Creative Team

Anna Ceesay

Founding Editor / Executive Director

Anna is a former BBC journalist and a mum-of-two with personal experience of maternal mental health issues. She has two amazing children – her daughter is 7 and her son is 3. She has worked as a broadcast journalist for BBC World Service News, Sky News and Avalon Television; as well as leading the communications strategy at two children’s charities. She feels that all her life experiences have led her to this point, and she is very proud to have launched Motherdom magazine. She has been named by Forbes as a female entrepreneur who is using her own experience of mental ill-health to help others.

Claire Gillespie

Deputy Editor

Claire is a freelance writer and editor living in Ayrshire, Scotland, with her large, noisy blended family – six kids and a puppy! In 2019, one of her essays was published in the award-winning literary anthology “We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor.” Passionate about mental health education and awareness, she volunteers for the charity My Black Dog and is delighted to be part of the Motherdom team.

Luke Pajak


Luke is a multi-discipline artist with extensive experience across the arts and not-for-profit industries, including design and brand consultancy for a number of children’s charities. He’s a kind and creative thinker with a unique sense of humour and style that defines his approach to collaborative work.

Natalya Chagrin

Principal photographer

Natalya began her career taking portraits for actors and musicians and feels very lucky to have worked with an exciting range of talented film stars – photography she is still involved with and loves. She works in a fun, informal way using beautiful, natural light to get captivating shots. She is passionate about making her subjects feel at ease so that her images are completely authentic. Natalya is delighted to be part of Motherdom‘s creative team.

Lisa Timms


Lisa is a mum to two boys, aged 7 and 5. She reclaimed her artistic roots after recognising the need for a creative outlet and escape for busy mums with her First Mummies’ Club. Lisa enjoys painting, sharing her musings on motherhood and writing about the positive effect of art making. She shares her visual work and poems through her alter-ego, ‘if I had a little artist.’ An advocate for creativity as a powerful self-care tool, Lisa is delighted to contribute her illustrations to a magazine which recognises the importance of parents’ mental health and wellbeing.

Governance Team

Editorial Board

Talking about maternal mental health and wellbeing has to be done with the utmost care. Motherdom’s Editorial Board check over the content of each issue before it gets published. When you read Motherdom you can trust that every original article has been seen by at least one member of the board.

I’m very proud to say that these AMAZING women form my Editorial Board: