Meribeth Parker
Media Consultant

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My career has taken a few twists and turns and I enjoy the fact that my unusual experience and skill set can now be utilised in ways that I wouldn’t have imagined.

About Meribeth

Meribeth is one of the most influential women in Publishing in the UK. She was born and raised in Canada before moving to the UK in 1994 to marry an Englishman. She began her career in publishing in a small local magazine before joining the Hearst group where she was Group Publishing Director for almost 15 years focused predominantly on the luxury titles which included Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, ELLE Decoration and Town & Country Magazine.

Meribeth left Hearst in 2015 and became Non-Executive Director of Jimmy Choo, Bally and Belstaff and founded her consulting firm Meribeth Parker Consulting Ltd. through which she advises some of the biggest titles in the UK such as The Sunday Times Style. She is also a Trustee of the British Fashion Council Education Foundation among others. Meribeth lives between London and the English countryside (which she loves!) with her husband and children.

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Which DeMellier bags do you treasure?

I love the Midi Zurich which I have had for years and the Maxi Notting Hill as they are both practical and chic at the same time. I have my eyes set on the Athens in plum suede from the new collection.

What are your work wardrobe gems?

I am fortunate that my portfolio career allows me great flexibility and the opportunity to express myself in lots of different ways through fashion. A particular favourite is the Osman Audrey trouser as the fit is fantastic for me. It is a staple of their Perfect 5 Collection that has new colourways/fabrics each season. It is great when you find something that suits you to be able to easily update it each season.

Which beauty product can't you live without?

Mascara! Being blonde means mascara is essential for me. Benefit Roller Lash is a lifesaver. I also love Roja Dove fragrance, I never feel completely dressed until I put it on.

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What's your top travel tip?

The Bhutan Amankora experience - staying at the five Aman lodges across Bhutan was a truly epic experience for my husband and I last year. An incredible way to see an extraordinary country and culture.

What's your top exercise tip (if any)?

Following a recent injury I have taken up reformer pilates and absolutely love it. Amazing how great ‘strong’ feels.

What book would you most recommend?

‘A Whole Life’ by Robert Seethaler - quiet and powerful - it has just stayed with me and reminds me to savour simplicity.

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How did you get to where you are today?

Hard work, determination, luck and the courage to take advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves to me along the way. My career has taken a few twists and turns and I enjoy the fact that my unusual experience and skill set can now be utilised in ways that I wouldn’t have imagined.

If you didn't do what you do now, what would you be doing?

I have had a few different ‘careers’ already and have been blessed with amazing opportunities. I love hosting people, love interiors, and love food, so maybe being a hotelier would combine all of the above. An extension of what I do on weekends I guess!

And finally, tell us something people don't know about you...

I am a good ice skater as I figure skated as a child. Being Canadian I guess it was in my blood...