Alistair McCaskill

Alistair McCaskill

“Variety is the spice of life” seems to be the guiding motto of my professional life. It began in medical research and soon after completing my PhD I joined the immunodiagnostics team at ICI Australia. Over the following 14 years I managed to keep one foot in the lab while also being involved in quality systems implementation, product technical support and B2B sales, mostly to the US and Western Europe. For the last two years in the industry I was a director of a small biological reagents company I helped to establish, then an interest in investment spurred the move into financial planning.

I spent five years on the advisory side of financial planning, completing a DFP and qualifying as a Certified Financial Planner. This was followed by several years as, amongst other things, a workshop facilitator for most of the subjects making up the Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning). It was during this period that I began writing for Financial Writers Australia.

More recently I spent some time in a senior management role for a solar power company, and for several years have been Managing Director of a digital marketing agency. I also created and continue to edit The Switch Report, a web-based magazine focusing on sustainable businesses and environmental issues.

A common thread that has run through all my careers has been a love of writing. English was a favourite subject in the senior years in high school, though my Man Booker-prize winning novel hasn’t made it onto paper yet. Instead I’ve written scientific papers, technical manuals, website content, financial plans, and articles on topics ranging from superannuation to recycling cigarette butts and dirty nappies. I still (occasionally) find time to write for the pure pleasure of it when not exploring further career moves.


  • Diploma of Financial Planning – Financial Planning Association (2000)
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP) – Financial Planning Association (retired)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) – University of Melbourne (1980)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Immunology) – University of Melbourne (1985)
  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (2004)

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