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Amanda Woodard

Amanda Woodard is a Londoner by birth who, after working for The Guardian newspaper for 12 years, moved to Sydney with her family. When she is not interviewing business leaders or writing about education or travel, Amanda is an enthusiastic art lover and occasional wreck diver.

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Keddie Waller

Keddie Waller is CPA Australia’s Financial Planning policy adviser. With more than 10 years’ experience, she is responsible for developing policy positions and resources on financial planning and credit issues.

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Dr Eva Tsahuridu

Eva formerly managed CPA Australia’s accounting policy team and looked after the ethics, professional standards and governance policy portfolio. She is currently an Industry Fellow at the School of Accounting at RMIT University.

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Deborah Tarrant

Deborah is a Sydney-based writer and editor whose association with the INTHEBLACK brand began with the magazine’s first cover story in 2004 and culminated most recently with a two-year stint as editor of the print magazine. She has compelling interests in fast companies and slow yoga.

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Brendan Swift

Brendan Swift has been a full-time journalist for more than a decade, regularly covering the financial services sector and the film and television industries. He was previously a senior journalist at the Australian Financial Review and the editor of Inside Film magazine. He is also an accomplished flamenco guitarist.

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Liz Swanton

Liz Swanton has been a journalist for more than 20 years, making her start writing finance in The Australian before moving onto radio, TV and magazines. As a freelancer, she’s delved into motoring, motorsport, tourism, FMCG and the convenience store industry, and craft and home improvements all part of the mix. Between stories, she may be kayaking, walking her two Cocker spaniels or enjoying good wine and food.

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Ram Subramanian

Ram Subramanian is a policy adviser who leverages his technical expertise to effectively communicate key messages in reporting and auditing to finance professionals and others with a stake in business and social enterprises.

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Chris Sheedy

With over 20 years’ experience in the magazine, newspaper, book, web and corporate writing industries in Sydney, London and New York, Chris is one of Australia’s busiest and most respected professional writers. When not writing about leading businesses and inspirational management, he travels Australasia to watch people break world records - as the Australia/NZ/South Pacific representative of Guinness World Records.

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Paul Robinson

A longstanding staffer of Qantas' The Australian Way, INTHEBLACK’s “Meet the CFO” columnist Paul Robinson has written on everything from travel and trade unions to music and motoring, science, sport and circuses to books, business and boatbuilding. A keen sailor, he loves to travel, especially if it involves water work.

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Glenn Rees

As the former editor of PC User, Glenn has witnessed first-hand the evolution of consumer technology since the early years of the internet. He has a deep understanding of IT’s role in business from his experience in journalism and business writing, including speechwriting for leading IT executives. When not stringing words together, Glenn is likely to be exploring some form of technology.

Lisa Ratcliff

Lisa is a specialised freelance writer and media expert in the sailing world. The niche market has afforded the opportunity to travel south to meet the Sydney-to-Hobart fleet at the finish 15 times, and to Queensland for Hamilton Island Race Week each August. The ocean is a constant presence for Lisa, who also covers surf lifesaving and lives on an island in Pittwater, north of Sydney.

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Anis Ramli

A professional at translating trends into words, Anis has logged over 20 years’ experience in writing and editing on travel, lifestyle, productivity and management. When she's not freelance editor of Royal Brunei's Muhibah inflight magazine, she sells artisan cakes through her online baking business Crumbs, is a PANK (professional aunt, no kids), and volunteers regularly at non-profit charity Al-Khaadem.

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Dr John Purcell

John Purcell is CPA Australia’s policy adviser for Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance, with responsibility for the development of strategy, research, policy and advocacy in the areas of sustainability, corporate social responsibility, corporate law and nonfinancial information disclosure.

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Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips is an Asia-based writer and former editor of both Marketing and Franchising magazines in Australia.

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Belinda Parkes

Belinda Parkes spent 20 years as a newspaper journalist and sub-editor in Australia and the UK and established herself as a freelance journalist three years ago. She has since expanded into magazines, digital media and children's book editing. In her spare time, she rehabilitates echidnas for her local wildlife rescue group.

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Derek Parker

Derek Parker is a freelance writer based in Melbourne, and a former editor of INTHEBLACK (when it was known as Australian CPA). His reviews and articles, mainly dealing with business issues and current affairs, appear in a wide range of publications in Australia and overseas. His first novel, This Tattooed Land, was published in 2014.

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Lesley Parker

Lesley Parker is a Sydney-based freelance journalist specialising in business and personal finance. She has been a regular contributor with publications such as INTHEBLACK and The Sydney Morning Herald as well as specialist magazines. When stuck for inspiration, she heads out with her 60kg bullmastiff/German Shepherd, Tony.

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Alia Parker

Alia Parker is a finance journalist with more than a decade of experience spanning newspapers, radio and the wires on an international scale. When she's not writing about finance, she heads up The Australian Bicycle Route Project.

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Gavan Ord

Gavan Ord is CPA Australia’s business policy adviser and manager of business and investment policy. Gavan has responsibility for the development of policy, research and advocacy on issues related to business and the economy, including small- to medium-sized enterprises, taxation, financial planning, retirement savings and regulation.

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Thea O'Connor

Thea O'Connor is a health journalist, presenter and health coach. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the health sector including her background as a dietician, and workplace health consultant. Thea is also founder of NapNow and a committed "naptivist" - taking a (horizontal) stand for normalising the power nap in our work culture.

Christopher Niesche

Chris Niesche is a business journalist with two decades' experience and a former deputy editor of the Australian Financial Review. He writes across a range of topics, including finance, trade, property, management, small business and human resources. His company, Headline Content, produces marketing and journalism content for corporate websites and blogs.

Tony Negline

Tony Negline has worked in financial services for more than 20 years and has been heavily involved in SMSFs since mid-1994.

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Susan Muldowney

Susan Muldowney is a Melbourne-based writer and editor and a former deputy editor of INTHEBLACK. When she's not working she spends her time plotting her next holiday.

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Mark Morris

Mark Morris was formerly CPA Australia’s Senior Tax Counsel, representing members on a broad range of tax matters with the Australian Taxation Office, Treasury and other stakeholders. He has more than 30 years’ diverse experience in senior roles with multinational groups and professional service firms consulting across a wide array of tax issues.

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Jan McCallum

Jan McCallum is editor of INTHEBLACK. Jan has worked as a finance journalist in Australia, Hong Kong and Beijing and has written for the business pages of major Australian newspapers, BRW magazine and edited a Chinese business website and the Forbes Australia Rich List. Her particular interest is the intersection of government, business and commercial law.

Prior to joining INTHEBLACK, she was managing editor of

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Jacquelin Magnay

Jacquelin Magnay is a Walkley award-winning journalist with decades of newspaper experience in Australia and the UK, including The Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, and the Daily Telegraph in London, where she’s currently The Australian's European correspondent. Her voice is also heard on the BBC and Australian radio. She copes with the dismal British weather by hitting the European ski slopes and paddling the Thames.

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Sholto Macpherson

Sholto Macpherson has worked as a business technology journalist for the past 14 years. Since June 2011 he has been publisher of, a news website on the latest cloud software and digital technologies for small business. Sholto likes to annoy his family with his rudimentary ukulele skills and Australian bush ballads.