Meet the best matchmakers in London

Matchmaker Gillian McCallum Drawing Down the Moon Matchmaking London

Gillian McCallum

Matchmaker and Dating Expert


What do you like most about working at Drawing Down the Moon?

The Team! I first heard about Drawing Down the Moon as a teenager, after seeing their adverts in Private Eye. I was thrilled to become the CEO of Drawing Down the Moon in early 2016. It is a huge privilege for me to be a part of this exciting company, and to be so warmly welcomed by DDM’s incredibly friendly team of award winning matchmakers.

What is your favourite matchmaking success story?

A good friend had found it tough to find a partner in London. She chose Drawing Down the Moon through recommendation, and on only her second date met “The One”! Update from there – she is happily married and has moved to the States with her now husband.

What is the one thing you would suggest, as a Matchmaker, to help people find Love?

The fewer limitations you place on the type of person you would like to meet, the higher your chance of success. Be open!

Gillian was awarded “Best Matchmaker 2020” and “Best Matchmaker 2018” at the International iDate Dating Awards in Miami

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mary-balfour

Mary Balfour


“Our passion is to help love blossom by helping busy, single professionals find their ultimate soul mate. At Drawing Down the Moon we have been doing this for over 30 years, not only making strong matches, but by encouraging and helping our clients through providing support and ongoing date coaching.

I also have a passion for education and worked in the 1970s to motivate and support those who’d missed out on educational opportunities and help them realise their aspirations in life. A lot of what I learned there has been helpful with my work as a matchmaker, and as a mentor to the accomplished matchmaking team at DDM. So too has my training in life coaching and counselling techniques.

I’ve been lucky in love and happily married for thirty years to my wonderful husband, Sebastian. I hope that I can help others to know the happiness we’ve experienced together.

Our mission is simple: to help you find and keep that ultimate loving relationship. We want to leave you feeling amazed and utterly delighted by your experience with Drawing Down the Moon.”

Mary was awarded “Best Dating Coach 2015” at the International iDate Dating Awards in Miami

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Bey Ali

Bey Ali

Operations Manager


What do you like most about working at Drawing Down the Moon?

The dating, marriage and engagement success stories! I believe everyone has a soul-mate out there and I am so lucky to work in a team of people who are passionate about helping people to find theirs and supporting them through the process.

What is your favourite matchmaking success story?

When I watched a video of two of our Client’s making their vows to one other at their wedding which was incredibly moving and then being shown a picture of their first child! It was so heartwarming to think that we played a part in making it happen.

What is the one thing you would suggest, as a Matchmaker, to help people find Love?

Go into Matchmaking with an open mind. The person who you think is “your type” may not actually be! Love is not a list so being as open as possible is key to dating success.

Andrea Messent

Andrea Messent

Matchmaker


What do you like most about working at Drawing Down the Moon?

The matchmaking! I never get Sunday blues because I’m always excited to come into work on a Monday and find out how everyones’ dates went over the weekend.

What is your favourite matchmaking success story?

Persuading someone to meet a client who she initially did not want to meet because she thought he was too short-and finding out that they are wonderfully in love and it’s the happiest she’s been in a relationship.

What is the one thing you would suggest, as a Matchmaker, to help people find Love?

Try to take the advice of your matchmaker and be as open minded as possible – the perfect person for you is often someone completely different to your previous relationships.

Andrea was awarded “Best Matchmaker 2017” at the International iDate Dating Awards in Miami

Andrea Galvin

Andrea Galvin

Matchmaker


What do you like most about working at Drawing Down the Moon?

I love telling people what I do for a living and it’s obviously a great dinner party conversation. Everyone knows a fabulous single person who hasn’t considered working with a matchmaker before!

What is your favourite matchmaking success story?

I introduced a couple late in 2019. His membership was ending, and her membership had just begun – but I knew they had to meet! They clicked as friends immediately and their relationship took off from there. March 2020, lockdown hit, they took the plunge and moved in together. It was a risk, but they went for it and my first “Covid Couple” have never been happier!

What is the one thing you would suggest, as a Matchmaker, to help people find Love?

Be willing to compromise on your idea of what a perfect partner may be. It shouldn’t be based on height, age or hobbies. Look at other factors for a connection; someone who is kind, that you could be friends with, laugh with and truly enjoy your time with. These connections are what is really important and will have the best chance of moving on to a successful relationship!

Andrea was awarded “Best Matchmaker 2019” at the International iDate Dating Awards in Florida

Natalie

Natalie

Matchmaker


What do you like most about working at Drawing Down the Moon?

Working within an exceptional team, supporting exceptional clients – helping them to navigate their matchmaking journeys and manifest the relationships they deserve. It is a magical feeling when my clients experience a strong connection and fall in love!

What is your favourite matchmaking success story?

For me every successful match is a delight. What I enjoy most is working closely with my clients and seeing them grow in confidence to date again, particularly following difficult personal circumstances and relationship setbacks. It is a wonderful reward to be the catalyst for their hopes materialising into meaningful connections and relationships.

