Our Board

Libby Gleeson AM


Libby is author of forty titles for children and young adults. Her work has won many national literary awards and is widely published internationally.

She is formerly Chair of the Australian Society of Authors, Chair of the Literature and History Committee of ArtsNSW, a Director of the Copyright Agency and recently stepped down as a Director of the Public Education Foundation.

Vivienne Skinner

Deputy Chair

Vivienne is a Professional/Industry Fellow in the School of Built Environment at the University of Technology Sydney and Principal of the urban strategy company Metropolis. For nearly two decades she 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 a member of The Big Issue Women’s Advisory Committee. Her 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, Beyond Empathy and the physical theatre company, Legs on the Wall. She sits on the Community Consultative Committee for the construction of the Sydney Football Stadium and is Vice-President of Saving Moore Park. Vivienne has a Masters degree in Urban Policy and Strategy from UNSW and a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University.

Brett Perry


Brett is a Senior Executive with over 40 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Brett’s key areas of expertise include credit and operational risk management, and compliance.  

Lucy Brotherton


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 in the Parramatta Local Government Area. These activities use innovative approaches to create positive and sustainable social change in the community. Lucy also has extensive experience in State Government engaged within policy development, project management and strategic planning particularly in relation to social issues.

Brian Cook

Brian has worked in all facets of general publishing since 1969 from sales and marketing to editorial and distribution.  He left the corporate world of publishing in 1996 and established The Manuscript Appraisal Agency which he operated for 17 years. 

His literary agency, The Authors’ Agent, has developed a strong list of clients writing and illustrating children’s books and has a very strong and diverse family of SCWBI members.

Jacqueline D’Warte

Jacqueline has 15 years of K-12 teaching experience in Australia, the UK, and India. She began her career as an elementary school teacher teaching a range of grades and specialising in ESL and literacy development. Jacqueline has written and edited literacy materials for inclusion in professional development packages and curriculum documents for Australian Public Schools in NSW. Jacqueline has been a lecturer at the University of California, Irvine and at the University of California, Los Angeles and was involved in both, curriculum and staff development in the U.S., working on a variety of interdisciplinary language and literacy projects. Jacqueline was involved in training and scoring performance assessments for Californian Teachers and working on large-scale research projects. Jacqueline also had a continuing role as a literacy consultant for the New York City Public Schools. She is currently Senior Lecturer in English/Literacy/ESL Curriculum and Pedagogy, K-6. Primary Education in the School of Education at Western Sydney University.

Janice Lee

Janice is Partner, Integrated Infrastructure, Infrastructure Advisory – Strategy & Planning, PwC. She brings 18 years of advising state and federal governments on social and economic policy, including on tackling disadvantage and promoting economic development. She worked as a policy adviser to the Australian Treasurer and Federal Infrastructure Minister, and in the NSW Cabinet Office, former Australian Head of Government Practice at L.E.K. Consulting and a former Director in Economics and Public Policy at EY.

Jacqueline Manuel

Jacqueline Manuel is Professor of English Education in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. After beginning her career as secondary English teacher, Jacqueline has been involved in Initial Teacher Education for the past two and a half decades. She co-ordinates and teaches secondary English curriculum in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) program at the University of Sydney and works closely with the broader English teaching profession through school partnerships and collaborative research projects. Her areas of research, scholarship and publications include: student engagement with literature; pedagogy for teaching reading and writing; students’ reading and writing practices and preferences; English teacher Professional Learning and identity; factors influencing teacher retention and attrition; creativity in English education; English curriculum history; and Shakespeare education.

Eyob Yesus

Eyob is the sole director of Icon Corporate Events. With a career spanning more than 15 years in the events and entertainment industry, Eyob works closely with corporates, not for profits and charities to deliver creative events to bring “their brand to life”. Organiser and event manager inc: Official event partner for the Sydney Hills Business Chamber – 5 years and current, Official event partner for Positive Vibes Foundation 2019 and current.