Welcome New Director Elizabeth Spencer

Published on Thursday, 9 September 2021 at 9:34:25 AM

We are thrilled to announce that Elizabeth Spencer will be joining us as the new Director of The Literature Centre.

Elizabeth will commence the role on 11 October, working closely with the team to understand the opportunities within the organisation to grow, and will continue to support and nurture the importance of children’s literature in Western Australia, and beyond. 

She joins us from her most recent role has been as Director of Library Services at The State Library of Western Australia, and joins the team with over 30 years of experience in roles across the arts, education and community sectors.

Chair of the Board, Dr. Julia Lawrinson said: "Elizabeth is a highly experienced, agile and compassionate leader. She emerged from an extremely competitive selection process as the best person to take The Literature Centre to its next stage of development."

Elizabeth Spencer said: "I am an enduring supporter of the work of the Centre, and I am so looking forward to working with the Centre’s team and the Board."

Elizabeth joins us from the State Library, having most recently led the award-winning statewide Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program. Across this time, her key achievements include the information services and digital inclusion for library clients and communities, the Storylines platform for the digital repatriation of Aboriginal collections, stories and family history and the thought-provoking Disrupted Festival of Ideas.

Educated at the Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts (WAAPA), Elizabeth spent over a decade working in the theatre, film and radio industry. Her experience also includes Public Sector Management and Project Coordination for Young People and the Arts at the Department of Culture and the Arts (now known as the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries).

See the full media release for the announcement HERE

In other team news, as a NFP registered charity, we would like to welcome back Frané Lessac to our Board. Frané has extensive experience working with Western Australian authors as the Published Author Liaison for the WA branch of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Joining her are new Board Members, Cohen Augustson and Amila Kandambige, commencing their roles in 2021.

Along with these new appointments, we are also pleased to share the return of Sarah Newton, our Curator and Communications Officer, back from maternity leave in August, 2021.  See the full Centre team HERE.

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