MANAGEMENT TEAM


PUBLISHER – LINDA RILEY
FINANCE DIRECTOR – CHANTEL SHAW
SALES MANAGER – CHRIS PORTER

EDITORIAL TEAM

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF – CARRIE LYELL

Carrie joined DIVA in 2013, having previously written for Pink Paper and Lesbilicious. She’s always wanted to write about queer culture, mostly because being gay is the only thing she’s good at, and is passionate about amplifying the voices of queer women and non-binary people. After working her way through the ranks, Carrie became editor-in-chief in 2017, and career highlights (so far) include interviewing Billie Jean King, meeting Ellen DeGeneres, and having a bath with a baby elephant in Thailand. As well as DIVA, Carrie has also written for publications including The Guardian, The Independent, Metro and Gay Times. In 2021, she was named one of Attitude Magazine’s 101 LGBTQ trailblazers changing the world.

Pronouns: She/they

carrie@divamag.co.uk@Seej


MANAGING EDITOR – ROXY BOURDILLON

Roxy has over eight years’ experience working in 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).

Pronouns: She/her

roxy@divamag.co.uk | @roxybourdillon | @RoxyBourdillon


DESIGNER – 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.

Pronouns: He/him

EMAIL: fernando@divamag.co.uk


SUB-EDITOR – 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.

Pronouns: She/her

kat.halstead@divamag.co.uk | @KatHalstead.


DIVA CONTRIBUTORS

COLUMNIST – VALENTINO VECCHIETTI

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

@ValentinoInter

Pronouns: She/they


BOOKS EDITOR – ERICA GILLINGHAM

Erica Gillingham is a queer poet, writer and bookseller with a PhD in lesbian love stories and kissing.

books@divamag.co.uk | @ericareadsqueer

Pronouns: She/her


MUSIC EDITOR – LAURA HOWARD

Laura Howard is a friendly northern muso and aspiring radio DJ.

music@divamag.co.uk | @howardoyoudo

Pronouns: She/her


TRAVEL EDITOR – JOANNA WHITEHEAD

Joanna Whitehead is a Yorkshire lass based in London.

travel@divamag.co.uk | @MsWhitehead100

Pronouns: She/her