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The Team

Meet the Sassy Mama Team

The Sassy Mama team scours, sweats and drags strollers through the city and braves the queues on MTR, just to bring you the latest news on what’s hot (literally!) in the world of parenting in Hong Kong…

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Co-Founder
Maura Thompson

Maura is the co-founder of Sassy Media Group and has called Hong Kong home since 2008. She is a mama to Eve (born in 2013) and Jack (born in 2016). Not one to totally give up her pre-baby life, she currently sneaks her manis in post baby bedtime and she still tries to rock fancy handbags although now they are stocked with diapers, sippy cups, half eaten snacks and at least one Disney figurine!

Managing Director
Vicky Huffey

Born in the UK, Vicky came to Hong Kong in 2012 and loves eating her way around the world via the multi-cultural restaurants of Hong Kong, and sharing food adventures with her daughter. She’s currently scratching countries off her travel map one by one, and can be found on the water at the weekends, paddling with her Dragon boat buddies.

Managing Editor
Caroline Jones

Caroline was born and bred in Northern Ireland and lived in Dublin and Moscow, before moving to London where she worked at Sky News. She landed in Hong Kong in 2013 working for Bloomberg and Forbes, and joined Sassy Media Group in 2018 as Managing Editor. In her spare time, Caroline likes exploring HK’s hiking trails and is always looking for new spots for sundowners.

Office Manager
Elly Liu

Elly was born and raised in China, and she’s a huge fan of pandas. She can spend an entire day watching videos of pandas eating bamboo. She moved to Hong Kong in 2013 and enjoys eating dim sum and taking in the gorgeous harbour views.

Editor
Alex Purcell Garcia

Alex (or Alexandra as her Mama named her) is a writer and editor from the UK. Prior to arriving in the 852, she spent four years living and working in Shanghai while exploring Asia with her adventure-seeking hubby. Now the editor on Sassy Mama, she was previously the deputy and then managing editor for Shanghai’s leading family magazine, and a Montessori kindergarten teacher and ESL secondary school teacher before that. Having worked in London and Madrid, she’s super excited to add Hong Kong to the roster of awesome cities to live in. When not doing all things Mama related (learn, health & wellness, parenting, pregnancy and style), you’ll find her travelling, blasting out her favourite songs, or trying the best veggie hot-spots in the city with baby bump in tow.

Editor
Anita Balagopalan

Anita was born and raised in India, where she planned to become a vet, a zookeeper and a conservationist. Later, she ended up becoming a television producer with CNBC India, while keeping her childhood dreams alive by rescuing and adopting all manner of street dogs, cats, squirrels and injured birds. She moved to Hong Kong in 2011, where she lives with her menagerie which includes her husband, her two kids and a dog. She is an Editor at Sassy Mama, handling Parties & Play and Family Life.

Editor
Jess Mizzi

A globetrotting Aussie Mum, Jess likes to think she knows a little bit about a lot of things! She’s travelled to over 50 countries across six continents and is taking her family along for the ride. Jess worked in tourism in Far North Queensland until she landed in Hong Kong in 2015 and found her feet leading walking tours around the city. It’s no surprise that she’s now writing about all things travel related for Sassy Mama (as well as What’s On and Eat). When she’s not in the office you’ll find her exploring the local parks with her son, checking out the latest happy hours with her Mum Squad, or planning her next family holiday.

Junior Editor
Jess Ng

Born and raised in the UK, Jess is Sassy Mama’s Junior Editor. Drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life, she is a self-proclaimed foodie who loves to cook. Food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over her current favourite true crime-related podcast.

Partnerships Manager
Elle Noble

Elle is originally from the UK and landed in Hong Kong at the end of a year-long trip around the world. With a background in fashion styling and a love for fashion, travel and music, you’ll often find her dragging friends around vintage boutiques (adding to her never ending wardrobe), or getting crafty in Sham Shui Po, customising outfits for festivals and themed junk boat parties (she’s a pro with a glue gun!). Elle focuses on partnerships with eat & drink and beauty & fashion clients.

Partnerships Manager
Mansha Channa

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mansha worked in Banking and Finance before finding her way to Sassy Mama. Having lived all over the world, she definitely caught the travel bug and is constantly attempting to cross cities off her bucket list. A true foodie at heart, you will always find her at the newest spots in town, she loves a good workout and spending quality time with her husband and two young sons.

Marketing Manager
Sam Book

Originally from the UK, our Marketing Manager Sam moved to Hong Kong from London in 2018. When not planning ways to help Sassy and Sassy Mama reach even more readers, she can be found reading, binge listening to every type of podcast – sometimes even in the gym – and exploring Hong Kong’s many hiking trails (and bars).

Art Director
Daisy Dudley
Daisy is a Brighton (UK) born art director who enjoys playful typography and pleasing colour combinations. When not bringing the graphics and photography of Sassy Mama to life, she enjoys exploring the stunning nature of Hong Kong and finding new spots to eat (veggie) ramen and drink gin-based cocktails. 
Partnership Support Executive
Marie Bazinet

A French Canadian who moved to Hong Kong in 2018, which was also her first ever experience in Asia! She lives for everything entertainment, you can ask her about the latest reality show, new Netflix drop or why a certain celebrity filed for divorce, she probably knows all about it! She also loves to eat, her favourite is Vietnamese food, but don’t be fooled, she will try everything and anything. Marie works with the Partnership Managers and coordinates all client relations.

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