Meet The Team

At Ignite Dating, we understand that it is more than just introductions that will pave the way for you finding that perfect partner. We recognise that in order to be able to select the right matches for you, we need to appreciate all of the qualities and attributes that make you who you are and be on hand to support you to provide a dating journey that will leave you feeling confident, energised and safe.

Our experienced team of professional matchmakers bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to make your dating journey as streamlined as possible and ultimately achieve that final goal of a committed relationship.

Michelle Begy Professional Matchmaker

MD and Founder


After working with one of the UK’s largest introduction agencies, I realised that the dating world was going through another transition. Educated and successful people, like you, were bored of labour intensive online dating, had perhaps found that database matching wasn’t quite hitting the right note and wanted to be more prescriptive as to what they wanted in a partner. Whilst attraction is important, lifestyle match can be just as much so. Through listening to our clients, Ignite was born.

Operations Director


Having spent almost a decade working in PR and dating, I manage the operations and PR side of Ignite Dating. Every year, new platforms and trends arise bringing fresh ways for us to communicate with those looking for love – to share our dating experience, hints and tips and to help guide people, like you, on this important journey. Combining technology, expertise and that essential personal touch, Ignite Dating is bringing yet another transition to the dating scene and we are passionate about helping busy professionals find success in love.

Master Executive Dating Coach at Ignite Dating

Master Executive Coach


Having spent over 25 years successfully supporting her clients with their relationships and dating lives, Genevieve has extensive experience in the dating industry earning her the prestigious title of Master Executive Certified Matchmaker (one of only 12 in the world) and various industry awards. You may also recognise her for her role on Married at First Sight UK where she was a matchmaker and coach presenter. Being sympathetic and commercially astute when it comes to people has aided Genevieve to achieve her goals of supporting people to live fulfilling lives through her internationally-recognised transformational coaching.

Marketing Manager


With 25 years experience under my belt, I look after every aspect of marketing for Ignite. Passionate about optimising the customer journey, we are constantly developing systems that resonate with the distinct, personal nature of our service whilst hyper contextualising our communication ensuring you get the most from your experience with Ignite.

Samantha Rowland-Jones Dating Consultant



After spending almost 20 years successfully assisting and supporting her customers within their professional roles Sam now helps those with busy lives enhance their personal ones. She cares about all her clients and understands first hand what they are going through. Sam works face to face with her clients, via Skype or by email to help them achieve success in dating and relationships. Being a great listener and communicator with a passion for people has aided Sam achieve her overall ambition which is to help everyone find love and happiness just as she has.

Shelley Lawlor Ignite Dating Consultant



Having spent the previous 23 years within a military environment, in a trusted senior management role, Shelley worked alongside high ranking Officers, overseeing the delivery of a military contract. In addition, she regularly supported the planning and hosting of VIP functions, including Royal visits. Discretion, professionalism and confidentiality was imperative in her role; all of which comes as second nature to Shelley.

Melanie Jackson Professional Matchmaker



Having spent over 10 years in a corporate marketing role Melanie decided it was time to put her business skills to better use and become her own boss, venturing into the leisure industry where she successfully launched and still owns a family entertainment centre. But now, with a motivated management team in place to run this business, she has turned her hand and her business skills to matchmaking. A genuine passion for helping people grow and develop, a good listening ear and a matchmaker’s intuition comes naturally to Melanie, enabling her to achieve her goal of introducing clients to exceptional single people whose lifestyles and aspirations are aligned.



With the majority of her career spent in client facing roles in supportive and sales environments, Dianne has a great perception and intuition when it comes to people. From managing teams in hospitality to successfully deliver both private and commercial events to working with overseas clients, confidentiality, discretion and organisation are second nature to Dianne. Since her move to the West Country, she has realised the importance of well-being and happiness in life. While the options for busy, discerning people to meet are more limited in remote locations than they are in cities, they are not impossible. She looks forward to helping her clients through every step of their dating journey to achieve the enjoyment and mutual support that a loving relationship can bring.



With over 10 years’ experience in the field of personal matchmaking, Julie understands what a difference a supportive and understanding matchmaker can make to a person’s life. Her extensive experience and expertise in matchmaking, coupled with her warm and welcoming nature, allow her to guide our clients to find the right service for their individual needs. With a genuine passion for helping people, Julie understands that little changes in the right direction can lead to big results and with her support and guidance they can achieve a loving and fulfilling relationship.

Relationship Executive & Matchmaker


With almost 25 years’ experience under her belt, Kristina understands the importance of a good client journey. Her background in customer service and matchmaking, coupled with her natural matchmaking skills and intuition allow her to understand the passions, desires and motivation each client has, to find them the perfect match. A genuine passion for helping people and building relationships comes naturally to Kristina, enabling her to put her clients at the centre of every match to find them the true love and companionship that they are looking for.

Content Creator & Dating Advice Guru


At Ignite Dating, we understand that finding love when you’re a busy professional can be tough. That’s why I’m working with the team at Ignite to make things a little bit easier for you. As a dating expert and creative writer, I’ll bring you weekly tips and advice on how to navigate today’s dating world, choose the perfect date venues and how to find someone that complements your lifestyle.