Hello! We are UPLIT. Lovely to meet you.

Zoe Pollock

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Zoe is an arts and cultural leader with over 10 years experience in strategic organisational development and audience engagement. As a senior manager and sector leader, Zoe has a strong track record in development and fundraising, creative production and stakeholder engagement.

For six-and-a-half years years Zoe lead the History Council of NSW, where she was responsible for connecting diverse audiences with history and heritage through a broad range of programming including the annual History Week, public lectures, seminars and innovative immersive events. More recently, as Head of Development at Sydney Living Museums, Zoe built a network of engaged supporters and lead growth of external revenue through strategic corporate partnerships, philanthropy and membership. Passionate about creating positive change through collaboration and effective relationships, Zoe is looking forward to contributing to the work of the Queensland arts and cultural sector.

Julie Beveridge

ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER / FESTIVAL DIRECTPR

A cultural producer with over 10 years’ experience working in Queensland’s writing sector, Julie has been with the organisation since 2013. Previous to this Julie was Program and Services Manager at Queensland Writers Centre, and Director of Queensland Poetry Festival. Julie has a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre) and Masters of Arts and Entertainment Management. And a four year old. 

Tanya Cooling

GENERAL MANAGER

Tanya joined the BWF team in 2013 after returning from London and a career as an opera singer, educator and director. She brings her experience in administration and project management for an international arts charity to Brisbane Writers Festival and a passion for supporting the art world in its diverse forms.

Michelle Grant-Iramu

PRODUCER

Michelle has had an extensive career in the performing arts as a circus performer both nationally and internationally and an independent director/producer of cultural programs. Michelle was previously Artistic Director for Vulcana Women’s Circus where she worked in partnership with diverse communities to develop large scale, cross artform productions. As an avid reader, Michelle is applying her producer skills to connecting writers and their ideas with audiences. Michelle continues to work as a lecture and tutor with QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty and as a researcher for the arts sector.  

Lara Shprem

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Lara has a background of event management in the music industry. She interned with Brisbane Writers Festival in 2013 and since then has worked as an event manager and project officer at the State Library of Queensland.

Emily Kinny

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

As Development Manager at Brisbane Writers Festival Emily is thrilled to be building meaningful partnerships to promote a culture of sharing stories and ideas throughout Queensland. In her home state, Minnesota, she freelanced in a range of creative roles including arts marketing, portrait photography and advertisement photo styling. Her recent role as part of Brisbane Powerhouse’s development team familiarised her with Brisbane’s arts, cultural and corporate sectors.

Edwin Parra

PATRON SERVICES COORDINATOR

As Patron Services Coordinator Edwin is fascinated with the personalized approach he's able to have with our patrons and stakeholders. Edwin has worked in Project Management in companies like the Chamber of Commerce and industry events such as the Australian Performing Arts market presented by the Brisbane Powerhouse. He's currently a partner with Spread Australia Creative Studio in Brisbane. Edwin holds a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters of Creative Industries in Creative Production and Arts Management.

Kylie Rathborne

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Kylie Rathborne has worked in corporate communications, public relations and the media for the past 14 years. Her experience spans various sectors, including education and training, film and television, housing, and public affairs. Kylie has a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from Charles Sturt University and postgraduate qualifications in Writing, Editing and Publishing from The University of Queensland.

Cassandra Ramsay

MARKETING COORDINATOR

Cassandra has worked in marketing with various arts organisations in the past, including the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse and Crack Theatre Festival (TiNA). Cassandra has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and a Bachelor of Applied Theatre, and also has worked as a playwright, performer and producer. She is currently the Creative Producer of THAT Production Company, her theatre company based in Ipswich and the current Company-in-Residence at Studio 188.

Cinnamon Watson

PUBLICITY MANAGER

Bernd Neumann

TECHNICAL MANAGER

Deirdree Wallace

BWF BOX OFFICE MANAGER

Susan Mitchell

BWF BOX OFFICE MANAGER