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Journalist: specialising in food, green, alternative health issues, slow travel and children.

TV Researcher / producer: Kilroy (BBC1), Food File (C4), The Big Breakfast (C4), The Great Outdoors (C4); Good Morning (BBC1), I Can Do That (ITV); Newsround (BBC1), Going Live (BBC1)

Radio researcher / producer: GLR.

Editor: The Independent’s “50 of the Best” series covering the best bars, clubs, hotels, restaurants and days out in Newcastle, Manchester, Bristol, Bath, Brighton, Oxford and Cambridge.

Gilly also teaches creative non-fiction at the University of Brighton.


The Juicy Guide is an advertising-free guide to getting the best out of life in Brighton and Hove. Targeting the huge numbers of London relocators and discerning locals, it hit a bullseye with opinionated and highly credible reviews on restaurants, pubs, clubs and activities as well as schools and neighbourhoods and a mass of essential advice on working and living in Brighton and Hove.


The first creative business awards for Brighton and Hove, the Juicy Awards were first held for 250 in Brighton in May 2000. The event at the Dome on September 23rd 2002 was a showcase of talent and a celebration of the city’s bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs, and was attended by more than 900 of the city’s celebrities, movers and shakers.

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Gilly’s broadcast and market research is influenced by her broad involvement with the world of media production. She was trained in qualitative research by Pegram Walters in 1995, and has moderated groups on conceptual change (ITV’s News at Ten, BBC1 prime time current affairs programming) presentation (Radio Four, Six O’ Clock News, Discovery Channel), channel launch (Money Channel) as well as series development (Who Wants to be a Millionaire).

She has worked with children (11 to 15 year olds) on Gaby Roslin’s Saturday evening show, “Whatever You Want” and “Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away” and has helped with market research to launch magazines.


A winner of a Community Mark Award in 2003, Gilly organised a Model United Nations General Assembly in 2001 and 2002 with teenagers from five schools in Brighton and Hove, and runs a Media Club at St Lukes Primary School with her husband, Jed Novick. She was the food columnist for a local magazine, The Insight, for four years.

She has run Kids Kitchen, an after-school club which takes a mix of ages through the Sussex farms and countryside to look at where food comes from.

She and husband, Jed Novick also ran Media Club at St Luke's Primary School in Brighton for the Year 6 Gifted and Talented students.


Royal School, Bath
3 A’ Levels (French, Latin, Spanish)
1 S’ Level (French), 10 O‘ levels

Coventry Lanchester Polytechnic
Communications Studies (BA Hons)

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