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Fremantle Press is a proudly not-for-profit team of publishers, authors and artists who bring uniquely Australian stories to the world. Established in 1976, Fremantle Press is renowned for producing quality works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s literature. Our core purpose is to identify talented new and emerging Western Australian writers and artists, and to publish and distribute their work to the widest possible audience.

Fremantle Press respectfully acknowledges the First Nations peoples of Australia as its traditional owners and custodians. We thank them for the continuing contributions they make to the life of this country through storytelling. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

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Fremantle Press board of management

Barry McGuire is the Fremantle Press Patron

Barry McGuire
Patron

Barry McGuire is a Balladong, Wadjuk, Noongar man who has a strong track record as a cultural leader, entrepreneur, public speaker and negotiator in a broad range of sectors including mining, resources, arts, construction and Aboriginal business development. In addition to his role as Chairman of RedSpear, Barry has also recently been appointed as the cultural advisorBarry McGuire is a Balladong, Wadjuk, Noongar man who has a strong track record as a cultural leader, entrepreneur, public speaker and negotiator in a broad range of sectors including mining, resources, arts, construction and Aboriginal business development. In addition to his role as Chairman of Spear Group Holdings, Barry has also recently been appointed as the cultural advisor to the Indigenous Emerging Business Forum, an organisation designed to help and support Aboriginal-owned businesses make the most of technology to grow business and opportunities. He currently serves as a director of the Western Australian Planning Commission, The Spear Foundation and as an advisory board member of the Perth International Arts Festival and the Black Swan State Theatre Company of Western Australia. These roles allow him to exercise his passion for sharing cultural understanding and safety across all nations of Australia while contributing to local economic development across urban, regional and remote parts of Australia.

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Clair Medhurst
Chair

Clair Medhurst has lived in Perth since 1985. She has practised as a corporate, resources and energy lawyer for 25 years across the private sector, specialising in project acquisition, construction management and corporate governance. She has over 25 years’ experience on public company and not-for-profit boards, including as a Board Member of West Australian Ballet Company Inc from 1991–2001, and as a Board Member and Treasurer of EON Foundation Inc. from 2007–2013. Clair brings experience in legal and commercial risk management, governance, strategic planning, project management and fundraising to the Board of Fremantle Press.

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Felicity Ruse
Deputy chair

Felicity emigrated to Australia in 1976 and successfully established then sold two new-to-Perth property companies, Leasing Elite (1984) and Private Properties (1994), that catered to the rapid rise of people and businesses relocating to Perth, and to property investors looking to increased rental revenues from their assets. Felicity is on the Brightwater Leaping Lizard Fundraising Committee supporting the Oats Street facility, providing rehabilitation services for adults suffering acquired brain injury and cognitive impairment. She has a keen interest in Aboriginal art, and as joint owner of Silverstream Wines in Denmark WA has a challenging venture dealing with vagaries of weather and market. She brings to the Fremantle Press Board new ways of looking at old ideas, strategic planning, promotion and business initiatives.

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Fremantle Press treasurer Mark Douglas

Mark Douglas
Treasurer

Mark is the Managing Partner at Fremantle accounting firm Francis A Jones and a Fellow of CPA Australia. At Francis A Jones, Mark takes personal responsibility for client service, business development, and most importantly, the education, development and well-being of his entire team. The ‘people first’ culture at FAJ is Mark’s proudest achievement in more than 30 years at the company. Mark is passionate about helping businesses plan and grow by identifying real issues and opportunities, and providing achievable action plans, and brings these skills to the Fremantle Press Board. He has held previous Board positions with Fremantle BID and Freo Now Inc.

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Fremantle Press board member David Ansell

David Ansell
Board member

David’s work history includes teacher, Principal, General Manager of The Smith Family (WA), Senior Executive in the Department of Education responsible for Youth at Risk and Early Childhood, Senior Officer in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Deputy Director General of the Department of Culture and the Arts. Most recently David was employed by the Telethon Kids Institute as Policy Director of CoLab, established through a partnership with the Minderoo Foundation. A focus of David’s career has been improving outcomes for children from low socio-economic backgrounds through education, and he was instrumental in establishing the Fogarty EDvance program with the Fogarty Foundation to support schools serving low-income communities. He has served on several government and community sector boards.

