and investigations.

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.

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.

Sam McFaul

Personal Finance 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.

An NCTJ-qualified journalist and occasional Leyton Orient supporter, Sam enjoys reading fiction (mainly dystopian sci-fi) and likes swimming and live music.

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

Features Writer

Sarah joined MSE in June 2014 as a Deals Researcher and is now Features Writer, working on everything from guides and blogs to news stories.

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, but her most recent adventure was a winter trip to Norway to see the northern lights.

Steve Nowottny

News and Features Editor
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Steve is one of the site's editors and manages the News and Features teams. He oversees news on the site, is responsible for ensuring consumer and feature 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 at the GP magazine Pulse, where he eventually became editor, before joining MSE in April 2014.

Away from work, Steve enjoys travelling, cinema, following Newcastle United and trying to learn Vietnamese faster than his two young (bilingual) children.

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...