The ABC Board

These are the members of the ABC Board. Are they the people who are going to oblige the ABC to become fair and balanced? That’s apparently their legal responsibility. How likely is it? Between zero and none, it seems to me. As Malcolm Turnbull said, if you are not going to do your job, resign and let others who will take over.

James Spigelman AC QC
ABC Chairman
BA (Hons) LLB, Hon. LLD
1 April 2012 – 31 March 2017

James Spigelman was the Chief Justice and Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales from 1998 to 2011. Between 1980 and 1998 he practised as a barrister in Sydney and was appointed QC in 1986. Between 1972 and 1976 he served as Senior Adviser and Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister of Australia and as Permanent Secretary of the Commonwealth Government’s Department of the Media. From 1976 to 1979 he was a member of Australian Law Reform Commission.

Mr Spigelman has served on the Boards and as Chair of a number of cultural and educational institutions including: Chair of the National Library of Australia between 2010 and 2012, Member of the Board of the Australian Film Finance Corporation between 1988 and 1992 (Chairman between 1990 and 1992), Member of the Board of the Art Gallery of New South Wales between 1980 and 1988 (Deputy Chairman between 1983 and 1988), and as President of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences between 1995 and 1998. In November 2012 he was appointed a Director of the Board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. In 2013 he was appointed a Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong.

Cheryl Bart AO
Lawyer and Company Director
BCom, LLB (UNSW), FAICD
3 June 2010 – 2 June 2015

Cheryl Bart is a non-executive director of Spark Infrastructure Ltd, South Australian Power Networks (formerly ETSA Utilities), SG Fleet Ltd, Audio Pixel Holdings Ltd, the Australian Himalayan Foundation, the Local Organising Committee Australian Asian Cup 2015 Ltd and the FFA ( Football Federation of Australia). She is also a Patron of SportsConnect.

She is the immediate past Chairman of ANZ Trustees Ltd, the South Australian Film Corporation, Adelaide Film Festival, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), and the Environment Protection Authority of South Australia.

Jane Bennett
Company Director
AdvCertAppSc (Dairy Tech), FAICD
30 June 2011 – 29 June 2016

Jane Bennett is the former Managing Director of Ashgrove Cheese, a family owned and run business in Tasmania. Ms Bennett is the immediate past chair of the Food Industry Advisory Council in Tasmania and is a Board Member of the Brand Tasmania Council. Her other directorships include the Australian Farm Institute, Tasmanian Ports Corporation and the CSIRO.

Peter Lewis
2 October 2014 – 1 October 2019

Peter Lewis is currently the Director of Finance for Acquire Learning and a member of the Advisory Board for Anacacia Capital. He has previously held board and advisory positions with the International Grammar School Sydney, TXA Australia Pty Ltd, Norwest Productions Pty Ltd, Propex Derivatives, Australian News Channel Pty Ltd, B Digital Limited, VividWireless Limited and Yahoo 7 Australia.

Mr Lewis has more than two decades of experience in both executive and financial roles in the media. He was appointed financial controller of the Network Ten between 1990 and 1994; the Head of Business Affairs for the Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation between 1996 and 1998, Chief Financial Officer of the Seven Network Limited from 1998 to April 2010, was the Chief Financial Officer of Seven Group Holdings Limited from May 2010 to November 2011; was the Chief Operating Officer of Seven Media Group from July 2008 to January 2012 and was the Chief Financial Officer of Seven West Media Limited from May 2011 to May 2013.

Mr Lewis is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Simon Mordant AM
Investment Banker
FCA (UK), FCA (Australia)
8 November 2012 – 7 November 2017

Simon has been a practising corporate adviser in Australia since 1984. He is Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Simon is Australian Commissioner for the 2015 Venice Biennale, a member of the Leadership Council of the New Museum in New York and a member of the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, a member of the Executive Committee of the Tate International Council, a Director of Opera Australia and the Garvan Research Foundation, a member of the Wharton Executive Board for Asia and a member of the Italian Advisory Board for Venetian Heritage.

Matt Peacock
Journalist, ABC
Staff Elected Director
22 April 2013 – 21 April 2018

Matt is a senior journalist with the ABC’s 7.30 program, having formerly been ABC Radio’s chief political correspondent and reporter in New York, Washington and London. He is Adjunct Professor of Journalism with Sydney’s University of Technology (UTS) and has authored the book Killer Company (HarperCollins, 2009), a history of Australia’s largest asbestos manufacturer, James Hardie which inspired the ABC Television mini-series, Devil’s Dust.

Mark Scott AO
ABC Managing Director
BA, DipEd, MA (Syd.), MPubAdmin (Harv)
5 July 2006 – 4 July 2011; 5 July 2011 – 4 July 2016

Under Mark Scott’s leadership, the structure and operation of the ABC has been transformed and the ABC’s services and reach have been dramatically expanded. The ABC has established a reputation as Australia’s leading digital media innovator during this time. He has also led a shift within the organisation from a process-based culture to one that emphasises the values of Respect, Integrity, Collegiality and Innovation.

Before joining the ABC, Mr Scott served 12 years in a variety of editorial and executive positions with Fairfax Media, Editorial Director of the Fairfax newspaper and magazine division and Editor-in-Chief of Metropolitan, Regional and Community newspapers.

Steven Skala AO
Vice Chairman, Australia and New Zealand, of Deutsche Bank AG
BA LLB (Hons) (Qld) BCL (Oxon)
6 October 2005 – 5 October 2010; 24 November 2010 – 23 November 2015

Steven Skala is Vice Chairman, Australia and New Zealand, of Deutsche Bank AG, Chairman of Wilson HTM Investment Group Limited, and Hexima Limited. He is Vice President of the Board of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Deputy Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, and a Director of the Centre for Independent Studies. Mr Skala serves as a Member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. He is the former Chairman of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Film Australia Limited, and a former Director of The Australian Ballet.

Fiona Stanley

Patron and the founding Director of the Telethon Kids Institute (formerly Telethon Institute for Child Health Research)

MSc (Lon.), MD (WA), Hon. DSC (Murdoch), Hon DUniv (QUT), HonMD (Syd.), Hon. DUniv (Melb.), Hon. Dsc (ECU), Hon, FRACGP, Hon. FRCPCH (UK), FFPHM (UK), FAFPHM, FRAQNZCOG, FASSA, FAA, FRACP, FFCCH
30 June 2011 – 29 June 2016

Fiona Stanley is a Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Australia, a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and Chair of the Alcohol Advertising Review Board, an initiative of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth. Professor Stanley has more than 350 published papers, books and book chapters.

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