Meet our Authors
M. E. McGuire, born and raised in Brisbane, first heard of Cynthia Nolan before her death. She was at this time, in that place, meeting some few but impressive artists’ wives. She left Brisbane in the wake of the great flood of 1974, and studied Art History and English at the University of Melbourne. Research eventually led her back to Cynthia Nolan and her books, which in time would lead her to Cynthia Reed. McGuire taught art history at Prahran Art School, Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts. In 1995 she published her book All Things Opposite: Essays on Australian Art. She is the author of Cynthia Nolan: A Biography.
Marc moved to Silicon Valley in 2000 following the acquisition of his Australian online software company. He was a founding shareholder of a Silicon Valley-based pioneering online video metrics firm. After this was acquired he became involved in other successful start ups before becoming a managing partner of Arafura Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm, investing in technology start ups.
Marc’s previous books include: Successful Ecommerce and The World’s Best Online Advertising Campaigns.
In Inside Silicon Valley, Marc combines his passion for entrepreneurship, personal experiences and knowledge of raising venture capital.
For the past twelve years, Marianne has been Managing Partner and co-owner of NGS Global, an inter-national leadership advisory business. Prior to that she was a Group Vice-President and then Senior Vice-President of the US headquartered professional services firm, Gartner Inc (listed on the NYSE). She has held a Chair of Management, and been Associate Dean and Professor at Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, and led that School’s Senior Executive MBA. She is now a Distinguished Academic Fellow of MBS and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She was a Finalist in the Telstra Business Women of the Year and is a mentor for women and men, as well as for organisations. She has been a regular judge for The Australian Innovation Awards, and co-founded the Australian chapter of international engaged philanthropy group, Social Venture Partners. Her book The Agile Executive: Embracing Career Risks and Rewards was released in 2019. On the personal side, Marianne and her partner Robert have four adult children and a bunch of interesting grandchildren
Mark Carr was born in Wagga Wagga, Australia, in 1957. At a young age he developed an obsession with aviation. After moving to Victoria where he attended high school, he made his first solo flight at the age of sixteen, and joined the Royal Australian Navy as a pilot at eighteen in 1976. After personal struggles he developed into a seasoned carrier pilot, operating Grumman ‘Tracker’ aircraft, and later became a flying instructor on jets.
In the early eighties he transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force and continued instructing on jets then ‘Orion’ patrol aircraft before joining Ansett Airlines of Australia in 1987, where he flew Fokker and Boeing aircraft. However, just two years later Mark was caught up in the bitter Australian Domestic Pilots’ Dispute, and he and his young family left Australia to fly with Cathay Pacific Airways Limited in Hong Kong, where he flew Boeing 747 and Airbus aircraft.
After sixteen years in Hong Kong Mark was able to move back to Victoria, where he continued flying for Cathay Pacific until his retirement as an Airbus captain in 2018. With aviation still in his blood he conducts ‘Adventure Flights’ for the public in restored military training aircraft, and supports the Benalla Aviation Museum. He lives near Euroa, Victoria and is married with a son, daughter and a grandson. His first novel Written in the Sky was released in 2020.
Max Carmichael was born in country Victoria and educated at The Geelong College. On leaving school he worked as a Jackeroo on his parent’s property and during this time joined the Citizen Military Force (later called the Army Reserve). In1996 he transferred to the Australian Regular Army and served in a variety of headquarter and staff appointments including three operational deployments. It was during his regular army service he met two of those who would join the ill-fated Black Cat Trek, Glen Reiss and Jon Hill. Max has published two other works, In Kilted Company and With Skill and Fighting. These two publications led Glen Reiss to approach him to write Attack On The Black Cat Track.
Dr Max Waugh is a former Victorian Government in the Education Faculty at Monash University in primary school teacher, school principal, and later Melbourne. As a teenager, Max was a cadet in the lecturer in the History of Education at Deakin and Air Training Corps, North Melbourne Squadron, and Monash Universities. Currently retired, he has an completed his National Service training at the RAAF and is author of Soldier Boys and An Ungodly Generation.
Merv Collins is an experienced writer, educator and musician, who has been published in daily newspapers and a wide variety of magazines in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has written on subjects as diverse as sport, aviation history, motherhood and music, and has won national awards for intergenerational journalism and for magazine feature articles. Merv was a professional trumpeter, teacher, band conductor and adjudicator for more than thirty years.
He writes extensively on musical topics, particularly profiles, histories and reviews. His book The Remarkable Mr Morrison: The Virtuosity and Versatility of Australia’s Master Musician is a result of that undiminishing fascination.