THE TRAVEL DAILY TEAM
Travel Daily was started in 1994 by Mike Heard, who wanted to create the most reliable and up to date travel news publication available. Distributed by fax every day, TD was a hit, and quickly gained a reputation for being first with the news. Looking to retire, Mike turned to his friends Bruce and Jenny to continue to grow his legacy into something great. From that one man operation, Travel Daily has grown into what it is today, with a small team of dedicated professionals, ensuring that we are first with the news.
Bruce and Jenny Piper both changed careers completely when they bought Travel Daily in 2004. Risking it all to continue to make Travel Daily the most timely and accurate travel news publication in the market!
Over the last decade Bruce and Jenny have grown Travel Daily to hold a significant place in the Australian travel publishing scene, and are proud of TD’s reputation for accurate and timely reporting – as well as providing something to smile about each day.
Travel Daily is produced each day by a dedicated team of experienced professionals.
Our aim is to be first with the news, bringing the travel industry all of the relevant information they need, as well as providing an entertaining and edifying read.
Travel Daily’s dedicated staff include:
Bruce Piper: Editor in Chief and Publisher
Bruce is our Editor in Chief here at BPG, which means that he has the final say over all of our publications. Since taking charge of Travel Daily with his wife Jenny, Bruce has loved every second of his job. From travelling the world to meeting the fantastic people of the travel industry, or breaking a juicy story, there’s never a dull moment in his job. He’s proud of his more than 20 years as an electrical engineer but thinks the travel industry is a lot more fun!
Bruce loves writing the Window Seat column, writing quirky photo captions and fiddling with computers, and when he’s not working enjoys spending time with their three teenage children as well as being involved with his local church.
Jenny Piper: Business Manager
Jenny’s role involves the administration of the business, including all the accounting; but she is involved in so many aspects of the business it’s hard to put her in just one box! Having come from the pharmaceutical industry Jenny finds the travel industry much more fun. The people in the industry are great – they are enthusiastic and excited about what they do and that’s contagious. The best part of coming to work is working with the team. The family atmosphere means that its always a lot of fun!
Outside of work spending time with the family is Jenny’s greatest delight, though she is lucky (or unlucky) to have some of her kids working with her. Despite working in the industry for more than a decade, thare are still plenty of places she wants to visit. But for her nothing compares to the beautiful Jervis Bay in the South Coast of NSW!
Pictured: Bruce and Jenny enjoying a quick trip to Melbourne.
Christian Schweitzer- General Manager
Christian is our fantastic general manager, and he spends his time utilizing strategies, assets and policies to best achieve shareholder objectives, making sure we get the most out of the business. With more than 20 years experience across sales, marketing and customer service in a variety of sectors, as well as an MBA, he’s more than qualified to deal with any challenges he might face during the day to day operations of the business.
While he loves continually learning, connecting with industry peers and of course dealing with TD’s talented staff; his absolute priority is his young family. If he ever gets the chance Christian loves to watch the F1 or football from his armchair, with a Leffe Blond beer in hand.
Jon Murrie: Managing Editor
Jon is our dedicated managing editor. In his role he takes charge of making sure that Travel Daily, as well as all of our other titles get out in a timely and reliable fashion. He thinks that, if you can’t travel year-round, the next best thing is to be immersed in the machinations of the travel industry on a daily basis; he also loves working with a fantastic team of writers here at BPG.
Prior to working at TD, Jon worked in travel media for over 20 years, first as a reporter in the UK, and later as a PR consultant with a Sydney-based travel specialist. Before all of that he started his career in daily newspapers, working with News Ltd in Sydney, Adelaide and London. Outside work, Jon loves to explore the restaurants and bars in his neighborhood, keep his garden as green as possible or patrol the local parks with his small brown spaniel. That is of course when he’s not travelling
Jasmine O’Donoghue: Editor
As well as being an essential part of our editorial team working across the BPG stable of publications, Jasmine is also the editor of Travel Daily. Before working here, Jasmine worked in a number of editorial roles in news and hospitality, but to her nothing compares to the buzz of jumping on board and exploring a cruise ship, or the passionate members of the industry that she gets to share it with!
Her job has taken her to all sorts of places around the world, including the inaugural sailing of Uniworld’s Joie de Vivre, but she’d love to explore Japan or the Galapagos Islands next. When she’s not at work, you’ll usually find Jas catching up with friends and family, usually over a good meal!
Adam Bishop: Journalist
Adam is one of our devoted journalists, working across all of the Business Publishing Group’s publications, and he loves the collaborative environment we work in! Adam studied journalism and is in the process of completing a masters in counter terrorism of all things!
Before landing here at BPG Adam worked in the business intelligence and tech space, providing news to the advertising industry, but he much prefers the excitement of travel. Outside work you’ll find Adam spending time at the beach or watching the Sydney Roosters.
Sarah Fairburn: Journalist
Sarah is another wordsmith! Working across our travel titles, she has a love of what she writes, although her background is in journalism for the drinks and hospitality industry, as well as working in PR and marketing, she loves to continue to learn the intricacies of the travel industry!
Sarah is a passionate writer, so when she’s not chasing the latest scoop you’ll find her reading and writing at home with a glass of Riesling. That is, when she’s not too busy chasing after her energetic three and six year old boys. After travelling France for the world cup in 2007, she can’t wait to go back, or else she’d love to take a cruise through the beautiful Canadian and Alaskan Fjords.
