The Walkley Foundation Team

Shona Martyn

Shona Martyn


Shona Martyn is a highly experienced journalist, editor and former book publishing executive. A former New Zealand Journalist of the Year, she started her career as a cadet journalist at the Auckland Star and then covered education, medicine and politics at The New Zealand Herald. In Australia, she has been the editor of The Sydney Morning Herald's Good Weekend and Spectrum sections, was the founding editor of the award-winning HQ magazine and a feature writer and arts editor of Vogue Australia. She served as publishing director at both Transworld/Random House Australia and HarperCollins Australia before returning to journalism in 2017. Shona was a longtime member of the board of the Sydney Writers' Festival and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Barbara Blackman

Barbara Blackman

Executive Officer

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.

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Kate Burgess

Kate Burgess

Professional Development Manager

Kate manages the Meta Australian News Fund and the Walkley Foundation's training programs, including the Google News Initiative and the Mentorship Program. With a background in financial journalism spanning print and digital titles in Australia and the UK, she was involved in setting up the Asia-Pacific editorial operations for Inframation, an infrastructure-focused newswire part of the UK-based Mergermarket Group.

Kate’s experience includes a three-year stint in London reporting for the energy-focused newswire ICIS, as a capital markets reporter for the Australian Financial Review and professional services editor for BRW. She began her career as a financial analyst with PwC.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Business and Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Technology Sydney, and is currently studying a Master of Sustainability at the University of Sydney.

Clare Fletcher

Clare Fletcher

Communications & Editorial

Clare works on communications and editorial for the Walkleys. She also works on programming events including conferences and public talks. Originally from St George in regional Queensland, Clare started 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. Clare's first novel FIVE BUSH WEDDINGS was published in August 2022.

James Gorman

Communications Manager

James Gorman has worked as a reporter, producer and senior media adviser. Most recently Head of Communications at financial and biotech company iQ Group Global, James has also worked in communications at the City of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. In journalism, he has worked for Seven, Nine, News Corp, and as a freelance journalist, after starting his career at the Blacktown City Guardian.

Kym Middleton

Senior Manager

Kym Middleton is an award-winning journalist and artistic producer whose diverse career spans the public broadcasters ABC and SBS, and not-for-profit organisations The Ethics Centre and Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas. She has a background in long form and breaking television news, digital storytelling, and live programming across festivals, events and government, corporate and arts institutions. Kym has hosted panels and conversations, created countless hours of interviews, public debates and live experiences, managed complex partnerships, and designed and implemented digital and programming strategies.

Julie Johnson

Development Manager

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