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.


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.

Mike Smithson

Seven Network

Mike Smithson has been a journalist for 40 years and a specialist political reporter and analyst for well over two decades.

He started as a newspaper cadet before launching into a television journalism career with Channel 7 Adelaide.

He’s also been employed as senior police reporter with Channel 7 Melbourne, was bureau chief for a national current affairs program and was the Seven Network’s European correspondent for two years.

In between, Mike has been a regular news presenter for more than 30 years as well as a breakfast and morning talkback radio host.

His achievements include being awarded SA Journalist of the Year.

Fiona Clark

Network 10

Fiona Clark began her career as a cadet at The Advertiser, where she became a specialist court reporter, and then joined Network 10 in the same role.

She’s since been a senior reporter, Chief of Staff, Executive Producer, and is now Executive Editor of 10 News First 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.

Claire Mackay

ABC News

Claire Mackay is the ABC News Editor for South Australia. She took up the position in 2015 and was previously the News Editor for the Northern Territory. Claire has been with the ABC since 1998 working in the Sydney, Brisbane and Darwin newsrooms before relocating to Adelaide. She began her media career as a reporter for Prime Television in NSW in 1996 and was an ABC cadet in 1998. At the ABC Claire has had roles including reporter for TV and radio news, 7pm bulletin producer, newsroom chief of staff and 7pm news presenter.    

Contact Details

0414 261 621
SA Press Club
GPO Box 515

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