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We’re shaped by what we read; at home, in our world views and in our careers. In this series the Wheeler Centre and ABC Radio National’s ‘The Book Show’ aim to uncover those links between work and words.

This special edition of Reading on Vocation will be presented by broadcaster Peter Mares.



Peter Mares

Peter Mares is lead moderator with The Cranlana Programme, an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to developing the ethical decision-making skills of Australia’s leaders. Peter is also contributing editor at Inside Story magazine and adjunct fellow at Swinburne University’s Centr... Read more

Evan Thornley

Evan Thornley is the CEO of Better Place. Thornley’s involvement with a Better Place Australia aims to get electric cars rolling in Australia. Before this Evan served in the Victorian Parliament. He and his wife also left their mark on Silicon Valley with a startup company LookSmart. He is the Nat... Read more

Andrew Penn

He has been Group Chief Executive Officer at AXA Asia Pacific Holdings since 2006 with a long association with AXA. He serves as Director of AllianceBernstein Australia Limited, AllianceBernstein New Zealand Limited, AXA-Minmetals, Bharti AXA Life and various AXA APH subsidiaries. He is always trave... Read more

Simon McKeon

Simon McKeon is executive chair of Macquarie Group Melbourne Office. McKeon been the executive chair of Macquarie Group’s Melbourne office and chair of Business for Millennium Development. Recently he was also appointed chair of the CSIRO. He was also a Patron for the United Nations Year of Microc... Read more


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