Writing NSW is managed by our CEO and staff who are responsible to a volunteer Board.
Jane is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the organisation.
Julia manages all of the diverse programming and activities that Writing NSW undertakes.
Membership and Operations Manager
Rowena manages our member services and operations.
Jeanne is responsible for the organisation’s financial management and governance.
Professional Development Officer
Amy assists Julia in the facilitation and planning of The Writing NSW diverse course program.
Project and Communications Officer
Keira edits Newsbite and our social media as well as working on our events and other projects.
Administration and Digital Services Officer
Isaac is responsible for the organisation’s administrative support and assists with member and digital services.
A team of caretakers is responsible for the upkeep of the Writing NSW building and facilities including cleaning, gardening, room set-up and maintenance.
Jane Pochon – Chair
Jane has over twenty-five years of experience as a lawyer and senior executive across a range of roles in the professional services sector including law, insurance, and financial services. As a former partner specialising in dispute resolution and currently a senior manager with risk and compliance responsibilities, Jane has a focus on facilitating strategic change to meaningfully improve commercial outcomes, risk management, staff engagement and customer satisfaction. Pursuing her passion for the creative arts, Jane has studied Art and Business at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and is currently undertaking a Master of Museum and Heritage Studies.
Jane is also the Chair of the provisional board for the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), and an Advisory Board Member for Art Money International. In addition to volunteer work across the creative arts sector, Jane has pursued her love of literature as an enthusiastic member and convenor of several book clubs. Jane brings to the board experience in law, governance, risk and compliance, strategic planning and responsible employment practices.
Shankari Chandran – Deputy Chair
Shankari is a lawyer and author of Song of the Sun God (Perera-Hussein Publishing, 2017), The Barrier (Pan Macmillan Australia, 2017) and Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens (Ultimo Press, to be published in 2022). Song of the Sun God is being adapted for a six-part TV series. Her work has been long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award (2019), and short-listed for the Fairway National Literary Award (2018) and the Norma K Hemming Award for Speculative Fiction (2018). She won the Blake-Beckett Trust Scholarship (2019) and the Create NSW Writers’ Fellowship (2018/2019), essential support that enabled her to write Chai Time. Her stories reflect her ancestral Tamil background and its impact on contemporary Australia.
Priya Roy – Treasurer
Priya Roy is a finance and strategy professional who has extensive experience in commercial strategy, corporate strategy, & corporate finance – both in Australia and in the US. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently Treasurer & Board Director at Arts on Tour and at Writing NSW. She holds degrees in International Business, Finance, & Mathematics and is currently pursuing her PhD in International Business. She is a supporter of the arts in all forms.
Eliza Twaddell – Treasurer (on leave)
Eliza Twaddell is a Chartered Accountant and policy and stakeholder engagement professional with a focus on producing good outcomes for people experiencing vulnerable situations and circumstances. With a decade of experience in government, the private sector and not for profits, Eliza brings a diverse set of financial and strategic skills to the board. Eliza is a resident of Sydney’s inner west resident, a keen reader and supporter of local organisations and causes.
Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident (UWAP) published India and South Asia as Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney (Speaking Tiger), and the four-part radio documentary series on contemporary multilingual Indian writing
On the tip of a billion tongues, (ABCRN’s Earshot program).The Permanent Resident won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Multicultural Prize 2018, and was longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award 2018. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings.
She has a PhD (UNSW) and has been facilitating and teaching creative writing workshops for all ages within communities as well as at schools and in the university sector for many years. Her other literary honours include being the UNSW Copyright Agency Writer-in-Residence 2018, an Australian Writers’ Guild Award (with collaborators), as well as prestigious grants and residencies from the Australia Council, Varuna the Writers House, and Bundanon. Roanna was born and brought up in Mumbai, India, came to Australia in 1998 as an international student, and currently lives in Sydney.
Ali Green is CEO and co-founder of Pantera Press, a leading independent book publishing house. Green is the Business News Australia 2020 Sydney Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Arts & Culture) and was named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review for exemplifying, through Pantera Press, the trend towards integrating business and social good. Ali is a Harvard Business School Alumna and sits on a number of industry committees and boards.
Nardi Simpson is a Yuwaalaraay writer, musician and educator from NSW’s north west freshwater plains. As a member of Indigenous duo Stiff Gins, Nardi has travelled nationally and internationally for the past 20 years, performing in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Vietnam and the Pacific Islands. Nardi is the recipient of the 2018 Black&Write! Indigenous Writers Fellowship with the state library of Queensland where she is currently editing her debut novel, Song of the Crocodile. In 2019 Nardi will commence work with Ngarria Burria – the Indigenous Composures initiative and commence her tenure as musical director of Barayagal, a cross cultural choir of Indigenous and non-Indigenous singers to be run out of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2019. Nardi is also a Gamilaraay Language teacher and cultural consultant heavily involved in the teaching and sharing of culture in both her Sydney and Yuwaalaraay communities.
Eleanor is the author of three novels: The Passengers (Allen & Unwin, 2018), Long Bay (Sleepers Publishing, 2015) and What Was Left (Sleepers Publishing, 2013, shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal). Her fourth novel, The Coast, is forthcoming with Allen & Unwin in 2022. Her short fiction and essays have been published various places including Best Australian Stories, Sydney Noir, Griffith Review, Kill Your Darlings and The Big Issue. She’s been the recipient of various residencies, scholarships and grants including from the Australia Council, Copyright Agency and the Australian Society of Authors. She works as a lecturer in Creative Writing at UTS.
Phebe is the Development Manager for the faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture, UNSW Sydney with extensive experience in fundraising, sponsorship and marketing within the philanthropy, media, arts and culture and events sectors. Phebe currently sits on the Sydney Living Museums, Curatorial & Public Engagement Committee, MCA Young Ambassadors Committee, UNSW Art and Culture Committee and a former board member of Art Month and has worked with art and cultural organisations in corporate partnerships for 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Melbourne Art Fair and Sydney Contemporary.
Adam van Rooijen
Adam van Rooijen completed a BA in Communications (Media Arts & Production) at UTS in 2005 and began his career in digital advertising before moving to London in 2009, where he transitioned his career into becoming a digital marketer for Random House. He has worked on campaigns for recognised brands like Lee Child, Bill Bryson, Dan Brown. He returned to Sydney where he worked at HarperCollins Publishers as Head of Digital and Marketing for the Harlequin division, developing book and author marketing campaigns for Rachael Johns, Tricia Stringer, Tea Cooper and in nonfiction for Naomi Simson, to name a few. He has worked on successful recognised collaborations and was recognised as a 2018 Mumbrella BEFEST finalist for the Mills & Boon meets The Bachelorette campaign. Currently, he is working at Apple, as business lead for Apple Books.