Louisa Graham —Chief Executive, Company Secretary Avatar

Louisa Graham —Chief Executive, Company Secretary

T: +61 2 9333 0945 E:

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Louisa held the position of General Manager since 2011.  Her priority has been to drive funding and partnerships to deliver a network that positions the Foundation at the heart of the Australian media.  She works closely with the board and staff to implement the strategic business plan and manages the day-to-day operations of the Foundation, as well as being the Company Secretary. Louisa has a background in both not-for-profit management and the media, having worked for United Nations Women, The Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Sydney Writers’ Festival and the Ten Network. Louisa has also managed national community awareness campaigns for both White Ribbon Day and the Australian Republican Movement. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a BA in Communications from UTS and has held a number of non-executive board positions.

Lauren Dixon — Awards & Events Manager Avatar

Lauren Dixon — Awards & Events Manager

T: +61 2 9333 0913 M: +61 413 212 890 E:

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Lauren is The Walkley Foundation’s national awards and events manager, overseeing the entry and judging process for the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, Walkley Young Journalist of the Year Award, Freelance Journalist of the Year Award, Women’s Leadership, Arts Awards and Best Industrial Reporting. She also manages the Walkley Foundation’s year long program of events and looks after the Walkley literary and documentary programs . Before joining the Walkleys in 2011, Lauren worked in book publishing at Allen & Unwin and was the NSW marketing manager for Palace Cinemas. 

Clare Fletcher — Communications & Editorial Manager Avatar

Clare Fletcher — Communications & Editorial Manager

T: +61 2 9333 0925 E:

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Clare is commissioning editor for The Walkley Magazine and programs events including Storyology, CommsDirect, journalism exchanges, public talks and the Walkley training program. If you’ve got a story idea, a great project you want to share, a request for a workshop or skill you’d like to learn, or a hot tip for a brilliant speaker, you should definitely email Clare. Originally from St George in regional Queensland, Clarestarted as an intern at the Walkley Foundation after graduating from Queensland University of Technology in 2006. She has been hard to get rid of ever since, even after a couple of years living in New York as a freelance writer.

Anna Magnus — National Manager State Media Awards Avatar

Anna Magnus — National Manager State Media Awards

T: +61 7 3846 0139 M: +61 423 363 725 E:

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Anna is the producer and manager of all state media awards held around Australia that reward local excellence in journalism as a precursor to the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism each year. She is responsible for developing partnerships on these events and manages the entry and judging process. She also manages Queensland-based Walkley events, including talks, media forums and student days, as well as assisting with other Walkley events as required.

Barbara Blackman — Executive Officer Avatar

Barbara Blackman — Executive Officer

T: +61 2 9333 0921 M: +61 425 297 081  E:

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Barbara began her long career with MEAA back in 1987 as the personal assistant to the federal secretary of Actors Equity. Prior to this she worked in the music industry and spent several years at the Australian Film Institute working on the AFI Awards. Before joining the Walkleys team to provide essential administrative support, Barbara worked in various administrative roles within MEAA and the NSW Journalists Benevolent Fund.

Lauren Katsikitis — Partnerships and Marketing Manager Avatar

Lauren Katsikitis — Partnerships and Marketing Manager

Lauren has worked in the media and entertainment industry for almost a decade including stints at the BBC, eOne and MEAA. She is now the partnerships and marketing manager at the Walkley Foundation, responsible for sponsorships, client relationships and marketing the myriad events on offer from The Walkley Foundation. In addition to this, she is a committee member for Women in Media, mentoring, advocacy and events for women working in Australian media and a volunteer at the SISTER2sister program which supports at-risk teenage girls. Her interests include psychology, science and technology, anything written by David Sedaris and her ultimate goal is to achieve a perfect score (without help) in the Good Weekend quiz.