Meet your SpeedDater singles events team

Let us introduce the SpeedDater team. We're fun and friendly with loads of personality - just like our guests. We have more experience than any other company in the singles events industry, so we're proud to bring you the best speed dating events and singles parties in the UK.

We'll make sure your event is professionally run and we'll be on hand to answer any questions or even give out a few dating tips. Our years of experience understands that your first point of contact should be welcoming, approachable and put you at ease. Hell, we'll even have a drink with you (no tequila please!). Happy dating!

Danielle

Dani is our brand and events manager here at SpeedDater. Dani’s years of experience hosting singles nights London have given her unique customer insight, so it’s no surprise that SpeedDater is the leader in the UK market. Follow Dani on Twitter @DanielleWaller_

We asked Danielle a few questions to get to know her better

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

11+ wonderful years!

What is your favourite thing about working for SpeedDater?

I love hosting the speed dating and singles parties. I enjoy meeting new people and hearing a bit about their life. I’ll write a book about it all one day. I’m also really proud to part of the UK’s #1 singles event site.

What are your favourite singles nights London?

I like the singles parties because they are massive with a great vibe. I think the biggest one I ever hosted had nearly 700 London singles! I also enjoy the elite dating as it has good networking opportunities. Singles wine tasting is also fun. There are too many great singles nights London to choose from!

Describe yourself in 3 words

Smiley, organised, perfectionist.

What are your interests?

Finding the best hidden restaurants in London, travelling, Bikram yoga.

Favourite love song?

Whitney Housten – I will always love you. Don’t judge me. You know you love it too.

Kieron

Kieron hosts our speed dating in Nottingham and Sheffield. Speed dating Nottingham and speed dating Sheffield caters for two age groups – 24-38 and over 40 dating (38-50). You can meet up to 15 Nottingham singles at Nottingham speed dating. Nottingham dating and Sheffield dating is easy with Kieron!

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have been hosting speed dating Nottingham for over 10 years.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

I really enjoy meeting new people at the events and it makes me feel a little bit like Cilla Black (minus the Liverpool accent) helping people find love.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Fun, Silly, thoughtful!

What are your interests?

Building mechanical sculptures, playing the guitar (although not very well), travelling, meeting new people.

Favourite love song?

Bless you (Tony Orlando).

Favourite romantic film?

The Notebook.

Laura

Laura hosts our singles nights Manchester. We keep Laura very busy as Manchester dating is one of our most popular cities. You can meet up to 18 Manchester singles at our singles nights Manchester.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have hosted events in Manchester for over 6 years.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Meeting new people, being a part of a new experience for people and helping the world know that speed dating is fun!

Describe yourself in 3 words

I am friendly, fun and encouraging!

What are your interests?

Riding my lovely Pashley Poppy, gardening and lots and lots of shopping!

Favourite love song?

islands by the xx.

Favourite romantic film?

Mystic pizza!

Kam

Kam is our friendly host for Guildford dating. You can enjoy our Guildford dating nights in a variety of age ranges including 20s, 30s, over 40 dating and over 50 dating. You can expect to meet up to 16 Surrey singles at our Guildford events.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have hosted Guildford dating events for 5 years.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Meeting new people and helping them have a fun night.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Talkative, organised, cheeky!

What are your interests?

I Dj in my spare time, love to cook for people, follow an awful football team and like a good film or two.

Favourite love song?

As a Dj simply couldn't narrow it down to one, impossible!

Favourite romantic film?

Notting Hill, love it.

Emily

Emily is our Leamington Spa host. We currently run around 1-2 events Leamington Spa dating events per month for two age groups – 24-38 and over 40 dating (38-50). You can expect to meet up to 15 Leamington singles at our speed dating events!

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have hosted singles events in Leamington Spa, Coventry and Birmingham for the past 4 year.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Playing cupid :-) Meeting new people from different backgrounds. I always have such a laugh hearing past dating stories. And it’s nice seeing people come together and really enjoying themselves.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Outgoing, spontaneous, friendly.

What are your interests?

I'm a little bit of a film and music geek. I also love baking cakes and dancing.

