FROM THE DESK
November 27, 2020
Dear members and the CBCA community,
It is an honour to write my first communication to you as the chair of your CBCA Board. The Board
has met twice. We spent the first meeting voting in the Chair (Wendy Rapee) and Vice Chair (Tania
Longman) and concentrating on the logistics of the changes. We welcomed the new member
directors from NSW (Wendy Rapee), SA (Jane Moore) and VIC (Karys McEwen).
I really look forward to developing a good working relationship within the Board and we have
already begun consulting and collaborating widely with each of your branch committees. At
the outset of the second Board meeting on November 25, I committed the Board to ensuring
our approach to decision-making includes the voices, creative ideas and drive of our dedicated
community of volunteers across the whole CBCA. Your member director will be your direct conduit
to the Board. They will relay our thinking to you and seek feedback, but I encourage you to
communicate with us in any way that suits you. Send news, suggestions for projects and activities
you feel could be scalable across the organisation, indeed anything you would like us to know. The
Board will endeavour to support your branch to further the CBCA purpose in your communities.
We determined that our two new independent directors will provide the Board with expert strategic
financial and legal skills (company secretary). We are currently shaping a call for expressions of
interest and we will circulate these to you to assist our recruitment process.
We have received an incredible number of awards entries given the tough year our publishers and
creatives have experienced, we congratulate them all. Our judges are busy assessing and working
towards their judges’ conference in February.
A Shaun Tan merchandise 2021 artwork reveal is inching closer and we will launch the range
during Term 1, 2021. We thank you for your support in 2020 and value the feedback you have
On behalf of the Board we wish you and your families a safe and healthy festive time, as we wave
off a year of uncertainty. We look forward to reconnecting in 2021.