EXECUTIVE OFFICE 

Brooke Webb – CEO

Spanning 25 years, Brooke’s career has seen her travel the globe, working as an Executive Director, Executive Producer and Artistic Director for leading global entertainment and production companies. Honing her skills on theatrical shows and large-scale concert experiences (both touring and residential) Brooke soon found herself producing and directing large-scale, commercial festivals and major events.

Previous experience includes Artistic Director for Cirque du Soleil creating three touring shows, Mel Brook’s ‘The Producers’ (Broadway and Australian National tour), Julie Taymor’s ‘Lion King’ (Broadway) as well as producing internationally recognised festival’s and events for the Sydney Opera House; Vivid LIVE, Graphic Festival and the Outdoor Music forecourt series. As Executive Producer for Universal Music in New York City Brooke has also toured with some of the most iconic rock n’ roll bands of her generation.

Prior to joining Sydney Writers Festival, Brooke was the Festival Director for The Taste of Tasmania, injecting her signature energy and passion for shared experiences into a lively program of events aimed at sharing Tasmania’s incredible culinary culture with the world.

Michael Williams – Artistic Director

Michael Williams joined Sydney Writers’ Festival in September 2020, as the Artistic Director navigating the post-pandemic landscape going into the 2021 festival. He has spent the past decade at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne; as its founding Head of Programming in 2009, and then as its Director from September 2011. A regular host and interviewer for literary and ideas events around Australia – including a long-standing association with Sydney Writers’ Festival – his background is in publishing and broadcasting. He has hosted two shows on ABC Radio National – Blueprint for Living (2015-2016) and Talkfest (2017-2018) – was a regular on ABC TV’s The Book Club, and remains a regular guest on ABC radio and TV. Michael has also worked as a Breakfast presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR, as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, in publishing in Australia and New York, and has written extensively for The GuardianThe AgeSydney Morning Herald and elsewhere. He is currently also host of Guardian Australia’s monthly book club.

PROGRAMMING

Lydia Tasker – Program Manager

Lydia joined Sydney Writers’ Festival in August 2019. She comes from a background in book publishing, and prior to her appointment at the Festival she worked for five years at Hachette Australia, ultimately as Publicity Manager, touring with and building media campaigns for a broad range of international and Australian authors. She has been involved in publishing industry initiatives such as the Australian Book Industry Awards, the Publisher’s Publicity Circle and The Australian Reading Hour. Lydia holds a degree in English Literature and Writing from Macquarie University. 

DEVELOPMENT

Drew Bourgeois – Acting Head of Development 

Drew Bourgeois joined Sydney Writers’ Festival in November 2020. Prior to this, Drew was working in development and finance roles across the arts sector, including at the Australian Museum, Carriageworks and the Australia Council for the Arts. Drew holds an honors degree in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Sydney.

Georgia Wilson – Development Manager

Georgia Wilson joined Sydney Writers’ Festival in January 2022. Georgia has previously worked in roles across philanthropy, development and partnerships for organisations such as the Australian Museum, Australian Theatre for Young People and Sydney Living Museums. She holds a Bachelor of Art Theory from the University of NSW.

MARKETING

Aimee Huxley – Head of Marketing & Digital 

Aimee joined Sydney Writers’ Festival in 2016. Aimee has been working in arts marketing for over ten years, including holding positions at Sydney Festival, Sydney Theatre Company and Perth International Arts Festival.

Aimee has also worked as an editor and copywriter for various organisations across the arts, film, not-for-profit, education, health and publishing sectors. Aimee studied literature and Film at Curtin University and publishing at the University of Melbourne.

Aimee is currently on maternity leave.

Luke de Zilva – Digital Consultant 

Luke is a senior digital and arts consultant, and currently a Digital-Strategist-in-Residence for Australia Council for the Arts. He has worked with Sydney Opera House, the Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks, Sydney Festival, Force Majeure dance theatre and Brisbane Writers' Festival amongst other Australian and international arts organisations. 

MEDIA

Benython Oldfield – Media Manager

Benython has been working on the promotion of Sydney Writers’ Festival since 2013. He is the Director of publicity & writers’ agency, Zeitgeist Media Group. 

OFFICE MANAGER

Jo Jukes – Office Manager 

Jo joined Sydney Writers’ Festival in October 2021. Prior to this, she held the position of general manager of operations for a New Business Development agency, leading projects and managing a busy team of inside sales agents. She studied Commercial Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth in the UK and has held a variety of roles in photography and media, both in Sydney and London. Jo is also a freelance writer; her work has been published both nationally and internationally. 

PRODUCTION & OPERATIONS

Tristan Taylor – Head of Production

Tristan has played various technical roles in Arts and Entertainment Events for over thirty years.

Previous highlights include festivals and productions at the Sydney Opera House, National and International touring with Performing Lines, being part of the lighting team at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, and teaching Theatre Technology in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Tristan is a graduate of University of Wollongong, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Theatre Technology), and Deakin University, Graduate Diploma of Arts and Entertainment Management.

TICKETING

Michael Clapham – Head of Ticketing 

Michael comes to Sydney Writers' Festival with a ticketing career spanning over 25 years, having held multiple supervisory and managerial roles with Sydney Opera House. Over the years, he has provided ticketing support for major events, including the Sydney Opera House 40th Anniversary celebrations. Michael has also worked in customer-focused roles for Appliances Online, Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia and the Sydney Gay Games 2002.