Favourite love song?

Marvin Gaye - Lets get it on.

Stefan

Stefan is part of our London dating and events team. Fun fact: more London singles choose SpeedDater over any other UK singles events sites. Our biggest event had over 700 London singles!

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

Since 1998! I used to work in the head office and have hosted over 500 singles nights.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Seeing the interaction between people. You can tell a lot by a person’s body language.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Outgoing, friendly, sarcastic.

What are your interests?

Music, traveling, fitness, films.

Favourite love song?

Lana Del Rey – Radio.

Favourite romantic film?

Driver.

Sophie

Sophie is our events and marketing executive here at SpeedDater HQ. She deals with the organisation of all the UK singles events and also hosts London singles nights.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I've been here for over a year now!

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

The people watching opportunities are second-to-none, especially when a couple have fantastic chemistry. It's really special, Cupid definitely attends our events.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Enthusiastic, soppy, weird

What are your interests?

Dance, musicals, all things snowsports, finding quirky spots for cosy dates, and cats.

Favourite love song?

The Lumineers – Ho Hey (I loved it before it was mainstream OK!)

Favourite romantic film?

Moulin Rouge. LOVE a Baz Luhrmann musical or two.

Simon

Simon is our lovely Brighton host, bring all you Brighton singles together at our events!

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

Since January 2016.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Seeing fabulous people having a great time....And ringing the bell!

Describe yourself in 3 words

Friendly - Furry - Funny.

What are your interests?

Playing guitar, doodling, performing improv comedy and baking lovely cakes.

Favourite love song?

Glory of Love by Peter Cetera. AKA: The theme for The Karate Kid, Part II.

Favourite romantic film?

When Harry Met Sally. Makes me cry every time.

Kirsty

Kirsty is our brilliant speed dating Leeds host! Speed dating Leeds runs once a month for Leeds singles.

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What is your favourite thing about hosting?

I love the buzz in the room of everyone hitting it off. Seeing other people having a good time, makes it all the more enjoyable for me.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Chatty, fun and bubbly.

What are your interests?

I spend most of my time socialising with my friends or going to dance classes.

Favourite love song?

I think it would have to be "If I ain't got you" by Alicia Keys. Can't beat belting out abit of Alicia in the car!

Favourite romantic film?

I do love 50 First Dates. Sometimes I wish I could forget some of my dates... but hey it's all part of the game right?

Amy

Amy is one of our speed dating St Albans hosts. We run singles events st Albans for ages 21 up to 55, taking place around twice a month.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

Since January 2016!

What is your favorite thing about hosting?

Every event is different and I like the variety. It's great when you see people's confidence grow during the evening, and the success stories make it even better :-)

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Small but fierce!

What are your interests?

Cooking, baking and sampling all the foods! Obviously I have to counteract those activities by cycling to/from work and running half marathons!

Favorite love song?

When a man loves a woman by Percy Sledge - as cheesy as it sounds!

Favorite romantic film?

The Holiday

Date Whisperer

Dani has personally introduced over 42,000 singles and has arranged over 200,000 dating events in her 10 year career history as head of SpeedDater UK. With a wealth of first hand knowledge, Dani is the perfect person to answer any burning dating questions.

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What do you love about your job?

I love meeting guests at events - everyone has a different story and it's nice to join up a random group of people and watch the chemistry unfold.

Any tips on what to talk about or what to avoid on a speed date?

Avoid talking about work and anything too heavy like religion/politics as you need more than 4 minutes! A good way to see what you have in common is to bring up topics you are passionate about (travel, cooking, sports etc) and see how your date responds. It's always great to hear about what gets people going and if you are enthusiastic about the same things it's a great base to build from.

Kirstine

Kirstine is our Cambridge speed dating host! You can enjoy our Cambridge dating nights in a variety of age ranges including 20s, 30s, over 40 dating and over 50 dating!

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I've recently begun hosting at Cambridge

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

The atmosphere when everyone starts to relax and enjoy themselves.

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Crazy colourful hair!

What are your interests?

Creative upcycling; yoga; people watching; gin; letting my hair down among friends.

Favourite love song?

