Welcome good people of Hammersmith & Fulham 👐
H&F Circles is an inclusive community magazine, designed to raise the profile of local businesses and connect residents. We’ll be updating you with lifestyle features and stories from the borough, as well as news and advice.
When the coronavirus pandemic chaos kicked off back in March, it wasn’t long before businesses were forced to close their doors. In a bid to help, local content producer Katia Herault launched a Facebook page to raise awareness of how residents could support companies in the borough. Realising this could go further, she teamed up with freelance journalist Lizzie Cernik through the COVID-19 Mutual Aid group in Ravenscourt Park. With the support of the local council, the change team at Yoox Net-a-Porter, local designer Kat Smith and a small team of volunteers, we’ve launched H&F Circles, an online magazine for everyone in Hammersmith & Fulham. Whether you’re after takeaway inspiration or in need of help and support, we’ll be telling stories, offering advice and helping to rebuild our little community. If you’ve got a story to tell or a business to share, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the team
Our first (socially distanced) team meeting!
Founder & Producer
Katia has been a content producer at National Geographic and Discovery and now freelances on projects that fulfil her passion for creativity and sustainability. She has lived near Ravenscourt Park for 19 years. When the pandemic started affecting the UK, she launched a Facebook page to offer her free services to those most in need and promote worthy local shops. She (virtually) met Lizzie through a local covid mutual aid volunteers’ group. The pair realised that they shared the same vision for a magazine that would help bring the local community together and they didn’t think twice about teaming up. Katia oversees all the video content for H&F Circles.
You can often spot her at Ravenscourt Bootcamp with a very red face, at Queen Caroline Draw Dock picking up rubbish, riding across the neighbourhood with Felicity - her beloved rusty Dutch bike, putting the world to rights with Ali at Saffron, or talking to the bees at W6 Garden.
Lizzie Cernik is a freelance journalist and communications professional with more than 10 years’ experience in writing, reporting and editing. She’s had her work published in the Guardian, the Financial Times, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Refinery29 among other titles. As a former volunteer for The Passage, Shelter From the Storm, Crisis at Christmas and Kinderhut orphanage in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Lizzie has a lot of experience working with vulnerable groups and charities. When she’s not writing she can be found eating her way through entire blocks of cheese or shouting at politicians on the TV.
Ranno Kasemaa is a London based videographer and filmmaker and one half of TEB Creative. Born and raised in Estonia where he has worked in various Estonian TV series as an assistant director. Since 2011 Ranno has worked and lived in London obtaining a wealth of knowledge in localisation and digital distribution in global media companies like SDI Media, The Walt Disney Company and Discovery Communications.
In 2017, he picked up the camera again as a DOP to film a short documentary for Estonian Television and didn’t look back. In 2019 he and his long time partner in crime Marko Lillemägi founded their own micro creative agency TEB Creative in order to start filming and producing short documentaries and inspire people through inspirational people.
Kat has worked as a digital product and graphic designer for over 15 years. She’s worked alongside entrepreneurs in the tech start-up world as well as a few stints in traditional ad agencies. An advocate for social change, Kat has been involved in a variety of socially driven grassroots initiatives and continues to support those who seek to create a better world for all of us. If she's not queuing outside Patisserie Sainte Anne for her bread addiction, she's most likely walking or cycling it off along the river, before undoing it all in one of the borough's fine public houses.
Emilia is a business transformation and branding professional currently working in
Hammersmith. With over 10 years of experience in working with luxury lifestyle brands, she is committed to supporting local communities through corporate and grassroots initiatives. Emilia got connected with Katia and Lizzie through the H&F council with whom she was discussing ways of helping local businesses during COVID-19. Passionate about innovation, circular economy and social change, she is an avid reader, explorer and yogi.
By day, Salwa is an architect. By night, she is a neuroscience researcher. She specialises in neuroarchitecture, studying the relationship between health and the management of spaces. She is passionate about using her knowledge to help individuals live happier, more productive lives. She is a staunch advocate for mental health and wellbeing and is dedicated to providing people with the tools they need to be healthy and well.
Any free time she gets to herself she loves creating art, reading and practicing yoga.
Deepa was born and raised in Hammersmith and joins the H&F Circles team as a recent graduate working in communications. She’s enjoying volunteering as a writer and content editor for the magazine and is looking forward to hearing more inspirational stories from members of the community. When she’s not reading or writing, Deepa loves exploring local food markets, cinema trips, and finding new bookshops.
An A-Level student at Kew House School, Elsa Nuthall is the administrative leader of the Ravenscourt Park ward COVID-19 Mutual Aid Group. In addition to managing a large team of volunteers, she has recently started supporting residents at Pocklington Lodge, a Hammersmith based community for people living with visual impairment. She has lots of experience working with and for charities, and is the former youth ambassador for Apart of Me, an organisation which helps young people come to terms with grief. She enjoys cycling, walking by the river and picnics in the park with friends.
While not a resident in the borough, Jenny has worked as a front-end developer for a tech company in Shepherds Bush for 3 years and spent many lunch breaks and evenings at the local restaurants and pubs. Outside of volunteering for various community outreach projects Jenny is a passionate advocate for women in technology. In her free time Jenny loves to travel, bake and up-cycle furniture.
Celia Thaysen is a freelance writer and communications professional. In former lives as Community Editor for The Copenhagen Post and Editor of Shanghai Family magazine, Celia loved to discover and share great stories about the people and places in her local communities that made it special and helped build a sense of belonging. She’s looking forward to doing the same for Hammersmith and Fulham. Celia is passionate about food, enjoys theatre and travel, and her guilty pleasure is binge-watching boxsets while eating dumplings.
Andy can be frequently found running about in Bishop’s Park and Ravenscourt Park.
His passion for sport leads to him frequently combining what his day job entails (data analysis and insight) with what he loves doing in his spare time (storytelling) - which normally involves delving into sports history books, interviews and an abundance of obscure statistics in cricket and boxing especially.
He’s lived in the borough for around ten years - although his accent would not suggest that.