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Board of Directors

CLNZ was established in 1988 by the Book Publishers Association of New Zealand Inc. CLNZ is now jointly owned by PANZ (formally BPANZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA). CLNZ Board directors are elected by its owners.

The current CLNZ directors are:

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Sam Elworthy, Director

Sam grew up in South Canterbury and studied in Dunedin where he edited the student newspaper and wrote a book on student life, Ritual Song of Defiance: A Social History of Students at the University of Otago. After completing his Ph.D. in the US, Sam became the Editor-in-Chief at Princeton University Press. Back in NZ, Sam has chaired the Michael King Writers' Studio Trust and the Book Awards Governance Group. He is now Director of Auckland University Press and immediate past President of the Publishers Association of NZ.

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Vanda Symon, Chair

Vanda is a successful crime fiction writer having published 5 novels to date. Former Chair of the Otago Southland branch of NZSA and is still involved at an organisational level. Currently, Vanda is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Otago, in Science Communication.

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Andrew McKenzie, Director

Andrew is one of two directors appointed to CLNZ’s board in 2014 bringing significant commercial experience to our organisation. Currently Andrew is Chief Executive Officer at Housing New Zealand and prior to that was General Manager Finance, in the Construction Group at Fletcher Building and Chief Financial Officer at Auckland Council. Andrew is passionate about the next generation being able to make a living from their creativity and is a director on a number of boards.

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Professor Pat Walsh, Director

Pat was appointed to the CLNZ board in 2014 and brings his breadth of experience in the tertiary sector to CLNZ. He is the former Vice Chancellor of Victoria University and former Chair of the Universities New Zealand Vice Chancellors Committee. He is currently chair of Agri One, a joint venture between Lincoln and Massey Universities, the New Zealand Indonesia Council and the Academic Quality Agency.

Dr Dana Wensley, Director

Dr Dana Wensley is a professional member of the NZ Society of Authors, a Committee Member of the Top of the South Branch of the NZ Society of Authors, and the PEN (NZ) representative for freedom of speech. Dana writes on issues touching on the intersection of law, society, politics, and morality. She has a Ph.D. from King’s College, London, an LLB (Hons) from Auckland, and a postgraduate diploma in writing from the School for Writers, Humber College, Toronto. Previously she has been a Research Fellow at the University of Otago, an assistant editor of the Bulletin of Medical Ethics in London, and a member of the Guelph Mercury Community Editorial Board in Canada.

Graeme Cosslett, Director

Graeme is a newly appointed CLNZ board Director, starting in 2017. He brings a range of experience working in the education sector, as a teacher, a former Board of Trustees Chairperson, and currently as Chief Executive of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER). He is a professional member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Paula Browning, CEO

Paula joined CLNZ in 2010 having previously held management positions in the sport, education and commercial sectors. A qualified accountant and former School Executive Officer, Paula also chairs the new creative sector alliance – WeCreate. As well as being a yoga addict, Paula is an avid reader and has a special interest in literacy for children with learning disabilities.