CHAIR –Mark Macleod
Mark has taught Children’s Literature, Australian Literature and Creative Writing at universities in Australia and around the world, most recently in India. He has been Publishing Director at Random House, Publisher at Hachette Australia, and President and Publishing Director at Dirt Lane Press. A former national President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia and NSW President, Mark has won awards for distinguished service to Children’s Literature and for many titles published under his own name imprint, Mark Macleod Books. He is adjunct Senior Lecturer at Charles Sturt University and as a student at ANU is halfway through a Bachelor of Languages degree, majoring in Hindi and Spanish. He is the author of poems for adults and children, and picture books for children. His latest collection of poems for children, The Secret Boat, will be published in 2022
DEPUTY CHAIR – Sue Kennedy
Sue has extensive experience as an Information Technology professional specialising in Project Management, Risk Management, Business Continuity, Information Security and Information Warfare, both as an industry practitioner and as an academic.
Sue works part-time as a technical writer, an editor/proof reader and an academic for UTAS.
She has a MSc in Computer Science and commenced a MA in English to improve her writing. However, she was asked to be Director of a major industry project and was unable to complete that degree.
After becoming TasWriters’ Chair of the Board of Management in 2018, Sue was also Acting Director for 18 months and the Director of the successful Hobart Writers Festival in 2019.
When time allows, she plans to continue writing her first book of fiction and researching for a non-fiction book about a secret military operation of WW2.
TREASURER – Erika Thomson
Erika Thomson is a qualified accountant (CPA) and has worked in public practice for over 20 years.
Erika has a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Accounting and Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Musical Arts with a major in Music History, both from the University of Tasmania.
She held the position of secretary for seven years with the Moonah & Glenorchy Business Association, been a playing member of the Derwent Valley Concert Band and former director and treasurer of both the Glenorchy Community Fund Ltd and GASP!
Daniela operates Bright South, an ‘enabling business’ assisting Tasmanian writers and artists refine and promote their work and publishing Tasmanian writing. Her work most commonly includes editing, all aspects of book publishing, marketing and distribution and online media development/website maintenance. She also writes book reviews, appraises books and manuscripts and sometimes does a little creative writing herself.
She was a Senior Environmental Consultant at NGHConsulting for more than a decade, where she also developed and managed the company’s first environmental and quality assurance systems and contributed to its work health and safety and integrated management system. She has also worked in tourism (as a marketing officer, manager and guide) and an English teacher (in France and the Czech Republic). Daniela has degrees in science, arts (English and history) and fine arts.
Daniela is passionate about raising literacy and the general capacities of Tasmanians to achieve their potential. She has particular interest in supporting people on the autism spectrum, and has been mentoring people on the spectrum since the 1990s.
Tony commenced his career in the music industry at the Mushroom Group in 1984.
He established his own globally operating experiential agency, Podium, in 1994 that still operates today.
In 2018 he also established Grow On Purpose; a practice that utilises purpose and values to enable organisations to differentiate and succeed.
Tony has been a director on arts, NFP and charity boards since 1999.
Everything Tony does comes from his personal philosophy… of using purpose to enable people and organisations to be the best version of themselves. It results in people with meaningful personal lives creating connected teams that love their work, delivering amazing customer experiences and trust. It also results in people living their best lives.
Tony is focused on bringing TasWriter’s purpose to life through his role as the Chair of the Development Sub Committee; growing a vibrant network of support and partnerships that will enable us to thrive.