Elizabeth Clare was appointed Chair of the Trust in October 2015. She is a communication specialist and prior to her retirement consulted to the not for profit sector. She previously held the roles of Executive Director of the Mary Potter Foundation and General Manager (Property) at the Masonic Homes. She has been a board member of several organisations and recently retired from the Bedford Group after ten years and as a director of RSL Care SA after three years.
In 2003 Elizabeth was a winner in the SA Telstra Business Women's awards.
Elizabeth has been an avid reader since childhood and now, having four grandchildren enjoys reading to them. She particularly loves Australian children's literature and regularly sends books to her two grandsons who are growing up in Munich.
She is very pleased by her appointment as she is keen to support and promote Australian authors and illustrators.
"We have a great pool of home grown talent. It's a privilege to be in a position to nurture their talent and thus increase the amount of Australian children's literature available to our younger readers" Elizabeth said.
Dianne was appointed to the Board in 2011. She was elected Chair in May 2013 following the death of the Trust's co-founder, the Hon. Ian Wilson AM, and retired as Chair in October 2015 when Elizabeth Clare took over the role.
Dianne was a practising lawyer for many years, with a particular interest in public law and law reform. More recently she worked with the South Australian Law Reform Institute at the University of Adelaide, retiring in September 2017. She has experience in organisational governance arrangements and is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has served in a voluntary capacity on boards and committees, including several associated with schools.
She is married and has three children and seven grandchildren. She believes that reading helps children and young adults to understand themselves, other people and the world around them as well as providing much pleasure. The work of the Trust in assisting Australian authors and illustrators to create high-quality literature that encourages young readers and writers is a valuable contribution to society.
Fij has been a Board member since 2008. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has an MBA (Advanced) from the University of Adelaide. She has been a teacher, a librarian, a bookseller and was the South Australian Government’s Small Business Advocate from 1997 to 2002. She has been a Chair of Adelaide Writers Week, a member of the Libraries Board of SA and Treasurer on the National Executive of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. She has been on numerous Boards and Committees and was Chair of the Board of No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability until 2013. She has long been a supporter of authors and illustrators and believes the ideals of the May Gibbs Literature Trust fulfils an important role in assisting emerging writers and illustrators to further their creative development.
Julie began her career as a secondary school teacher, before becoming a children's librarian in public libraries. She did this for about 12 years, followed by 6 years in which she returned to schools as a teacher librarian. Julie has been highly active within the CBCA SA. Julie is Company Secretary of the CBCA where she was the National President between 2010 and 2012. She has also been a board member of the SA Writers Centre. Julie joined the board of the Trust in May 2016. She also serves as chair of the Trust's selection committee
Board Members : (L-R) Elizabeth Clare , Dianne Gray , Fij Miller and Julie Wells