New Honorary Life Members

Editors Victoria would like to congratulate retiring co-presidents Liz Steele and Rosemary Noble who were inducted into the Honorary Life Member hall of fame at the 2012 AGM. Each had served previous terms as president of the society.


HLM status recognises individuals who have provided outstanding service to the society and the editing profession in Australia over an extended period. Both Liz and Rosemary have given tirelessly of their time, effort and generosity for almost two decades combined.

Liz Steele has been a phenomenal influence on the society and the committee. She is extremely generous with her time, her knowledge and her encouragement. She gives people the confidence to get involved and isn't afraid of being decisive when she has to. Liz has been president three times now and has been on the committee for ten years. One of Liz's great initiatives has been Redact, our weekend training workshops for experienced editors, of which we've successfully held four with hugely enthusiastic responses from editors. She was also integral on the planning committee for the CASE conference back in 2005, and has spoken as an Editors Victoria representative at conferences since then. She is continually thinking of new ways to expand the services we offer to members; she is fearless in the face of change and has a seemingly endless bucket of time and energy to offer.

Rosemary Noble has also been incredibly involved in the Society and its work. She has been on the IPEd committee for a number of years. She has had the massive task of working with all the other state bodies to unite our efforts and bring everyone together in common purpose. Rosemary has also been IPEd chair and has done an amazing job of steering the group, and I'm sure she often felt as though she was herding cats in trying to not only get everyone on the IPEd committee to agree, but to then get our (sometimes resistant) committee on board and motivated. With Rosemary's assistance, IPEd has continued to represent editors Australia-wide. Rosemary was a key player in expanding IPEd's professional development program and, as a result, a number of smaller societies are able to take advantage of the training they wouldn't have had access to previously. She has also been integral to the editorial standards revision process, which is currently under way. Rosemary is the calm in the centre of the storm and a pillar of support for the committee. She inspires confidence in everything she does.

Congratulations to them both!

Melanie Dankel on behalf of Editors Victoria