Jill Lawrence

Jill Lawrence

Kate Horton

Growing up with bookseller parents, Kate returned to work part-time in the family business, Farrells Bookshop – which celebrates 40 years of trade this year – in early 2015.  Since then she has worked as events coordinator and has recently taken on several renewal projects including a shop re-fit and rebranding. 

Kate Horton

Kirsty Wilson

Kirsty Wilson has worked in the book industry for 25 years, as a bookseller, State Library touring officer, publicist and publicity manager, and, for the last eight years, sales and marketing director at Text.

Kirsty Wilson

Leesa Lambert

Leesa Lambert has owned and operated The Little Bookroom - Australia's oldest children's specialist bookshop - with her parents Ian and Lesley for ten years. She is passionate about raising the profile of picture books, and forging connections between the book industry and the reading community. 

Leesa is on the ABA's Committee of Management and is looking forward to being part of the selection committee for the forthcoming KRG.

Leesa Lambert

Jane Stratton

Jane Stratton is the Creative Director of the Think+DO Tank Foundation, and the concept founder of LOST IN BOOKS, a multilingual children's bookshop and community hub in South Western Sydney. Jane believes in people and their power to change their own circumstances. She holds degrees in politics, languages and law. She has worked as a lawyer and public policy advocate, human rights activist, and educator. Jane brokers and leads the Think+DO Tank Foundation's creative initiatives to empower communities and to give local people a greater level of control in their community. She is an experienced project manager and has led the design and construction of projects that create new public spaces with Aboriginal communities (THE GATHERING PLACE); and culturally and linguistically diverse communities (LOST IN BOOKS). 

Jane Stratton

Lian Hingee

Lian Hingee has been working in the book industry for over twenty years and is currently the digital marketing manager at Readings Books where she spends her days creating flatlays, writing copy, and searching for the perfect gift for any situation.

Lian Hingee

Natalie James

Natalie James was appointed Fair Work Ombudsman in 2013, and is responsible for promoting harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations and ensuring compliance with Commonwealth laws. Natalie developed a curiosity about workplace relations working in retail and fast food while studying Industrial Law at ANU. She continues to find things to be curious about in the field of workplace relations.

Natalie James

Robbie Egan

Robbie started his bookselling career at Dymocks over 20 years ago where he learnt a lot about customer service and bookselling. He went on to spend a year as a sales rep with Garry Allen before moving back into bookselling at Tim’s Bookshop. After a stint as the business buyer at Dymocks Auckland, he joined Readings where has been for the past 15 years and now holds the position of Operations Manager. 

Robbie Egan

Suzy Wilson

ILF Founder

Suzy is the founder of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the owner of Riverbend Books. She has been recognised for her efforts in advocating for the right of all children to have the opportunity to become literate. She has received the Dromkeen Award for and been Ambassador for the National Year of Reading and is the recipient of the 2018 Lloyd O’Neil Award for ‘outstanding service to the Australian book industry’.

Suzy Wilson

Paul Currie

Paul Currie is a seasoned retail executive. He has developed a successful commercial career having undertaken a retail apprentice with Marks and Spencer, as an alternative to going to university. Paul is privileged to have worked in a broad range of enterprises, which include blue chip international groups; family owned businesses and start-ups. With this width of operating experience and decision making styles it has given Paul valuable insight, which he now uses in business. In recent times this has embraced the Omni channel world particularly in the arena of every increasing competition from pure play web retailers. More recently Paul has focused on turnaround operations, and is currently CEO of Foyles the 115-year-old book retailer. His brief at Foyles is to develop a transformation strategy involving organisational, culture changes and developing a trading focus where viability and profitability underpin the future of business.

Paul Currie

Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was sixteen. After university he worked for ten years as a screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now, after 39 books, he is the incumbent Australian Children’s Laureate, and one of Australia's most popular children's authors.

