Radio People Honoured on King’s Birthday List

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division
Mr Hamish Donald Blake, NSW. (main pic- supplied)
For service to the arts as an entertainer. and to the community.

• Ambassador, Foodbank Victoria, since 2020.
• Participant, The Hunger Ride charity cycle, Foodbank Victoria, 2020.
• Ambassador, Invictus Australia, since 2018.
• Foundation Ambassador, Australian Standfirst Asset Management Pty Ltd, since c2020.
• Master of Ceremonies, Gala Ball, School for Life, since 2022.
• Member, Soldier On Team, Trois Etapes Giro, charity event, 2015.
• Participant, Peaks Challenge Falls Creek, 2014.
• Participant, 42km Rowing Event, Salvation Army Christmas Charity Appeal, 2014.

Entertainment and Radio
• Writer, Comedian, and Actor, since 2003.
• Presenter, ‘How Other Dads Dad’ podcast, since 2023.
• Presenter, Various Podcast’s, Southern Cross Austereo, since 2017.
• Radio Presenter, Southern Cross Austereo, 2003-2017.
• Album, ‘Celebrating Over 50 Glorious Years’, CD, Hamish and Andy, 2010.
• Album, ‘Unessential Listening’ CD, Hamish and Andy, 2008.
Television Series
• Co-Host/Presenter, Lego Masters Australia, since 2019.
• Hamish and Andy’s ‘Perfect’ Holiday, 2019.
• True Story Avec, 2021.
• True Story with Hamish and Andy, 2017-2018.
Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year South America, 2014.
• Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year Asia, 2013.
• Caravan of Courage-Australia v New Zealand, 2015.
• Hamish and Andy’s Euro Gap Year, 2012.
• Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year, 2011.
• ARIA Awards, 2008.
• TV Week Logie Awards, 2007.
• Spicks and Specks, 2005-2011.
• Rove Live, 2005-2010.
• Real Stories, 2006.
• Australia’s Brainiest Comedian, 2005.
• Australia’s Brainiest Kid, 2005.
• Thank God You’re Here, 2005-2008.
• Hamish and Andy, 2004.
• Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal Documentary, 2004.


• Columnist, Herald Sun, since 2010.

• Columnist, Cosmopolitan Magazine, since 2009.

• Former Member, National Boys Choir of Australia, 1980s.

Awards and Recognition include:

• Australian Father of the Year, The Fathering Project, 2023.

• Bert Newton Award, Most Popular Presenter, Lego Masters, TV Week Logie Awards, 2022.20 of 363

• Gold Logie Award, Most Popular Personality on Australian Television, Lego Masters, TV Week Logie

Awards, 2022.

• Best Light Entertainment TV Series Award, AACTA Awards, 2015.

• Gold Logie Award, Most Popular Personality on Australian Television, Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year,

TV Week Logie Awards, 2012.

• Best on air, Australian Commercial Radio Awards, 2008-2010.

• Best Comedy Release, Unessential Listening, ARIA Awards, 2009.


Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division
Mr lan Rodney Grace, Vaucluse NSW 2030

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For significant service to radio, and to the music industry.

Republic Communications
• Chief Executive Officer.

Virgin Radio International

• President, since 2001.

Virgin Radio UK

• Program Director, 1997-1998.
• Programming Consultant, 1994-1997.

Triple M Sydney and Melbourne
• Chief Executive Officer, 1993.
• General Manager, 1988-1992.
• Inaugural Group Program Director, 1986-1987.

• Chief Executive Officer, 2CH/2GB, 1993-1997.
• Program Director, WHJY, New York, 1985-1986.
• Supporter, Australian Rock Company.

2SM Sydney
• Program Director, 1982-1985.
• On Air Presenter, 1972-1975 and 1980-1983.


Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division
Mr Alexander James Ward, SA
For significant service to the legal profession, and to the arts.

