Justine Roberts

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Justine Juliette Alice Roberts CBE (born October 1967) is the founder and chief executive of British websites Mumsnet and Gransnet.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Roberts was educated at Guildford High School[3] and at New College, Oxford, where she read PPE.[1]


Roberts was named in the Media Guardian's 2010 power 100.[1] Along with Mumsnet co-founder Carrie Longton she was voted number 7 in BBC Woman's Hour's "Power List 2013" of the most powerful women in the UK.[3][4]

In May 2011 Roberts founded Gransnet,[5] a sister site to Mumsnet, for the over-50s.

She has appeared on The Media Show expressing concerns about legislation to regulate blogging,[6] and in May 2013 she appeared on BBC Radio 4's Great Lives programme, nominating football manager Bill Shankly. On 24 December 2015, Roberts was listed by UK-based company Richtopia in the list of 500 Most Influential CEO's in the World.[7]

Roberts was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the economy.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to the journalist Ian Katz,[9] they have four children and live in Hatch End, London.


  1. ^ a b c "Women entrepreneurs: Justine Roberts". The Guardian. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Nielsen, Tina (April 2011). "Justine Roberts, founder, Mumsnet". Director Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Carrie Longton and Justine Roberts". BBC Radio 4. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Power List 2013". BBC Radio 4. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Metro, Mumsnet Goes Grey As It Launches Gransnet
  6. ^ "Justine Roberts of Mumsnet on regulating bloggers". The Media Show. BBC Radio 4. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Top 500 CEOs: From Tim Cook to Justine Roberts, These Are the Most Influential CEOs in the World". Richtopia. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N9. 
  9. ^ "Newsnight post is cool for Ian Katz", Evening Standard, 16 May 2013