Somewhere In My Heart, by Aztec Camera.

Favourite romantic film?

The Princess Bride.

Gelise

Gelise is our new events, marketing and admin assistant at SpeedDater HQ. Born and raised in the Netherlands, she has been living in London for almost 2 years now, joining our team after she graduated from University earlier this year.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

Since May 2016, i'm a newbie!

What is your favourite thing about working for SpeedDater?

The social aspect of the whole dating industry. So many different people with different stories makes every night different and interesting.

What are your favourite singles nights London?

Definitely the wine tasting, due to my own love for the drink ;)

Describe yourself in 3 words

Positive, chatty and reliable.

What are your interests?

Traveling, cooking and baking and getting to know London better.

Favourite love song?

Halo from Beyoncé. Even better when watching live!

Julie

Julie is one of our fantastic speed dating Glasgow hosts! You can enjoy our Glasgow dating nights in a variety of age ranges from early 20s to over 50s dating.

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What is your favourite thing about hosting?

I see myself as a modern day Cupid & like the idea of helping people find love & happiness. It's also really good fun!

Describe yourself in 3 words

Fun, Optimistic, Clumsy

What are your interests?

Snowboarding, Wake-surfing, Live Music, Travelling, Yoga & Food :)

Favourite love song?

Luther Vandross - Never too Much

Favourite romantic film?

Pretty Woman

Paula

Paula is one of our fabulous speed dating Glasgow hosts! You can enjoy our Glasgow dating nights in a variety of age ranges from early 20s to over 50s dating.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I am brand new!

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

My favourite things about hosting are seeing our guests have a fabulous fun night and watching sparks fly when a couple hit it off.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Quirky, funny and easy going

What are your interests?

I Love travelling, mini breaks or trips to far flung countries. Meeting new cultures and experiencing different ways of life.

Favourite love song?

Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes

Favourite romantic film?

Wall E, an outer space adventure where robots Eva and Wall E fall in love under the watchful eye of Hal the cockroach.

Josh

Josh is one of our friendly speed dating London hosts. We run up to 10 events a week in London, making it our most popular city!

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What is your favourite thing about hosting?

The atmosphere at the events - it's so positive

Describe yourself in 3 words

I am friendly, cheerful and sarcastic.

What are your interests?

I work in a school in the daytime and coach the school football team. I also live going to gigs and shows with my friends.

Favourite love song?

Corrine by Black Honey (they're amazing live)

Favourite romantic film?

Either Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist or High Fidelity

Susie

Susie is our fantastic speed dating Norwich host! We run Norwich dating nights twice a month, for ages 24-38 and ages 38-50.

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Favourite romantic film?

Casablanca, every day of the week.

Favourite love song?

Lucky by Jason Mraz

What are your interests?

Rugby, more rugby, dressing up, reading (particularly Jane Austen), and going to the pub.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Bubbly, friendly, happy-go-lucky (is one word!)

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

I like spending a fun evening with new people and helping them look for love!

Jen

Jen is our wonderful speed dating Aberdeen host! We run Aberdeen singles nights for two age ranges, 24-38 and 38-50.

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What is your favourite thing about hosting?

I love meeting new people, and people that are eager to meet others. I also believe in love and that there is someone out there for everyone. If you are open to meeting people, you are more likely to find them.

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Cheeky, flirty, and determined.

What are your interests?

I am a trained dancer so I love doing that in my spare time. I love reading, watching movies and spending time with the girls. I also enjoy going to the gym or doing anything active.

Favourite love song?

Coldplay, Amazing Day.

Favourite romantic film?

Love Actually.

Kimberley

Kimberley is one of our speed dating Reading hosts! Kimberley hosts Reading dating nights for a variety of age ranges, including 20s, 30s and over 40s.

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What is your favourite thing about hosting?

I love helping people find love!

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Positive, Proactive and Passionate

What are your interests?

Movies on the sofa/at the cinema, comedy, eating out, holidays, dancing...

Favourite love song?

'I want to wake up with you' - Boris Gardiner

Favourite romantic film?

TITANIC!

