meet the staff
Activity of the SAG is managed by a small team on behalf of the Board.
(Please bear with us whilst we update our photos, in the meantime, enjoy some from our collection!)
Staff are mostly part-time, often flexibly to support our events calendar, and spread across our two premises in Sydney throughout the week as well as working remotely. Use the Contact Us information to get to the team: https://www.sag.org.au/Contact-Us
The Society's core office hours are 10.00am-3.00pm Monday to Friday with the Library open at distinct times - see https://www.sag.org.au/VisitUs
I usually work Monday to Friday and occasionally Saturdays.
I am responsible for maintaining effective library and research services as well as implementing new projects for library development and operations.
I have a huge love for history and books, to have the two merge together in this role is a dream come true.
Vanessa Cassin Education Manager
I usually work... Monday to Friday, and often evenings and Saturdays depending on the events program.
I am responsible for.. the planning and implementation of the Society’s education/events program. I source and schedule guest speakers for webinars and conferences and act as host for many of the events. I support the convenors of all the Special Interest Groups and initiate new groups.
Family history means: joining together all the puzzle pieces to discover where I come from and what experiences have led to me being the person I am. I enjoy the challenge of analysing all the evidence and especially the thrill of finding that elusive clue that ties all the snippets of information together.
Gemma Beswick Library Services Manager
I usually work...Monday to Friday and will swap out for Saturdays in the Library, or meetings and events as required.
I am responsible for the day-to-day running of the library and research services, and their future development.
My most exciting family history find was... when I found a copy of an auction catalogue (with photographs!) for my ancestor's estate in a national repository.
Alexandra Mountain Archival Project Manager
I work Monday to Friday at Richmond Villa.
I am responsible for the management of Society's archives, which are filled with unpublished materials. Currently, we are working to digitise our materials and make them more readily available for our researchers!
Family history is: an inclusive space for amateurs and professionals alike to dig into their past and uncover hidden truths.
The Society supports the global community of family historians with training, events, peer support, developing its archive/reference collections, and advocacy activities.
Ruth Graham Chief Executive Officer
I usually work...Monday to Friday but flexibly around events and meetings across evenings and weekends.
I am responsible for…the general management of Society, representing the Society to the media or at public events, and coordinating the Certificate and Diploma cohorts. I am Company Secretary and Board Secretariat.
My most exciting family history find was when…I found that my goddaughter and I had a common ancestor from the 1600s and that she had a connection to the Wedgwood family!
Courtney Bull Administration Officer (Business Trainee)
More on Courtney soon!
Danielle Tebb Membership Officer
I usually work…Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and alternate Saturdays.
I am responsible for…The SAG membership system - generating and processing membership renewals, sending out Descent and SAG-E, organising MIDAS retrievals and co-ordinating the annual Croker Prize entries for judging.
My most exciting family history find was when…Discovering my maternal great-grandfather had briefly been a member of SAG before his death in 1950 and a research question he posed then remains unanswered to this day.