The MSE Team

Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis OBE is a 49-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 more than 16 million users a month, and remains its Executive Chairman, working with the team, writing some of the content and being a MoneySaving pedant.

He has his own ITV programme, The Martin Lewis Money Show, and is often credited as the "big gob in chief" behind campaigns to reclaim bank charges, PPI and council tax. Martin 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.

Amalia Illgner Money Reporter & Writer

Amalia joined MSE in October 2019, having spent three years as a freelance journalist covering everything from unpaid internships, the Papal visit to Armenia and blockchain technology. Now part of MSE's Money team, she is keen to help readers navigate the maze of tax and benefits.

In her spare time, Amalia used to enjoy mountain hikes, sipping on cocktails and was partial to a delicious tasting menu – but since she had her baby, all she wants to do is curl up into a ball and get more than two consecutive hours of sleep.

Amy Roberts Senior Money Writer

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 City play football (hopefully not getting thrashed), or printing off some restaurant vouchers to catch up with friends.

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 an analyst on 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.

Becca Hodgson Social Media Assistant

Becca joined MSE in October 2018 as a Social Media Assistant. She is responsible for helping to drive traffic to the site with fun and informative posts to help MoneySavers on Facebook and Twitter.

She has a background in marketing and studied English at university.

In her free time, Becca enjoys going to the gym and is always hunting down the best budget beauty buys. She's also into her skiing and is always looking for the best way to carve out the cheapest deals for her annual ski trip.

Chris Knight Energy & Utilities Analyst

Chris joined MSE in August 2016 to help out with queries from our Credit Club and Cheap Energy Club users. Now embedded in the MSE culture, Chris has recently joined the Utilities team as an Energy & Utilities Analyst.

Before moving to London, Chris previously volunteered for Citizens Advice and the Trussell Trust. He finds his new role at MSE continues that helpful spirit.

Chris loves to travel but when he's not travelling, he's reading something from the Eland catalogue (all book recommendations welcome). Outside of work, Chris is passionate about all things food, coffee and aperitifs, and can often be found taking banal photos of London topography for his Instagram account.

Chris Owen Money Analyst

As an avid MSE reader for many years – and after switching banks to earn free money so many times – Chris decided it was also time to switch careers and joined MSE in June 2021 as a Money Analyst. He now looks after the banking and savings content on the site... including the very same guides with all those bank switch offers!

Before levelling up his MoneySavingExpert status from passion to profession, Chris was most recently self-employed as a private tutor, teaching future generations A-level maths and physics. Prior to this, Chris worked as an actuary for several banks and insurance companies.

Outside of work, Chris' priority is maximising time and experiences with his wonderful family of three. When the toddler is occupied or asleep, Chris enjoys being active – long-distance running takes the top spot, then other activities including long walks, cycling, tennis... and occasionally lifting a weight or two at the gym (or at least thinking about it). In his down time, Chris is a classic nerd – think video games, fantasy/sci-fi films, series and books, anime etc. As to be expected, he can quote the entirety of The Lord of the Rings (party trick, anyone?) – po-tay-toes! Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew!

Clare Casalis Money Writer

Clare joined MSE in September 2021 after a career as a chartered accountant. Having actively followed MSE for several years prior to joining the team, she is excited to be on the other side of MoneySaving tips, sharing her knowledge and researching new ideas for our guides.

Outside of work, Clare loves tackling a tricky jigsaw puzzle and reading books about true events and inspirational people. Having once wished to join the circus, she is now learning aerial silks as a hobby to keep fit.

Deborah Shanahan Deals & Features Editor

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.

Emily White News Reporter

Emily joined MSE in May 2021 as a News Reporter. Prior to this, she had worked in local news journalism for almost two years after graduating with an MA in journalism in 2018. She also enjoyed a brief stint living and working in China.

Outside of the office, Emily spends most of her time writing fiction, going to the cinema, attempting to learn Japanese and pretending to go to the gym.

Gary Caffell Energy & Utilities Editor

Gary joined MSE in October 2014 and is now Energy & Utilities Editor. 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 Deputy Editor & Head of Operations

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 Knapman Assistant Editor – News & Investigations

Helen joined MSE as Assistant Editor, News and Investigations in November 2020. It's her second stint at the site after working as a news reporter and later as a senior news reporter between 2011 and 2015.

An award-winning journalist, Helen worked as both deputy editor and acting editor at financial magazine Moneywise, and as digital deputy consumer editor at The Sun during her five years away from MSE.

In her spare time, Helen tries to practise what she preaches by bagging a bargain on everything from gym classes to globetrotting and dining out.

Helen Saxon Money Editor

Helen joined MSE in August 2019, originally to look after the banking and insurance content on the website. She now has a wider brief, including savings, loans, tax, benefits, insurance, banking, reclaims, pensions, mortgages, 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, Helen spends her time travelling (when there isn't a global pandemic), doing pub quizzes, playing board games or walking round her local park.

