What is the CMTO?

The Community Media Training Organisation is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO ID 91800), delivering accredited and pathways training to community broadcasters around Australia.

The CMTO's mission statement is 'Media Skills for All'.

Read our DRAFT 2021-2024 CMTO STRATEGIC PLAN V1.1 here.

The CMTO is committed to delivering high quality and innovative training using the latest education tools both online and face to face.

To find out what our clients and students think of us you can check out  the results of our latest Annual Feedback Report and Quality Indicator Summary Report: CMTO_Annual_Feedback_Report_2021_V1.0

The CMTO is a registered charity, you can view the CMTO Constitution and Latest Annual Report on the ACNC register.

The CMTO ackowledges the Community Broadcasting Foundation as a major funding partner.

Staff/Board

Giordana Caputo

Giordana Caputo - Chief Executive Officer

Giordana Caputo is the CEO of the Community Media Training Organisation and Secretary of the CMTO Board. An experienced manager, broadcaster, producer, journalist and trainer, Giordana specialises in the delivery of outside broadcasting and features production training. Giordana has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and delivers training to community broadcasters in NSW. She is the current Executive Producer of the CBAA’s National Features and Documentary Series.  She is a member of 2RRR, Eastside Radio, 2SER , FBi Radio and 4ZZZ. Giordana is the former Executive Producer of FBi Radio's All the Best, previously served on the board of Radio Skid Row as Secretary and is a former 2RRR broadcaster. Giordana was a long-term worker and station manager of Brisbane’s 4ZZZ where she managed community development and training projects aimed at empowering and engaging marginalised groups through the media. She earned a degree in Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology and has produced content for a range of media organisations including 2RRR, Think + DO Tank, FBi, CRN, 4ZZZ, SBS Radio, Rave Magazine, The Australian Ballet and Media Monitors Australia.  
Jason Vellelely

Jason Velleley- National Training Manager

Jason Velleley is the CMTO National Training Manager. Jason is an accomplished community broadcaster, with over 20 years of experience in community radio. He produces the nationally syndicated CRN program Aussie Music Weekly, and for many years provided in-house presenter training in his role as Training Coordinator at 2HHH FM. Additionally, Jason's 15+ years experience in business development and management in the banking and finance industry will be crucial to resource development for the Business Development Focused Training project. He is also an Accredited Trainer for the CMTO, with a Certificate IV in Assessment and Training.
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Charlotte Bedford- Project Manager: Leadership and Enterprise Training

Charlotte Bedford is a community media trainer, practitioner and researcher with over 30 years of experience of developing, managing and delivering media projects alongside diverse and often marginalised groups. This included a founding role as Educational Director for the Prison Radio Association, setting up the world’s first National Prison Radio Service. The experience forms the basis of a 2018 book on the history of UK prison radio and ongoing involvement with prisoner media development in Australia. Based in South Australia, she is a researcher with the University of Adelaide Department of Media, Chair of the SA Community Broadcasters Association, and a long-term volunteer and trainer with Radio Adelaide and 5WOW Semaphore.

Mikaela Ford - Pathways Training Manager

Mikaela Ford is the Pathways Training Manager at the Community Media Training Organisation. Mikaela brings a wealth of knowledge from her experience at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where she assisted the music, entertainment, publishing and business affairs teams with administration and digital coordination for over 2 years. Mikaela is a proud Gamilaraay woman and was an active member of the Indigenous workforce at the ABC. Mikaela is a former volunteer at Koori Radio, assisting the team in production work. She has also completed a Certificate III in Screen and Media right here at the CMTO, and is currently undertaking her Certificate IV in Screen and Media with the CMTO. Outside of the CMTO, Mikaela is a vocal coach and holds a Bachelor of Music from the Australian Institute of Music.

