The Walkley Directors are the members and directors of the company Walkley Foundation Pty Ltd, which is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission. They act as the management board.

The Walkley Directors

Chair: Quentin Dempster AM Avatar

Chair: Quentin Dempster AM

Quentin Dempster AM  is a broadcaster, journalist and author.  He is currently contributing editor of The New Daily.  He is a former director (staff-elected) of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1992-96).  He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 1992 for services to current affairs and journalism.  Starting from a cadetship with the Maryborough Chronicle in Queensland, he worked for the Brisbane Telegraph  as chief political reporter and columnist. From 1984 he joined  the ABC as political reporter and then current affairs  presenter of The 7.30 Report.  He presented the NSW edition of the program from 1990 to 1994, headed the ABC investigative unit and presented Stateline, later 7.30 NSW  from 1996 to 2016. He is the author of three ground breaking books:  Honest Cops (1992); Whistleblowers (1997) and Death Struggle – How political malice and boardroom power plays are killing the ABC (2000). 

Angelos Frangopoulos AM Avatar

Angelos Frangopoulos AM

Angelos Frangopoulos AM is the CEO and Managing Editor at Australian News Channel Pty Ltd (ANC), the operator of the SKY NEWS services and the leading provider of 24 hour television news services in Australia and New Zealand. ANC is owned by News Corp Australia, a subsidiary of News Corp. 

ANC delivers more news and current affairs programming than all Australian television networks combined. Its news services include SKY NEWS LIVE, SKY NEWS BUSINESS, SKY NEWS WEATHER, A-PAC Australia’s Public Affairs Channel, SKY NEWS New Zealand, SKY NEWS Multiview and SKY NEWS Local.

On January 26, 2015, broadcast boundaries were extended to include the new Australia Channel service to cater for markets outside of Australia and New Zealand. Australia Channel is an extension of the foundation SKY NEWS products, catering for international audiences.   

Angelos joined ANC in July 1996, five months after the channel’s inception. After serving as Chief of Production, he was appointed Managing Editor in 2000 and then Chief Executive Officer in 2004.  Angelos previously held positions at British Sky Broadcasting in London, Nine Network Sydney and Prime Television Canberra.  Early in his career he also worked at Mid State Television Orange.

Angelos is Chairman of the Australia Day Council of NSW, Chair of the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University, Pro-Chancellor (Sydney) for Charles Sturt University, Deputy Chair of the Walkley Advisory Board, a Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He’s been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Charles Sturt University.

He is married to Rebecca and has five children; Libby, Amy, Max and Leo, Lottie. @Frangopoulos

Michael Janda Avatar

Michael Janda

Michael Janda has worked at the ABC for almost eight years across online, radio and television news and current affairs. He started out as the national broadcaster’s inaugural business and finance cadet in 2008 which, in a stroke of luck, was probably the best year to cover economics and the markets since 1929. For most of his time at the ABC, Michael has been responsible for editing the business news page, as well as writing much of its content. However, he is also a regular contributor to The Drum, and has worked as a reporter and producer for The Business and as a business and economics reporter for PM, The World Today and AM.

Marcus Strom Avatar

Marcus Strom

Marcus Strom is president of MEAA Media, Australia’s journalist union.  He has been a journalist for more than two decades in both Australia and Britain and was a Walkley finalist in 2015 and a finalist for the Eureka Prize for science journalism in 2017. Marcus worked for 13 years at the Sydney Morning Herald in senior roles including deputy foreign editor and morning news director. He was also the chair of the Herald’s MEAA committee for almost a decade. Marcus was most recently the Herald’s science editor. Marcus is now the science media adviser at the University of Sydney.  

Karen Percy Avatar

Karen Percy

Karen Percy is a senior reporter with ABC News in Melbourne filing across topics and platforms. Her career, which began with the ABC in Adelaide more than three decades ago, has taken her to Alice Springs, Darwin, Sydney, Bangkok, Moscow and now Melbourne. She has also worked for Channel 10 and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

From 2006-2009 she was the ABC’s Southeast Asia correspondent, based in Bangkok.

In 2010 she went to Moscow and freelanced for a number of agencies including CBC, SBS, Radio France International, Deutsche Welle, Orf in Austria and Radio New Zealand.

While living in Russia she also tried her hand at charity work organising the Cold Plunge for the Homeless in Moscow from 2011-2013. She combined her passion for social justice and theatre by co-directing and performing in the first English version of The Vagina Monologues to be performed in Russia; it raised money for women’s services.

Karen is currently Treasurer of Women In Media Victoria, a MEAA initiative aimed at supporting women in the workplace.

She is also part of the ABC’s peer support program which provides support and advice to colleagues experiencing trauma and workplace stress.

Marina Go Avatar

Marina Go

Marina Go is Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club, Chair of Office Brands, a non-executive director of Energy Australia and Autosports Group, Chair of the Advisory  Board of the Centre For Media Transition at the University of Technology Sydney, and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders. She was previously Head of Hearst Australia at Bauer Media. Boss magazine named her as one of 20 True Leaders of 2016.

Marina has over 25 years of leadership experience in the media industry, having started her career as a journalist. She was appointed Editor of Dolly magazine at the age of 23, before spending the next decade editing a number of leading women’s magazines. She has held senior leadership roles at Fairfax, Pacific, Emap, Bauer and Private Media, where she was CEO of news and business websites including Crikey and Smart Company, and founder of the career website Women’s Agenda.

She is a director of digital startup Daily Siren, and on the advisory board of Women’s Agenda. She is a former director of Netball Australia, Odyssey House,  Sydney Symphony Vanguard, The Apparel Group and member of the Advisory Board of the Walkley Foundation].

She lectures on digital media at the University of Technology, Sydney, is a Mentor with the Women In Media and NRL Women programs and a UNSW Alumni Leader and Ambassador.

She has an MBA from The Australian Graduate School of Management, a BA (Mass Communications) from Macquarie University and is a member of the AICD.

She is a mother of two young men and passionate about diversity and equality.