Brian Rittershausen has been writing and lecturing for many years and is an active member of the Royal Horticultural Society's Orchid Committee.
Martin Roach is a best-selling author who has written a number of books on supercars, including The Supercar Book for Boys and Bugatti Veyron: Quest for Perfection. He has worked with F1 legends Nigel Mansell and David Coulthard.
David Roberts was Managing Editor on more than 20 music reference book projects at Guinness World Records including British Hit Singles & Albums and Rockopedia. In 2006 he was appointed consultant, writer and film maker to the British Music Experience visitor attraction at London's O2. He is the author of the British and Irish music locations book, Rock Atlas.
The editor of Gardens Illustrated, Juliet Roberts has been an enthusiastic organic vegetable grower since helping her dad on his allotment as a child. She now has her own allotment in Bristol, where she loves experimenting to find the best varieties for flavour. Having followed the progress at her favourite walled kitchen gardens at Audley End in Essex through the seasons, Juliet is keen to pass on all she has learnt from her mentor, Mike Thurlow, its head kitchen gardener.
Martha Roberts is an award-winning journalist who has written for YOU magazine, the Daily Mail, the Guardian, Glamour and Sunday Express. She is a columnist at Psychologies magazine where she has written about evidence-based ways of achieving happiness and now writes about colour and how it makes us think and act. Her blog thecolourfile.com was shortlisted for the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2017 in the Best Colour Inspiration Category (sponsored by Farrow & Ball). She takes on private commissions for bespoke shelf art.Social media: Twitter @martharoberts01 Instagram @the_colour_file
With a background in cookery and gardening, Debora has written guest articles for major publications including the Guardian, the Independent and the Telegraph. Debora also runs her own blog, Licked Spoon, which covers all things food, drink, gardening and home. Twitter: @lickedspoon Instagram: @lickedspoon
Jancis Robinson is described by Decanter magazine as "the most respected wine critic and journalist in the world". Jancis writes daily for her website, jancisrobinson.com (awarded the first ever Wine Website of the Year accolade in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers Awards 2010), weekly for the Financial Times, and bimonthly for a column that is syndicated around the world. But many know her best for her hugely admired reference books; in addition to co-authoring The World Atlas of Wine, she is editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine and co-author of Wine Grapes. Her most recent book is also her shortest, a practical guide to the essentials of wine, The 24-Hour Wine Expert. Critically acclaimed as the "woman who makes the wine world gulp when she speaks" (USA Today) and "our favourite wine writer" (Playboy), Jancis was the first person outside the wine trade to qualify as a Master of Wine, in 1984. She was awarded an OBE in 2003 by Her Majesty the Queen, on whose cellar she now advises. In one week in April 2016 she was presented with France's Officier du Mérite Agricole, the German VDP's highest honour (the golden pin, presented by previous recipient Hugh Johnson) and, in the US, her fourth James Beard Award.She loves and lives for wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.
Lynne Robinson is the founder of Body Control Pilates, which is taught internationally. She has produced several successful books, among them Pilates for Weight Loss (Kyle Books) and DVDs. Lisa Bradshaw is Head of Education and Professional Development for Body Control Pilates. Nathan Gardner is General Manager of Body Control Pilates in the UK.
Christina Rodenbeck is a practising astrologer with an international clientele. She writes one of the most highly regarded astrology blogs, The Oxford Astrologer (oxfordastrologer.com), which is popular among fellow professionals as well as the general public. Her monthly horoscopes have a cult following among aficionados. She is a contributor to several serious astrological publications around the globe and is a regular broadcaster on the BBC. She has written two books, A Gaia Busy Person's Guide to Meditation (Gaia, 2005) and A Gaia Busy Person's Guide to Crystals (Gaia, 2006).
Dr Roger Mugford
Dr Roger Mugford is widely acknowledged as being Britain's leading animal psychologist. He holds advanced degrees in zoology and psychology. After pioneering the practice of behavioural therapy for pets, Mugford founded the Animal Behaviour Centre in 1979, which is currently the biggest of its kind. His methodology has been embraced by veterinary surgeons throughout the UK.Roger is a frequent contributor to international symposia, books, radio and TV programs about pets. He is also responsible for the invention of numerous training accessories, including the world famous HALTI Headcollar.
