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A senior marketing leader, Skye Rugless has worked for several leading media brands including The Times (UK), The Australian and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
She works closely with content creators on engagement strategies to grow audiences, revenue and (most importantly) customer advocacy for premium news and entertainment brands. In her most recent role, Head of Subscriptions for The Australian, Rugless led a team of marketers responsible for more than 60% of total business revenue, and orchestrated hundreds of exclusive events and experiences connecting subscribers to the journalists and editors behind the stories they love.
She loves the fast-paced nature of media, and the comradery within the industry. Having just recently graduated from The Marketing Academy’s scholarship program – a highly selective leadership program for media and marketing professionals – she is thrilled to join the Women in Media NSW committee in 2020 to help bring the extraordinary women in media together.
Joanne Sanders has 15 years’ experience working across the media, theatre and entertainment industry in a variety of roles at the ABC, SBS and Screen NSW including production assistant, team coordinator, business affairs to currently working as a senior executive assistant at the ABC.
Career highlights include producing female lead creative projects for her production company Illyria Productions, graduating with a Masters of Business Management exploring the challenges of leadership within the media industry in her thesis and spending two years working at the National Theatre and the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
Committee Member and National Co-patron
Caroline Jones AO Hon DLitt (University Sunshine Coast; Hon DLitt (Sydney University) is national co-patron, with Victoria Laurie, of Women in Media.
She is a veteran journalist, author and broadcaster, who has had a 50-year association with the ABC; working most recently with ABCTV Australian Story (1996-2016).
She was the first woman reporter on This Day Tonight (the first Australian national current affairs program, from 1968-72), and the first woman to anchor Four Corners (1972-81), concurrently with broadcasting on ABC Sydney morning radio.
She is a sponsor of the Mary MacKillop Tertiary Indigenous Scholarship Program, and on her retirement, the ABC created the ABC News Caroline Jones Indigenous Scholarship.
Liza-Jayne (LJ) Loch is one of Asia-Pacific’s most experienced reputation protection experts.
She brings extensive reputation management and crisis communications experience plus hands-on experience in handling just about every type of reputational crisis at an organisational and individual level.
This includes her highly effective campaign with Blackmores during and after the Pan Pharmaceuticals crisis as well as on major corporate issues; contamination issues; pharma crises; aviation incidents and numerous product safety issues.
She has also successfully managed personal reputation issues for high profile individuals.
She started her career as a radio journalist, before becoming a ministerial adviser, a corporate adviser and establishing her own business. She still loves words and their power.
Dominique Spanos has more than 15 years’ experience creating content and producing a variety of hit TV series.
In more recent years, she has produced four seasons of My Kitchen Rules for the Seven Network which airs in more than 170 countries worldwide and post produced top rating renovation show The Block for the Nine Network.
Other shows she has produced include The Biggest Loser, Shark Tank, Big Brother, RBT, Bride and Prejudice and series produced the first season of Webby Award-winning independent tech series That Startup Show.
Her keen interest in all things tech and new media sees her at the forefront of the changing media landscape and constantly looking for new and better ways to solve problems and produce content.
Originally working on the committee for Women In Media Victoria when a career opportunity took her to NSW, she was happy to transfer to the NSW branch of Women in Media.
Lexie Cartwright has been with News Corp Australia since the beginning of her journalism career, which started at the Gold Coast Bulletin seven years ago.
She won News Corp’s Young Journalist of the Year Award in 2016, and as a result was sent to London on a three-month secondment where she covered global news events including the London Bridge terror attack, the Manchester Arena terror attack and the Grenfell Tower fire.
Cartwright is particularly excited about digital media, which has led to her current job in Sydney as a journalist at news.com.au – Australia’s number one news website.
She is also a contributor to Sky News.
Wendy Fitzgibbon is currently Associate Editor, Digital at the Daily Telegraph in Sydney.
She has worked in the media for more than 25 years as an editor and journalist across both online and print for some Australia’s largest and most respected news organisations including News Corp Australia, Fairfax, NewsLocal and Rural Press.
A proud country girl hailing from Tamworth in northern NSW, Fitzgibbon earned an Arts degree majoring in Communications and Politics at the University of New England.
She began her career as a cadet journalist at the Armidale Express newspaper in 1995 before spending two years in London on a working holiday.
After returning to Australia in 2000, she joined the Courier Newspaper group in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, eventually being promoted to the role of Editor of the Southern Courier in 2003, the youngest to have ever taken the helm at the paper. She joined News Corp in 2007 and has since held senior editorial roles at the Daily Telegraph, the News Corp Network and NewsLocal.
Prior to her current role at the Daily Telegraph, Fitzgibbon was the Head of Digital at NewsLocal for three years where she oversaw the digital and social media strategy for NewsLocal’s 23 community websites across Sydney and the Central Coast and spearheaded the launch of five successful digital-only community websites in areas including Newcastle and the Illawarra.
She is passionate about breaking news and serving her audience, is a voracious reader and podcaster and a mad traveller and Instagrammer in her downtime.
Courtney Peters is currently a second-year student at the University of Western Sydney, studying a double degree in Communications (Journalism) and International Studies.
She was first introduced to Women in Media in 2019, as a Year 12 student completing a major work for her Higher School Certificate.
As part of her investigation into the impacts of the media on the democratic integrity of a nation, she interviewed Marcus Strom from the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, who put her in contact with Women in Media co-chair Cath Webber.
She attended Women in Media’s 2019 national conference as the ‘Junior Connector’, which only further inspired her journalism aspirations and passion for press freedom.
She one day hopes to pursue a career as a foreign correspondent.
Madison Watt is a multi-media producer, currently covering breaking news for the Japanese public broadcaster NHK at their Sydney bureau.
Watt is passionate about diversity, and hopes to help cultivate a better media environment for women of colour and other underrepresented communities.
She also produces an interview series for the Women In Media YouTube channel, where she speaks to influential women about their careers in the media industry.
Prior to television, she worked as a newspaper journalist at The Chinchilla News in western Queensland, and hosted various radio shows at 4ZZZ community radio in Brisbane.
Greer Lester is the Associate Trading Director at The Trade Desk covering Australia and New Zealand. In her role, Lester is responsible for working in partnership with media agency clients to advise and support them in activating data-led media campaigns, which deliver significant results.
She has been with The Trade Desk for more than seven years, having been appointed as the third Australian employee at the company. Throughout her time with The Trade Desk she has been promoted numerous and is now one of the business’s Australian leaders. Prior to her roles with The Trade Desk, Lester held an analyst position within the banking sector.
She is an industry advocate for women in technology and is committed to being a role model for STEM careers. She has embraced her role as a passionate mentor within the business and also through her work with the Tech Girls organisation.
This year, Lester was awarded the B&T 30u30 Award for Technology.
Stephanie Famolaro is a senior executive at The Trade Desk and leads the business development team in ANZ, as well as the API/Platform Customisation initiative in APAC.
In her role, she is responsible for building relationships with leading agencies and brands in the region to develop intellectual property that helps solve each advertisers’ unique challenges. Prior to joining The Trade Desk in 2017, she worked at leading media technology company AOL (now Verizon Media) as Head of Platform Sales.
Famolaro brings over a decade of industry-related experience working in publisher, network and ad technology business.
She holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Sydney Business School and a Bachelor of Media and Communications from the University of Technology Sydney.