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 began as a broadcast journalist, working in both radio and TV for commercial stations and the ABC. From 1992 – 2002 he served as a Member of the NSW Parliament and was a member of the Shadow Cabinet with portfolios including Education, Disability and Community Services, and Treasury. Stephen was the inaugural CEO of Christian Schools Australia from 2002 – 2017, a role which involved advocacy and support for a growing movement of schools.
Stephen chairs the board of Sydney’s Hope Media Limited (Hope 103.2) and is a Director of the sector peak organisation Christian Media and Arts Australia (CMAA). Stephen has a passion to see Christian radio continue to thrive as a significant part of Australia’s community broadcasting sector. He represents CMAA on the Community Broadcasting Roundtable.
Stephen is the Executive Producer and Host of Open House, a national Christian news and issues programme. He is a panellist on the ABC’s The Drum and Weekend Breakfast and has also appeared on Q & A. An active musician, he is currently Musical Director of the Golden Kangaroos Hornsby Concert Band.
Stephen is the Principal of a consultancy providing strategic communications and music services.
Robert is a lawyer who commenced practice in 1977 and continued in business as a private practitioner in the Sydney CBD until joining the Becker Entertainment group of companies as General Counsel and Head of Business Affairs in 1996. He was subsequently appointed as General Counsel and Company Secretary for Prime Media Group Limited and held those positions until returning to full-time private practice in 2010.
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. Having been the principal of Robert Reeve Lawyer, he is now a partner in Reeve Law.
Robert was Secretary and Public Officer of the Australian Independent Distributors’ Association and represented that association on the Administrative Committee for the Code of Conduct for Film Exhibition and Distribution for many years from its inception in 1998. He was also actively involved in a number of committees of the Screen Producers Association of Australia over a period of some ten years.
Robert is a Board member of a number of other Christian not-for-profit organisations.
Andrew Baartz has both commercial and ministry experience, after beginning his working life in professional accounting with a large international accounting firm 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 organizations 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.
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 19 years she worked with Education Queensland. In 2008 she moved into private education. After 20 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.
Debbie is Membership Pastor at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Chatswood. She has been involved in ministry from the day she met Jesus and has a heart for the lost to also know the Saviour.
When taking time out for self Deb enjoys coffees with friends, movies, beach, and enjoying family time.
Deb has two married adult sons, two handsome grandsons and two gorgeous granddaughters.