President – Chris Uhlmann
Chris Uhlmann is the ABC’s political editor. He started journalism with The Canberra Times, edited the Canberra Weekly and co-hosted 666 ABC Canberra’s breakfast program before switching to federal parliament as ABC radio’s chief political correspondent. He has hosted the flagship current affairs programs AM and 730. In 2008 he won a Walkley Award for broadcast interviewing. Chris has written two works of political fiction with Steve Lewis, The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code. They have been adapted as a mini-series, Secret City, set to screen on Foxtel in 2016.
Vice President – Mark Kenny
Mark Kenny is Fairfax Media’s chief political correspondent – appearing daily in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Canberra Times. He regularly appears on the ABC’s Insiders, Sky News Agenda, and is a sought after commentator on countless radio programs across the country. He has reported from Canberra during the terms of four prime ministers and 9 opposition leaders.
Mark moved to Fairfax from News Corp in 2012 where he was National Political Editor at The Advertiser after working in television and radio news at the ABC.
He has reported from locations as diverse as Kandahar, Bucharest, Vladivostok, and Washington.
Vice President – Steve Lewis
Steve Lewis is a senior adviser with Newgate Communications and has been reporting politics from Canberra since 1992. He regularly writes for media outlets including The New Daily and appears on Sky News as a political commentator.
Along with the ABC’s Chris Uhlmann, Lewis penned the best-selling political novel, The Marmalade Files. Their latest release, The Mandarin Code, was published on August 1 2014. Steve is also the editor of ‘Stand & Deliver’. ‘Stand & Deliver’ brings together the best speeches of the past fifty years, including many of the giants of recent Australian and international history such as Bill Gates, the Dalai Lama, Barry Humphries, Germaine Greer and prime ministers from Robert Menzies to Tony Abbott.
Vice President – Misha Schubert
Misha Schubert was first elected to the board in 2006 and has been a vice-president of the club since 2008. She is director of communications for Recognise, the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution. Before this, Misha was National Political Editor for The Sunday Age, and a regular commentator on ABC TV’s Insiders and Sky News Agenda. She worked in the federal press gallery from 2002 to 2012, covering policy and politics for The Australian and then The Age.
Treasurer – Tony Melville
Member of the Board since 2003. Vice President 2008 and 2009. Formerly on NPC Board in 1998 and 1999. Director Public Affairs and Government Relations with the Australian Industry Group, former ABC News journalist and Foreign Correspondent, DFAT spokesman and Diplomat (Deputy Head of Mission, Manila), and former Senior Media Advisor to Prime Minister Paul Keating.
Director – Sabra Lane
Sabra Lane joined the National Press Club board in 2014.
Sabra started her journalism career in Adelaide more than 25 years ago. During that time she’s worked at the Ten and Seven Networks, and had two stints at the ABC.
She’s filled a range of roles in both TV and radio – from reporting to executive producing and being the ABC’s chief of staff for its Sydney TV newsroom.
In 2008, Sabra moved to Canberra to cover federal politics and was appointed the chief political correspondent for the ABC’s radio current affairs division in 2011, reporting for AM, PM and The World Today. She’s currently the political correspondent for the ABC’s flagship program 7.30.
Sabra studied journalism at the University of South Australia.
You can follow her on Twitter at @SabraLane.
Director – Sarah Martin
Sarah Martin joined the Press Gallery board in 2015.
Sarah has been a political reporter with The Australian since 2012, initially as South Australian political reporter, and now based in the press gallery covering federal politics.
She began her journalism career as a cadet with West Australian regional newspapers in 2007, working at The Albany Advertiser, with placements at The Kimberley Echo and The Great Southern Herald.
Sarah has also covered business and state politics for The Adelaide Advertiser, and covered the 2010 federal election for the News Corp Australia daily metropolitan papers.
She has first class honours in history from the University of Adelaide, and a graduate diploma in journalism from the University of South Australia.
Director – Peter Phillips
Peter Phillips is a long-time Director of a leading national government relations company who returns to service as a NPC Director for a fourth term.
He is formerly a Ministerial Chief of Staff and Chairman of the Board of Directors of a large utilities corporation, Peter’s career in Canberra has included service as a Director of a national engineering company and on the Committee of the ACT Racing Club, as well as in the Commonwealth Government Departments of Trade, Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister and Cabinet – including overseas postings in China and in Thailand.
His extensive and long-standing connections in business and in government, and previous terms as a National Press Club Director enhance Peter’s readiness to resume active re-involvement in the continuing expansion of the business of the Club.
Director – David Speers
David Speers has been Political Editor of Sky News Australia since 2000.
He hosts “PM Agenda” each day from Parliament House in Canberra and “The Nation” each week from Sydney, where he regular interviews senior political figures and commentators.
David has been chosen by both sides of politics to anchor every Leaders’ Debate and Forum at the last three federal elections.
He is also President of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.
David has also covered the last three US Presidential election campaigns from Washington and interviewed many world leaders, including Tony Blair and George W. Bush.
You can follow David on Twitter at @David_Speers
Director – Laurie Wilson
Laurie Wilson has been a director of the National Press Club since 1992. He succeeded Ken Randall as President in 2010 having previously served as the NPC’s Treasurer.
Laurie is a freelance journalist and consultant. He is a former political correspondent and Canberra Bureau Chief for the 7 Network, political correspondent for the 9 Network and Secretary of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery.
He began his career in the media as a proofreader on The Canberra Times while still at university and has worked both as a journalist and in media management.
He was a senior reporter and news anchor for the 7 Network in Melbourne; was appointed General Manager (Corporate & Government Relations) and Group General Manager (Broadcasting) of the regional Victorian broadcast group Vic-TV; and has worked in a number of other management and board roles including a period as Executive Director of International Public Relations P/L and as a director of the Wesgo radio network.
He studied journalism and economics at the University of Canberra and completed postgraduate studies in business administration at Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology.
Director – Katharine Murphy
Katharine Murphy has worked in the parliamentary press gallery since 1996 and is currently deputy political editor of Guardian Australia. Prior to Guardian Australia Katharine has worked for The Australian Financial Review, The Australian and The Age. She’s a regular contributor on radio and television, including a regular panelist on the ABC’s Insider’s program. Katharine also contributes a quarterly piece about national politics to the literary magazine, Meanjin, and she pioneered political live blogging in Australia, first for Fairfax and then for Guardian Australia. An award winning journalist, Katharine is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Canberra.
Patron – Ken Randall
Ken Randall’s career in journalism spans more than six decades — in newspapers, magazines, radio and television, and his association with the National Press Club more than four decades.
The journalism began in Hobart, then moved to Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and back to Canberra and the then nascent Press Club.
He was a founding staff writer of The Australian, when it began, based in Canberra in 1964, covering foreign affairs and defence at a turbulent time in Australia’s regional relationships, which meant visiting Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand (SEATO HQ) because the new paper was allowed to join AAP by the other proprietors who owned it.
He joined the Press Club in 1964 at Tony Eggleton’s invitation and was a director for four decades, including more than 20 years as president.
After seven years with the early vicissitudes of The Australian, he moved to freelance status in the Press Gallery, writing for The Financial Times, The Guardian, Newsweek and Le Monde.
For the past 13 years he has been writing for iSentia, formerly Media Monitors.