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The Australian public know Neale Whitaker as the stylish English judge on Nine’s smash hit renovation series ‘The Block’, but his knowledge and expertise come courtesy of his successful publishing career. Editor-in-chief of Belle magazine for 8 years, in 2014 Neale emerged as the new editor in chief for NewsLIfeMedia’s lifestyle brand, Vogue Living and also has taken on a role as a columnist for Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun and Courier Mail.
London-born Neale started his career in the office of legendary British PR guru Lynne Franks. After working as a fashion publicist and stylist, Neale took on publishing roles for high-profile retailers including Marks & Spencer and Ikea. Later, while working for publisher John Brown, he oversaw the launch of Food Illustrated magazine for upmarket British supermarket Waitrose. The magazine set new standards for food publishing in the UK.
In 1999, Neale moved to Sydney to take the helm of directional home and interior magazine, Marie Claire Lifestyle. His impeccable taste and professionalism won him many fans and he was kept busy with regular columns in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Living supplement, and articles for American Gourmet magazine. During his five years at FPC Magazines (now NewsLifeMedia) he edited Vogue Entertaining + Travel and launched best-selling food magazine delicious — the most successful magazine launch in the history of Australian publishing.