Executive team

Our team includes some of the most experienced and successful publishing industry executives in the country.


Alex Whitlock

Director and Group Publisher

Alex is a veteran in mortgage and financial services publishing. Following several years working in the publishing sector in Hong Kong with titles such as the Far East Economic Review, Alex launched Australia’s first independent mortgage industry magazine in 2001 and has since successfully launched and published a number of other successful titles.


Blair Dods

Head of Digital

Blair has worked in the online industry since graduating from university with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in marketing in the late '90s. In New Zealand, Blair established several online businesses and also worked for many of NZ’s leading media companies in marketing, product development and management roles.


Jim Hall

Head of Mortgages and Real Estate

Jim has been involved with publishing for the mortgage and finance broking industry for over 10 years. He has a deep passion for the broking industry and with The Adviser’s strong brand and influence he has enjoyed leading a team that is not just a publisher of magazines but a stakeholder in the industry itself.

Lawrence Lau

Lawrence Lau

Head of Operations

Lawrence joined Sterling in 2010 with years of experience gained working in senior positions with international corporations, and SMEs in a management, finance and accounting capacity. Lawrence has an undergraduate degree in information technology, an MBA plus a M.Prof.Acct; he is also currently completing a post-graduate law degree


Phillip Tarrant

Director and Managing Editor

Phillip is a media professional and has amassed over 12 years’ experience reporting on the mortgage, financial services, investment and property markets, Phillip sits on the Board of Publishers Australia, as well as on the Board of the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA). Phillip holds bachelor and masters degrees in political science and international relations.


Russell Stephenson

Head of Wealth

Russell has garnered a wealth of knowledge and experience on all aspects of publishing working across a range of titles and platforms. With more than 10 years of publishing experience in the Australian real estate and financial markets, Russell is an invaluable member of the Sterling Publishing team and is the current publisher of the business' financial services titles.

Click below to meet the teams behind the brands:

Fintech Business
First Property Buyer
Investor Daily
Lawyers Weekly
Mortgage Business
Real Estate Business
Residential Property Manager
Risk Adviser
Smart Property Investment
SMSF Adviser
The Adviser
Which Investment Property

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