About Local Mums Online

Local Mums Online was founded in November 2010 by Kathy McGuinness (pictured, with her three oldest children), an award-winning social entrepreneur. Local Mums Online aims to support local mums, local communities and local businesses and campaign on local issues.

Local Mums Online's first group was Carshalton Mums, which launched in November 2010, providing local information and support for other mums living in Carshalton. Carshalton Mums currently has over 3000 members and a busy Facebook group and Twitter following.

As Carshalton Mums grew and became increasingly popular, other local mums groups were launched for mums living nearby: Wallington Mums, Sutton Mums, Cheam Mums, Croydon Mums and Epsom Mums were founded in 2011, followed by Wimbledon Mums, Kingston Mums, Reigate Mums, Dorking Mums, Putney Mums and Wandsworth Mums in 2012.

Founder Kathy is a Local Mum of four who has done voluntary work in the local community for the last ten years. Kathy received an award for Community Leadership from the London Borough of Sutton in 2012. Kathy is the founder of Child's Eye Line UK, Secretary to the Lords and Commons Group for the Protection of Families and Children and a member of the Family Working Party and the All Party Political Group on Bullying. Kathy is also a governor at two local schools.

Before the birth of her second child, Kathy worked for ten years as a journalist and Editor for Variety magazine, EuromoneyThe Informa Group and IFX Markets. She has launched various websites for large City corporations. Interested in the potential of the Internet for many years, Kathy launched her first consumer magazine for Internet entrepreneurs, Webspace, back in 1998. 

“It is great to be able use my experience as a journalist to help other mums in Surrey and SW London, an area that I love living in,” explains Kathy. “I feel very lucky to be able to work and be part of the local community.”


Our team:

Sarah Peters, Restaurants and Events Editor

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Sarah Peters is a Carshalton Mum of Charlotte, twelve, and Harriet, ten. She works as a freelance journalist and restaurant critic and runs events for The Academy of Food and Wine Service.

Emma Fletcher, Technology Editor

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Emma Fletcher (second from left) is a Carshalton Mum of three and founder of Fletcher Technology. Having been an IT Consultant in the City, programming for large corporate websites including BT, Toshiba, Samsung and Eircom, Emma decided to start up Fletcher Technology Limited with the view of working with smaller companies, especially mums in business, helping them catch up with technology and “get online!”

Tracy Carroll, Local Food Editor

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Tracy Carroll (centre) is a Reigate Mum of one teenage daughter and runs Local Food Surrey, a website all about enabling people to find great food and drink in Surrey. Tracy blogs for us about fantastic local food finds in our area.

Maria Holley, Fitness Editor

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Maria Holley is a Carshalton Mum of Liam, ten, and Matthew, eight. She used to work as an actress in West End Musicals but since having her kids retrained as a pesonal trainer and runs her own local fitness business Maria Holley Fitness.


Carmel Miller, Beauty Editor

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Carmel (mainly known as Mel) is a Cheam Mum, a full time wife and mum of one, soon to be two. Mel is a qualified make-up artist @melmiller_mua (Instagram) specialising in bridal and occasion make-up as well as being a self-confessed beauty addict!  Mel juggles her profession as a make-up artist, full time mum and beauty editor in the hope of making our beauty lives a little easier recommending products and beautifying tips for our busy mum lives. You can read her blog, Beauty Mum, here


Renee Davis, Cookery Editor

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Reneé Davis is a Sutton Mum, a full time wife and mum of three young children, author and self-proclaimed food fanatic. She became really interested in cooking after her first trip to Asia ten years ago, and the passion has grown daily since then. She takes every opportunity she can get to experiment in the kitchen, and loves cooking for family and friends. She also loves sharing her recipes with us! Renee has recently published her first book about overcoming a dysfunctional childhood called "Be The Best You."

Marijke Roberts, Natural Health Editor

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Marijke Roberts is a support worker for the Arnica Network” and Carshalton Mum of two boys, Jake, 16, and Fynn, 12. She became interested in natural health after the birth of her first son and after many years researching its benefits believes natural remedies are a real alternative to calpol and antibiotics. Marijke also works as a social worker in Sutton.


Karen Simmonds, Travel Editor

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Karen Simmonds is a Wandsworth Mum of two. Travel Matters was Karen’s first baby fifteen years ago. She has always enjoyed organising the perfect family holiday. Since then, she juggles travel and family life, with the arrivals of Alice, aged 16 and Elsie, aged 13. Her experience is wide and varied including taking old people around Europe with Page and Moy, hosting double-decker bus tours with Top Deck travel and running her own tour operating programme in Portugal. She can also be found slipping from English into fluent French, German or Portuguese, often helping in those tricky hotel booking negotiations! The last couple of years she has visited Thailand, South Africa, Mexico, Cyprus, France, Eygpt and five Caribbean islands.

