The First Nations Media Australia Board has appointed Catherine Liddle as CEO of First Nations Media Australia beginning on14th October, with a three-month handover from outgoing General Manager Daniel Featherstone.
FNMA Chairperson Dot West says, “We thank outgoing General Manager Daniel Featherstone for his dedication and leadership since 2012, including overseeing the transition of the organisation from IRCA to the national peak body since 2016. We congratulate Catherine on her successful appointment as our new CEO. Catherine brings extensive industry knowledge, strong management experience and the confidence and diplomacy to lead the FNMA team and the sector going forward.”
Catherine is an Arrernte/Luritja woman from the Central Australia desert regions who brings a wealth of experience in First Nations media. Catherine is currently the NPY Regional Director of Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships based in Alice Springs where she has helped with placement of three secondees at FNMA this year, so has a good knowledge of the organisation.
Last year Catherine stepped in as the Interim General Manager of ICTV for five months and has previously worked in a number of roles at NITV including Executive Editor of News and Current Affairs, along with other roles at Imparja Television, the ABC and SBS. Catherine has also worked in the Northern Territory Department of Education in Regional Manager and Manager Family and Community Engagement positions.
Catherine says she is honoured to be offered the position. “I am very excited about the opportunity and the ability to work with the sector. It is a gift to be able to work within a resilient industry that constantly pushes creative boundaries through cultural frameworks and produces content that is informative, innovative, inspiring, challenging and vitally important to the First Nations communities and contributing enormously to the diversity and health of the Australian media landscape.”