I am Chris Wheal, known on Twitter and elsewhere as Whealie.
I am an award-winning freelance journalist, editor, trainer and consultant – most recently 2008 British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) business journalist of the year.
I run my own business, Wheal Associates, with my wife, Kate. We write and edit for a range of publishing companies and we produce magazines for small professional membership organisations, including the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
I am a regular blogger on finance for AOL Money. In May 2012 I finished a 10-month stint as acting news editor (maternity cover) on insurance title Post Magazine, starting at 8am, three days a week. For two years I wrote Insurance Times’ early morning news between 6amand 8am.
I am currently setting up my own website about motorcycle finance – the-zebra.com.
I provide media training to commercial companies and train journalists and others in writing and online skills.
I chair the NUJ’s Professional Training Committee (ProfCom) and the union’s charity NUJ Extra.
When I am not working I am a moderator of the xrv.org.uk forum for adventure motorcyclists. I ride two 1991 Honda Africa Twins (the XRV-750); one of them, for off-roading, is painted like a zebra. I recently sold a Suzuki DR350 and bought a Honda XR 125 so the kids can ride it.
I am a vice-president (VP) at Charlton Park RFC.