Delphine Aggoune-Soustre
International Sales Manager

Delphine is International Sales Manager at WineVine.TV. She is responsible for growing the business in Europe and Australia. WineVine.TV is a start up online tv channel all about wine, launched in April 2015 by former MTV President Frank Brown.

Delphine started her career as a VIP Artist Manager in classical music in Paris where she grew up. She now has over 12 years experience in the media & arts industry. She has a successful track record of building relationship worldwide and business development. She also particularly enjoys building partnership strategies and managing events.

She visited more than 60 countries and lived in London, Mali (Africa), Brazil, Guatemala and then moved to Sydney, Australia after crossing the Pacific on a sailing boat in 2010.

She is a mother of two young girls : Maryline & Melody and she is passionate about travel, arts and philanthropy.

Margaret Alston
Professor, Monash University
and Director, GLASS (Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability) Research Unit

Professor Margaret Alston, B.Soc. Stud (Syd), Dip. Comp. Applic. (RMIHE), M. Litt (UNE), PhD (UNSW) assumed duties as Head of Department in July 2008. Prior to commencing at Monash she was Professor of Social Work and Human Services and Director of the Centre for Rural Social Research (a subprogram of the Institute of Land, Water and Society) at Charles Sturt University. She is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. She has served on a number of Boards including the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women, Family Services Council. Family and Community Services Department in Canberra and the National Women's Advisory Group overseeing the Rural Women's Policy Unit in the Department of Primary Industries and Energy.

In 2008 she was appointed to the Australian delegation attending the Commission for the Status of Women meeting in New York. In 2009, 2007 and 2003 she has spent time as a visiting expert in the Gender Division of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation in Rome. She has also acted as a gender expert for UN-Habitat in Kenya in 2009. She has published widely in the field of rural gender and rural social issues. She has been a keynote speaker at a number of national and international conferences over the last several years and is sought out for media commentary on the rural social condition, and on climate change and gender issues.

Mary Ann Azer
Executive Director 
Magazine Networks

Executive Director of Magazine Networks, the industry body for magazine publishers, Mary Ann is a senior executive with over 20 years’ experience in Marketing, Public Relations, Media, Corporate Communications, External Relations and Agency Management.

Trained and developed by the world leading FMCG Company, Procter & Gamble with experience covering Australia, New Zealand, Middle East & Asia. Mary Ann is widely recognized for an outstanding track record of building strong brands behind robust research and data. She is adept in the development and training of highly engaged and productive teams and development of organizational systems and processes resulting in strong sales and cost savings.

Ana Bacic
Head of Marketing

Entertainment and Media marketing specialist, with significant strength and proven performance in media strategy, planning and implementation, multi platform integration, promotions, partnerships, sponsorships, endorsements, PR and events. A divergent thinker who's always looking to improve the process and the outcomes.

Extensive advisory and/or Director roles with various community and charity organisations, with a truly global network of contacts and resources.

Stig Bell
Head of Talent, People & Culture

SBS Corporation

Stig is currently Head of Talent at the Special Broadcasting Corporation. Stig started out his career as a professional singer in the world of Opera and Musical Theatre before making the switch into a HR career.  He started out as a Learning & Development specialist before branching into the generalist Human Resource & Talent Management space.  After almost 7 years as a HR Manager at Australia’s largest media organisation, News Corporation, he joined Japanese international banking giant The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ leading the banks Talent Management strategy across Australia and New Zealand.   With 15 years’ experience as a HR professional,  Stig has established himself as an innovative and creative HR leader with a strong focus on Employee Capability, Talent Management, Organisational Development and Employee Engagement.

Stig joined SBS in 2013 and he is a passionate advocate for the SBS purpose to explore and celebrate diversity. He is currently leading the charge for transformational cultural change at Australia’s coolest little public broadcaster.  Stig has a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from the SGSM.  You might still find him from time to time treading the boards with some of Sydney’s independent and community theatre companies.

Sophie Blachford
Head of Brand Development

As head of Brand Development at Instagram in Australia, Sophie works closely with brands to deliver creative advertising solutions that drive business results.

Prior to Instagram, Sophie worked at Facebook for six years, gaining deep experience in branding and launching products into new markets. Sophie started at Facebook London and returned to Australia to set up the Facebook Melbourne office, before moving to join the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) team as a client partner in the Sydney office. Before joining Facebook, Sophie ran her own Search Engine Optimisation Consultancy.