Anastasia Prikhodko: Journalist
Anastasia rounds out the Travel publications team of journalists. Her job involves sourcing writing and editing the daily news across the BPG suite of publications. Apart from the travelling, eating and meeting interesting people Anna loves that the travel industry is constantly evolving, and that she’s constantly learning.
Prior to finding herself at TD Anastasia spent a while travelling Europe, mostly backpacking and volunteering, but that was only after living in Amsterdam, and working for magazines based in NZ, the UK and USA. Now she’s back in the AU and spends her weekends active, running and bush walking, as well as planning for future trips… She’s seen so much of the world but is not yet finished, with the Trans-Siberian Railway next on the bucket list.
Mal Smith: Reporter
Mal is a reporter for Pharmacy Daily, with a sales and marketing background in the pharmaceutical industry, who manages the Health, Beauty and New Products section featured every week. Mal also manages Pharmacy Daily’s social media accounts, uploading new stories to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, so you can blame the bad puns on him.
Sean Harrigan: Sales and Marketing Manager
Sean is Head of Sales and Marketing here at BPG. This means he looks after the team that is responsible for putting together each of our publications. He also deals with our trade partners assisting with developing their advertising and marketing activities across the year. Sea loves working with such a wide variety of clients; because we cover all sectors of the ever-changing industry, there’s always something new and exciting to work on.
Before joining us here at Travel Daily, Sean worked as Sales and Marketing Director at Disney Destinations Australia/NZ, an experience he describes as magical. Outside of work, Sean enjoy’s spending time with family, however with his kids getting older now, he’s spending a lot more time with his wife only! Being in the industry, he of course loves to travel, and is looking forward to visiting some of the destinations they have ‘put off’ whilst the kids were at school.
Lisa Martin: Advertising Coordinator
Lisa is our advertising co-coordinator, this means she looks after all of the advertising in Travel Daily, this includes booking ads, as well as finding solutions for any advertising queries or needs. Lisa was a stay at home mum for many years but back in 2005 she joined the business as the first staff member with Bruce and Jenny. Since then she has played a huge part in the growth of the business, building it into the best publication in the industry, something which she loves and is extremely proud of!
Outside of work Lisa spends her time with family and catching up with friends, otherwise you’ll find her out on the boat enjoying the beautiful NSW central coast! Hopefully Lisa will continue to travel in the coming years; Switzerland is somewhere she would love to visit!
Sarah Beyer: Editorial and Production Coordinator
Sarah’s job is editorial and production coordinator for travelBulletin, which sounds fancy but it basically means she’s in charge of making sure that all the little pieces that make up the magazine get done, she also wears the graphic design hat for all of our publications. Sarah loves the variety of her job, always having to adapt to new challenges.
Having studied ancient history and briefly working as an archaeologist, Sarah never expected to be working in such a creative role, but she absolutely loves it. Outside work you’ll catch Sarah and her husband enjoying a bushwalk, or a glass of wine with friends. Sarah’s passion for travel makes her job all the more exiting, and one day she’d love to have visited every national park in America!
Melanie Tchakmadjian: Sales, Production & Marketing Executive
Mel looks after all of the advertising requests for three of the BPG publications (PD, CW, BEN), as well as organising the production of each issue and reporting to our advertising partners and making sure our product is up to standard! Mel’s favourite part of the job is the diversity of it, working with three publications means that she gets to work with a lot of different people from various industries- every day is different!
Mel has been in the travel industry for a little while now, after completing a gap year and then her studies in marketing, she began working in travel, holding roles at players such as Globus, Cosmos, and Helloworld Travel before finding herself here at the Business Publishing Group! Outside of work, Mel spends most of her time with her two little angels (most of the time at least!) or else travelling and exploring Sydney’s foodie scene!
Rowena Rodgers: Office Administrator
Rowena is our devoted office administrator, doing all sorts of administrative duties to assist the editorial, advertising and admin staff. In her job no two days are the same, but she loves the travel industry for this, and being reminded of what a big world we live in and how much there is to see and do. One day she hopes to go back to Europe and stay in Italy for an extended period of time.
Earlier in her career Ro was a qualified hairdresser, but since moving over to Sydney from NZ, she has worked in a mix of office administrative roles which she has worked in and around raising a family. Two daughters keep her pretty busy, but when she can, Rowena loves to read, walk and catch up with friends!
Lisa Maroun: National Sales Manager for travelBulletin
Lisa works closely with industry suppliers to promote their business and offers to the travel trade industry. Planning annual campaigns and brainstorming new and unique ideas is the best part of the job for Lisa; but she adores working with the friendly people of the travel industry promoting exciting destinations and products that will attribute to someone’s holiday experience. After completing a Business degree, Lisa has worked in a variety of roles with in the travel industry, including a stint with Travel Daily of course!
Outside of work, Lisa loves going to Rugby League matches and supporting the Parramatta Eels, going to the gym, spending quality time with friends and family and volunteering at Ronald McDonald House Westmead. Lisa has been fortunate enough to visit many countries with work but there isn’t one specific place she would call her best. Each place is special in it’s own way, whether it be because of the people, culture, or attractions.
Ben Piper: Marketing Assistant
Ben’s role is to assist the Marketing team with anything they need doing; this means that his job changes day to day, but he mostly works on our social media, and any special or up coming projects we are working on.
When he’s not at work, Ben is at Uni, studying Digital and Social media. For someone his age, he has been blessed to see a lot of the world, particularly Europe where he backpacked with friends. With any free time he has, Ben likes to go to the beach or hang out with friends.