Meet The Team

ANGELA GILCHRISTEDITOR

When I'm asked what I do for a living, I'm so proud to say that my job is to make over 400,000 people happy every week. My working day is very busy, and there are lots of deadlines to meet, but it’s all worthwhile when I receive a letter from someone telling me how much the magazine means to them.

ALEX CORLETTFEATURES EDITOR

As the Features Editor, I work with the talented team of people putting together (almost) everything that’s not fiction in the magazine! It’s great being able to talk about food and travel every day - two subjects very close to my heart – but it’s the variety of features we read that makes this job really interesting.

SHIRLEY BLAIRFICTION

I’m the Fiction Editor for the "Friend" and as well as enjoying working with the great team here, I think I have the best job in the world.

JACLYN BRYSONDESIGN

My job as Design Editor on "The People's Friend" keeps me busy. Producing a weekly magazine, fortnightly pocket novels, 3-weekly Specials and annuals means we design around 10,000 pages per year – around 177 pages per week! I'm also involved in responding to the latest market research, adapting our products to suit readers' likes and dislikes.

ALAN SPINKFICTION

I live in the wonderful world of fiction. As part of the Fiction Team, I work closely with writers, helping them develop their stories with a view to publication.

LIZ O'ROURKEFEATURES

Knitting and craft, gardening, foreign travel – these are not only some of my favourite things but also my main responsibilities on the “Friend” as part of the Features Team.

JACKI LITTLEJOHNPRODUCTION

I've been a sub-editor here at the "Friend" now for over a decade already! Time flies! I love working on the stories every week, and I couldn't imagine myself in any other job. I particularly love subbing the "Maddie's World" columns - they're such great fun!

JUDEY STRUTH PRODUCTION

As Production Editor, my job is to make sure the pages go to Press on the right day and in the right order! The “Friend” office is a great mix of people, there is always a lot of laughter, and no two days are the same. I’m always really busy but somehow it never feels like work!

MARGARET SCOTTPRODUCTION

As a sub-editor within the Production Team my main job is to work on the stories and make sure the magazine leaves us in its best possible guise. When not doing that I either have my head buried in the old “Friend” volumes or am out and about giving talks. I love the finance pages and “how to” features – I always learn something new!

MARION McGIVERN FEATURES

There’s so much variety in my day - as editor for cookery and money I can be talking to PRs from the great food companies and bloggers who supply our recipes one minute and discussing copy with one of our expert finance writers the next. Not to mention working on feature ideas from vintage beach huts to Ben Fogle! There’s never a dull moment!

WENDY DEMPSTERDESIGN

It has been a joy to work for the “Friend” for the last few years. I work within a team of four graphic designers. We lay out the pages, take photographs and adjust imagery to fit the purpose. The team is a close-knit bunch and we always appreciate our readers' thoughts on our beloved magazine.

TRACY STEELFICTION

I love reading, so being part of the "Friend" Fiction team is a dream job for me. The days whizz by in a flurry of manuscripts, serials and Pocket Novels. It’s a genuine thrill when you discover a new writer and their "Friend" journey begins! It’s brilliant being able to engage with readers, writers and artists on Twitter and Facebook, too. We love to hear all your feedback!

Lucy CrichtonFICTION

Fiction Team’s Lucy is always on the look-out for the very best short stories, poems and pocket novels. As well as sourcing enjoyable content, she enjoys working with our established contributors, encouraging new talent, and celebrating 150 years of 'Friend' fiction!

NICOLE BROWN DESIGN

I work as part of the Graphic Design Team on the "Friend". I enjoy my job and love seeing a page come together with all the lovely illustrations and colours. I particularly enjoy the travel features which give me ideas of new places to explore for my next holiday. I also enjoy the cookery. Everything always looks so good!

MOIRA GAFFNEYDESIGN

In my role as Graphic Designer for The People’s Friend, I design pages for the magazine. One of the most satisfying parts of my job is working with all the lovely artwork, and choosing colour schemes to compliment them.

YVONNE McKENZIE FEATURES

I love being part of the Features Team as each day is different. My job is interesting, challenging and fun. I can be interviewing someone who has trekked through the Amazonian rainforest one minute and the next reading the many letters from our readers sharing their fabulous tales for “Between Friends”.

SARAH HOLLIDAY COMMISSIONING ILLUSTRATION EDITOR

As the Commissioning Illustrations Editor I get to spend my days creating illustrations for the magazine as well as commissioning work to external artists.

Iain McDonaldPRODUCTION

Iain is a sub-editor for The People's Friend. His job is to make sure that every issue is in good shape grammatically, and sticks to that familiar "Friend" style! He reads a lot, writes a little, and plays the guitar less skilfully than he should.

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