Mary Ann Azer
Executive Director, Magazine Publishers Australia
A senior executive with 20 years’ experience in Marketing, Public Relations, Media, Corporate Communications, External Relations and Agency Management.
Trained and developed by the world leading FMCG Company, Procter & Gamble (P&G) with experience covering Australia, New Zealand, Middle East and Asia.
P&G is the world largest FMCG company with over 80 billion dollars in sales.
Mary Ann is widely recognized for an outstanding track record of building strong brands like Gillette, Pantene, Oral- B, Olay, Duracell and many others.
She is adept in the development and training of highly engaged and productive teams and development of organizational systems and processes resulting in strong sales and cost savings.
Mary Ann has worked across many areas within marketing and communications in P&G. She has also been on the industry board of ACCORD before she recently retired from P&G.
As of May 1st 2014, she has been appointed the MPA Executive Director.
CEO & Founder of iSUBSCRiBE Pty LtdFounder and CEO of online magazine subscription business iSUBSCRiBE in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Australian-born Andrew Burge has worked extensively in media for nearly 20 years. His experience includes working at the Channel 7 TV Network in Australia and advertising agency, Young & Rubicam. Currently based in the UK, Andrew is also a Director of subscription bureau, CDS Global in Australia, and a Director and Principal of Digital Initiatives.
Chair of the Judging Panel
Ita Buttrose is co-host of Studio 10 at the TEN Network and Alzheimer's Australia Ambassador. In March this year, Sydney's Macquarie University conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree on Ita recognising her contribution to the arts in Australia. She was inducted into the Australian Magazine Awards Hall of Fame in 2012.
She began her career at 15 on The Australian Women's Weekly and at 33 became the magazine's youngest ever Editor after creating Cleo Magazine for Australian Consolidate Press (ACP). She was later appointed Publisher of ACP'S Women's Division and was one of the first women appointed to the ACP board. Ita went on to become Editor-in-Chief of the Daily & Sunday Telegraphs, making her the first female to ever edit a major metropolitan newspaper in Australia, and also to join the News Ltd board.
After leaving News Ltd, Ita became Editorial Consultant for Fairfax Magazines and columnist on Woman's Day before being appointed Editor-in-Chief of Fairfax's Sun Herald. She is a prolific author and has written 11 books including her best-selling autobiography, 'A Passionate Life.'
Andrew Cowell commenced his career in London at IPC magazines as a graphic designer, working his way up to Art Director. Andrew was invited to Sydney to launch a joint venture publication that became Belle magazine. He stayed on in Sydney, and became the Art Director of The Bulletin, then the launch Art Director of Cleo.
Andrew returned to London to work on Over 21 and Look Now, then returned to Sydney to become the Creative Director of ACP magazines, with the responsibility for the visual direction of The Australian Woman's Weekly (in both formats), Cleo, Belle and Mode, among others.
Andrew was responsible for the art direction of Australian Playboy when it launched, and changed tack to the role of Deputy Editor. Andrew went on to edit Penthouse, and The Listener. He was later Editorial Director for Smash Hits, Tracks, Waves and (again) Playboy. As the men's publisher of EMAP Australia, Andrew successfully launched FHM into the Australian market, then launched OK! - initially as a monthly, and then as a weekly.
Andrew is currently consulting within the media industry.
Newsagent, Newsagency Blog Publisher & CEO of newsXpress
Mark Fletcher has been working with newsagents for 31 years. First as founder of newsagency software company Tower Systems then as the owner of several newsagencies and since 2005 as a Director of newsagency marketing group newsXpress.
Through The Australian Newsagency Blog, Mark seeks to encourage newsagents to embrace change and leverage the point of difference of magazine range. Through contacts made via the blog Mark regularly provided pro bono assistance to enwsagents in tough times.
Mark is a regular speaker at newsagent and supplier conferences and events.
Deborah Hutton first appeared on the cover of Australian Cosmopolitan at 16. Since then, Deborah has become one of the most recognisable and best-known personalities in Australia.
Her modeling career began while she was still at school and led to top international contracts in Germany, Italy and New York, where she worked with the world's top models and photographers.
For more than ten years Deborah represented the Myer Grace Bros Department store group as their national ambassador and spokesperson and hosted a variety of corporate functions, VIP nights and seminars.
