Meet Our Team
Georgie Donaghey - President

Georgie Donaghey is an award-winning Author, Mentor, Educator and Speaker. Her picture books Lulu, Clover’s Big Ideas and In the Shadow of an Elephant, appear on the Premier’s Reading Challenge, Kinderling Kids Radio, Kindergo…
Pat Simmons - Vice-President

Pat holds a Bachelor degree in Children’s Services and an Advanced Diploma in Community Service Management. She’s worked as a Child Care Centre Director, TAFE teacher and coordinator of children’s…
Amanda Mark - Treasurer

Amanda is an aspiring writer with a background in financial markets. She is passionate about life, travel, food, women in business, sports, Olympics, rugby and equal rights for all…

Jan Conway - Minutes Secretary

Jan is the immediate Past President of The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc and has a background in office management. Jan found writing in retirement. In her memoir, Skimming…
Luisa Hall - Membership Secretary

Luisa worked in pathology and medical research before pursuing a career as a mathematics teacher. These experiences provided the humorous material for many of the short stories and memoirs she…
Ann Beaumont - Regional Coordinator

After a long career as a journalist, editor and producer in Europe and Australia, Ann has worked mainly in the field of history and biography for the last fifteen years.…

Pippa Kay - Workshop Coordinator

Pippa Kay has written three books. The most recent, Keeping it in the Family, published by Ginninderra Press, won the Society of Women Writers Fiction Award in 2018.   Pippa has…
Maria McDougall - Centenary Planning Coordinator

Maria McDougall has written numerous educational programs, reports and procedures along with plays, skits and jingles for children’s performance items on the school stage. For many years she taught in…
Rita Shaw - Website Administrator

Rita Shaw retired in 2009 after many years as a Bid Manager, writer, editor and proof reader in Sydney’s corporate arena, after starting her career at the University of NSW…

Julie Thorndyke - Committee Member

A graduate of the University of Sydney Master of Creative Writing program, Sydney writer Julie Thorndyke’s two collections of tanka poetry, Rick Rack and Carving Granite, were published by Ginninderra…
Jacqui Brown - Editor

Jacqui Brown is editor of The Society's Women's Ink! magazine and monthly E-News. She completed a Bachelor of Science in pharmacology and physiology and spent 20 years working in the…
Gwen Wilson - Literary Event Coordinator

Gwen Wilson handles the bookings for the monthly literary luncheons. Her debut memoir I Belong to No One was published by Hachette Australia in 2015, and later by Orion UK. …