Meet The Team

More than just award-winning travel bloggers

The Captivate team members bring many professional skills to bear on our projects – from journalism to PR, social media marketing to video production.

Directors

Abigail King, Inside the Travel Lab

Abigail is an award-winning writer, photographer, author and TV host who has worked with Lonely Planet, the BBC, National Geographic Traveler and more.

Her blog, Inside the Travel Lab covers thoughtful luxury and unusual journeys with a penchant for responsible tourism and history. It’s picked up accolades from National Geographic Traveler, Vanity Fair, Stylist, Grazia and more and is the highest ranking independent luxury travel blog in the UK according to Vuelio.

It’s been shortlisted for a British Travel Press Award and received the Best Travel Blog Award at The Savoy from the British Guild of Travel Writers and Best Photography from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.

It still keeps close to its original premise, however: telling first person stories from a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road.

Sarah & Terry Lee, LiveShareTravel

Sarah & Terry are founders of the award-winning LiveShareTravel, which focuses on luxury travel.

They are co-founders of Captivate, and have a strong background in partnering with brands to develop marketing campaigns. They also work with travel and lifestyle clients through their company, Maia Communications, delivering a range of marketing communications services.

Sarah (Dip CIPR), is a print journalist and editor and has worked on newspapers, as well as women’s, consumer and B2B travel magazines. She is also a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.

Terry has a background in PR and communications of more than 20 years, principally in the challenging environments of politics and local government.

They both regularly speak at industry seminars and conferences, such as World Travel Market, and are authors of The Luxury Traveller’s Handbook.

Team

Matt Preston, Travel With a Mate

Matt is a blogger, website designer and media producer running the travel magazine and blog Travel With A Mate with his wife Deborah. The pair have travelled extensively since 2006, creating the luxury travel blog Places To Go For Luxury in 2011.

They’ve trekked volcanoes, camped in deserts, climbed bridges, swum with sharks, shaken hands with robots and washed elephants in rivers! They’ve also worked with a wide range of luxury travel companies resort chains, to tour operators, hotels and online travel agencies. They have helped create campaigns for brands thanks to their expertise in social media and online media content production. 

Travel With A Mate also helps other bloggers and writers promote their writing skills and blogs as well as connecting them with brands and travel opportunities.

Becki Enright, Borders of Adventure

Becki is a British Travel Press award winning writer and blogger at Borders of Adventure and a travel PR director. Her writing focuses on adventures with a social conscience and journeys to change perceptions, with insight into social, historical, political and economic factors that shape the country.

Becki regularly reports on misunderstood or little-known destinations, and if travelling to a well-established or popular destination, aims to find a different angle on it in order to entice readers to dig a little deeper.

She has appeared live on Sky News talking about travel in North Korea, and regularly writes for adventures outlets such as G Adventures alongside travel brands including Skyscanner. She has worked with some of the biggest consumer brands at some of the UK’s leading international PR consultancies, and has been an ambassador for a variety of tourism boards and partners including Germany, Greece, Finland, Malta, Canada, Israel and Borneo.

Michael Turtle, Time Travel Turtle

Time Travel Turtle is Michael’s award-winning website. Michael worked as a broadcast journalist for a decade before starting to travel the world to find the stories that make destinations unique. 

He writes about culture, history, nature and local people. Time Travel Turtle was named as the Best Lifestyle Blog 2014 by the Australian Writers Centre and has been featured by National Geographic Traveller, the Daily Mail, the Huffington Post and ABC Radio.

Becky Padmore, Global Grasshopper

GlobalGrasshopper is a UK based global magazine and resource for independent travellers. Run by Becky and Gray, they are also joined by a team of self-confessed travel snobs and together they’re on a mission to discover the world’s most underrated and beautiful places. 

They feature travel-inspiring photography, guides and travel stories with a slightly off-beat outlook.

Paul Dow, TravMonkey

Paul is an award-winning travel blogger who focuses on solo adventure travel and has a love of new technologies. In 2006 he left the UK and his 9-to-5 job and hopped on a plane to Beijing for the start of a trip that had no end. 

During this time he founded TravMonkey as a place to share adventurous travel advice and quirky travel tips. He writes, edits, takes photos and produces videos about travel, food, craft beer, coffee and adventure.

Based in London, Paul is an experienced digital marketing professional and also the co-founder of the Traverse blogging conference and BlogStock, the world’s first blogging festival.

Jayne Gorman, Girl Tweets World

Girl Tweets World is a guide to stylish travel by award-winning travel blogger and social media manager, Jayne. Based on Jayne’s personal travels the site is heavily influenced by her passion for street art and sweet treats and has a loyal female readership who have been following Jayne’s travels for the last five years.

Jayne has won several awards for her blogging including Travel Blogger of The Year at the British Travel Press Awards 2011 and Best Travel Blog at the Cosmopolitan Magazine Blog Awards in 2013.

After managing the content and social media team of a leading travel agency, Jayne launched a freelance career two years ago, working as a blogger and social media consultant for the travel industry. Brands she has worked with include Three Mobile, and Muji, and numerous tourism boards and travel brands, including Taiwan Tourism, Visit Germany and Cathay Pacific.

Kash Bhattacharya, Budget Traveller

Kash has been travelling on a budget for the last four years, blogging about his adventures at Budget Traveller. He has been featured in the NY Times, Guardian and on CNN. 

Kash is author and creator of the Luxury Hostels in Europe guide. 

