Linda Riley


One of only two British directors of US based LGBT campaign group GLAAD, Linda is a patron of Action Breaks Silence,which empowers women in the developing world to protect themselves against physical and sexual assault and Diversity Role Models, an LGBT anti-bullying charity.

In November 2017, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler MP, appointed Linda as the Opposition Labour Party’s LGBT Diversity Lead.

A former Stonewall award winner, Linda founded the Alternative Parenting Show, the British LGBT Awards, the Diversity Careers Show and Opportunities For Women, and currently publishes the iconic title for lesbians and bisexual women, DIVA magazine, and LGBT news site Out News Global. She is also the founder and director of the European Diversity Awards

A former publisher of g3 magazine, Out in the City and First Time Buyer, Linda collaborates with the UK’s Daily Telegraph, the Guardian (with whom she co-founded the Diversity Hub) and The Economist on various diversity initiatives.

Carrie J Lyell


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 driven the magazine right into the 21st century. Carrie’s career highlights (so far) include interviewing Billie Jean King, meeting lesbian royalty Ellen DeGeneres, and having a bath with a baby elephant in Thailand. You can find her tweeting @Seej.


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Roxy Bourdillon

Deputy editor

Roxy joined DIVA in 2016 and was made deputy editor a year later. She has six 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


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Danielle Mustarde

Staff writer

Danielle joined DIVA as staff writer in 2017. Originally from the northeast of England, she’s also lived in Scotland, Spain and Canada and is DIVA’s official travel buff. Danielle has written pieces for HuffPost UK, Hop & Barley, Now Then and Like The Wind magazines and in 2018, won the BBC Worldwide Best New Magazine Brand award for creating queer culture mag, Kommunity. Danielle completes #TeamDIVA’s “northern women’s collective” and proudly represents the pink, purple and blue corner of the LGBTQI community.

Give her a tweet @daniellejournal.


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Fernando Safont


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


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.


Robert Harkavy

Commercial Director

Rob has worked at the forefront of LGBT business for almost 25 years, helping hundreds of organisations grow and prosper by reaching out to the LGBT market. Heading up DIVA’s commercial department since 2016, Rob devotes as much attention to delivering high quality campaigns for small, community based organisations as he does for large, multinational corporations.

Rob’s teenage daughter’s friends (incorrectly) believe that working at the UK’s pre-eminent media organisation for lesbians and bisexual women makes him the coolest dad in school.


Raj Valentino


Advertising Manager

Having worked in LGBT 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 TWIN Media, 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 LGBT 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


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