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The Walkley Directors

The Walkley Directors are the members and directors of the company Walkley Foundation Limited, which is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission.

Adele Ferguson

Chair, Non-Executive Director

Adele Ferguson is a Gold Walkley award winning journalist with the ABC. She is the author of the bestselling books Banking Bad and an unauthorised biography on Gina Rinehart. Adele started her career at The Advertiser in Adelaide and over her career has worked across various mastheads including BRW and The Australian. She is an eight-time Walkley Award winner and other awards include two Gold Quill awards, two Gold Kennedy Awards, a Logie and the Graham Perkin Journalist of the Year. In 2019 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her services to print and broadcast journalism. She has a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Adelaide University.
Karen Percy

Karen Percy

Deputy Chair, Non-Executive Director, Member

Karen Percy is a freelance reporter with extensive experience including a stint as a foreign correspondent for the ABC in South East Asia and a freelance correspondent based in Russia. Her career began with the ABC in Adelaide more than three decades ago, and has taken her to Alice Springs, Darwin, Toronto, Sydney, Bangkok and Moscow. She has also worked for Channel 10 and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Karen is the Federal President of the Media section of MEAA. She’s a passionate advocate for ethical, trauma-informed journalism From 2020-2022 Karen was Chair of the Dart Centre Asia-Pacific which focuses on trauma and journalism.

Sally Neighbour

Chair of the Judging Board, Director

Sally has won a total of four Walkley Awards, including the Outstanding Contribution to Journalism award at the 67th Walkley Awards (pictured left). She is a former ABC TV foreign correspondent, reporter with Four Corners, Lateline, Foreign Correspondent and the 7.30 Report, and was a senior contributor to The Australian, writing on terrorism and security matters.
Sally was Executive Producer of the ABC's nightly flagship current affair program, 7.30, from 2012 to 2015; and Executive Producer of Australia's premier investigative affairs program, Four Corners, from 2015 to 2022. She has authored two books, 'In the Shadow of Swords' and 'The Mother of Mohammed'.

Erin Delahunty

Non-Executive Director, Member

Erin Delahunty is a Victorian-based freelance journalist. After completing a print journalism cadetship, Delahunty spent close to 20 years as a news, sports and features writer and editor for major media groups in Australia and in the UK, before going freelance. She has established herself as one of Australia’s pre-eminent netball writers and pundits, regularly filing for Guardian Australia and Fox Netball and appearing on ABC radio and Fox Sports' netball show Centre Circle. She is currently co-writing a book about netball for a UK publisher. Delahunty is a Federal Vice-President of the Media section of the MEAA, a trustee of the MEAA's Media Safety & Solidarity Fund and the union's national freelance committee member.

Kate Ferguson

Non Executive Director, Member

Kate Ferguson has over twenty years’ experience in both regional and city locations, for a broad range of media, including ABC, Seven West Media, The West Australian, Channel Ten, 7 Regional and 6PR.
Working primarily as a video journalist, Kate has aimed to break down stereotypes associated with women working with tech, including cameras, editing and drones.
Kate is an experienced university educator, Google News Initiative trainer and mentor and committee member with Women in Media.
Kate is currently MEAA Media’s National Vice President and was formerly the WA Media President - the first woman to be elected to this role.

Victoria Laurie

Independent Director

Victoria Laurie is a former senior reporter and feature writer for The Australian newspaper. She worked in current affairs for ABC TV and radio and freelanced for The Bulletin, The Monthly, HQ, Australian Geographic and The Weekend Australian Magazine. Victoria is founder and national co-patron of Women in Media, a not-for-profit initiative to support women working in the sector. She is the author of natural history books The Kimberley: Australia's Last Great Wilderness and The Southwest: Australia's Biodiversity Hotspot (UWAP). She has been a three-time Walkley feature finalist.
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