Jon Bisset - General Manager
Jon has previously served in key leadership roles as CEO of the Public Relations Institute of Australia, Chief Executive of the Council on the Ageing (NSW) and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Fundraising Institute Australia.
Business Services, Administration & Support
Rhonda Byrne - Business Services Manager
Rhonda joined the CBAA in June, 2011. She spent the previous 6 years at Fairfax Media Ltd. where she led a large administration team with responsibilities for administrative, logistical and financial support to over 350 staff across Sydney Morning Herald and Sun Herald. Her work spanned the news desk, business, photographic, production and Readerlink departments and included project management and event & campaign planning.
Tahlia Azaria - Marketing and Fundraising Officer
Tahlia joined the CBAA as a staff member in August 2014 after serving as the Youth Representative on the CBAA Board. Tahlia was previously General Manager of youth media organisation SYN Media and has held roles at community television station C31 Melbourne and youth music organisation The Push, along with producing television programs through production business Azaria Media and Youthworx Productions. Tahlia is currently completing her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Melbourne Business School. Tahlia is based in the CBAA's Melbourne office at the Abbotsford Convent.
Danny Chifley - Administrative Assistant
Danny has been involved in the community broadcasting for many years, beginning his career in the sector at one of Australia's oldest community radio stations, 2MCE in Bathurst. He is probably best known to members as either the voice at the end of the phone when calling the CBAA office or as host of the CBAA Conference Gala Awards Dinner.
Stations should contact Danny for all general queries, advice or any other enquiry allowing members to benefit from his decade plus tenure at the CBAA.
Monique Sebire – EA / Administrative Assistant
Monique comes to the CBAA from Melbourne where she developed a love for community broadcasting at youth station, SYN, as both a presenter and producer. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism/French) at Monash University and at the Université Jean Moulin in Lyon, and a year at the National Theatre Drama School, Monique has also been a presenter on community television and had over 60 articles published as a music writer for various publications.
Robin Carter - Finance Coordinator
Robin came to the CBAA from a professional photographic laboratory where he cared for the company accounts. This brought him into contact with many professional photographers and their work both in Sydney and overseas and reactivated his interest in photography. Robin’s accounting experience was initially acquired in the UK, where he worked for several large soft drink companies and included a wide range of projects with these companies both in the UK and overseas. Robin was born in Australia but educated in the UK. After time in Manchester and London Robin was more or less permanently frozen from the endless British winter and felt a change was needed. He returned to Australia in 2002.
Robin is the first point of call for all things accounting and financial.
Joel Pringle - Policy and Advocacy Officer
Joel joined the CBAA in 2014 after working mostly in the community sector. After embarking on a career entirely unrelated to his Bachelor of Music (Education), Joel’s experience includes working with local communities, public policy, research and advocacy. Highlights include managing the national Australians for Affordable Housing campaign in the lead up to the 2013 Federal election.
Having experience in the governance of a number of small NGOs, Joel has sympathy for the many volunteers whose efforts keep both the community welfare and community broadcasting sectors alive and out of the court system.
Member & Stakeholder Services
Amy Moon - Member & Stakeholder Services Manager
Amy started out in the community broadcasting sector by volunteering at 2MBS and 2RRR. After moving to Melbourne in 2006, Amy worked in a variety of roles in marketing and development in the performing arts, before returning to the sector to take up a position with 3MBS. Before relocating to Sydney, Amy worked with the Community Broadcasting Foundation as a grants administrator, so she is well positioned to assist with any funding enquiries! Amy recently completed a Masters of Arts (Management) at RMIT with a thesis on models of development in community organisations in Australia and she is delighted to be working in Membership and Development with the CBAA.
Contact Amy regarding any membership matters, questions, comments or feedback.
Emma Couch - Member Services Assistant
Emma studied Journalism at the University of Western Sydney, completing a 1 year internship with Koori Radio in her final year of studies. During this time she worked on a news program with Sydney’s Community Television Station TVS, and a documentary for the Refugee Soccer Program, Football United.
After a short stint teaching English in Europe, Emma has returned to Sydney to get stuck into the wonderful world of community broadcasting.
Helen Henry - Communications Officer
Community Radio Network (CRN)
Seth Jordan - Content Services Manager
Sydney-based music journalist, festival consultant and long-time Community radio broadcaster Seth Jordan joined the CBAA in the capacity of Content Services Manager in 2012. He will be responsible for the management, operation and development of the CBAA’s national network services, including the Community Radio Network (CRN) satellite distribution service and the Digital Delivery Network (DDN).
In the past, Seth has served as both Station Manager & Program Manager at ArtSound FM in Canberra, and as Program Manager at 2MCE Bathurst. He was a founding member of Bellingen’s 2BBB, and most recently acted as Volunteers & Community Liaison Coordinator at Sydney’s 2SER. His own award-winning programs Radio Babylon and The Tiki Lounge were a staple of the Community Radio Network for many years, winning the CBAA Award for “Excellence in Music Programming”.
Seth is also the Australasian/Pacific correspondent for UK-based World music magazine Songlines, and regularly contributes features/reviews to Australian roots monthly Rhythms and ABC’s Limelight magazine. He was Coordinator/Contributing Editor for the recent Australia Council book project - World Music: Global Sounds in Australia (UNSW Press 2010), and wrote the Aussie chapter for the latest edition of The Rough Guide To World Music. A founder of the Bellingen Global Carnival, he also works as MC Coordinator for WOMADelaide, Earth Station, Peats Ridge Festival, and was Music Coordinator for Canberra’s National Multicultural Festival.