Since 1994, Deborah has hosted many Nine Network programs including top-rating shows Looking Good, Location Location, Amazing Homes, Celebrity Overhaul and recently, Nine's documentary weight loss series, BIG. During 1996-1997 Deborah often appeared as Nine's Resident Authority on Fashion, Beauty and Style. She was also a regular contributor on the Nine Network's Fresh Food program and a guest reporter on Getaway.
For more than ten years Deborah was an editor for The Australian Women's Weekly. She started with the beauty pages and then went on to become the Fashion Editor and then an Editor at Large for Home and represented the magazine nationally on television.
Deborah was an ambassador for Qantas for 12 years presenting the in-flight video guide, seen by one million passengers per month worldwide.
In 2006 Deborah became the brand ambassador for Olay Regenerist and also created her own brand of eyewear 'Deborah Hutton Optical'. She was the spokesperson for the 'Living at Hyatt' development at the Hyatt Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.
In 2011 Foxtel signed Deborah to host a series of programing initiatives for the highly successful Bio Channel and recently announced an extended role hosting The Foxtel Movie Show on Arena.
In 2012 Deborah founded an ambitious project to help women find balance in their life. Facing 50 and the shock of being diagnosed with a serious skin cancer, Deborah spent more than a year assessing and redefining herself and realised along the way, women not only needed help but also wanted to talk about it.
'Balance by Deborah Hutton' is an on-line community designed to help women connect with coaches and experts who offer practical advice towards living a happier and more successful life.
Editor, MediaweekStarting in magazines as a freelance music writer, James Manning was the launch editor of Smash Hits Australia in 1984 for Fairfax Magazines. After launching in Melbourne, Fairfax later relocated the title to Sydney bringing James with it. After Fairfax broke up its magazine division, Mason Stewart publishing acquired Smash Hits and its staff with James continuing to edit Smash Hits and a number of spin-off titles. He later ran an editorial photo agency before taking over Mediaweek newsletter from the magazines' founder Philip Luker. Now in his 14th year at Mediaweek, James has seen the weekly expand to a weekly colour magazine, a daily digital newsletter The Mediaweek Morning Report, weekly audio podcasts with industry leaders and a weekly TV show on the Sky News Business channel hosted by James and Bridie Barry.
Phil Scott is the former managing director and publishing director of ACP Magazines.
A long time journalist and editor he cut his teeth on newspapers with the Sydney Morning Herald before doing stints as a TV scriptwriter and indulging his passion for fast cars with a brief stint learning how the auto industry really worked.
He may be the only journo who worked for both Fairfax and the Packers, simultaneously, for nearly two decades, winning numerous awards and a Walkley nomination. He edited several magazines for ACP, notably Wheels, driving major spikes in circulation, before returning to Fairfax in the mid-90s. There he played a key part in the roll out of colour technology and the launch of brand names like Drive and Domain, in print and on line. He returned to ACP in 2002 as publisher of men's magazines but took on the specialist and custom division in 2004 and was subsequently appointed publishing director of the company. Later, in the dying days of private equity ownership in 2010 , he was appointed managing director. On his watch ACP won a bundle of industry awards. He retired as MD in favour of a quiet life in the country in 2012, with a reputation as a keen judge of quality . These days he talks to his Angus steers (which he says make more sense than management consultants) and advises custom media clients.
Author, Blogger & Wellness Coach
Sarah Wilson is a NYT best-selling author, blogger and wellness coach whose journalism career has spanned 20 years, across television, radio, magazines, newspapers and online. She's the former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and was the host of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest rating show in Australian TV history.
Sarah is an adept social commentator, following a career that's spanned politics, health advocacy, restaurant reviewing, opinion writing and trend forecasting. She's also a qualified health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York.
Sarah is the author of the Australian and UK best-sellers I Quit Sugar and I Quit Sugar For Life. I Quit Sugar was released in the USA and Canada April 2014 and is a NYT best seller. Sarah has also authored the best-selling series of ebooks from IQuitSugar.com. Her 8-Week Program has seen more than 300,000 people quit sugar.
Sarah blogs at sarahwilson.com, lives in Sydney, rides a bike everywhere and when asked what her hobbies are cites 'bush hiking', planning her next meal and being fascinated by other people with real hobbies.