Meet the UWO Team

Karen Ballantine

Karen Ballantine

Brand Director - South East and London

Karen is the Brand Director for the South East and London. A passionate professional with 15 years experience within the Events and Hospitality industry, running her own successful business for the last 7 years specialising in Theming and Decoration for Corporate, Private Parties and Weddings. With close attention to detail and creativity all combined, this all helps to produce the best possible event for every client. Fabulous clients from Ralph Lauren to all of our wonderful Bridal couples make each day a pleasure.

Home life is always interesting living with a Performing Arts university student and two crazy cats. There is never a dull moment when there is a sudden Shakesperian or musical theatre adhoc personal performance! Fun is the key to most things and laughter is always very high on the agenda at home!

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Katherine Cocksedge

Katherine Cocksedge

Brand Director - Yorkshire and the North West

Katherine is the UWO Brand Director for Yorkshire and the North West & is also the proud owner of The Bridal Market. Katherine prides herself on bringing affordable bridal luxury to the everyday bride. Working from her retail store in Leeds which is full of gorgeous ex sample wedding dresses, she also runs regular non traditional wedding fairs in unique venues across the region as well as planning and styling weddings for excited brides to be!

When not immersed in the wonderful world of weddings, Katherine can be found with a large G&T in hand relaxing at home with her hubby, 2 kids and Puggle puppy. As weddings are no longer as seasonal as they used to be, work doesn’t leave much time for holidays but when possible, she loves nothing more than jetting off for a well earned break – or for the times she can’t get to the beach, hot yoga will have to suffice!

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Jo Day

Jo Day

Brand Director - South West

Jo is our Brand Director for the South West of the U.K. Being born and bred in Somerset and living in the beautiful city of Wells, she was the natural choice to take on the Shire. After training in hair and beauty (many) years ago Jo went on to spend 10 years as a Nail Technician. When her hobby of crystallising Wedding & Occasion shoes became her full time business she created bespoke footwear for the likes of Cheryl Tweedy, Nicola McClean, Chelsee Healey, Helen Flanagan & Bobby Norris to name a few. After life took an unexpected turn, mumma of 3 Jo, decided to change her career path and is now studying an Advanced Diploma in Special Event Planning & Design whilst running her own Gift Boutique.

When not creating and crafting Jo will be found with a pocket full of poo bags & a handful of dog treats “desperately” trying to train the young family spaniel, before she loses her sanity. 

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Kathryn Pike

Kathryn Pike

Web Guru & Creativity Queen

Kathryn is a professional wedding, lifestyle and commercial photographer and web/graphic designer.  Here at UWO she is our website guru and general creative bod!

When not holding a camera or sitting in front of a computer screen you’ll probably find her behind a sewing machine making another princess dress for her daughter or in the kitchen baking a deathstar or dinosaur cake for her son!  With a love of shoes, all things twinkly and musical theatre plus a dislike of tea, coffee and cheese Kathryn is the other half to The Foxy Deer lifestyle blog with Tina, our Chief Jedi.

Generally behind the scenes here at UWO, Kathryn makes sure our website is ready for all our lovely suppliers and couples and is the go-to for all our web stats.

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Tina Reading

Tina Reading

Chief Jedi

Tina is the Editor of Ultimate Wedding Digital (the world’s only interactive wedding magazine and in the UK’s top 5 essential wedding magazines) and Chief Jedi here at Ultimate Wedding Offers. Data queen, there is nothing this lady does not know about the UK wedding industry!

Mother of two, this crazy cat lady is often found walking through the countryside at the weekends wearing Foxy wellies (she is also one half of The Foxy Deer lifestyle blog/magazine). Contributor to national press, tv and radio – Tina is always busy! Her job here at UWO is to make tea, and promote our brand on a national level (she is rather well connected!). If you want to meet her in person, head to one of the national wedding shows that the magazine partners and grab some time with her. Pick her brains as to who you need for your wedding and trust us, when she makes a recommendation – they get booked!

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