Sophie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Economics from the University of Melbourne.

Instagram Fact: Sophie’s passion for fitness and travel is the major theme on her Instagram account @sblachford. A true Melbournian, Sophie is always on the hunt for great coffee.

Karina Carvalho
News Presenter 

Karina Carvalho started her ABC career in Perth where she read the 7pm News for more than three years before co-presenting the national program News Breakfast from Melbourne. She moved to Brisbane in early 2013 to present the 7pm News for Queensland. Karina has also worked for the BBC in London.

Karina was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Australia with her family as a young child to escape the violence of the country’s bloody civil war.

Caroline Casey
Director of Product and Audience

Caroline joined Yahoo7 as Director of Product and Audience in February 2014. In this role she is responsible for growing the Yahoo7 audience and the development and enhancement of its range of consumer products including, catch-up TV service PLUS7, Flickr, Yahoo7 Mail, Yahoo7 news, sport, entertainment and lifestyle sites as well as the Yahoo7 homepage.

Caroline has an extensive background in digital development, content production and management for some of the world’s biggest media brands including A+E Networks UK, CNN International, Turner Broadcasting and Fairfax Media.

OOnagh Chan
Senior Consultant
Media Technology and Production

She is currently working as “Head of Broadcasting Services” in Hong Kong Jockey Club. Broadcasting Services Department in Hong Kong Jockey Club has grown from a team of 13 people in 1993 to a team of over 130 full time and over 150 part-time staff. The Broadcasting Services Department is the best equipped and the largest TV production team in a non-broadcasting organization in Asia.

Starting with HKTVB in 1976, Oonagh Chan is an expert in TV program packaging for both live sports event coverage to spinning feature infotainment stories for athletes and behind the scene personalities.  She is also an expert in TV production system design and  AV system design including sound reinforcement system, digital signage, venues  TV distribution system, and large video screen  for sports venues In 2015 July, the Broadcasting Services Department’s new TV centre was opened after 6 years of planning. The new TV Centre has three TV studios, post production centre, sound recording booths and 7.1 Mixing studio, digital library, presentation and master control room. It is a fully equipped TV production facilities producing  7600 hours of program annually. Oonagh was involved in the planning and architectural design process working closely with the architect – Architectronica and later also developed the cable management system used for the building.

Oonagh has been acquainted with racing TV production since 1981 when she started to build the live TV production system at Macau Trotting Club, since then she has worked in racing TV production and managed racing related production units and facility development in Macau, New South Wales Racing Circuit –Australia, Hong Kong.  She worked in Channel 10 Sydney for “Perfect Match” in 1986 and in SBS News in 1988 for a short period of time before returning to HK.

Kate Eastoe
General Counsel
Ooh! Media

oOh!media is Australia’s largest out-of-home media company, listing in December 2014 and included in the S&P/ASX 300 Index. With over 26,400 active faces across approximately 18,600 advertising spaces, oOh!'s customers reach over 98% of Australians every week. Kate is responsible for the Legal, Company Secretarial and Investor Relations teams across the ANZ oOh! Group.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in April 1998, is a former Director of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Kate Edwards
Founder & CEO 

Kate Edwards is the Founder, Managing Director and Executive Producer of full service creative, content and strategy agency KONTENTED. She is also Founder and Managing Director of FOSTERED - a new way of strategising an individual's artistic success by embracing a new era of business. She is also co-founder and co-director of INTERSECTION – a free formed business structure that can rapidly realise pathway connections, and act upon these efficiently for the success of its various stakeholders; artists, labels, music providers, brands and agencies.

Kate was recently a finalist in two categories of Australia’s premiere womens' business awards; B&T Women in Media Awards for Creative and Philanthropy.

She currently sits on the board for the Royal Hospital for Women where she is in her sixth term. She is also Chairwoman of youth charity I-Manifest’s board.

Kate studied a Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Design before discovering her passion for media and holds a Graduate Certificate in Commerce and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Charles Sturt University.

Liz Ferguson
General Manager Australia and New Zealand
Brave Bison 

Liz Ferguson is an expert in developing digital communities and passionate about growing online audiences around great entertainment content. Liz has worked with high profile Australian brands, broadcasters, sports federations, music labels and individual video creators, consulting on content and community strategy to help them reach larger digital audiences. Liz is also a specialist in helping brands communicate with new, larger and engaged online communities using social video influencers and viral style content. 

