Cordelia McLeay

Cordelia provides account support for a range of Honner’s financial and corporate clients.

Working across clients spanning ETFs, asset management, advice, property and trading sectors, Cordelia assists with media relations, media monitoring and reporting, client liaison and more.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne, majoring in media and communications and politics and international relations.

During her studies Cordelia completed two internships – firstly at creative agency The Hallway, where she gained hands-on experience in planning, copywriting and client collaboration; secondly at the British Consulate-General, where she worked on a diverse range of projects including creating content, managing social media and assisting with events.

Outside the office, you can find Cordelia at the beach, seeking out new restaurants or walking her dog, Colin.

Darren Snyder

Darren is one of Australia’s most established financial writers with 15 years’ experience as a journalist, editor and corporate communications professional.

Darren began his specialisation in the finance sector in 2015, joining leading industry publisher Rainmaker Group. Here he held a wide range of senior editorial and writing roles, including Editor of Financial Standard, Associate Editor of FS Super – The Journal of Superannuation, and Managing Editor of consumer title Money magazine. Through these roles Darren has built a strong understanding across the super, investment, retirement, broking and advice sectors.

Prior to joining the financial sector, Darren spent five years working as a journalist at the Mudgee Guardian, honing his ability to craft news angles, headlines and stories that capture the imagination of everyday Australians.

In 2020, Darren moved to an in-house role where he developed his corporate communication skills managing content strategy, PR and external communications with Mortgage Choice and REA Group.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication – Journalism) and Bachelor of Sports Studies from Charles Sturt University.

Outside of work you’ll find Darren watching sport, curating his Spotify and enjoying time with family and friends.

Isabella Palmer

Isabella provides a wide range of day-to-day support across Honner’s busy account teams.

Working across clients spanning the investment, real estate, trading, ESG and infrastructure sectors, Isabella assists with media monitoring and reporting, media relations, event management, social media programs, account liaison and more.

Isabella graduated with a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology Sydney, majoring in Marketing & Advertising Communications, and Accounting.

During her studies, Isabella completed two internships. Her first internship was with Pitcher Partners, where she worked in the wealth management division on private business family advisory. During her second internship, with Carlile Swimming she gained valuable experience in media and communications, nurturing her strong interest in effective communication.

Outside the office, you can find Isabella at the gym, cooking up a storm or relaxing with friends at the beach.

Hinal Parekh

As a Senior Account Executive, Hinal supports a diverse portfolio of financial and corporate clients.

Hinal joined Honner from Telum Media – Asia, Australia and New Zealand’s leading media intelligence platform – where she was an Account Executive in Telum’s ANZ PR News and Client Services teams. In this role her responsibilities included working closely with PR agencies to deliver training and support across the Telum platform, as well as drafting stories on staff movements within the PR industry. Through her work with Telum, Hinal has built a strong understanding of Australia’s financial and business media landscape.

Prior to joining Telum, Hinal undertook an internship at one of Australia’s leading consumer PR agencies.

Hinal holds a Master of Commerce degree, with a major in Marketing and International Business, from the University of Sydney.

Hailing from India, Hinal now calls Australia home. In her spare time, she enjoys long coastal walks and exploring the diverse cuisines that Sydney has to offer.

Leah Contos

With experience in management consulting, media and marketing, Leah brings extensive skills in multi-channel content and brand campaigns targeting both B2B and B2C audiences.

Leah joined Honner from Nine where she was a Group Strategy & Creative Solutions Manager. In this role, Leah delivered multi-channel marketing campaigns across paid and earned media for major Australian and global brands wanting to reach a wide variety of Australians nationwide. During her time at Nine, Leah was responsible for building creative, insight-led content strategies, targeting both B2B and B2C audiences.

Leah began her career in management consulting at Accenture, where she worked across change management, communications, and customer experience improvement.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in marketing and management from University of Adelaide.

Outside of work, Leah enjoys going for coastal walks with her dog, Tilly, and cathcing up with friends and indulging in delicious food and wine.

Emma Cryan

Emma is an Account Coordinator at Honner and provides support for a range of financial and corporate clients including NAB, Insignia Financial and Nanuk.

Emma graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor of Marketing and Media degree from Macquarie University.

During her studies, Emma completed a media and publicity internship at HarperCollins Publishers, where she developed a strong interest in media relations and content marketing.  With a strong customer service background, Emma understands the importance of engaging with clients to meet their business needs.