Morris Gleitzman

Mo Wyse and Shannon Martinez

Shannon Martinez

Chef & Author

Shannon has worked in kitchens across Melbourne for around 20 years. Armed with a strong hospitality network and industry tenure, Shannon has taken on some of Australia’s most meat-driven kitchens and veganised them, convincing her peers there’s something to this plant-based ‘trend’. Working some of the nation’s largest food events, with some of Australia’s greatest chefs, Shannon’s next stop is TV and world domination. 

Mo Wyse

Restaurateur & Author

Mo is a Seattle and New York expat. She studied journalism and has a background in production, but dedicated her passion for creative, plant-based food to creating Smith & Daughters and Smith & Deli, where she is the logistical, front-of-house and marketing brains behind this gun team. Mo has now woven herself in the hospitality industry fabric, where she has spoken on a variety of panels pertaining to both business as well as plant-based dining. 

Mo Wyse and Shannon Martinez

Michael Mosley

Dr Michael Mosley trained to be a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London. After qualifying, he joined the BBC where he has been a science journalist, executive producer and, more recently, a well-known television presenter. He has won numerous television awards and was named Medical Journalist of the Year by the British Medical Association. He is married to a doctor and has four children, amongst them a son who is at medical school.

Michael Mosley

Michael Gordon-Smith

Michael Gordon-Smith has been the CEO of the APA since 2013.  He has led projects and organisations in Australian media and communications for over 30 years. He'd like to be a faster swimmer and a stronger Go player.

Michael Gordon-Smith

Mandy Macky

Previously operated by the redoubtable Len Woodley as Standard Books for 25 years, Dymocks Adelaide was one of the early franchises in the Dymocks system when Mandy and Bruce Macky took it on in 1991. Now, 27 years later, in a new site opposite the old one the store and its staff still focusing on providing a great customer experience with a broad range of books for customers from 0-100+. 

Mandy Macky

Louise Sherwin-Stark

Fresh out of university, Louise Sherwin-Stark left Brisbane for adventures in Europe and landed in publishing in London.  She spent over a decade in a variety of sales and marketing roles with Ryland Peters & Small, Faber & Faber and Hodder & Stoughton.  Louise returned home as Sales & Marketing Director of Hodder & Stoughton at Hachette Australia, before spending an interesting couple of years at Google Play and Bloomsbury.   She was lured back to Hachette to take on the role as Sales & Product Director and has been Joint Managing Director since 2014.  She really likes books.

Louise Sherwin-Stark

Leigh Sales

Leigh Sales is one of Australia’s most respected journalists. As the anchor of the ABC’s flagship current affairs program, 7.30, she has interviewed dozens of world leaders and celebrities, including Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Paul McCartney and Julie Andrews. She has interviewed every living Australian prime minister, and also anchors the ABC’s federal election coverage. Leigh is the winner of two Walkley Awards, the author of two books, and the co-host of popular podcast Chat 10, Looks 3 with Annabel Crabb.

Leigh Sales

Justin Ractliffe

Joint Managing Director, Hachette Australia

Justin joined Hachette Australia as Sales & Marketing Director for the Hodder & Headline division before becoming Marketing & Publicity Director for Hachette Australia when it restructured in late 2013. In September 2014, he was appointed Joint Managing Director with a specific brief to manage publicity, marketing and local publishing. He has a Masters of Marketing degree from the University of New South Wales.

Justin Ractliffe

Juliet Rogers

Before becoming CEO of the ASA, Juliet had had a long career in publishing, including Managing Director of Random House (NZ and Australia) and CEO of Murdoch Books. She has chaired Booksellers New Zealand, the then joint industry association for booksellers and publishers, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and been President of the Australian Publishers Association

Juliet Rogers

Julie Winters

Julie began her career with Nielsen as an analyst in 2011. She then moved to the UK, where she developed her skills and expertise over the next several years for Nielsen in various roles culminating in her appointment as business development director for Nielsen BookScan. In 2014 Julie moved back to Australia as an Associate Director then appointed Director Nielsen Book, Pacific.

