Our Board

Professor Susan Wright 
Member since 2012
Susan Wright is Chair of Arts Education at the University of Melbourne. Her teaching and research focuses on young children’s meaning-making and communication using artistic symbol systems and multi-modal forms of expression and emphasises the significance of creative and somatic forms of learning and development. She has been an active researcher, attracting over 30 competitive research grants totalling over $3million.

Victoria Ryle – Secretary 2016
Member since 2010
Victoria Ryle is the co-founder of Kids’ Own Publishing. She has 30 years experience as a literary producer, children’s community publisher, teacher and literacy specialist working in England, Ireland and Australia. Victoria has championed the children’s community publishing sector and delivered innovative publishing initiatives with artists in diverse communities and in a range of languages.

John Allen – Treasurer 2016
Member since 2014
John concluded a 29-year career with Kodak at the end of 2004, where he had been Chairman and CEO since 1999. His career covered a wide and diverse set of management skills including finance, consumer marketing, divisional and general management.

Thomas Barry
Member since 2014
Tom Barry is a commercial litigator at Gilbert + Tobin and works with publicly listed corporations, government and private clients. Tom has conducted trials and appeals in Federal and Supreme Courts, acted in government inquiries and provided advice on major transactions from end to end.

Jane Harrison
Member since 2015
Jane Harrison is a researcher, project manager, writer and playwright. Her published research addresses the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and their families. She believes strongly in the power of a connection with culture to help young Aboriginal people find their way in life, and the value of stories in strengthening that connection. Jane’s heritage is Muruwari.

Tamara Joyner – Chair 2016
Member since 2015
Tamara Joyner specialises in expanding the commercial success of publishing companies. Operating within the online, digital and mobile sectors, Tamara grows market footprint through innovating revenue models, engaging customers and leading motivated teams. Tamara currently works as a Commercial Manager of Digital Businesses at Wolters Kluwer, CCH Australia.

Simon Spain
Member since 2012
Simon Spain trained as a printmaker in the UK and is a co-founder of Kids’ Own Publishing. In 2004, Simon established ArtPlay, an arts centre for children and families in the heart of the City of Melbourne. He has recently completed a Masters in Philanthropy and Social Investment at Swinburne School of Entrepreneurship and is also working with the Centre for Social Impact in Sydney. Simon is one of Australia’s experts in arts for children and families.