Gail Rolfe is a freelance journalist and fashion editor with more than thirty-five years of experience. She joined the Daily Mail as Fashion Writer in 1981, and became their Fashion Editor in 1986. She left in 1995 to pursue a freelance career working for Tatler, The Sunday Times and The Times, alongside a fashion consultancy for the Arcadia Group. Over the years she has interviewed and styled many celebrities including Goldie Hawn, Elizabeth Hurley and Tamara Mellon. She is passionate about high heels and bought her first pair of Manolo Blahniks for her interview at the Daily Mail. She lives in London.
Levi Roots first came to public attention when he conquered the dragons on the BBC television series 'Dragons' Den', winning backing for his Reggae Reggae Sauce business. The Reggae Reggae brand has since gone from strength to strength, with many new sauces and other foods being added to the range. Levi's primetime BBC television series and bestselling book - Caribbean Food Made Easy - followed, making Levi one of the nation's most popular cooks. Levi was brought up in Jamaica by his grandparents before joining his parents in Brixton, London, when he was 11 years old. He was taught to cook by his grandmother as a child and has enjoyed preparing Jamaican food for his family and friends ever since. He has had a long career as a musician, receiving a nomination for a prestigious MOBO award in 1998.He has a café and takeaway, and every summer runs his popular Rasta'raunt - a stall selling Caribbean food and his famous sauce at the Notting Hill Carnival.
A full-time author and editor, Brenda Rosen is a student of esoteric and mythic traditions. She has written several books, including A Gaia Busy Person's Guide: Chakras, Mermaid Wisdom and The Atlas of Lost Cities.
PLENISH founder Kara Rosen spent a decade flying between New York and LA - jetlagged, overindulged and exhausted from a hectic travel and event schedule, whilst working for Condé Nast in New York on magazines such as Condé Nast Traveler and Men's VOGUE. After battling a recurring throat infection with antibiotics for two years, she turned to a holistic nutritionist who suggested a five-day juice cleanse. That cleanse, which began as a temporary solution for an exhausted body, finally helped her win the battle and developed into a love for a new lifestyle. Inspired by the power that intelligent nutrition (mostly plants) had on regaining her health, Kara became inspired by the power of the right foods to not only heal a damaged body, but her own power to proactively fill up on the good stuff to have the health, energy and drive to live a full and active life. Ultimately this lead her to create a portfolio of Plenish products that act as health-hacks for the way we live. She's a champion of proactive health that easily integrates into life and tastes delicious, keeping people running on plenty, never empty. Her books are your tool guide to live a Plenished life.Plenish was orignally published in 2015 and Kara's second book, Plenish: Fuel Your Ambition, published in 2016.Find out more about Plenish at instagram.com/plenishcleanse, on Twitter at @PlenishCleanse and at www.plenishcleanse.com.
Dominic Roskrow is the former editor of Whisky Magazine, The Spirits Business and Whiskeria. He has written eight books on whisky including The World's Best Whiskies, 1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die and The Whisky Opus, and has contributed to several more, including every edition of The Whisky Yearbook. He specializes in world whisky, and he has had work published in newspapers and magazines across the world including Drinks International, Harpers Wine & Spirits Trade News, Whisky Advocate, The Times, The Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Wall Street Journal. He has been made a Kentucky Colonel and a Keeper of The Quaich for his contributions to bourbon and Scotch whisky respectively, and he was named the 2015 Fortnum & Mason Drinks Writer of the Year.
Mark Rowlinson has been associated with the World Atlas of Golf since 1990, both editorially and as a contributor. He has also written A Place to Golf and The Times Guide to the Golf Courses of Great Britain and Ireland.
The Royal Horticultural Society
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is the UK's largest gardening charity, dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Its charitable work includes providing expert advice and information, training the next generation of gardeners and promoting the ecological, aesthetic and psychological benefits of gardening in an urban environment.
Matthew Rye is a writer and journalist who worked for many years on the staff of BBC Music Magazine and more recently at The Strad Magazine, where he is currently working freelance as a reviews editor. He is a music critic for the Daily Telegraph, writing regular reviews of CDs and concerts, and he has also contributed to a wide variety of other titles on classical music. His publications include a chapter on twentieth-century opera for the Blackwell History of Music in Britain and contributions to the Rough Guides to Classical Music and to Opera.