Assembly meetings are the general meetings of the Members of the Melbourne Community Television Consortium Ltd. Each organisation which is a Member of the consortium is entitled to appoint a representative or a proxy to attend and vote at Assembly meetings on its behalf.

The Assembly conducts the Annual General Meeting, at which the Members of the company elect directors to the Board. The Assembly also oversees any changes to the constitution of the company and appoints the company's auditor.

At the Annual General Meeting, the Assembly elects a President to chair its meetings. The current President is May Kuok.

In addition to the Annual General Meeting, which is usually held in November every year, the Assembly also meets when necessary during the year.

Dates will be specified on this page when meetings are called.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors manages the business affairs of Melbourne Community Television Consortium Ltd, in accordance with the provisions of the Corporations Act 2001.

Six of the directors are elected by the Assembly at the Annual General Meeting of the company for two year terms, with half of those six directors retiring each year. Nominees to be elected as directors must be nominated by two Members of the company. The Assembly President is also an ex-officio director.

The Board may also co-opt up to five people to act as directors to enhance the Board's skill base in areas such as finance, law, business management, television broadcasting, not-for-profit governance or any other area the board considers appropriate.

Directors of Melbourne Community Television Consortium Ltd abide by the company's Directors Code of Conduct.

The Board is currently comprised of 7 directors:

Mike Zafiropoulos AM, JP  - Chair
Mike has a B App. Sc., a Dip Comp. Sc. and a Certificate in Television Production. He has served in senior positions in the Public Service and between 1995 and 2007 he was the General Manager of SBS in Melbourne. He has had a long association with SBS, including winning in 1980 the very first SBS award, a SAMMY for Best TV Documentary.

Mike has more than 40 year’s involvement in community affairs in a wide range of fields.            

His current activities include: Director of Fronditha Care, Member of the Multicultural Business Advisory Committee and Deputy Mayor of the City of Manningham. Former roles include: Mayor of the former City of Fitzroy; Director of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital; Judging Panel Convenor of the Melbourne Awards.

He has extensive experience in the media and has served as judge of the Antenna Awards, Melbourne Press Club's Quils and UNAA's Media News & Current Affairs Awards.

Laura Racky – Deputy Chair
Laura Racky is a solicitor admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria. She has over 10 years of experience in the legal profession and commercial and technical expertise developed in commercial insolvency and litigation. She obtained degrees in Law and Arts, and later a Masters degree in Commercial Law, at Monash University. She is currently Director of llgold and a Director of the Victorian Amateur Football Association.

Terry Flander - Company Secretary
Terry Flander is the President of Oz Shalom TV Inc. He is also a committee member and treasurer of the Bicycle Recycle Shed; and was a Board Member of Preshil, The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School from 1996 to 2005, including acting as Treasurer in 2002-2003 and as President in 2003-2005.

Christy Karamzalis
Christy Karamzalis is the Industry Head for Financial Services at Google Melbourne. Prior to joining Google 5 years ago, she spent the majority of her career in a variety of banking and strategy roles in Hong Kong, Singapore and Melbourne. Christy has also been a Non-Executive Director at Holmesglen TAFE since July 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne.

Dr Marc C-Scott, PhD
Dr Marc C-Scott is a lecturer in screen media at Victoria University. He completed his PhD "Invention to Institution: A Comparative Historical Analysis of Television across Three National Sites” in 2016. His research interests are within television (history, institutions, policy, broadcast technologies and methods), cross-platform media and sportscasting. Marc is the host of the Media Mayhem podcast (, which discusses television, streaming, online video, and more broadly about the mayhem that is the media industry. Marc regularly appears on both local and international television and radio commentating on the changing media landscape. He also writes for The Conversation about many topics associated with changes in the media landscape.

Luke White
Luke White holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and Bachelor of Arts with Monash University, an Associate Diploma with the Australian Guild of Music and is a Chartered Accountant. His professional background includes management consulting, and finance and procurement roles across both public and private sectors. He has also served on sports body committees.

