Joan Butts

National Teaching Coordinator – Australian Bridge Federation

Joan Butts is a well-known personality in the world of contract bridge. She has played for Australia, taught to play, and has owned and operated a bridge business for nearly thirty years. She has a passion for education. In 2011, she was appointed the Australian Bridge Federation’s National Teaching Coordinator. In this capacity she trains teachers, introducing them to the latest methods in bridge education, and creating and running professional development programmes. Joan has a BA, Dip Ed, Dip Ed Psych from University of Queensland. In August 2017, Joan launched her Online School of Bridge, a subscription-based platform offering a growing library of lessons on a curriculum, with videos, notes, quizzes and hand reviews. Members are able to play lesson and random hands with bridge robots. Joan now has members of all levels located around the world who log on to She has also written eight bridge books, and members may play hands from these books interactively too.