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: Kerry O'Brien
Kerry O’Brien is one of Australia’s most distinguished and respected journalists with six Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism including the Gold Walkley, and the Walkley for Outstanding Leadership. Other industry awards include a Logie for public affairs coverage. He has been a journalist for more than 50 years covering print, television and wire service, as a reporter, feature writer, columnist and foreign correspondent. He has specialised in national politics for the ABC, as well as the Ten and Seven networks, and was press secretary to Labor leader Gough Whitlam. For ABC TV he was the editor, presenter and interviewer for the 7.30 Report over 15 years, the presenter and interviewer at Four Corners for five years and at Lateline for six years. Kerry’s acclaimed four-part interview series with former Prime Minister Paul Keating was broadcast on the ABC in 2013, and his book expanding on those conversations was published in 2015. His memoir was published by Allen and Unwin in 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lenore Taylor is the editor of Guardian Australia. Over almost three decades of political reporting, she has won two Walkley awards and twice won the Paul Lyneham Award for excellence in press gallery journalism. She was the Australian Financial Review’s Europe correspondent in the early 2000s. She co-authored the book Shitstorm: Inside Labor’s Darkest Days, which examined the Rudd government’s response to the global economic crisis.