ABOUT CHRISTOPHER ZINN
What I do
Spokesman FiftyUp Club which was created to help consumers 50 and over get the discounts, special offers, and improved products and services they deserve. It’s almost 200,000 strong
Campaigns and communications Adviser Ratings a platform which allows consumers to rate and review financial planners and get more transparency around the sector to help them find a competent and trustworthy adviser. Born after my SaveourFofa campaign http://www.adviserratings.com.au/about/
We are a team of finance and conSkysumer experts helping to rebuild the financial advice industry with a genuine consumer focus.
Sky News Business: Weekly Consumer Pitch slot every Monday at 815am an analysis of consumer news and views for a business audience.
Eastside Radio Sydney: Weekly Consumed With Soul show combining news and views to help consumers navigate the market with powerful soul, jazz and funk. Fridays at 6pm http://eastsidefm.org/consumedwithsoul/
Consumer board member on Cemeteries and Crematoria NSW the statutory body with strategic and regulatory oversight of the interment industry and responsibility for administering theCemeteries and Crematoria Act 2013.
Media management: Lowy Institute most recently in helping organisation connect better with the media and their public.
Surcharge Free : a campaign to encourage more businesses to consider the downside of surcharging customers for credit cards and other payments. Business who have chosen not to impose the unpopular surcharges get to share their stories with their peers and consumers. Backed by American Express it includes the National Retails Association, Retail Doctor Group, The ICONIC and Coco Republic. For more see www.surchargefree.
What I have done
Consumer groups: One Big Switch, CHOICE
Campaigns: Save Our FoFA; Determined Consumer submission to senate inquiry and RBA around regulation of credit card interchange fees
STATEMENT FROM ONE BIG SWITCH
Consumer advocate Christopher Zinn, a founding member of One Big Switch, has decided the time is right to move on and develop some of his own projects.
Christopher, the Director of Campaigns for the past 18 months, is to continue his work independently developing more consumer-friendly practices and policies.
He is also drawing on his journalistic background to write, broadcast and speak around his pet subjects which include consumer engagement and empowerment.
“It’s been a privilege to have worked with a dedicated and innovative team at One Big Switch and help create a movement of almost half a million members,” he said.
“Their work is to continue building a sustainable business which makes a difference to family budgets while my challenge is to work with partners to make more of us mindful, determined and better-off consumers.”
One Big Switch Co-Founder Lachlan Harris thanked Chris for his significant contribution to One Big Switch, “Chris was a very important part of the team that launched One Big Switch, and helped it grow to become one of the world’s largest consumer networks.”
“There is no doubt Chris Zinn is the best known and most respected consumer advocate in Australia, and it has been a great pleasure to have him as an integral part of the One Big Switch team” said Mr Harris, “we will miss Chris, and wish him every success as he continues to advocate for Australian consumers.”
Joel Gibson, the current editor at One Big Switch, has been appointed as the new One Big Switch Director of Campaigns.