Meet The Women's Health UK Team

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Photo credit: Ian Harrison

Women’s Health is the UK’s number one authority on health and wellness; leading the charge in helping you create a happy, healthy and fit lifestyle.

Daily, we produce informative and educational features to support your health journey and in doing so, embrace conversation within our communities.

It’s why, we’ve won PPA Consumer magazine of the year for three years running and individual team members have collected notable accolades at BSME, Digital PPA and Guild of Health Writers Awards.

But back to you. At WH we understand that wellness is unique to each and every one of you and it's why you’ll find approachable, applicable and actionable advice for all women.

Here on womenshealthmag.com/UK – and at every touch point from print to events– we cut through the wellness noise to deliver you positive, engaging, informative content that’s based on leading expert comment and scientific research.

We know that our relationship with you is based on trust and our team of journalists and editors are not only passionate about healthy living, but also highly trained in reporting and editing on the topics you’re concerned about. From in-house PTs to contributing doctors and nutritionists, all our content is backed up by vetted experts who are leaders in their fields.

We're proud to share that today, Women’s Health (print, digital and social) has become the one-stop-wellness destination for millions of women.

The Editorial Team

The Women’s Health team reflects our core audience: you. It’s how we understand and translate hard-line science into informative features and news that you’ll want to read and share.

Let us introduce the team and share how you can contact them.

Claire Sanderson, Editor-in-Chief

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With over 17 years’ experience, Claire has held a number of senior roles on high-profile media brands including Assistant Editor of Look and look.co.uk, Acting Deputy News Editor of Grazia, and Senior News Writer of First magazine. Today, when not smashing it in the gym she leads the charge on Women's Health.

Get in touch @clairesanderson

Nikki Osman, Executive Editor, Print

Since joining the <WH> team five years ago, Nikki has perfected the art of a cynical eyebrow raise, investigating wellness trends from psychobiotics to CBD and reporting on everything from the dark side of the FODMAP diet to the impact of Covid on the UK birth rate. When she’s not editing the words you read in the print magazine, you’ll find her running around the streets of Leyton, east London, trying and failing to commit to a weekly yoga practise and performing reiki on her cats.

Get in touch @nikki_osman


Amy Lane, Executive Editor, Digital (currently on maternity leave)

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Photo credit: Silvia Olsen

Amy lives and breathes the business of wellness. It all began 11 years ago when she was one of the first journalists to embrace digital. Today, she’s a certified fitness expert and award winning editor. Daily, you’ll find her creating and managing health content across Women’s Health digital platforms to help millions of women become their healthiest self. In short, eat, sweat, social, repeat is her daily grind.

Get in touch @Wellness_Ed

Emma Gritt, Acting Executive Editor, Digital

If it's a bit 'out there', Emma has probably given it a go. When she's not trying the latest mindfulness trend or enjoying time out and about on her bike, she is most likely to be found tending to her plants and pets, or planning her next trip away.

Get in touch @emma.gritt


Roisin Dervish-O'Kane, Senior Editor

Roisín’s role at Women’s Health is all about light and shade. You might find her conducting celebrity cover interviews akin to gossipy therapy sessions one day, then editing a highly-sensitive and science-packed investigation into the women’s healthcare crisis the next. A force for inventive storytelling across all mediums, Roisín has scooped three industry awards - including the PPA’s prestigious Writer of the Year - and is long-time host of WH podcast Going for Goal.

Get in touch @roisin.dervishokane

Claudia Canavan, Health Editor

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Photo credit: Claudia Canavan

Claudia looks after all things health on the site and in the magazine. A devotee of natural, organic and cruelty-free skincare and of nurturing a banging mind-body connection, she’s here to make your make-up bag and wellness goals kinder to yourself – and the planet.

Get in touch @claudiacanavan

Jess Bantleman, Social Media Editor

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Photo credit: Jess Bantleman

Jess Bantleman (She/Her) is the Social Media Manager for Women’s Health UK who leads the content creation and social strategy across the brand’s social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Pinterest, as well as the Women's Health Collective Membership. When she’s not trying to convince her team that TikTok isn’t just for Gen-Z, you can find her trying to make our small corner of the internet a safe, and inspiring place for all.

Get in touch @jessbantleman

Bridie Wilkins, Fitness Editor

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Photo credit: Bridie Wilkins

Bridie looks after WH’s fitness content across digital, print, social and membership. She could – and does – talk about the benefits of exercise until the cows come home, and after eight years as a fitness journalist, trying and testing trends across the country, you can trust her judgement. Her ultimate goal? To reverse the ‘exercise for aesthetics’ rhetoric, and to prove fitness is accessible to all.

