Board Members

Our Board of Directors is composed of representatives from across the publishing industry.

James Kellow

James began his career in 1991 at Reed International Books in the UK. He moved to Australia with his young family in 2008, joining HarperCollins. James was CEO of HarperCollins Australia from 2012–2019. He is now Managing Director of Ultimo Press, a subsidiary of Hardie Grant Books.

Robert Gorman

Robert began his career in 1986 as an Academic Sales Representative at Allen & Unwin. He later became Managing Director of HarperCollins Australia in 2004 and CEO in 2005. Robert returned to Allen & Unwin as CEO in 2008 and has been heavily involved in the APA, holding a board position since 2008.

Mark O’Neil
Vice-President and Treasurer

Mark has over 20 years experience in the publishing industry. He joined Cambridge University Press in 2000, and was Director of the Press’s businesses in Japan, Korea and Taiwan before moving to Melbourne to head the Press in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Julie Burland
Elected Director

Julie joined Random House Australia in 2000. She has held various roles in sales, business development and publishing, including the Director of Business Development and the Children’s Division – where she was in charge of publishing, sales, marketing and publicity. Since 2015, Julie has been the Chief Executive Officer of Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand.

Emma Cooper
Elected Director

Emma has extensive experience across Primary, Secondary and Tertiary publishing in the UK and Australia. She is currently Publishing Manager for Oxford University Press, and an advisory board member for the OpenBook publishing Internship program. She has been involved with the APA since 2013, including as a member of the Schools Educational Publishing Committee and Chair of the Educational Publishing Awards Australia.

Ben James
Director, Convenor of the Independent Publishing Committee

Currently Director at University of Queensland Press, Ben has worked across Educational, academic and trade publishing. As Convenor of the IPC, Ben is an active supporter of Australian independent publishing.

Andrew Stammer
Director, Convenor of the Scholarly & Journals Committee

Andrew’s career in publishing began in 1989, working in various roles at McGraw-Hill, Chapman & Hall and Thomson. Andrew joined Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in 1997, later becoming Director of CSIRO Publishing.

Brendan Bolton
Director, Convenor of the Schools Educational Publishing Committee

A former primary school teacher, Brendan has worked in educational publishing for more than 20 years. Currently the International Business Manager at Cengage Australia, he has been a member of the SEPC since 2014 and is a passionate supporter of the Educational Publishing Awards Australia.

Karen Hildebrant
Director, Convenor of the Tertiary & Professional Publishing Committee

Karen’s publishing career has seen her working in various roles at Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and, now, the Taylor & Francis Group where she is Managing Director, Australasia.

Louise Stark
Director, Convenor of the Trade Publishing Committee

With a long career in both the UK and Australia, Louise has experience in every aspect and every stage of the publishing process for books. Now CEO of Hachette Australia, Louise is a passionate advocate for the trade publishing sector as Convenor of the Trade Publishers Committee, Chair of the Australia Reads Committee and board member of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.


Our sectoral committees represent the broad range of the Australian publishing industry, and are currently made up of the following representatives:

Children’s Publishers Committee (CPC)

  • Chren Byng, Hardie Grant (Chair)
  • Eva Mills, Allen & Unwin
  • Tash Besliev, Affirm Press
  • Nancy Conescu, Berbay
  • Briana Melideo, CSIRO Publishing
  • Steve Spargo, Walker Books
  • Kate Flood, Hachette
  • Rebecca Young, Scholastic
  • Marisa Pintado, Hardie Grant
  • Jemma Myors, HarperCollins

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