Richard brings over 30 years’ experience as a writer covering economics, finance and fintech sectors in Sydney, London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.
At Honner Richard draws on his extensive experience to deliver writing services and content programs to a range of Honner clients. He works alongside client account teams to ensure content is strategically driven and forms a seamless component of clients’ overall PR, marketing and communications strategy.
Richard has spent the majority of his globe-trotting writing career at Reuters where he was most recently the Global Markets Correspondent based in London. In the UK he also held Reuters roles including Top News Editor and Chief Corporate Finance Correspondent. Prior to moving to the UK, Richard was based in Asia and worked for Reuters as Singapore Bureau Chief and Chief Investment Correspondent, Hong Kong.
Following his extensive Reuters career, Richard spent four years in the trade publishing sector as Group Editor at Last Word (now Bonhills) – a UK-based publishing and events group. Here he was responsible for the management of editorial teams across a range of financial publications aimed at wealth managers, discretionary portfolio managers, financial advisers, private bankers and companies that market and distribute investment products across the UK, Asia and the rest of the world. Publications included: International Adviser, Portfolio Adviser, Expert Investor and Fund Selector Asia. Richard was also contributing editor at FST Media where he provided content on the Asian fintech sector.
In his early career Richard spent five-years as a Sydney-based correspondent at the AFR.
Richard returned to Australia in early 2020. He holds a BEc, Economics and Government from the University of Sydney.
Andrew provides senior counsel and content services across a range of Honner clients.
Joining Honner in 2021 Andrew brings 30 years of journalism experience in Australia and the UK to assessing and addressing the needs of corporate clients. As a news-breaking reporter, bureau chief, daily columnist, feature writer and editor for both The Australian Financial Review and The Australian – he has had a front row seat to the evolution of business, the economy and financial markets. Working inside busy newsrooms places a premium on gathering and digesting large amounts of complex information and distilling it down to the most vital and compelling content.
As well as the day to day of business news Andrew has experience of covering corporate crises from the State Bank of South Australia through to the global financial crisis. In 2008 Andrew won the Walkley Award and Citbank Journalism award as part of the team behind the AFR feature series Inside Job: Who Killed Opes Prime.
As a former business editor at two national newspapers, Andrew has managed large teams of reporters and columnists to tight daily print and online deadlines and established important relationships at senior levels of business and the media. That experience included a final stint as media editor at The Australian which gave deep insights into the evolution of the modern digitally-driven newsroom.
Since leaving journalism in 2019 Andrew gained corporate experience establishing the role of Vice President Marketing and Communications APAC for the fast-growing financier Greensill Capital. In that position he dealt with regulators and governments, marketing events, media relations, content strategy and stakeholder relations – in addition to gaining valuable experience in crisis communications.
In his spare time Andrew is a team manager, committee member and sometime coach at East Sydney Junior AFL club where his two sons play the great Australian game. He also cooks – sometimes even for pleasure – swims, walks the dog and goes to music festivals.
Beccy brings a fresh perspective to Honner with experience in both consumer and corporate, as well as the legal industry.
She joined Honner from Class PR a legal public relations firm where she developed strategic communications campaigns to drive awareness about class actions and human rights matters. Prior to this Beccy was at consumer PR agency Sweaty Betty for almost three years, where she worked as a Senior Publicist across luxury consumer brands including L’Occitane, Public House Management Group, DU’IT, Carolina Lemke and Oscar Wylee.
Beccy is a highly motivated communications professional with experience in ideation, planning and execution of effective media strategies across a variety of sectors. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Media, Culture and Communication from Macquarie University in Sydney.
Outside of office hours, Beccy enjoys time at the beach, coastal walks, trying out new cafes and restaurants with friends, a game or two of tennis and Pilates classes.
Iona provides Executive Assistant support to Honner’s management team, as well as managing the Agency’s busy Sydney office.
In her role Iona provides comprehensive support to the Agency Founder, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer and facilitates the smooth and efficient running of the Agency. Iona acts as a central liaison between Honner’s support teams across HR, IT and accounts. She also acts as the first point of contact for the wider team, providing general administrative support, managing travel and diaries and assisting with the agency’s annual audit process.
Iona brings nearly 20 years’ experience as an Executive Assistant, primarily in the financial services industry having worked at a number of large multi-national organisations including Royal Bank of Canada, BNP Paribas and Dexus Property Group.
Iona holds a BSc in Management Sciences from the UK’s University of Southampton.
In her spare time, Iona loves to get out and about around Sydney, especially to our fantastic beaches and walking tracks; she is also an avid reader.
Sam has worked in financial PR, corporate communications and marketing for over 15 years in both Sydney and London. Starting her career as a corporate lawyer in Brisbane, she brings strong experience in issues and crisis management as well as corporate reputation and project management.
