Board & Staff

Board

Seri Renkin – Chair

Seri is the CEO of the ten20 Foundation and has over 20 years’ experience providing strategic advice and driving change management initiatives in the non-profit, philanthropic, government and corporate sectors.

Dianne Cuka – Treasurer

With over 25 years of taxation experience, Dianne is a tax partner at EY and leads the Melbourne Private Clients Services Team. She specialises in accounting, taxation and related business services advice to high net worth individuals, their private wealth structures, entrepreneurs and family owned businesses. Dianne is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants and the Taxation Institute of Australia.

Keren Murray – Secretary

Keren is an experienced lawyer, policy advisor and non-executive director. She is Principal of K Murray Consulting, a legal policy advisory service. Previously, Keren was Principal Lawyer at the Law Institute of Victoria, and worked in law reform at the Department of Justice, Victoria, and law reform commissions in England and Wales. Keren is currently a Director and Company Secretary of WAM – Women and Mentoring, and was previously a board member of the YWCA Victoria.

Amruta Slee

Amruta is currently a radio producer at ABC Radio National and a journalist (hqGood Weekend, Fairfax, News Ltd, The Saturday Paper). She is a former magazine editor and nonfiction publisher. In New York in the 1990s she was a co-founder with Naomi Wolf of a women’s media networking group and has also contributed to the third-wave feminist anthologies To be Real and Dick for a Day. 

Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and community radio broadcaster. She is the current editor in chief of Peril magazine, which looks at Asian Australian arts and culture, and a former board member of the Queensland Poetry Festival. A passionate advocate for the role of the arts in cultural sustainability, she has over 15 years’ experience in the non-profit and education sectors.

Paula McLean

Paula is a founding trustee of McLean Foundation which funds in the literacy, environment and community development sectors. In 2010 Paula set up a biennial nature writing prize for Australian writers run through The Nature Conservancy. She is the author of Good Foods for Babies & Toddlers. Paula wrote two parenting books for The Benevolent Society and is a former fiction editor.

Elizabeth Shaw

A passionate reader and gender equality advocate, Beth is an Associate Director at KPMG, advising organisations on change, culture, diversity and inclusion. Beth is a qualified lawyer and company director and is the Deputy Chair of Inclusion WA. She has worked across a number of industries to advance gender equality and has led pro-bono work for the Male Champions of Change and the Australian Institute of Company Director’s 30% Club.

Lisa Cotton

Lisa is Chief Executive of the Ideology Group. She has spent the past 15 years connecting executives to social purpose and is a respected leader in philanthropy and the non-profit sectors. Prior to establishing the Ideology Group, she co-founded and was the CEO of The Funding Network (TFN), a national award-winning social enterprise that builds the capacity of non-profit entities. In 2017, she was named Third Sector CEO of the Year, and was included in Pro-Bono Australia’s Impact 25 list of people.

Staff

Michelle Scott Tucker – Executive Director

Michelle comes to Stella as a writer, having just published her first book – a biography of Elizabeth Macarthur – and with a successful career in government and business behind her. Most recently, Michelle has been executive director of a management consulting company. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts (English and History). Passionate about Australian women’s literature and storytelling, Michelle is also a member of the Writers Victoria committee of management.

Clara Sankey – Prize Manager

Originally from Adelaide, Clara has spent the last eight years working in all facets of the U.S. publishing industry. Before joining Stella she was living in Oakland, California, where she worked as Assistant Managing Editor of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, while also editing the Best American Nonrequired Reading series with Sheila Heti. Prior to that she was as an editor at the Penguin Random House illustrated imprint Ten Speed Press, and an editor at McSweeney’s Publishing. She has edited fiction for the Melbourne-based literary journal The Lifted Brow since 2014, and her writing has been published by Wolfman New Life Quarterly.

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