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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 Laura Tingle 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.


Laura Tingle

Journalist, Essayist and Author Laura Tingle has reported on Australian politics and policy for 40 years. In 2018, she joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as chief political correspondent for its flagship current affairs program 7.30, after 16 years with the Australian Financial Review where she was political editor, and previously, senior reporting positions with other major Australian mastheads, reporting on both politics and economics.

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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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Vice President

Andrew Tillett

Andrew Tillett is an award-winning Federal Political Correspondent for The Australian Financial Review and secretary of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery.

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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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David Crowe

David Crowe is the chief political correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age and a regular commentator on national affairs on the ABC’s Insiders program, Radio National and the Nine Network. In a career spanning 25 years, he has covered federal politics as the national affairs editor of The Australian and the chief political correspondent of The Australian Financial Review.

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Tom Connell

Tom Connell is a Political Host and Reporter at Sky News based in Canberra. 

Tom has been working as a journalist in the press gallery since 2012 and a director at the press club since 2019.

He currently hosts a daily programme on Sky News called Newsday, with a focus on political stories and interviews.

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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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Tony Melville AM

Tony has been a Member of the Board since 2003.  He was Vice President in 2008 and 2009 and formerly on the  National Press Club Board in 1998 and 1999. He is currently Head of Corporate Affairs with the national employer association Ai Group. He was an ABC News journalist and Foreign Correspondent; DFAT spokesman and Diplomat (Deputy Head of Mission, Manila), and Senior Media Advisor to Prime Minister Paul Keating. He was appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in June 2021 for “significant service to corporate and government communications”.

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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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Anna Henderson

Anna Henderson is Chief Political Correspondent & Bureau Chief at Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Australia.

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Julie Hare

Julie Hare is the Education editor at the Australian Financial Review (AFR). She has more than 20 years’ experience as a writer, journalist and editor.

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Management Team

Chief Executive Officer

Maurice Reilly
Executive Chef | Operations Manager

Daren Tetley
Financial Controller

Melinda Kafer
Marketing & Sales Director
Event Manager

Tashi Heaford
Marketing & Live Event Coordinator

Ruben Roussidis

Josie Zhang

Giulia Schirripa
Evening Receptionist

Gaby Gaul
Executive Sous Chef

Daryl Harris

Sous Chef

Lara Parkes

Front of House Manager

Christopher Pont

Functions Manager

Paige Musial

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