Meet The Experts - UK Dating Fair 2018
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Meet The Experts

While we are working on next years line-up, take a look at who we had at the fair. Expect many of them to return 🙂

Mary Balfour, Matchmaker

Mary is not only the world’s best dating coach (iDate 2016), she is the most experienced dating expert in the UK, having founded the first niche dating site in 1999 and run the award-winning matchmaking and dating agency, Drawing Down the Moon, for 30 years.  She picked up best matchmaker of the year (UK Dating Awards, 2015), is the author of ‘Smart Dating’ and a seasoned guest of TV and Radio talks. Her passion is simple: to help you find your soulmate.


Danny Andrea, Author

Danny is a tax lawyer turned chocolate mistress who’s love life has been as colourful as her employment career. Danny has previously written a successful blog on her real-life dating experiences; “Danny’s Dirty Thirty” which reached audiences worldwide. Due to the success of the blog, Danny has now written a book, detailing the trials and tribulations of her dating life and one particular long-term encounter. The book, entitled ‘The Lobster’, is due to be published later this year.

Ivona Gordon, Life Coach

Ivona Gordon is a fully qualified Life Coach, Master Coach, NLP Practitioner, Time Line Therapist and facilitator, specialising in love, life and relationships.  She is known for getting single people ‘relationship ready’.Along with a diploma in Relationship Psychology, Ivona has over twenty five years’ experience working within the Human Resources field.Ivona has written an eBook ‘It’s Ok to be single’ and is founder of the London Relationship Coaching Meetup group.

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Jacqueline Burns, Matchmaker

Jacqueline is Head of Matchmaking at Vida Consultancy. Her academic research into relationships and her ongoing application of psychology has made her an integral member of the Vida team, and a reputed matchmaker. Her speciality is gay matchmaking in London and international matchmaking, Jacqueline is widely regarded as an expert in her field with an impressive track record of matching her clients successfully.


Rachel MacLynn, Matchmaker

Founder & Managing Director of Vida Consultancy

Rachel is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and sits on the Advisory Committee for the Matchmaking Institute. Vida is an international-award winning matchmaking agency that specialises in finding life partners for the world’s most exceptional people. Rachel’s expertise in psychology, business and matchmaking has led her to speak about these subjects at international conferences.


Jo Hemmings, Dating Coach

Behavioural Psychologist & Author, Consultant Psychologist on Good Morning Britain

Jo is the Consultant Psychologist on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, regularly appearing on the show, as well as This Morning and BBC, Channel 4, C5 and Sky News. Recent reality TV work includes Celebrity Big Brother, Katie Price’s modelling series Signed by Katie, the ITV Tonight documentary Looking for Love and Discovery Channel’s new dating show Undressed, currently being aired on TLC. She is also an occasional presenter of LBC’s Saturday night sex and relationships show.


Saskia Nelson, Dating Photography

Founder of Hey Saturday

Saskia Nelson is the talent behind the multi award-winning and internationally acclaimed Hey Saturday, the UK’s coolest dating and matchmaking photography business. Saskia’s been credited by Time magazine for kickstarting the genre of ‘dating photography’ and is recognised as the leading industry expert in the UK and US on all things dating profile photo related and often speaks at events and appears regularly in the press. She has trained up a team of hotshot, portrait photographers who work with hundreds of single people across London, Brighton and Edinburgh.


James Preece, Dating Coach

The Dating Guru

James has been working in the industry for over a decade. He is a regularly featured expert in top UK and international media: such as the Independent, Cosmopolitan, OK Magazine, Men’s Health, E-Harmony, The Sun, Ann Summers and often appears on radio and television. He now has his only weekly “dating and relationship clinic” every Saturday evening on Talk Radio.


Tara McDonnell, Matchmaker

Managing Director at South Downs Introductions

Tara is a former police detective who now puts her tracking skills to good use hunting down great matches for her clients. If you are based in the Home Counties of Surrey, Sussex, Kent and looking for something that puts the personal touch back into dating then who better to assist you than Tara. She won the UK Dating Awards 2015 as the Best Newcomer in the industry.


Laura Gub, Image Consultant

Founder of Brand You Max

Laura Gub is an ex model, has worked as a fashion, photographic, editorial and life model for over seven years. She had essays published in local newspapers and is a regular dating blogger with Digital Romance Inc. She studied photography with John Keedwell of The Epics Academy Ltd.  developing a keen sense of style and a strong eye, for the “right” picture. Her years spent as a model have proven invaluable in determining the best ways of introducing oneself effectively, whether online or offline, leading her her to initiate the founding of Brand You Max -Your Online Image and Dating Consultant.


Genevieve Zawada, Matchmaker

CEO of Elect Club

Faculty Member and Trainer for the Matchmaking Institute. ICF Qualified, Coaching, Training and Mentoring for Dating and Relationships. Co-ordinator for iDate offline track for UK. Genevieve is often appearing on TV (recently SKY and ITV) Radio . She has run a number of Dating and relationship businesses during her career from one of the UK’s first Professional Singles Dining Club to online dating sites and now runs the UK’s Elite Matchmaking & Personal Introductions Agency, Elect Club,


Madeleine Mason, Dating Coach

Director of PassionSmiths

Madeleine has over 15 years of experience in  psychology and mental health, trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Applied Positive Psychology. With a BSc and MSc in psychology, a published a paper on Social Intelligence from UCL, as well as undertaking a PhD in Counselling Psychology focusing on dating and long-term relationships, she is dedicated to solve all problems related to romance.