Hunter Writers Centre Board

Dr Alexandra Lewis lecturer University of Newcastle, HWC board member

Dr Alexandra Lewis

Dr Alexandra Lewis is a lecturer at the University of Newcastle where she teaches English Literature and Creative Writing. She was Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing in Aberdeen, Scotland and has also taught, supervised, and held research fellowships at the Universities of Cambridge, Goldsmiths College London, School of Advanced Study London, and Warwick. Read more about Dr Lewis here.

Meg Buxton, editor, HWC board member
Megan Buxton

Megan taught secondary English for thirty years in the Hunter and worked as a tutor in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle. She has worked as an editor and is currently gaining formal editorial qualifications. Megan values Hunter Writers Centre’s strong contribution to the cultural life of the Hunter region. Megan was president of HWC 2013-2018 


Dr Marcus Rodrigs, Academic. School of Acounting, University of Newcastle

Dr Marcus Rodrigs

Marcus has over 28 years work experience in academia and consulting. During his consulting work, his industry clients included banking and investment, software development, power generation, electronics, government, research, retail and not-for-profit organisations.  After his move from consulting to academia, Marcus is now a Senior Academic at the University of Newcastle. His passion for accounting has earned him recognition and a 2019 Australian Award for University Teaching, Universities Australia, Government of Australia, Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.


Caroline Hill - HWC Board member
Caroline Hill

Caroline is an experienced Voice Teacher with a demonstrated history of working in the music industry. Skilled in Choral, Performing Arts, Music Education, Music Composition, and Music Arranging & Transcribing. Caroline is a graduate from the University of Newcastle.


Mark Lock, First Nations (Ngiyampaa) Australian, Cultural Safety Editing Service

Dr Mark Lock

Mark J Lock (BSc, MPH, PhD) is a First Nations (Ngiyampaa) Australian. He advocates for improving the presence of First Nations Peoples’ voices in literature. His research career focussed on governance structures and Aboriginal peoples’ participation through cultural safety reforms. Mark loves creative writing in poetry, short stories and novels. As a developing professional editor, he advises on cultural safety to help artists empower their creative expression.

Nicholas Stabler, Board Member
Nicholas Stabler

Experienced business advisor with diverse expertise in digital transformation, service design, marketing and strategy gained through leading innovation and growth initiatives for companies, NFPs and government agencies.


Karly Zacharia, Board member

Karly Zacharia

PhD Candidate (Nutrition & Dietetics) at University of Newcastle. Karly is a researcher examining the role of nutrition in the prevention of stroke. Karly works alongside stroke survivors to create a program of works that is accessible to people of all abilities. She applied to join HWC Board to be an advocate for people with disabilities to help make the arts accessible for everyone.

Our Staff

Karen Crofts, director HWC

Karen Crofts

Karen has been director of HWC since 2012. She holds a Masters degree in Writing from the University of Newcastle. Karen is passionate about connecting the Arts with important social issues of the Hunter: reconciliation, homelessness, disability, grief, loss and trauma.


 Jacqueline Williams
Jacqueline is HWC Bookkeeper. She has 30+ years experience working with Not-for-Profit organisations. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Business Administration. Jacqueline is also a Director & Consultant for Business Network International (BNI) in the Hunter Region – an International Referral Marketing and Networking membership-based organisation.
Christine Bramble, member of HWC

Christine Bramble 
Strategic Advsior

Christine has been a teacher of History, a museum education officer and a cultural planner. Christine advises HWC on policies and cultural projects.

Leanne Lim Administration Assistant
Leanne Lim
Administration Assistant
Leanne is currently a student at the University of Melbourne. She has just finished her Bachelor's degree and will be starting a Masters degree in Applied Psychology. Leanne has internship experience working with NGO's and government agencies, and is interested in establishing a career in the non-for-profit sector in the future.
Helen Blackney our wonderful volunteer
Helen Blackney
Helen prepares our workshops, operates our bookshop and researches writerly articles for our members. 
Her background is in banking and customer service.