Meet the team

With decades of collective experience in national media and design; the team at Circus are dedicated to producing an insightful, beautiful and unique publication


Simon Tapscott
Founder + publisher

Simon has lived and worked in Bath for 20 years. He spent ten years at Future Publishing before going on to launch two start-up media businesses. He now works as a publishing consultant for clients including Wanderlust, IDEAT Editions, PPA, Jamie Cullum and Sophie Dahl.

Kate Monument 
Founder + creative director

Bath-born Kate has over 15 years’ experience in art direction, editorial and branding design. After graduating from Central Saint Martins she went
on to work for various publishers, and was the founding art director for ASOS, The Eighty-Eight and Balance Magazine. She was named Designer of the Year at the 2017 PPA Independent Publisher Awards.

Emily Payne

Originally from Bristol, Emily is a London-based editor and writer specialising in travel, interiors and lifestyle, with over ten years experience in the national press. Working both online and in print, Emily has written for the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times, among many others.

Rachel Blake
Style editor

After graduating in fashion design, Rachel worked for a London-based high-end label; first as a production manager and then designer, showing at London Fashion Week. Since relocating back to Bath, where she grew up, Rachel has worked in PR and comms, and as a freelance researcher and copywriter.