Staff

Lori-Jay Ellis

Chief Executive Officer

Queensland born and raised, Lori-Jay embodies creativity and innovation; she brings an enthusiasm and thirst for new ideas as well as a firm belief in nurturing creative talent, and proven leadership success in both the arts and business sectors. Early on she produced and directed funded short films, and as part of her mid-life crisis she is a self-published speculative writer. She brings to the role a personal passion for the written word and a genuine love for all things indie.

From winning first prize at the Bundaberg Art Show at age ten, Lori-Jay says she is empowered by the creative process and its vital role in leading with vision to enable sustainable organisational models. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Visual) from Brisbane’s QUT and has been CEO of a community arts studio in Sydney as well as managing a New York art gallery.

Ella Chalmers

Customer Service Officer

Ella is an avid reader of all things Fantasy and Young Adult. In 2016, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing from the Queensland University of Technology. She has interned at several arts organisations and has a background in customer service.

Management Committee

QWC is fortunate to have a team of wonderful volunteers and interns who support our operations in the areas of office and membership support, marketing, events, videoing, website, design and projects. Without their help QWC would not be the strong organisation that it is. Our gratitude and thanks go to you all!

Andrea Baldwin

Andrea Baldwin

Chair

Originally from regional Queensland, Andrea is a Brisbane-based writer of literary fiction, YA fiction and fantasy. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from QUT and is an Alumna of Varuna the Writers House. Andrea received an Affirm Press Mentorship in 2015, was longlisted for the Richell Prize in 2016, and in 2017 was awarded a Griffith Review Queensland Writing Fellowship and a Varuna Residential Writers Fellowship. After serving on QWC’s Management Committee as an Ordinary Member and as Vice Chair, Andrea is keen to continue working with the Queensland reading and writing community in the role of Chair.

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Ann Wilson

Vice Chair 

As owner of Post Pre-press Group and Independent Ink, Ann works with traditional publishers and self-published authors. She brings knowledge in publishing and management, and financial and organisational skills, and is soon to be published herself. She is a Director of the NFP Circles of Life running Women’s Forums. Her vision for QWC is to continue increasing its engagement within the writing community and fostering a sense of connection between writers. Her passions include reading, and helping people achieve their dreams.

Kym Hausman

Kym Hausman

Treasurer

Kym holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland. Her areas of professional expertise are business management, strategic planning, financial and management accounting. Her accounting career has spanned 20 years and included working for Mack Trucks Australia and London Buses.

She is currently the Financial Controller for a group of family-owned businesses and is excited to contribute her knowledge and skills to QWC. Kym is also a writer. She has written a number of business and non-fiction books including a book on how to dress for work. She is currently working on another non-fiction on how to dress for your body shape.

Andrea Brosnan

Andrea Brosnan

Member

Andrea is a strategic communications, marketing and engagement professional with more than 20 years’ experience in education, member-based organisations and government sectors at management level. Andrea’s people and communication skills and project management experience have seen her build strong strategic partnerships with stakeholders she has worked with. Across her fundraising career she has delivered $16m through creative donor management and has extensive experience in events management on restrictive budgets. Andrea hopes to use her marketing, events, communications and fundraising skills to assist QWC in growing their membership base, forging strong strategic partnerships and specifically to increase their donor and sponsorships income.

Sandra Makaresz

Sandra Makaresz

Secretary

Sandra has a background in advertising, film and television, and corporate and interpretive writing. She has worked in commercial and film and television production, with Network Ten, ABC3 and Channel 9. Sandra is the writing consultant for the Regional Arts Development Fund. She holds a Master of Arts in children’s and youth writing, has received the ASA Edel Wignell Mentorship and was highly commended for the 2016-17 Emerging Writers’ and Illustrators’ Mentorship Program. She hopes to help QWC continue being an important part of the writing journey for all Queensland writers. She believes her broad skills and experience in various fields of writing could benefit QWC in the changing arts landscape.

Sarah Thornton

Sarah Thornton

Member

Sarah has a degree in English Literature, teaching and law. After eight years in sales and marketing roles, she began her legal career with her most recent role being General Counsel & Company Secretary at Brisbane Airport Corporation. In 2016 Sarah was announced Australian Corporate Lawyer of the Year. She is now a full time (as yet unpublished) novel and short story writer.