Outside the office, you can find Emma enjoying the sunshine outdoors. She loves taking her dog for long walks, hitting the beach, and planning her next travel adventure.

Holly Bagley

Holly joined Honner in 2022 and brings over six years’ experience working across B2B and B2C marketing and communications.

Holly is passionate about financial services, with a particular focus on the lending, finance and mortgage broking sectors.

Prior to joining Honner she was the Head of Marketing at a property advisory group where she was responsible for the group’s content strategy. Previously, Holly spent three years working across the Loan Market Group businesses, liaising directly with the Head of Sales, Chief Marketing Officer, and Head of Public Relations to align the B2B recruitment marketing function to the wider company goals. Holly started her career in internal communications at tech giant, Nokia.

From e-books, blogs to webinar campaigns, videos and social media content, Holly has successfully managed the development and rollout of a variety of content throughout her career.

In her ‘down’ time, you’ll find Holly lifting weights, watching films, catching up with friends or taking a morning walk on the beach with a coffee in hand.

Alison Kahler

Alison has 25 years’ experience as a financial journalist and communications adviser for major publications and institutions.

She joined Honner from HSBC where she spent six years as a senior communications manager working across the spectrum of corporate communications, reputation management, issues and crisis management, content strategy and planning, media relations and more.

Prior to HSBC, Alison built a reputation as one of Australia’s leading writers on personal finance, investment and superannuation over more than a decade with the Australian Financial Review and a stint with The Economist in London. She also spent two years as public affairs and media manager with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. ​

Alison specialises in producing content that demystifies complex information so it can be easily understood, using, for example, op-eds, explainers, videos, social media, feature articles and policy papers to create an impact.​

During her career, she has provided expert commentary on the trends and issues that have shaped today’s financial services sector, cutting across areas such as sustainable finance, ESG, capital markets, superannuation, retirement policy, funds management, personal finance and banking.​

She is equally at ease creating content suitable for a retail audience as she is for high net worth investors, institutional investors or other stakeholders.

Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney. She has also completed both RG 146 Superannuation and Cambridge University’s Sustainable Finance online short course.​

Her favourite pastime is an ocean dip, mostly in Sydney’s eastern suburbs but also wherever an opportunity presents itself.

Jeremy Steven

Jeremy joined Honner in 2022 as an Account Manager providing support across a range of Honner’s corporate, digital asset and traditional finance clients.  

Jeremy has worked across several industries and has built specialist skills driving communications programs for companies in Australia’s fintech and digital asset landscape.

During his career Jeremy has worked with some of Australia’s largest digital asset exchanges, supporting on everything from launches to landmark announcements. Through these experiences he has proven his ability to take a client’s profile from unknown, to becoming a source of expertise regularly relied on by media. He also brings established media relationships across crypto, blockchain and digital asset sectors.

 Prior to Honner Jeremy worked with a generalist PR agency where he developed sharp writing skills and the ability to distil the most compelling media angle. He works across a broad range of Honner clients including the Algorand Foundation, Nano, Bell Direct and private equity specialist PieLAB Capital.

Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Business Management in Marketing and Advertising from The University of Queensland.  

 Away from the office, you’ll either find Jeremy exerting himself on the footy field or lounging at a cinema.

Fiona Parker

Fiona leads Honner’s corporate, fintech and digital assets business. A technology specialist, she has over 20 years’ corporate communications experience spanning Sydney, Hong Kong and London.

With a breadth and depth of experience gained from working with some of the most innovative companies in the world, Fiona is a passionate corporate story-teller, helping brands and their spokespeople articulate compelling, locally relevant narratives that challenge conventional thinking and drive real change.

Fiona joined Honner from Fleishman Hillard where she was Head of Corporate Communications, Australia. Prior to this role she was Asia Pacific Technology Practice Director for H+K Strategies. Fiona’s corporate, B2B and B2C experience includes blue chip global, regional and local companies.

At Honner Fiona’s responsibilities include senior counsel, strategic communication and thought leadership platform development, along with complex positioning, messaging strategy and execution. She also brings extensive crisis, issues and reputation management experience, and is an accomplished media trainer.

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication) in Organisational Communication, Marketing and English from Charles Sturt University and a Masters Degree in English (With Merit) from The University of Sydney.