Get in touch @bridiewilkins

Amelia Bell, Acting Beauty Editor

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Photo credit: Amelia Bell

Previously a freelance beauty journalist, Amelia has written for titles including Refinery29, British Vogue, Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar, exploring topics from skin positivity to zero-waste beauty. She swears by SPF, her acupressure mat and cream blusher, always.

Get in touch @ameliaflorencebell

Georgie Lane-Godfrey, Features and Membership Content Editor

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Photo credit: Georgie Lane-Godfrey

As well as overseeing all the features in the magazine, Georgie looks after the content on our brilliant membership platform, Women’s Health Collective. At work, her interests lie in the intersection between wellness and the female experience. At home, she’s more concerned with actually managing to complete a workout without being sat on by either her child or dog.

Get in touch @GeorgieLGodfrey

Saskia Quirke, Fitness Editor

To contact the team please put their name in the subject line and email womenshealth@womenshealthmag.co.uk.

WH Contributors

Joslyn Thompson-Rule, Fitness

Joslyn has have 14 years’ experience as a Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist. Studying and teaching health and wellness rocks her world! For the past 6 years she has worked with Nike as one of their Global Master Trainers.

Megan Rossi, Gut Health

Dr Megan Rossi is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with a PhD in gut health from the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Queensland. Monthly she tackles your tummy troubles here on WH.

Amy Lawrenson, Beauty and Wellness

Amy Lawrenson has worked as a freelance beauty and health journalist for over 13 years. Amy was the Editorial Director for Byrdie UK before the site merged with Byrdie US in 2019.

Lydia House, Beauty

All about beauty, Lydia House has been writing about creams and complexions for over a decade. Spending her working life obsessing over ingredients and formulas, Lydia also believes that feeding your skin from within is just, if not more important, than the lotions you slather on. Not least because a busy schedule and a desire for the laziest beauty routine possible means she wants to do less and still look her

Emma Pritchard, Health Contributor

Emma interviews the world’s leading sportswomen, top health experts, and women who have turned their lives around through fitness – women like you. You'll often find her scoping out an inspiring story and training to teach Pilates – sometimes at the same time; who doesn’t love a challenge? Get in touch: emma@emma-pritchard.com

Experts Women's Health Trusts

Registered Dietitians

Laura Tilt, R.D., spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association (BDA); Priya Tew, R.D., Winner of the BDA’s Media Spokesperson of the Year; Rick Miller, R.D., clinical & sports dietitian; Megan Rossi, PhD, R.D., BHSc, Research Fellow at King’s College London; Rhiannon Lambert, RNutr., BSc, MSc, founder of leading Harley Street clinic Rhitrition; Alice Mackintosh, RNutr. therapist based in Chelsea and on governing board of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC); Louise Symington, MSc, BSc, R.D., Brighton-based dietitian; Rupy Aujla, M.D., creator of the UK’s first ‘Culinary Medicine’ course, accredited by the Royal College of General Practice.

Personal Trainers

Luke Worthington, qualified Sports Scientist; Laura Hoggins, Strength Training Coach and founder of Lifted Fitness; Performance coach, personal trainer and nutritional expert; Jessica Skye; Yoga teacher.

Women’s Reproductive Health Professionals

Dr Anita Mitra, BSc(Hons), MBChb, PhD, ob-gyn based in London; Dr Lisa Owens, M.D., endocrinologist at King’s College London; Dr Channa Jayasena. M.A., PhD, MRCP, FRCPath, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Reproductive Endocrinology and Andrology at Imperial College & Hammersmith Hospital, London; Professor Andrew Horne, MB ChB, PhD, FRCOG, FRCP, Professor of Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Edinburgh; Dr Louise Newson, M.D., member of the International Menopause Society and the British Menopause Society; HCA Healthcare UK.

Mental Health Experts

Dr Sarah Vohra, consultant psychiatrist, bestselling author and founder of The Mind Medic; Dr Chi-Chi Obuaya MB BS BSc MRCPsych MBA, consultant psychiatrist for the NHS; Dr Jessamy Hibberd, BSc, MSc, DClinPsy, PgDip, chartered clinical psychologist and bestselling author; Dr Kimberley Wilson, chartered psychologist and governor of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Mental Health Trust; Dr Tara Swart, M.D., PhD, neuroscientist, leadership coach, former psychiatrist, now Faculty at MIT & King’s College London; Dr Pete Olusoga, BPS Chartered Psychologist & Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology & Coaching, Sheffield Hallam University.

Cardiology Experts

Dr Amanda Varnava, M.A., M.D., FRCP, consultant cardiologist with Imperial College Healthcare.

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