Our vision is equity of opportunity
The ILF was founded by Suzy Wilson, a former teacher and education consultant who owns Riverbend Books. We are a not-for-profit charity which respects the unique place of Australia's first people and draws on the expertise of the Australian book industry
Quentin Bryce, the first female Governor-General of Australia (2008 - 2014), has been a pioneering reformer, community builder and leader for more than 40 years. A former Governor of Queensland (2003 - 2008) she has had a distinguished career as an academic, lawyer, community and human rights advisor, senior public officer and university college principal.
Her former roles – some among firsts for women in this country – include:
Lecturer and Tutor in Law, The University of Queensland, Convenor of the National Women’s Advisory Council, Inaugural Director of Queensland Women’s Information Service, Director of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in Queensland, Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Founding Chair and CEO of the National Childcare Accreditation Council, Principal and CEO of The Women's College, University of Sydney.
Her contribution to advancing human rights and equality, the rights of women and children, and the welfare of the family has been recognised in her appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia, a Companion of the Order of Australia, and a Dame in the Order of Australia.
Suzy Wilson is Founder of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the owner of Riverbend Books in Bulimba, Brisbane.
Before embarking on her career in the Australian Book Industry Suzy was a teacher, an education consultant with Education Queensland and part-time lecturer at Queensland University of Technology.
In 2010, she was awarded the Dromkeen Award for her efforts in 'being a catalyst in changing children's lives through literature’.
She was honoured as the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Johnno Award by Queensland Writers Centre. She was awarded the 2018 Lloyd O’Neil Award at the ABIAs, which recognises outstanding service to the Australian Book Industry by an individual, and was named a Life Member of the Australian Booksellers Association at the 2018 ABA Conference for her twenty plus years of experience, dedication and passion in the bookselling industry.
Executive Director - Karen Williams
Program Director - Tina Raye
Program Coordinator - Cindy Manfong
Early Literacy Supervisor - Nicole Whiles
Marketing Manager - Jane Crowley
Marketing Coordinator - Jonathan Chapman
Relationship Manager - Nigel Marsden
Donor Engagement Officer - Laura Atherden
Accounts Assistant - Peter Fitzgibbon
Office Administrator - Brad Gambetta
Frances Kreamer (Accounts)
Mel Williams (Events and Research)
Janet Hutchinson (Writer)
Darren Burden (Website)
Sonia Palmisano (Social Media)
Justine Taylor (Graphic Design)
Gavin Crawford (Marketing and Admin)
Emily Pont (Marketing and Admin)
Pascale Freer (Marketing and Admin)
There are also a number of casual volunteers that support us during busy times and at events.