The Board

Martin Langford


ML smlMartin Langford (NSW) worked for the NSW Department of Education until 1998, at which time he left teaching to pursue his interest in poetry. He joined the Poets Union in 1984, and for many years, was active in the organisation of poetry events, directing three Australian Poetry Festivals (2001, 2004, 2006). He has published six books of poetry including The Human Project (Puncher & Wattmann, 2009) and Ground (P&W 2015). Eardrum, a book of poems about music, will be published in 2020. He is the editor of Harbour City Poems: Sydney in Verse 1788-2008 (P&W, 2009) and co-editor (with J. Beveridge, J. Johnson and D. Musgrave) of Contemporary Australian Poetry (P&W, 2016). He has been a poetry critic and essayist for Meanjin since 2012. His work has been translated into French, Chinese, Italian, Spanish and Arabic. He joined the Board of Australian Poetry in 2011 as a Foundation Board Member.

Kate Stephens

Company Secretary

Kate Stephens (SA) is a senior Human Resources practitioner, with many years of experience at the Executive level.  At a professional level, Kate has a strong interest in organisational change, leadership development and culture creation.  Kate’s academic qualifications consist of a combined Arts/Law degree, with Arts majors in Philosophy and Classics, as well as post graduate qualifications in public sector management. Kate joined the Board in 2017.


David Musgrave

Deputy Chair

DM smlDavid Musgrave (Newcastle, NSW) is an award winning poet, critic and publisher. He has published several books including To Thalia (Five Islands Press, 2004), On Reflection (Interactive, 2005), Watermark (Picaro, 2006), Phantom Limb (JLP, 2009), Concrete Tuesday (Island, 2011), and Anatomy of Voice (GloriaSMH 2016), which was awarded the Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Prize for Poetry. He has won the Newcastle Prize (twice), the Grace Leven Prize, the Josephine Ulrick Prize and the Bruce Dawe Poetry prize, among many others. He is also the author of the novel, Glissando: A melodrama (Sleepers 2010), which was short-listed for the Prime Minister’s Award for Fiction in 2011. In addition, he is founder and publisher of Puncher and Wattmann, which has published many significant Australian poets as well as fiction, criticism and biography. At present he teaches creative writing at the University of Newcastle. Joined Board in 2011 as a Foundation Board Member.

Paul Scully


PSPaul Scully (NSW) is an actuary by training and has enjoyed a long career in financial services. His last executive role was as Managing Director and CEO of ING Investment Management (INGIM) Asia Pacific and a member of INGIM’s global Board. For some 15 years he has pursued a portfolio career of non-executive directorships and consulting roles, and has lectured at Macquarie University. He has served on the Boards of listed entities, superannuation funds and financial services companies. Paul was awarded a Master in Creative Writing from Sydney University in 2015 and is a Sydney-based poet with two collections to his name. His most recent collection, Suture Lines, was published by Guillotine Press in late 2016. His first collection, An Existential Grammar, was shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award in 2014. His work has appeared in various online and print journals in Australia and the USA. Joined the Board in 2014.

Yvette Holt

Board Member

Yvette Holt, Director (Alice Springs, NT) is current Chair of First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN). A poet, academic, stand-up comedienne and photographer, she heralds from the Yiman, Bidjara and Wakaman Nations of Queensland. A multi-award winning poet, her poetry has been widely anthologised and translated.

Martin Dolan

Board Member

Martin Dolan, Director (ACT) is a poet who has been writing and publishing for twenty-five years, alongside a 36-year-long federal public service career, which included being CEO of the Australian Energy Markets Commission and the first Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. He directed the search for the missing Malaysia Airliner flight MH 370 and retired to write full time in 2016. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Canberra.

Michael Dixon

Board Member

Michael Dixon (WA): MBA (UNSW), MIR (Griffith University), GAICD (AICD),  GCCM (UNSW) is a Management Consultant specialising in commercial and innovation strategy, policy advice and advocacy; he is the Principal of Apexsa Advisory; having also been Operations Lead at BHP, and Project Manager at the WA Department of Culture and the Arts, and at the WA Water Corporation. He is a poet and screenwriter. 

Luke Rowett

Board Member

Luke Rowett (Vic) joined the board of Australian Poetry in October 2016. Luke has 12 years’ experience in corporate finance, business integrations, divestments and carve-outs. He holds a Master of Finance degree, and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree.

Sheree Siow

Board Member

Board member: Sheree Siow (Vic) is a highly regarded corporate and commercial lawyer with expertise in regulatory matters, financial services, superannuation, insurance and data privacy. Experienced in providing strategic advice on complex arrangements to her organisation’s Board, CEO, Executive Committee and Risk practitioners on new initiatives, shared value and change projects, technology and data. Called upon for expertise in regulatory matters, including regulatory reviews, advisory working groups and committees for the Financial Services Council (FSC), Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) and the Association for Data Driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA). Sheree chaired the women and diversity committee at her employer, and was a finalist in the 2016 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards and 2017 LIV Victorian Legal Awards and a winner in the 2017 Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Awards. Joined the Board in 2017.