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.

Kerensa Jennings

Kerensa is an award winning tech leader and bestselling fiction author. She spent the first two decades of her career as a TV producer, before qualifying as an executive coach, and working for a few years as CEO of a social enterprise at Buckingham Palace. These days she balances a portfolio life including writing, leading Data Platforms in BT, NED positions in the charitable and private sectors; and co-hosting special series of The Tech Leaders podcast.

Lalita Taylor

Lalita Taylor is delighted to be part of the Noon Advisory Board. She is passionate about helping others to make the most of their fifties and beyond, by creating impact, value and fun. 
Lalita is an Executive Producer and Hybrid Learning Events Director for a digital knowledge sharing project at the BBC and has over 30 years of audience engagement experience. 
Lalita is also a Society of Leadership Fellow, a BBC Centenary Ambassador and serves as a founding trustee for the Fathers’ Development Foundation.

Gail Porter

During her successful career as a television presenter, personality and model, Gail suffered from self-doubt, anxiety, depression and anorexia. She went on to experience post-natal depression, alopecia, self-harm, divorce and homelessness and now bravely shares her story to help individuals and organisations better understand these issues and how to support people experiencing similar problems. As a motivational speaker and an ambassador for several charities including the Samaritans, she shows others how to overcome adversity, be more resilient and make a difference in the world.

Tabitha James Kraan

A self-confessed hair geek, Tabitha has been running her eponymous hairdressing brand and business since 1993. She’s a public speaker, blogger and influencer in the natural beauty sector and a lead in the hair Task Force for the British Beauty Council’s sustainability Coalition.

Bibi Lynch

Bibi Lynch is a journalist, writer and broadcaster, specialising in the subjects of sex and childlessness. She presents radio shows on the BBC and Soho Radio, hosts a podcast and is a World Childless Week ambassador. She was voted one of the HuffPost’s ’50 Funniest Women on Twitter” and is currently tracking the other 49 down.

Rebecca Hill

Rebecca is a coach, consultant, facilitator, author, podcaster (From Work Life to New Life) and founder of Wise Sherpa – making the most of her fulfilling encore.

Avivah Wittenberg Cox

CEO of 20-first, Avivah is a global expert on 21st century leadership, gender and generational balance, longevity and the future of work and careers. In 2022 she graduated form the Harvard Advanced Leadership fellowship programme where she researched longevity, gender differences in ages and how to manage individuals and teams through the 3rd and 4th quarters of the 100 year life.

Thelma Mensah

Thelma Mensah is a Women’s Health Coach, founder of Health and Wellness Platform After9 Lifestyle and has always been passionate about women’s health. As a midlife woman herself, she found herself feeling lost in the sea of information that is available to us as we age. She wanted to find a way to help women navigate this often-confusing world, especially black women who have felt ignored or not represented in the Women’s Health and Wellness World. She has over a decades experience in working with women with  issues ranging from pre/postnatal stress management through to menopause. Thelma is dedicated to providing information on all aspects of health and wellness for modern midlife women with an ageless mindset.

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.

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.

Sachini Imbuldeniya

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

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

Christina Ioannidis

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

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.

Katie 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.

Saeeda Ahmed

Saeeda Ahmed is a thought leader and socio-economic entrepreneur who has been driving solution-driven projects for over 20 years, starting in her native Bradford where she equipped members of her community with relevant skills, and now as an Ambassador and Advisor for the UN SGS11 Foundation which implements Sustainable Development Goals internationally. She has spoken at Davos about sustainable cities and connecting Muslim countries for trade and investment. A Cambridge University graduate, she is the Founding Director of Education Partnerships UK.

Louise Gardner

An experienced Partnership Director who has worked with global media companies, independent charities and is the founder of Jam Crunch, an agency creating content to inspire and educate. Louise has led the UN’s Unstereotype Alliance UK Chapter in challenging Stereotypes both behind the camera lens and on screen. She’s an advocate of amplifying women’s positive contributions to society at all stages of life.

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.

Tina Backhouse

Tina Backhouse is General Manager of Theramex UK, a specialist Women’s Health Company. She is passionate about campaigning for equality in women’s health in the UK.


Tiffanie Darke

Tiffanie is a journalist, editor, and brand strategist, with regular contributions to publications such as Financial Times, Jing Daily and The Sunday Times. Her purpose is in the sustainability space, where she is working with brands to help strategise and communicate new models around sustainability. Her newsletter, Its Not Sustainable is a celebrated reveal of innovations in the fashion industry, while as the founder of the Campaign Rule of Five, she is encouraging a more conscious approach to consumption. She is the co-founder of Agora, the boutique at Six Senses Ibiza which curates sustainable luxury, and of Story Studios, where she works with businesses, foundations and brands to position editorial narratives and direct content across all channels.

Jennifer Howze

Jennifer Howze is an award-winning journalist and co-founder of BritMums, the UK’s original parent influencer network, where she creates influencer campaigns. She is a cohost of Women Take Stock, named among the Best Women Finance Podcasts 2021. Previously she was online lifestyle editor at The Times where she founded the AlphaMummy blog. Her work has featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Travel+Leisure, and Conde Nast publications, among others.

Sarah Baxter

Sarah is Director of the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting at Stony Brook University, New York. She was deputy editor of the Sunday Times from 2013 and 2020 and was formerly editor of the Sunday Times Magazine and Washington bureau chief. She is a UK/US national and is on the advisory board of the Parthenon Project, which campaigns to reunite the Parthenon sculptures in Athens. She contributes regularly to the Sunday Times and Times Radio.

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Anamaria Rosales Mulcahy

Anamaria is an Expert Partner at. Bain & Company and is the global leader of the Bain Executive Network. She advises companies on ECO succession and board effectiveness and executive clients on individual career ambition and transitions, with a particular focus on CEOs. She is a board member of Lean In Equity, a gender diversity and inclusion initiative operating under the LeanIn.Org umbrella, which focuses on supporting and empowering women to achieve their career ambitions and she sits on the Advisory Board of the MSc in Management programme at Cranfield University.