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.
Business and Property Manager
Jeanne is responsible for the organisation’s financial and office management as well as venue hire of Garry Owen House.
Senior Program Officer
Ashley Kalagian Blunt
Ashley is responsible for the organisation and administration of Writing NSW courses and other programs. She also compiles and edits Newsbite.
Communications and Project Officer
Sarah is responsible for the organisation and administration of Writing NSW’s events, festivals and competitions, including Talking Writing. She is also the voice behind the organisation’s social media and communications.
Membership and Development Officer
Sherry is responsible for the organisation and administration of the Writing NSW’s member activities, such as the writers’ group program and First Friday Club. She also coordinates the Writing NSW grants program.
Grace Joseph (Program Intern)
Claire Thompson (Communications Intern)
Geordie Timmins (Membership Intern)
A team of caretakers is responsible for the upkeep of the Writing NSW building and facilities including cleaning, gardening, room set-up and maintenance.
Joel Naoum – Chair
Joel is a Sydney-based book publisher, editor and consultant. He currently runs Critical Mass (www.critmassconsulting.com), a consultancy for authors and publishers, and previously ran Pan Macmillan Australia’s digital-first imprint Momentum. In 2011 he completed the Unwin Fellowship researching digital publishing experimentation in the United Kingdom.
Jane Pochon – Deputy Chair
Jane has over twenty five years experience as a lawyer and senior executive across a range of roles in the professional services sector including law, medical defence and insurance. As a former partner in commercial law and currently a senior business manager with Asia Pacific responsibilities, Jane has a focus on facilitating strategic change to meaningfully improve commercial outcomes, staff engagement and customer satisfaction. Jane is a passionate supporter and volunteer in the charitable and creative arts sector, and leads a Committee within her business focused on the advancement of women into senior leadership roles. Jane has been the convenor of several book clubs and has a deep love of literature. Jane joined the NSWWC Board and the Governance Committee in February 2016.
Eliza Twaddell – Treasurer
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, (ABC RN’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 Australi
an 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.
Alison Green is CEO and co-founder of Pantera Press, a new (founded 2008) independent publishing company employing a non-traditional business model that focuses on finding and developing new writers as well as giving back to the community – Pantera’s motto is ‘good books doing good things’. Alison brings her passion for working with writers, marketing expertise and a keen interest in philanthropy to the board.
Sarah is a freelance SEO copywriter and content strategist based in Sydney, who works with some of Australia’s leading brands in the government, healthcare, nonprofit, technology, finance, tourism and consumer lifestyle industries. She is an avid reader and writer, and holds a Master of Creative Writing from Macquarie University. Sarah brings to the board experience in fundraising, marketing and communications for nonprofit organisations, as well as a passion for the literary sector.
Loretta Re’s writing includes children’s books, Flying South, and Stand Up and Cheer, a middle grade novel about the Centenary Air Race. A qualified editor, she also publishes poetry and humorous articles and at one time had a regular column as a book and movie reviewer for a national publication.
In her other life she has a Master of Laws, has presided on a number of boards and tribunals and has served on the management committee of the Australian Law Reform Commission. Her many legal articles have directly influenced government policy and judicial decision-making.
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.
Drawing from a background spanning media, publishing, business development and startups, Ash is passionate about the intersection between creativity, innovation, education and business. Ash is Director of Entrepreneurship and In
novation at the University of Sydney’s startup accelerator, INCUBATE, leading teams focused on internal innovation, project delivery and entrepreneurship, in addition to facilitating design thinking workshops.
Previously Ash managed partnerships in lifestyle and loyalty on behalf of the Australian Auto Clubs’ 8 million members, and grew corporate and cultural partnerships with Sydney Writers’ Festival. Ash is an alumna of the University of Sydney Business School Masters of Business Administration, and is a keen reader, writer and painter.