Our people

  Executive team

Neil James
Dr Neil James
Executive Director
Peta Spear
Dr Peta Spear
Managing Director
Staff Member
Tony Yortis
Chief Executive Officer
 

  Training team

Greg Moriarty
Greg Moriarty
Training Content Manager
Rachel Bastow
Rachel Bastow
Training Team Manager
Staff Member
David Casson-Medhurst
Training Services Manager
Stephen Howat
Stephen Howat
Trainer
Joshua Meyer
Dr Josh Meyer
Trainer
Allen Palmer
Allen Palmer
Trainer
Anna Nedotcukova
Anna Nedotcukova
Training Account Coordinator

  Editing and Communications team

Phyllis Sakinofsky
Dr Phyllis Sakinofsky
Editing Services Manager
Victoria Cook
Allison Duffy-Davis
Allison Duffy-Davis
Consultant Editor
Katie Kearns
Katie Kearns
Consultant Editor

  Business Services team

Rupert Johnstone
Rupert Johnstone
Marketing and Business Development Director
Alex Cheung
Alex Cheung
Information Systems Manager
Naeem Esat
Naeem Esat
Finance Manager
Shirley Chan
Shirley Chan
Business Support – Finance
Flora Xu
Flora Xu
Database Administrator
Roshan Lawot
Roshan Lawot
Developer

  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 15 years, the department remains one of our major Getting to the point® clients.