We are incredibly thankful to Phil Edwards for 12 years service as Chair of CMAA, and warmly welcome our new Chair and Deputy Chair.
At CMAA's 2021 AGM held on Thursday May 20th, Phil Edwards stepped down from the position of CMAA Chair, after serving in the position for 12 years. Phil has been on the CMAA Board for the last 15 years, and will remain on for one more year.
With a wealth of experience in communications, journalism and over 30 years in Christian Media, Penny Mulvey has been elected the new Chair of CMAA.
Penny Mulvey is the Chief Communications Officer of Bible Society Australia, and as well as serving on the CMAA Board for the last 7 years, Penny also currently serves on the Standards Panel of Christian Ministry Advancement (CMA).
Penny’s career began as a journalist in commercial radio and television news. She has been involved in the Christian Media Sector for almost 30 years, beginning with her first test broadcast for Triple 7 in Melbourne (now Positive Media), before they were awarded a full time community broadcasting licence in 2000
Penny produced and presented a weekly 30 minute syndicated radio program for women called 'Women of Hope' then 'Women Today'. The program ran for over 5 years on community radio in the 2000s.
Penny has worked in the Christian NFP, international development and mission sectors, and served on the Board of Light FM in Melbourne (now Positive Media) for 10 years, including 4 years as their Chair.
She is well known for being passionate about raising up women across the Christian Media sector, in CMAA membership, on-air, in management and in
In response to her election to the position of Chair for Christian Media and Arts Australia Penny says, "It is a great privilege to be elected chair of CMAA, a peak body which represents Christian media practitioners large and small, as well as the many and varied independent Christian creatives, working diligently at their craft.
I want to acknowledge the enormous contribution made by Phil Edwards, whose passion and knowledge of the Christian media space goes deep! I am pleased that Phil will remain on the Board for one more year, providing ongoing guidance and support.
I am excited for the future. We live in a world of possibilities and we serve the Creator of the Universe. Together, as Christians in the media and the arts, we can continue to bring kind, passionate, creative and curious voices to a nation that is increasingly polarised.
Please feel free to reach out and say hello. I would love to hear from you."
Penny is married to Peter, has three adult children and worships at Collins St Baptist Church Melbourne.
With an extensive background in the government, education, media and Christian NFP sectors, Stephen O’Doherty steps into the role of Deputy Chair of CMAA.
Stephen has served on the Board of Christian Media and the Arts Australia since 2013, and is a former broadcaster, Member of Parliament and CEO of Christian Schools Australia.
Stephen represents CMAA on the national Community Broadcasting Roundtable and assists the CEO with CMAA’s sector advocacy. He has been heavily involved in CMAA’s responses to public policy issues including religious freedom, regulation/licensing issues and funding and chairs the CMAA finance committee.
Stephen joined the board of Hope Media (Sydney’s Hope 1032) in 2003 and has been chair since 2005. He chairs the boards of Family Radio Ltd (96five Brisbane) and Sunshine Coast Christian Broadcasting Association (Salt 1065).
Stephen has been involved in the performing arts for more than 40 years as a clarinettist, band director and composer.