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 2018-2021 Strategic Plan 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 Quality Indicator Annual Summary Report

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 our main source of funding.

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 continues to lend his skills as a Training Coordinator to 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

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 voluteer 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).  
Don Parkinson

Don Parkinson- Support Officer: Student Services

Don Parkinson is the Support Officer- Student Services at the Community Media Training Organisation. Currently a co-host and volunteer at community Radio Skidrow. Co-founder of the artist initiative, Free House. Facilitating the needs of local artists. They produce, promote and represent a vibrant local culture. They aim to bring like-minded people together. Finding a burning passion for the local arts and media at a young age, Don had the honour to study at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School. When not at work, he collaborates with many talented and emerging artists from across Sydney, covering many disciplines. He produces short films, music videos and short social media content.
Tanita Razaghi

Tanita Razaghi- Communications Trainee

Tanita Razaghi is the CMTO Communications Trainee and is undertaking her Certificate IV in Screen and Media with the CMTO as part of a workplace traineeship. She is a presenter on Allnighters at FBi Radio and an associate producer of Backchat - FBi Radio’s flagship news and politics show. With over seven years of experience across government, arts and non-for-profit sectors, Tanita has worked within various cultural and linguistically diverse communities of Sydney, amplifying these experiences and voices. Tanita’s journey began when she studied International Relations, Communications and Social and Cultural Analysis at Western Sydney University. Since then she has worked alongside Department of Communities and Justice, ChangeFest, AYCC and NSW Education Program on FGM. She is currently working on a photo exhibition focusing on FGM survivors and a short documentary series featuring interviews of taxi drivers. In addition, Tanita writes creative pieces and freelances on news, opinion and culture, featuring in publications such as Gelsomina magazine.
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 braodcasting, 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.
Luigi Romanelli

Luigi Romanelli- Director

Luigi Romanelli is the former Secretary of the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council (NEMBC), and where he represented the Tasmanian ethnic and multicultural community broadcasters on the Council's Executive Committee. He was also Convenor of the NEMBC's Governance Subcommittee. Since 2014 he has been a member of the NEMBC's Lobbying Delegation to Parliament House Canberra. Luigi is the former President of City Park Radio (2010-2014) in Launceston, TAS. He also presents and produces an Italian language and culture programme for City Park Radio. The mission of the programme is to inform and entertain the Italian speaking community of greater Launceston as well as provide a portal into all things Italian for those listeners who love all things Italian.  
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 journalism and radio training.  She is currently the Head Teacher of Media at TAFE NSW. Natalie was previously CBAA Non-Executive Director; AFTRS Head of Radio; 2RRR Board Chair. Natalie holds qualifications in educational leadership, vocational education and training, sustainability, 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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