Meet the team

Meet the team at Wanderlust travel magazine and website

Lyn Hughes

Lyn Hughes – Wanderlust Co-Founder & Editor-In-Chief

In 1992 Lyn and her late husband, Paul Morrison, were bored on a flight to South America and so schemed out their ideal travel magazine on the back of a sickbag. The idea stuck and, returning to the UK a few months later, they launched Wanderlust magazine from their spare bedroom.

The magazine gradually grew through word of mouth, and went on to be one of the UK’s leading travel magazines, with numerous awards under its belt. In time it led to this website and to all the other things we do at Wanderlust Travel Media.

After a long fight with cancer, Paul Morrison died in December 2004 and Lyn took on the roles of managing director, as well as editor-in-chief over all Wanderlust's publications and websites. In 2007 and 2008, Lyn was Highly Commended as Publisher of the Year. The Times lauded Lyn as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Travel.” In 2012, Lyn was presented by an Outstanding Contribution Award in the British Travel Press Awards.

A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Lyn is still a writer in her own right. She is regularly consulted by tourist boards and governments on travel-related issues, especially regarding sustainable tourism. She sits on several committees, including LATA (the Latin American Travel Association) and IPN (the Independent Publishers' Network). She judges many competitions and awards including the Thailand Green Excellence Awards UK.

Lyn strongly believes in tourism as a force for good, benefiting local communities, wildlife and the natural world. During the course of Lyn’s own travels she has been attacked in the night by soldier ants in Africa, spent the night in a sailor’s bar in the Azores, and been chased over a barbed-wire-topped 6ft-bank by an angry Irish bull. Her passions include wildlife, wilderness and wine. Her idea of hell would be a week on a beach.

Follow Lyn on Twitter @wanderlust_lyn and read through her archive of online articles.

Phoebe Smith

Phoebe Smith – Editor of Wanderlust magazine (and print)

Phoebe came to Wanderlust in 2012 by way of a number of magazines and newspapers both in the UK and overseas, most recently Trail (the outdoors, walking and  mountaineering title). As such she is most at home in the world’s high places – from teetering on Iceland’s glaciers, seeking out the highest jebel (mountain) in Jordan, sleeping on the top of Telescope Peak in Death Valley, or scrambling in Snowdonia. She’s author of The Camper’s Friend, The Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path and Extreme Sleeps: The adventures of a wild camper.

When not gazing over giant precipices for fun, wild camping in the mountains, or having long conversations with anyone who will listen about the pros and cons of Gore-Tex, she can be found in the Wanderlust office pulling together the magazine and planning future issues – which mainly involves sending writers to some of the best places in the world!

A huge fan of Wanderlust before she joined the magazine, she shares with readers a passion for adventurous travel and loves nothing more than getting under the skin of a place, learning about the local culture, wildlife watching and of course walking.

Read through Phoebe's archive of online articles

Graeme Green – Online Editor

Graeme joined Wanderlust as Online Editor in 2016, after years working for Wanderlust magazine as a freelance writer and photographer, as well as more than a decade working as a journalist, photographer and editor for UK and international publications, including The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, National Geographic and the BBC.

No relation to the Graham Greene, Graeme studied English Literature at Glasgow University. After a couple of years working as a nightclub bouncer, he decided the pen was more powerful than the fist. Since then, he’s interviewed world leaders, authors, actors, adventurers and writers, from Angelina Jolie to Sir David Attenborough, and reported on stories from human trafficking to wildlife conservation. 

A hiker, cyclist, kayaker, scuba diver and freediver, Graeme loves exploring the great outdoors, from mountains to oceans, as well as photographing wildlife, spending time with different cultures and seeing new things. His travels around the world have included paragliding with trained vultures in Nepal, motorcycling across the salt flats of Bolivia and climbing volcanoes in the DRC.

Having covered destinations from Botswana to Colombia to Japan for Wanderlust magazine, Graeme’s now sharing his love for adventure travel with Wanderlust’s online readers, working with international writers, photographers and filmmakers to deliver exciting stories, travel ideas and inspiration from all four corners of the globe, photography, video, articles on wildlife and the state of the planet, exclusive interviews, events and competitions. He also oversees Wanderlust’s social media channels.

Follow Graeme on Twitter @greengraeme and read through Graeme's archive of online articles

Peter Moore

Peter Moore – Associate Web Editor

Peter is an Australian travel author with several humorous books of his travels under his belt. Now based in the UK, Peter works part-time at Wanderlust where he is responsible for some of the regular spots on the website such as the popular Weird@Wanderlust blogs.

Read through Peter's archive of online articles

Tom Hawker – Production Editor

Tom joined Wanderlust in 2011 after a career spent in consumer, lifestyle and contract titles, working in both an editorial and production capacity. As Production Editor, he's in charge of making sure Wanderlust magazine and its sister titles go to press on time, which involves a lot of moaning at people who file late copy and double-checking things are splet correctly.

When out and about, Tom has a soft spot for tracking down movie locations. His favourite? The Star Wars set in Tunisia... His wife wasn't impressed.

Read through Tom's archive of online articles.

Rhodri Andrews – Editorial Assistant (Wanderlust and Unique Honeymoons)

Once a roving reporter, Rhodri joined Wanderlust in May 2015 following a two-year stint at a local newspaper – he hopes he can now put his geography degree to good use. As editorial assistant, Rhodri is responsible for writing pieces for both Wanderlust and Unique Honeymoons and also lends an administrative hand too to help knit everything together. 