What is the one thing you would suggest, as a Matchmaker, to help people find Love?
When you approach dating with an open mindset anything is possible. Don’t try to regulate what you can’t control, enjoy those butterflies and let things unfold. Be comfortable with yourself and with your intentions, there is no need to tone yourself down and be loved for who you are.

It’s about finding the person you want to live your life with, both of you, going in the same direction. Have an open heart, be positive and enjoy the dating process.

Charlotte Ball

Charlotte Ball

Matchmaker


What do you like most about working at Drawing Down The Moon?

We have such an incredible team at Drawing Down The Moon and we work so extremely well together. It’s the best team I have ever worked with and it makes what I do even more enjoyable. I love meeting new people and going on their matchmaking journey, it’s so rewarding making people happy and finding them love!

What is your favourite matchmaking success story?

I can now call myself the “Matchmaker to Matchmakers!” A number of years ago I matched a DDM colleague with a dear friend of mine. They are now happily married and have a gorgeous little girl. I’m constantly thinking of match ideas wherever I go!

What is the one thing you would suggest as a matchmaker to help people find love?

The more open minded you can be the better. Trust in your matchmaker, it is what we live and breathe!

Matilda Parry

Matilda Parry

Matchmaker


What do you like most about working at Drawing Down the Moon?

I love speaking to so many interesting and accomplished people. Everyone who joins us has a unique story, and it’s an honour to listen to them all. It’s also so beautiful to hear the one similarity across every conversation: no matter their background or career or personality, they are all just people looking for love.

What is your favourite matchmaking success story?

I think hearing about every successful first date is my favourite! It’s such a joy to hear the excitement in our clients’ voices when they start talking about how well it went. It always puts a smile on my face, whether it’s Monday morning or Friday evening.

What is the one thing you would suggest, as a Matchmaker, to help people find Love?

Trust your matchmaker! We find just as much joy as you do in finding you an amazing date, and we spend hours to find your fantastic matches. But sometimes we need to challenge your preconceptions to do so – maybe you don’t usually date brunettes, or you thought you had an airtight list of deal breakers. But we are here to break your previous patterns and introduce you to someone truly special.

Aileen

Aileen

Matchmaker


What do you like most about working at Drawing Down the Moon?

So many things! The daily team matchmaking, meeting new, fascinating people and, of course, the wonderful team! I love telling people what I get to do for a living and being a key part of someone’s love story is a true privilege.

What is your favourite matchmaking success story?

One of the highlights of my day is hearing about successful dates – it never fails to bring a smile to my face! One I remembered stands out – I was taking feedback on a first date. They met during the pandemic, so it was over Zoom. I could barely understand her wonderful feedback because she was giggling and laughing so much, giddy doesn’t cover it!
Needless to say they are still together and very happy indeed.

What is the one thing you would suggest, as a Matchmaker, to help people find Love?

Be honest, open and trust the process – after 37 years, we know what we are talking about!

James Preece

James Preece

Senior Date Coach


What do you like most about working with Drawing Down the Moon?

I love seeing people making the little changes in their lives which lead to big results. Drawing Down the Moon have always had a strong reputation for attracting high quality singles and it’s wonderful to be part of the client’s journey. No other agency has such a supportive and first class team working together on behalf of their clients. I’m thrilled to be a part of the team and make a difference in peoples lives by coaching the DDM members towards the goal of a long term relationship.

What is your favourite dating coaching success story?

I recently worked with a widowed man who was looking to find love again. The landscape had changed since he had last dated. I was able to teach him exactly what he needed to do. He met a wonderful lady, they are getting married in a few months time and he told me it was all thanks to me!

What is the one thing you would suggest, as a Dating Coach, to help people find Love?

You aren’t going to meet someone sitting at home wondering what’s going wrong. Work out what makes you special and build on it. You have to be the very best version of yourself if you want someone to be truly interested. If you suspect that you might not be as interesting as you could be, change it! Go and do interesting things that improve your life. Not only will you become more eligible, you will be happier too.

Andy Maccabe

Andy MacCabe

Technology


Sometimes people find love with the first person they are matched with and write in to say how we must be matchmaking geniuses. We take that as a huge compliment, but most often, successful matches happen quickly when people are open on the type of person they would like to meet and wholeheartedly embrace the process!

The nicest people sometimes suffer the worst dating luck. Perhaps their partner has left them or they find themselves widowed. When you have gone through this and start dating again, it can be far from a smooth ride, at least to begin with.

That is why it is so good that the experienced and talented matchmakers at Drawing Down the Moon are able to step in and provide ongoing date coaching, support and mentoring throughout the matchmaking experience. Our clients find comfort that no matter their background or relationship history their matchmaker looks after them and has their best interests at heart.

My favourite stories are those where some regular person who has been plugging away at dating for some time with cheerful optimism despite the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, goes on to meet their lifelong partner through us.