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 non 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 also chairs the board of Brisbane’s Family Radio Limited (96five). He is a Director of the sector peak organisation Christian Media and Arts Australia (CMAA) and of Excelsia College. 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 and 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.
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 and 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 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 Director of Innovation and Development for Wesley Institute (a trans-denominational, Christian higher education provider).
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 Big4 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 Pacific Hills Christian School.
In 2004 David became one of the two founding partners of Resolve Consulting Group, a consulting 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 The Coast Christian School, Christian Super, TEAR Australia and Scripture Union Australia.
David is married to Simone and they have three 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 Sydney based.
Duane’s current focus is on advising clients when executing corporate finance transactions, and identifying assets and projects in the resources sector 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 two daughters have long been passionate about the positive role of Christian media in our society.
Debbie is the Mission and Membership Pastor at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Chatswood, as well as the Chaplain at The International Chinese School. 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 competitive Ballroom dancing, coffees with friends, movies, beach, and family time.
Deb is married and has two married adult sons, a grandson and two gorgeous granddaughters.
Vineet is a marketing, communications and branding professional with over a decade of experience in government, not-for-profit, and education. Currently serving in a senior role for Marketing and Stakeholder Communications with the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, she’s passionate about inspiring creativity and encouraging her generation to lead with influence. Vineet has also had significant impact organising and leading the SPARC and Q commons movement, facilitating the intersection of faith, art and culture.
Vineet lives in Sydney and is Aunty to two adorable nephews.