President’s Report

Our new executive committee had its first meeting on Monday 18 July. We had a new face to welcome: Joely Taylor has taken over from Charles Houen as our IPEd councillor and representative on the IPEd board. Thanks, Charles, for your sterling service and welcome, Joely.

Other attendees largely carry on their former roles in the Victorian branch executive committee:

Charles continues in charge of budget.

Kate Cuthbert continues as head of events.

Mary-Jo O’Rourke continues in freelance affairs and takes on the role of vice-president.

Paul Bugeja continues in communication (he was represented at the meeting by Sally Holdsworth from the communication subcommittee).

Ron Thiele continues in training (and also stood in for professional development at the meeting).

Nicole Mathers continues as our administration officer.

As we settle in as a branch of IPEd, various staff and committee members are handing over to the new staff on the national payroll. You’ll have noticed a few changes and some disruption will no doubt continue as we bed down the new organisation. Please be patient with our wonderful volunteers as treasury, secretarial, membership and subscription matters are handed over.

We’re now beginning to see what the future looks like for you, our members. Our primary message is that we should still think local:

to cherish the proud heritage of Editors Victoria and play our part as integral to the world’s second City of Literature

to strengthen our local networks and cement our place in the writing and publishing community

to continue to bring you brilliant, sparkling events and relevant specialist professional development opportunities

to communicate our professional standards to the world in order to raise our standing and work towards appropriate remuneration that recognises our skills, experience and knowledge

to help up-and-coming editors to shine in their careers.

Put 20 September in your diary now so you don’t forget our AGM. We want you to participate in our new direction, whether as members sharing feedback or as volunteering as part of out committee.

Be well and stay in touch.

Jackey Coyle