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Our Team

Claire Lehmann

CEO / Founder / Editor

Claire is the Founder and CEO of Quillette. She created Quillette while on maternity leave with her first child in 2015, and was Quillette's first editor, writer, and social media 'influencer'.

Before founding Quillette, Claire worked in Canberra for Australia's Federal Department of Health, and she has also worked for the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance located in Sydney. She has a first class honours degree in psychology from The University of Adelaide, and is also a weekly columnist for The Australian. Her book projects include Panics and Persecutions published in 2020.

Jonathan Kay

Senior Editor / Podcast Host

Jonathan is a Quillette editor, writer and podcast host; a TEDX speaker, an op-ed writer at The National Post (Canada); and a member of the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (Canada) board of advisors. His work has appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy.

His books include Among the Truthers (2011), Legacy: How French Canadians Shaped North America (2016), Your Move: What Boardgames Teach Us About Life (2019), Panics and Persecutions (2020), and Magic in the Dark: One Family's Century of Adventures in the Movie Business (2022).

Jamie Palmer

Senior Editor

Jamie is a writer and film-maker and senior editor at Quillette. His music documentary We Who Wait was broadcast by BBC4 in June 2012, and his essays have been published in Tablet and The Tower. He lives in London.

Zoe Booth

Community Engagement Manager

Zoe is the Community Manager at Quillette. She keeps our subscribers happy and increases our overall subscriptions. She organises Quillette Socials - events where subscribers are able to meet each other, and manages our social media accounts. Zoe is a double degree graduate in Arts/Law from The University of Newcastle.

William Barker

Editorial Assistant

William Barker is an Editorial Assistant at Quillette, a journalist, fiction writer, film critic, and poet. He is Founder, Editor and Staff Writer of the literary magazine Brave the Castle and the film criticism magazine Into the Screen and a volunteer at FAIR in the Arts. William is currently writing his first novel.

Iona Italia

Managing Editor & Podcast Host

Iona Italia is the Managing Editor and a podcast host at Quillette and the UK editor at Queer Majority. From 2020‐2023, she was the editor-in-chief of the independent liberal publication, Areo Magazine, and the host of its podcast, Two for Tea. Iona grew up in Pakistan and the UK, has lived in seven countries, and is fluent in four languages. She has a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University and a background in academe and in professional freelance writing, copyediting, and translation. Iona has written two books: Anxious Employment (Routledge, 2005), a study of 18th-century journal editors, and Our Tango World (Milonga Press, 2018), a philosophical and sociological study of the tango milieu. Her political essays have also appeared in The Times, The Indian Quarterly and The Washington Examiner, among other outlets. She also writes personal essays, short stories and creative non-fiction for her twice-monthly Substack newsletter, The Second Swim.