Meet The Team


Lara Besbrode

Managing Director / Senior Matchmaker

Lara is Founder and Senior Matchmaker at The Matchmaker UK. Following a successful 30 year career in PR and marketing, she reimagined her passion for people and networking, creating her own exclusive matchmaking service in the process. 


Lara takes an interdisciplinary approach to matchmaking, masterfully blending her skills her team of an in-house psychologist, dating coach, stylist, assistant matchmaker and collaborating with local and international matchmakers to concoct the best possible match. 


No stranger to the realm of love, dating and relationships, Lara is intimately familiar with the intricacies of her calling. As a survivor of an international divorce and a single parent, Lara approaches each matchmaking engagement with a vibrant aura of passionate energy and empathy. 


At heart, Lara is a true romantic, with strong values and an inherent passion for helping her clients find lasting love. The Matchmaker UK was born in the midst of a global pandemic and has been featured on the BBC News & radio.

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Laura Padbury


Having over 10 years’ experience within the bespoke introductions and dating industry; Laura takes great pride and pleasure in helping people of quality and distinction have the opportunity to introduce them to each other. Having been fortunate enough to work alongside some exceptional matchmakers within the industry, Laura is enjoying this new exciting chapter working with Lara and The Matchmaker UK, helping with matchmaking and bringing forward her experience as well as being adaptive.

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Nick Hems

Image Consultant

Often referred to as the ‘Hitch of Styling’, Nick helps you get more of the results you want through your appearance and image. He focuses on function (what you want to achieve) before fashion and will work with you to achieve an authentic style thats unique to you and achievable daily - without the hassle. He has been featured in The Telegraph, on BBC Radio and have trained stylists at major high street fashion brands around the UK. My passion is helping individuals create more opportunities in their lives through the power of style and appearance.


James Preece

Dating Coach

James is one of the UK's leading Dating Experts and Dating Coaches.  He has been working in the industry for over ten years and has helped tens of thousands of men and women find love, build confidence and improve their relationships. He is a regularly featured expert in top UK and international media: such as the Independent, Cosmopolitan, OK Magazine, Men’s Health, Eharmony, The Sun, Universal Pictures. He has clients all over the world and is the author of 15 best-selling dating books, including the Amazon Number One best seller Online Dating Guide "I will Make You Click!"