Commonwealth Lawyers Association, United Kingdom
: Council Member, 2009-2017.
Law Council of Australia
• President, 2011.
• Past Member, Ethics and Practice Committee.
• . Past Chair, National Legal Education Committee.
• Past Chair, Corporate Governance Committee.
• Past Member, Military Justice Committee.
: Past naugur, hair, Auditind Risk Management Committee.
Law Society of South Australia
• President, 2004-2005.
• Past Member, Lawyers Support Group.
• Past Member, Ethics Committee.
• Past Chair, Council Disciplinary Committee.
Past Chair, Medico-Legal Advisory Group.
• Member, Joint Rules Advisory Committee.
• Coordinator, bikes for remote Aboriginal children project.
Australian Defence Force
• Commander, Royal Australian Navy Reserve, current.
• Legal Officer, Royal Australian Navy Reserve, since 1999.
• Past Member, Ethics Advisory Committee.
• Member, Adelaide University Regiment, Army Reserves, 1981-1982.

The Arts
• Past Board Member, Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Legal Commentator, Radio ABC 891, since 2004.
Host, Radio FiveAA Breakfast, December/January, 2012-2015.
Past Writer and Performer, comedy scripts, Radio, Triple J, SAFM, and advertisements.
• Member, Pipes and Drums, Royal Caledonian Society of SA, 1982-1990.
• Performer, Theatre Sports, ABC TV, 1987.
• Past Television Writer, Full Frontal and the Glynn Nicholas Show.
• Past Writer and Performer, On stage, University Footlights, and other productions with Shaun
Micallef, Francis Greenslade, Anthony Durkin and Adelaide University Theatre Guild.

• Member (part-time), Administrative Appeals Tribunal, since 2017.
• Barrister, Edmund Barton Chambers, since 2003.
• Partner, Norman Waterhouse Lawyers, 2001-2002.
• Partner, Ward and Ward, 1993-2001.
• Barrister and Solicitor, Partner and Consultant, Ward and Partners, 1985-1993.
• Admitted to Practice, Supreme Court and High Court, since 1985.


Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division
Mr Stephen Mark O’Doherty, Dural NSW 2158
For service to the community through a range of organisations.

Christian Media
• Chair, Family Radio Limited, since 2016.
• Chair, Sunshine Coast Christian Broadcasters Limited, 2019-2024.

Christian Media and Arts Australia
• Director, since 2013.
• Member Finance Committee and Advocacy and Policy Committee, current.
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Hope Media Limited (Christian Radio Broadcaster)
• Chair, 2005-2023.
• Director, 2003-2023.
• Host and Executive Producer, Open House program, 2017-2018.

The Arts
• Patron, Studio ARTES (Northside), since 2000.
• Principal, Stephen O’Doherty Communication (strategic comms and music services), since 2017.
• Convenor, Roundtable of Instrumental, Vocal and Music Education Organisations (RIVMEO), 2020-2022.
Golden Kangaroos Hornsby Concert Band
• Musical Director and Principal Conductor, since 2009.
• Musician and Bandmaster.
• Life Member, 2014.

• Director, Excelsior College, 2016-2018.
• Chief Executive Officer, Christian Schools Australia, 2002-20 16.

• Broadcaster, Breakfast and Drive programs, 1991-1992.
• Journalist and Presenter, Sundown Rundown and the 12:30 Report, 1980-1988.

Media – Other
• Member, Community Broadcasting Sector Roundtable, since 2003.
• National Affairs Reporter, The Walsh Report, Network Ten, 1990-1991.
• NSW State Political Reporter, 7:30 Report, ABC, 1989.

Parliament of New South Wales

• Member for Hornsby, 1999-2002.
• Member for Ku-ring-gai, 1992-1999.
• Shadow Treasurer, 2000-2001.
• Shadow Minister for Community Services and Disability Services, 1999-2000.
• Shadow Minister for Education and Training, 1995-1999.

Awards and Recognition include:
• Most Compelling Content – Audio, Christian Media and the Arts Australia Awards, 2018.
• Vocational Excellence Award, Rotary District 9685, 2015.


Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division
Mr Richard Leigh Watts, Fitzroy VIC 3065
For service to the arts, and to the community of Victoria.

