Become a CMTO Trainer
The following provides information on each of the casual roles at the CMTO. All roles are offered on a casual basis and demand is driven by the training needs of the community radio stations in your geographic area.
Here is a step by step guide to applying for a casual role:
1. Review the requirements of our Trainer and Support roles below. You will be required to provide evidence of meeting the requirements.
2. Prepare your CV with the details of two referees who can speak to your experience in the media, VET and or disability support sectors.
3. Complete the Casual Staff Expression of Interest Form attaching your CV.
4. We will be notified of your application and confirm receipt within 2-3 business days.
CMTO Trainers are chosen through a rigorous selection process which ensures that only people with a high level of skills and experience are employed. CMTO trainers must participate in professional development programs to ensure they are up to date in their knowledge about the industry. They are supervised closely by the CMTO Training Manager and Pathways Manager and report regularly on course progress.
Alan Mitchell is a CMTO Trainer and Mentor. Alan is an Electrical Engineer, and still works as a Systems Engineer as his day job. Alan gained a Grad Cert Communications through CSU. Alan is a Trainer/ Assessor with CMTO. His experience includes Presenter and Board Member and Station Manager. Alan currently volunteers at both 1WAYFM and 1RPH (Canberra).
Peter Diskon is a CMTO pathways trainer based in Braidwood, NSW.
Stephen Pead is a CMTO trainer based in Sydney, NSW.
Gemma Purves has been involved with community radio for almost 10 years, starting off as a volunteer at Eastside Radio. Since then she has worked across community, commercial and public broadcasters as a journalist, station manager, and board member.
Before joining the community radio sector she spent several years working in financial services in London and a media analyst. She is currently the communications and content manager for 2RPH and is working on completing her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
She has presented various shows, including Arts and Drive and now presents a magazine show called From the Chamber discussing local council issues on 2RES 89.7FM.
Craig Ford is a Gamilaraay man and experienced Business Operations Manager, skilled in planning, coaching, employee engagement, organizational development and business process improvement. He enjoys problem-solving, working with business partners, focusing on people, process and systems to find a WIN WIN solution. He is a strong operations professional with a Diploma in Business focused on frontline management.
Belinda Lopez is a CMTO Trainer based in Sydney, NSW.
Anna Schinella is a CMTO Pathways Trainer based in Sydney, NSW.
Kween G has many years' experience as a producer and presenter for the SBS Radio Sydney program, Alchemy. Former voluteer and employee at Radio Skid Row in community engagement and management. She 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 trainer and is an independent producer.
Emma Couch is a CMTO trainer and also works as the Student Support Officer. She studied journalism before working at community stations Koori Radio and Radio Skid Row. She was previously the Members Services Officer with the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia having also worked as an English language teacher and on a news program with Sydney's Community Television station TVS.
Martin Corben is a CMTO Pathways and Accredited trainer. He is a media professional with diverse experience - including radio, web, video, audio and social media. His interviews and programs involving a mix of high-profile personalities and regular citizens have helped make him an award-winning journalist and program maker. He currently trains broadcasters across Australia in key skills of interviewing, reporting and presenting and delivers media spokesperson skills training to professional and Government organizations. After starting his media career in 2 BOB FM Community Radio, he joined ABC Radio as a reporter before going on to present State and National rural current affairs programs. His interviews were also heard on national ABC current affairs programs AM and PM. Martin was Regional Manager and Breakfast presenter at ABC North Coast (NSW) from 1996-2006 (#1 in market) and later moved to 702 ABC Sydney to work as a multimedia reporter, on-air presenter and Content Director. Later at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) he initiated a nationwide regional training program in film, radio and TV skills. He has international experience in South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and Myanmar, with an emphasis in regional and Indigenous media content.
Hannah Murray is a trainer and the former Student Services and Compliance Officer at CMTO. Hannah's passion for radio started in her teenage years, completing work experience at Newcastle's NXFM (now Hit106.9), and studying Entertainment Industry Music and Live Theatre Production as part of her schooling at Hunter School of the Performing Arts. Hannah holds a Master of Arts Management, a Bachelor of Music in Classical French Horn Performance and a Certificate II in Live Production. Prior to joining the CMTO, she worked at the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) in various administration roles, finishing up her time there with the Community Radio Network (CRN). Hannah currently volunteers at Eastside Radio in Paddington, presenting her weekly show "The Gypsy Hot Club" on Monday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00pm. She is also the newest member of the Technorama Board. When not in the studio or the office, you can most likely catch Hannah performing on French Horn in Orchestras or Chamber Music Ensembles around Australia, or with her raucous Balkan, Gypsy, Klezmer band, Baltic Bar Mitzvah.
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.
Lex Marinos is a CMTO accredited and pathways trainer. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Drama (hons) as well as his TAE40110 Cert IV in training and assessment.