Lachlan Wyllie- Access and Inclusion Coordinator

Lachlan Wyllie is the Access and Inclusion Coordinator at the Community Media Training Organisaiton.  Lachlan is a community broadcasting sector professional with 9 years experience as a presenter, producer, programming co-ordinator and music curator. As the long-term host of Sydney music program, The Bridge, on FBi Radio, Lachlan has played an active role in the last 5 years championing local and independent music. He worked as Support Officer at Amrap from 2018-2021, playing a key role in the overhaul and redevelopment of the service's 'AirIt' website, as well as day-to-day client operations. Additionally, Lachlan is an artist manager, event booker and DJ, running his own music business under the name 'Chiefly Sounds'.
Kween G

Kween G- Traineeships Supervisor

Kween G is the Traineeship Supervisor at the Community Media Training Organisation. Kween has many years experience as a producer and presenter for the SBS Radio Sydney program, Alchemy. She is a former volunteer and employee at Radio Skid Row in community engagement and management. Kween is an active contributor to the music community in her former hip-hop group, KillaQueenz and still continues her solo carreer. She is a CMTO Accredited Trainer and is an independant producer recently working on the award winning podcast series ''Postponed Not Silenced".
Merryn McDonnell

Merryn McDonnell- Support Officer: Pathways

Merryn McDonnell is the Course Coordinator for the Introduction to Journalism in Community Media online course and Support Officer for Pathways Training. Prior to this, Merryn was the Media Learning Coordinator at Student Youth Network (SYN Media). In this role she facilitated training and produced the live broadcast program Schools On Air on SYN 90.7fm/DAB+ with young people based in Melbourne. Formerly the President and Board Member of SYN Media, Merryn has extensive experience in the community broadcast sector. She has co-produced, written and presented award winning podcasts/live radio programs and has created content for SYN Media, Triple R, 2SER, 4EB (The Wire), 4ZZZ as well as 1700 and Quiz Night on Channel 31. Merryn also enjoys performing live improv and sketch comedy. She has performed, directed and produced shows as part of the Melbourne International Fringe Festival (2019) as well as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2018).  

Amruta Nargundkar- Enterprise Development Officer

Amruta Nargundkar is the Enterprise Development Officer at the Community Media Training Organisation. She has 10 years' experience in the VET sector in various roles including courseware development and marketing. Amruta is also a filmmaker and podcast producer who is passionate about promoting diversity in Australian media.

Emma Couch – Student Services Support Officer

Emma Couch is the Student Services Support Officer at the Community Media Training Organisation. Emma is the former CMTO National Training Manager, she is currently studying primary education degree and is working with the CMTO part-time, lending her expertise to ensure our student experience is of the highest quality.  Emma has a strong history in Community Radio, she started out volunteering at Koori Radio and spent five years at Radio Skid Row in various roles including Board Member and Producer. Emma came to the CMTO from the CBAA where she organised a number of events, including the CBAA Conference and Awards and the CBAA Webinar Program.
Karen Kundicevic

Karen Kundicevic – Compliance Officer

Karen Kundicevic is the Compliance Officer at the Community Media Training Organisation. Karen has over eight years of experience in the VET sector.  Karen has an extensive finance background and has worked as an Accounting Trainer and Assessor. Karen also has experience in developing accounting resources. Karen has also worked on the former Australian TV show Horse Talk TV. Karen holds a number of qualifications including the Diploma of Training Design and Development.

Madhuraa Prakash – Trainee Communications Assistant

Madhuraa Prakash is the trainee communications assistant. Madhuraa aspired to this traineeship as someone whose values aligned with the community-focused nature of our organisation. Madhuraa was a PLAN Youth Activist in 2020 and recently completed an internship with Amnesty International Australia. As a result, she is familiar with talking about and catering to the needs of her community and is keen to do so from the lens of community media training. Madhuraa also freelances in news and opinions, her writing has appeared in publications such as JUNKEE, SBS and South Asian Today. As part of her traineeship she will be completing a Certificate IV in Screen and Media with CMTO.
Deborah Evans

Deborah Evans- Chair

Deborah Evans is the Chair of the Community Media Training Organisation Board, and brings a wealth of experience from her 17 years working in the VET sector for TAFE NSW to the CMTO. She has over 25 years experience as a Human Resources Manager and over 10 years experience as a Management Consultant and small business owner.  Deborah has a strong connection to community broadcasting, having presented programs at 2NSB, 2BOB and 2MBS and filling the role of Fundraising Director on the 2NSB Board.  Deborah is a former volunteers at the Bread & Butter project, a Social Enterprise supporting Refugees and Asylum seekers develop work ready skills as Bakers and to adjust to their new Country and home.
David Turrell

