Following the death of longstanding Acorn Press board chair, Bishop John Wilson in late January, a new chair and deputy chair were appointed by the board on 2 March 2011.

The Reverend Paul Arnott, who has been the State Director of the Church Missionary Society in Victoria for 9 years, served for 15 years in parish ministry in the diocese of Tasmania. As well he was Director of Anglican Media and Communications in the diocese. Prior to being ordained he worked with the ABC as a radio current affairs interviewer and producer. Paul has written two books, No Time to Say Goodbye and Live the Moment. He is passionate about biblical mission and seeing Christians using their gifts to extend the kingdom of God.

Mr Arnott said he was honoured to be elected to the position of Acorn Press chair: ‘I feel humbled by the invitation to become chair of Acorn in the footsteps of John Wilson, who made a huge contribution to Acorn and Christian publishing in Australia over many years.’ He said, ‘We are in the midst of a global publishing revolution which should, if we make the most of the opportunities, enable us to continue to provide readers with high quality books in a range of formats.’

New Acorn board deputy chair, Cathy Altmann, has been a director of Acorn Press for the past 8 years. She is a published poet whose work has appeared on Melbourne’s trains and in numerous journals and anthologies. From 2002-05, she was one of the editors producing Ishah magazine for Christian women. Cathy brings a life-long love of books to her position with Acorn. She worked first as an English and Literature teacher before training as a poet and Spiritual Director. Cathy has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. She has been involved in parish music and other ministries over the past 25 years.

Cathy said, ‘It has been most rewarding seeing Acorn flourish over the past 8 years under John Wilson’s leadership. The whole board is committed to continuing his vision for Acorn to produce quality Australian Christian books. We are excited about the new possibilities that lie ahead.’