Meet our Board

About our Northside Radio Board (NRB)

  • The current board of Directors was elected at the Northside Broadcasting Co-Operative 36th Annual General Meeting, which was held online on 12 November 2020. There are nine Director positions (one position is currently vacant).
  • Our NRB directors are passionate about Northside Radio and bring a wide range of media, not-for-profit, legal, business and commercial skills to the board.
  • The key role of the board is to provide oversight and governance to ensure Northside Radio remains on air, providing great music and local content for our vibrant North Shore community.
  • In doing so, the board oversees the strategic direction of the cooperative, with a focus on all governance issues and associated business functions (regulatory, financial, legal, audit and risk).
  • The board ensures our radio programs are delivered as effectively and efficiently as possible, to make the most of funds donated by our wonderful sponsors, subscribers and members.
  • The NRB has five associated committees and three sub-committees to assist with the effective running of the station.
  • The NRB and its committees, meet monthly. Officers are elected annually at the Northside Radio AGM.
April Pressler

April Pressler - Chair

April is also a member of the Marketing, Fundraising and Events Committee.

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Since 2015, April has been presenting The Pressler Project on Northside Radio for two hours every Saturday afternoon, bringing listeners a range of contemporary music that includes electronica/ indie/ chill/ indigenous and more. April focuses on presenting a fresh program of mainly latest releases from her favourite genres every week and includes selected interviews from time to time. She is a screen and theatre actor, voice over artist, media and business consultant and facilitator, former diplomat, and singer. April is working virtually fulltime as senior adviser in charge of government, external relations and media for a private company that is establishing a space port and techno park in Australia, and she also works as senior associate with a print-on-demand publisher. She has worked previously in the private and NFP sectors, produces and presents a weekly program on the RPH network, and is currently Secretary and a Board Member of the Foreign Correspondents’ Association for a fourth successive term. 

Jane Frost - Treasurer

Also, chair of the Finance Management and Admin Committee.

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After studying to gain accounting qualifications at TAFE, I started working as a freelance bookkeeper in 1980 to small businesses, mainly in advertising/marketing/financial planning, using various accounting softwares. In 1994, I moved to South Australia to set up an upmarket B&B and catering business.  The local community radio station was requiring presenters, so I volunteered and did the 8-week training course and aired a 3-hour program once a week for about 4 years.  They were also in need of a bookkeeper, so I ended up doing that too, plus the BAS returns.  I sold that business and returned to Sydney and started at Northside Radio in March 2004, with a Sunday program from 12-2pm, which later became a Monday evening program until I left late 2008. I returned in early 2015 to take up my current slot of 12-2pm on Wednesdays.  I joined the board at the 2020 AGM.

Lou Baker - Secretary

Louise is also a member of the Marketing, Fundraising and Events Committee.

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Louise joined the Northside Radio Board in October 2020 and became Sectary for the board in May 2021. As a regular and committed listener – and wife of the exuberant breakfast show announcer, Simon Baker – Louise has a long-held appreciation of Northside Radio 99.3FM and values the diversity and strengths that our local radio station brings to the community. Louise is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and holds a Masters Degree in Biological Sciences from Oxford University. Louise has over 20 years’ experience in business, most recently in her own business development consultancy, Capability Centre, and previously as Sales Director for PepsiCo ANZ and Frucor Suntory. With a background in sales, marketing and strategy, Louise joined the Marketing, Fundraising and Events Committee, to help achieve the station’s commercial and community objectives.

Jerry Yoshida

Jerry is also the chair of The Programming and Training Committee and a member of the Youth, Community & Ethnic Diversity Committee.

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Jerry has been with Northside Radio since 2016.  He is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia. Previously he was the Vice President of Power Thinking International Inc (2003-2008) and Vice President of Psycho Genomics Research Institute (2008 – 2020) both organisations were Non-Profit Community organisations involved in Cancer Research. Jerry has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Law and also attained a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Diploma in Management.   He is the author of the book “Increasing Sales Through Relationship Marketing” and has been a corporate trainer for Fortune 500 and Small to large Businesses in the field of marketing and business development.  

Brendon Zhu

Brendon also chairs the Northside Radio Policies & Procedures, WHS Risk Sub-committee and is a member of the Youth, Community & Ethnic Diversity Committee.

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Brendon Zhu is an admitted lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW, graduating with a combined Laws/Commerce (Distinction) from UNSW and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. He was elected as a Councillor on Willoughby City Council with an focus on local services, expanding community participation and multicultural engagement. He is currently completing his Masters in Labour Law and Relations at the University of Sydney. He has a keen interest in engaging emerging artists, community leaders from diverse multicultural groups, charities, student leaders from local high schools and universities.
 

Gerry Stevens

I’m Northside Radio’s Technical Director, chair of the Engineering and Technical sub-committee, and a member of the Grants Committee.  I also present the Lowdown Show at FM 99.3.

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After doing electronics and communications, I first went into sound recording in Col Joy’s ATA studios. I then became an engineer at Festival Records where I recorded many Australian artists and large orchestras and oversaw the manufacture and production of records. Then a year at Record plant in Los Angeles where I did live recordings and studio work. In Australia I worked at EMI’s Studio 301 and freelance. After a career direction change to computing I went to IBM where I was a systems engineer, project manager and people manager.  
 

Sally Shepherd

Sally chairs the Marketing, Fundraising & Events Committee.  She presents the Hits and Giggles show on Wednesday evenings, which she has done since 2014.

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Sally works as the Marketing & Partnerships Manager at Australia’s peak body for Health and Medical Research, Research Australia which she joined in 2018. She has extensive marketing and events experience in the corporate world with organisations including Computer Sciences Corporation, Capital PR, Maynard Advertising & Promotions. She then moved into the NFP sector and has remained there for the last 15 years working in senior marketing and fundraising roles with Vision Australia, Seeing Eye Dogs, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Cure our Kids, McGrath Foundation and HammondCare and Sunnyfield. Sally project manages Research Australia’s signature event, the annual Health and Medical Research Awards and our many other membership forums.  

Graham Steele

Graham also chairs the Grants Committee is a member of the Finance Management & Admin Committee.

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Graham Steele Born in England, has lived in Australia for 30 years. An Industrial Chemist by profession he started on the laboratory bench but spent the last 12 years of employment as Managing Director of two companies, part of a large International Chemicals Group. On arrival in Sydney in 1990 he found 2NSB, then on FM 91.5, and became a subscriber. He left employment in 2010, joined the station and began getting more ethnic programs and the relevant Grants. In 2012 a Grants Committee with David Brown and Tony Pang was created and it still operates with others, with over $150,000 obtained. In May 2013 there was a shortage of day time presenters so the Grants Committee said we would fill in for 2-3 weeks. The then manager looked at these three old farts and said “The Gentlemen’s Club. TGC is past 400 Shows now and of note for four years had the pleasure of a monthly “On Air” visit by Mayor Gail of Willoughby and more recently has the occasional “live” broadcast in Studio 2, wonderful fun.
 

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