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Meet the Marie Claire team
Andrea Thompson, Editor in Chief
Andrea Thompson has worked as a journalist for a range of publications including The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Channel 4, Glamour and Grazia. For much of her career Andrea has specialised in investigative journalism and loves helping bring to light inspirational stories from people who traditionally have not been given a voice in mainstream media.
In her years as an undercover reporter, she travelled the world for the Daily Mail, exposing everything from child labour in India to rogue surgeons in Moscow who were creating stem cell beauty treatments from aborted foetuses. She’s secretly filmed money-grabbing doctors on Harley Street for Channel 4 show The Ugly Face of Beauty and went undercover on celebrity yachts in Cannes to investigate the casting couch tradition that exploits young models during festival season. Her most nerve-wrecking stories included researching the casual use of rape-drugs in Goa for The Sunday Times and going undercover to expose the dubious business dealings of property tycoon Donald Trump for The Daily Mail, a whole decade before he took up residence at the White House.
Sunil Makan, Editor
With over 12 years of publishing experience, working on print publications and their digital counterparts, national newspapers, and digital pure plays he is an Editor, Strategist, Content Producer, and Creative Director. In previous roles, Sunil has worked at ELLE, InStyle, Shortlist Media and freelanced at titles such as Mr Porter, Saks Fifth Avenue, Floral Street fragrance, and The Times.
Sunil’s specialisms include Fashion, Beauty and Grooming, Lifestyle, and Culture. He has reported and covered fashion trends at International fashion weeks in London, Milan, and Paris, smelled and tested countless fragrances, beauty treatments, slathered on more serums, moisturizers, and masks than he cares to mention plus reviewed some of the best hotels in the world—and the worst.
Sunil has appeared on and led workshops and panels like the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Creative Diversity roundtable, the British Fashion Council’s Diversity and Inclusion Board, and Fujifilm reader events. A lover of—in no particular order—fragrance, fine wine, champagne, Dior, food, and chicken wings.
Lisa Oxenham, Beauty and Style Director
An award-winning journalist and creative director, brand consultant and founder #LiseOfLife and #ImBack. Lisa is an avid environmentalist and vegan. Also an influencer in her own right, Lisa is regularly invited to speak on panels and consult for beauty brands.
Katie Thomas is the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire UK. With over 10 years of experience on women’s luxury lifestyle titles, she covers everything from the best beauty looks from the red carpet and stand out trends from the catwalk, to colonic irrigation and to the best mascaras on the market.
Originally from Wiltshire, she spent much of her childhood in Germany and Switzerland learning to ski, but failing the language. She went to Bournemouth University, where she studied Multi-Media Journalism.
Her favourite part of the job is recommending products that she knows her friends, family and readers will love and benefit from using. As she always says, ‘the best foundation is a bloody good skincare routine.
Ally Head, Health, Sustainability and Relationships Editor
With over five years experience, Ally’s written for Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, Glamour and more, and has an English Language BA and a Magazine Journalism MA. When she’s not writing, she’s training for her next race (she loves marathons and isn’t mad—or so she says) or hunting down a good pastry. Her career highlight? Winning Rude Health’s porridge championships two years in a row. Not bad.
Day-to-day for Marie Claire, she reports on the latest news stories and writes health, sustainability and lifestyle digital features. She’s always the first to volunteer to sweat-test the newest fitness trend or share a measured, expert-led take on current health topics. Low grade depression? PTSD? COVID and fertility? She’s covered the lot with guidance from some of the best experts in the business. You can always count on her for a measured nutrition take, too, mainly because she’s tried the lot and has a AfN nutrition qualification. She also freelances as a food stylist, having worked backstage at many a BBC Good Food Show with chefs like James Martin, Mary Berry and Rachel Allen.
Penny Goldstone, Digital Fashion Editor
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she’s always loved fashion – she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss’ boho phase – her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales. However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Ana Ospina, Designer
Ana is the digital designer at Marie Claire. She has experience in multiple areas of work, including: advertising, brochures, branding, collateral, direct mail, website design flyers, leaflet and editorial design, which is her main area of experience and interest.