Heli Newton is the former CMTO Pathways Manager and is a current Pathways Trainer and Hindenburg Specialist. Heli cut his teeth in community media by volunteering at FBi Radio in broadcasting music specialist programs and lending a hand in FBi's arts and audio production teams. Aside from his contributions to community radio, Heli is a multi-instrumentalist in various projects that has seen him to play at Dark Mofo (Tasmania), Gizzfest (Victoria), Soft Centre (Sydney) and at the Sydney Opera House for Vivid LIVE (Sydney).
Ian Crouch is a CMTO Trainer and Mentor. Ian has been involved with radio for the past 30 years. After completing Grant Goldman's Future School of Radio course, he joined 2CCR-FM at Baulkham Hills in 1993, preparing and reading the news for the breakfast program. Ian also served on the station's Board of Management and headed up the Technical Committee, overseeing the design and construction of Studio 2 and became the Station Manager. Ian went to AFTRS and commenced his commercial radio career in 1996. He's worked at i98fm Wollongong, 2DU/ZOO-FM Dubbo, 2NM/Power-FM Muswellbrook and 2HD/NEW-FM Newcastle, and was seconded to the Macquarie network (2GB/3AK) to cover the 2001 federal election. Ian moved back into Community Radio in 2010, taking up the full time positon of News Director at 2NUR-FM, Newcastle. Over the past 13 years at 2NUR, Ian has trained and mentored more than 300 students studying for their Communications Degree at the University of Newcastle, with many of those going on to start their careers in broadcast journalism. He says "Being a mentor is enormously satisfying. You have the great privilege of seeing your mentee grow and develop in skill and confidence, often going on to make a significant contribution to society through the media. Producers involved in the NFDS have a brilliant opportunity to cut their teeth on a major project, which in turn gets them national exposure and recognition. From there, the sky's the limit!"
Evan Wyatt is a CMTO pathways trainer based in Darwin, NT.
Benjamin Erin is a CMTO pathways trainer based in Alice Springs, NT.
Barbara Clifford is a CMTO pathways trainer based in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.
I have been in the Vocational Education and Training Sector for nearly 30 years. I started out delivering customer service training. After completing my Associate Diploma in Education and Training in 1998 I went on to work for the Victorian Council of the YMCA, launching their first traineeship program in Certificate II in Sport and Recreation of which I delivered and assessed some of the training.
Starting up DDK Consulting bigger and even better things happened in my VET journey. I was fortunate to spread my wings and work for several Registered Training Organisations over the years. I worked in a variety of roles. Those roles have included, Training Manager, Training Coordinator, Internal Auditor-Compliance and quality Management Consultant, Student management, Trainer/Assessor, YMCA National Traineeship Coordinator, YMCA National Training Manager, YMCA Jobskills Training Coordinator, Diamond Valley Learning Centre - ACFE (Adult Community Further Education) Coordinator. My role at DVLC changed to Compliance and Quality Management.
My expertise at the time of completing my Associate Diploma was in Radio Broadcasting. I joined the CBAA Training arm until it closed and then CMTO was launched a few years later. I submitted my expression of interest to work for CMTO when they launched and have been a casual trainer/assessor for them ever since. I have delivered and assessed Certificate II in Creative Industries, Certificate III in Broadcasting (Radio), Certificate III and IV in Screen and Media and CMTO Pathways programs. I have also had the pleasure in other project work with the CMTO such as internal auditing and validation, Mentor and Coach for the Take-it-on-Leadership programs, validation and proof-reading documents.
Claire Stutchbery is the Executive Director of the Local & Independent News Association and a CMTO pathways trainer based in Melbourne, Victoria.
Andrew Wells is a CMTO accredited and pathways trainer. He has his TAE40110 Cert IV in training and assessment and Cert IV in Project Management.
Anita Michalski is a CMTO accredited and pathways trainer based in Melbourne. She has a TAE40110 Cert IV in training and assessment and an Advanced Diploma of Screen .
Charlotte is a CMTO pathways trainer based in Adelaide, South Australia. She is also the CMTO Project Manager - Leadership and Enterprise. She 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.
Scott Curtis is a CMTO Trainer based in Adelaide, South Australia.
Lucy Kingston is a CMTO accredited and pathways trainer based in Adelaide, SA. She has a TAE40110 Cert IV in training and assessment, a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and a Certificate IV in Screen and Media.
David Turell is a CMTO accredited and pathways trainer as well as a Deputy Chair of the CMTO Board. He 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. David has experience as a producer for film and television and is also a musician and composer. His strengths lie in strategy, leadership development and radio.
Grace Pashley is a CMTO Pathways Trainer based in Brisbane, Queensland.
Hamish Sewell is a CMTO Pathways Trainer based in Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Jason Hagen is a CMTO Pathways Trainer based in Brisbane, Queensland.
Karina Hogan is a CMTO Mentor based in Brisbane, Queensland.
Born on the Jagera/Yuggera nation South Brisbane with Wiradjuri and Celtic ancestry, Kirstyn is a senior journalist with 30 years experience working in the arts, education and community media and commercial sector. Kirstyn is currently employed as a project manager with First Nations Media Australia and was a mentor with CMTO's first Take It On Leadership Program in 2021.
