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.
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.
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.
Secretary, MWF Board
Jill is currently group GM investor relations for the ANZ Bank. In a career spanning 16 years she has held senior investor relations and corporate affairs roles with a number of major Australian corporates including AMP, Lend Lease, PBL and David Jones. She was inducted as one of six inaugural fellows of AIRA (Australian Investor Relations Association) in 2013. Prior to her career in investor relations she worked in strategic marketing roles for 13 years, culminating in a national role with Coles Myer Properties. She’s an avid movie goer and reader, passionate about animal welfare and the owner of two incredibly spoilt cavoodles. Jill holds a bachelor of business communications from QUT, and joined the MWF Board in May 2014.
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.
Karen’s career spans management roles in marketing, PR, business development and event production. She has worked extensively across the corporate, not-for-profit, agency and consulting sectors. Karen specialises in working with organisations to improve existing programs, develop new programs and resources, and build strong and influential partnerships. Karen is Marketing and Business Development Manager at Queen Elizabeth Centre, Melbourne, where she leads strategic marketing, communication and business development. She joined the MWF Board in 2012.
Jamila is a writer, presenter and media commentator who appears regularly on The Project, ABC News Breakfast, The Drum, Weekend Today and The Feed on SBS. She was previously editor in chief of Australia’s leading women’s website, Mamamia, leading the editorial team to a coveted media brand of the year title in 2013. Prior to entering the media, Jamila worked in politics as an adviser to minister Kate Ellis and prime minister Kevin Rudd. In 2014, she was named as one of Australia’s 100 most influential women by the Australian Financial Review and won the Australian National University’s young alumnus of the year award. Jamila currently works as a columnist for News Limited and is writing her first book, to be published by Penguin in 2017.
Robert Sessions AM
Robert completed a publishing apprenticeship at Hutchinson and Co in London before travelling to Australia in 1962, where he was offered a position at Cassell Australia. He joined Penguin Books in Australia in 1971 as an editor, later becoming managing editor. Leaving Penguin in 1976, he became publishing director of Thomas Nelson Australia. In 1987, Bob sold his independent company Robert Sessions Publishing to Penguin, and rejoined Penguin Australia. In 1988 he became publishing director of Penguin Books, and during the last 20 years he has published a wide range of books for adults and children. Bob is currently chair of the Course Advisory Committee for the graduate diploma in editing and publishing at RMIT University, and is a board member of the Australian Film Institute, The Australian Book Review and MWF.
Jane Smith AM
Jane is the inaugural director of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (in Ballarat, Victoria). She is also a member of the national Classification Review Board. Jane has held senior roles for Telecom Australia and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and has been chief executive for the NSW Film and TV office and vice-president of Seed Australia – actor Hugh Jackman’s company. She also ran her own company – the shinyshinyworld – that specialised in dealing with creativity, content generation and innovation through technology change. Jane has been on a number of boards and she chaired the Premium Mobile Services Code Review.