The Future-Bookz Team

Subject Matter Experts

We are a team of Australian experienced educators with a wide range of skills in literacy, learning and communication. Our base is in Springwood, in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia.

We engage subject matter experts as authors of titles in a rigorous quality controlled process.

We approach people we know, trust and have specific expertise and experience in their field. Some are professional, some amateur and some in business. They need not be writers or journalists, but they create the content – text and illustrations – for each book. Most illustrations are photographs captured by our subject matter experts.

We encourage suggestions for new future bookz topics and invite proposals from “Subject Matter Expert Authors”. Expert Authors are paid a commission for the sale of each book.

Dr Danny Wotherspoon, Director

BSc, Dip Ed (New England); MA (Macquarie); Grad Dip Bushfire Protection, PhD (Western Sydney).

Member and past Vice President, Ecological Consultants Assn NSW
Member, Environmental Planning Law Association of NSW.
Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Scientific member.
Founding member, Frog and Tadpole Study Group NSW
Member, Hawkesbury Herpetological Society.
Member, International Society of Zoological Sciences..
Certified Practising Ecological Consultant.

Former Science teacher, now a Scientist, Philosopher, Environmental Consultant and Owner of Environmental Consultancy: Abel Ecology.

Danny has a science degree in zoology and ecology and has taught science, biology and chemistry in western Sydney high schools.

For five years Danny was President of the Science Teachers Association of Western Sydney. For three years He was an education officer at the internationally acclaimed, Taronga Zoo Sydney, teaching K-12 primary and high school classes.

Danny’s Master of Arts degree is in science and adult education. He has also lectured at NSW TAFE colleges and various universities

in NSW and Queensland.

His PhD is in animal ecology, studying eastern bearded dragon Pogona barbata.

Danny has presented invited papers at international scientific conferences for 20 years and has published papers in Australian and international scientific journals.

At present he owns an environmental consultancy, Abel Ecology, assisting government and private property owners and managers with arborist, bushfire and ecology matters.

Danny and his wife Annette also own and operate Rose Lindsay Cottage Bed & Breakfast in the Blue Mountains, rated by TripAdvisor as “Travellers’Choice”, in the top global 2%, with five stars.


“My deep concern for the future of free societies and individual freedoms, is that people as citizens can read, and so participate fully in their communities. Literacy enables both personal flourishing and public responsibility. Low literacy is also related to poor health, poor employment, reduced life span, fractured families, low self esteem and poor relationship skills. A great risk to democracy at present is illiteracy, the result of the failure of schooling, driven by failed ideologies.

Phil McKenzie, Director

BSc (Sydney University), Grad Dip Ed (Science)(Sydney Teachers College). 

Science Teacher, School Marketing Professional and Marketing Consultant.

Phil has taught Science Years 6 to 10 and HSC Physics, HSC Chemistry and HSC Biology over more than 38 years at a number of Independent Schools in the Greater Sydney area. 

He was a Training Officer of Army Cadets and a Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Co-ordinator for twelve years. Phil often devised and presented workshops for Science Teachers concerning vibrant and engaging experiments. He was a guest of NASA when he visited the JPL in Pasadena and the Ames Research Centre in San Francisco. 

Over many years he also Co-ordinated Debating and Public Speaking programs and competitions, as well as being an accredited Senior Adjudicator. 

He also has significant experience in Independent Schools marketing, fundraising and governance.

As the Education Division Manager of a Publishing Company he devised projects and built strategic alliances. 

Some memberships: 

Institute of Managers and Leaders(Australia/NZ)

Advisory Board Nepean Observatory 

Former Member Australian Institute of Physics 
 
Former Member Academic Board University of Sydney 
 

Phil is highly motivated to help make a difference to young people so that they strive to do their very best to build a better world. 

“ It is always a delight to meet ex-students and to hear about their life journey so far.” 

“ Education is truly parents, teachers and students working in partnership for the greater good of Society.” 

Associates

Geoff Higgins,  Photographic consultant

Geoff has decades of experience as a professional photographer, with more than 100 books published.

He has worked right across Australia and internationally, winning many peer awards in photography.

His particular passion is wild birds.

Geoff now mentors young photographers and is very excited about the FuturE-Bookz library.

Geoff has written the FuturE-Bookz title “How to take great photos with your mobile phone”.