about rosemary

Rosemary Conley is the UK’s foremost diet and fitness expert with over 40 years’ experience in helping people to lose weight and get fitter.

Rosemary has lived in Leicestershire all her life and left school at 15. After training as a secretary and working as a Tupperware dealer she started her own Slimming and Good Grooming business in 1971 with an investment of £8 and ran classes across the city and county. Ten years later she sold the classes to IPC Magazines for £52,000 running them until 1985 when she then went freelance again.

In 1986 Rosemary discovered a low-fat diet plan, which transformed her body in a way she had never been able to achieve with previous diets. Rosemary put her experiences down on paper and the result was her Hip and Thigh Diet, which was published in 1988 and captured the attention of the nation. This book and its sequel, Rosemary Conley’s Complete Hip and Thigh Diet, have sold more than two million copies.

In 1993, Rosemary and her husband and business partner, Mike Rimmington, launched Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Clubs to give additional help, support and motivation to people following her diet and fitness programmes. The national network of clubs was a franchise operation, with 170 professionally qualified exercise teachers running 2,000 weekly classes across the UK for over 70,000 members. Just two years after its launch, the British Franchise Association presented Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Clubs with its Newcomer of the Year Award and, in 1998, the organisation was presented with the national BFA/Midland Bank Award. In 2002 and 2005 it won the coveted BFA Franchisor of the Year Award.

In 1996, the Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness magazine was launched. This award-winning publication had more than half a million readers and became market leader in its sector after just three issues. The magazine contained celebrity interviews, diet and exercise plans, expert columnists and the Fat File, a unique sliding scale guide to the fat and calorie content of food.

From 1996 to 2000 Rosemary was a consultant to Marks & Spencer and helped them to develop their low fat, calorie-controlled food range.

Over the years Rosemary has written 37 best-selling books, presented 31 fitness DVDs/videos and has presented over 400 cookery programmes on television as well as presenting her own series on both BBC and ITV in addition to appearing weekly with Richard and Judy on This Morning for seven years from 1993 – 2000. She is currently writing her autobiography.

In 2018 Rosemary became the UK distributor for Facial-Flex® setting up a new company, Facial Toning Solutions Ltd, to sell this facial toning device which she has used for many years. Facial Toning Solutions Ltd supply Rosemary Online with the product as well as selling it direct to the public through www.facialflex.co.uk, Amazon and Ebay.

In January 2012 Rosemary appeared in ITV’s Dancing On Ice. She skated with International Skating Professional Mark Hanretty and reached week 6 of the competition. As a result she holds the record for being the oldest celebrity to go the furthest in the history of the show.

In 1999 Rosemary was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire and in 2001 she was granted the Freedom of the City of Leicester, the first woman in Leicester ever to receive this honour; In January 2004 Rosemary was awarded a CBE for “services to the fitness and diet industries.”

Rosemary is a Christian and is often called upon to address groups and give her testimony and also supports many charities.



Whether you need a professional presenter for your company awards, an entrepreneurial guest speaker at your annual dinner or are a Church looking for a committed Christian to address your Ladies Circle, Rosemary Conley CBE is right for you!

A Question of Brains 2014 : Photograph by ©Lionel Heap 07977 597674.

A Question of Brains 2014 : Photograph by ©Lionel Heap 07977 597674.


Rosemary has spoken at numerous conferences, public speaking engagements and corporate events talking about running her businesses and the issues of diet and fitness.  Clients include The Vitality Show, Health and Nutrition Show, One Life Exhibition, British Franchisee Association, Business Start Up Exhibition, Business 24, Women in Franchising, Women in Business, University of Glasgow and Vale do Lobo Resorts in Portugal

Rosemary has addressed committees in the House of Commons and House of Lords, and spoken at events organised by the National Obesity Forum, the Association for the Study of Obesity and for the Fitness Industry Association (FIA).

Katharine House Hospice Dinner


Rosemary was charming. Her speech was not only engaging but extremely entertaining. Rosemary went above and beyond our expectations in terms of showing support for our cause and she had a wonderful approach with our guests.  We would have no hesitation in recommending Rosemary Conley as a Speaker for any event”. – Lisa, Events Fundraiser, Katharine House Hospice.

 Rosemary addresses 400 guests at a charity fundraising dinner at Staffordshire County Showground


Rosemary has presented over 400 cookery programmes on television as well as presenting her own TV series on both the BBC and ITV in addition to appearing on “This Morning” with Richard and Judy for seven years.  In 2010 Rosemary presented two series of a primetime ITV 1 (central region) show “Slim to Win with Rosemary Conley”.  Appearances on national radio and television include BBC 1’s “Diet Trials”, “Heaven and Earth”, “Noel Edmonds’ House Party”, “The Generation Game” and “This is Your Life”.  For BBC 2 “Working Lunch”, “Ready Steady Cook”, “Collector’s Lot”, “Cash in the Celebrity Attic” and “Call My Bluff” and for BBC Radio 2 “The Jeremy Vine Show”, “Steve Wright in the Afternoon”, “Johnny Walker” and “Richard Allinson”. For Radio 4 “You and Yours” , “Woman’s Hour” and Libby Purves “Midweek Show”.  ITV shows include “My House”, “Country File”, “Sunday Morning”, “The Alan Titchmarsh Show”, her own series in 2001“Eat Yourself Slim”, and ITV London’s “Year of the Volunteer”. For FIVE “The Wright Stuff” , “Doctor Doctor” and in 2006 was a commentator on Channel 4’s “Celebrity Fitness Videos”.  Rosemary has also been seen on GMTV, ITN, BBC News 24, UK Living, Taste TV, Carlton Food Network and has also presented her own daily show on Granada Breeze.

For professional enquiries or requests for charity/Christian talks please contact Rosemary