The Committee of Management (CoM) is made up of 3CR programmers, volunteers and supporters. This group of volunteers is elected once a year and the committee's role is to make decisions about the overall purpose and direction of 3CR, to ensure that funds and property are properly managed, to ensure that 3CR abides by its governing documents and to ensure that staff and volunteers best carry out 3CR's services.
Meet our Committee of Management 2021.
Pilar first came to 3CR as a 17-year-old, first as a volunteer, then a producer and presenter. In 2001 she worked as the first Ethnic Resource Coordinator for the station. Pilar joined the Committee of Management in 2018, as well as the Programming Sub-Committee, she is now Chairperson. She has worked in book publishing for 20 years and is a committed social justice/human rights activist.
Helen has been a director of 3CR since 2011. She brings governance and financial management skills to the Committee of Management, having worked as an operations manager and financial compliance officer in the not-for-profit sector, as well as many years as policy and program manager in state public services. Helen also has lived experience of disability and established 3CR’s annual broadcast celebrating International Day of People with Disability, led by voices of people with disability.
Emma is a queer community radio broadcaster living on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. They’ve been producing for national feminist current affairs program Women on the Line since 2015 and joined 3CR's Committee of Management as a Director in 2017. Emma is also a Director on the Board of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.
Community Radio in Melbourne coincided with Joe going to Art School and it has been part of his consciousness ever since. His activism began there. Joe has undertaken voluntary work in the community as a long-time member of Earthcare St Kilda (serving on the committee), Port Phillip Eco centre and eventually being invited to join 3CR in 2014. He has been on COM since 2016 and is the Music Coordinator as well as a member of the Programming Sub-Committee. He is a passionate supporter of live music and the arts in Melbourne, especially by our First Nation artists.
James is a journalist and long-time broadcaster at 3CR with a special focus on LGBTIQA+ issues. James has a professional background in community development, governance, policy and community media. He joined 3CR's Committee of Management in 2002 and has served as Chairperson and Treasurer.
Born in Sri Lanka, Sen migrated to Australia in 1985 and has lived in Melbourne since that time. He has been heavily involved in the Tamil Community in Australia during their struggle for freedom in Sri Lanka. Sen continues to work with recent refugees and issues associated with their settlement. He joined the weekly Tamil program in the early nineties and that was the way he got involved with 3CR. Sen enjoys working with people at all levels. Sen has been an active member of the Committee of Management for over 20 years and has been Treasurer for most of that time.
Heath has had a long-term interest in community media having volunteered with 3BBB, SRA Radio (pre-SYN) and 3CR. He studied Sound Production at RMIT and subsequently worked in a range of live music venues around Melbourne including Live to Air broadcasts at 3CR. Heath has over 25 years’ experience in various finance and operations roles across all sectors with a recent focus on grants management with the Community Broadcasting Foundation and the Telstra Foundation. Heath had completed a Bachelor of Commerce and currently works at the Victorian National Parks Association as Finance & Operations Manager.
Michele (they/ them) has volunteered with 3CR since 2013, working as a content producer, programmer, mentor, trainer, and broadcast technician for current affairs, queer programming, outside broadcasting, and special projects. They have been a member of COM and the Community Radio Federation since 2016, and secretary since 2019. They are a Training sub-committee member (2018 - present) working with new volunteers to assist them in amplifying their voices. Michele was a producer of the series QR Code, that won the 2020 CBAA award for Best Radio Program - Talks.
Therese Virtue OAM
Therese has worked in the Australian music industry for over 40 years. She has sung at many national and local music festivals and venues, and since the late 1980’s she has worked for Melbourne’s multicultural music presenter The Boite, setting up opportunities for performances and collaborations for newly arrived and culturally diverse artists. As part of her work with The Boite Therese has been a music broadcaster for 30 years, on PBS-FM, 3ZZZ FM and 3CR. She currently presents on 3CR's Music Sans Frontieres. Therese has a deep commitment to radio as a vehicle of communication, and recognises its enormous value as a means of introducing the population to new musical forms. Therese sits on the Boards of three community organisations, and has served on the 3CR Committee of Management since 2010. In 2006, Therese was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her services to Multiculturalism and the Arts.
Joe is a West Papuan activist and broadcaster from the Voice of West Papua program on 3CR. Together with his community, they raise awareness about human rights abuses that have been happening in his homeland West Papua. West Papua was annexed by Indonesia on 1 May 1963. Since then, almost half a million West Papuans have died at the hands of Indonesia millitary. The Voice of West Papua is one of the platforms the West Papuan Community utilise to share the horrible stories and experiences that West Papuans are facing. The Voice of West Papua airs every Tuesday evening from 6:30-7:30.
Fiona York is Executive Officer of Housing for the Aged Action Group. She has been working with older people for over 20 years in a variety of roles within the community sector, including in elder abuse, community aged care, cultural diversity and most recently, in housing. She has post-graduate qualifications in Community Development, Ethics and Legal Studies and brings a social justice perspective to all aspects of her work. Fiona has also volunteered as a forest campaigner in East Gippsland for over 25 years as part of the Goongerah Environment Centre and participated in community arts projects and has been a member of management committees for numerous community-based organisations.