SYN is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by the SYN membership, who offer their time and expertise voluntarily to our organisation. The SYN Board is responsible for making strategic decisions for SYN and ensuring that the organisation is financially and legally compliant. They represent SYN’s member’s interests and are elected at SYN’s annual AGM.
Do you have a question for the board? Email President Nicolas Zoumboulis via [email protected].
SYN’s Board Members are:
President / Chair / Head of RAP Working Group
Nicolas joined the SYN board in October 2020 because he wanted to give back to the organisation and learn about governance. At SYN’s 2021 AGM, he was elected President of the Board. Nicolas’ volunteering experience helped him establish a career in the media industry, and as President he wants to ensure SYN is well-positioned to provide the same opportunities for its volunteer base in a post-pandemic world. Nicolas is working with SYN on its Reconciliation Action Plan and wants to ensure the organisation consistently makes progress in its reconciliation journey.
Grace joined the SYN board in July 2018 after being a highly committed on-air volunteer since 2015 and executive producer of SYN’s news and current affairs program Panorama.
Grace was first prompted to join the board after attending SYN Camp in early 2018, before then she had no idea what governance meant or the role of managing a non-for-profit. Soon after joining the board Grace became Secretary and later elected as Vice-president in January 2020. She has learnt the ropes of what good governance is and is looking forward to best helping SYN in her role.
“I wouldn’t be working in Melbourne as a journalist without the skills SYN has taught me. Empowering youth through media and giving them a voice on air is something I will always advocate for.”
Treasurer / Chair of Finance Committee
Beatrice joined the SYN board as the Treasurer in October 2021 to provide financial oversight to the entities financial reporting obligations and ensure sound financial governance. Beatrice is a manager at KPMG where she is responsible for providing external audit services across a broad range of public and private companies. Beatrice has experience supporting entities across numerous industries including, not-for-profits, pharmaceuticals, wholesale consumer goods, manufacturing and fast-moving consumer goods. Upon joining the board, Beatrice has seen the significant impact SYN has on the lives of young media makers.
Secretary / Chair of Nominations Committee
Jack joined the Board in October 2019 so he could learn about governance after being an active member of the Volunteer base for 5 years, in various roles in programming as an Executive Producer and Talks Manager. His passion for SYN’s long-term strategy is consolidated by his love of community radio.
As the Secretary, Jack provides administration support to the board to ensure that it runs as smoothly as possible. Also as Chair of the Nominations Committees, he is responsible for finding candidates to fill positions on the board where new skills may be required. As well as working with Board Members to upskill them in any area they would like to expand their Knowledge in. He also runs the Annual Board Internship Program that gives current SYN volunteers a taste of Governance at a Board level.
Chair of Risk and Compliance Committee
Anita joined the SYN Board in April 2020. Anita brings several years of legal experience to the Board, having worked in private practice, as an Associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria and, now, at a government regulator. Anita also volunteered at Youthlaw, a community legal centre for young people.
Anita is committed to youth justice and empowerment. As Chair of the Risk and Compliance Committee, she hopes to help SYN achieve its strategic goals, whilst maintaining a healthy organisational culture.
Chair of People and Culture Committee
Erin joined the SYN Board in November 2021. Erin has a depth of experience in People and Culture, Strategy and Innovation with specialist skills in Leadership Development, Coaching, Change, Organisational Culture and Human Centred Design. Erin is a big advocate for young people pursuing their purpose, passion and strengths and loves that SYN encourages young people with an interest in media to create rather than just consumer content. As Chair of the Performance & Remuneration Committee, Erin helps oversee the performance and professional development of the General Manager at SYN.
Dylan joined the SYN board in October 2021 after initially joining the organisation in 2015 as part of the SYN Nation project at Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio in Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley. Dylan is passionate about Australia’s civic space and sees community media and youth media as critical components of a respectful and vibrant national conversation. He joined the board in order to give back to the organisation, to learn more about governance and to be a part of moving SYN forward post-pandemic.
Brad joined the SYN Board in October 2020, returning to SYN after having previously volunteered as a broadcaster during his high school years.
Brad is passionate about supporting Australia’s vibrant community arts culture, and ensuring that the youth in Australia continue to have a representative voice in our media.
Brad is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and a consultant with Deloitte, where he specialises in helping companies to use technology to achieve their business goals.
Eleanor joined the SYN Board in June 2018 because she wanted to learn about governance and what it takes to guide an organisation to meet its purpose. Eleanor first got involved with community radio at Woroni Radio before joining SYN where she co-hosted a seasonal show about literature and wrote reviews for the Features team. She is passionate about the success of SYN in assisting young people produce and present content that is relevant to them.
After holding the role of Chair of the Fundraising subcommittee and Vice-President, Eleanor held the role of President at SYN from 2019 – 2021. She recently completed a Diploma of Governance and is an Associate Consultant at Impact Co. providing strategy and evaluation consultancy services to the health, mental health, disability and Indigenous affairs sector.
Imogen Wait joined the board in 2021 because she is passionate about community radio through volunteering at SYN, and she wanted to learn about the organisation’s bigger picture. Imogen believes in using media as spaces for underrepresented voices and is passionate about community media’s ability to represent all aspects of society. Imogen currently works as Youth Development Australia’s Digital Coordinator. She has interned and volunteered in the not-for-profit sector since 2019, including being Art Smitten’s Executive Producer. She hopes to help achieve SYN’s strategic goals.