I edit and write for business publication SmartCompany.  I was previously a senior journalist at The Financial Times website FTAdviser in London.  My areas of interest include small business and legal affairs.   These are samples of my published articles:   

     SmartCompany , 1 April 2015, “ Kmart is a ‘bottom of the food chain’ business”: Kmart boss Guy Russo tells it as it is   When Guy Russo took on the role of managing director at Kmart he had no retail experience. The former chief executive of McDonald’s was asked to save the discount retailer, which was “basically bankrupt” and on the brink of collapse five years ago. The business was turning over $4 billion but making zero profit...

 

SmartCompany, 1 April 2015, “Kmart is a ‘bottom of the food chain’ business”: Kmart boss Guy Russo tells it as it is

When Guy Russo took on the role of managing director at Kmart he had no retail experience. The former chief executive of McDonald’s was asked to save the discount retailer, which was “basically bankrupt” and on the brink of collapse five years ago. The business was turning over $4 billion but making zero profit...

     SmartCompany , 28 October 2014,  The man behind Aesop's global growth: Meet Michael O'Keefe   Aesop’s worldwide headquarters is housed in an obscure brown brick warehouse on Melbourne’s iconic Smith Street.  Aesop’s chief executive, Michael O’Keeffe, is giving me a tour around the business he has grown from a minnow to a globally recognised cosmetics brand, securing himself a nomination for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards in the process...

 

SmartCompany, 28 October 2014, The man behind Aesop's global growth: Meet Michael O'Keefe

Aesop’s worldwide headquarters is housed in an obscure brown brick warehouse on Melbourne’s iconic Smith Street.  Aesop’s chief executive, Michael O’Keeffe, is giving me a tour around the business he has grown from a minnow to a globally recognised cosmetics brand, securing himself a nomination for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year awards in the process...

    SmartCompany, 10 April 2014,  Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar on how he became Australia's newest billionaire   Atlassian’s $US150 million ($A159m) share sale announced yesterday has rocketed co-founders Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes into Australia’s billionaire rankings.  Farquhar talked to  SmartCompany  from Los Angeles last night as news broke of the deal which values Atlassian at $US3.3 billion. Farquhar and Cannon-Brookes are each believed to own close to 40% of the share capital and neither is selling down their stake as part of this sale, which leaves them with paper wealth of $1.4 billion each...

 

SmartCompany, 10 April 2014, Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar on how he became Australia's newest billionaire

Atlassian’s $US150 million ($A159m) share sale announced yesterday has rocketed co-founders Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes into Australia’s billionaire rankings.  Farquhar talked to SmartCompany from Los Angeles last night as news broke of the deal which values Atlassian at $US3.3 billion. Farquhar and Cannon-Brookes are each believed to own close to 40% of the share capital and neither is selling down their stake as part of this sale, which leaves them with paper wealth of $1.4 billion each...

     Crikey , 20 February 2014,  Abbott's clean tech investment? Grants dribbled out again   The Abbott government has quietly revived grants under the previous government’s Clean Technology Food and Foundries Program, including one grant to Rheem, which will be used to close two factories.  The Clean Technology Program was closed to new applications in November 2013, and the Clean Technology Program’s website makes it clear the scheme has been shut down. The website states:

 

Crikey, 20 February 2014, Abbott's clean tech investment? Grants dribbled out again

The Abbott government has quietly revived grants under the previous government’s Clean Technology Food and Foundries Program, including one grant to Rheem, which will be used to close two factories.  The Clean Technology Program was closed to new applications in November 2013, and the Clean Technology Program’s website makes it clear the scheme has been shut down. The website states:

     SmartCompany,  13 July 2012,  Disgraced Energy Watch founder Ben Polis Speaks: I'm broke and they're out to get me   Ben Polis, the disgraced founder and former chief executive of Energy Watch, claims he is the victim of a vendetta by energy retailers, disgruntled former employees and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.  A dishevelled looking and erratic Polis gave an in-depth interview to SmartCompany last night to set out his side of the story before Justice Shane Marshall, of the Federal Court announced penalties against Energy Watch and Polis in Melbourne today...

 

SmartCompany, 13 July 2012, Disgraced Energy Watch founder Ben Polis Speaks: I'm broke and they're out to get me

Ben Polis, the disgraced founder and former chief executive of Energy Watch, claims he is the victim of a vendetta by energy retailers, disgruntled former employees and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.  A dishevelled looking and erratic Polis gave an in-depth interview to SmartCompany last night to set out his side of the story before Justice Shane Marshall, of the Federal Court announced penalties against Energy Watch and Polis in Melbourne today...

      FT Adviser : Market view: UK recovery 'not going to plan'   Confirmation today that UK GDP grew by a modest 0.5 per cent in the first quarter has led several major analysts to question the strength of the economic recovery, with a key think-tank warning that it is "not going to plan".  The latest UK gross GDP figures published today (25 May) show an estimated increase in growth of 0.5 per cent during the first quarter of this year, unrevised from the 0.5 per cent first estimate published...

 

FT Adviser: Market view: UK recovery 'not going to plan'

Confirmation today that UK GDP grew by a modest 0.5 per cent in the first quarter has led several major analysts to question the strength of the economic recovery, with a key think-tank warning that it is "not going to plan".  The latest UK gross GDP figures published today (25 May) show an estimated increase in growth of 0.5 per cent during the first quarter of this year, unrevised from the 0.5 per cent first estimate published...