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Fremantle Press board member John Hoddinott

John Hoddinott
Board member

John Hoddinott lives with his family in Mosman Park. He has had an active career as a consultant to healthcare and other organisations here in Australia and overseas, working at the intersection of digital transformation, workforce development and improving operational performance. John has also been able to apply the knowledge, experience and network gained from a career in consulting as an entrepreneur, with board and executive roles with a small number of local and international start-ups serving the healthcare sector.

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Fremantle Press board member louise jones

Louise Jones
Board member

Louise qualified as a lawyer in 1987 with degrees from the University of Western Australia. Working for a few years in Perth, Louise moved to London and worked in a specialist white collar crime practice, returning to Perth in 1994 as a Commonwealth Prosecutor. Children followed, as did work as a barrister at Wickham Chambers and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. In 2010, Louise experienced a sea change and set up The Write Business with a colleague, providing writing services to businesses, government departments and not-for-profit organisations – particularly those in the arts and health sectors. Louise has also been part of significant fundraising initiatives for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Asthma Foundation WA.

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Fremantle Press board member Deborah Leavitt

Deborah Leavitt
Board member

Deborah has 25 years’ of experience in leadership and building high performance teams. She began her radio career in Boston with National Public Radio before moving to Australia in 1988 where she produced radio programs and podcasts in Perth and Melbourne for the ABC. She made the move into management in 2005, taking the helm at ABC Local Radio in Western Australia for ten years before moving to Sydney in 2013 to become the manager at ABC Radio National. In 2019, she was appointed to the role of Director, Communications and Media for the Western Australian Department of Education. Deborah is on the Western Australian Museum Board of Trustees and is a Fulbright Scholar selector. She brings to Fremantle Press a huge passion for all things books and a knack for thinking of new ways to reach readers and supporters who have not yet discovered the quality and distinctive works published by Fremantle Press.

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Fremantle Press staff

CEO Jane Fraser

Jane Fraser
CEO

Jane Fraser began her career in educational publishing in Sydney over 25 years ago before moving into editorial trade publishing. She spent five years in San Francisco heading up the editorial office of an international book packaging and co-editions publishing company. During this time she further developed her interest and expertise in the production of large-format photographic books, including landscape photography, art, history, cooking and gardening and natural history titles. For a decade prior to joining Fremantle Press, Jane worked in the corporate communications sector, expanding her business skills working with large international companies.

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Fremantle Press publisher Georgia Richter

Georgia Richter
Publisher

Georgia Richter has an MA (Creative Writing) from the University of Western Australia and is an IPEd Accredited Editor. She has taught creative writing, professional writing and editing at the universities of Melbourne and Western Australia, as well as at Curtin University. Georgia joined Fremantle Press in 2008 as the fiction, narrative non-fiction and poetry publisher. She is the author of How to Be an Author: The Business of Being a Writer.

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Fremantle Press marketing and communications Manager Claire Miller

Claire Miller
Marketing and communications manager

Claire Miller worked for Lothian Press before relocating to the Netherlands to market the country’s first satellite communications company during the ISP boom. Upon her return, Claire worked as an events manager and marketer for Tourism WA and the University of Western Australia. She joined Fremantle Press in 2008 and is the Marketing and communications manager. As well as running individual book campaigns, Claire produces the Fremantle Press podcast, creates and runs workshops for the Four Centres Emerging Writers Program and oversees the City of Fremantle Hungerford Award and the Fogarty Literary Award.