Gavin Henderson
Gavins interest in community broadcasting stems from numerous years involved in amateur theatre , and as a member of not-for-profit committees.  Gavin joined Bent TV after attending a fundraiser roughly 4+ years ago, and quickly became regularly involved with both studio and location shoots and joined the Bent TV board, taking on the role of Executive Producer and Production Manager, then more recently joining the Board of C31.

Richard Micallef
Richard has worked in community media since 1988, mainly in media sales and promotions but also with large scale radio sponsored and broadcast events. He has held senior positions at Capital Radio London and started Australia’s first world music show at 3PBS Melbourne. He has raised tens of thousands of dollars as a volunteer at member groups Northern Access TV and St Kilda Access TV as well as raising over eighty thousand dollars for Channel 31 at our PDG Building. Richard is a presenter-producer winning an Antenna Award for his show about song writing titled ‘Music Pot’. He is currently producing a series titled ‘Nat Chat/Migration Stories’ exploring our smaller migrant communities.

Richard had very significant responsibility at SBS Radio as Marketing Manager, at Radio for the Print Handicapped Australia as Executive Officer and as Head of Music at Central Australian Media Association. Educated in Australia with a BA from Melbourne University he has since picked up additional qualifications namely a Fundraising Skill II Certificate and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.

Julio Altamirano
Julio Altamirano is the President of Hispanic Community TV Antenna Hispana Inc.  He is involved with Spanish and Latin America community since he arrived to Melbourne from Chile in 1978.

President of Spanish and Latinoamerica Media Group at Radio 3 ZZZ, also a committee member and treasurer of the Chile Magazine..

Julio Altamirano is a member of the C31 Board of Directors since 2007-2012 and 2015 until now.

Taylor Lightburn
Taylor joined RMITV in 2015 and has worked on a range of student produced Community TV  productions such as The Leak, Offbeat and In Pit Lane just to name a few. Which has helped him gain employment in sports broadcasting with Tennis Australia. In 2016 he joined the RMITV board as a general board member. Shortly after his term ended he joined the C31 Board. 

Advisory Board

In 2017 Melbourne Community Television Consortium Ltd appointed an Advisory Board to provide guidance to the Board on matters of strategic importance.

The Advisory Board is currently comprised of 10 members:

Elana Harari (Social media strategist)
As CEO of Social Media Servants Elana wears many hats ensuring the agency consistently evolves to the ever-changing marketplace and provides clients with leading business opportunities. As head of business operations and strategy, Elana is well educated on the digital landscape and thrives off developing systems and processes to ensure efficient workflow internally and externally.

Dirk Ullrich (Digital strategist)
Dirk is Digital Strategy Director at Avanade with a focus on Innovation, Connected and Immersive Spaces and Mixed Reality Technology specifically leveraging data and analytics, cloud, artificial intelligence and IoT to seamlessly blend technology into both consumer and employee experiences to enable efficiency and effectiveness.
Prior to joining Avanade, Dirk was Senior Manager with Accenture Interactive where he was Advertising Practice Lead (ANZ and APAC) with over 10 years experience in the media industry including 3 years as Commercialisation and Strategy Manager at Bauer Media. In addition, he brings over 20 years’ experience in technology and digital having held senior management and leadership roles across large, blue chip telecommunications, technology and digital businesses. His focus has been on strategy, launching and commercialising new products, creating engaging consumer and media experiences and leveraging technology to drive revenue and cost efficiency.

David Lee (Digital strategist)
David Lee is a digital executive with 12 years’ experience in the media industry. He is currently the Head of Digital at a global media agency, Initiative He has held previous roles as Managing Director for Society – IPG Mediabrands, Australian co-founder of Nuffnang (ASX:NCL) and GroupM media agencies. He also holds a degree in Bachelor of Business Systems with Monash University.

Judy Pridmore (Leading and transforming businesses in digital and tech space)
Judy has over 20 years’ experience leading and transforming businesses in the digital and technology space. She has worked in a diverse range of sectors in start-ups through to global organisations, including News Limited, Westpac and Southcorp. Judy currently runs her own digital consulting firm; she holds a Bachelor of Education from Victoria University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Alan Long (Business strategist - integrating digital)
Alan Long is an experienced digital and media professional, currently operating his own digital business consultancy Bulb Digital. Alan’s breadth of experience covers Advertising Agencies (Clemenger, McCann, FCB), Media Companies (Triple M Sydney & Melbourne and Fairfax Media) Digital Businesses (BMCMedia and Hitwise) and has been involved with a digital startups at consultant, executive and board level.
In addition to his business consultancy Alan has founded a teen music program Rock Academy Australia in Melbourne and Sydney with his teenage son.

