Meet the new team

Written by on August 16, 2018

All community organisations need a strong team with the right mix of skills to lead the way. RBM’s new management committee have a mix of business, creative and community radio skills to help steer the organisation back to a place of strength.

Some of the main areas the new management committee are tackling include:

  • Fixing the finances. This includes things like implementing an accounting system where there wasn’t one previously, repaying debts occurred under previous management, and helping RBM stay financially viable.
  • Creating strong governance. This includes things like making sure we have a proper constitution, implementing policies and procedures, and making sure we have the right people in the leadership team who can help the organisation recover and grow, for the benefit of the community.
  • Growing our programs, members and audience. We know things have been a bit haphazard in the past, but the management committee is working on ways to rebuild RBM and make it stronger than ever. This includes things like training, communications, fundraising and outreach.

So who is on the management committee?

We have several open spots on the management committee, so if you have solid business skills, strong local networks and a love of community radio, we’d love to hear from you! Let us know by getting in touch with Julie.

Here’s the new team:

Julie Ankers – President

Julie is an author and broadcaster with decades of experience in commercial and community radio. For 25 years Julie ran her own speakers’ bureau, and has a long history of serving community organisations, including being a foundational board member of Women On Boards and as President of the Australian chapter of Women Chiefs of Enterprise. Julie is producer and host of the weekly ArtHouse program on RBM.

Kelly Heylen – Vice President and Head of Communications

Kelly has 15 years’ experience in communications and marketing for a range of government and non-profit organisations. Currently the owner and curator of Platform Gallery, Kelly was Australia’s first Creative Industries Cluster Manager, and has a passion for working with artists and bringing business skills to creative communities.

Ron Green – Treasurer

Ron has worked in the financial industry for nearly 50 years, but has happily recently retired – not least to spend more time on the radio (and with family!) He has a longstanding passion for community radio, having been a presenter in St Marys, Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains. He has been a presenter at RBM for 7 years, with his popular Saturday morning breakfast show about to switch over to 5 days per week, starting August 27.

Katherine Hawes – Head of Legal

Katherine has practiced law for more than 20 years, assisting small businesses grow and understand their legal responsibilities. She is the Principal at Digital Age Lawyers, trains and lectures in various areas of the law, and is co-host of the popular weekly Business Show on RBM.

Barbara Callan – Head of Training

Barbara is an experienced educator, mentor and international intuitive consultant. Her many years of experience come together in a unique way that allows her intuition to shine through. Barbara hosts The Inspired Body and Soul show on RBM, together with co-host Jody Reeves, which is about the many inspiring people who live in the Blue Mountains and surrounds and the interesting things that they do to keep themselves in a balance. Barbara works from home with clients from many different countries.

Patrick Leonard – Head of Technical

Patrick brings a wealth of technical expertise, having worked in technology and communications for three decades, including with Telstra and for the Australian and New Zealand Olympic Teams. He is also a dedicated community volunteer, having served with the Army Reserves, the RFS, Lifeline and Vinnies, among others. He loves music and performing, and hosts the popular Eclectic Music Show on RBM.


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