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Andrew Michael, founder, Money & Media

In a nutshell, I’m an experienced journalist, editor and digital publisher who has won several awards for financial journalism. I’ve been a reporter, news editor, features editor, and editor who has also launch-edited several magazines.

I’m very comfortable with words – whether that’s writing them (about 15,000,000 to date), editing them, or managing other writers to produce really good copy. I also write the On The Money blog about financial services media and the Swinley Bottom blog about horse racing (my second great passion, after finance).

As well as three decades as a journalist, I’ve also been the editor, then publisher (with P&L responsibility) of the Headlinemoney website. Headlinemoney is a long-established digital platform used extensively by thousands of the UK’s money media professionals, from financial journalists/editors to communications specialists and PRs. My contact book is enormous.

I’m a confident presenter who has hosted/chaired numerous seminars, roundtable panels and conference discussions. Between 2010 and 2020, I chaired the judging (involving 150 journalists) for the prestigious Headlinemoney Awards, the industry’s ‘Oscars’ for UK financial journalists.

I’ve written and edited guides/brochures for some of the UK’s best known financial services providers (including banks and investment companies) and been commissioned to write speeches for FTSE 100 CEOs. I currently work for the personal finance website Forbes Advisor UK, where part of my role is to oversee the content for ES Money, the Evening Standard’s online money section.

CV & journalism awards

2019 to date: Associate editor, Forbes Advisor UK & commissioning editor Evening Standard Money

I joined Forbes Advisor UK full-time at the end of 2019 covering a wide range of personal finance and consumer money matters. My responsibilities also extend to commissioning, editing and writing the Evening Standard’s online finance section, ES Money.

2013 to date: Founder, Money & Media

I created Money & Media as a calling card for my editorial services. It’s also a platform for my On The Money blog. Contributing editor to the Headlinemoney website. Author of the Swinley Bottom horse racing blog. My racing nom-de-plume is ‘Philippos’ and occasionally I also cover horse racing for The Gentleman’s Journal.

2007 – 2013: Publisher, editor, contributing editor, EMAP

Managed Headlinemoney’s twin editorial and commercial teams with P&L responsibility for the ‘website at the heart of financial services media’. Creator of numerous innovative events including masterclasses, roundtable dinners, speed networking initiatives, all with the aim of usefully bringing together the financial press with the financial services industry.

1999 – 2007: Freelance financial journalist

Personal finance/City/business coverage for a range of titles including: the Financial Times; The Times; The Mail on Sunday; Citywire; Shares magazine; Real Deals magazine. As well as writing about money matters I was also the freelance horse racing editor of the sports magazine Inside Edge between 2003 and 2007.

In 2000 I won the Venture Capital Journalist of the Year award for my work on Real Deals magazine.

1990 – 1999: Financial journalist and editor, Financial Times Group

Before going freelance in 1999 I worked for 10 years at the Financial Times Group in a range of roles including: editor-in-chief of the FTG’s asset management titles; launch editor of Pensions Week magazine; launch editor of European Pensions News; editor of Pensions Management magazine; assistant editor of Money Management magazine.

During this decade I won Pensions & Investment Journalist of the Year award twice (in 1990 and 1994) and separately was also Pensions Journalist of the Year in 1992 and Investment Journalist of the Year in 1995.

1988 – 1989: Financial journalist, the United Trade Press

Assistant editor of Pensions & Employee Benefits magazine, published by UTP, London, EC1.

Interviews and profiles

Freelancer in focus: Headlinemoney 3 April 2019

Q&A: Features Exec Media Database 19 November 2013

Money Talks: Headlinemoney 1 October 2013

Creative careers interview for the University of London, November 2011

Correspondent’s Week: Money Marketing 30 March 2006

Correspondent’s Week: Money Marketing 6 May 2004