AAP team

Emma Cowdroy CEO

Emma joined AAP in 2002 after working with legal firms in media, telecommunications and commercial law. Appointed General Counsel late that year, Emma has become an integral part of the agency’s leadership team. She represents AAP on the board of the News Media Coalition, which lobbies sporting, entertainment and other bodies for press freedom to cover events. Emma became CEO of the new AAP Newswire in August 2020.

Emma has represented AAP in various forums, including Australia’s Right to Know, the Senate Inquiry into Sports News Reporting (leading to the establishment of the Code of Practice for Sports News Reporting), the Senate Inquiry into Evidence Amendment (Journalists’ Privilege) Bill (resulting in the Journalists’ Shield Laws) and the Independent Inquiry into Media and Media Regulation.

Andrew Drummond Editor

Andy started with AAP as a general news reporter in Sydney in 2007 and after filling many roles in many bureaus, he’s made it full circle back to the harbour city as the newswire’s editor. Stints in London – as European correspondent – Canberra, Hobart and most recently Melbourne as bureau chief, have included coverage of court, sport, diplomacy, finance and entertainment, plus subediting.

Prior to joining AAP Andy worked for the Illawarra Mercury and previously, Rural Press publications in regional NSW.

Kate Spooner General Counsel

Kate was originally enrolled to study communications, but after living a year overseas undertook an Arts degree majoring in German, followed by legal qualifications through the Legal Practitioners Admission Board. Kate has worked in private practice, on her own account, and in legal publishing as an editor.

Kate joined AAP in 2009 as a senior corporate lawyer and works closely with the newswire team. She was proud to be awarded AAP’s outstanding contribution prize in 2019.

Dan Wigmore Head of Commercial

Dan started his career in the UK where a sub-editing role led to a stint as a journalist for a pictures and features agency. After going on to manage that company’s text and image library he moved to Australia in 2004 to work exclusively in image sales and licencing.

Dan joined AAP as the head of sales for the image division in 2017 and became head of commercial for the Newswire the following year.

Jim Athan Head of IT

Jim graduated from UTS after completing the Bachelor of Information Science degree, majoring in Computer Information Systems. He began his career with Singapore Telecom in 1994 as a network administrator. Jim joined AAP in 1995 as a Systems Administrator within the Financial Markets division of the business.

Since 2008 Jim has occupied the role of IT Service Delivery Manager, leading a team of DevOps, Developers, and the IT Service Desk.

Holly Nott Managing Editor

Holly brings more than 25 years of journalistic experience to her role as Managing Editor of AAP. In this key role Holly supports the daily operations of the AAP newswire and oversees the overall development and operation of AAP FactCheck, which she helped to establish in early 2019.

Holly is a founding member of the AAP Standards Committee, overseeing editorial standards and advising on matters of ethics and internal policy. She is AAP’s representative on the media industry regulatory body, the Australian Press Council.

Dean Lewins Photo Editor

Dean Lewins has been a photojournalist for 32 years. He joined Australian Associated Press in the lead up to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Over the past 20 years Dean has covered six Olympic Games, 4 Commonwealth Games, The Ashes, Football World Cup and the Rugby World Cup. His passion for sport is only equalled by his passion for news. Dean has covered unrest in East Timor, Solomon Islands and a brief stint with Australian troops in Iraq along with domestic floods, bushfire and drought. In 2018 Dean was awarded the Nikon Walkley Press Photographer of the Year with a portfolio of news and sports images.

John Salvado Sports Editor

John joined AAP in late 1994, having cut his teeth in sports journalism with a five-year stint in London with United Press International. He has covered six Summer Olympics, four Winter Olympics, five Commonwealth Games, eight world athletics championships, 18 AFL grand finals, tennis and golf majors and a host of other major events. But for all that, his abiding sporting love is AFL club Richmond.