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Emily Bullock – Co-founder and Board Member
Emily is a teacher and writer, with a PhD in English literature and cultural studies and a Masters of Teaching. In addition to co-founding The Story Island Project, she has taught in universities in Sydney and Hobart, in the public education system, and in adult and family literacy initiatives in community education settings.


Kate Gross – Co-founder and Public Officer
Kate received an AMP Foundation grant in late 2015, enabling her to spend 2016 on the development of The Story Island Project. From 2006–2015, she was a writer/editor at the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, an organisation that provided information and resources to the Australian youth sector. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Teaching.


Lynne Hanlon – President  
Formerly Principal of Claremont College and of Kingston Primary School, Lynne was a teacher in Tasmanian schools for over 40 years. She is passionate about helping students develop their literacy, a love of reading, enjoyment of language and an understanding of the power of language. Lynne has extensive experience in writing curriculum, including the original Writers’ Workshop subject (now English Writing), Applied English and Studies in English, and has taught all English subjects, including Writers’ Workshop, for which she was also a Marking Examiner. Lynne has been an Adult Literacy Tutor in Launceston, and is a past Board Member of the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority and the Schools’ Registration Board. 


Susan Bartie – Senior Vice President
Susan Bartie is a lawyer, legal academic and educationalist. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Tasmania and has also taught at universities in South Australia. She previously practised as a commercial litigator and played a key role in advancing litigation both within Australia and abroad. She also spent several years volunteering part time at a community legal service. She holds both a PhD and Masters in Law. 


Beth Warren – Secretary
Beth Warren is an IT Project Management professional who is passionate about plain English. She has been a teacher, software engineer, technical writer and ministerial adviser on prisons. In her spare time, she sings with the TSO chorus, writes popular fiction and performs stand up comedy.


Lily Stojcevski – Board Member
Lily Stojcevski is a college student and aspiring author. She has been published by 40 Degrees South and is featured in Melbourne Books’ Award Winning Australian Writing 2015 after winning the 2014 Tasmanian Young Writer’s Prize. She has judged the Inky Awards and featured on a panel at the 2015 Tasmanian Readers and Writers Festival, as well as participating in the last two Lost Voices workshops with Story Island. Lily is currently judging the children’s section of the Aurealis Awards.

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Finegan Kruckemeyer – Board Member
Finegan has had 80 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into six languages. His work has been performed in over 100 international festivals, and at the Sydney Opera House (seven works), America’s Kennedy and Lincoln Centers, Ireland’s Abbey Theatre and China’s Malan Flower Theatre. He has received at least one award each year for the past 13, including five Australian Writers Guild awards, and has presented papers in nine countries, with plays published and studied worldwide.


Louise Mills – Treasurer
Louise is a senior executive in the Tasmanian State Service, and is the chair of The Training Consortium Executive. She has held senior positions in policy, strategic planning and corporate services across a number of State Service Agencies. Louise has a Bachelor of Arts (UTAS) majoring in English and Public Administration, and Masters of Business Administration (UTAS) for which she was awarded the W. O. McCarthy Medal. Louise was a participant in the Tasmanian Leaders Program (TLP) 2007, and coordinates the Lunch With A Leader Session (South) for the TLP Alumni. She is also Certified Practitioner of the Australian Human Resources Institute. In addition to her role with The Story Island Project, Louise is a mentor for the YoungMile Program through UTAS. She has been an active participant in a range of sports, and played and coached touch football at a state and national level, and is currently training in taekwondo. 


Melinda Maddock – Vice President
Melinda went to her first political rally at the age of four and grew up wanting to change the world. After studying politics at university she began her career as a political adviser. As chief of staff to ministers, senior adviser to premiers and senior executive in government, she used her influence to shape public policy, political strategy, campaigns and organisational culture. Now she teaches what she knows about politics and power to anyone who wants to make change for good. Melinda is a director of Madfinch Pty Ltd and loves writing and dwelling in the creative world of her two children and filmmaker husband.  


Victoria Ryle – Board Member
Victoria is CEO of Kids’ Own Publishing and employs many teaching artists to engage with diverse communities across Australia to support community publishing initiatives. Kids’ Own has expertise in delivering community based workshops, capacity building training and published outcomes aimed at promoting literacy, reading and the status of children as storytellers, writers and illustrators.