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Sector Investment Advisory Committee (SIAC)

The voluntary involvement of experienced community broadcasters and industry experts in our peer review grant processes is at the heart of how we operate.

The SIAC provides independent, informed advice on funding objectives, policy and practice, and considers Sector Investment funding processes. The SIAC ensures that funding initiatives and grant programs are consistent with broader strategic intent.

The SIAC members are:

Ellie Rennie (Chair)

Ellie Rennie is an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. She researches media policy and community communication, with a current focus on Indigenous media and broadband adoption in remote Australia and remote Sarawak. Her books include: Life of SYN: A Story of the Digital Generation (Monash University Press, 2011); Community Media: A Global Introduction (Rowan & Littlefield, 2006); and Internet on the Outstation: The digital divide and remote Aboriginal communities (Institute of Network Cultures, 2016). Ellie commenced her involvement in the community broadcasting sector at Melbourne’s community television station in the mid 1990s.


Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown has been a full time staff member at 4ZZZ Radio in Brisbane for over 7 years, 6 of which in a Station Management position. Michelle has an intense passion for community media, is a musician and has a background in multimedia and marketing.  Michelle is also the Chair of the Content Grants Advisory Committee.


Anna Schinella

Anna Schinella was a board member of Radio Skid Row from 1984–86 and the first ethnic/multicultural programming coordinator at Radio Skid Row (and possibly the first in community radio in Australia) from 1986–88. She has returned to the station in recent years and is currently the President. She has been heavily involved in ethnic community broadcasting and coordinated the ethnic community broadcasters’ application for the first Sydney-wide ethnic radio licence in Sydney. Anna has extensive project management and communications experience in both the public sector (Department of Communications, NSW Department of Family and Community Services) and in the community sector. She has worked in community radio, the ABC and SBS, the Weather Channel UK and Optus Television. She works in strategic communications and program research in her current position for the NSW Government. Anna is also the Chair of the Development & Operations Grants Advisory Committee.


Chris Roper

Chris Roper started his community radio involvement as a presenter at 2XX in Canberra.  He has been the Executive Producer of their Indigenous current affairs program Sovereign, and later worked in management roles at 2XX and at the Australian Indigenous Communications Association (AICA).  He is currently a freelance multimedia producer for the Federal Government and is involved with a number of documentaries for broadcast on NITV. Chris mentors young people at the University of Canberra and has participated as an assessor of CBF Indigenous TV grants.


Cameron Paine

Cameron Paine is the Technology Manager at 3RRR and has been the Chair of the Melbourne Digital Representative Company since 2009. He was previously the technical manager at 3MBS and was made an honorary life member at 3PBS for his early volunteer efforts during the establishment of the station and by coordinating outside and live music broadcasts during the 80s.


Stephen Jolley

Stephen Jolley has been a critical contributor and leader in the establishment and growth of RPH locally and nationally. He has twice been chair of ACRPH (now known as RPH Australia), and was a founding member of its board, serving from 1981 until 2009. In 2015, Stephen re-joined the Board of RPHA representing the RPH service in Western Australia. From 1994-2009, he served as manager of Vision Australia Radio, 3RPH. Stephen served on the CBF Board from 1991 to 2000 and has served on a number of Grants Advisory Committees contributing to the Foundation's support of RPH broadcasting, training and online development. In 2009, Stephen received the CBAA Michael Law Award. For his work in the establishment and ongoing development of RPH, he was presented with the David Blyth Award by Blind Citizens Australia in 1996 and the Michael Johnson Award from the Victorian Blind Workers Union in 1989.


Geoff Payne

Geoff Payne started his involvement in community broadcasting through Vision Australia Foundation and served on the Board of RPH Australia.  In more recent years he served on the CBF Board for almost ten years and was a member of the former RPH and Digital Radio Grants Advisory Committees.  Geoff has recently retired after a 25+ year career managing systems and planning within La Trobe University Library.