He has also developed a number of award-winning campaigns like #BlogVille for Emilia Romagna Tourism and #Blogmanay for Unique Events. #Blogmanay won the Best Use of Social Media award and a gold commendation for Most Innovative Marketing at the Travel Marketing Awards 2014; Best Marketing Strategy at the Scottish Event Awards, plus the Best Use of Social Media at the MOMA Awards

Kash recently launched Must Love Festivals, a collaborative blogging project with 15 other international bloggers, developed in partnership with Expedia and 11 tourism boards and brands. It aims to raise the profile of lesser-known but interesting festivals across Europe. The project will go global next year.

Alastair McKenzie, Travel-Lists

Alastair McKenzie is a travel journalist and ‘influencer’ with one foot in traditional media and the other in social media. A local and national (Classic FM) radio travel presenter since 1989, he moved online just before the millennium and has been a freelance digital travel journalist/ blogger ever since. 

Travel Lists is both a personal directory and blog. The Travel Coffee Break is his weekly ‘live’ travel Hangout on Air, in which he and his guests talk about travel, tourism, and social travel media. He has been an active member (regularly on the committee) of the British Guild of Travel Writers since 2002, and an active member of the travel blogger community since 2010, speaking or moderating at travel related social media events, and advising the industry on blogging and social media developments.

Niamh Shields, Eat Like A Girl

Niamh pens the UK’s leading food and travel blog, Eat Like a Girl, which she started in 2007. She travels the world for much of the year eating from the street to the stars – wherever the food is good, that is where you will find her. 

Niamh believes that the best way to understand a culture is to understand its food. She also develops recipes based on her travels, and experiences of her adopted home town, London. 

Eat Like a Girl was awarded Best Food Blog by the Observer Food Monthly in 2011, and has been shortlisted for the Guild of Food Writers Blog of the Year. 

Niamh’s first cookbook,Comfort & Spice, was published by Quadrille in 2011. She is currently working on her second cookbook which will be published in this year. Niamh was included in Debrett’s and The Sunday Times list, 500 Most Influential People in the UK in 2014.

Jacqui Paterson, Mummy’s Little Monkey

Jacqui was a true-life and travel journalist for 20 years, writing for many of the UK’s top publications, including Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Psychologies and The Guardian Weekend magazine. After starting her family she moved towards social media, establishing family and lifestyle blog, Mummy’s Little Monkey.

In 2012 she was a finalist in the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards, and named one of Circle of Moms Top 25 European Mums. In 2013 she was ranked Vuelio UK’s Number Two Mummy Blog, and Top 50 UK Blog, in 2013.

In 2014 she set up a style blog, MLM Life and Style – returning to travel writing, with a focus on family friendly events and destinations. 

Kirstie Pelling and Stuart Wickes, Family Adventure Project

UK journalist, Kirstie, runs an established website on family adventure and family travel with her husband Stuart. The Family Adventure Project has received a clutch of awards in the ten years of its life, including ‘Best Family Travel Blog’ in the BritMums’ Brilliance in Blogging awards and ‘Best Family Travel Blog’ in the MADS/Parentdish awards, in 2013. In 2014, it was named the top UK social influencer for family travel by Vuelio.

Stuart and Kirstie provide commercial, high quality, copywriting, photography and video services. They also have extensive experience of working with brands and tourist boards; recent partnerships include Berghaus, Duracell, Expedia, IHG Hotel Group, Visit Iceland and Visit Wales. Their content often includes their three children aged 9-14.

A former BBC journalist, Kirstie has written for publications including The Times and The Sunday Times as well as specialist travel and cycling magazines and travel books. She writes on family travel for sites including Lonely Planet and Late Rooms. The family live in the UK’s Lake District where Kirstie is currently the resident Poet in Motion.   

Craig Johnson and Ross Gill, Global Fire Productions (video)

Craig and Ross established Global Fire Productions in 2008. A creative and fresh video production company, it is highly specialised in producing a wide spectrum of videos. Its clients include corporate giants, like Vodafone and Microsoft, broadcasters such as the BBC and Sky, and non-profit organisations. 

Its ever-growing team manages the creative processes and oversees production, and has many years experience in producing business, news, features and documentaries.

Global Fire Productions has extensive experience working with much loved brands. This, combined with an in-house team of professionals, great studio facilities, and equipment, means it delivers excellent quality on a range of creative projects, from one man crews to large productions. See their video and photographic work on Wightlink’s Room to Breathe campaign.

Luiz Hara, The London Foodie

Luiz Hara is the founder of one of the top UK food blogs, writing as The London Foodie since 2009. Brazilian-born, of Japanese and Italian descent, Luiz was educated in the UK where has lived for most of his life.

A former investment banker, Luiz retrained at Le Cordon Bleu graduating in French Cuisine and Patisserie in 2012. Luiz has been running a popular Japanese and Nikkei supper club at his home in Islington since 2011, hosting 30 hungry diners at a time.

Just as mad about wine, Luiz holds an Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) which encouraged him to write about his experiences with wine and spirits, and matching them with food.

Since going freelance, Luiz has been able to focus more on travel, writing particularly on food and wine. As a chef and food writer, Luiz is always looking to discover new ingredients and to learn about other food and wine cultures on his travels.

Luiz has written for various UK publications including Time Out London, the BBC Good Food Channel as well as for in-flight magazines including Etihad Airline and a monthly Food Column for Heathrow Express.

Luiz’s first cookbook ‘Nikkei Cuisine: Japanese Food the South American Way’ was published by Jacqui Small in 2015. He is currently working on his 2nd book to be published in 2018.

Jeanne Horak-Druiff, Cook Sister

Jeanne Horak-Druiff is the creator of Cook Sister, one of the UK’s most established food and travel blogs having started in May 2004.

A South African who has been living in London for 16 years, Jeanne shares her love of good food, good photography and luxury travel on her blog through a combination of recipes, restaurant reviews and travelogues.