Meet Our Authors

Norah Breekveldt

Norah Breekveldt has over twenty-five years' line and consulting experience in human resources, change management and organisational effectiveness across a broad range of sectors including government, oil and chemical industry, manufacturing, supply chain distribution and financial services. She has coordinated the delivery of career transition services internally during her corporate HR roles with top companies and has been directly involved in the provision of career transition services for senior executives and CEOs as a career transition coach since 2007. Norah has also held a number of directorships on board of not-for-profit organisations. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Management, a graduate of the Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and an associate certified coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation. She is a recipient of the Telstra Business Women's Award and author of Career Interrupted, and Sideways To The Top: 10 Stories Of Successful Women That Will Change Your Thinking About Careers Forever. Her newest book Me and My Mentor: How mentoring supercharged the careers of 11 extraordinary women was realsed in early 2018.

Anthony Breslin

Anthony Breslin is a prominent Australian visual and performance artist. He graduated with a Fine Art degree from RMIT University in 1999; completed a residency at New York’s exclusive and prestigious Point B Studios in 2007; and was the recipient of the International Award for Emerging Artists at the 2008 Shanghai Art Fair. Breslin’s work has been showcased in solo and group shows in Australia, the US, the UK, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and China, and his most famous works include Trybe: An Opera in Paint and a window- display installation commissioned by Myer on Bourke Street, Melbourne. Breslin has also worked as a designer/art director for music videos, of which one was awarded an Aria and another nominated for Best Design at the AFI Awards, and he has been featured in a number of art magazines and newspapers. Recently he has been working on large-scale performance and installation projects at schools in Victoria and NSW. Breslin is the author of Frantic Bloom and Brezania.

Marianne Broadbent

For the past twelve years, Marianne has been Managing Partner and co-owner of NGS Global, an inter-national leadership advisory business. Prior to that she was a Group Vice-President and then Senior Vice-President of the US headquartered professional services firm, Gartner Inc (listed on the NYSE). She has held a Chair of Management, and been Associate Dean and Professor at Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, and led that School’s Senior Executive MBA. She is now a Distinguished Academic Fellow of MBS and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She was a Finalist in the Telstra Business Women of the Year and is a mentor for women and men, as well as for organisations. She has been a regular judge for The Australian Innovation Awards, and co-founded the Australian chapter of international engagedphilanthropy group, Social Venture Partners. On the personal side, Marianne and her partner Robert have four adult children and a bunch of interesting grandchildren

Judith Raphael Buckrich

Judith Buckrich is the author of Melbourne's Grand Boulevard: The Montefiore Homes: 150 Years of Care, George Turner: A Life and The Long and Perilous Journey: A History of Port Melbourne. She is currently the historian for the Melbourne Docklands Authority and an Honorary Fellow at Deaking University. 

Max Carmichael

Max Carmichael was born in country Victoria and educated at The Geelong College. On leaving school he worked as a Jackeroo on his parent’s property and during this time joined the Citizen Military Force (later called the Army Reserve). In1996 he transferred to the Australian Regular Army and served in a variety of headquarter and staff appointments including three operational deployments. It was during his regular army service he met two of those who would join the ill-fated Black Cat Trek, Glen Reiss and Jon Hill. Max has published two other works,

In Kilted Company and With Skill and Fighting. These two publications led Glen Reiss to approach him to write Attack On The Black Cat Track.


Lyn Clarke

Lyn Clarke has been a writer for many decades, including working as an advertising copywriter and journalist. Lyn also lectures in a Bachelor of Applied Communications at RMIT University.

She is the author of Making A Difference: the legends and landmarks of Baptcare.

Mervyn E. Collins

Merv Collins is an experienced writer, educator and musician, who has been published in daily newspapers and a wide variety of magazines in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has written on subjects as diverse as sport, aviation history, motherhood and music, and has won national awards for intergenerational journalism and for magazine feature articles. Merv was a professional trumpeter, teacher, band conductor and adjudicator for more than thirty years.

He writes extensively on musical topics, particularly profiles, histories and reviews. His book The Remarkable Mr Morrison: The Virtuosity and Versatility of Australia’s Master Musician is a result of that undiminishing fascination.

Annette Cooper

Annette Cooper has had a lifelong interest in Melbourne's social and architectural history, especially the landscape of the city. She was a devoted client of Georges, enjoying its elegant and refined atmosphere. In Remembering Georges, she brings together these two interests, and hopes that the book will serve as a tribute to one of Melbourne's most-loved stores.