Our Board

The NT Writers’ Centre is overseen by a dedicated Board, who guide and steer the strategic direction of the organisation.

You can find out more about our current priorities in our NT Writers’ Centre Strategic Plan 2020-2024 and NT Writers Festival Strategic Plan 2020-2023.


Our Board members include:


President: Sally Bothroyd


Sally Bothroyd was the Executive Director of the NT Writers Centre from 2015-2019. Her first novel, Brunswick Street Blues was published in March 2022 (HQ Australia). 


Vice President: Dina Davis 


Dina Davis’ most recent title is A Dangerous Daughter published by Cilento in 2021. She holds an MA in English and Linguistics, and across her career worked in the areas of governance, anti-discrimination and equal opportunity. 


Regional Vice President: Michelle Bates 


Michelle Bates lives on Arrernte country and is a descendant of the Anaiwan people of the great range and tablelands area, inland from the east coast, Michelle’s willingness and commitment to working with first peoples and others is grounded in the personal as well as the professional.


Secretary: Vacant 


Treasurer: Brian Tucker 


Brian Tucker worked as an accountant and Auditor for over thirty years, and has held the role of Treasurer for a number of arts organisations including the Queensland Writers’ Centre for over 10 years. He is now retired but continues to be actively involved in supporting arts organisations with financial and governance advice.


Public Officer: Sally Bothroyd


Ordinary Member: Fred van’t Sand 


Fred van’t Sand is a long time grass-roots organiser of spoken word events, including of Darwin’s much loved open mic event, Wild Words. He is currently working with the Yarra City Council.


Ordinary Member: Sophia Hall 


Sophia Hall is the CEO of Browns Mart. A theatre artist and producer for more than 25 years, she was a founding member of award-winning company Last Seen Imagining. She has held positions at Ten Days on the Island, Artsource, ScreenWest, PICA, Performing Lines and Tasdance, and most recently as Director of Programming at Queensland Theatre. She is currently the Chair of Red Stitch Actors Theatre.


Ordinary Member: Janet Marles


Is the Manager of Operations and Research Strategy at Charles Darwin University. She is a teacher and oral historian and holds a PhD in memory and narrative from Griffith University.