Julie Winters

John Batistich

  • John Batistich has 25 years of cross sector experience across Research, Marketing, Digital and General Management with blue chip companies like Westfield Group, Interbrand, Wrigley Company, PepsiCo Foods, Kimberly Clark and Lion Nathan. Currently, he is an Advisor to ZipCo, Non-Executive Director for Foodco and Governor of the Heart Research Institute. He holds a Masters in Management degree from MGSM majoring in Human Resources, a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Western Sydney majoring in Marketing, a Certificate in Digital Marketing from ADMA and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has led marketing communications that have won a Cannes Lion award and an Australian Advertising Effectiveness Awards and was rated by CMO Magazine in 2015 as one of the top two CMO's in Australia.

John Batistich

Jane Godwin

Jane Godwin is the highly acclaimed author of many books for children. Her work is published internationally and together with Anna Walker, Jane has created a number of bestselling picture books, including Little Cat and the Big Red Bus, All Through the Year, Today We Have No Plans, Starting School and, most recently, What Do You Wish For?

Jane Godwin

Fiona Stager

Fiona is the co-owner of Brisbane based bookshops, Avid Reader and Where the Wild Things Are. She has been a judge for the Vogel Award, the Stella Award and the Queensland Literary Awards.  Fiona has been presented with the Johnno Award for services to the Queensland writing community and in 2014 the Australian Booksellers Association made her a life member. She lives in West End with her family, four chickens and a native bee hive.

Fiona Stager

Deborah Lee

Manager, Content Acquisitions

Debbie began her publishing career as a sales rep in the trade market 30 years ago, before moving to educational publishing where she became a publisher of academic and professional texts. Having joined Ingram in 2014, she is delighted to now provide print-on-demand and global distribution solutions to a diverse range of publishers, directly addressing changing market demands.

Deborah Lee

Clementine Ford

Writer, Speaker & Feminist Thinker

Clem’s work has radically challenged the issues of men’s violence against women, rape culture and gender warfare in Australia, while her comedic take on casual sexism and entertainment has earned her a reputation as an accomplished satirist. Her book Fight Like A Girl, was an instant bestseller. Her follow-up Boys Will Be Boys will be published this October.

Clementine Ford

Celeste Barber

Celeste is an actor, writer and comedian.  Best known as paramedic Bree Matthews on All Saints, she has a slew of television, theatre and stand up shows to her credit. She has been a sketch writer/performer on The Matty Johns Show, her own SMH web series Office Correctness, been a panellist on Have You Been Paying Attention, and was a co-host on Studio 10.  In 2015, she was a MICF Raw Comedy state finalist and sold out shows for both the Sydney Comedy and Fringe Festivals.  She began #celestechallengeaccepted in January 2015, and now has over 3 million fans on social media.

Celeste Barber

Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb is one of Australia's most loved TV and media personalities. She is a Walkley-award-winning political journalist, regular commentator for the ABC, and host of her own ABC TV shows The House and Kitchen Cabinet. Her tweets reach an audience of over 470,000 and she has a top-ranking podcast with fellow ABC journalist Leigh Sales, for which she is hounded by 'Chat10Looks3' groupies. Usually they're offering cake. Annabel’s new book Special Guest, co-authored with Wendy Sharpe, will be released in November.

Annabel Crabb

Anna Walker

Anna Walker writes and illustrates children's books and is based in Melbourne. Crafted with pencil, ink and collage, Anna's illustrations are inspired by the everyday details of life and the amusing antics of her menagerie. Anna's book, as author-illustrator with Penguin, Mr Huff, won the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood and was shortlisted in the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Together with Jane Godwin, Anna has also created many beautiful picture books.

Anna Walker

Joel Becker

Joel Becker has been CEO of the Australian Booksellers Association since 2010.  Prior that that he was Executive Director of the Victorian Writers’ Centre for eight years. Joel has been an active contributor to the literary sector for 46 years – as a bookseller, writer and editor, cultural project manager and industry advocate.  Joel has judged numerous literary awards; been involved in the successful bid to make Melbourne a UNESCO City of Literature; advocated for the creation of what became the Wheeler Centre, a literary hub for books and writing; and developed National Bookshop Day (now Love Your Bookshop Day).

 

Joel Becker