Ros Ali set up the YWP in the summer of 2008 with the key founder and patron, Dame Chris Cole Catley. Much of Ros’ work has been with young people. Her background includes practising as a NZ Registered Nurse, mother and grandmother of a large whanau, and many years teaching English and writing in secondary schools. She has led and taught many community writing projects and she is a frequent presenter on creative practice in New Zealand and Australia.
At Epsom Girls Grammar School Ros established the EGGS Writing Programme, in addition to teaching English, managing the library, co- directing Grammar musicals for a number of years, and publishing Silver Road, an anthology of student writing. Her current position is at St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland, as Director of Libraries and Global Commons and Head of the Writing Programme.
Ros is a trustee of the Michael King Writers Centre Charitable Trust.