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I am Chris Wheal, known on Twitter and elsewhere as Whealie.

I have just set up my own website about motorcycle finance – the-zebra.com. It comes with a free phone app.

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).

Early starts

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 6 am and 8am.

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.

Outside work

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.

I am a big family man and spend a lot of time cooking meals at home and getting involved with my kids’ schools and clubs. I like vegetarian cooking, fine wine and real ale.

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