Editorial team

Carrie Lyell, Editor-in-chief

Carrie joined DIVA in 2013, having previously written for Pink Paper, Lesbilicious and The Guardian. She’s always wanted to write about queer culture, mostly because being gay is the only thing she’s any good at, and is passionate about amplifying queer women’s voices. Over the course of six years, Carrie has worked her way through the ranks at DIVA to become one of only four women in the driving seat of this groundbreaking publication, and since becoming editor in May 2017, has thrust the magazine right into the 21st century. Carrie’s career highlights (so far) include interviewing Billie Jean King, meeting Ellen DeGeneres, and having a bath with a baby elephant in Thailand. You can find her tweeting @Seej.


Roxy Bourdillon, Managing editor

Roxy has over eight years’ experience working in LGBTQI+ media for titles including Curve, LOTL and Bound, and a lifetime’s experience fancying ladyfolk. She’s given talks about The L Word at BFI Southbank, hosted panels with web series royalty at ClexaCon, and interviewed everyone from Rose and Rosie in their undercrackers to Rachel Weisz (fully clothed).

Twitter: @Roxy_Vintage


Sophie Griffiths, Staff writer

Sophie joined DIVA in 2019 as a staff writer, fresh out of her MA in Publishing. Since growing up in Wales as a lesbian, watching Lip Service at volume two on the TV, she’s come a long way to be out, proud and writing about all things LGBTQI-related on a daily basis. During her work experience with the DIVA team, Sophie became a bit of an urban legend after speaking on a panel where she thought she would just be an audience member – a situation that is still laughed about to this day and definitely her DIVA highlight so far! Her career in journalism has only just begun, but she’s hoping to stick around for a while.

Twitter: @publishingsoph


Fernando Safont, Designer

Fernando moved to graphic design after gaining a degree in philosophy and theology in the 80s. He’s been clicking away at the mouse for more than 25 years, first in his native Spain and in London since 2002. He has worked on some of the most iconic LGBT publications in the UK (Pink Paper, Gay Times). Fernando has been in charge of making DIVA look good since 2013. If you’re looking for him and can’t find him, go to the “learning something new” section… it’s his favourite corner.


Kat Halstead, Sub-editor

Kat has been a writer and editor for more than a decade and joined DIVA as sub-editor in 2019. When she’s not reading the magazine (very closely) you’ll find her planning queer improv events with her organisation, Zeal, attempting to cook tasty vegan treats or satiating her movie obsession in a darkened room. Originally from Birmingham, she currently lives in north London with her partner and two cats. Tweet her @KatHalstead.


Raj Valentino, Advertising manager

Having worked in LGBTQI media for a number of years, Raj is now the Advertising Manager for DIVA magazine in which he is responsible for all of the print and digital advertising revenues for the title.

Prior to working at DIVA Media Group, Raj previously worked as the Deputy Advertising Manager of Gay Times and DIVA under previous owners Milivres Prowler Group. Before entering the colourful world of LGBTQI media, Raj spent time working at Johnson’s press where he was responsible for generating and sustaining advertising and sponsorship revenue across a number of publications and was credited for setting up successful wedding events and supplements for the Hertfordshire area.

He currently resides in Berkhamsted and likes to spend his weekends hunting down vintage Westwood, spending time with his better half and taking his beloved Golden Retriever Charlie for long country walks


DIVA columnists

Eleanor Margolis

Eleanor is a freelance journalist who also writes a column for New Statesman.

Twitter: @EleanorMargolis

Valentino Vecchietti

Valentino is a writer, academic, intersex human rights campaigner and a lesbian.

Twitter: @ValentinoInter

Olivia Jones

Olivia is a presenter based in Manchester. She lives with her wife and has a dangerous addiction to cheese.

Twitter: @ThatOliviaJones