Parent Zone has a whole team of astonishingly talented people, each bringing their own skills and enthusiasms to helping families flourish in a digital age.
Vicki Shotbolt is the founder and CEO of Parent Zone, which she started in 2005 when mobile phones were things you used to make phone calls with. She often speaks publicly about parenting and digital issues and is on the executive board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. Vicki likes sailing and is proud rescuer and owner of Teddy the dog.
Sophie joined Parent Zone in about 2006 (but we’re not quite sure!) She manages the training, events and membership team. Previously, Sophie spent eight years at the Family and Parenting Institute, and has experience in supporting parents of children with learning disabilities. A stickler for correct spelling and grammar, Sophie ironically owns a T-shirt with a badly written and grammatically incorrect slogan. Sadly, she’s only worn it to work once so far but we live in hope of seeing it again at some time.
Catherine joined us back in 2012 as part of the training and events team, helping organise training for our digital academy, managing our key projects, running events and engaging with members. Now, she spends her time telling everyone about Parent Zone's work and looking after the office mascot, DigiDog. A community activist with over twenty years’ experience in professional consultancy and voluntary service, she’s chaired various charities and school boards. Catherine is the best baker in the office and is famed for her friendly and sociable nature!
Eleanor is a writer and editor, having worked on magazines, newspapers and websites. A mum of two and long-suffering supporter of Tottenham Hotspur FC, she has a special interest in social media and how it impacts on family life. She plans to spend more time studying the subject as soon as she can stop looking at pictures of cats on Twitter.
Gary has been a writer and editor for [ahem] years, working for numerous magazines and websites including Record Mirror, The Big Issue, The Guardian and Amnesty International.
A dad of two boys, he DJs in his spare time, runs a monthly northern soul and Motown club night and is struggling to control his (some say) unhealthy addiction to vinyl 45s.
Ann-Marie’s areas of specialism include media and technology, and she has worked as a digital correspondent for Broadcast, Media Week and Campaign. Her eclectic writing career has also included stints on The Cannes Film Festival, the Architect’s Journal and as a technical writer in HMRC’s busy Westminster press office (she is still convinced that this was why her second child was born on self-assessment deadline day - 31 January.) She is a keen swimmer and cinephile and, like most people from Leicester, is now an avid (as opposed to fair-weather) Foxes and Richard III fan.
Megan is the youngest (or least senior) member of our content team, and has experience in teaching as well as having a fervent passion for writing. A particular interest of hers lies in informing parents about how to best help children navigate themselves in the online world. When she isn’t working, you can find her at her local Zumba class, booking tickets to a West-End show or hunting for another vintage dress on Ebay!
Joe heads up finance and operations at Parent Zone. He served in the Royal Marines for 16 years before going on to be a physiotherapist for the NHS and two football clubs. He joined Team PZ in 2012 and has been keeping the business ship-shape ever since! When he’s not at work, he puts us all to shame with his dedication to keeping fit – triathlons, pentathlons, skiing and sailing – or daydreams about being an astronaut.
Alex is our go-to-guy for all things technical. Although this is his first job in the UK, he's already made huge improvements to our website and is currently developing new, exciting areas for our members. In his spare time he enjoys playing a variety of sports - particularly swimming, basketball and volleyball - and is a major lover of all things Peter Jackson.
Gilly works on Parent Zone’s in-house films and a range of projects including the Well Versed project and Google schools project. Before, she worked as a TV producer on various children’s shows including a five year stint at Blue Peter, Xchange and on Comic Relief, making films that were used as part of the Global Campaign for Education. Her gorgeous twins, Orlando and Louisa, keep her hands full when she’s not writing film scripts!
Zain is on the operations team and works on design and tech across the company. Previously he worked as a digital designer at a non-profit called Lifetime Learning which specialised in educational training for schools. He studied mechanical engineering at university, and so has a keen interest in STEM. During the summer months he likes to play at Dulwich Cricket Club, and is a loyal Arsenal supporter all year round.