Board

Vivien Ronnebeck  Chair

Viv has over fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry, primarily in corporate strategy, both in Australia and the UK. Viv holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of NSW and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. Viv joined the NSWWC Board in March 2013, and became Chair of the Board in December 2015. Viv is author of the spy thriller, The Ignition Effect, which was published in 2015.

 

David Henley – Deputy Chair

David Henley is a published author with HarperCollins but also works in research and development for Xoum Publishing and is the founder of Seizure – a launchpad for Australian writing. David has been worked in the publishing industry for over 15 years in roles ranging through consulting, design, project management, editorial and promotion.

 

Alison Green

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.

 

Bruce McCabe

Bruce McCabe is an entrepreneur, author, and corporate speaker. His core expertise lies in understanding innovation and how people are impacted by new technologies. Over twenty-five years he has held a variety of senior business roles, participated in tech start-ups, founded a think tank to support organisational innovation, and served as an independent advisor to a long list of corporations including Westpac, Barclays, Qantas, Telstra, Fairfax, Deloitte, Microsoft, SAP and Canon, as well as governments, universities and the science organisations such as CSIRO and NICTA. He is the author of Skinjob, a cutting-edge thriller following the lives of an FBI agent and a policewoman as they work frantically to solve a high-pressure case, and wrote a weekly column in The Australian for three years. He holds a PhD from the University of Technology Sydney, travels widely as a corporate speaker, writes constantly, and is currently finishing his second novel.

Jane Pochon

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.

Sushma Segal

Sushma has over 15 years of audit and advisory experience and is currently an audit leader working in Financial Services. Her particular area of interest is working with organisations to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of their risk management, control and governance processes. Sushma has held senior roles at QBE Insurance, PwC and Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs in Australia and the UK and led audit and advisory services in IFRS financial reporting, business transformation, process improvement, tax investigations and due diligence. She is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Australia & New Zealand Institute for Insurance and Finance.

Nicola Evans

Nicola Evans has worked in the Literature sector for over twenty-five years, as an editor, as Program Manager for the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and most recently as Program and Communications Manager for the Australian Publishers Association.  Nicola is an avid reader and has worked closely with many inspiring Australian writers and industry bodies to develop programs and initiatives to support writing, publishing and cultural leadership for Australian editors.

Joel Naoum

Naoum 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.

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