Marina Go
Non-executive director, Autosports Group, Chair, Wests Tigers,
and Director of The Walkley Foundation

Marina has over 25 years of leadership experience in the media industry, having started her career as a journalist. She was appointed Editor of Dolly magazine at the age of 23, before spending the next decade editing and directing a number of leading women's magazines. She crossed to the business side of the media industry 15 years ago, holding leadership roles at Fairfax and Pacific, before making the move to digital in 2008, where she published, launched and relaunched news, lifestyle and business websites including Crikey, The Mandarin, Smart Company, The Knot and Primped.

She is also a member of the Advisory Boards of the Walkley Foundation, The Australian Republican Movement, The Remarkables Group and Women’s Agenda and a former director of Netball Australia, Odyssey House, Sydney Symphony Vanguard and The Apparel Group.

She lectures on digital media at the University of Technology, Sydney , is a Mentor with the Women In Media and NRL Women programs and a UNSW Alumni Leader. She has an MBA from The Australian Graduate School of Management, a BA (Mass
Communications) from Macquarie University and is a member of the AICD.

She is a mother of two young men and passionate about diversity and equality.

Jane Huxley
Managing Director, ANZ
Pandora Internet Radio

For more than 25 years Jane has built a career based on disruption.  Working across blue chip Technology, Media and Telecommunications organisations in Australia and internationally, she has had roles spanning technical support and systems engineering, through to sales, marketing, channel management, CEO and MD.

A sixteen year stretch at Microsoft was followed by time at Vodafone, and a five year period at Fairfax Digital, culminating in the CEO role where she was responsible for over 250 people, running the online masthead and entertainment businesses, including mobile platforms and the integration of acquisitions.

In her current role at Pandora, she has been chartered with growing the first international subsidiaries for Pandora – establishing a broad base of streaming radio listeners, implementing the commercial model and long term market approach.  Jane is also on the board of Surfstitch, an action sports retailer and media company.

Nat Kuznetsova
Strategy Manager
Ikon Communications

Nat started her career working as a Strategy Consultant in London. With 4 years under her belt working both at Deloitte and Deloitte Digital across a broad range of Finance, FMCG and TMT clients, she made the exciting decision to broaden her global experience by switching into a new market.

Nat has an extensive background in change management, digital strategy, customer journey mapping and qualitative research, and played an instrumental role in the recent launch of Netflix in Australia.

Speaking (almost) 4 languages, Nat has a passion for travel and meeting new people and is a firm believer in the importance of international collaboration and the sharing of expertise.

Fiona Lang
Chief Operating Officer
BBC Worldwide

Fiona Lang is the Chief Operating Officer of BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ). In this role Fiona is responsible for Business Development strategy, Operations/ IT and Legal and Business Affairs. Her key focus is working with the business areas in the region to the ANZ business.  

Prior to joining BBC Worldwide, Fiona worked both locally and overseas as a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions and corporate advisory.

Abbie Love
Ikon Communications

Abbie is an Integrated Strategist at Ikon Communications and works across a diverse range of clients and strategies, including lifestyle, pharmaceutical and FMCG.

She has experienced multiple strategic disciplines in her career to date, from word of mouth and social through to media and creative.

Prior to moving to Australia, Abbie was an International Program Director for Big Media Group. Based across Europe and the Middle East, she led promotional media programs for multiple countries and formats, working closely with high-level government and business officials.

Abbie avidly enjoys sharing knowledge and promoting the industry through mentorship programs, judging panels, pro bono projects, and being part of the MFA5+ committee.

Beverley McGarvey
Chief Content Officer 
Network Ten

Beverley McGarvey has been Network Ten’s Chief Programming Officer since October 2012.

In that role, she is responsible for all content across the company’s three free-to-air channels – TEN, ELEVEN and ONE – and the online catch-up and streaming service tenplay. The Programming, Production, Research, Marketing and Promotions departments report into Beverley.

Beverley joined Network Ten as Network Head of Programming in 2006 from TV3 in New Zealand, where she was Director of Programming for two years.

Before TV3, Beverley spent four years as Head of Program Scheduling and Promotions for TV3 Ireland. 