Away from his desk, he loves walking – whether it be the jungles of Costa Rica or Nicaragua, the Black Forest of Bavaria or England's New Forest. He loves to combine his love for football and tennis with travelling where he can - his (sometimes expensive) guilty travel pleasure is collecting a football shirt from every country/city he visits.

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Graham Berridge – Art Director

After graduating with a degree in Graphic Communication in 1998, Graham's career so far has seen him design both consumer and contract magazines spanning music, fashion, lifestyle, technology and travel.

Graham joined Wanderlust in 2003 and as Art Director heads up the design team; he is responsible for the design and layout of Wanderlust magazine as well as Wanderlust’s sister magazines, contract titles, books and supplements. In December 2011, Graham was awarded Designer of the Year in the Independent Publishing Awards.

Mike Wright

Mike Wright – Art Editor

Mike joined Wanderlust in March 2011 having spent the past 18 years freelancing across consumer, business and contract publishing. Hailing originally from Cheshire he studied Typography and Graphic Communication for four years at Reading University before moving to London to kick-start his career in design.

Out of the office you'll either find him on a sunny mountain top strapped to a pair of skis or blasting through choppy waves windsurfing.

Simon Chubb

Simon Chubb – Technology Director

Heading up the web team, Simon is responsible for the continued strategic growth of the Wanderlust website, Trip Finder and other websites such as our Unique Honeymoons website, Wanderlust's trade site and Adventure Travel Conference.

When he hasn't got his head in the nuts and bolts of coding or web design, he's a travel nut enjoying bear watching in Alaska, and trips to Sudan, Laos, Malaysia, and a 3-month trip around Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.

Heidi Hodgkins – Commercial Manager

When she's not hiking in the desert or discovering little towns off the beaten track, Heidi can be found working away as head of Wanderlust's advertising team. Heidi joined the team in July 2010 and works across print, digital and contract publishing sales.

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David Forder - Marketing Manager

David has over 11 years of travel marketing experience, gained mostly managing the brand, acquisition and retention strategies for a range of retail travel brands of a global travel company.

He’s recently completed a post-graduate diploma in direct and digital marketing with the IDM, whilst becoming a dad for the second time. He celebrated these two achievements by buying a motorbike to ride to work on, which he refuses to admit has anything to do with a mid-life crisis!

Travel is in David’s blood, and whilst his two young children are currently preventing him from exploring exotic locations in the Far East, he still longs to hit the road and relive the adventurous memories of his youth where he embarked on two separate round the world trips. David’s other main passion, apart from spending time with his family, is food – reading about it, dreaming about it, talking about it, buying it, cooking it and of course eating it!

David is responsible for the overall marketing of Wanderlust and its associated brands which includes the Wanderlust magazine, sponsorship opportunities, partnership marketing, subscriptions and managing the various events we run.

Contact David

Chris Debbinney-Wright - Head of Creative Solutions

Chris head up our Engage Division, providing innovative and engaging campaigns for advertisers and brands that utilise the wider Wanderlust media platforms and relationships along with the rich pool of data & audience insights.

When not dreaming up creative solution, Chris can be found dreaming about getting on his motorbike or boat - neither of which he has used in the past two years due to an extensive list of home DIY projects.

Danny Callaghan – Finance & Operations Director

As well as balancing the books and managing the subscriptions team, Danny is Wanderlust's Mr Fixit – running and maintaining the company's IT systems, doing DIY and all manner of other tasks to keep the company running. Just don't ask him to make you a cup of tea...

Sue Spoor – Subscriptions Manager

Sue joined Wanderlust in November 2003 as a Christmas temp and has never left! Her first career path as a riding instructor took her from rural Newmarket in Suffolk to summer camps in New Jersey. She’s managed to find a horse to ride in every country she’s visited so far.

Nowadays she canters through Windsor Great Park, a stone's throw from the Wanderlust office where she manages the Subscriptions department, ensuring each and every subscriber doesn’t miss an issue.

Contact Sue:

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Nathan Inns – Sales Executive

Nathan is a salesman by trade, and a keen traveller at heart – back in 2001, he made his first solo trip to Bali, and there's been no stopping him since. He spent 9 months in Australia, and has explored Costa Rica, South Africa, New Zealand and Thailand too. His favourite travel experience? Ticking off three (three!) cage dives with great white sharks.

When he's not dicing with death, you can find him liaising with travel industry clients and coordinating Wanderlust's Job Shop and Hot Offers.

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Pauline Moore

Pauline Moore – Accounts Assistant

Local lady Pauline has been at Wanderlust since 2003. She spent ten years trying to keep temptation at bay (and working in various roles) at a large confectionery manufacturer, before leaving to start a family. Returning to work five years ago, four children and numerous grey hairs later, she divides her time between subscriptions and accounts.

Pauline Moore

Zoe Dog – Office / Fitness Manager

Once unemployed and on the streets in Romania, Zoe came to the UK to look for a meaningful job. Her role includes keeping the Wanderlust team exercised, keeping the office tidy (through bin inspections and hoovering up any food), and reducing stress by encouraging strokes and cuddles. 

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