Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our clients, colleagues and connections in business and financial services. It’s been an interesting year. As a final farewell to it, we have covered some of the latest moves in business and finance media and a couple of pieces of other interesting news.

We thank you for being part of our business world and look forward to connecting again in 2024.

Media Movements ~ and other news…


Tim Ayliffe left the ABC this week after more than 17 years. Tim was Managing Editor, TV & Video with ABC News from 2017, and held previous executive producer, news editor and producer roles with the national broadcaster. Tim is also an author published by Simon & Schuster Australia, and has written four ‘John Bailey’ thriller novels, which have been optioned for TV. Any one of them could make an excellent last minute Christmas gift, visit for more info. The fifth novel in the series is due out mid-2024.

Financial services media executive, Julia Newbould, left Conexus Financial last week, after almost two years as managing editor. The senior editor, author and presenter has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, across leading consumer and trade publications, including Money magazine, Morningstar and InvestorInfo. She also spent nine years with BT Financial Group, where she co-founded The Stella Network, and is the co-author of The Joy of Money: the Australian woman’s guide to financial independence.

Joanna Tovia has joined Money magazine as senior journalist. Jo was a former editor of The Daily Telegraph’s personal finance and small business sections and is an established freelance writer and photographer. She will be writing news and features on property, investing, wealth creation, travel, and lifestyle for Money magazine and online.


Nadia Daly was appointed national business reporter for 7.30, the ABC’s news and current affairs TV show in November. Now based in Melbourne, Nadia was previously with the program in Sydney as a TV reporter. She has been with the ABC since 2014.


Darcy Song was appointed as a full-time journalist on Conexus Financial title, Investment Magazine, in October. Darcy previously worked as a reporter for Mumbrella.


Vanessa Walker was appointed Managing Editor for Money magazine in August. Vanessa is the former Editor-in-Chief of Houzz (Australia/NZ) a position she held for more than six years. Vanessa previously worked as a freelance book editor for King Street Press and as a chief sub-editor and travel editor for Australian House & Garden. She was a journalist with The Australian for six years and is the author of a travel memoir published by Allen & Unwin.

Earlier this year, Jacquelene Pearson, a journalist of 35 years standing, launched The Point, an ESG news site which aims to ‘show the news through a different lens’. Focussed on  environmental justice, social justice and good governance, the site added an ESG Investing segment in August. Jacquelene is a former Managing Editor of Your Money Magazine, a former Deputy Editor of CHOICE magazine and a former retained contributor to AFR’s Smart Investor magazine. She is also a poet, recently releasing Mother’s Song, her first poetry collection.


In late July, Joanna Mather became Wealth editor of the Australian Financial Review. Joanna joined the AFR in 2008 as education reporter, and has held several positions since including, most recently, deputy news editor. Joanna’s appointment to the role of Wealth editor follows the departure of Aleks Vickovich who joined Conexus Financial as editor-in-chief on July 1.


I’m sharing the cover of my latest novel, The Lost Letters of Rose Carey, with you publicly for the first time. Due to be published by Simon & Schuster Australia on 1 May 2024, it is a tale of love, glamour and betrayal, inspired by the life of 1920s Australian film icon Annette Kellerman. I loved writing it and would be so honoured if you would consider PRE-ORDERING a copy today. Every pre-order helps to build excitement and interest in the book. If you do, thank you. Please let me know and I will post you an autographed bookplate to put on the title page.

Write that business book!

There’s no getting away from the fact that writing a business book requires intellectual capital, and time. But what better time to start thinking about it than the New Year? Especially given we have developed a process designed to take the ‘hard’ out of the work involved.

What would we know? CLICK HERE to find out more.

And while we’re talking books …

if you haven’t already, why not join our Business Book Club (Australia) group on LinkedIn? We hope you find it an enjoyable place to share the books you’ve written or the books you’ve read – fiction or non-fiction. We’d love to see you there.

That’s all from us. Thank you for being with us in 2023 and see you in the New Year!