About the Authors
Paul is Executive Director of Relationships Forum Australia. He has 18 years of international
senior management experience. From 1987 to 1999, he worked with The Boston Consulting Group
where his clients included some of the region's most significant consumer businesses, including
leaders in the areas of retailing, banking, telecommunications and travel. He served as the managing
partner of BCG's Auckland office in 1997 and 1998. From 1999 to 2001, Paul served as Group
General Manager e-Commerce for Qantas Airways.
Today, Paul lives in Sydney with his wife, Alison, and two daughters, Rebecca and Natasha. He is
an executive director of an Internet-based travel business, Jetabroad, and works in his local
community through his church. Paul also enjoys writing, playing and recording music.
Dr Michael Schluter
Michael is Chief Executive of Relationships Foundation based in Cambridge, UK. He trained as an
economist before working as a research fellow with the International Food Policy Research Institute
and a consultant for the World Bank in East Africa.
In 1982 Michael established the Jubilee Centre, a Christian think tank focusing on social and
economic issues. In 1994, he launched Relationships Foundation, and through this has been
instrumental in setting up two further charities, one to tackle urban unemployment (Citylife), and
the other for high-level peace initiatives (Concordis International). He is co-author of The R Factor and The R Option and has contributed to numerous other books looking at social issues and public
policy from a relational perspective.
John Ashcroft is Research Director of Relationships Foundation and specialises in public service
reform. He leads the Foundationís work on assessing and developing relationships, and on the
development of relational thinking as a policy agenda. He has co-authored and contributed to
several books including Relationships in the NHS (Royal Society of Medicine Press 2000), Trust in
Experience (Radcliffe 2001), The Case for Inter-professional Collaboration (Blackwell 2005) and
Jubilee Manifesto (IVP 2006).
Dr Bill Hurditch
Bill is Vice-Chairman of Relationships Forum Australia, and is a principal and director of The Fifth
Estate, a Sydney-based consultancy firm. His business interests include strategic development and
issues management for businesses in the natural resources and environmental services sectors. He
acts in an advisory role for a number of major Australian companies. In 1990 and 1991, he was a
visiting scientist at Oxford University where he taught ecology and resource management. He was
Executive Director of the NSW Chamber of Mines from 1993 to 1995, and Executive Director of
the NSW Forest Products Association for the 10 years prior to that.
Bill is married with three young-adult children, and lives in Sydney.
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