On Saturday 5th December 2015 the Community Media Association elected a new Executive. Lucinda Guy of Soundart Radio is the new Chair, Hannah Parry from Swindon Viewpoint is Deputy Chair, and Martin Steers of Scout Radio is Treasurer.
Lucinda Guy says “It is an incredible honour to be elected Chair of the Community Media Association, an organisation with over 30 years history of campaigning for and supporting community broadcasters in the UK.
It has been some years since the CMA was last chaired by a woman, and I hope that the appointment of both Hannah and I sends a positive message to other women in media, who can at times feel under-represented.
Community media in all its forms is the most powerful and effective tool we have to improve society. It is about the voices of the many and not the few, and the diversity of our sector cannot be represented by only one or two individuals. I am therefore mindful of our responsibilities to the thousands of volunteers and millions of listeners who make community media happen.
My experience includes running a licensed community radio station for nearly ten years, developing projects with other voluntary organisations, and talking to community media people around the world, exchanging programmes and ideas. I look forward to working with the CMA council, staff and members to benefit the wider community broadcasting sector.”
Hannah Parry says “I am delighted to be elected Deputy Chair of the CMA. I have good general knowledge of third sector issues and organisations and have gained governance experience over a period of 5 years through previously serving on the voluntary management boards of 3 charitable/not-for-profit organisations in roles including Trustee, Director and Chair. I look forward to supporting Lucinda in her role as Chair of the CMA and taking the CMA forward to meet the opportunities and challenges facing the community media sector.”
Martin Steers: “It is a honour to take over the role as Treasurer in this current time for the CMA, one that is full of opportunity and energy for the CMA council and the sector as a whole. I look forward to working with Lucinda, Hannah and the rest of the Council to see the CMA grow and develop, and provide more and better services and opportunities for our members.
It has been a tough time financially for the CMA and the community media sector in general and whilst I feel we have turned a corner and have seen great improvements, I think that there is still room for development. I look forward to working with a strong CMA that can continue to grow and thrive to support its members and the wider sector.
In addition to an understanding and experience of finance, I am also experienced in funding applications, with particular experience in matching project objectives to organisation resources. I feel this experience could be of particular benefit to the organisation as it re-engages with project delivery. I also want to look at the wider development of income streams both for the CMA and the sector as a whole, and I would like the CMA to take a lead on looking at income generation, grant funding, and finance for itself, its members and the community media sector.”
Javed Sattar, long-standing CMA member and CMA Director comments “As an organisation the CMA has always shown diversity and equality and I offer my congratulations to our new chair, Lucinda Guy, as she follows in the footsteps of our previous chairs. Lucinda will be supported by Hannah Parry in her role as Deputy Chair – an all female Chair and Deputy Chair is a first for our organisation. And congratulations also to Martin Steers as Treasurer who will assist in taking the CMA forward for the members and truly leading the sector.”
Bill Best, Operations Manager at the CMA, says “I look forward to working with a renewed CMA Council Executive. I congratulate the new Executive Officers and extend my thanks to previous holders of these posts for their hard work and dedication. The new team has got some exciting ideas for taking the organisation forward to improve sustainability of the CMA, its members and the wider community media sector”.
ENDS / NOTES FOR EDITORS
The Community Media Association (CMA) is the national representative body for community media. It is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1983 and advocates for the community broadcasting sector to key stakeholders such as Government.
Membership consists of established organisations, aspirant groups and individuals within the sector. The CMA provides a range of advice, information and consultancy, offering support to anyone with an interest in community broadcasting.
For more information contact Bill Best, Community Media Association on 0114 279 5219.