About the Club

The South Australian Press Club is Adelaide’s premier lunch forum.

The club holds regular luncheons with newsworthy guest speakers. These functions are open to the public and offer a quality meal, a stimulating speaker and the opportunity to observe the media at work asking pertinent questions to extract further information from the speaker.

Speakers are drawn from a wide range of fields including politics, law, the arts, business, unions, entertainment, sport, science and the environment.

The club was formed in 1995 by Robert Mayne. The then Adelaide correspondent of “The Bulletin” and former executive on both “The Australian” and the “Sydney Morning Herald” believed there was a need in Adelaide for a media forum similar to the National Press Club in Canberra. Major media executives agreed and Don Riddell, former Editor-in-Chief of “The Advertiser” was approached to be President of the SA Press Club.

The SA Press Club is still going strong, attracting some of the biggest names in the business. Records of our past luncheons are contained on this website.

Members

Jeremy Pudney

President, SA Press Club
Nine Network Adelaide

Jeremy Pudney is the Deputy News Director, Nine Network, Adelaide.

He studied Journalism at the University of South Australia, and worked as a newspaper journalist with Messenger, then The Advertiser. Jeremy began as a TV reporter with Ten Adelaide, moved to Ten Melbourne – where he was also Chief-of-Staff – before returning to South Australia. More recently, Jeremy was the News Manager at Network Ten in Adelaide.


Grant Heading

Immediate Past President, SA Press Club

Grant commenced his career as a journalist with the ABC in 1966, remaining with the national broadcaster until 1988, the last few years serving as the Chief of Staff. He won the gold Walkley Award for journalism in 1981 for coverage of the Ash Wednesday Bushfires.

Grant then joined Network Ten in 1988 and recently stepped down as the Director of Ten News.


Susan Caracoussis

Secretary, SA Press Club

Susan is Executive Officer of SASES Volunteers’ Association, and editor for quarterly publication, Frontline, published by More Media Group. She commenced her career in banking as the  first female in a lending role, then worked in senior public relations prior to moving to  executive roles in the not for profit sector.

Susan is honorary secretary of SA Press Club and a member of UniSA’s School of Communication Advisory Committee, SAFECOM Board and , numerous emergency sector advisory groups and review committees. She is also a member of the AICD


Nic Nolan

Deputy, SA Press Club

Nic is a Communications Specialist and Media Consultant. Nic has extensive experience working both nationally and internationally in radio, television, print, video and online production as a producer, presenter, journalist, News Director, Program Director and General Manager. Nic has also  worked in the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet managing communications and engagement. In 2012, Nic was appointed Director of Media and Communications for the leader of the South Australian Opposition and is currently consulting in Media and Communications Strategy.


Patrizia Furlan

SA Press Club

Dr Furlan is Program Director (Journalism and Professional Writing) in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages at the University of South Australia. She began her journalism career in Paris, France and worked for almost two decades as a journalist primarily in radio and TV news/current affairs – both in commercial and public broadcasting organisations in Australia and abroad.


Graham Archer

Seven Network

Graham Archer has spent 27 years in current affairs television. He began with the Nine Network’s A Current Affair as an editor, researcher, journalist and producer. He also spent time with ABC’s 7.30 Report before becoming the Supervising Producer for the Channel Nine Sunday program in Sydney. He returned to Adelaide in 1995 to establish Today Tonight with Channel Seven. The program has recently celebrated winning 600 consecutive ratings weeks over a 15 year period. Graham is currently Director of News and Public Affairs with Seven in Adelaide.


Fiona Clark

Network Ten

Fiona Clark began her career as a cadet at The Advertiser, where she became a specialist court reporter, and then joined Network Ten in the same role.

She’s since been a senior reporter, Chief of Staff, Executive Producer, and is now News Manager of Ten Eyewitness News in Adelaide.


Roy Eccleston

The Advertiser

Roy Eccleston is deputy editor (Saturday) of The Advertiser and editor of saweekend magazine. He is a former Washington correspondent for The Australian, senior writer on The Bulletin, and contributor to Time Australia, and The Times of London.


Matthew Pantelis

FiveAA

Matthew has over 25 years experience as a radio journalist and has been News Director at FIVEaa for eight years. He’s also worked in public relations and promotions.

Contact Details

mail@sapressclub.com.au
0414 261 621
SA Press Club
GPO Box 515
ADELAIDE 5001

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