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Fremantle Press Customer Service Manager Cathy Szabo

Cathy Szabo
Customer service manager

Cathy Szabo is the Customer service manager at Fremantle Cathy Szabo is the Customer service manager at Fremantle Press. She is responsible for invoicing, administration support, website updates and much more she doesn’t think is worth mentioning. She keeps everybody in line and is the person to ask; ‘where can I find that book with the cute dog on the cover? The one with the waggly tail?’ Legend has it she once sold a $9.99 book to a staff member for $30. She reads crime, historical fiction, contemporary women’s fiction, romance and drama.  Cathy says it is rude to read anything during mealtimes unless it is the newspaper while eating breakfast in bed.

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Fremantle Press children's publisher Cate Sutherland

Cate Sutherland
Publisher

Cate Sutherland has worked in publishing for more than twenty years, in a variety of roles from publicity and marketing to production and editorial. Cate has been the children’s book publisher at Fremantle Press since 2007 and her list includes award-winning picture books, novels for younger readers and young adult fiction.

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Fremantle Press marketing and communications coordinator Chloe Walton

Chloe Walton
Marketing and communications coordinator

Chloe Walton was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. In 2015 she graduated from Curtin University with a double major in Marketing and Public Relations, and has spent the past seven years working for Western Australian–owned companies, with a focus on communications and analytics.

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Fremantle Press accounts offic

Kitty He
Book keeper

Kitty He graduated from University of Science and Technology of China with a degree in Business English. She began her accounting career at KPMG China. From there she migrated to Australia and obtained her Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Curtin University. After 15 years in the accounting profession, Kitty exuberantly joined Fremantle Press.

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Fremantle Press editor Rachel Hanson

Rachel Hanson
Editor

Rachel Hanson joined Fremantle Press in 2021 as a fiction and non-fiction editor. She began her publishing career more than 12 years ago in Sydney, working as an editor and writer for a variety of commercial magazines. After moving to Perth, she spent several years as the Managing Editor for a custom publisher. She has an MA (Professional Writing) from the University of Technology Sydney.

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Fremantle Press events marketing assistant

Jessica Checkland
Marketing and communications assistant

Jessica Checkland joined Fremantle Press in 2021, having volunteered for them since 2019. She received an Excellence Scholarship for Edith Cowan University and subsequently graduated in 2019 with a BA in Writing. In 2018, she volunteered at Peter Cowan Writers Centre and coordinated their annual publication event. She has written for Junkee Media, worked as a subeditor of literature and film at Dircksey Magazine, and worked for Westerly Magazine through their internship program. Most recently, she has worked as a bookseller for Dymocks.

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Belinda Keenan
Adminstration officer

With an academic background in Asian Studies and International Development, Belinda spent ten years working in Southeast Asia and New Zealand in tobacco control. Whilst working as an Australian Volunteer Abroad at ASH Thailand, she conceptualised, obtained funding for and established the Southeast Asian Tobacco Control Alliance (SEACTA) which went on to be awarded a WHO medal. As a result of this work she was asked to take on the Coordinator role with the Framework Convention Alliance, an NGO Alliance working on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This role involved supporting the growth and day to day operation of the group including advocacy at Geneva-based negotiations. After the treaty was ratified she took on the role of Tobacco Control Health Promotion Advisor at the National Office of the Cancer Society of New Zealand and was a key advocate for the campaign for legislation to end in-store tobacco displays and the successful expansion of smokefree outdoor areas through local council policies. With a background in Asian Studies and International Development, Belinda spent ten years working in tobacco control. She established the Southeast Asian Tobacco Control Alliance (SEACTA) in Thailand, which went on to be awarded a WHO medal. Later, as the Tobacco Control Health Promotion Advisor at the National Office of the Cancer Society of New Zealand, she advocated to end in-store tobacco displays and for the expansion of smoke free outdoor areas. After spending ten years raising three children, she is delighted to be part of a team ensuring local Western Australian stories are accessible to young people.

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Fremantle Press editor Kirsty Horton

Kirsty Horton
Editor

Kirsty Horton joined Fremantle Press as an editor in 2021 after completing a three-month internship. Her position is part of a three-year editorship sponsored by the Minderoo Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Western Australia with a BA in History, and has an MA in Professional Writing and Publishing from Curtin University.

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