Sophisticated, stylish and with a wealth of international expertise in publishing and interior design, Neale Whitaker is one of Australia’s foremost style gurus
The Australian public may know Neale Whitaker as the stylish judge on smash hit renovation series The Block, and co-host of Foxtel’s Love It or List It Australia, but his knowledge and expertise come courtesy of a successful publishing career that saw Neale at the helm of Aussie style bibles Belle and Vogue Living for more than a decade.
Since arriving in Australia from the UK in 1999, Neale has enjoyed an impressive career as respected media personality and one of Australia’s foremost style gurus.
English-born Neale started his career in the office of legendary London PR guru Lynne Franks (on whom the character of Eddi in ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ was based). After working as both fashion publicist and stylist, Neale took on publishing roles for high-profile British retailers including Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and IKEA. He also launched Food Illustrated for upmarket supermarket group Waitrose, a magazine that was praised internationally and set new standards for food publishing in the UK.
In 1999, Neale moved to Sydney and edited directional interiors magazine, Marie Claire Lifestyle. His impeccable taste and professionalism won him many fans and he was kept busy with regular columns in The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Living supplement and US Gourmet magazine. During his five years at FPC Magazines (now NewsLifeMedia) he edited Vogue Entertaining + Travel and launched best-selling food magazine delicious — the most successful magazine launch in the history of Australian publishing.
After editing Australian interior design bible Belle for eight years, Neale joined Vogue Living as Editor-in-chief in 2014. In 2017 he moved into the role of Editor-at-large to allow time for his increasing television and wider media commitments. Neale continued as a columnist for News Corp’s Stellarmagazine until December 2019.
In 2009, the producers of Nine’s TV show homeMADE asked Neale to join the judging panel and provide feedback to the young interior designers being put through their paces. Neale's frank honesty, warm humour and British eccentricities charmed audiences, and the following year he was invited to be a permanent judge on the multi-Logie winning renovation reality series, The Block. For eleven years (and 15 seasons), millions of Australians have listened to Neale share his advice and insights with the show’s contestants.
In 2017 Neale joined Foxtel’s Love It or List It Australia as co-host, with Selling Houses Australiaproperty guru, Andrew Winter. The show’s fourth series will air on Lifestyle later this year, 2021. Neale also enjoys an exclusive ambassadorial role in Australia with brand partners King and Luxaflex.
Love It or List It Australia, 2017 - present (Foxtel)
The Block, 2010 - present (Nine Network)
homeMADE, 2009 (Nine Network)
The Accidental Foodie 2005
Vogue Living 2014 - 2017, Belle 2006-2014, Good Food Australia, Marie Claire Lifestyle, Vogue Entertaining + Travel, Delicious, Food Illustrated 1998, Marks & Spencer, Ikea, Debenhams Magazine (UK)
King Living, Luxaflex