Ian Hamm appointed President of the CBF

The Community Broadcasting Foundation has announced that Ian Hamm will join their Board as the new President, following the retirement of Peter Batchelor at the end of June.

A Yorta Yorta man, Ian brings extensive government and community sector experience, particularly at executive and governance levels having overseen major policy and strategic reforms for government and community organisations including his work with the Australian Government (Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health) and the Victorian Government (Department of Justice; Department of Planning and Community Development, Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources).

Ian’s main role with the CBF will be to apply his expertise and extensive experience leading the Boards of community organisations, to help the Foundation distribute more than $16.8 million annually to support Australian community media.
He says, “I feel honoured to be joining the Community Broadcasting Foundation. I’m an advocate for building stronger communities and appreciate how important community media is in Australia. Through my volunteering at community organisations, I’ve experienced firsthand how community radio and television amplify local voices. I look forward to working with the CBF Board, team and volunteers to lead the Community Broadcasting Foundation to future success.”

Ian holds a number of leadership positions at organisations including as a Board member of:

  • National Trust of Australia (Vic)
  • Australian Red Cross
  • Inclusive Australia
  • First Nations Foundation

CBAA Board President, Phillip Randall, has welcomed Ian as the new CBF President and says “The CBAA is very pleased to have led a comprehensive selection process in collaboration with the CBF that has supported Ian’s appointment. The CBAA Board, and CEO Jon Bisset, look forward to continuing to work the CBF under Ian’s leadership with the common goal to advance Community Broadcasting.”



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