Max Hegerman (Brand strategist)
Global Director of Brand Strategy Guvera Music.

Mark Raso (Turnaround management specialist)
Mark Raso is a senior leader with extensive experience in strategy, M&A and large-scale commercial transactions. He is also a technical expert running major transformations and growth strategies for well-known market leaders and media brands. Mark holds degrees of Bachelor of Law (Commercial), Bachelor of Business (Management), and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Monash University.

Andrew Mendelawitz (Venture capital)
Andrew Mendelawitz is corporate development and marketing professional with experience in venture capital, mining, apparel, energy, tech and online businesses.  Educated in Australia and the USA, Mr Mendelawitz has worked extensively in Australia, Brazil, Chile, China and Mexico.  He holds an MBA from Curtin University’s Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Media.

Kate Thiele (NED including NFPs)
Kate Thiele has Board and Executive experience working with a Top 100 listed company, in the private sector and with two of Australia’s leading not-for-profits. She has worked across diverse industries including health, retail, manufacturing and the not for profit sector. Kate was the CEO of Guide Dogs SA/ NT, and is currently a Director of the Royal Zoological Society, the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust and the Adelaide Crows Foundation Board.

Murray Greene
Dr Murray Green is a Media Development Adviser and Media Lawyer, with a particular interest in the Asia Pacific. Murray has recently worked on community media projects for the ITU, UNESCO and the UNDP. He is Honorary Professor in Public Diplomacy at Macquarie University and teaches media regulation in the Law Faculty at University of Technology Sydney. He was formerly Director International and Director Corporate Strategy and Governance at the ABC and was a former President of, what now is, the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. Murray has a doctorate in law from the University of Melbourne.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors. The Finance Committee shall, in accordance with the Consortium's Accounting and Financial Policy:

  • provide overall financial supervision on financial and taxation matters;

  • ensure the Consortium has the highest level of financial security, including developing Financial Policy and Financial Security Processes;

  • have involvement in the appointment of the Auditor and Accountant; including sourcing quotes and outlining their tasks and duties;

  • ensure that Directors have access to the books and financial records of the Consortium.

The Finance Committee currently meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. 

The current Chair of the Finance Committee is Megan Velo.

Programming Committee

The Programming Committee consists of three members appointed by Assembly and three members appointed by the Board of Directors (with no more than one person from any Member or Associate).  The General Manager and members of the Programming Team participate in committee meetings in an ex-officio, non-voting capacity.

The role of the Programming Committee is to:

  • develop and recommend to the Board of Directors programming and related policy for the station;

  • identify any procedural matters that can be improved to enable the Programming Department to operate more effectively;

  • develop, implement and supervise strategies to:

    > assist program providers to become familiar with and have access to relevant information regarding the production, administrative, classification and technical requirements of MCTC Inc.;

    > assist with the training of program providers in the operations and goals of the Programming Department;

    > enable program providers to submit programs of a high standard and within the guidelines of MCTC Ltd and the Australian Broadcasting Services Act 1992; and

    > ensure the allocation of air-time is made in the best interests of the station.

  • assist the members of the Programming Team to resolve any problems relating to the technical quality, content or complaints associated with any programming submissions from members;

  • assist in the resolution of complaints as set out within the appeals section; and

  • development and recommend to the Board of Directors the expenditure of any budget provided by the Board of Directors for Station Programming, including any budget for program supplies.

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee oversees the governance of the company to ensure that its governance structures and operations comply with the station's licence conditions and the CTV Codes of Practice. The Committee advises the Board on co-options of directors with expertise in specific areas required to run the company. The Committee also provides assessment of the effectiveness of the Board and other committees. It meets on an ad-hoc basis.

The current members of the Governance Committee are Mike Zafiropoulos and Terry Flander.