Michelle Brown is a CMTO Trainer based in Brisbane, Queensland.
Peter Gill is a CMTO pathways trainer based in Cairns, Queensland.
Richard Dinnen is a CMTO Trainer based in Cairns, Queensland.
Scott Black is a CMTO Trainer based in Brisbane, Queensland.
My name is Tabatha Saunders and I am a First Nations Bidjara (Western Queensland) and Badtjala Woman (K'Gari/Fraser Island).
Early in my career I worked alongside Uncle Bob Weatherall for F.A.I.R.A (Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action) helping to develop strategies and procedures for repatriation of Aboriginal Remains from Museums both here and overseas, as well as organizing and preparing for conventions, meetings and other community events.
I have been an active member of the Brisbane Music Scene for the last 30 years, having performed and recorded as a singer/songwriter for many community festivals, activities, live radio both local and national. I was also a trained dancer and model for 10 years and performed both in theatre and on TV
Currently, I work in various roles including: First Nations Mentor and Co-Facilitator for First Nations "Pass The Mic' Announcer Training for 4ZZZ and the CMTO. I love working in the Media sector. Entertainment has been my gig for nearly my entire life and I hope I can share the joy.
Tanisha Stanton is a CMTO Trainer based in Brisbane, Queensland.
Jason "Wolfie" Wolfgram has worked in radio, television and print for over twenty-five years. At the age of 13 Jason spent his weekends on air at community radio station 4TTT Townsville and was the coordinator of the station's youth program 'Overload'. In 1995 he landed his first full-time radio gig in the small Queensland town of Charters Towers as an announcer at 4GC. In 1996 he was recognized as the youngest breakfast announcer on Australian commercial radio by Post Magazine when employed by 4LG Longreach.
He would go on to work in multiple regional and metropolitan radio markets across Queensland, South Australia, and Tasmania in various on air and operational roles. Over the years Jason has held many programming and management positions, whilst also enjoying national success in 2006 as the creator, producer, and host of Urbancharthits.com - Australia's first and only Top 20 Urban radio countdown, heard nationally on over sixty commercial radio stations each week for twelve years.
Jason is the owner/operator of Margflow Media, specialising in radio and short-form television syndication and industry consulting and training services, media sales, promotions, and marketing. He provides voiceover and narration services for radio and television commercials and documentaries, induction and corporate videos and other audio and visual presentations. He also owns and operates a successful country music radio station called The Bull FM88 - Kickin' Country and Margflow Music Boss, a national in-house retail music service.
Anthony Frangi is a CMTO pathways trainer based in Brisbane, Queensland.
Kim Stewart is a CMTO Trainer and Mentor specialising in Access and Inclusion. She is currently part of the team delivering CMTO's Audio Ability Project. Kim is a social worker and radio producer at 4ZZZ 102.1fm where she became the nation's first Station Advocate for People With a Disability in 2017. She is a Doctorate of Creative Industries candidate in the Digital Media Research Centre at QUT in Brisbane. Kim's research includes developing disability awareness training for community radio stations in conjunction with the Community Media Training Organisation, to help facilitate the increased inclusion of people with a disability in the community media sector.
Chelsea Deeley is a Pathways and Accredited CMTO Trainer based in Brisbane, QLD. She has her TAE40116 Certificate IV - Training and Assessment, a Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies and a Diploma in Sound Production.
Stephen Stockwell is a CMTO trainer and a huge fan of community radio. He cut his teeth in the newsroom at 4ZZZ in Brisbane and spent about five years as a volunteer there in various facets of the station. Stephen stopped volunteering for a couple of years when he moved to WA to work with the ABC but since returning to Brisbane he has restarted his commitment with 4ZZZ by taking up a position on the board. He says, "I'm hugely passionate about helping people share the stories of the world around them and am really excited to be able to use he skills I've learnt to give others this opportunity.
Elaine is a CMTO trainer based in Broome, WA. She is a social historian with a PhD in Oral History. Elaine is the Training Manager at Goolarri Media Enterprises.
Jodie Bell is a CMTO Trainer based in Broome, WA.
Bukola Esin is a CMTO trainer and former board member. She is the former 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. She was also head of News Correspondents for Galaxy Television in Abuja, Nigeria.
Zoe Warwick is a CMTO pathways trainer based in Perth, WA. She is an experienced broadcaster and producer who has produced and presented weekly programming for vision impaired and blind at Vision Australia Radio. Zoe also produced and presented specialty programs for RTRFM. Zoe is also a strategic planning professional and has provided strategic planning for several creative enterprises in WA. Zoe is the Founder and Managing Director of Arts based learning and Critical thinking support service, Concepts for Change.
Dane Waters is a CMTO accredited and pathways trainer based in Perth, WA. He has a TAE40110 Cert IV in Training & Assessment and a Bachelor of Health Science (Hons).