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Our People

Without the people who work and run the National Press Club, we really are nothing more than bricks and mortar. The Club’s dedicated staff, and distinguished board members, share a commitment to informing the public debate and protecting media freedom. 

President & Directors

The National Press Club is proud to have some of Australia’s leading journalists and newsmakers guiding its operations.

President Sabra Lane and her board of directors are impassioned personal champions of media freedom and believe in the Club’s integral role in defending those freedoms.  The board is committed to maintaining - and growing – the National Press Club’s key function as a forum for political and policy debates.


Sabra Lane

Sabra Lane joined the National Press Club board in 2014 and was elected as President in February 2018. Sabra started her journalism career in Adelaide more than 25 years ago. During that time she’s worked at the Ten and Seven Networks, and had two stints at the ABC.

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Vice President

Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis is a best-selling author and a former senior journalist in the Canberra press gallery. He is a senior adviser with Newgate Communications and the driving force behind the Canberra Writers Festival.

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Vice President

Misha Schubert

Misha Schubert was first elected to the board in 2006 and has been a vice-president of the club since 2008. She is currently CEO of Science & Technology Australia and has been a longstanding senior journalist, speechwriter and communications director.

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Tony Melville

Member of the Board since 2003.  Vice President 2008 and 2009.  Formerly on NPC Board in 1998 and 1999.

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Professor Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny joined the Australian National University in 2019 after a high-profile career at the ABC, News Corp and as National Affairs Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Age. A regular columnist, he hosts the twice weekly podcast Democracy Sausage.

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Katharine Murphy

Katharine Murphy has worked in the parliamentary press gallery since 1996 and is currently deputy political editor of Guardian Australia. Prior to Guardian Australia Katharine has worked for The Australian Financial Review, The Australian and The Age.

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Jane Norman

Jane Norman is a federal political reporter with ABC News in Canberra. Originally from Perth, Jane moved east in 2013 to join the Press Gallery and report on the endlessly intriguing and chaotic world of politics for TV, radio and digital.

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Ken Randall

Ken Randall’s career in journalism spans more than six decades — in newspapers, magazines, radio and television, and his association with the National Press Club more than four decades. The journalism began in Hobart, then moved to Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and back to Canberra and the then nascent Press Club.

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Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw is an award winning Canberra based journalist with twenty five years’ experience in television and radio broadcasting as a host, presenter, producer, MC and keynote speaker. He is a member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery.

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Annika Smethurst

Annika Smethurst is the National Political Editor for the Sunday News Corp mastheads. She began her career in Bendigo before she was selected for a cadetship with the Herald and Weekly Times in Melbourne. Annika worked as a state political reporter at the Herald Sun before joining the Canberra bureau in 2015.

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Laurie Wilson

Laurie Wilson has been a director of the National Press Club since 1992. He succeeded Ken Randall as President in 2010 having previously served as the NPC's Treasurer.
Laurie is a freelance journalist and consultant. 

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Management Team

Chief Executive Officer

Maurice Reilly
Chief Financial Officer

Julie Mason
Executive Chef

Daren Tetley
Marketing & Sales Manager

Angie Ghirardello
Function Sales Coordinator

Angelique Carter

Jacqui Collins