Kathryn Lovewell, Wellbeing Editor

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Kathryn Lovewell is a Sutton Mum of two teenage boys and an inspirational specialist in Mindful Self Management teaching inside and outside mainstream education, in prison and within the community. She trains Head Teachers and teachers and supports students to be self resourcing.  She has worked creatively and therapeutically with young women offenders and presently works with male offenders.  Kathryn assists adults and children challenged with ADHD, dyslexia, low self esteem, behavioural difficulties and life threatening illness. She is a highly skilled qualified Journey Therapist, an experienced facilitator of meditation and self inquiry. Kathryn promotes practical self empowerment rooted from mindful awareness.

Suzy Doyle, Beauty Editor

Suzy Doyle is a fully qualified make-up artist with a wealth of experience in the beauty world. Suzy works for Channel 4 and runs her own business Suzy Doyle Beauty. Suzy is a Carshalton Mum of two daughters aged nine and five.

Susannah Hebden, Style Editor

Susannah is an Epsom Mum of Henry, 12, and Jemima, 11. She is the Stylist and Personal Shopper for The Ashley Centre, Epsom, and also runs SHM Personal Styling. Check out her Gorgeous Mummies styling workshops at www.shmpersonalstyling.com


Praise for Local Mums Online:

I continue to support Local Mums Online, a fantastic local resource and the go to website for mums across SW London and Surrey.”
Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington.

“What a brilliant website, I’m really glad you launched it!”
Deborah Murphy, Local Mum of two.

“I love Local Mums Online, it’s great to have local content for local mums.”
Kelly Neal, Local Mum of two.

“I wish this site had been around ten years ago when I first had kids!”
Esme Camilleri, Local Mum of four.

Happy customers:

“Thank you so much, our advert is doing great! We’re getting lots of visits to our website through it!”
Leila Stewart, Director, Balliamo

"Wow you're amazing! I love all of it! Thank you for a fantastic job” 
Jodie Wood, Owner of Glitterbugs

"I am AMAZED, seriously, I cannot believe you have grasped so quickly what I wanted to convey. It is nicely written, wonderful style! I am really happy. Thank you!"
Javier Asensio, Owner of Fincalink

“I’m blown away! Such a professional service and a brilliant article which really captures the essence of my business perfectly. Thank you so much!”
Nicole Baker, Director, MyShowcase

“It worked! We’ve gone from five enquiries a day to over 200!”
Kate Jaffe, Marketing Manager, Clock House Healthcare Limited

"That is absolutely brilliant. THANK YOU for such a lovely article."
Dolly Loth, Area Manager, Jamie at Home

"Thank you so much we have had over 70 enquiries already!"
Helena Ball, Resonant Media

"Please can we advertise with you again? We always get a great response from advertising with Local Mums Online. I am going on holiday today but no need to send the draft for checking; based on previous experience I trust you implicitly.”
Kittty Tobin, Head of Executive Office and HR, The Institute of Hospitality

"Wow! If only other organisations we rely on were as helpful as yours!"
David Tchilingirian, Alive 'N’ Kicking

"A post about my music classes a couple of weeks ago in one of your Local Mums groups reached over 1,000 mums, which then resulted in a large increase in customers over the next couple of weeks. This made a huge difference to us as posts by our Facebook page, although growing, generally only reach up to 100 people.”
Libby Shone, Music and ME

“I love it - you have done a fantastic job!” 
Jenny Knighting, Knights

“Thank you for editing it so well and your professional and quick service. It is fantastic! I am very happy with everything. It really does make very powerful advertising!”
Justyna Kantecka, JKA Photography

“Wow! That’s great! A Local Mum has asked me for a quote already!”
Richard Steeples, Richer Grounds

“This is fantastic, we are delighted. Thank you so much.”
Joanne Moroney, TJM Groundworks and Landscaping

“Thanks Kathy, it looks brilliant! I'm really happy with it.”
Wendy Moody, Wendy M Handknits

“It's great, fantastic, amazing!!! Thank you very much, I'm very happy with it!”
Paula Duarte, Forever Living

“Brilliant! I love it! Thank you so much.”
Tracy Thompson, Bootcamped

“A friend of mine suggested that I approach you as they got a massive response from advertising on your website.”
Jude Hudson, Owner of Kids Wing Chun Academy

“I’m over the Moon!”
Wendy May, Owner of The May Tree Beauty Salon

“We have had a fantastic response from advertising on your website and can’t wait to book again!”
Fiona Daniels, owner of Heritage Farm Nurseries

“I’ve already had three enquiries and the advert only went live this evening! Thank you so much!”
Lucy Davinson, Davinson Tuition

If you would like to contribute (we are always looking for new writers!) or you would like to promote your business to Local Mums, please contact us at info@localmumsonline.com.


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Local Mums Online in the local press:

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Local Mums Online in the international press:

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