The Board and Leadership Team

You will find below information about the Southern Cross Austereo Board of Directors and Leadership Team


Peter Bush


Appointed: 25 February 2015
Most recently elected by shareholders: 29 October 2015

Board Committees: Chairman, Nomination Committee

Peter Bush had a distinguished career in executive roles spanning the media, FMCG, advertising and consumer products sectors.  He also brings considerable and highly respected public company directorship experience to Southern Cross Media Group. Peter is currently Chairman of Mantra Group Ltd and Inghams Group Limited.   He has previously served on the boards of Pacific Brands Ltd, Nine Entertainment Holdings, Insurance Australia Group, Miranda Wines, McDonald’s Australia Limited and Lion Nathan.


Leon Pasternak

Deputy Chairman

Appointed: 26 September 2005
Most recently elected by shareholders:  21 October 2014

Board Committees: Chairman, People & Culture Committee

Until February 2014, Leon held the positions of Vice Chairman and Managing Director with Merrill Lynch Markets (Australia) Pty Limited (a subsidiary of Bank of America) with responsibility for the financial institutions group and mergers and acquisitions. Until July 2010, Leon Pasternak was a senior corporate partner at Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) specialising in mergers and acquisitions, public finance and corporate reorganisations.


Helen Nash


Appointed 23 April 2015
Most recently elected by shareholders: 29 October 2015

Board Committees: Audit & Risk Committee, People & Culture Committee

Helen Nash has more than 20 years’ experience in brands and marketing, including seven years in FMCG at Procter & Gamble, followed by three years in publishing at IPC Media.  Helen held a variety of senior executive roles at McDonald’s Australia Ltd over a period of nearly ten years, including the position of Chief Operating Officer, overseeing restaurant operations, marketing, menu, insights and research and information technology.  Helen is also a non-executive director of Blackmores Ltd, Metcash Ltd and Inghams Group Limited. She was formerly a non-executive director of Pacific Brands Ltd.

Melanie Willis
Melanie Willis


Appointed: 26 May 2016

Board Committees: Chair, Audit & Risk Committee, People & Culture Committee

Melanie has extensive financial and professional services experience in both Executive and Non-Executive roles in a wide range of industries, including accounting and financial planning, infrastructure, property investment management, and retail services (including tourism and start-up ventures).
During the last 10 years, Melanie has held non-executive directorship roles at Aevum Limited (including Audit Committee Chair), Hydro Tasmania (including Audit & Risk Committee Member), Rhodium Asset Solutions, Crowe Horwath and Club Assist Limited, as well as senior executive roles with Deutsche Bank (Director), Bankers Trust Australia (Vice President) and NRMA Investments (CEO).
Melanie is currently a non-executive director of Mantra Group, Ardent Leisure Group and Pepper Financial Services Group.


Glen Boreham AM


Appointed: 1 September 2014
Most recently elected by shareholders: 21 October 2014

Board Committees: Audit & Risk Committee

Glen Boreham AM had a distinguished career at IBM culminating in the role of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand from 2006 to 2010. Glen was the inaugural Chair of Screen Australia from 2008 to 2014, and also chaired the Australian Government’s Convergence Review of the media industry.  Glen is Chair of the Business School Advisory Board at the University of Technology Sydney, and Chair of Advance, representing the one million Australians living overseas.  He is a non-executive director of Cochlear Limited and Link Group Limited.


Robert Murray


Appointed: 1 September 2014
Most recently elected by shareholders: 21 October 2014

Board Committees: People & Culture Committee, Nomination Committee

Robert Murray has had a distinguished career in sales, marketing and general management having served most recently as the CEO of Lion (formerly Lion Nathan), one of Australasia’s leading food and beverage companies, including during its acquisition by Kirin Holdings in 2009.  Before joining Lion Nathan in 2004, Rob worked for Proctor & Gamble for 12 years, and then for eight years with Nestlé, firstly as MD of the UK Food business, and from 2000 to 2004 as CEO of Nestlé Oceania.  Rob is a board member of the Bestest Foundation and is Chairman of Metcash Ltd.


Grant Blackley

CEO and Managing Director

Appointed: 29 June 2015
Most recently elected by shareholders: 29 October 2015

Grant Blackley joined the Board in June 2015 as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.  Grant’s media industry career spans over 30 years during which time he served in numerous senior leadership roles at the TEN Network, including as CEO from 2005 to 2010.  Throughout this period he also held directorships at Free TV and Freeview Australia.  Prior to becoming CEO, Grant served in key roles in network sales, digital media and multi-channel program development as well as being responsible for group strategy, acquisitions and executive development programs.


Nick McKechnie

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed: 8 September 2014

Nick McKechnie is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience.  Nick was the CFO of ConnectEast from 2009 to 2014 and Group Financial Controller from 2007 to 2009.  Prior to this role Nick held a variety of senior finance roles at Virgin Media in the UK and commenced his career with Arthur Andersen.

Tony Hudson

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Appointed: 7 September 2015

Tony Hudson has over 20 years’ experience in senior legal and governance roles.  Tony was General Counsel and Company Secretary at ConnectEast from 2005 until 2015.  Before that, Tony was a partner of Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst Australia), working in the firm’s Melbourne office and from 1993 until 2000 in its Jakarta associated office.  Tony is also a director of The Wheeler Centre, the centrepiece of Melbourne’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature.