Skills, strategy and investing in the vineyard.

As published on The Fifth Estate here and City Metric here Photograph by the amazing James Jasper.  On the 19 February 1879, construction began on Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building. On 28 July 1923, it was the turn of Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. These dates are recalled, because people mark such beginnings. We make them visible. Ribbon-cutting, sod-turning, plaque-mounting …

How to Depoliticise Infrastructure

  Originally published in The Australian on 4th July 2015 and available to read here. On November 29 last year a promise to tear up a contract to deliver the $8 billion East West Link saw voters in Victoria remove a first-term government for the first time in 60 years. Industry involved was shocked that a new …

Australia ‘full of winners’: Alastair Campbell.

What do Shane Warne and Anna Wintour have in common? What do Leigh Matthews and Angela Merkel share? How could Johnathan Thurston and Richard Branson be in the same team? A book comparing the world’s best in sport, business and politics, by former 10 Downing Street Director of Communications and best-selling author Alastair Campbell, will …

Turner, Towneley, and the Romantic North

You can read my original article as published in The Guardian newspaper here in 2012. It is an age of forgotten assets: a time for talk of the scarce resource; a landscape of less and not more… except in one Lancashire town. It is hard to imagine our northern landscape being described as the ‘wildest, most barren and …