Martin Walters - CRN Operations Coordinator
Martin joined the CBAA as CRN Operations Coordinator in June 2007. Previous to this he held various roles in the media monitoring industry, and spent five years in radio in NZ, and a not insignificant period of time selling scissors over the phone for which we'll spare you the details. Please be advised that due to accent difficulties it may be easier to contact him via email. Also this will reduce the chances of him engaging you in a long-winded spiel about the latest injustices done to the NZ cricket team.
Dan Callaghan - CRN Technical Production Coordinator
By happy circumstance Dan had no choice but to get involved with community radio. Crashing wildly into uni with no idea what to do he decided on social sciences. It was excruciatingly dull. Some years later the administrators were allowed to push him out the other side with something called a 'Creative Industries' degree. The bit of paper he got at the end says it has something to do with 'social sciences', 'journalism' and 'audio engineering'...
Somehow it was enough for Brisbane's 4ZZZ to let Dan join their production department as a promotions producer then production coordinator, grant writer, archivist, trainer, and tech for events programs and outside broadcasts. Despite Brisbane being awesome, Sydney beckoned. Double-decker trains are still a novelty.
Sector Projects Staff
Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (Amrap)
Chris Johnson - Manager, Amrap & Online Innovation
Chris Johnson has worked in the music industry for over ten years as a sound engineer, radio maker and new-media developer. Chris was the station manager of Edge Radio in Tasmania, which he successfully managed over its first five years. Chris was on the national Digital Radio Standing Committee, supporting community broadcaster’s transition into the digital radio age. He is on the Arts Tasmania panel, allocating state government grants and loans to Tasmanian artists, and on the Music Council of Australia, a 50-member national peak music organisation for Australia. Chris is a qualified audio technician, bachelor of journalism graduate, and skilled new media strategist. He won the 'Career Achievement' category at the 2006 Tasmanian Young Achiever awards.
He is now the manager of Amrap – The Australian Music Radio Airplay Project. He was appointed to manage Amrap in late October 2008 when the project was revitalised with funding. He is developing the service to suit the changing needs of the music and media industries and places a high priority on getting music to broadcasters and stations that matches their tastes and interests.
Brooke Olsen - Senior Service Coordinator
Brooke Olsen has been working for Amrap since November 2007, initially handling all CD distribution and then coordinating AirIt since 2009. Brooke has been volunteering and working in community radio for 8 years, undertaking a number of roles in that time including; freelance producer, presenter, production assistant, panel trainer and training course co-coordinator. She interned at ABC Radio National (The Night Air) and has a Communications degree in Media Arts Production (University of Technology Sydney).
When she’s not at Amrap, Brooke presents FBi radio's experimental sound hour 'Ears Have Ears', co-runs an independent art space in Sydney's inner west and is recently wrapped up Co-Directing Sound Summit festival.
For AirIt enquiries email: email@example.com
Rowena McGeoch - Service Coordinator
Rowe joined Amrap in August 2012 as our CD Mailout Coordinator having relocated to Sydney from Newcastle where she has worked with local music events including Sound Summit. Rowe’s passion for community radio started with her commuting from Newcastle to present the graveyard shift on Sydney’s FBi Radio. Rowe now produces FBi Radio’s Radiant and presents Monday Arvos. She is currently completing a BA in Communication at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Ben Briedis - Chief Technical Officer
Ben joined the CBAA in August 2009 in order to implement various web-based services for AMRAP. He has worked as a computer programmer in the fields of IT management, biotechnology, media and telephony systems. Ben has a PhD in Computer Science and a BA(Hons)/LLB, both from UNSW.
In his spare time he writes songs and performs them in many fine Sydney drinking institutions.
Ruben Thijssen - Technical Officer
Ruben Thijssen joined the CBAA in October 2011. Ruben is a recent Bachelor graduate of the Hogeschool Zeeland in the Netherlands, majoring in Software Engineering with a minor in IT-Security. Ruben has worked in a variety of IT roles including software engineer and freelance back-end web-development for small businesses. Ruben will be working to further develop AirNet and AirIt.
Digital Radio Project (DRP)
Philip Shine - DRP Manager
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Yates – DRP Operations Coordinator
Chris cut his teeth in the community radio sector at 4ZZZ in Brisbane, as an announcer, producer, festival organiser, music director and all things in between in the late 90s and early 2000s. He is also a freelance music journalist, and once got to interview his musical hero RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. Chris was most recently the esteemed editor of the CBX magazine and is involved in a variety of CBAA projects including the CRN, secretariat and much more.
Emma Ramsay - DRP Assistant
Emma Ramsay has been part of the Digital Radio Project since July 2011 and assists stations in setting up and maintaining their unique EPG or Electronic Program Guides, whilst assisting the DRP with ongoing special projects.
Emma has a foundation in co directing Sydney artist run initiatives such as Tiny Stadiums: a live art festival, and Tele Visions: a 5 day pop-up art TV channel marking the end analog TV in Australia.
Since her beginnings as a volunteer presenter for 2SER 107.3 in Sydney in 2006, she has been a keen subscriber, listener and advocate for community radio.
As a musician, her band Holy Balm released their debut album with Not Not Fun (USA) and RIP Society (AUS). Holy Balm toured nationally across the USA including showcases at SXSW festival in 2013, and appeared on KHSU Arcata (OR), and performed super fun live sets for online radio stations Hollow Earth Radio, Seattle and dublab.com in Los Angeles.
Email - email@example.com