I joined CHOICE as a content producer in July 2014 and am currently team leader of the household department. I write about a range of products such as coffee machines, stick vacuums, bassinets, high chairs and even pool fences!
What I particularly like about this job is how we keep manufacturers in check, particularly when it comes to safety standards in children's products. Our reports regularly expose product flaws which many manufacturers take into account. As a result, we see great improvements.
My role seems like a far cry from the 16 years I spent working as a technology journalist in Sydney and London, but it still involves interpreting results and presenting them to consumers in useful, practical ways. There is one difference, though: better access to decent coffee, thanks to the espresso machines in our test labs.
I'm actually no stranger to the workings of a respected consumer body like CHOICE – I spent several years as a senior researcher/writer at our UK sister organisation, Which?. Giving people access to robust, independent advice is something I have always felt strongly about. I'm also the author of several how-to technology books and a communications graduate of Charles Sturt University.