The North Shore Mums website is brought to you by four local mums. With babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-age children between us, we have invaluable insight into the needs and issues facing the community. It really is the site for local Mums, by local Mums.
Rachel Chappell (Founder & Publisher)
‘Looking back now, it’s hard to believe that North Shore Mums started on a whim. After moving to Wahroonga in 2012 with my young family (baby, toddler & husband), I was desperate for local advice and recommendations to help me find my feet, but I couldn’t find anything to connect local mums. So, I decided to create my own Facebook group. The group grew quickly, indicating a huge need for a platform to provide information for parents. With a background in magazines and marketing, I decided to register the domain name and after a year of development and planning, I launched the website. I never wanted the website to take away from the group, but to complement it – with articles covering the most talked about questions, an events guide, a directory to provide an simple way to find local services and a job board to help businesses find awesome North Shore Mums for roles. Life is busy! North Shore Mums is my business now (and I proudly employ other local mums!), and I love the fact that I can work around my family schedule. I have a supportive and patient husband and three beautiful daughters (Scarlett, 9, and Zara, 7, and Ella, 4), and lots of ideas to make North Shore Mums even bigger and better!’
Lucy Chesterton (Editor)
‘It’s hard to know where I would be without the support and wisdom of the North Shore Mums. In a world that’s increasingly disconnected, a place like North Shore Mums is the new way of finding the proverbial village to help you raise your child. The site and the Facebook group have always been my first port of call for everything from what you can eat during pregnancy, which power company has the best deal, and where to find a present for the hard-to-buy-for relative. So it was perhaps inevitable that I find my way on to the team! With a background in magazines, TV and radio, plus digital experience in a fast-paced newsroom, I feel I’ve found my perfect match in terms of skills, and also found the perfect way to give back to a place that has given me so much. And with my husband Matt and I recently welcoming our first daughter, Frankie, and now expecting another, I find myself needing the advice and knowledge of North Shore Mums more than ever as we try to navigate parenthood together!’
Maryka Stalley (Promotions Manager)
‘A popular catchphrase is “Home is where the heart is”, and it seems my ‘heart’ is firmly steeped in the North Shore! I grew up on the North Shore, then spent my twenties living and working in London. Seven years ago, against all odds, I managed to convince my patriotic English husband to move halfway across the globe to Sydney! Naturally, I could not think of a better place to settle down and raise my three kids (Isabella 9, Jake 7 and Elliot 5) than the North Shore. I worked in the marketing department for a big corporate bank in London and since returning home have been freelancing my services to smaller businesses.’
Bianka Ford (Advertising Manager)
‘I remember when I first heard about North Shore Mums. I had just moved to the area and was at a local playgroup. I was telling the other mums about how much trouble I had finding local advice, trade recommendations and a social outlet. I think three of them suggested ‘North Shore Mums’ at the same time! Since then it has been the first port of call for all my questions. An unexpected bonus is the amount of close friendships I have made through the group.
Since moving to the area with my husband Luke and cheeky monkey Jimi (now 9), we have completed our family with Layla (3). We love living here – there is nothing better than having a thriving community with leafy beauty at our doorstep.
I’ve always believed in doing work that mirrors my passions. My first love is music and after a long time in the music industry, I’m turning to my biggest love – family. Working with the North Shore Mums team is incredible, as are all of our wonderful clients. All of the amazing products and services available to mums shouldn’t be a secret so I’m hoping to make sure that all of our mums get the best experience on our website while getting the latest info on all that our amazing area has to offer.’
Images: Naomi Reiter Photography