Desert Pea Media Board 2016-2017

Desert Pea Media is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who share the organisation’s vision.  

The 2016-2017 Board was elected at Desert Pea Media’s Annual General Meeting, held in October.

Our DPM Board consists of highly skilled and passionate people, who generously give their time and expertise to the organisation.
Shelly Rowell
A woman of Gamilaroi descent, Shelly is also Director of Adaptive Creativity providing professional services the arts, tourism, urban planning and social enterprise sectors. Shelly has a Masters Degree in Sustainable Tourism, a Grad Cert in Sustainable Development and and Diploma in Digital Media. Shelly is an active and passionate board member who supports the creative team, helping steer Desert Pea Media towards organisational sustainability.
Peter Maclean
Peter is a Partner and Director of Walker Wayland NSW chartered accountants and business advisors. He heads up the firm’s direct and indirect tax division where he and his team provide specialist tax and financial advice to a wide-ranging client base in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Having qualified as a chartered accountant in his native Scotland in 1990, Peter spent a further seven years working in London before relocating tor Sydney Australia where he has made his home since 1999. Walker Wayland NSW is keenly aware of the importance and benefits of corporate social responsibility both to business as well as to the wider community. Peter was involved in the Walker Wayland becoming the first chartered accounting firm in Australia to pilot the Everybody Counts Program, a community-based initiative of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. The initiative aims to encourage team members to get involved in the local community by supporting charities through volunteering, workplace giving and offering skills pro bono at a national and local level to a number of charity partners.
Chris Andrews
Vice Chairperson
Chris currently works with a Sydney based social enterprise supporting the most marginalised members of our community with access to essential health, welfare, social and recreational services. Previous engagements have involved projects accelerating Millennium Development Goals in the Pacific and working with rural and remote Indigenous communities to leverage Federal and State Government funding to develop “On Country” enterprises. Chris holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Teaching. He is strongly committed to knowledge sharing and supporting our First Nations people express their unique stories for all Australians to hear and understand.
Suellen Tobin
Suellen is currently employed as a principal finance officer with the NSW Department of Education. She has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and financial management both within the public and private sector with many of these years in the not for profit sector. Suellen was made a fellow of CPA Australia in 2011 and was elected a Director of the Australian Country Credit Union, serving as the Chair of both the Audit and Risk management Committees during that time.
Ben Bardon
Committee Member
Ben Bardon has had a 25-year career in the not-for-profit employment and training sector. Ben has 10 years experience as CEO of one of Australia’s largest Group Training Organisations, and 3 years as a CEO of a large regional Employment and Training organisation. He also co-founded the London Apprenticeship Company as the UK’s first Australian style Group Training Organisation. Ben has been a Board member of Group Training Australia, The National Employment Services Association, The NSW Board of Vocational Education and Training, and the Vocational Education and Training Accreditation Board. Despite this he has retained his sense of humour and his commitment to growing the capability and responsiveness of the education and training sectors. Ben is The Managing Director of Strategy3 and its principal consultant.
Ferdi Hepworth
Committee Member
Ferdi is the Director, Partnerships at Social Ventures Australia, responsible for developing and implementing fundraising strategy and leading work with the Philanthropic sector. Ferdi is extremely committed to the for-purpose sector, having dedicated the past 13 years of her career to social change, first in the corporate world and more recently in the non-profit space.
Sue Pamment
Board Appointed Specialist
Sue’s professional life was in the education sector. Her tertiary education began at UNSW with a BA DipEd leading to secondary school teaching qualifications. She subsequently trained as a school counsellor and was a registered psychologist. She worked in a number of rural and metropolitan schools as a school counsellor and in various senior management positions within the NSW Department of Education. She retired as the regional manager of the school counselling service, based in Bathurst. Sue’s membership of the Board has spanned a decade. She is a seasoned supporter of Desert Pea Media’s work and has proudly watched its evolution. Sue is also the mother of the founding member/creative director and grandmother to a bevy of redheaded children (not his).