Lindsay Nicholson MBE

Gained a BSc (Hons) in Astrophysics at UCL – but turned down a career, literally as a rocket scientist, after winning a place on Mirror Group Newspapers Training Scheme.

After training as a reporter she then moved into magazines becoming editor initially of Prima, then for over 18 years editor of of Good Housekeeping, which under her leadership became the biggest-selling monthly magazine in Britain and she brought the heritage title into the 21st Century with an award-winning website and Cookery School. She was twice named Editor of the Year, honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Society of Magazine Editors and became the first Editorial Director of The National Magazine Company overseeing some of the most famous magazine brands in Britain including Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire. As well as spear-heading campaigns for more family-friendly workplaces, she used her early experiences studying a STEM subject to campaign for Women In Science, in recognition of which she was invited, in 2004, to become a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. In 2005 she published a memoir, Living On The Seabed, about the deaths of her first husband and eldest child from a rare form of leukaemia. In 2017, she gave up editing to concentrate on writing, coaching and campaigning. She was awarded the MBE in 2018, in recognition of services to journalism and equal opportunities.