UK Dating Fair October 2019 | Meet The Experts
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Meet The Experts

Meet the people behind the seminars & workshops
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Mary Balfour, Dating Expert

Author of Smart Dating

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.


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,

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Dimitri Raftopoulos, Psychotherapist

Founder &Director of The Relationship Works

After 10 years of extensive experience as a relationship psychotherapist, guiding couples and individual women into satisfying relationships, he created The Relationship Works. This organisation offers a groundbreaking and comprehensive relationship workshop and community for women to regain their power and do what Dimitri believes they were destined for: to lead in relationships.


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.


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.


Ané Auret, Dating Coach

Dating Expert of the Year Award 2017 , UK Dating Awards

Award-winning Dating & Relationship Coach Ané Auret specialises in helping strong, smart and driven women to clear the obstacles that are keeping them from meeting (and keeping) their match.  Since rebuilding her own life after divorce and now happily married again, Ané is passionate about supporting women in realising their own worth, reconnecting to their authentic, feminine power and attracting a relationship-ready soulmate. Through her exclusive coaching programmes and tailor-made mentoring, she’s by your side every step of the way on your unique path to lasting, fulfilling love.


Madeleine Mason,  Psychologist

Director of PassionSmiths, Dating & Relationship Experts

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, her focus is on everything related to dating and long-term relationships. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and is dedicated to solve all problems related to romance through one-to-one coaching sessions and seminars.

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Sean Bricknell, Dating Coach

Best-Selling Author, Media Commentator & Founder of Emotional Impact

Carrying out undercover investigations at swingers’ orgies to coaching clients on how to use body language techniques, that lead to them marrying the person of their dreams, Seán Brickell has tons of experience when it comes to dating and relationships. Regularly featured on TV, radio, print & online media talking about the psychology of confidence and communication and what impact they have on your love life. With Emotional Impact he provides interactive online coaching courses to help people find lasting and realistically happy relationships.


Tara McDonnell, Matchmaker

Winner at the UK Dating Awards 2016, finalist as Matchmaker of the year 2016 & 2017

Multiple award-winning Matchmaker and founder of YourMatchmaker, Tara is one of the most successful Matchmaker startups in the UK. With a previous life as a police detective, she takes headhunting to a new level. Having met her own life-partner and fiancé in ‘real life’, she understands the importance of solid connections and is a master in discretion.Your Matchmaker (formerly South Downs Introductions) is a dating agency and personal introduction service catering for single professionals across the south east.

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Gail Morgan, Style & Image Consultant

Award-winning world certified Image Consultant

Gail Morgan is an Award winning Style and Image Expert with over 25 years’ experience as an Image Consultant, Personal Shopper, Speaker and Trainer. Gail is one of only 5 Image Consultants in the World certified on both sides of the Atlantic. She has worked as a Personal Shopper with John Lewis; appeared on TV and radio, as well as contributing to numerous magazines and newspapers.

She specialises in working with busy professionals to create confidence building wardrobes so that they can shine either at work or when dating. Working with Gail guarantees no more wasted time trying to decide what to wear – just a selection of flattering outfits that work for your body and your lifestyle.