Board of Management 2016



David Stewart (Chair)

Dave is a principal of Williams + Hughes, specialising in intellectual property law. Since 2000, Dave has been successful in 20 of 23 trade mark opposition and related hearings in which he appeared as counsel. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 Dave was featured in the World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, a highly-regarded independent publication which identifies the world’s leading trade mark practitioners. In 2014, Dave was acknowledged in Managing Intellectual Property Magazine’s IP Stars awards. Dave has worked in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong, and from 2000-2003 practiced in intellectual property and technology law, including IT and technology procurement, throughout East Asia.


Renato Sansalone (Treasurer)

Renato is a Curtin University Commerce graduate and CPA. His current role is as Chief Financial Officer for Tourism WA and he previously held postings as Chief Finance Officer for the WA Museum and Art Gallery of WA while employed with the Department of Culture and the Arts.  Renato has almost 20 years' experience in the Government financial sector and has also worked at the Department for Planning and Infrastructure and the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor.  He has been a member of the writingWA Board since 2002.


Ray Glickman (Deputy Chair)

Ray is an award-winning business leader with master’s degrees in philosophy, psychology, business and social work. He has been the CEO of the City of Fremantle and most recently the CEO of Amana Living, one of WA’s largest and most respected aged care organisations. He is the chairman and a director of several prestigious not-for-profit organisations, including writingWA. His first novel, Reality, was published by Fremantle Press in 2014 and his second novel Frenzship was released in April 2017.


Alecia Hancock (Co-Secretary)

Alecia Hancock is the founder of content and social media agency Hancock Creative. Alecia has previously held positions as The West Australian’s custom publishing department manager and as editor of local and national magazines including Oxygen, Perth VITA and Habitat & Lifestyle. Alecia’s writing appears in dozens of publications including The West Australian, marie claire, Cosmopolitan and Singapore Airline’s magazine SilverKris. Alecia was a finalist for the 2014 Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year award, and through Hancock Creative helps not-for-profits tell their stories.


Susan Midalia (Co-Secretary)

Susan Midalia has a PhD in contemporary Australian women’s fiction and has published on the subject in national and international literary journals. She is the author of three short story collections, all published by UWAPublishing: A history of the beanbag, shortlisted for the 2018 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards; An Unknown Sky, shortlisted for the 2103 Steele Rudd Award, and Feet to the Stars, due for release in August 2015. Susan is also a freelance editor and mentor, and has been a judge of the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, the T.A.G. Hungerford Award, the Curtin Fiction Prize and the Todhunter Literary Award. She is also a peer assessor for Australia Council. She has been a fiction editor for Westerly, and currently writes reviews for the Australian Book Review.


 Tabetha Beggs

Tabetha Beggs is the current Chairwoman of the Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation, having served on the KSP Board for over two years. The Board would be delighted to nominate Tabetha to act on behalf of the Centre on the writingWA Board of Management. Tabetha is an active member of the Perth arts community. She was founder and Director of both Little Black Dress Productions, a vocal performance group, and Perth Culture, a website covering local arts news and events. She is a marketing officer for the City of Perth and currently blogs for Tweet Perth.


 Tineke van der Eecken

Tineke Van der Eecken was born and raised in Belgium. She studied 9 languages and holds a Masters Degree in Criminological Sciences and Mediator accreditation with over 15 years experience in governance of not-for-profit organisations in Africa, Europe and Australia. She is a writer, mediator and recognized community leader, a co-coordinator of Poetry d’Amour and writes poetry, short-stories and memoirs. She was Executive Officer of the Ethnic Communities Council of Western Australia briefly in 2005 and worked as Chief Executive Officer for the Lung Institute of Western Australia from 2009 until mid 2011. She is an alumnus of Leadership WA after completing their ‘Rising Leadership’ program in 2015.


Rhonda Flottmann

Rhonda Flottmann established and managed the National Museum of Australia’s Sponsorship and Development Program (ACT), established and was the inaugural Director of His Majesty’s Theatre Foundation (WA), established and was the inaugural Director of Varuna Writers’ Centre in the Blue Mountains, the former home of writer Eleanor Dark (NSW). Most recently she was Director, External Affairs, UWA Business School.



Dennis Haskell 

Dennis Haskell is the author of 6 collections of poetry and 13 volumes of literary scholarship and criticism. His All the Time in the World won the Western Australian Premier’s Prize for Poetry in 2007.  Haskell was Co-editor of Westerly, from 1985-2009 and is now Director of the Westerly Centre and Senior Honorary Research Fellow in English and Cultural Studies at The University of Western Australia. He was Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts from 2009-2011 and is a Director on the Board of Australian Poetry Ltd.  He is a recipient of the A A Phillips Prize from the Association for the Study of Australian Literature and UWA awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 2012.



Catherine Noske

Catherine Noske completed her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University (2013), and has since taught at Monash, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia. She has been a visiting research scholar at the University of Warwick (UK), and postgraduate representative to the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. She has twice received the Elyne Mitchell Prize for Rural Women Writers. She was awarded a Varuna fellowship (2014) for her manuscript 'The Call of Salt', which was shortlisted for the 2015 Dorothy Hewett Prize. Catherine took up the position of editor of Westerly Magazine in 2015.