Melanie Withnall steps down from CBAA board

Staff Writer

Melanie Withnall has stepped down as vice president of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) after her recent appointment as manager of ABC Radio Sydney.

Board president Phillip Randall recounted, “It is with mixed feelings that I farewell Melanie. I’m saddened that she’ll no longer be around the CBAA’s board table with us, but I’m even more grateful for her contributions over the last seven years.”

“As an ordinary board member, finance director and vice president, Melanie has significantly contributed to the direction of the sector in a range of areas including governance, inclusion and diversity. Her passion for local content has informed the CBAA’s debate around news, current affairs, digital radio and content distribution platforms.

“I know she will bring the same tenacity and expertise to her new role and wish her all the very best.

“And finally, given she has had a love affair with community broadcasting that’s spanned over two decades already, I also can’t help but think that this isn’t really a goodbye and that we’ll still be seeing her around our sector.”

Anne Frankenberg, who has been on the board since 2016, steps into the role of vice president.

Frankenberg is currently deputy general manager of the Australian National Academy of Music has over 15 years board experience as well as an extensive not-for-profit management career including at 3MBS.

The CBAA is now filling a casual vacancy for a new director.

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