James Chessell


James Chessell joined Bespoke Approach as a partner in January 2024 after more than two decades working at the highest levels of media and government.

James was previously Managing Director of Nine Entertainment’s Publishing division, with responsibility for the operational and commercial performance of The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Brisbane and WAToday.

A Walkley Award and Citi Journalism Award-winner, James’ experience as a reporter, columnist and senior editor and senior editor at the country’s leading mastheads including The Australian, The AFR and Nine’s metro titles, where he worked as Group Executive Editor for three-and-a-half years.

James was a political adviser in the Howard Government from 2006-07, working in the Human Services and Employment & Workplace Relations portfolios. He has sat on numerous boards including newswire AAP, publishing industry body ThinkNewsBrands and the Art Gallery of NSW President’s Council.

James has an economics degree from Australian National University and is a keen cyclist.

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