James Martin

James is a Consultant supporting a range of clients across the financial services field including asset managers, insurers and private markets specialists.

He brings more than 10 years’ experience as a journalist, editor, content writer and communications adviser in both the UK and Australian markets.

His specialisms include personal finance, investing, insurance and financial advice. Previously James worked as an editor for Finder, the global comparison website where he mainly wrote across insurance, financial technology and consumer credit. James regularly shared his expertise as a media spokesperson, helping to demystify complex financial topics for everyday Australians.

In London, James worked in various journalism, PR and communications roles including at The Irish Post and Business in the Community – the UK’s largest responsible business network dedicated to building a fairer and greener world, supported by His Majesty The King.

James holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) from the University of Westminster in London. He also holds insurance qualifications that meet the requirements of ASIC Regulatory Guide 146 (RG146).

Outside of work, James enjoys bushwalking and spending time with his family and friends. He is also an avid sports fan and plays football and basketball.

Cameron Micallef

Cameron supports a range of financial services clients focusing on business to business and business to consumer audiences.

He brings a decade of experience across B2B and B2C journalism, content writing and communications, specialising in investing, economics and financial services.

Previously, Cameron worked as a writer for comparison site Finder where he predominantly wrote across share trading, macroeconomics, forex, crypto and commodity trading, helping to break down complex issues for everyday Australians.

Prior to joining Finder, Cameron worked for Australian Associated Press and across Momentum Media’s trade publications including Investor Daily, nestegg, Smart Property Investment and Real Estate Business.

Cameron holds a Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies / Commerce majoring in finance and marketing from the University of Wollongong. In his previous role he also completed ASIC’s Tier 1 generic knowledge certificate RG 146.

Outside of work, Cameron enjoys reading, creative writing, spending time with friends and family and all things sport.

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.

Emma Cryan

Emma is an Account Executive 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.

Eleanor Pearson

As a Senior Account Executive with Honner, Eleanor provides support for a range of financial, fintech and corporate clients.

Eleanor holds a Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in public relations, from the Queensland University of Technology.  

Eleanor previously worked at ASXlisted financial administration company, Computershare. In this role she established an interest in financial services, working across a large and diverse portfolio of companies, ranging from ASX top 200 to unlisted companies.  

Eleanor also undertook work experience at one of Queensland’s leading PR agencies and is highly motivated to further develop her PR expertise and broaden her professional experience. 

 As a Queenslander who has now made her home in Sydney, you will find Eleanor near the ocean and under the sun when she is not in the office. She plans to visit all the beautiful beaches Sydney has to offer and enjoy the city’s many iconic restaurants and cafés.