Our editorial charter

Our editorial team aims to put consumers first by producing free content that simplifies the world of finance and empowers our readers to make more informed decisions about their financial future.

  • endeavour to be a quality source of finance content. We aim to be accurate, clear and to provide consumers with the full picture. We ensure opinion is clearly marked as such, and we offer companies and individuals a right of reply where appropriate.
  • celebrate journalistic best practice. We only use reputable sources and ensure all work is peer-reviewed. We aim to be error-free, and ensure inaccuracies are corrected quickly. We have high standards when it comes to seeking the truth – whether this be through verifying data or securing our own interviews where appropriate.
  • keep our readers at the heart of our work by ensuring we are free from commercial or political influence.
  • aim to inform and inspire wider discussion on the finance topics that matter through responsible, fact-based journalism.
  • try to showcase a wide range of opinions and don’t shy away from exploring conflicting views.

Nina Tovey


As Canstar’s Editor-in-Chief, Nina heads up a team of talented SEO experts and journalists committed to helping empower consumers to take greater control of their finances. Previously Nina founded her own agency where she provided content and communications support to clients around Australia for almost 10 years. She also spent four years working in the Corporate Affairs team for a multinational financial services corporation, and has also worked in a senior role at a communications agency where she supported dozens of clients, including a leading industry super fund. When she’s not dreaming up ways to put a fresh spin on finance, she’s taking her own advice by trying to pay her house off as quickly as possible and raising two money-savvy kids.

Nina has a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English Literature from the University of Queensland. You can follow her on Instagram or twitter.

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Effie Zahos


Effie Zahos CanstarCanstar’s Editor-at-Large, Effie Zahos, has more than two decades of experience helping Aussies make the most of their money. Passionate about financial literacy, her goal is to help consumers gain a better understanding of their finances.

Prior to joining Canstar Effie was the editor of Money magazine, having helped establish it in 1999 after a two year stint as head researcher of Channel Nine’s Money Show.

As one of Australia’s leading personal finance commentators she has a knack for making money matters simple and is part of the lineup of financial spokespeople at Canstar.

Effie is also the author of a children’s financial literacy book, The Great $20 Adventure, and A Real Girl’s Guide to Money: From Converse to Louboutins.

Effie sits on the board of directors for Ecstra, a not-for-profit organisation committed to building the financial capability of all Australians within a fair financial system.

She holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree from the University of Queensland.

Effie also the proud mother of two reformed spenders. An avid podcast listener, Effie says her greatest fear is retiring in a polyester outfit and drinking cask wine. You can follow her on twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.

Maria Bekiaris

Editorial Campaigns Manager

Maria Bekiaris CanstarAs Editorial Campaigns Manager Maria Bekiaris is responsible for leading a series of new projects designed to connect Canstar with new audiences, and campaigns to help educate consumers so they can take greater control of their money.

Maria was formerly Deputy Editor of Money magazine, a brand she worked on for 18 years having started as a writer and researcher in 2001. She is also editor of the book A Real Girl’s Guide to Money written by Canstar’s Editor-At-Large Effie Zahos, who she also worked with at Money magazine. Maria has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney.

Maria loves a good book and has recently discovered her crafty side experimenting with resin art. She is also the proud mum of two budding entrepreneurs who have been known to busk, run a lemonade stand and now have their sights set on YouTube success.

Petrina Berry

Senior Finance Journalist

Petrina Berry is a Senior Finance Journalist at Canstar. With over 16 years as a reporter to her name, she is one of Canstar’s most experienced writers, specialising in finance news, property, super, insurance and financial markets. Petrina has previously written for the Australian Associated Press (AAP), News Corp Australia, and The North West Star in Mount Isa. She has experience covering the courts, as well as state and federal politics. She even spent some time in London covering, amongst other things, the Royals. Prior to going on maternity leave, Petrina oversaw the editorial team’s news output, delivering breaking finance stories to readers.

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Sean Callery

Finance Editor

Sean Callery is Finance Editor at Canstar. His team covers just about every finance topic under the sun, but mainly superannuation, banking and insurance. He’s passionate about financial literacy and translating finance-ese into simple language that anyone can understand. Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in Creative Advertising, Sean has accumulated more than a decade of experience in communications roles in Australia, the UK and Ireland – across finance, banking, consumer and legal affairs, and more. Before joining Canstar, he was responsible for content at one of Australia’s biggest member-owned financial institutions. Outside of the day job, Sean loves reading, running, listening to podcasts, and his dog – he particularly loves his dog.

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Amanda Horswill

Senior Finance Journalist

Amanda-Horswill-CanstarA journalist for more than two decades, Amanda Horswill has covered a gamut of subjects, including property, lifestyle, hyper-local news, data journalism, the Arts and careers. She’s served as the Editor of Brisbane News, Deputy Features Editor for The Sunday Mail, Deputy Editor – Digital at Quest Community News, and a host of other senior positions at News Corp, prior to joining Australia’s biggest financial comparison website, Canstar.  

