Her Excellency, Mrs Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, Ambassador of France.
Sarah Dennis (Chair) is a former career diplomat whose last posting was as New Zealand’s Ambassador to France from 2006-2010. She has had close involvement in New Zealand’s relations with France over many years through assignments in that country, including New Caledonia, and in Wellington. She is a member of the Board of the New Zealand-France Friendship Fund and enjoys the opportunities she now has to encourage cultural and other exchanges between New Zealand and France.
Vincent O’Sullivan is a leading author, poet, dramatist, and Katherine Mansfield scholar. He is also Emeritus Professor of English at Victoria University of Wellington. Vincent has won many awards for his fiction and his poetry: at the 1999 Montana NZ Book Awards, for example, his novel Believers to the Bright Coast was runner up for the Deutz Medal for Fiction while his poetry collection Seeing You Asked won Best Book of Poetry. Further Convictions Pending: Poems 1999-2008 gathers the best from his recent collections and includes forty four new poems. Vincent has also published a biography of John Mulgan, was joint editor of the five-volume Letters of Katherine Mansfield, and has edited a number of major anthologies.
Vincent O’Sullivan was the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Fellow in Menton, France, in 1994. He was appointed Director of Victoria University of Wellington’s Stout Research Centre in 1997.
Gordon Stewart is a professional company director and professional trustee. He is a trustee of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Trust, and the Randell Cottage Writers Trust. Gordon has lived in the Cook Islands, and in Menton, France, and maintains close contact with that country.
She turned to translation after a career as a journalist and columnist, a parliamentary press secretary and a strategic communications specialist in central government, working primarily in economic development and innovation policy. Her translation of Randell writer Fariba Hachtroudi’s 2009 novel Le douzième imam est une femme? was published in Canada in 2011 as The Twelfth Imam’s a Woman? She holds an MA with Distinction in Literary Translation Studies and a BA Honours (First Class) in French from Victoria University of Wellington.
Bridget Hargreaves joined the Trust in 2015. She has worked as a lawyer and corporate affairs adviser and is currently the secretary of the New Zealand France Friendship Fund. She loves books and the French language.
Stephen Stratford is an author and editor. As a journalist he ran the books/arts magazine Quote Unquote, and before that was at Metro and the Listener. Writers he has edited include Vincent O’Sullivan, Kevin Ireland, Ranginui Walker, Paddy Richardson, Kelly Ana Morey, Karyn Hay and Lloyd Jones. He has published more than a dozen books of his own including a novel, an illustrated history of New Zealand in the 1980s, several joke books and, most recently, New Zealand’s Gift to the World: the youth justice family group conference (Henwood Trust).
Dame Fiona Kidman DCNZM OBE is a Wellington writer. She has written 24 books, including the prizewinning novel The Captive Wife and her two-volume memoir At the End of Darwin Road (2008) and Beside the Dark Pool (2009). Fiona is a Trustee of the Randell Cottage Writers Trust, and the New Zealand Book Month Board, as well as being a President of Honour of the New Zealand Book Council. As a Katherine Mansfield fellow she lived in Menton, France, in 2006, and travelled the country with a contingent of New Zealand writers promoting New Zealand literature.