Jo Leigh (above right) – Jo started her career in media from the early age of 14, heading up the school magazine as Editor, so working within the industry was always in her sights and she went straight on to work at the local newspaper after education at the age of 19. After ten years she made a career move into property where she managed a team of estate agents in the Hampshire area. During the recession she mutually agreed a sabbatical with her employer, to travel around Europe with her then boyfriend (living in a small campervan of only 10ft by 6ft is a test for any relationship), resulting in now husband and have also gone on to have a son and daughter. Returning back to both her careers in property part-time she also joined Country Child in 2011 too. Rediscovering her love for all things media she left property to take over the running of the magazine alongside the amazing Country Child team and has not looked back since.
Miranda Avis (above left) – Following a degree in languages, Miranda spent a year hot-footing it around the globe before landing her first ‘proper’ job working for the makers of Wallace of Gromit in Bristol. Whilst a day spent cleaning chewing gum from the green room carpet was certainly a low point, Miranda made up for it by volunteering to be Richard E Grant’s personal driver for a week (well, somebody had to! And, did you know he wears a watch on both wrists?!). A move to the BBC Natural History Unit enabled Miranda to combine her love of travel with that of making wildlife television programmes. From filming whale migrations in a teeny, rickety aeroplane to living with lemurs in Madagascar and swimming with sharks in the Bahamas, it was the dream job for a young, free 20-something-year-old-female. However, following the arrival of little people into the Avis household, Miranda has (for now!) hung up her globetrotting boots and is fulfilling her love for writing and photography as Country Child Editor, as well as freelancing for other local publications.