2019 CBAA Women and Gender Non-Conforming People’s Representative Nominees

Katrina Hughes, 10th October 2019

Below are the nominees for election to the CBAA Board as the Women and Gender Non-Conforming People’s Representative.

The CBAA's 2019 Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 25 October 2019 in Melbourne. As part of that meeting, CBAA members will elect a Women and Gender Non-Conforming People’s Representative. The full agenda is available to download PDF icon here.

Statements from the candidates are as follows:


Aleisha Hall, Melbourne, VICAleisha Hall

With a background in Marketing and Communications, Aleisha Hall moved from the corporate to NFP sector to work in a field more aligned to her personal values. Currently working as the Marketing & Events Coordinator at PBS 106.7FM, she programs an extensive catalogue of PBS events including; Rock-A-Bye Baby, Beasts of No Nation, Heavy & Hammered, Drive Live, International Women’s Day Live and more. Outside of PBS, Aleisha works with independent record label Rice Is Nice and publicity agency Brain Drain.


Gemma Purves, Sydney, NSWGemma Purves

Gemma has been involved with community radio since 2014, starting out in the office at Sydney’s Eastside Radio. Since then, she has moved onto be a presenter, producer, mentor and operations manager at the station.

Gemma has a broad range of experience in the media and financial sector, having worked at the London Stock Exchange and as a TV Producer. When working on the Your Money business channel she introduced an initiative to champion emerging female financial commentators to create more gender-balanced panels. Gemma has previously been the Company Secretary for the Australian Backgammon Federation and has volunteered across a variety of organisations including the National Trust, Sydney Living Museums, and Sculpture By the Sea.

She believes deeply in the important role community radio plays in providing a voice and creating a meeting place for those who are underrepresented in the mainstream media particularly women and gender diverse people.


Maddy Macquine, Brunswick East, VIC Maddy Macquine

Maddy Macquine first fell in love with community radio during university, producing the morning program at 2SER. 5 years on, she has been involved with community stations across Sydney (2SER, 2RRR and FBi Radio) as a presenter, producer, trainer and office volunteer, as well as holding staff positions at 2RRR and the Community Media Training Organisation.

Currently, she is SYN Media’s Community Manager and the host of FBi Radio's flagship storytelling program, All The Best. Maddy’s passion lies in facilitating skills development and improving participation throughout the sector.

This includes enhancing the voices of women and gender non-conforming people in community radio spaces. She has a keen interest in using cross-sector consultation to encourage participation and diversity in all community broadcasting spaces, across metro, sub-metro, regional and rural stations.

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Our webinar will provide information for individuals who may be interested in nominating for the position of Women’s Representative as well as providing an opportunity for women and gender non-conforming people in the sector to get together to discuss the challenges they face and how their work can collectively help create a more positive future for community radio.


Feminist organising has defined Emma's experiences in community broadcasting.


*Past webinar, click through to watch recording.*

Following on from the Women's Forum at the 2018 CBAA Conference, this webinar will provide a platform for delegates and those unable to make the conference to continue discussing the issues important to them.