The board of Family Radio Ltd comprise of directors who drive the strategic direction of 96five.
Working with Group CEO Phillip Randall, the board helps enable the organisation to obtain the resources, funds and personnel necessary to implement 96five’s strategic objectives. They also implement and maintain a system of good governance and monitor the performance of the organisation.
The board of directors are elected by the membership of Family Radio Ltd.
Stephen is a former broadcaster, journalist and member of the NSW Parliament who, since 2002, has been CEO of Christian Schools Australia. During the 1980s his main role was host of 2GB’s drivetime current affairs program, The Sundown Rundown. In television he worked on the ABC’s 7.30 Report and Network Ten’s The Walsh Report.
Stephen was elected to the NSW Parliament in 1992, holding shadow portfolios including Education, Community Services and Treasury.
Stephen has been a long-time board member of Hope 103.2, and in 2016, joined the board of 96five.
Robert is a lawyer who commenced practice in 1977 and continued in business as a private practitioner in the Sydney CBD. He then joined the Becker Entertainment group of companies as General Counsel and Head of Business Affairs in 1996.
His experience in private practice focused on property and commercial law, including banking and finance, with entertainment law becoming central to his practice from the early 1990s. Robert is Secretary and Public Officer of the Australian Independent Distributors’ Association. He has represented that association on the Administrative Committee for the Code of Conduct for Film Exhibition and Distribution since its inception in 1998. He has also been actively involved in a number of committees of the Screen Producers Association of Australia over the past 10 years.
Robert joined the board of Hope 103.2 in 2005 and considers it a great privilege to be able to apply his experience and skills in serving the ministry of Hope 103.2. He believes that Hope 103.2 is uniquely placed to be a voice of encouragement, trust and hope to the community of Sydney-and to provide excellent entertainment at the same time. He notes, ‘The Good News of Jesus is good news for everybody, and we have the means of bringing it to our community in an engaging and relevant way. It is a responsibility but also a real joy.’
Andrew Baartz has both commercial and ministry experience, after beginning his working life in professional accounting with one of the large international accounting firms and studying Commerce.
He then spent a decade working in Christian ministry in the city of Sydney with the Anglican Church, having studied Theology. Recently, he has been the Executive Director of two technology start-ups working in the mobile data sector, demonstrating the ability to take an organization from start-up to profitability.
He is currently Director of Innovation and Development for Wesley Institute (a trans-denominational, Christian higher education provider).
He has been on the boards of multiple not-for-profit Christian organizations, including the Church Missionary Society and Church Army Australia.
David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. His career commenced in a Big4 accounting firm where he worked in audit and business management services. He then moved to the education sector, taking up the role of Business Manager and Company Secretary of Pacific Hills Christian School.
In 2004 David co-founded Resolve Consulting Group, a consulting firm whose passion is to equip, develop and sustain healthy Christian and not for profit organisations through governance, leadership and financial management services.
David has served on the boards of numerous Not for Profits including The Coast Christian School, Christian Super, TEAR Australia and Scripture Union Australia.
David and his wife Simone have three children.
To say Steve Davies life is a story of a bad boy made good would be an understatement, over Twenty nine years ago Kingaroy lad Steve Davies was trying to come to terms with his troubled and abusive childhood. As a confused and angry young man Steve was doing security in some of Queensland’s toughest pubs, drinking hard and doing and dealing drugs, and to be frank was headed either for prison or the grave. But a chance meeting with a little old lady who looked beyond Steve’s rough exterior to give him a hand up was his road to Damascus experience that would set him a new path of hope that only Jesus can bring.
From that fateful day to today, Steve has been on a journey to both rebuild his own life and offer hope to those who like him have fallen between the cracks or gone off the rails altogether. That rebuilding of him-self and of others has included 25 years of work in the public and private school sectors, engaging young people in the dangers of substance abuse as well as providing life-skills in tackling conflict in their lives. Steve has also been involved in a large metropolitan church, forming and running a Rugby League Club in Brisbane, has completed a Graduate Certificate in Business and Masters in Business at QUT.
Kerryn Simpfendorfer is passionate about Christian education and young people, She has worked in school financial management for almost 20 years. Kerryn was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Lutheran Education Queensland in January 2012.
Kerryn has served a number of boards and committees within the sector, including as board member of the Australasian Association of School Business Administrators (ASBA) from 2007 to 2012 and a term as board chair from 2011-2012.
Prior to completing the Executive Masters of Business Administration program at QUT in 2016, Kerryn completed the CPA program, a Masters of Professional Accounting and Bachelor of Business. In December 2015, Kerryn completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and is a member of CPA Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Management and the Association of School Business Administrators.
Kerryn is happily married and resides in inner-city Brisbane. She is joyfully involved in her congregation at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Rochedale.
Jane is a Teacher-Librarian and senior teacher at Redlands College. For nineteen years she worked with Education Queensland. In 2008 she moved into private education. After twenty years at Gateway Baptist, Jane and her family moved to a church closer to home, Eastside Community Church. Jane was appointed as a director in September 2015.