Dr Peta Spear


Managing Director


Peta directs all of the Foundation's business activities and day-to-day operations. She is the first port of call for clients wishing to set up a plain English reform program, and manages our busy schedule of training workshops and editing projects with ease.

She also directs our in-depth editing program, providing substantive plain English editing of hundreds of documents from letter templates and forms to guidelines and reports. She has specific expertise in rewriting complex documents such as agreements and terms and conditions.

Peta is currently leading the Foundation's push to upgrade its online services and information systems.

Peta began her public sector career working in the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Australian Film Commission in the 1980s. While at the Commission, Peta developed the first edition of the industry resource, Get the Picture: Essential Data on Australian Film, Television, Video and Interactive Video. After working in film production, she then worked as a writer and published 3 books.

Peta returned to study in the 1990s and completed a PhD in writing before working at the Centre for Professional Development at Macquarie University. In 2003, Peta co-founded the Foundation with Dr Neil James.

Professional qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Media and Communication (University of Western Sydney)
  • Master of Arts in Communication (University of Technology)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication (University of Technology)


Peta was co-convener of the Plain Language Association InterNational 2009 conference in Sydney. She has participated in plain language conferences in Washington, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Stockholm, Mexico City and Dublin.

 Our clients say

I appreciate being able to discuss with Peta the best approach to each project, because a 'one size fits all' approach simply doesn't work.

Communications manager, finance sector

We've worked with other organisations to improve our writing, but Peta's guidance and the Foundation's work was exceptional and impressive.

CEO, government agency