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.
Executive Director, Karen Williams
Program Manager, Tina Raye
Program Coordinator, Cindy Manfong
Marketing Manager, Jane Crowley
Marketing Assistant, Claudia Ortuno
Accounts Assistant, Peter Fitzgibbon
Admin Assistant, Brad Gambetta
Frances Kreamer (Accounts)
Derek Dryden (Events and Office Management)
Mel Williams (Events and Research)
Janet Hutchinson (Writer)
Darren Burden (Website)
Sonia Palmisano (Social Media)
Justine Taylor (Graphic Design)
Ross Wiech (Graphic Design)
Lianda Burrows (Marketing)
There are also a number of casual volunteers that support us during busy times and at events.