David Turrell- Deputy Chair

David Turrell is an enduring member of community media and is currently CEO of 1079 Life, where he was general manager for 6 years prior. David was presented with the prestigious Michael Law Award in 2019 by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, for his sustained and outstanding contribution to community broadcasting . He was the CEO of Christian Media Australia in 2004-2012, where he represented the interests of radio and TV stations, program producers and industry professionals. His strengths lie in strategy, leadership development and radio.
Bukola Esin

Bukola Esin- Director

Bukola Esin is the current CEO of Waringgarri Media Aboriginal Corporation in Kununurra, Western Australia. Bukola has extensive experience in remote Australian media and communities. She has worked as station manager for Purayangu Rangka Kerrem Aboriginal Radio in Halls Creek, as project manager for Midwest Aboriginal Media Association and as the community engagement coordinator for the Midwest Multicultural Association in Geraldton, WA. Bukola brings her skills in Business Planning, Journalism, Management, Business Development, and Organisational Development to the CMTO board, along with a strong journalistic ethic honed in her years as head of News Correspondents for Galaxy Television in Abuja, Nigeria.
Melvin Lee

Melvin Lee- Director

Melvin Lee’s interest in the education sector began with his high school teaching career which spanned more than 25 years in Science, Mathematics and Technology. In 2004, he became involved in community broadcasting as a volunteer presenter and technical operator. It didn't take long for Melvin to become a part of the management committee at his first station, later occupying the roles of Treasurer and President. In 2005, he became employed at 7RPH where he is still employed in a management role. He has conducted various training courses in community broadcasting in his time in the sector. Melvin brings a combination of education and community media expertise to his role on the CMTO board, and is also knowledgeable in broadcast technology.  
Natalie Pozdeev

Natalie Pozdeev- Director

Natalie Pozdeev is a media education specialist, with expertise in practice-based radio, journalism and digital content training. She is currently Program Convenor at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), where she leads the radio and podcasting team. As well as being a Board member of the CMTO, Natalie is also a Non-Executive Director of the Financial Rights Legal Centre.

Natalie first started in community broadcasting at 2MCE in Bathurst in 2001, and has had a long affiliation with 2RRR, most recently as Chair of the Board. She was Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) for eight years, and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Natalie was previously the Head of Radio at the AFTRS, and the Head Teacher of Media, Radio and Journalism at TAFE NSW. Natalie has a Masters Education (Leadership), and holds qualifications in education, events management, sustainability, visual communications and design.

Dre ‘MoZzi’ Ngatokorua

Dre Ngatokorua- Director

Dre ‘MoZzi’ Ngatokorua is an Adnyamathanha and Wangkangurru, Cook Island and Maori Broadcaster at Umeewarra media, Dre started as a trainee in 2013 while he was at school as a volunteer and has rocked the studio ever since with the ‘Straight Out Show’ which give focus to youth issues and voice to young people in the Port Augusta community. Dre brings a new mindset to the team through his music selection and topic he covers – encouraging other young people to have a voice. Dre has been running DJ workshops, school excursion talks and the ‘MoZzi X Inkatja’ Show multimedia cultural experience at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Dre always has fresh ideas and comes at everything from a youth perspective.
Giordana Caputo

Giordana Caputo- Secretary

Giordana Caputo is the CEO of the Community Media Training Organisation and Secretary of the CMTO Board. An experienced manager, broadcaster, producer, journalist and trainer, Giordana specialises in the delivery of outside broadcasting and features production training. Giordana has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and delivers training to community broadcasters in NSW. She is the current Executive Producer of the CBAA’s National Features and Documentary Series.  She is a member of 2RRR, Eastside Radio, 2SER , FBi Radio and 4ZZZ. Giordana is the former Executive Producer of FBi Radio's All the Best, previously served on the board of Radio Skid Row as Secretary and is a former 2RRR broadcaster. Giordana was a long-term worker and station manager of Brisbane’s 4ZZZ where she managed community development and training projects aimed at empowering and engaging marginalised groups through the media. She earned a degree in Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology and has produced content for a range of media organisations including 2RRR, Think + DO Tank, FBi, CRN, 4ZZZ, SBS Radio, Rave Magazine, The Australian Ballet and Media Monitors Australia.  

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