Wheal has carved out a niche in writing about finance, mainly the insurance
industry, business and public sector finance. Chris has edited two weekly
magazines, Insurance Times and Property People, plus monthly Service Management.
was involved in the launch of The Guardian's Society Finance page in January
1998 and has provided articles since then. (click on it to read Poll tax is
He was the 1999 British Insurance Brokers' Association broadsheet journalist of the year for an article in the Guardian on council insurance. And in July 2003 was named the BIBA tabloid journalist of the year for 2002 for an article in Choice magazine. In 2007 he was highly commended in the BIBA trade press category for an article in Insurance Times about household insurance. And in 2008 Chris was named BIBA's buiness journalist of the year for an article in Healthcare Finance about Foundation Trust insurance.
In 2002 Chris began a series analysing the impact of London's first directly elected mayor, Ken Livingstone, giving Ken the right of reply in an interview. He has written a number of articles for Time Out since then, including his prediction that the Olympics would cost too much.
Chris has contributed to major financial titles such as Accountancy Age and Public Finance, has written about pensions for Growing Business magazine and PLC Director. He has also written on personal finance for the Mail on Sunday and for consumer magazines such as Choice. He has worked on pensions magazine Engaged Investor.
For three years he edited a monthly celebrity interview column for Local Government Chronicle in which he asked famous people about their local council. This led to a feature in the Guardian in March 2003 headlined Infamous delivery (right).
Chris has also provided general insurance industry news for financial services contract-publishing companies, in-house newspapers and trade associations' newsletters. He has also ghost-written a number of articles for PR companies.
Chris was a regular contributor to Winning Business Strategies - a book published on behalf of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales - and has written chapters of guides for the Institute of Directors.
examples of Chris's work:
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