Earlier in her career, Beverley worked for ITV’s Meridian Television in Southhampton. She holds an honours degree in media studies from the University of Ulster, Coleraine, in Northern Ireland.

Melanie Novacan 
Marketing Director

I am an enthusiastic marketing leader adept at driving commercial growth and customer value. A strategic thinker with the ability to understand marketing at a tactical level, I get the full digital eco-system and the role channels play to optimise content and media budgets.

I have extensive customer acquisition and retention experience and understand how to identify and leverage consumer, market and category insights to build strategy.

I prefer a faced-paced culture that embraces a willingness to experiment and innovate with data or insight-driven decisions.

Results driven with strong analytical skills and a focus on performance, I am highly determined and drive innovative and creative marketing initiatives with expediency and efficiency.

My diverse experience shows that I pick up new things quickly and am flexible and adaptable to change as well as relentlessly pursuing optimisation and innovation.

Clare O’Neil
Director, Corporate Affairs

Clare O’Neil has more than 12 years’ experience as a legal and regulatory professional in the media industry.  For the last 5 years she has served as the Director of Legal and Broadcasting Policy at Free TV Australia, the industry body representing Australia’s commercial free-to-air television broadcasters.  Before joining Free TV she was a Director in the Communications Group at the ACCC, and a member of the Legal group at the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Yasmin Quemard 
She Says Australia

Yasmin is the leader of the Sydney arm of SheSays. Since 2010 SheSays has organised close to 30 events for men and women in the creative industries as well as offering a free mentoring program called Who's Your Momma?

In 2014 she co-founded The Working Model, an initiative that aims to keep talented people in the creative industries. She is a thought leader on the topic of gender diversity within the creative industries and her perspective on gender equality issues is regularly sought after. Her focus is how to move discussions into a productive space that facilitates change.

She is also an award-winning copywriter with over ten years’ experience.

Donna Reid
Director Content Services

I initially started my career as a lawyer branching into Human Resources and industrial relations. I then moved into Broadcast Operations and after 9 years as Director of Broadcasting at FOX SPORTS, I have taken up a new challenge at FOXTEL as the Head of Content & Broadcast Services.

One of my key achievements to date was the successful FOX SPORTS “Transformation Project”. The project involved the implosion of the old ABC Building and the rebuilding of a brand new FOX SPORTS HQ at Gore Hill. Working closely with a talented technology team we successfully relocated Fox Sports into a purpose built facility on time and on budget.

For a number of years prior to taking on the role of Director of Broadcasting, I had a dual role of Director, Television Services & Human Resources. This experience has really made me understand the important role that each and every person plays in their own deliverables and how critical everyone is in ensuring the customer gets a seamless quality experience.
I’m an advocate for equal opportunities and a supporter of ideas and open thinking.

Leisa SadlerWomen in Media conference Sydney November
General Manager, Disney Channels AU and NZ
The Walt Disney Company

Leisa Sadler is a leading senior executive with expert knowledge of the media industry and a proven track record of success in leading businesses and building high performing teams in dynamic media environments.

As General Manager of Disney Channels, Leisa is directly responsible for leading the flagship Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior, as well as directing Disney's branded television businesses across multiple platforms, from traditional broadcast to digital, in Australia and New Zealand. 

The focus of her leadership role is to ensure that the Disney Channel brands connect effectively and competitively with local audiences across the dynamic media market.  Leveraging this strength, she is responsible for identifying and implementing revenue growth opportunities alongside the successful development and application of programming and marketing strategies.

As a member of the executive team for The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand, she contributes to the integrated planning and delivery of the consolidated growth strategies for the business.
She has a strong belief in the importance of organisational culture and the value of fully-engaged, high performing teams.  With a keen interest in media and specifically the genre of kids and family, her focus is to understand the opportunities for brands and audiences, developing strategic solutions to ensure maximum consumer engagement and ultimate growth across key business metrics.

Prior to joining Disney, Leisa was Vice President, Operations at MTV Networks, Australia and New Zealand and held various management roles with Nickelodeon Australia, including Chief Operating Officer from 2002 until 2006.

Suzie Shaw
Managing Director
We Are Social

Suzie Shaw is Managing Director of the social-led agency, We Are Social, heading up its 35-strong Australian team and founder of networking group SWIMM (Senior Women In Media and Marketing). A strategic and creative thinker with extensive comms and marketing experience, both here in Australia and in London advertising agencies.

