Libby Gleeson AM (Chair)
Libby is author of forty titles for children and young adults. She is formerly Chair of the Australian Society of Authors, Chair of the Literature and History Committee of Arts NSW and a Director of the Copyright Agency. She is a Director of the Public Education Foundation.
Robyn Ewing AM (Deputy Chair)
Robyn is Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. A former primary teacher, Robyn is passionate about the Arts and education and the role quality arts experiences and processes can and should play in transforming pedagogy across the curriculum.She enjoys working collaboratively with classroom teachers interested in creative teaching and learning.
In the areas of English, literacy and the Arts, Robyn’s research and writing has particularly focused on using drama with authentic literary texts to develop students’ learning. Her current partnership with Sydney Theatre Company on School Drama, a teacher professional learning program that aims to ensure primary teachers have the expertise and confidence to embed drama with literature to enhance students’ English and literacy outcomes.
Other research interests include innovative teacher education, the experiences of early-career teachers and the role of mentoring; sustaining curriculum innovation; evaluation; and, the role of the Arts in educational research.
Robyn is Chair of the Academic Board of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), an Honorary Associate with Sydney Theatre Company, Principal Fellow of the Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA) and Visiting Scholar with Barking Gecko Theatre. She is a former president of ALEA and the Primary English Teachers Association (PETAA) and vice president of Sydney Story Factory 2011-15.
Brett Perry (Treasurer)
Brett has 35 year experience in the banking industry. He joined Commonwealth Bank in 1990. Throughout his career, Brett has worked in various roles, including Institutional Banking, Project Finance, State Manager Business Banking Qld and National Manager Corporate Risk Management.
Susanne Gannon (Secretary)
Susanne is Associate Professor in the School of Education, Western Sydney University (WSU). She teaches preservice English teachers with a particular interest in the teaching of creative writing in schools. She has been on the National Executive of the Australian Association of Teachers of English, and Editor of their research journal English in Australia.
Lucy Brotherton is a Community Capacity Building Officer – Social Investment at the City of Parramatta. In her role in Council, Lucy implements and facilitates a range of social investment activities to happen in the Parramatta Local Government Area. These activities use innovative approaches to create positive and sustainable social change in the community. Examples include supporting social enterprise, engaging the business and community sectors in developing shared value partnerships, encouraging the use of co-design approaches to complex problem solving and providing opportunities for social projects to pitch their ideas and raise funds through crowdfunding.
Lucy has extensive experience in State Government engaged in policy work on social issues such as alcohol-related violence and responsible gambling. She has worked within policy development, project management and strategic planning.
Lucy has also been active in local Parents and Citizens Associations (P&Cs), having been president of Northmead Public School P&C. She also independently founded the Parramatta P&C Executive Networking and Capacity Building program, bringing together the executives of local primary school P&Cs to talk about issues and make connections between these groups. Lucy and other volunteers with personal experience in P&Cs run and present at the program events.
Janice is a Director in Economics and Public Policy at Ernst and Young and has more than 15 years’ experience of working on economic and social policy at the state and federal levels. In her role at EY, Janice specialises in government strategy, economic policy, and strategic city and infrastructure planning. Roles currently or previously held included: Director, EY (2011 – present); Board, Legs on the Wall (2012 – present); Policy Adviser to the Federal Infrastructure Minister (2010‑11); Policy Adviser to Federal Treasurer (2008‑10); Policy Officer, the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (2004‑07); Researcher, Office of the Federal Opposition Leader (2003‑04).
Janice has worked or volunteered in various literacy or educational initiatives, including at a drop‑in centre for young people in Redfern, and as an English tutor for students of non‑English speaking backgrounds.
Vivienne is principal of the urban strategy company, Metropolis, and for nearly two decades was an adviser and speechwriter to two NSW premiers and the deputy prime minister of Australia.
Vivienne has been a television newsreader and journalist and is director of Beyond Empathy, which uses the arts to improve the lives of severely disadvantaged young Australians. She is a member of The Big Issue Women’s Advisory Committee, and SAMAG, the Sydney Arts Management Advisory Committee. Former board appointments include the Centennial Parklands and Moore Park Trust, chair of the Centennial Parklands’ Community Consultative Committee, deputy Chair of the Adelaide Film Festival, the South Australian Film Corporation, and the physical theatre company, Legs on the Wall. Vivienne recently completed a masters degree in Urban Policy and Strategy at the University of NSW and has a bachelor of arts degree from the Australian National University.
Eyob Yesus is the sole director of The Experience Index PTY LTD (Icon Corporate Events – www.iconcorpevents.com), an event management company that delivers powerful, meaningful and engaging experiences that connect people. With a career spanning more than 15 years in the events and entertainment industry, Eyob works closely with corporates, non for profits and charities to deliver creative events that harnesses the power of human engagement, creativity and exceptional organisational skills by bringing their brand to life. As the director of The Experience Index PTY LTD, he is across each element of the event, from concept, creation, marketing and execution with engagement being the focus all the way through the entire process.
Organiser and event manager for the following: the Kurrajong Kitchen Cheese Lovers Festival – 2016 – 2018, Western Sydney Small Business Expo 2017 – 2018 and Pawsitive Steps – Mind, Doggy and Spirit Festival Over 1000 attendee festival that raises awareness for mental health.