The Team

This magazine has a growing audience and a community of talented writers and researchers, coming together to produce articles on all the genre which touch our human lives. As a division of the Houghton & Mackay organisation, the participants are made up of individuals wishing to gain mentorship whilst gaining recognition. Meet them below.

We are also seeking Video correspondents around the World for our new Youtube Channel, for further information & guidance visit this page.



Founder / Executive Editor of Houghton & Mackay, and The Mackayan magazine, Training Specialist, Cognitive Scientist, Life Coach and Entrepreneur, Karl Houghton.

Karl Houghton

Founder / Executive Editor

Founder of the Houghton & Mackay organisation. Single, UK. Having spent his younger years practicing for the stage, Trained as a Japanese interpreter and mentor, developed as a public speaker and began working with a host of people from the expressive industries. An avant-garde cognitive scientist, devoting time to the world of human expression and helping others learn and master all they do. Single, and spending his time between his Leicester base, London and Singapore.

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Janine White, Culture Editor for The Mackayan Magazine, Social Advocate and Cultural specialist.

Janine S. White

Culture Columnist

With an education in sociological and psychological inquiry, Janine looks for answers to many of life’s questions on a daily basis. Janine’s career has allowed her extensive time working with people from all walks of life in supportive, practical and therapeutic ways, allowing her the theoretical and practical knowledge to explore new ways of thinking. 

See Janine’s articles here & Media Page


Annabel Barker, Literature Columnist for The Mackayan

Annabel Barker

Literature Columnist

I have been interested in writing and literature for as long as I can remember, with a particular focus on themes and messages within the written word. I am currently working towards a BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (Creative Writing) with the Open University.

See Annabel’s articles here



Nigel Tate, Political Columnist and International Relations expert for The Mackayan Publication.

nigel tate

Political Columnist

An aspiring writer, who has received his Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations. Here to provide a creative outlook into Politics, in order to create awareness and engage people in political concepts. 

See Nigel’s articles here


anna alford

Culture Columnist

Anna is a curious-minded individual looking to pursue her zeal for writing. Currently a neuroscience student in Bristol, she has a strong fascination for all things science. Her intrigue means her interests are not limited to science, and she is keen to explore its crossover with other topics such as culture and education in her articles.

See Anna’s articles Here

Cherry Irvine, Arts Columnist and Art History Specialist for The Mackayan Magazine.

cherry irvine

Arts Columnist

Having recently completed a Master’s degree in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, I am keen to share my passion for the arts through this publication. My articles seek to engage the reader in discussions surrounding museums, exhibitions, and artists, encouraging them to question art and its role in society. I believe art has the power to provide us with new perspectives and my writing aims to explore such ideas. 

See Cherry’s articles here


mandy wan

Literature Columnist

Currently pursuing a dual degree in Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, Mandy is dedicated to unravelling the mysteries of the human psyche. Her curiosity stems from what she considers to be one of the purest expressions of emotion: literature. In turn, she aims to explore the underlying narratives of human behaviour portrayed in books throughout the ages, be it fiction or non-fiction, in her writing. 

See Mandy’s articles Here


Team Photo for Caoimhe Clements, Arts Columnist for The Mackayan

Caomhe Clements

Arts Columnist

While at University, Caoimhe found herself sinking into the world of writing. For her it became a form of expressionism. She is a Professional Photographer, who speaks of Climate Change and Mental Wellbeing with an inspiring passion. You will probably find her in an art gallery, drinking coffee and planning her next project.

See Caoimhe’s articles Here

Team Photo for Stephen Hinds Day, Culture Columnist for The Mackayan

STEPHEN HINDS DAY

Culture Columnist

Stephen’s enjoyment in creating non-fictional pieces inspired by academic knowledge and philosophical enquiry began after he finished university. He also has a long history with creative writing during A levels, and it is the combination of those two ironically contrasting factors that brings his writing to life. Stephen’s style of writing has been a process of alteration and mutation, spanning over the last 6 years or so.

See Stephen’s articles Here

Team Photo for Matthew Parkes, Political Columnist for The Mackayan

matthew parkes

Politics Columnist

Having just finished a Master’s Degree in Assyriology from the University of Cambridge, Matthew now hopes to satisfy his insatiable curiosity by pursuing a career in journalism. He is looking to build on his experience as a reporter at Pi Media, Varsity and the Newark Advertiser and write about the defining themes of our time.  

See Matthew’s articles Here


Team Photo for Hal Fish, Music Columnist for The Mackayan

Hal Fish

Music Columnist

After a decade in New Zealand (where he completed his BA in English), Hal returned to England to complete both his MA in Sports Journalism and NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. Yet music has always been a great obsession for Hal. He hopes this comes across in his work here. 

See Hal’s articles Here


Team Photo for Jasmine Edge, Literature Columnist for The Mackayan

Jasmine Edge

Literature Columnist

Jasmine has a general love of literature, but in particular an interest in how readers relate to both classic and contemporary texts in the present day. She is an aspiring journalist who is looking for experience before starting a joint honour in Journalism, Media and English Literature.

See Jasmine’s articles Here



Team Page photo for Hannah Lingard, Political Columnist for The Mackayan

hannah lingard

Political Columnist

After finishing school, Hannah spent a year living in Honduras. It left her wondering what drives global inequality and with a curiosity to explore the world. As a result, she studied International Development at King’s College London. She is currently studying a Masters in International Journalism at Cardiff University. 

See Hannah’s articles Here





Megan Rees, Literature Columnist for The Mackayan

megan rees

Literature Columnist

As an MA English Literature graduate, Megan is fascinated by different ways of perceiving and understanding the world, and how this can be portrayed in writing. An inherently-creative and inquisitive writer, she often finds herself typing away on her laptop at early hours in the morning, and jotting down ideas and insights on her iPhone or random scraps of paper whilst out and about.

See Megan’s articles Here & Media Page




Michaela Hall

Culture Columnist

Michaela is a Fine Art graduate, visual artist and writer based in the North East of England. Her interests are in the role of art and the creative industries in everyday life and the socio-politics of the twenty first century, seeking to engage all in these conversations.

See Michala’s articles Here




Calan Wilkinson

Video Journalist

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Design. Video editing started as a hobby, but has grown into something more for me. I write scripts for my own video ideas in my spare time and enjoy recording  voice-over.

See Calan’s Video articles Here


New JOURNALIST?

Video Journalists sought

Further team members are being sought to participate in our Media Channel and submitting video articles about events, rallies, museum walks, interviews and many more. Please email for further information: info@themackayan.com



Samuel the Dog

The most important person on the team…by far.

This individual helps the Boss lose weight, by sneaking off with all the buiscuits.






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