Our people

  Executive team

Neil James
Dr Neil James
Executive Director
Peta Spear
Dr Peta Spear
Managing Director

  Training team

Greg Moriarty
Greg Moriarty
Training Manager
Rachel Bastow
Rachel Bastow
Training Team Leader
Kelly Hayes
Kelly Hayes
Trainer
Simon Lockyer
Simon Lockyer
Trainer
Peter Butt
Professor Peter Butt
Consultant Legal Trainer

  Editing and Communications team

Justine Cooper
Justine Dixon Cooper
Managing Editor
Katie Pittard
Katie Kearns
Editor and Website Coordinator
Victoria Cook
Victoria Cook
Editor and Marketing Coordinator
Susie Nekula
Susie Nekula
Editor

  Business Services team

Glenn James
Glenn James
Business Services Manager
Tanya Abou Saada
Tanya Abou Saada
Business Services Coordinator
Shirley Chan
Shirley Chan
Business Services Support
 

  Information Systems team

Alex Cheung
Alex Cheung
Information Systems Manager
Athavan Pooranananthan
Athavan Pooranananthan
Junior IT Administrator and Developer
Peter Gotsis
Peter Gotsis
Developer Intern
 

  Cultural change in government

Over the years, we have heard endless tales of busy government ministers and senior officials struggling to read the advice they are given. Too many writers find it hard to strike a professional, authoritative tone without lapsing into officialese and complexity.

When a government department recognises a problem and asks for help, we swing into action with a plain English reform program.

The program

In 2001, one such department started by commissioning a writing evaluation. When the results confirmed there was room to improve, it then booked training for its managers. The response was so positive that we ended up training over 230 staff, including the CEO and Executive. 

With training underway, the Foundation's editing team began reworking key documents, including the department's flagship published reports, client-facing communications and internal templates.

We then redeveloped its writing style manual, co-authored its annual report and ran refresher workshops to cement our earlier training.

The results

The average document is now 40% shorter, much clearer and far more readable. The organisation's major stakeholders have been extremely receptive, and the department's writing culture has shifted permanently.

After more than 10 years, the department remains one of our major Getting to the point® clients.