Louisa Graham announced as Walkley Foundation Chief Executive

Monday, 5 February 2018

SydneyThe Walkley Foundation today announces that Louisa Graham has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Walkley Foundation, effective immediately.

Louisa has served as the Foundation’s General Manager since 2011, driving funding and partnerships to build a network that positions the Foundation at the heart of the Australian media. She has also held the position of company secretary since 2015. In 2016 Louisa was acting CEO for a year while Jacqui Park undertook study leave. Park left the Foundation at the end of 2017.

Louisa has a background in not-for-profit management and the media, having worked for United Nations Women, the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Sydney Writers’ Festival and Network Ten. Louisa has also managed national community awareness campaigns for White Ribbon Day and the Australian Republican Movement. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Technology, Sydney, and has held a number of non-executive board positions.

Quentin Dempster AM, chair of the Walkley Directors, said: “Louisa has a demonstrated record of strong, creative leadership and a commitment to the mission of the Foundation. I have every confidence that she will take the Walkleys to greater heights.”

Louisa steered the Walkleys through the process of obtaining tax-deductible gift recipient status, which was granted in 2016. Since then, the Foundation has directed funding back into journalism through various projects and initiatives.

Last year, the Walkley Incubator and Innovation Fund identified promising journalistic start-ups and projects, and assisted them through training, mentorship and funding. This year the Foundation will also start awarding grants to fund in-depth essays on the state of the media in Australia, with the support of the Copyright Agency Limited’s Cultural Fund.

Louisa will also oversee the scaling up of the Walkleys’ philanthropic arm, with developments to be announced in the coming months. This will be in addition to leading the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, the Mid-Year Awards and other programs.

The Walkley Awards have recognised the best in Australian journalism for more than sixty years, celebrating all that journalism can achieve: work that prompts legal and social change, political transparency and real human impact.

Louisa thanked the Directors for appointing her to the role.

“Australia has a proud history of groundbreaking, world-class journalism and despite unprecedented challenges to the media industry, I remain optimistic that there are new, exciting opportunities to be found,” she said.

“Australian media is rich with potential for a proud future. Good journalism records, explains and spreads our stories, holds the powerful to account, protects the vulnerable and points to solutions to our biggest problems. I am thrilled to be working with a dynamic team, whose hard work and dedication contribute to the organisation’s great success. The Walkley Foundation has always been integral to recognising and contributing to quality journalism and we remain committed to that cause.”

For more information, contact:
Helen Sullivan
Communications Manager, The Walkley Foundation
+61 431 233 864 | helen.sullivan@walkleys.com