The Noon Advisory Board

The Noon Advisory Board features leaders and thinkers, innovators and creators, in sectors ranging from finance to photography. We draw on their expertise and insight to bring you the best content for midlife.

Dr Nighat Arif

GP specialising in women’s health,
broadcaster BBC Breakfast and ITV Good Morning Britain.

Helen Ward

Partner, Stewarts Law, London’s top divorce lawyer.

Uma Cresswell

Uma is a Non-Executive Director serving on a number of boards whilst running her own international HR consulting business. She also serves as Chair and President of City Women Network.

Lisa Unwin

Founder of the Reignite Academy, author of She’s Back and
specialist in getting women back into their careers.

Sachini Imbuldeniya

Founder Studio Pi, champion of diversity in the design industry.

Alison Page

Ali has 35 years of experience within broadcast and digital media, working for some of the biggest names in the industry, including ITV, Jazz FM and Global. She is now a freelance Business Development Consultant who’s passionate about challenging stereotypes around age in marketing. She lends her commercial expertise to Noon.

Lisa McAuley

Lisa was inducted into the most influential women in travel list in 2017, having spent her entire career in the travel industry. Lisa is a regular columnist for trade newspaper Travel Weekly discussing all things travel and tourism, and holds a Non-Executive Director role at the Hays Travel the UK’s largest independent travel agent. In December 2020 Lisa acquired Silver Travel Advisor the UK’s largest reviews and advice site for the Over 50’s traveller.

Christina Ioannidis

Award-winning transformation consultant, speaker and author. Currently co-authoring her second book, Transformational Leadership: How to Rebuild, Reboot, Reconquer.

Lucy Kellaway

Co-Founder NowTeach, E x FT columnist, author Re-Educated: How I changed my job, my home, my husband and my hair, Ebury July 2021

Baroness Camilla Cavendish

Author of Extra Time: Ten Lessons for Living Longer Better, FT columnist, Senior Fellow Harvard University, former head Downing Street Policy Unit under David Cameron.

Baroness Helena Morrissey

Financier and campaigner.

Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Economist, Author of The Sponsor Effect. Executive Presence and Baby Hunger, Harvard Business Review important thinker.

Genelle Aldred

Genelle Aldred runs communications consultancy, GA\C. She is an Ambassador for SANDS and is on the Executive Committee for Women in Journalism. A former newsreader and journalist for BBC, ITN and ITV, she is also a regular contributor on news outlets. Her first book about Communication and Social Justice will be published in the summer of 2021.

Catherine Mayer

Catherine Mayer, co-founder Women’s Equality Party and Primadonna Festival, author of Good Grief: Embracing Life at a Time of Death and other books.

Kati Taunt

Founder of Trauma-Informed Practice. A trainer, consultant, registered social worker and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

Frances Illingworth

Former head of WPP Global Talent, founder WPP Stella women in management programme.

Alicia Drummond

Psychologist specialising in adolescence. Founder Teen Tips, which provides advice to 150 schools.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a British journalist, broadcaster and author who describes herself as a “leftie, liberal, anti-racist, feminist, Muslim”. She was Columnist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2016. Her books include Ladies Who Punch: Fifty Trailblazing Women Whose Stories You Should Know, published by Biteback Publishing.

Rosie Millard

Chair Children in Need, broadcaster, Trustee Opera North, ex BBC Arts Correspondent.

Julia Bueno

Psychotherapist, specialising in fertility. Author of The Brink of Being – talking about miscarriage (Penguin) and Everyone’s A Critic (Virago/released 2022).

Baroness Margaret McDonagh

Ex-General Secretary Labour Party, Founder Pipeline.

Christina Lamb OBE

Foreign Correspondent extraordinaire. Author Our Bodies, Their Battlefields. Co-author with Malala of I Am Malala. Winner of Feature Writer of the Year at the 2019 Press Awards.

Annie Pesskin

Psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice and for the NHS. She runs groups for parents of teens and forensic psychology teams. She blogs on all things mental at

Eve Pollard

Broadcaster, Founder and President Women in Journalism. Co-Founder of Wellbeing of Women

Louise Court

Media consultant. Former Editorial Director, Hearst Magazines.

Jo Brooks

PR consultant, Founder JB-PR.

Amelia Troubridge

Photographer specialising in women in midlife.

Christine Armstrong

Writer and consultant specialising in the future of work, workplaces and communication. She is the author of The Mother of All Jobs: How to have children and stay sane(ish)

Rose Marley

CEO CO-Ops UK, Manchester-based social entrepreneur, former advisor on youth to Andy Burnham Manchester Mayor.

Judith O’Reilly

Author of thrillers. Blogs at Wife in the North.

Frances Mensah Williams CBE

Entrepreneur, Executive Coach, Publisher of ReConnect and author of contemporary, multicultural women’s fiction and non-fiction.

Birgit Neu

Birgit Neu is the former Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at HSBC in London. Her prior roles at HSBC included Head of Private Banking Initiative in Global Commercial Banking. She was named in the Top 20 Diversity Professionals in Industry 2020 by the Global Diversity List, and is also one of the leaders on the 30% Club’s Strategy Best Practices Working Group.

Marina O’Loughlin

Multi award-winning restaurant critic and writer, The Sunday Times, Guardian, Noble Rot.

Sue Peart

In a career spanning four decades, Sue has worked on monthly glossy magazines, daily newspapers, weekly newspaper supplements and newspaper magazines. She has edited the Sunday Express Magazine, The Times Weekend section, and YOU magazine (with The Mail on Sunday), where she was editor for 18 years. Sue was runner-up in the Catherine Pakenham Award for young women journalists in 1981, and has since been the recipient of a number of awards, including Editor of the Year three years’ running at the British Press Awards, and a Special Lifetime Award from the British Society of Magazine Editors. Since 2018, she has mentored young journalists and volunteers for Samaritans.

Heidi Fossali

Heidi is an ICF (International Coach Federation) Certified Professional Coach, ELI-MP (Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner) and ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
and Nutritional Coach – plus, a Beauty and Image Consultant. She works with women who are at a midlife crossroads, helping them get clear on what they want from the next phase of their life.