Meet The Team
James has more than 25 years experience working in the media, as a print and digital journalist, and also started his own prime time TV show in his native New Zealand called Road to Athens. He’s been at this game so long, he learned to touch-type on a manual typewriter and miraculously even managed to pick up Teeline shorthand for note-taking, which he still uses to this day – the shorthand, that is, not the typewriter. When he’s not working on 50sowhat.com.au, you’ll find him on a golf course, running, or body-surfing somewhere along Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Jo has been in publishing for most of her working life. She was general manager of a successful boutique media publishing house & Sales/Marketing Director at New Idea Magazine in New Zealand for several years and boasts an impeccable sales, marketing and management background. When she’s not road-testing the latest cosmetic procedures, or investigating the hottest lifestyle, travel, fashion and beauty trends for over 45’s, Jo is often back home catching up with family and friends, or working on her golf swing! An avid animal rights advocate Jo supports the likes of The Orangutan Project, The Esther Honey Foundation in Rarotonga and many more. Jo has worked with our local community centre and been successful in obtaining grants to help those in our community that need it most, especially the mental health sector and has been instrumental in developing programs that help and support those most vulnerable. Jo is passionate about everyone being able to live their best midlife.
Kim is a transplanted Kiwi living in the U.S. and has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years, mostly in the Emergency Department. She has travelled extensively internationally, and when not working to fund her travels she can be found doing DIY projects, tending her chickens and trying to manage the weeds in her garden. She lives in a vibrant U.S. city near the beach which allows her to act like a tourist at home, enjoying the many microbreweries popping up, the wonderful restaurants offering local fare, and discovering new places to paddleboard. She is a recent university graduate, has a passion for healthcare education, and a long list of places yet to visit on her bucket list. She is discovering that life can be better in your 50’s, and that life is what you make it.
Justyna moved to Australia from her native Poland 10 years ago. An avid traveller she loves capturing moments, and is passionate (and extremely good) at photography. Honing her art with Billy Blue Design (one of Australia’s most prestigious design schools) you will often find her travelling the world (she is just about to climb base camp in the Himalayas) and is looking forward to sharing to her experience with us. We are so pleased to have Justyna here as our creative director. Justyna is encouraging Jo, our Co-Publisher/co-owner to get in front of the camera and show more of her midlife. Justyna works with Jo and James to help bring inspiring, interesting and everyday images to life.