Meet the team

Meet the team at Wanderlust travel magazine and website

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George Kipouros, Editor in Chief & CEO

George grew up in Greece, graduated in Athens with a degree in International Relations before moving on to a MsC on Development, Media & Communication from the London School of Economics.

After a few years of working as a project manager and editor in the European Quarter of Brussels, George moved to London, the world's best-connected metropolis that no-one can ever get tired of. He worked for a decade in the media, research & exhibitions space with stints on a diverse range of topics, primarily in tech.  

In 2015, George co-founded AI Business which grew to become the global leader in AI media, exhibition, and research with a multi-million-dollar global presence. His business was acquired by Informa Plc, and George exited in 2020 to follow his life-long dream of sharing his passion for travel.

Travel as George’s raison d'être came home to Wanderlust, the oldest UK travel magazine and leading independent travel media title in the UK. George is leading the editorial direction of the organisation alongside a comprehensive investment in digital transformation and expansion of the organisation's global footprint. George’s journeys have so far brought him to over 80 countries and 700 cities around the world – and he is always on the lookout for finding travel gold!

Meet Lyn Hughes, Wanderlust Founding Editor

In 1992, Lyn Hughes and her late husband, Paul Morrison, were bored on a flight to South America and so schemed out their dream 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 win numerous awards. In time the company grew across channels into Wanderlust Travel Media.

A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Lyn is still an award-winning writer and editor in her own right, regularly appears on lists of Top UK Travel Journalists/Influencers, and is in demand as a speaker, host and moderator. The Times lauded Lyn as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Travel.” In 2014, Lyn was awarded one of the 'Top 60 Most Influential Women in Travel in the Last 60 Years' by the AWTE. In 2020 she was given an Outstanding Achievement Award by Travmedia with host John Humphreys saying "Her influence goes far beyond the magazine. She embodies the brand. She is a legend in travel." 

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 six ft-bank by an angry Irish bull.

Her passions include wildlife, wilderness and wine. Her idea of hell would be a week on a crowded beach.

Follow Lyn on Twitter @wanderlust_lyn and Instagram @wanderlust.lyn

Read through the archive of online articles by Lyn Hughes

Elliot Wellsteed-Crook, Chief Operating Officer

Elliot found his wanderlust growing up on the wild headlands of Cornwall, in the far South West of the UK.  He joins Wanderlust for a new adventure after a series of leadership roles for some of the world’s best-known business & technology media brands – including Forbes, London Tech Week and The AI Summit.

As Chief Operating Officer, Elliot’s job is to keep the wheels on the bus and take the UK’s longest running travel magazine further in its journey.

Elliot believes travel is about people, and is passionate about how Wanderlust can bring out the best of people and place.

Graham Berridge, Art Director

After graduating with a degree in Graphic Communication in 1998, Graham's career 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 its contract titles, supplements. books and bookazines.

In December 2011, Graham was awarded Designer of the Year at the PPA Independent Publishing Awards.

Jessica Reid, Digital Editor

Jess joined Wanderlust as their Digital Editor in September 2021.

After completing a degree in Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University, Jess worked in the magazine industry on a freelance basis before joining the team at Wanderlust, her favourite travel publication.

Jess has ticked climbing Mount Kilimanjaro off her bucket list, with countries such as Peru and Costa Rica set in her sights.

Find her on Twitter

Read through Jess's archive of online articles here

Rosie Fitzgerald, Special Features Editor

Rosie is the Special Features Editor for Wanderlust, working on commercial projects in print and online. 

When she’s not at work, Rosie loves seeking out cultural and historical adventures in sunny places. Rosie's travel highlights include exploring the temples of Luang Prabang in Laos, visiting the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia and snorkelling in the coral-reef filled waters surrounding the tiny island of Koh Lipe in Thailand. 

Follow Rosie on Instagram

Read through Rosie's archive of online articles here

Meet our partnerships team

Adam Lloyds, Partnerships Director

Adam joined Wanderlust at the end of 2017, and heads up the partnerships team.

He has over 12 years experience in media sales and has worked across many consumer industries including walking, yachting, motor sport and wildlife. 

Previously a keen sportsman, Adam travelled the world playing rugby, cricket and football. His favourite adventure destination is Costa Rica although he has plans to travel to South-East Asia in the near future. 

Simon Bryson, Senior Creative Partnerships Manager

Simon joined the Wanderlust commercial team in 2017. He works with clients to develop media campaigns across print, digital and events. 

Simon’s passion for travel started at 16 years old when he went on a month long self-funded expedition to Peru.  

He is a keen skier and has skied throughout Europe and North America. He counts Jackson Hole (Wyoming) and Whistler (British Columbia) among his favourite destinations.

Lucy Bairstow, Creative Partnerships Manager

Lucy joined the partnerships team in 2017 and works closely with clients to create engaging and exciting campaigns. 

Lucy has lived in both Paris and Martinique, where she acquired extensive French language skills.

She has travelled to over 45 countries and some of her highlights include camping in the Sahara desert, listening to music on the streets of Havana and scuba diving with sharks in South Africa. 

P.S. Our partnerships team won Team Of The Year at the PPA Independent Publishing Awards 2019. Woo!

Meet our publishing team

Mary Manta, Wanderlust Club Manager

Mary is from the beautiful Greek island of Kefalonia. She studied Political Sciences at the University of Athens and gained her Masters degree in Marketing and Management in UK. She has been living and working in London ever since, with various professional roles across the events industry; formerly the World Trade Group, AI Business and Informa PLC. 

Mary joined Wanderlust in 2021 to share her passion for travelling, support members of our community and look after the activities of the Wanderlust Club. She has travelled across the globe but will always have a special place in her heart for Miami. Mary believes that travelling is the way to become a better version of ourselves by understanding each other’s values and culture.