Posted on April 26, 2019 by ACT Writers Centre


The ACT Writers Centre held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 18 April at the Gorman Arts Centre, and it was wonderful to have the presence of several Centre members on the evening.

There were five new appointees to the ACT Writers Centre board, as Kathie Barnes and Jennifer Sullivan were formally elected as board members after serving for the last couple of months. Sharon Flanigan, Sophie Mannix and Arthur Marusevich were newly elected to the board during the AGM. (You can find out more about our newest board members through their profiles below.)

We are pleased to welcome current board member and experienced accountant, Bernadette Pont, to the role of Treasurer, Jennifer Sullivan as Secretary and Abra Pressler as Deputy Chair. 

The Centre would like to wish its departing Secretary, Ellen Broad, all the best after her years of support and service to the board. We must also farewell former treasurer, Jennefer Nicholson and general member, Heather Wallace, who have been wonderful contributors and advocates of the Centre and the Canberra writing community.

Lastly, a very fond farewell to former Deputy Chair, Rachelle Hare, who did not stand for re-election after serving for several years. 

Welcome to our newest board members

Kathie Barnes

Kathie has a PhD from the Australian National University in Australian Literature. Her book about the Australian poet Christopher Brennan, The Higher Self (2006), won the Walter McRae Russell award for literary scholarship on an Australian subject in 2007, and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s prize for literary scholarship in 2008. Katherine taught secondary English in Canberra, and for a year at Bristol Grammar School, UK. She lectured in creative writing, English literature and speechmaking at the University of NSW at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW@ADFA) from 2004 to 2007. In 2007 she received the UNSW@ADFA teaching award for excellence and innovation in undergraduate teaching. Since 2009 Katherine has been a Commonwealth public servant working in the area of public policy. This included five years with the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (previously Skills Australia) where she developed expertise in skills and training policy, and in the development of scenarios for Australia’s future workforce and skills needs. She currently works in policy and programme evaluation.

Sharon Flanigan

Sharon commenced her career as a health professional in Adelaide and then moved to Canberra to join the Public Service where she remained for 29 years. She has worked in senior positions across government in various roles including policy, program delivery, service delivery, emergency management, national security and corporate.

Her last role in the public service was as the General Manager of People and Culture (HR), Prime Minister and Cabinet. She currently works at Woden Community Service, heading up HR.

Sophie Mannix

Sophie is a bookseller, writer, arts administrator and communications professional. Over the last five years, she has learned the ins and outs of the ACT Writers Centre in multiple positions, including Office Manager and Communications Officer. She has recently been appointed Store Manager at a local independent bookstore in Canberra. She has previously acted as Noted Writers Festival’s Communications Coordinator, and has managed multi-state book tours. Sophie hopes to use her extensive operational knowledge of the Centre, along with her marketing, administrative and event management skills, to serve Canberra’s writing community on the ACT Writers Centre Board.

Arthur Marusevich

Arthur Marusevich is a lawyer and a passionate writer. His love for writing took off in India when in 2006 The Telegraph published his first work – a poem dedicated to the victims of the September 11 attacks. That was the start of a new hobby.

Today, Arthur regularly writes for a number of media outlets, including Lawyers Weekly, Independent Australia, The New Daily and Ethos: Journal of the ACT Law Society. A book on Arthur’s journey will be published by Wild Dingo Press in 2020, co-authored by former ABC journalist, Dani Cooper.

Jennifer Sullivan

Jennifer has over 15 years of experience managing leading international brands in the United States and Australia including iconic brands such as SunRice, EVIAN water, LG Electronics and Napisan. She brings with her a broad skill set, ranging from setting strategy including new market entry to running award winning ad campaigns to conducting market research. She is driven by a passion for growing brands and businesses based on understanding consumer and sector needs and thinking differently.


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