Meet our team

Below you can read more about the people who make Moneywise possible.

Moira O'Neill, Editor

Moira has been a personal finance journalist for 20 years. She joined Moneywise in January 2016 and has since led the redesign of the magazine in January 2017 and the launch of the new website in May 2017. 

Before joining Moneywise, she was personal finance editor of Investors Chronicle, at the Financial Times group, responsible for overseeing personal finance content online, including blogs, video and podcasts, and in the print magazine.  She won the Harold Wincott Personal Finance Journalist of the Year award for her work in 2012.

She has also worked for Money Observer, Guardian Weekly and several specialist titles. Before starting her journalism career, she read Classics at Cambridge University.

Moira has written two books: Finance at 40 and Saving and Investing for Children and is a regular contributor to TV and radio programmes, including BBC Radio Wales and BBC1’s Right on the Money. 

Moira is passionate about educating children about money, making her daughters save up to buy special toys and do jobs around the home in return for pocket money.

Helen Knapman, Deputy Editor

Helen joined Moneywise as deputy editor in December 2015. Prior to this, she worked at MoneySavingExpert.com for five years where she started out as a news reporter before working her way up to a senior reporter role.

An NCTJ qualified journalist with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, Helen won the Online Journalist of the Year title at the Santander Media Awards 2013.

Helen has also been a consumer representative on the Air Travel Insolvency Protection Advisory Committee (ATIPAC) since November 2014 due to her work on travel issues – in particular on flight delay and cancellation compensation rights.

Working for two consumer behemoths has resulted in Helen living and breathing the money saving way of life; from mystery dining to get free meals out, regularly switching to nab the best telecoms, energy, and current account deals, and of course, always bringing in her trusty (and cheap) packed lunch. 

Rachel Lacey, Special Projects Editor

Rachel joined Moneywise more than 12 years ago and spent a number of years editing the magazine.

After having children, she returned to take on the ever-changing world of retirement planning and launched Moneywise’s sister magazine, How to Retire in Style in 2014. Rachel now covers pensions, saving and retirement planning for both titles.

Before joining Moneywise Rachel spent a year travelling the globe, after a five-year stint at Incisive Media. She edited two trade titles during her time there – Cover, a health insurance magazine and Mortgage Solutions.

Outside of work Rachel spends most of her time running around after two young boys!

Adam Williams, Product Researcher and Writer

Adam joined the Moneywise team in January 2017 and covers a wide range of financial products including credit cards, mortgages, savings, personal loans, investments and current accounts.

He previously worked as features editor and senior reporter for industry magazine Mortgage Solutions, part of the Incisive Media group.

Adam won the Financial Trade Newcomer of the Year award at the Santander Financial Media Awards in 2013.

As a freelance journalist he has written for publications such as The Guardian, The Mirror, The Observer, The Spectator, Your Money and Your Mortgage.

Adam’s top money saving tip is to walk as everywhere as it’s good for your wallet and good for your health.

Mark Stammers, Art Director

Mark has been with Moneywise for over fifteen years, joining the team after working on other financial titles such as Bloomberg Money and Investors Week. After such a long time working on Moneywise he feels he has learnt to be more sensible with his finances... well, mostly.

He has created magazines and books for companies such as Virgin, Microsoft and Orange over a thirty year career in design.

As well as writing the occasional blog for Moneywise he has also written a number of non-fiction books about British television science fiction, and co-edited two short fiction anthologies.

Hannah Nemeth, Chief Sub-editor and Property Editor

Hannah joined Moneywise four years ago and has many years' experience as a writer/sub-editor.

She worked for four years as a features sub-editor at The Daily Telegraph/Sunday Telegraph, and has also written features on property for The Sunday Telegraph.

During her 30 years, mainly in homes and property journalism, Hannah has written for magazines including Ideal HomeProperty Ladder and BBC Homes & Antiques. She has also worked as a freelance sub-editor on The Sun, i newspaperThe Sunday Times' Style magazine, The LadyThe Tablet and The Architects' Journal.

Before going into journalism, Hannah studied Archaeology, Ancient History & Latin at Bristol University.

Simon Read, Fight for Your Rights Columnist

Simon Read is a money writer and broadcaster. He was personal finance editor at The Independent for seven years until its closure and is a money expert on BBC1’s Right On The Money series. He has presented a documentary for BBC Radio 4 on fraud and regularly appears as a money commentator on different radio programmes.

He is Moneywise’s Fight For Your Rights columnist and also writes for The Daily Mirror, The Evening Standard, BBC News online, Spectator Money, Saga Money, as well as contributing money blogs to several sites. He was Headline Money’s Consumer Money Journalist of the Year in 2014 and in 2012 became the only ever winner of the ABI Award for Best Use of Social Media in Financial Reporting. To find out why, follow him on Twitter @simonnread where he also shares his favourite music and groan-inducing jokes.

If you'd like Simon to fight for your rights, get in touch here

Jeff Prestridge, Columnist

Jeff Prestridge is personal finance editor of The Mail on Sunday. He has been editor for more than 20 years, having previously been personal finance editor of The Sunday Telegraph.

Jeff became passionately interested in money issues in the 1980s when he worked for trade paper Money Management. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his mix of educational articles and campaigning journalism.

Among Jeff’s personal finance interests include customer service (woeful), keeping the personal in finance (branches, people interaction), money education (more of it) and plain English (the money world is littered with jargon).

He hates personal finance injustice, be it on claims not met for spurious reasons or on issues such as pensions (he battled successfully for workers who lost work pensions in the early 2000s).

Jeff has written two books – Complete Personal Finance Guide and Jeff’s Lunchbox. He is a regular speaker on money matters at conferences.

You can read Jeff's columns here.

Jasmine Birtles, Columnist

Jasmine Birtles is a financial expert, TV presenter, author, journalist, business commentator and humourist. She's a financial expert with an ability to make it funny too.

On television she has presented an authored documentary on Channel 4's The Insider series on personal debt, co-presented BBC 1's Homes under the Hammer, ITV Scotland's Spend Spend Spend as well as First Time Buyers and Doctor Dosh for UKTV Style. She regularly appears as a financial expert on Good Morning BritainBBC Breakfast and all the news channels. She also regularly contributes to The Today Programme on Radio 4 and Steve Wright on Radio 2 and is constantly on local radio.

 

She has set up, and runs, MoneyMagpie.com, a lifestyle-based money website and the annual Clear Your Clutter Day campaign, Clearyourclutterday.co.uk.

As well as her Moneywise column she writes regularly for the Daily ExpressCloserThe Mirror and various magazines. She is the author of 39 books and is an after dinner speaker and corporate presenter, hosting conferences and entertaining audiences for a wide variety of companies. 

Darius McDermott, 'Industry Insider' columnist

Darius is managing director of Chelsea Financial Services. He joined the company's training scheme in the late 1990s, after graduating from Birmingham University with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry.

He gained experience in all departments before being made managing director in February 2000. He is also managing director of FundCalibre, an independent fund ratings business, which he co-founded in 2014.

He is also chairman of the Association for Independent Discount and Non-Advisory Brokers (AIDB). The AIDB represents the views and interests of the discount broking, execution-only and non-advised sales community to the regulator, the fund groups and platforms and the general public. As well as managing these business and being part of the research teams, over the years,

Darius has campaigned for financial education and investor rights by pursuing an active role in the financial media.

You can read Darius's columns here.