Meet The Team -
Elite Matchmakers UK

Lara Besbrode


Managing Director / Senior Matchmaker


Lara is Founder and Certified 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.


Phoebe Kroll

Executive Assistant

Phoebe is the Executive Assistant to Lara. She controls her diary and runs the entire administration of the business. Phoebe has been working alongside Lara since the birth of the business during the pandemic in 2020.

Phoebe is passionate about organisation - from spreadsheets to newsletters and loves to journal. 


Eve Gordon

Assistant Matchmaker

Eve is a Nottingham born actress currently living and working in London. Having worked in the film and television industry for 10 years she has gained a wonderful insight into building meaningful relationships with people from all walks of life. 


She has worked alongside the likes of John Malchovich and Rupert Grint and has recently starred in a leading role in a Sony productions movie. 

Her passion for people, communication and relationships has led her to the match making world where she is currently working as assistant match maker.


Natasha Diskin

Personal stylist & Wellbeing Coach 

Natasha is a UK based personal stylist and Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist who helps women dress for success with unstoppable confidence. 


Referred to as 'The Queen of Style', Natasha's unique approach to styling combines highly developed expertise in style and cognitive behaviour therapy to help women overcome style related limiting beliefs & feel confident about their body, empowering them to elevate their personal style by dressing authentically without fear of judgement.  


Natasha is also the expert style agony aunt for Cheshire Life Magazine sharing her expertise in styling and wellbeing to help women in Cheshire dress for success. 


Natasha will work collaboratively with you to find the best outfits to elevate your style from dating to everyday, giving you unstoppable confidence and fearlessness!


Paul Fawley

In-House Photographer

Paul has had a long career as a commercial photographer, his work has taken him to Europe, India, China, Dublin and the UK.


Ensuring that you look your best and putting you at ease for your Matchmaker shoot is his role in the team.

He will liaise with you to decide the best location and outfit choices for your own bespoke images for us to include in The Matchmaker UK profile that we are preparing for you. Paul is an expert shoot director, and will give you the confidence so that he can capture the sparkle in your eyes.

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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!"


Lee Dinsdale

Strategy Coach

In 2017 Lee set up Logros – Achieving Excellence – focusing on strategy coaching for entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals seeking faster business growth, improved mindset and a sense of purpose.

Adding to his Private Client stockbroking accreditations, since leaving finance Lee has achieved Master Practitioner in NLP, Advanced Hypnotherapist, Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring and is now studying an MBA at Salford University.

He will coach you to become the best version of yourself!