John Jerome Myers

Chair, MWF Board

John Jerome was happily appointed to the MWF Board in February 2012, and appointed deputy chair 12 months later. He is a director of, and works within, the finance and management departments of Dunkeld Pastoral Company, a private company that has agricultural and hospitality interests in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria. Over the past ten years other work interests have taken him frequently and for extended periods to both Bangladesh and Poland, and he was lucky enough to have undertaken high school in Italy. John was appointed chair in 2017.

Jayne Dullard

Vice Chair, MWF Board

Jayne’s career as a print and broadcast journalist spanned more than 20 years, across locations including the Western Australian goldfields, Burma and ABC Radio in Melbourne, where she was senior producer of the flagship Jon Faine morning program. In 2008 Jayne joined the Melbourne office of a national issues and media management firm working with clients across the transport, health, industry and government sectors, and was subsequently appointed general manager then chief executive. In 2012 she left the private sector to join The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne as executive director of communications. Jayne joined the MWF Board in 2010.

Fahim Ahad

Treasurer, MWF Board

Fahim is a screen business consultant with expertise in finance, marketing, post-production and multi-platform production, and a commercial lawyer specialising in intellectual property, technology, media and communications. As business affairs manager for Arenamedia and CinemaPlus, Fahim is part of a team that produces and innovatively distributes bold Australian screen content. A graduate of The University of Melbourne and the Australian Film Television and Radio School, Fahim is passionate about the progress of storytelling through its convergence with technology and a lover of all forms of writing, from poetic prose to clever code. He joined the MWF Board in 2016.

Phillip Benedetti

Board Member

Phillip is a principal at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Despite being a voracious print media consumer, he is passionate about the potential for digital to drive real, disruptive innovation and is privileged to help his clients navigate this rapidly evolving landscape. Phillip is also a staunch supporter of BCG’s diversity agenda and leads story-based communication training. Prior to joining BCG, Phillip interned as an associate at OI Pharma Partners (UK) and worked as a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, department of chemistry. He also co-founded a non-profit supporting science research while studying in Cambridge (UK). Phillip holds a master of philosophy in bioscience enterprise (with distinction) from the University of Cambridge and both a master of science in chemistry and a bachelor of arts (summa cum laude) in chemistry, biochemistry and economics from the University of Pennsylvania. San Franciscan by birth, Phillip is happy to call Melbourne home since 2011, and joined the MWF Board in March 2018.

Astrid Edwards

Board Member

Astrid is a writer, teacher, podcaster and director. Astrid teaches writing at RMIT University. She is one half of Bad Producer Productions, a podcast network with seven successful (and three awarded) podcasts. Astrid is also a bibliophile. Astrid has been published in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Future Women and Australian Book Review. She is also the host of The Garret: Writers on Writing, a literary podcast for which she has received several grants from the Australian Council of the Arts. She has judged the Aurealis Awards (Australia's premier speculative fiction awards) each year since 2016. Astrid is also a national advocate for MS Australia, and previously served as the deputy chair of Writers Victoria. She joined the MWF Board in 2019.

Jamila Rizvi

Board Member

Jamila is Editor-at-Large of the Nine Network’s Future Women, host of their award-winning podcast Future Women Weekly and columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She is a regular commentator on The Project, Today, The Drum, Q and A, and an occasional host on ABC Radio Melbourne. Jamila is author of the best-selling Not Just Lucky, a career manifesto for millennial women and The Motherhood, an anthology of letters about life with a newborn, both published by Penguin. She co-founded the popular event series Tea with Jam and Clare, which she hosts with singer Clare Bowditch. In 2014 Jamila was named one of Cosmopolitan’s 30 Most Successful Women Under 30 and in 2015 was listed as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review. In 2017 she was included in the Weekly Review’s top ten list of young rising stars in Melbourne. Jamila holds bachelors degrees in law and commerce from the Australian National University, was President of the students' union in 2008 and named as the university's Young Alumnus of the Year in 2014. Jamila previously worked in politics for the Rudd and Gillard Governments, advising on media, women, child care, and employment. She is an Ambassador for CARE Australia, and lives in Melbourne with her husband and son. She joined the MWF board in 2017.