Becky

Becky is one of our excellent speed dating Reading hosts. She hosts Reading singles nights for 20s, 30s and over 40s!

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What is your favourite thing about hosting?

The brilliant atmosphere at an event and getting to be part of organising that.

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Funny, honest, organised.

What are your interests?

I love cooking, watching stand up comedy and Reading Festival.

Favourite love song?

Love songs aren't really my thing but if I had to choose... Your Song by Elton John. What a classic!

Favourite romantic film?

Just Go With It. Got to mix a bit of humour in with romance.

Colin

Colin is a man of many talents who hosts our St Albans speed dating as well as Reading speed dating. Colin regularly wins our ‘host of the month’ competition with his excellent feedback from guests.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have hosted singles events for 12+ years!

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

The hardest part for everyone is walking through the door, but by the time we have the break everyone tells me they don't know what they were worried about. I like to see everyone relax during the first couple of dates as they start to realise that this is just a very normal evening and by the end of the event everyone is telling what a great time they have had.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Flip Flop Wearer.

What are your interests?

Wearing flip flops. Recording my first album. Singing and playing guitar. Renovating my house. Modern jive dancing.

Favourite love song?

Always A Woman by Billy Joel.

Favourite romantic film?

The Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind with Kate Winslet and Jim Carey. You can never forget you love someone, even after they wipe your mind.

Jennie

Jennie is our Southampton singles host! Southampton is one of our newest cities and we currently run events for 24-38, 32-44 and 38-50!

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

Brand new to this for 2016! Looking forward to learning the ropes and helping people to meet someone special.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Friends describe me as bit of a social animal so I'm hoping to bring fun and good times to Southampton's speed dating events.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Outgoing, confident, creative.

What are your interests?

Art, design, travel, beautiful things (buildings, places, beaches, people!)

Favourite love song?

Drive by The Cars.

Favourite romantic film?

So many, but particularly like 'As Good as it Gets' with Jack Nicholson.

Martin

Martin is our host for the south west, covering Bristol and Cardiff events! Speed dating Bristol usually runs 1-2 times a month for 24-38 and 38-50.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I'm new here, I have been with SpeedDater since Sept 2015.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

I enjoy meeting new people.

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Tall, pale and handsome.

What are your interests?

Dancing (badly), eating, drinking, diving and hillwalking.

Favourite love song?

Every time we say goodbye, simply red.

Favourite romantic film?

Love Actually.

Kevin

Kevin is one our newest speed dating London hosts. London is our busiest city with up to 10 events per week!

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

Since June 2015, I'm a newbie!

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

My favourite thing would definitely be seeing slightly nervous guests, (and who isn't) at the beginning of the event, gradually getting more confident as the night runs through and then leaving the event with a huge smile and lots of friends!

Describe yourself in 3 words

Energetic, Brave, Dreamer.

What are your interests?

Any activity where my Adrenalin takes over, surfing, canyoning, travelling and I love a good movie!

Favourite love song?

Hmmm... My favourite love song is probably Gangnam style.. Not really! I'd have to say My Heart Will Go On my Celine Dion. (Can't believe I admitted this).

Favourite romantic film?

I don't really have one. I'm more an action, guns blazing kind of movie guy. I think the closest thing would be Click or Avatar or The Adjustment Bureau.

Claire

Claire is our newest host for speed dating Oxford. We currently run events 1-2 times a month for Oxford singles, with 2 age ranges, 24-38 and 38-50. It's one of our newest Cities!

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

July 2015, it's a real fun evening each time!

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Making our guests feel relaxed and welcoming them to the evening - who knows who you might match with, how exciting is that?!

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Outgoing, Vivacious, Calm.

What are your interests?

Roller Derby.

Favourite love song?

Ah, this changes with my moods. Right now, its a David Grey one!

Favourite romantic film?

Titanic, weirdly enough - unrequited, immediate love that lasts her whole life!

Laura

Laura is our speed dating Milton Keynes hosts. We currently run events 2 times a month for Milton Keynes singles, for the 24-38 age range and over 40 dating (38-50 age range).

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have been hosting since October 2014!

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Meeting new people.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Honest, loyal & fun!

