The Governance of ArtSound

ArtSound FM is an independent, creative, professional media organisation supporting development of local arts and music

ArtSound is incorporated under the Incorporated Associations Act 1991 and is also registered with the ACNC: the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. We are licenced to broadcast by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and are a member of the Australian Fine Music Network and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.

 

The station is managed by a Board of Management, elected by the membership. The members of the Board – 6 – 10 people – bring a variety of skills expertise and experience to the organisation.

The current membership of the Board (see biographies, below) is:

Amalijah Thompson, president

John Worcester, vice president

Jacqui Knobel, treasurer

Gwen Durham

Julie Finch-Sally, board secretary

Patricia Georgee

Chris Joscelyne

Wal Jurkewiecz

Ursula Reid

Colin Weeks

 

In this section of the ArtSound website, you will find a variety of documents relating to the management of the organization.

 

For more information on board membership, please contact the ArtSound Office at admin@artsound.fm or by phoning 02 6295 7444.

Board Members 2019-20

 

Amalijah Thompson, president

Amalijah has worked with community organisations over several decades and managed large and small projects, archive facilities, and staff and volunteers, including as a board member.

She earned a diploma in visual arts with the Queensland Flying Art School and is a qualified archivist, semi-retired, specializing in audio-visual archives. She has also been a law clerk and run a successful small business.

Before she became president in mid-2018, she had a long association with ArtSound’s Audio Services before becoming ArtSound Renewal Coordinator. In that role, she consulted and worked with Board members, staff, managers, and volunteers on many issues.

She is in her second year as Board president, and has overseen a period of much change and consolidation.

Amalijah has been nominated for the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

 

John Worcester, vice president

John joined the Board as vice-president upon moving to Canberra in mid-2018. On the Board he plays key roles in governance and constitutional matters, and serves as liaison to the Program Committee.

After joining 3MBS in Melbourne in 1975, John served as President, Secretary, and Director several times, most recently from 2011 to 2014 when he worked to repair many problems – financial, near-closure, massive disputes, policy re-establishment, and others. He oversaw two license-renewal applications, development of a Policies and Procedures Handbook and a Quality & Standards Working Group, and much else.

John has also been active with CBAV (Community Broadcasting Association of Victoria) since 1982, Channel-31 (community television, 1996-2017, including as a board member), ethnic community station 3ZZZ (1997-2018), and 3WBC (community radio in Broken Hill, 1998-), taking leadership roles at all of those.

He has had ArtSound connections since its CSPR days in Curtin, and has been a member since 2010, maintaining contact over the years on visits to family in Canberra.

 

Jacqui Knobel, treasurer

A board member since 2018, Jacqui has presented many ArtSound programs, including Down in the Basement, Swingtime, and Meridian. She long managed the station’s social-media outlets.

She is a member of various other volunteer organisations, serving in such roles as President, Secretary, Social Media Coordinator, and Treasurer. Two organisations have awarded her Life Memberships.

As ArtSound moves past its renewal phase, Jacqui lends her extensive experience of volunteering, management in the public service, public speaking, on-air presenting, and volunteer/presenter training.

 

Gwen Durham, member

An a career transition and development manager, Gwen’s roles on the Board include assistant treasurer, advocate of arts programming, and is a member of the presenter training and on-air standards committee.

Her experience includes working in complex, dynamic, and politically sensitive environments, such as managing large-scale outplacements and redeployment programs. She brings to the Board her experience in big-picture thinking and planning for the delivery of sustainable results in the public and private sectors.

 

Julie Finch-Sally, board secretary

Julie Finch-Sally has a lengthy background in the media. She has worked in both radio and television, in Australia and the UK, was part of the team in the 1970s that established the Sydney Community Radio Station 2RDJ-FM. She started her own cleaning organisation, The Duster Dollies, which became an Australian-wide franchised company and ran for 25 years. Julie is also known for her magazine articles and books on cleaning and information on the preparation of property for sale and leasing.

 

Patricia Georgee, member

“I am a long term Canberra resident; moving here in 1987. Of course, I came for work, from South Australia, but originally I was born in Townsville. I worked in the Commonwealth mainly as a lawyer and retired a few years ago. However I have a long and deep interest in music, I have sung in choirs, performed in musical theatre and am now learning the flute. What I hope to be able to bring to the Board is my long experience in administration and a bit of legal knowledge. This is my second time with ArtSound as I did some presentations in the early 2000’s with a focus on spoken word and classical music.”

 

Chris Joscelyne, member

Chris, who has broad experience in radio-broadcasting management, has responsibility for the Board portfolio of presenter training and presenter on-air standards. For more than 25 years, he has been Managing Director at Australian Projects, responsible for commercial management and software licensing for Australia and New Zealand. He also has extensive experience in radio management, including 18 years at AWA Ltd, five of them as CEOand Board member, three as General Manager of Radio 2CH in Sydney, and 10 as manager at such stations as 2GF, 2GN, and 3BO.

 

Wal Jurkiewicz, member

A board member since March 2018, Wal has had a long and varied career since graduating from the ANU in 1969 and then from Sydney University in 1970, with a Diploma in Education. He later completed a First Class Honours degree in Arts at the University of Wollongong (1973) and a Bachelor of Legal Studies at Macquarie University in 1994.

He became a commercial lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor for four years before being recruited to Clayton Utz, a national law firm, where he became a partner.

His long love of music – and collecting it – has taken in jazz, folk, blues, and classical music. He plays a variety of instrument, including mandolin in the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra and the Dante Music Viva Italian Choir. He also plays piano with a local jazz band, as well as the guitar.

 

Ursula Reid, member

Ursula has worked in a variety of positions, including as PA to economist Gary Gutman of Gutman & Co for 14 years. She was a licensed stockbroker and worked for 10 years for Dicksons Ltd. Then she was office manager for Kitchen Witchery for 8 years.

In February 2016, Ursula began volunteering at ArtSound. She became the membership officer, managed the Salesforce membership database, and assisted in the office with Community Partners and Sponsors.

She completed ArtSound’s Presenters Course (Introduction to Broadcasting) and is an experienced ArtSound presenter.

 

Colin Weeks, member

Colin has strong commercial and financial management experience having successfully held senior financial roles across different industries.

His career has focused in the health sector having held executive financial positions, including the Chief Financial Officer for the West Coast District Health Board, New Zealand and the Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services for the Southern NSW Local Health District, Australia.

His strengths are in strategic financial management, strategic planning and organisational leadership, change management, design and implementation of leading practice systems and processes from small companies to national solutions, project management, and communication, ability to adjust to different organisational cultures and lead effectively to deliver on organisational strategic plans

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