Meet the Team – Find out who does what at Wedding Ideas magazine

We’ve got to admit we’re a little bit spoiled here at Wedding Ideas. Not only do we get to sit in a fabulous, historic building every day, but more importantly we’re incredibly fortunate to work with some of the most enthusiastic, creative people in the wedding industry. Add in the fact that they’re also some of the nicest people you could meet and you have a marriage made in heaven!

Come and meet the team (metaphorically speaking) and find out who does what for the company…

Rachel Southwood Editorial Director
Becci Clubb Deputy Editor
Lauren Fraser Assistant Editor
Lee Parsons Art Director
Rob Hutchinson Senior Art Designer
Bethan Eccles Junior Designer
Ben Iskander Online Manager
Annie Cording Assistant Editor/Online
Paula Kirby Business Development Manager
Lisa Birch Accounts Manager (Fashion & Display)
Samuel Frost Accounts Manager (Retail & Classified)
Lorna Cooper Sales Coordinator
Julie Wood Accounts Manager
Tara Brannan Accounts Assistant

Rachel Southwood - Founder/Managing Director

Rachel Southwood - Founder/Managing Director of Wedding Ideas magazine

The inspiration behind Wedding Ideas and one of it’s founders, Rachel Southwood has always been there to keep a watchful eye over all of her herd at Pub Ideas Ltd.

With the true knack and wonderful gift of putting everyone she meets at ease and her vast knowledge of both the wedding industry and the magazine industry, she’s built a super-friendly office of wedding gurus to bring you the best bridal magazine and website out there!

Kelly Church - Publisher/Finance Manager

Kelly Church - Publisher/Finance Manager at Wedding Ideas magazine

Despite the long list of ‘Kellyisms’ written on the office white board behind her desk, including her belief that dinosaurs never existed, Kelly Church is the Publisher and Finance Manager of Pub Ideas Ltd with top mathematical, forward planning and distribution skills. She looks after the company’s pennies and making sure everything runs smoothly.

One thing that Kelly loves more than cats is a (ridiculously) strong cup of tea, no one can get her cuppa quite right…ever.

Lee Parsons - Art Director

Lee Parsons - Art Director at Wedding Ideas magazine

In charge of all things on ‘the colouring in’ team of Wedding Ideas, Lee Parsons is the Art Director, as well the office’s serial tea drinker!

With a great deal of experience when it comes to the publishing industry, Lee keeps a cool head and his strides slow at all times – even when deadline stress hits. He’ll just be looking forward to a pint in the pub when it’s done, or just a nice cup of tea.

Ben Iskander - Online Manager

Ben Iskander - Online Manager at Wedding Ideas magazine

Ben Iskander is our Online Manager. He effortlessly maintains and creates websites for you to love and enjoy, as well as eye-catching digital ad campaigns and promotional newsletters. All without any problem and most importantly, without creasing his shirt.

Coding? Piece of cake. Talking of cake, he is also an expert in keeping our office well fed with copious amounts of Hobnobs, Caramel Digestives, or whatever else takes his fancy.

He dabbles in a bit of professional photography in his spare time, if he’s not hanging from a rock that is!

Laura Lismore - Business Development Manager

Laura Lismore - Account Executive at Wedding Ideas magazine

Laura is our Business Development Manager, who looks after our lovely fashion and display clients! She helps build bespoke advertising campaigns for them to ensure they are receiving the maximum ROI, helping them gain fantastic coverage for their business both in Wedding Ideas magazine and on our amazing website. And do you know what? She LOVES doing it.

Self-admittedly a shopping, Prosecco and chocolate addict, we think she’s our kind of girl. She is even a bit of a secret cake maker and decorating extraordinaire, and that is a truly treasured skill in the eyes of the Wedding Ideas office. Can you tell we love cake?”

Rob Hutchinson - Senior Art Worker

Rob Hutchinson - Senior Art Worker at Wedding Ideas magazine

Another Rob to the art team crew! Rob Hutchinson is the Senior Art Worker here at Wedding Ideas, creating adverts for fashion, display and classified clients, as well as editorial pages.

A keen drummer and fan of 70s rock, he’s the inevitable first choice if we ever start up a Pub Ideas Ltd band. As a bit of a rockstar, it’s only natural that he, his wife and son have an aviary full of cockatiels and budgies at home, and is partial to a Chupa Chups lollipop on any occasion possible.

Sam Merritt - Assistant Editor

Sam Merritt - Editorial Assistant at Wedding Ideas magazine

Never one to wear the same outfit twice, Sam Merritt, our Assistant Editor loves fashion, festivals and food. She combines her three main loves in her own blog on everything fashion and lifestyle, and has a pretty good hand with a camera, too.

Dealing with calling in real weddings from photographers as well as the Themes and Details sections of the mag, she is full of inspiration for your big day… As well as your outfit choice.”

Lottie Dainton - Assistant Editor

Lottie Dainton - Online Editorial Assistant at Wedding Ideas magazine

Social media whizz, Lottie Dainton looks after our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and even finds time to write up content for the Wedding Ideas website after all of that!

As Online Editorial Assistant, she is constantly keeping her eyes and ears out for new and exciting wedding trends, celebrity gossip and news, and funny posts to keep our brides giggling. Lottie is on the case with all things wedding-related. And as a lover of shabby chic and vintage, we think she’s come to the right place!

Becci Clubb - Editorial Assistant

Becci Clubb - Editorial Assistant at Wedding Ideas

Becci works with both the editorial team, helping to create beautiful Wedding Ideas pages, and the advertising team, liaising with our lovely clients.

Becci loves everything design related – colour schemes, patterns and themes – perfect for ideas for your big day! A true girly girl, colourful, floral and sparkly things will always catch her eye. She is also a dab hand at drawing, sewing and creating lovely crafts and textile designs.