Amanda is fascinated with the ever-changing world of finance. A passionate believer in the motto “knowledge is power”, she strives to translate the news into practical information that will help readers make informed decisions about their future. When not analysing the latest economic news, Amanda can be found pouring over local property listings, searching for her next renovation project.  

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Ellie McLachlan

Senior Finance Journalist

Ellie-McLachlan-CanstarEllie McLachlan is a Senior Finance Journalist within the Editorial team at Canstar, responsible for leading the news function for the business. She specialises in covering all things home loans and housing, breaking finance industry news and monitoring financial product movements. Ellie has a keen interest in analysing data and research, and is passionate about sharing people’s personal experiences with managing money. Ellie studied a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts (Peace and Conflict Studies) at UQ and has dipped her toe in digital, broadcast and print media, including at organisations such as The Urban List, The Courier Mail, 4ZZZ and APN News & Media.

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Shay Waraker

Senior Content Manager

Shay Waraker

With a Bachelor of Journalism under her belt, Shay has lived and breathed content for over a decade, including public relations and copywriting both in Australia and the UK. Today, she manages a team responsible for preparing engaging finance content for Canstar including our series of guides and securing contributed articles from external experts, as well as looking for the next content opportunity to help empower people to take control of their money.

Shay is acknowledged by friends and family as being on the frugal side, a disposition that makes her passionate about helping Australians better manage their personal finances. You can find her trawling recent news, speaking with contributors or brainstorming ways to simplify financial topics in a quest to make personal finance the new black. You will also find her in the lunch room, because, well, she’s frugal and packs her own lunch.


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Jacqueline Belesky


With a passion for sharing content that is accurate and engaging, Jacqui supports our editorial team to ensure our financial articles are informative and relevant. She brings over 15 years of experience in corporate communications, media and publishing. Jacqui was previously a Global Content and Media Manager for ABB in the UK and Oslo, Norway, and has worked in Australia as a journalist for News Corp and editor for the Queensland Government, John Wiley & Sons and The University of Queensland.

She holds a Bachelor of Journalism (Distinction) from Queensland University of Technology and postgraduate qualifications in Writing, Editing and Publishing from UQ. Jacqui’s fascination with content started in her childhood, when she’d read a book a day sometimes just for the fun of it.

Tom Letts


Tom-Letts-CanstarAs a Sub-editor at Canstar, Tom strives to help the team communicate its wealth of finance knowledge to the world in a way that is engaging, informative and accurate. A qualified lawyer, Tom seeks to make sure consumers get the full picture on a range of money matters.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts (French and International Relations) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from UQ, and previously spent around six years working as a quality assurance manager at a global transcription company. In his downtime, Tom enjoys learning languages, planning holidays and following election coverage. 

Elise Donaldson

Finance Journalist

As a finance journalist in the Editorial team at Canstar, Elise spends her time preparing engaging finance content, working closely with contributors, writing articles in the insurance space and reporting on industry trends. With degrees in Journalism and Drama and a Graduate Diploma in Education (senior years), she has a thirst for educating the everyday Aussie by breaking down complex finance speak into easy-to-grasp content. Elise has experience at a leading Australian news service writing breaking news stories across digital and print media, and has had her work published in The Courier Mail, Brisbane Times, News.com.au and The Australian. When she’s not typing away at the keyboard or hunting down new story ideas, Elise enjoys immersing herself in the arts and playing sport.

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James Hurwood

Finance Journalist

james hurwood profile uncroppedJames Hurwood is a Finance Journalist at Canstar and has a wealth of experience when it comes to unpacking and explaining the minutiae of personal finance. He started at Canstar in 2013 as a student while completing a Bachelor of Journalism majoring in Media & Communications at QUT and has since transitioned into a full-time writer. He has a particular passion for the subject of superannuation and is ‘invested’ in making it as engaging and accessible a topic as possible for Australians of all ages, but particularly other young people. James is currently saving for his first home, and spends much of his spare time hitting either drums or boxing bags.

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Tamika Seeto

Finance Journalist

Tamika Seeto is a Graduate Journalist at Canstar. She joined the team after completing a Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at QUT, and has past experience writing for a variety of publications across news, music and the arts. At Canstar, Tamika’s writing mainly tackles superannuation and insurance, but she also covers everything from politics to ethical investment to roundups of the latest money-making apps worth downloading. Tamika understands the world of finance can seem daunting at times, so she strives to break it down in a way that is relatable and easy to understand.

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Eliza Parry-Okeden

Editorial Intern

Eliza is an Editorial Intern at Canstar and writes on a variety of topics relating to personal finance, insurance, property and more. She’s currently in the home stretch of a double degree in Law and Media and Communications at QUT. While once-upon-a-time she considered herself allergic to all things related to money, Eliza has proven adept at tackling even the most complex of financial topics and making them relatable to readers. She’s been able to learn a thing or two about her own finances too, and aims to encourage other young people to take charge of their finances – or at least to consume smashed avo responsibly.

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Get in touch

If you’d like to contact us with a tip or story idea, email us at editorial@canstar.com.au

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