Board of Directors

The Australian Society of Authors is run by its CEO under the direction of a Chair and an elected Board of Directors of a maximum of fourteen members. Every year half the Board completes their two-year term and steps off the Board, although the constitution allows for their immediate nomination for election to a further two-year term.

The Board of Directors is responsible for making major policy decisions and setting directions.

Officers of the Society

Foundation President Dal Stivens 

Chair David Day
Deputy Chair Sarah Mills
Treasurer Julienne van Loon

Board of Directors

Suzanne Burdon

Suzanne Burdon is a writer of poetry and fiction whose most recent publication is an historical novel based on the life of Mary Shelley, Almost Invincible. In addition to her writing, Suzanne has also set up a small publishing company and in her "other life" runs a Sydney-based market and social research consultancy. She has served on the council of Australian Market & Social Research Society. She hopes to use some of her research and marketing insights to help the ASA further understand the needs and promote the success of its members in the complex and fast changing environment that is modern publishing.

David Day (Chair)

I have been a writer for nearly thirty years and published more than fifteen books, including a prize-winning history of Australia (Claiming a Continent), a thematic history of the world (Conquest: How Societies Overwhelm Others), a history of Antarctica and prize-winning biographies of three Australian prime ministers. Serveral have been published in Britain and the United States and translated into other languages. My most recent book is Flaws in the Ice: In search of Douglas Mawson. I'm presently completing a biography of Paul Keating. I've taught in universities in Britain, Ireland, Japan and Australia and am presently a visiting fellow at the Australian National University and an honorary associate at La Trobe University. I feel it’s time I played a part in protecting and enhancing the position of Australian writers. I intend to do what I can to raise the political and cultural profile of the ASA and also work with the Society to address the challenges for authors in the expanding digital environment.

Margot Hilton

Executive Officer of the ASA 1981-1984, Margot has had an active relationship with the Society ever since. Elected to the Committee of Management in 2004, she chaired the Donald Horne Memorial Lecture Sub-Committee throughout 2006 and acted as Treasurer 2009-2011. She has worked in the arts all her professional life, initially as the inaugural Drama Officer for the Victorian Ministry for the Arts, then as a Publicity Manager for Angus & Robertson, a script writer with Reg Grundy Productions, a segment producer for Channel 10, the Executive Secretary to the Victorian Premier’s inaugural Literary Awards and as a Project Officer for the Literature Board of the Australia Council. Her published and performed works include non-fiction, biography, ghostwritten memoir, humour, plays, TV and radio drama, chat-show scripts, songs, speeches and journalism. The challenges facing writers now are very different to the ones that confronted us in the '80s and seem to be in an almost constant state of flux. Margot is glad to be once more back in the best place to get the real measure of what's happening out there for authors and to work for and promote the Society's aims and objectives on a day-to-day basis.

Sophie Masson

A long-term ASA member, Sophie Masson was first elected to the ASA Committee of Management in 2009. Sophie is the author of nearly 50 novels for young people, published nationally and internationally. Her shorter pieces have appeared in numerous publications. She lives in northern NSW. With a particular understanding of the situation of regional, multicultural and  children’s writers, Sophie is the President of the New England and North West sub-branch of the Children’s Book Council of NSW, and has also had a four-year term on the Literature Board of the Australia Council (2004-2008) which gave her many useful insights.

Sarah Mills

Sarah Mills is a Blue Mountains author. For the past two decades, she worked as a journalist at Fairfax Media, on Australia’s major mastheads such as the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review and the Sun Herald. She also spent many years consulting on communications and branding to Australia’s top consumer and B2B brand. Her debut fantasy novel, Gom’s Gold, is set in Australia.

Helen O'Neill

Helen O’Neill is a Sydney-based author who has worked in journalism for over 25 years, winning various awards and being published across the world. Publishing has been changing since the day she first set foot in it, and she believes the time has come to begin finding new approaches to publisher/author/agent partnerships. A former staff journo on The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and Vogue Australia she has written four books, the best-known of which Florence Broadhurst - Her Secret and Extraordinary Lives, was released in multiple editions in Australia, the UK and the USA.

Chris Pash

Chris Pash is a writer of narrative nonfiction. His book, The Last Whale published by Fremantle Press 2008, was partly based on his experiences in the 1970s as a cadet reporter at the Albany Advertiser in Western Australia’s south.  In the mid 1990s he built and ran the regional newswire Asia Pulse, a joint venture company between Asian news companies. He lives in Sydney and works in the news and information industry.  He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ian Reid

Ian Reid is a Perth-based author of a dozen books across several genres and editor of other publications, along with numerous items in periodicals. His writings, some of which are translated into foreign languages, include fiction, history, poetry, literary criticism and curriculum theory. Among his awards is the Antipodes poetry prize. His latest novel is The Mind’s Own Place (UWAP 2015). A longtime champion of Australian literature in schools, Ian has taught creative writing and literature at universities overseas as well as in Australia. He is an Adjunct Professor in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia.

Julienne van Loon

Julienne van Loon’s first novel, Road Story, won The Australian/Vogel’s Award in 2004. Her later works, Beneath the Bloodwood Tree (2008) and Harmless (2013) were published to wide critical acclaim. Julienne ran the Creative Writing program at Curtin University in Perth for many years, and is well known as a highly-successful doctoral supervisor. She now lives in Melbourne, where she is a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media & Communication at RMIT.


Tony Lund (Company Secretary)

Tony Lund is a Sydney-based global senior executive and Board Director who was formerly Managing Director, Asia and Regional Finance Director, Asia Pacific and Global Board member, Cambridge University Press. Former Deputy CEO, The CEO Institute, various senior business development, finance and HR roles with Dow Jones Telerate who were a real-time information provider. He is a currently a Director of the Copyright Licensing and Administration Society of Singapore as well as other organisations.

Council of the Society

Geoffrey Blainey AO 
Helen Garner 
Libby Gleeson AM 
Kate Grenville 
Thomas Keneally AO 
David Marr 
Frank Moorhouse AM 
Gerald Murnane 
Judith Rodriguez AM 
Rosie Scott 
Thomas Shapcott
Gavin Souter AO 
Elizabeth Webby AM 
Nadia Wheatley 

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