SYN Media appoints new General Manager

Campbell McNolty has been appointed as the new General Manager for SYN Melbourne, replacing Tess Lawley.

McNolty moves into the General Manager position after three and a half years as the Education and Training Manager at SYN. He begins immediately.

Beginning as a work experience student at PBS 106.7FM, McNolty has been volunteering and working in the community media sector for 13 years.

As a young person who experienced first-hand the life changing opportunities that community media offers, Campbell McNolty is excited to deliver those same opportunities to young SYN members.

Acting SYN President Rachael Dexter says that while the Board considered candidates of all ages and levels of experience, Campbell’s proven dedication to SYN and deep understanding of the needs of the organisation meant he was the ideal candidate to lead SYN into a new era.

“SYN is on the cusp of an exciting period of change, not least in its move to a brand new, state of the art HQ in RMIT. As the organisation works to bring even more young people to quality content-making in the digital age, Campbell’s clear strategic vision and deep knowledge of SYN means we are in good hands,” says Dexter.

“The Board is thrilled to appoint such an advocate for the values of SYN. Campbell also brings to the role a wide network of sector partners and supporters, and a proven track record in the community broadcasting landscape.

After securing a new home for SYN in Melbourne, the organisation’s challenge now is to ensure it remains irresistible to young media makers in the digital age, loyal to its core values of independence and access to young people everywhere, and remain the warm, welcoming community that it always has been.”

He was appointed following a nation-wide recruitment process. The selection panel, which included Board members and external advisors, recommended the candidate who was then approved by the Board.

McNolty has told radioinfo: “SYN’s volunteers are the heart of our community. Over the next few years I want to see SYN pushing further beyond the boundaries of broadcast radio, working inclusively and raising up the voices of young Australians in the media.”

His appointment follows the decision of the previous General Manager Tess Lawley to take up a position as a Consultant with management consulting firm Nous Group after four years as General Manager of SYN.

The SYN Board has thanked “all of SYN’s hardworking staff and volunteers for their professionalism during this transition.”

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