Sam has been responsible for developing and managing the external and internal communications strategies for a range of financial brands including a focus on both institutional and retail wealth management markets. She bring proven strong business to business (B2B) as well as B2B to consumer capabilities. Sam joined Honner from AMP where she spent a decade leading significant customer experience and marketing projects across multiple channels. During this time she oversaw the launch of Marketing HQ, AMP’s internal marketing platform for its then 2,500+ financial adviser network; project managed the launch of AMP’s ‘Spark’ logo; and was senior media manager for AMP’s financial services business.
Sam holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Business/ Marketing & Accounting (Honours) from Queensland University of Technology, as well as a Diploma in PR (Distinction) from the London School of Public Relations.
In her spare time Sam enjoys shopping at food markets, cooking and going on walks with her family and their dog. Sam is also a fellow unpaid Uber driver on weekends, running her four kids around to their various activities!
Judith is Chief Operating Officer, Senior Consultant, with responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Agency as well as providing senior counsel to Honner clients.
Judith has more than 20 years of experience advising multi-national companies across a range of financial services, corporate and technology sectors across the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to joining Honner, she held senior roles at global PR agencies where she led teams responsible for key clients in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Judith has devised and implemented successful brand building, thought leadership, stakeholder relations, change communications, and issues and crisis management programs for a broad range of clients.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Australian National University and a Master of Commerce degree from the University of NSW.
In her spare time, she enjoys bushwalking, watching sport and hanging out with family and friends.
Barry joined the Honner board as Non-Executive Director in 2021.
A long-time associate of Honner, Barry brings more than 30 years’ experience working across Australia’s financial services industry. As NED Barry works with Honner’s senior management team to provide guidance and management insight, supporting the ongoing growth and evolution of the firm.
Barry is a financial services professional with experience as a director, CEO and consultant to significant financial services firms and superannuation funds. He advises organisations and their boards on practices to enhance performance.
Barry presents courses on board governance, finance and strategy for the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rafe Consulting was established in 2010 specifically to help individuals and organisations answer Socrates’ questions “What ought one to do”.
Barry has served on several for-profit and not-for-profit boards as well as several advisory boards. Most recently, Barry was President and Chair of the Actuaries Institute and was on the board of Greenpeace Asia Pacific.
Barry has held senior consulting positions as a strategy partner at Accenture and head of the financial services practice at Trowbridge Consulting. He was a senior manager with AMP and the CEO of Mellon Bank’s Australian operations. In his consulting roles he has advised many of Australia’s largest financial services businesses on distribution and product development and governance.
Connie is a Senior Account Executive, supporting a range of Honner’s financial and corporate services clients including Janus Henderson, Bell Asset Management, Lazard Asset Management and the Financial Planning Association of Australia.
Connie graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Business (Public Relations Major), and a Bachelor of Media and Communications from Queensland University of Technology.
Hailing from Brisbane, Connie brings a range of communications experience within corporate, real estate, tourism and non-profit portfolios, including supporting the strategic internal and external communications campaigns of ASX100 company, Domino’s Pizza. She has also interned at a range of leading Brisbane PR agencies including Honner’s fellow PROI member agency, P4 Group, as well as an in-house marketing role for a residential college within the University of Queensland.
Outside of office hours, Connie enjoys exploring Sydney’s hidden food gems and beaches as well as barracking for the mighty Geelong Cats.
Harrison joined Honner in 2021 and brings more than three years’ experience working as a financial communications specialist.
He works across a range of Honner clients including Janus Henderson, MyState Bank, BetaShares and NAB, providing account management, media relations and writing support.
Harrison joined Honner from another financial PR agency where he was responsible for managing the day-to-day PR programs for clients including asset managers, financial planning groups, superannuation funds, non-bank lenders and regional banks.
Prior to entering the PR world, he spent more than two years working with industry publisher Rainmaker, working as a journalist on Financial Standard magazine as well as the Associate Editor for sister superannuation journal FS Super. During this time Harrison lead both title’s coverage of Australia’s evolving superannuation sector as well as contributing articles across the wider wealth management industry including Australia’s historic Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
Harrison has a Bachelor of Media (PR & Advertising) from the University of NSW.
Rebecca Thurlow has more than 20 years’ experience writing and editing for major international and national publications including the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.
During that time, Rebecca has focused on corporate, markets and economic news. In particular, she’s produced in-depth coverage of the financial services sector, from property investment and funds management, to major banks, insurers and investment banking.
At the Wall Street Journal, Rebecca covered some of the biggest takeovers in Australia’s financial sector, charted coverage of the industry through the global financial crisis and contributed to several analytical columns including Heard on the Street. Rebecca has also worked at Australian Associated Press and The Sun-Herald, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications Studies) from the University of Newcastle.
For Honner, Rebecca produces a wide range of content, from blogs, web copy and social media to research documents, speeches and white papers.
Just as comfortable writing retail-focused feature articles as she is producing detailed explanations of complex financial products, Rebecca has the skills to deliver your message to your target audience across a variety of platforms in a clear, accurate and compelling style.
In her spare time, Rebecca can be found running on bush tracks and swimming in the ocean. She also loves curling up with a good novel.