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High Life North is a digital magazine for women. Launched in 2019, HLN provides a one-stop-shop for women in the North East to consume everything from fashion to food, careers and challenging topics. We’re inclusive, we’re real and we want to showcase and inspire women across our website, weekly email and social channels.

High Life North Editor

About us

A message from our Editor-in-Chief, Laura Kingston

Who says we can’t have it all? High Life North is about celebrating women in the region. We all have different circumstances, different challenges and different situations. This digital magazine is about showcasing inspiring females, providing advice on careers, fashion, beauty, interiors, health and wellbeing. As well as our top recommendations on where to eat, drink, take the kids and explore in the North East.

It sounds very broad but we know all women are multi-faceted and our ethos is that women shouldn’t be pigeon-holed into one category.

One of the things we’re really passionate about is showcasing inspiring women in the region, so every week we will feature a different woman who is achieving great things, driving positive change or inspiring others. We are working with women across all sectors from fashion, retail, food, art, science, charity, culture and more – there is some fantastic content coming your way. 

The team at HLN is made up of our contributing writers, our Experts in Residence and our creative team who will work hard every week to bring you engaging, different and interesting content. 

We would love to hear your feedback so please send it in via the form at the bottom of this page.



OUR Contributors

Helen Bowman

Helen has been working as a freelance writer, editor and proof-reader since 2006 when she returned to her North East home to work for herself. Since then she’s worked with businesses big and small throughout the region. Based by the sea in Whitley Bay, Helen will provide articles about parenting, business and lifestyle, for High Life North.

Jo Dunbar

Jo is a journalist for national magazines and newspapers with over 15 years’ experience. From chasing celebrities along the red carpet, to finding out the next big wedding trends, to examining relationships or investigating health stories, Jo is passionate about words. Based in Newcastle, she writes across lifestyle, opinion, parenting and health. Jo is excited to help bring High Life North’s magazine identity to life while celebrating all things great about the region and shining a light on the achievements and interests of North East women. Quick fact: In the name of journalism, Jo's been in Joan Collins' front room, the seaside with Dawn French and a night club with - among others - The Cheeky Girls.

Faith Richardson

Faith is a freelance writer and illustrator, covering everything from fashion and lifestyle to mental health and travel. A huge fan of everything eccentric, she loves trawling through charity shops and eBay for the ultimate over-the-top outfit and is usually found working from home surrounded by her three small dogs.

Jenny Brownlees

Jenny is a Freelance Fashion and Lifestyle Journalist. For over six years, she has written for and contributed to a number of high profile publications including Stylist, Grazia, British Vogue online, ELLE, Glamour, Refinery 29 and more. Jenny is passionate about the world of publishing and media in its many forms - with a special interest in sustainability, diversity and feminism. She is frankly obsessed with everything from deep-dive long reads to vintage interiors, retro beauty looks and second-hand books. Her dream dinner party would be an intimate yet spirited affair with guests Greta Gerwig, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Coleman, Beyonce, Rihanna and Adele.

Bekki Ramsay

Bekki’s love for fashion began at three when she grew sick of her mother emblazoning her in a glittery rabbit motif t-shirt. Turning this trauma into an infatuation with clothes, she went on to gain a degree in Fashion Communications. Nowadays, she is a fashion contributor at HLN and creates trend guides – no rabbit motifs, included.

Libby Marks

Libby Marks is a freelance content writer, copywriter and marketing consultant based in Newcastle. Libby works with busy marketers and business owners, helping them attract and engage customers with high-quality written content. She specialises in writing search-optimised blog posts, articles, ebooks and guides, helping websites gain visibility and visitors:

Experts in Residence

Becky Stanton

Becky helps business owners create their ‘Work Sanctuary’ at home for greater effectiveness, purposeful working and intentional success. She specialises in re-aligning your personal energy with your home energy for a holistic business strategy. Becky also has a weekly blog and free resources on her website

Nickie Kilkenny

Nickie is a Business Growth Enabler at NatWest. She works directly with the local business community, connecting new and existing customers with relevant internal and external services to help them meet their business growth needs and boost their businesses. She also organises and holds regularly networking events on a range of topics.

Gulshan Dhanoya

Gulshan is an associate dentist at Honour Health, an aesthetic dental and skin clinic based in Jesmond. Gulshan was a finalist for her teeth whitening work at the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards and has been shortlisted for ‘Best Young Dentist’ at the Private Dentistry Awards. She is studying for a Restorative MSc at the Eastman Dental Institute, UCL.

Bec Hughes

Bec has a strong creative and visual influence on High Life North and has been an integral part of bringing the magazine to life with her engaging photography style and a shared passion for promoting amazing women in business. She owns The House of Hues -

Julie Marshall

Julie owns Zazu Hair Design - a business which has been running since 1986 and now offers customers in North Tyneside an award-winning, world-class service. Julie will be sharing her 33 years’ experience in hair care and styling with High Life North, as well as industry insights including business advice, opportunities for young talent and new trends.

Sian Barnard Peaceful Minds

Sian Barnard

Sian is a cognitive behaviour therapist and also a clinical hypnotherapist, having trained at Goldsmiths College, University of London and the College of Clinical Hypnosis. Four years ago Sian relocated her Harley Street practice to her native North East after 26 years in central London. Sian now runs her private clinic in Gosforth and also owns a training academy to help organisations with stress reduction. Sian’s approach is to help people become their own therapists, whether they come to see her for panic attacks, depression or OCD (she covers a wide range of emotional and behavioural issues).

Alison Wombwell

Alison Wombwell is founder of Chasing Rainbows- I am her voice CIC. She is a recently diagnosed adult with Autism and ADHD (2019), with two daughters who also have a diagnosis of Autism and ongoing diagnosis of ADHD. I have battled with mental health problems throughout my life, including anorexia and anxiety disorder and will be writing for HLN discussing women’s mental health as well as bringing us regular information about what it’s like to be a mum with children who have additional needs.

Jeanne Lally

Born in Kenya, Jeanne’s passion for travel started early! Her first travel role was for the tour operator TUI selling holidays and various roles including 10 years in London. Jeanne moved back to Northumberland in 2007 and in 2008 joined Travel Bureau the boutique retail travel agency with a superb heritage on Gosforth High Street.

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