The Board of Hope Media Ltd comprises non-executive directors who drive the strategic direction of Hope Media.
Working with CEO Phillip Randall the board helps enable the organisation to obtain the resources, funds and personnel necessary to implement Hope Media’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 Hope Media Ltd.
Stephen O’Doherty is a broadcaster and commentator with an extensive background in media, public policy, education and the arts. He has significant experience in not for profit leadership and governance. He joined the Board of Hope Media Limited in 2003, succeeding Roger Climpson as Chair in 2005.
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 Brisbane’s Family Radio Limited (96five) 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 a regular 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 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 studying 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 the Chief Financial Officer for Anglican Youthworks.
He has been on the boards of a number of 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 commercial accounting firm where he worked in audit and business management services to a wide variety of clients. He then moved to the education sector taking up the role of Business Manager and Company Secretary of a large Christian School in Sydney.
In 2004 David became one of the two founding partners of Resolve Consulting, a firm whose passion is to help 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 Christian Super, TEAR Australia and Scripture Union Australia.
David is married with three adult children.
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.
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 Family Radio 96.5FM in Brisbane 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.
Philippa Lowe has over 20 years’ experience in leadership in public relations, marketing, and communications across creative, tech, fast growth and not-for-profit industries. She has been interviewed on global stages for her communications insights and won awards from leading media organisations for her radio and print journalism. Philippa’s track record includes 10 years in journalism for the BBC and ABC, where she was awarded the ABC Radio National Prize, FEBC Australia operations manager — part of Christian radio mission FEBC International, owning a successful PR agency for 20 years with clients such as Fuji Xerox and Adobe, lecturing in news journalism and media writing at Australia’s leading journalism school, Charles Sturt University, and publicity for Naomi Simson, CEO of redballoon.com.au.
With a Graduate Diploma in Divinity from the Australian College of Theology, Philippa is also an itinerant preacher. She has been invited on ABC Radio National to talk about Christianity, and her favourite opportunity is sharing with others why getting to know Jesus at forty-something was the most humbling, funniest, life-altering, joyful experience she could never have imagined.