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The Australian public may 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 after 8 years of being the Editor-in-chief of Belle magazine.
Since arriving in Australia from London in 1999, Neale has enjoyed an impressive career as one of Australia’s foremost style gurus and has become a respected media personality along the way.
London-born Neale started his career in the office of legendary British PR guru Lynne Franks (on whom the character of Eddi in ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ was based). 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 was praised internationally and 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.
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 the Stellar Magazine, the new Sunday Life, which features in the Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Herald Sun (VIC) and Sunday Mail (QLD).
In 2009, Neale appeared on the judging panel on‘homeMADE’ providing feedback to the young interior designers. Neale’s frank honesty, warm humour and British eccentricities charmed audiences, and the following year he was invited to be an expert judge on the hugely successful renovation reality series, ‘The Block’. Now in it’s 11th season, Neale returns for another series in 2017.
2017 Neale will co host with Selling Australia’s property guru, Andrew Winter, Foxtel’s successful ‘Love It Or List It’.