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.

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Hayley Quinn, Dating Expert

Tedx speaker and Founder of HQ

Hayley Quinn is an international dating coach with over 10 years of experience in the industry. She is a TEDx speaker with over 1.5 views, ambassador, and creator of leading coaching platform. Her dating expertise have been featured on BBC, ITV, and channel 4, as well as magazines such as Elle, The Telegraph, Cosmopolitan, and The Independent among others.


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.


Dr Angela Smith

Forensic Psychologist & co-founder of Relationship Retreats



Madeleine Mason,  Psychologist

Dating Coach at the Vida Consultancy & Organiser of the UK Dating Fair

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.


Scott Harvey

Editor at the Global Dating Insights



Ivona Gordon

Relationship Specialist


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Jo Barnett

Date Coach