Naomi Shepherd 
Head of Brand
Facebook & Instagram Australia New Zealand

As Head of Brand at Facebook and Instagram, Naomi Shepherd is immersed in creating new possibilities for brands.  She works relentlessly at furthering Facebook’s mission to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.  Prior to her remits of how 11 million people in Australia discover their Facebook newsfeed on their mobiles, Naomi gained extensive experience from a career in broadcast and digital, both locally and in New York.

Dianne Steward 
Owner, Leadership and Executive Coach 
Natural Success

Dianne Stewart is an Executive Leadership Coach and an experienced Facilitator and Trainer. Dianne draws on 20 years business experience in a range of industries across Asia Pacific. She has a background in marketing, learning and development and team leadership in changing and complex IT environments. Dianne’s clients benefit from fresh perspectives, increased strategic focus and inspiration to transform business challenges and self-imposed limitations.

Dianne is a Professional Credentialed Coach, (PCC) with the International Coach Federation, Master NLP Practitioner and is accredited in several psychometric and assessment methodologies. She has studied and is accredited to train leaders in the Neuroscience of coaching and has various Certifications including the Enneagram in Business’ Coaching with the Enneagram for 21st Century Leaders.

Rosalind Tregurtha
HR Director
Fairfax Media 

Rosalind Tregurtha is a highly experienced human resources professional and industrial relations specialist at Fairfax Media. She is currently working as HR Director in the company’s Australian Publishing Media division supporting key metropolitan mastheads and publishing operations including for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review. Prior to this she was HR Director for Fairfax's Group Functions, which involved supporting and advising key corporate clients including the Chief Financial Officer, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, among other senior leaders, as well as continuing to be involved in Fairfax's organisational transformation activities. She has been responsible for the human resources and change management functions of Fairfax of the Future, a three-year restructuring and organisational improvement program announced by the company in February 2012.

Working as HR Lead, Ros was an important driver of the Fairfax of the Future program and a key senior member of the Results Delivery Office which had responsibility for implementing the various program initiatives and delivering their benefits. Ros has more than seven years' experience working at Fairfax in a variety of HR roles and across divisions including Print & Distribution and Group Publishing. Before joining Fairfax, Ros worked at the CSIRO in HR roles and volunteered in Samoa for the Public Service Commission as part of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program.

Lucielle Vardy
Chief Strategy Officer 

In her role, she leads the thinking on large-scale behaviour change communications campaigns, and a number of lifestyle brands. She was recently part of a global team that was selected to work on a campaign for Nobel Laureate Al Gore and the United Nations, to address climate inaction amongst world leaders. Before moving to GPY&R, Lucielle held senior roles in the media, marketing and advertising industry. She was on the launch team that introduced Virgin Mobile to the South African market, and has also run her own strategic communications consultancy.

Lucielle has achieved her Chartered Marketer Designation (CM). She is a strong believer in transferring knowledge, and has: spoken at a number of youth symposiums, contributed to a book ‘Hitchhikers Guide to Mobile’ and helped coach young talent through the Media Federation of Australia’s NGEN initiative.

In 2014, she was awarded the 2014 B&T Women in Media Awards winner for Strategy.

Melanie Withnall
Board Member
and Managing Director

Melanie Withnall is the Managing Director of 2SER 107.3. She is also on the board of the Community Brodcasting Association of Australia.
She started her radio career in her local community radio station, 20 years ago, and volunteered at 2ser when she was studying for her  communications and international studies degree at UTS.
She has worked as a producer, executive producer and journalist at 2GB and 2UE for many years. She was the Executive Producer of the Stan Zemanek program for many years, and has also worked with John Laws, Chris Smith, Philip Clark, Jason Morrison and many others.  She was the executive producer of  Mornings with Deborah Cameron t 702 ABC Sydney before she joined 2SER 4 years ago.
Melanie has also dabbled in television, film and magazines, and was a fulltime lecturer at AFTRS in the radio division (where she still gives guest lectures), and has tutored and lectured at UTS. She lived and worked in Russia.
She has a Graduate Diploma in Commercial Radio from AFTRS and a Bachelor of Communications/Bachelor of International Studies  and Masters in International Studies (Russian) from UTS.

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Women in Media 2016