Cumbria Life team and contributors

Editorial, Advertising and CN Specialist

Contributors

Michaela Robinson-Tate
ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Michaela Robinson-Tate
Tel: 07824 303530

Hunter Davies
Hunter Davies
A prolific author, journalist and broadcaster who went to Grammar School in Carlisle, Hunter’s many books include the only authorised biography of The Beatles. For 30 years he and his wife had a home in Loweswater.

Mary Ingham
ARTS EDITOR
Mary Ingham
Tel: 07815 205953

Stuart Maconie
Stuart Maconie
Stuart Maconie Writer and broadcaster Stuart co-presents Radcliffe & Maconie on BBC Radio 6 Music. His bestselling books include Pies and Prejudice and his latest is Pie at Night. He lives in Birmingham and near Penrith.

Olivia Hodgson
WRITER/RESEARCHER
Olivia Hodgson
Tel: 01228 612652

Jackie Moffat
Jackie Moffat
Born in London, Jackie worked at New Scotland Yard and then in the wine trade before fleeing to a smallholding in the Eden Valley in 1982. She has written for Cumbria Life since 1993 and her third Funny Farm book is in production.

Phil Rigby
CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Phil Rigby

Caz Graham
Caz Graham
Columnist Caz is a radio reporter and presenter often found talking to farmers on BBC Radio 4. She grew up on a farm near Carlisle and lives in south Cumbria with a fell running husband, two children and three cats.

Jonathan Nagle
COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR
Jonathan Nagle
Tel: 01228 612270
Mobile: 07939 661999

Will Smith
Will Smith
Brought up in Suffolk, Will shares his native roots with the Victorian founder of the bookshop where he works, Grasmere’s Sam Read Bookseller. When not bookselling, Will has a parallel life as an academic.

Margaret Winder
ACCOUNT MANAGER
Margaret Winder
Tel: 01228 612315
Mobile: 07824 303520

Sue Allan
Sue Allan
Born and bred in the county, longstanding Cumbria Life contributor Sue has worked in local radio and TV and in the arts. Today she writes for magazines and performs and researches Cumbrian folk music.

Kay Teasdale
ACCOUNT MANAGER
Kay Teasdale
Tel: 01228 612203
Mobile: 07764 657047

Vivienne Crow
Vivienne Crow
Award-winning freelance writer and photographer, Vivienne Crow specialises in the outdoors. Our walks writer, she is a regular contributor to magazines and is the author of more than a dozen walking and travel guides.

Stephen Grimshaw
ACCOUNT MANAGER
Stephen Grimshaw
Tel: 01228 612273
Mobile: 07764 657287

Tony Greenbank
Tony Greenbank
An expert on Lakeland life, Tony has been a freelance journalist and photographer for over 50 years. An experienced climber, he made several first ascents in the Lakes and was one of the county’s first Outward Bound instructors.

Ruth Boak
ACCOUNT MANAGER
Ruth Boak

Janet Queen
Janet Queen
Gardening writer Janet tends the six acres of gardens, orchard and woodland at Rose Castle, Dalston, the home of the Bishops of Carlisle for nearly 800 years. She studied horticulture at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.

Richard Eccles
PUBLISHING & CONTENT DIRECTOR
Richard Eccles
Tel: 01228  612335
Mobile: 07900 812131

Tom Attwood
Tom Attwood
Garden columnist and nursery owner Tom trained at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He was head gardener at Rydal Hall, Ambleside, and at Gresgarth Hall near Lancaster.

Claire Sherwen
CONTENT DEVELOPMENT EDITOR
Claire Sherwen
Tel: 01228  612689

Sue Tasker
Sue Tasker
Brought up in the north east, gardening writer Sue trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She was head gardener at Brockhole for 17 years and now works as a freelance consultant and gardening writer.

Sara Valentin
PRODUCTION EDITOR
Sara Valentin

Maureen Whitemore
Maureen Whitemore
Our interiors expert owns Whitemore & Thwaytes interiors in Penrith. She has been in the interiors design trade for nearly 50 years and is on the Board of the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers.

Anthony Ferguson
DEPUTY PRODUCTION EDITOR
Anthony Ferguson

Steven Doherty
Steven Doherty
Steven was the first British chef to lead a three Michelinstarred restaurant. He and his wife Marj formerly ran the First Floor Café at Lakeland, Windermere. The restaurant consultant is chairman of judges of the Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards.

Alison TurnbullEDITORIAL DESIGNERS
Alison Turnbull

Simon Thomas
Simon Thomas
Artisan baker Simon of Staff of Life in Kendal writes a baking column. Simon lives in Kendal with his wife Julie and son Joe. He was born in Penrith and grew up in Warcop. He was educated at Appleby Grammar School.

 

Robert Denby
Robert Denby
Wine expert Robert’s career has taken him from Burgundy to Pennsylvania to Penrith, where he works as a consultant sourcing wines from across the world for clients including United Airlines and a major US website.