James Flanders News Reporter

James joined MSE in August 2021 as a News Reporter. Prior to this, he worked as a freelance journalist at the Daily Mail and SurreyLive while completing his MA in newspaper journalism earlier in 2021.

James spent his primary school years living in Hong Kong and has since developed a passion for travelling. In his spare time, James is either at the gym or socialising with friends while continuing to occasionally report on local news in his home patch in Surrey. He's also 'not' writing a book.

Jenny Keefe Lead Writer

As MoneySavingExpert.com's Lead Writer, Jenny covers everything from travel and money-making to property and shopping tips. She also looks after apps and tools such as the Local eBay Deals Finder and Amazon Discount Finder.

Despite working at MSE since 2005, Jenny still can't believe she gets paid to research how much 1980s My Little Ponies fetch on eBay.

Josh Kirby Editorial Assistant

Josh joined MSE's Money team in December 2020 as an Editorial Assistant. He got involved in journalism while at university in Leeds and spent several years working at Santander alongside his studies, before founding a business helping students save money on their housing.

In his spare time, Josh is either playing the keyboard in his band or cycling around the busy streets of London. He also loves travelling and spent nearly two years living in France.

Katie Watts PR and Communications Manager

Katie arrived at MSE in October 2016 after working at a PR agency. She looks after MSE's relationships with other journalists, TV news programmes, radio stations, newspapers and websites, spending her time shouting about the great work MSE does to protect consumers and deploying our experts to share their money tips on breaking news stories.

Previously a short-film producer, Katie loves movies and film festivals, especially the golden age Hollywood classics (she fancies herself a Grace Kelly!). She's also a keen volunteer, running a Guides and Scouts unit at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and fundraising for a child protection charity, Dot Com Children's Foundation.

Kelvin Goodson Consumer Writer

Kelvin joined MSE as Consumer Writer in August 2017. He moved to London to go to university and started out as a music writer in the early 2000s. Realising music writing wasn't going to make it easy to afford food, he moved into news writing, then technology, before returning home to Norfolk for a couple of years for stints in freelancing, content marketing and angling.

He's an embattled Norwich City supporter of some years and into music of the alternative/indie/unlistenable variety. He also enjoys cycling, lame films, making sandwiches, proper beer, running, shooting, swimming, walking the dog and collecting cats.

Kit Sproson Money Writer

Kit joined MSE in March 2019, having spent three years as an online journalist with ITV News. As one of MSE's Money Writers, he covers everything from mortgages to student finance, reclaim to pensions.

In his spare time, Kit enjoys reading, football, travelling and seeing friends. He also volunteers at a homeless shelter and pitches in with the Canal & River Trust when he can.

Laura Berry Deals Researcher & Writer

After moving to London from Suffolk in early 2016, Laura first joined MSE in the User Relations team, answering queries from Cheap Energy Club users. In April 2018 she moved to the Deals team as a Deals Researcher & Writer, where among lots of other things, she looks after our glasses deals, Cheap Gyms guide and high street sales.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys going to the gym and is currently training for her first half-marathon. She's always looking for a discount for a meal out or a new way to get hold of some cheap shoes (for research, of course!).

Laura Foulger Forum & Community Writer 

Laura presides over restaurants, beer, theme parks and theatre deals. She comes from a content and marketing background, which has opened up all sorts of high jinks, like hooking Levi Roots up to a GoPro and following him down the Olympic Park's ArcelorMittal Orbit slide. Laura co-wrote a manual called How to Live for Free, and has varying degrees of success in sticking to her own advice. Her biggest freebie (but also her most ill-advised) was getting her eyebrows tattooed for nowt.

Laura's special superpower is finding ways to go to the theatre cheaply or for free (nobody should pay full price). When she's not watching Bunraku puppetry or above-a-pub fringe shows, she's script reading, reviewing theatre, making headgear for her next festival and hanging out with the lads (read: her houseplants).

Marcus Herbert Editor-in-Chief

Marcus joined MSE in September 2018. As Editor-in-Chief, he's in overall charge of all of MSE's activities. He's the former Head of Online for BBC Scotland, where he lead teams making digital content for audiences in Scotland and the UK, and worked with colleagues across the BBC to help shape its digital strategy.

His background is in news – he was an editor on Newsnight for many years, and a producer in the BBC's bureaux in Moscow, New York and Washington. Marcus also worked as a science producer and commissioner for the BBC, winning a BAFTA and a Grierson award for his documentaries.

Marcus spent a year as a journalism fellow at Stanford University, where he studied the impact of digital technology on public-service journalism, and once stood next to Steve Jobs in the supermarket.

Away from MSE, Marcus spends his time not writing his novel.

