- Stephen Mayne is a Walkley Award winning journalist who for almost 10 years worked as a reporter, business editor, gossip columnist and chief of staff for newspapers including The Herald Sun, The Age, The Daily Telegraph and The Australian Financial Review.
- Stephen launched www.crikey.com.au in February 2000 right at the top of the dotcom boom.
- After many battles, including the loss of his home in a defamation battle, Crikey was sold in March 2005 to Eric Beecher and Di Gribble for $1 million.
- Crikey is now Australia's best known independent ezine with 15,000 paying subscribers for the daily email and more than 1.5 million page views on its website each month.
- These days Stephen is a humble Crikey contributor who is also pursuing shareholder activism through his new corporate governance ezine and videoblog, www.maynereport.com.
- As Australia's best known shareholder activist, Stephen claims to have "the world's biggest small share portfolio" with tiny investments in more than 500 Australian companies.
- In 2008 Stephen ran for and one a council seat in the Manningham City Council Elections.
- Stephen is an entertaining after dinner speaker or someone with a serious message on corporate, media and political issues.
- Corporate governance
- Shareholder activism
- Ethics, transparency and conflict of interest
- Corporate social responsibility
- Political reform and innovation
- Local government
- Public relations
- Gambling reform
- Journalism and the media
- Internet entrepreneurialism
Stephen, your keynote address at our Annual Reunion Dinner was simply fantastic. You had 200 people totally tuned in for the best part of an hour. You tailored your material to suit the market, you had fun with the audience, took questions, enjoyed a few laughs, you won a few arguments and also took a few blows and loved every minute of it. And your willingness to be on your feet for that length of time was first class. It was a superb effort. Thanks again.
University of Melbourne Commerce Alumni Society
Excellent. Stephen worked hard to make his session relevant and highly stimulating for a tough, discerning audience - CFOs of foreign-owned companies. From the steady stream of questions, he succeeded on both counts. It was clear that he'd put a lot of thought into the issue - often overlooked by the media - of the major contribution foreign companies make to the Australian economy, and the quality of and challenges for Australian management. A good, thought-provoking session.
International Management Australia
The introduction promised a provocative and entertaining experience and I am delighted to say you delivered with aplomb. A number of members have indicated that yours was one of the most interesting addresses we have had at Rotary this year.
Melbourne Rotary Club
At the conference, the feedback from our delegates on Stephen’s address was outstanding! Their comments included: Excellent; Very funny engaging presenter delivering valuable message to us at the same time; Great insight of how council PR can make media work for them; Dynamic; Great opener; Interesting and entertaining speaker - set the tone for the conference.
Local Government Public Relations Association, February 2009
We've had very positive feedback from attendees regarding Stephen’s speech with many requesting a copy of the presentation.
Australian Economic Forum
Demonstrated an amazing level of research into our very specialised industry
Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association