Darin Tyson-Chan

Darin is the founder and publisher of Benchmark Media, an independent publishing house whose mastheads include financialobserver, theinstoreport and selfmanagedsuper.

He has been covering the financial services space for the past 8 years and in this time he has worked for a variety of trade publications including Money Management, and IFA magazine.

Darin has also written for the Money section published in The Sydney Morning Herald and the Age.

Prior to starting Benchmark Darin was responsible for the re-launch of SMSF magazine under Morningstar Media, a pioneering publication in the fastest growing sector of the superannuation industry. He was also Managing Editor of all of the Morningstar Media mastheads.

Taras Misko

Taras Misko is Benchmark Media’s sub-editor, working across all the company’s titles: financialobserver, theinstoreport and selfmanagedsuper.


Taras has 20 years’ experience in the media and communications industry.


Prior to Benchmark Media, he worked at Morningstar Australasia, sub-editing a range of financial services publications, including InvestorDaily, IFA, Investor Weekly and SMSF.


From 2000 to 2005, he worked in corporate and financial services public relations at listed insurer IAG and Edelman Public Relations Worldwide.


He began his career as a journalist with Australian Associated Press in 1992.


During his seven years at AAP, he worked in the Canberra press gallery, on the Sydney finance desk and was deputy bureau chief of the Sydney newsroom.

Malavika Santhebennur

Malavika is a journalist of leading trade title selfmanagedsuper magazine, covering Australia’s $600 billion self-managed superannuation fund sector.


She writes weekly online news content, published four times a week, and writes features, news, and professional profiles for selfmanagedsuper magazine, printed every quarter.


Malavika has reported on the financial services sector since 2013. Before joining selfmanagedsuper in November 2017, she wrote for trade titles Money Management and Super Review.


Malavika has a Bachelor of Arts (Media in Writing) Hons from Macquarie University and a Masters of Arts (Journalism) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

David Robertson

David is Benchmark Media’s Head of Sales & Marketing, working across smsmagazine, smstrusteenews & financialobserver.


He is responsible for bringing clients campaigns to life via print & digital media, video content, and event sponsorships. Assisting clients reach their target audience of Financial Planners, Accountants & SMS Trustees is his main priority.


David Has worked in financial services media for several years after 10 years as an independent financial planner. Prior to this David held various management roles, including marketing and business development, at insures and fund managers, so he know the industry well from “both sides”.

Cynthia O'Young

Cynthia O’Young is the Events Manager at Benchmark Media.


Prior to starting at Benchmark Media in January 2013, Cynthia managed events in the aged care and tourism industries for peak bodies.


Cynthia has a Diploma of Event Management as well as a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics (Social Science) and Government from the University of Sydney.

Damon Luu

Damon is the Events and Office Coordinator at Benchmark Media.


Prior to starting at Benchmark Media in January 2018, Damon has worked as an event assistant at Pont3 which includes their flagship event the Blackmore Sydney Running Festival.


Damon has a Bachelor of Events Management from the International College of Management Sydney.



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