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.
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 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.
Amanda has worked at senior levels in journalism, government and corporate communications and as a public relations consultant. Most recently she was Director at strategic communications firm Kreab. Prior to this, Amanda held senior communications roles at Rio Tinto, BHP and Myer. She served in Washington D.C. and Canberra as a senior officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and also as speechwriter to political leaders in Canberra and Darwin. Amanda began her working life as a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review, the Daily Telegraph, Bloomberg News and the Sunday Age, and is a graduate of the University of Melbourne.
Amruta Slee is currently a radio producer at ABC Radio National and a journalist (hq, Good 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 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 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.
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.
Megan Quinlan – General Manager
Megan is now Stella’s General Manager and was the inaugural Stella Prize Manager. She has many years of experience within the book industry, having worked as a bookseller, an editor at The Monthly, and a publicist at Text Publishing.
Fiona Dunne – Prize Manager
Fiona is a Melbourne-based arts manager from Western Sydney whose practice focuses on the development, support, and presentation of early-career artists across Australian storytelling. From 2014 to 2018, she was Creative Producer of Express Media and has previously held roles with Playwriting Australia, Seizure, The Emerging Writers Festival, and Art + Australia. In 2016, Fiona was selected for the Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Emerging Cultural Leaders program and was a delegate of the Australia Council’s India Literature Exploratory, supported by the UNESCO Melbourne City of Literature.
Bec Kavanagh – Schools Manager
Bec Kavanagh is a Melbourne based freelance writer, reviewer and YA fiction specialist. Bec has appeared at the Melbourne Writers Festival, on Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily and has judged a number of literary prizes, including for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Writing for Young Adults. Her work has been published by Bookseller + Publisher, Australian Book Review, Kill Your Darlings, and a number of education publications. She has had fiction published by Seizure and the Review of Australian Fiction. Bec is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing.
Schools Program intern – Mel Fulton