Molly Mileham-Chappell Press Officer

Molly works in the MSE Press Office, looking after internal relationships with MSE experts and requests from journalists. If you see an MSE spokesperson on TV or hear them on the radio sharing financial tips and tricks, Molly's probably the one that's put them there.

She first joined MSE in July 2019 as Forum Executive, discovering MoneySaving news stories within the MSE Forum, while engaging with existing and new Forumites. During the 2020 pandemic, Molly also supported the Campaigns team in their coronavirus research.

Before life at MSE, she studied multimedia journalism at university and went on to work in local news, writing for online and print. She is also a radio newsreader.

Outside of work, Molly is usually found in a theatre, watching Disney movies or drinking tea. She loves a bargain in the sales, and is forever collecting points on her many free loyalty cards in an attempt to convince herself that she is being truly MoneySaving.

Oli Townsend Senior Deals Writer

Oli joined MSE in November 2015 on the Deals team. Prior to becoming a professional MoneySaver, Oli spent five years as a radio presenter for a group of stations (now known as More Radio) in Sussex and wrote a monthly music column for a regional magazine.

Oli still puts his radio voice to good use, contributing weekly to the TalkRadio breakfast show (Mondays at 9.45am) talking about the best deals around with Julia Hartley-Brewer. He can also be heard giving MoneySaving tips on BBC local radio stations.

Not wanting to be labelled as having a face for radio, you'll often see Oli pop up in MSE videos on Twitter and Facebook, showing you how to get the best deals and freebies – even if it means standing in busy Covent Garden in London wearing nothing but a dressing gown to bag a free breakfast. Really, this happened.

Petar Lekarski Senior News Reporter

Petar joined MSE as a Money Analyst in October 2019, before moving to the News team as a Senior Reporter in April 2021. He's also currently filling in for Eesha as Martin's researcher, supporting the Money Saving Expert across his TV, radio and print appearances.

Having graduated with a degree in law, Petar previously worked at a private client firm before joining an energy switching start-up, where he developed his interest in saving people money on their bills.

When he's not poring over his budgeting spreadsheets, you'll find him at the cinema, eating spicy food or cycling around London on a rented bike. He also enjoys playing video games, bouldering and lists of three.

Rhiannon Moorhouse Deals Researcher & Writer

Rhiannon joined MSE in May 2015 as a Deals Researcher. Having been to university to study forensic chemistry, then again to earn a research PhD in inorganic chemistry, she has been researching deals, couponing, collecting freebies, product testing and discount shopping for longer than she'd care to admit.

Before MSE she worked for an automotive catalytic company, but decided a change was in order after coming home covered in chemicals one time too many.

She enjoys travel, speaks Japanese and has expertise in money saving in Japan as well as making vegan sushi and shojin ryori cuisine.

Rosie Hamilton Money Writer

Rosie joined MSE in September 2021 as a Money Writer. Before moving to MSE, she was head of communications for an estate agent comparison website, which mostly involved writing guides and articles about moving home.

On the weekend you'll usually find Rosie reading, trying to grow something too big for her balcony, or having a drink with some friends.

Sarah Monro Senior Consumer Writer

Sarah joined MSE in June 2014 as a Deals Researcher and is now Senior Consumer 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. Her most recent adventure was a trip to New Zealand.

Sophie King News Reporter

Sophie joined MSE in August 2021 after working at trade magazine Professional Adviser for nearly three years as a senior reporter. During the first lockdown, and while furloughed, Sophie extended her writing experience by working for contraceptive platform The Lowdown. The content she wrote certainly differed from her usual personal finance stories!

In her spare time, Sophie attempts to keep a solid fitness routine (albeit unsuccessfully) and also takes care of several dogs including a cocker spaniel puppy and a cockapoo.

Steve Brigden Senior Money Analyst

Steve joined MSE as Senior Utilities Analyst in January 2018. For the previous six and a bit years, he was at Barclays, starting off in the branch network before moving into digital products and working as an analyst to improve the bank's anti-fraud technology.

Outside of work, Steve is a bona fide deal addict and enjoys thinking up different ways of doing things – a couple of years ago, he and his wife broke with tradition and had a secret wedding on a boat in the morning and a surprise 'reveal' party in the evening. Luckily, his family and friends still talk to them!

The pair have since been renovating a converted water mill in Kent, so Steve's always on the lookout for box set recommendations for his commute into London.

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.

Tony 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.

Will Barnes Campaigns & Policy Editor

Will joined MSE in June 2015 and works to represent consumer issues to the Government and regulators, campaigning for strong consumer protections. 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. Will 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 Lynn Energy & Utilities Analyst

Will joined the Energy & Utilities team in April 2021 after working in TV news for two and a half years. Although he has left the news world, he remains a bit of a current affairs enthusiast. He moved to MSE to help more people with his work.

Outside the office, he's a big Manchester United fan, enjoys tennis and attempting to learn Spanish and finish triathlons.