La Mama Theatre

• Chair, 2018-2024.

• Member, Committee of Management, since 2013.

Melbourne Fringe

• Chair, 2006-2009.

Triple R Broadcasters Limited

• Presenter, ‘SmartArts’, Triple RRR, since 2004.

• Various presenting roles, since 1993.

Green Room Awards Association

• President, 2010-2011.

• Former Member, Independent Theatre Panel.

Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama

• Chair of Judges, 2009 and 2024.

• Former Judge.

Melbourne Queer Film Festival

• Member, Programming Committee, 1996-2003.

• Life Member.

Other Arts Roles

• Board Member, ‘Going Down Swinging’, mid-2010s.

• Founder, Emerging Writers’ Festival, 2004.


• Founder/Convenor, Collingwood Pride (formally The Pink Magpies), Collingwood Football

Club, 2001-2005.

• Editor, LGBTQIA+ newspaper ‘Melbourne Community Voice’, 2006-2009

• Supporter, LGBTQIA+ community.


• National Performing Arts Editor, ‘ArtsHub’, since 2009.

• Artistic Director, Express Media, 2000-2005.

• Contributor/Writer, various publications including: ‘The Age’, ‘Cosmos’, ‘Overland’, ‘Australian Book

Review’, ‘DNA’, ‘Outrage’, ‘MCV’ and ‘Going Down Swinging’.

• Author of short stories featured in anthologies including: ‘Herding Kites: A Celebration of Australian

Writing’, Affirm Press, 2008; and ‘Adventures in Pop Culture’, Vandal Press, 2002.

• Publishing credits for role-playing game industry including: ‘Call of Cthulhu’, ‘Elric!‘ and ‘Stormbringer’

(Chaosium); ‘Cthulhu Invictus’ (Golden Goblin Press’) and White Wolf (‘Vampire: The Masquerade’,

‘Werewolf: The Apocalypse’, ‘Wraith: The Oblivion’).

Awards and Recognition include:

• Lifetime Achievement Award, Green Room Awards Association, 2021.

• Facilitator’s Prize, Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards, 2019.

• Living Legend, Melbourne Fringe, 2017.


Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division

Ms Cassandra Margaret Eilish Wilkinson, Ultimo NSW 2007

For service to the broadcast media, and to the community.

Free Broadcasting Incorporated

• President, 1997-2021.

• Co-Founder, 1995.


• Former Senior Vice President, Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.

• Commentator, Sky News Agenda, The Bolt Report and The Drum.

• Columnist, The Australian newspaper, 2011-2014.

• Featured, Best Australian Science Writing, UNSW Press, 2012.


Author,- 10 Good Reasons to Relax and Let Kids Be Kids, CreateSpace

Independent Publishing, 2014.

• Author, Don’t Panic – Nearly Everything is Better Than You Think, Pluto Press, 2007.

• Author, Chapters on Happiness Economics, Happiness, Spinney Press, 2008.

Committee and Advisory Roles

• Vice-President/Board Member, Human Capital Project, Australian National Institute of Business and

Technology, 2012-2017.

• External Engagement Manager, Centre for Independent Studies, mid-2010s.

• Director, Music NSW, 2007-2013.


• Treasurer, Inner West Roller Derby, since 2016.

• Director, Sydney City Farm.

Policy and Budgets, NSW Treasury

• Executive Director, Transport Investment and Infrastructure, since 2020.

• Director, 2014-2020.

Professional – Other

• Co-owner, Lazy Thinking Records, since 2015.

• Partner, Social Finance Pty Ltd, 2011-2013.

• Director of Microeconomic Reform, COAG Reform Council, 2013.

• Director, Economics Practice, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, 2009-2011.

• Director, Rail and Freight Policy and National Policy, NSW Ministry of Transport, 2005-2008.

• Former Senior Political Adviser, New South Wales Treasurer and Premier, Kristina Keneally.

Awards and Recognition include:

• Sydney’s 100 Creative Catalysts, Vivid Sydney, 2009.

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