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.
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.
Duane has over 20 years’ experience in corporate finance, accounting and treasury, business evaluation and project feasibility and design; primarily in the mining and resources sector. During this career, he has been involved in a broad range of roles and transactions both as principal when engaged as Chief Financial Officer, as well as advising clients executing such tasks. He has worked in Sydney, New York, London and Singapore and is currently Brisbane based.
Duane’s current focus is on advising clients when executing corporate finance transactions, and identifying assets and projects which may be unwanted by their current owners but present a value creating opportunity for new owners with a different strategic approach to managing the asset.
Duane and Bernice along with their three daughters have long been passionate about the positive role of Christian media in our society.
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 the Library Services Coordinator at Redlands College. For over 30 years Jane has been an educator in both the state and private education systems.
Jane is committed to serving the ministry of 96.5 by building relationships, enabling effective communication, facilitating connections and seeking God’s wisdom. Being a long-term listener of the station, Jane appreciates the depth of history and heritage that has anchored this dynamic ministry. She recognises that a new and exciting era for 96.5 has emerged, working in co-mission with Hope FM, with great potential to impact people with experiences of God’s love through identifying opportunities in ministry for innovation and strategic planning.
Jane and her family attend Gateway Baptist church.
Rebecca is a Principal at Monitor Deloitte’s Strategy Consulting practice. She has had an extensive career working in the financial services industry in both the UK and Australia with over 20 years of experience. Rebecca is recognised for her experience in running operations as well as driving transformation. Her experience extends from management of large multi-functional shared services teams, driving efficiency and effectiveness, to the management of specialist strategic innovation teams, identifying and building alternative company revenue sources.
Rebecca has a double degree with a Bachelor of Commerce and Economics from the University of Queensland, is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and, in 2018, completed a Post Graduate certification in Innovation and Entrepreneurship with Stanford University.
Rebecca is a long-time listener of the station, loves the Lord and is excited to support the wonderful work of 96.5 in the community.
Brett is a director of Farrell Network, a lawyer, a podcast host and consultant to renowned music and entertainment law firm, Sonic Lawyers. In his spare time he teaches himself guitar, so progress is slow.
For over a decade he has represented recording artists across the globe including Martin Smith, Delirious, Matt Redman, Montaigne, Guy Sebastian, Tim Hughes, Passenger, Graham Kendrick, Moya Brennan, Nick Herbert, and Kathryn Scott. He also helped to establish the UK Christian festival, the Big Church Day Out.
Brett has worked with Commonwealth Bank, Qantas Loyalty, Media Ingenuity UK, Electronic Arts UK, SEGA Europe, BMG Music Publishing UK and Baker & McKenzie. He has led initiatives in digital, media and entertainment and innovation in Australia and the UK.
In his podcast series, ‘Fatherhood’, Brett talks to fathers of faith and addresses taboo subjects like divorce and infertility. Brett’s other podcast, ‘The Lock In’, launched in March 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and shares stories from around the world.
Brett is also on the boards of Hope 103.2FM in Sydney and SALT 106.5 on the Sunshine Coast. He was a founding trustee of CompassionArt, a project where 10 leading worship songwriters wrote songs for charity to help create freedom from poverty and founding trustee of the National Youth Arts Trust in England that provides bursaries for under-privileged youth to participate in the arts.
Brett is dual qualified as a solicitor in England and New South Wales, Australia. Prior to law, he worked in radio at 2KA/One-FM in various roles.