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Women in Media Welcomes Three Accomplished Leaders to Expanded Board of Directors


Women in Media Board

Women in Media proudly announces the expansion of its board of directors, adding three distinguished professionals renowned for their expertise. Bridget Fair, Nicole McInnes, and Pooja Patel join the esteemed board, effective immediately, for a three-year term.


Bringing a wealth of experience and insight, Bridget Fair serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Free TV Australia, with a rich background in media and television. Nicole McInnes, the Managing Director of Digital Wellness, adds her expertise in commercial management and digital leadership from her tenure with companies such as WW, Dell and Amex. Additionally, Pooja Patel, an audit partner specialising in media and technology at Deloitte, contributes her deep financial and governance skills to the board.


Expressing her enthusiasm, Ms. Fair stated,


"I'm proud to join the Women in Media board and to have the opportunity to contribute to the empowerment of professional women in the industry. Our programs aim to enhance networking opportunities, skills development, and career advancement for women in media. Women have come a long way in the media sector but there is always more to be done."

Victoria Laurie, founder and co-chair of Women in Media, remarked, "We are delighted to welcome Bridget, Nicole, and Pooja to our board of directors. Each of them brings extensive networks and industry expertise that will enrich our efforts to support women working in the media sector across Australia.”


The addition of these three distinguished leaders follows Kym Middleton's appointment as the inaugural General Manager in January. Together, they join forces to address the persistent barriers faced by women in the media industry, as highlighted in the Women in Media Industry Insight Report 2023.


The Women in Media Industry Insight Report 2023 shows barriers persist for women working in media, with the majority of women (54%) continue to be either unsure or explicitly dissatisfied with the progress of their careers. The Report informs the call for gender equality, pathways for career progress, and access to support and resources for women working in all roles and types of media.


Bridget Fair

Bridget Fair

 

Bridget Fair is the Chief Executive Officer of Free TV Australia, having previously held several senior roles with Seven West Media responsible for corporate affairs, government relations and business strategy. She has also worked with the ABC and SBS, and in private legal practice. Bridget is a current Board Director for Women in Media and served as the former Chairman of Screenrights. She has also held positions as a Non-Executive Director of iSelect and a Director of OzTAM, Freeview and Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism & Ideas. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Nicole McInnes

Nicole McInnes


Nicole McInnes is the Managing Director of Digital Wellness and brings commercial management and digital leadership having previously led companies such as Dell, Pandora Music, eharmony, WooliesX and Weight Watchers to deliver top and bottomline growth. Nicole has served as Executive Director for subsidiaries of Nasdaq-listed Weight Watchers (WW) and now serves as Non-executive Director on the Women in Media board. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Pooja Patel

Pooja Patel


Pooja is an audit partner specialising in media and technology at Deloitte with deep financial and governance skills. Her clients include listed companies, and complex groups operating both within Australia and globally. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

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