Kathy Shand – Chair

Kathy Shand has been on the Board of Sydney Writers' Festival for nine years. She has served most recently on the boards of the State Library of New South Wales Foundation, The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation and the Sydney Childrens' Hospital Foundation. She was co-publisher of the Australian Jewish News for several years and has extensive community involvement. Kathy was a judge of the Prime Minister's Literary Awards. She is a Director of the Next Generation Foundation and works closely to encourage and foster philanthropic giving within the Arts. Kathy has a Bachelor of Arts Law (BaLlb) from the University of Sydney and a Masters of international Relations (USyd).

Kate Dundas – Deputy Chair

Kate Dundas works as a mentor to emerging and established leaders and is an independent consultant on major arts projects. She is a Sydney Festival Board Director and Deputy Chair of Australia for UNHCR. Kate has performed executive roles in the ABC and government. Most recently she was Executive Director of Performing Arts at the Sydney Opera House. At the ABC after heading up the national Radio networks, she became the ABC’s Director of People and Learning before stepping back into content for five years as the Director of ABC Radio. During that period she led the establishment of the ABC’s digital radio stations, expanded online audio and podcasting services and overhauled emergency broadcasting to ensure Australians were supported during times of natural disaster and crisis.

Kate is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow, has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb is an author, and an ABC writer and broadcaster. She presented The House, with Annabel Crabb and is the creator and presenter of the long-running popular political series Kitchen Cabinet. Annabel won a Walkley Award for her profile of Malcolm Turnbull, entitled Stop At Nothing, and in 2014 published the non-fiction bestseller The Wife Drought, about gender and work in Australia. Along with her friend and colleague Leigh Sales, Annabel presents the cult podcast Chat 10, Looks 3, in which the pair discusses books, film, cooking and television. She is a longstanding political reporter and columnist who has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times and The Advertiser.

Annabel was Australia's 2011 Eisenhower Fellow and is a regular presenter and interviewer at the Sydney Writers Festival. 

Michael Dagostino

Michael Dagostino is the Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre, a flagship contemporary art institution in Western Sydney. His passion and dedication is focussed on collaborating with contemporary artists and curators to challenge historical, political and social frameworks. Previously Michael was the inaugural director of the Parramatta Artists Studios, where he developed an innovative hub for emerging artists. Michael has commissioned and or curated a number award-winning exhibitions including Towards the Morning Sun (2013); The List (2014); TV Moore’s Rum Jungle (2014); Cosmic Love Wonder Lust (2014); On Manus Island (2016), with Mike Parr; With Secrecy and Despatch (2016); Another Day in Paradise (2017); and Lisa Reihana|Cinemania (2018).

Michael’s career includes being the chair of Artspace, on the boards of Accessible Arts, FBi Radio and has had leadership positions on the NSW State Government Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee, Western Sydney Arts and Cultural Lobby and Sydney Cultural Network.

Sheila McGregor

Sheila McGregor is a company director and commercial lawyer with extensive experience in media, telecommunications , technology, digital and financial services. 

After graduating from the University of Sydney, Sheila practiced law at Freehills, and then later at Gilbert+Tobin where she now sits on the board, heads the firm’s national technology and digital practice, and chairs the art committee that is responsible for the firm’s notable Indigenous art collection.

Sheila currently is a director of Crestone Wealth Management Limited and IAG Limited, and chairs the board of a Sydney Girls High School. She previously was a director of Seven West Media and the chair of the Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation. She holds a BA (Hons), LLB from the University of Sydney and is a member of CEW.

Dr Julianne Schultz

Dr Julianne Schultz is professor emeritus of media and culture at Griffith University. In 2003 she became the founding editor of Griffith Review which quickly established itself as the leading quarterly journal of ideas and culture. In this role she edited 62 editions and published more than 1000 established and emerging authors who went on to write books and films based on essays first commissioned for Griffith Review. During her 15 year stewardship of Griffith Review, its contributors won major awards for literature and journalism and she facilitated conversations and forums as writers festivals and other events around Australia and internationally.

Prior to this role she held senior editorial, academic and management roles at the ABC, Courier Mail, and University of Technology Sydney.

She is the author of The Idea of Australia, Reviving the Fourth Estate and Steel City Blues, and wrote the librettos for the award winning operas, Going into Shadows and Black River.

She has served as chair of The Conversation Media Group, Australian Film TV and Radio School, Queensland Design Council and Reference Group for Creative Australia. She was a board director of the ABC, Grattan Institute, Copyright Agency and has served on numerous advisory boards with an emphasis on culture, media, journalism and education.

She was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to journalism and the community in 2009 and elected an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities the following year.

She divides her time between Sydney and the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

Su-Ming Wong

Su-Ming Wong is an investment professional with over 33 years’ of direct investment, international corporate advisory and merchant banking experience. He co-founded CHAMP Ventures in 2001, an Australian mid-market private equity funds manager with over $750 million funds under management.

Mr Wong was a member of the Council of University of Technology, Sydney (2010-2014). He was a founding director of National ICT Australia, a centre of excellence in ICT research, a member of the Industry Research and Development Board and a director of Unisearch. He was also a council member of the Australian Venture Capital Association and a member of the South Australian Government’s Venture Capital Board.

He holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management.