What are your interests?

I like keeping fit I go to the gym most days, I also love cooking (& eating, hence the need to go to the gym) & horror movies!

Favourite love song?

Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments.

Favourite romantic film?

50 First Dates.

Josh

Josh started as our Southampton speed dating host but after relocating he has now joined our London dating team! London speed dating is our most popular city, with around 8 events per week!

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

Over 6 months now! I have been a SpeedDater host since October 2014.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Seeing everyone having a good time and meet new people.

Describe yourself in 3 words?

Proactive, Logical, Original

What are your interests?

Sports (squash, football and fencing), travelling (just got back from Peru), films.

Favourite love song?

By My Side - Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards

Favourite romantic film?

About Time

Royah

Royah is one of our speed dating Milton Keynes hosts. We currently run events 2 times a month for Milton Keynes singles, for the 24-38 age range and over 40 dating (38-50 age range).

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have been a host since October 2014.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Meeting new people and potentially finding them their ideal partner.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Fun, friendly and adventurous.

What are your interests?

Ceroc dancing, badminton and seeing live stand up comedy.

Favourite love song?

Sonny and Cher - I Got You Babe.

Favourite romantic film?

Love Actually...especially at Christmas time!

Anny

Anny hosts our speed dating Birmingham events. We currently run Birmingham events for 5 different age ranges from 21-55 year olds. We usually run 3-4 singles nights a month for Birmingham singles.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

This is my 6th year as a Birmingham speed dating host.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Working in a friendly social environment. The Birmingham singles are a good lot!

Describe yourself in 3 words

Friendly, approachable happy.

What are your interests?

Gym, socialising with family and friends And spending time with my daughter.

Favourite love song?

Mariah Carey always be my baby.

Favourite romantic film?

The Notebook.

Lisa

Lisa is our Windsor speed dating host and she’s great at her job! With multiple age range events, Windsor speed dating is getting bigger and bigger. At our singles nights for Windsor dating you can expect to meet up to 16 Windsor singles.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have been Windsor speed dating host since Jan 2014.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Meeting new people and making people make sure they have fun while looking for the one.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Sociable, personable, and friendly.

What are your interests?

Love Comedy, movies, nights out with a cocktail or two, reading and cooking.

Favourite love song?

Dangerously in love - Destiny's Child.

Favourite romantic film?

The Notebook.

Shauna

Shauna hosts our London singles nights. London singles events are the perfect way for busy professionals to meet. Fun fact: more London singles choose SpeedDater over any other UK singles events sites. Our biggest event had over 700 London singles!

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have hosted singles nights London for 5 years.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Meeting all the friendly singles in London.

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Outgoing, Funny and Adventurous.

What are your interests?

Cities, walking and seeing new things and meeting new people.

Favourite love song?

At Last, by Etta James.

Favourite romantic film?

Dirty Dancing.

Peter

Peter hosts our singles events Edinburgh. Edinburgh dating is great fun, and you can expect to meet up to 15 Edinburgh singles in one night.

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have been hosting Edinburgh dating for over 8 years now! Originally hosting skiing and sailing trips and now enjoying running the speed dating Edinburgh.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Meeting Edinburgh singles and making sure everyone has a good night.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Active, friendly, traveller.

What are your interests?

Triathlon is the number one passion in life with swim-bike-run fully on the agenda. I have travelled to more countries than my age! The latest adventures were trekking in South America, cycling through Northern Vietnam and Laos and cycling in Southern India.

Stacey

Stacey hosts our singles events in London. Dating in London has never been so easy! Stacey has hosted over 300 London singles nights and seen an uncountable amount of matches over the years!

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How long have you worked for SpeedDater?

I have hosted singles nights for over 7 years.

What is your favourite thing about hosting?

Every group is different and I enjoy when I get a group where everyone just seems to be getting along and the atmosphere is almost electric.

Describe yourself in 3 words

Happy, sarcastic, reliable.

What are your interests?

I love travelling, photography and discovering new things to do in London.

Favourite love song?

"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" (Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes) from Dirty Dancing.

Favourite romantic film?

Has to be The Notebook.



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