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 a family of other travel magazines and websites.

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 ethical 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 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

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

Hazel Plush – Web Editor

Hazel joined the team as Web Editor in May 2014, although she first cut her teeth on travel publishing as an intern with Wanderlust in 2009. Day-to-day, she looks after, commissioning pieces for online, managing the social media profiles and digging out the juiciest travel news. 

In addition to various editorial stints in the UK, she has lived and worked in the Middle East, where she spent Sunday to Thursday editing luxury travel magazines and her weekends exploring the region on a shoestring. An internationally-published writer, she's been lucky enough to visit many places on assignment, although her heart belongs to East Africa and Oman. And the beach bars of Zanzibar...

Read through Hazel's archive of online articles

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

Sarah Baxter

Sarah Baxter – Associate Editor (and Editor of Unique Honeymoons magazine)

Sarah joined Wanderlust in 2002. Hailing from Norfolk (high point: 100m), she likes nothing better than a good up-and-down stroll – from Pakistan's Karakorams to huffing to the top of Kilimanjaro to clambering the cliffs of Cornwall.

When Wanderlust can pin her to her desk, she edits, writes and keeps us all on track. Sarah is also Editor of Unique Honeymoons magazine.

Read through Sarah'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.

Alexandra Gregg – Editorial Assistant (Wanderlust and Unique Honeymoons)

Alex joined the team in November 2013. Once a roving local news reporter, she has since turned her hand to travel, being a lover of nature, wildlife and the ocean. She's a Berkshire girl, born and bred, but loves going anywhere where she can dive into the blue or deploy her snorkel - from the colourful reefs of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula to the salty shores of the Red Sea.

When she's not underwater, she's busy researching/writing regular features for Wanderlust magazine during the week, and cramming in back-to-back episodes of her favourite TV shows on the weekend. A huge Friends fan, she even made a special visit to New York City’s Pulitzer Fountain, where the programme’s intro was shot.

Read through Alexandra's archive of online articles

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 of 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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Kevin Rawlins – Sales Executive

Avid traveller Kevin Rawlins joined the team in late 2011. His lust to wander began in 2004 with an epic round-the-world trip starting in Rio for Carnival, then on to Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and over to Australia and New Zealand, ending in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. It's safe to say the travel bug has well and truly trapped him. A huge Arsenal fan, movie buff and keen foodie, when we can pin Kevin to his desk, he can be contacted for information on a range of advertising opportunities.

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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.

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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.

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