OUR PROFESSIONAL TEAM
Anthony Frangi is an award-winning Media and Communications strategist with more than 30 years' experience in media management, programming and presenting, journalism education and communication. He is currently Managing Director at Pop Up Radio Australia designed for the conference, trade show and event market. Anthony was General Manager and Content Director for the Fairfax Radio Network in Brisbane between 2012 and 2015 and a content director, broadcaster and trainer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) between 1988 and 2008. From 2009 to 2012 Anthony worked at The University of Queensland (UQ) as Director Learning, Engagement, Innovation & Development for the School of Journalism and Communication. He created the first 24/7 online radio station for UQ and co-ordinated World Press Freedom Day Radio for UNESCO in 2010. Anthony continues teaching in journalism and communication at UQ today. Anthony is a regular speaker and trainer on media and natural disasters, including guest speaker at the 2017 Fire, Cyclone & Flood Disaster Management and Recovery Forum; the 2015 UN Regional Workshop on Social Media & Disaster Risk in South Korea; UQ School of Public Health and at the Reimaging Resilience Speakers Series in Brisbane. He has conducted media and disaster workshops in India, Vanuatu, Tonga, Solomon Islands and more recently in Kuala Lumpur for AIBD-IPDC UNESCO. He also co-authored a disaster reporting teaching module for London-based Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBAA). Anthony is author of three books, 'Radio Toolbox - A guide to getting started in radio in the digital age', published by AIBD in 2010 and Palgrave Macmillan in 2012; 'So you want Media Coverage', published by UQP and 'Presentation Skills for Business and Job Interviews', 2017. Anthony is highly regarded in the private and public sector as a speaker and trainer in media, communications and professional development. Anthony's dedication to helping the community has earned him state and national media awards.
Ian Skippen brings more than 40 years of trans-media experience to the microphone. With a background spanning print, radio, TV and online, Ian Skippen is a well-known and loved media icon on the east-coast of Australia. Originally part of the legendary B105 Morning Crew, Ian also lead the Triple M breakfast show in Brisbane from 2004 to 2011. He later hosted the Breakfast show with Loretta Ryan on News Talk 4BC. Skippen's first love is not the microphone or the career that he's known for, but his love of people. Ian loves to communicate and hear the stories of real people. It's the people that keep the radio announcer active and interested. Give him a large stage and an audience and he becomes the MC the others copy. Ian also reserves talents for television. A solid track record as host, presenter and interviewer on live and recorded programmes, has allowed him to take his sagacious demeanour and immense talents to a broad, appreciative audience. Whether it's radio, television or stage Ian's got the flair and the modus operandi. He is that rare commodity in the industry - a talented, fresh face with experience.
Jason Hagen is an audio, broadcast and training Professional with more than 30 years' experience. At the age of 17 he was hand-picked to join the largest broadcasting organisation in the world. Jason has engineered, managed, produced and presented some of the biggest events in Australian broadcasting, including emergency coverage and recovery for the ABC of Tropical Cyclone Larry and Yasi which devastated Far North Queensland. He also produced and presented 'Fishtalk' for ABC Radio, the highest ever rating ABC radio program which ran for 15 years and won Jason 'Best Program of the Year'. Jason also presented and produced Breakfast radio for the ABC over 10 years. One of Jason's other life-long passions is live music broadcasting and recording. His first tour was with Sir Elton John and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Jason has also recorded and produced for other artists from Live Aid promoter Sir Bob Geldof to Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel. Jason coordinated broadcasts for three Royal Tours to Australia including Queen Elizabeth's visit to the Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach, Cairns RFDS Base and the first Royal Tour with Prince William. He is also an accredited trainer and assessor and is the training coordinator for Radio 4EB, the largest ethnic broadcasting organisation in Queensland. Jason has multiple movie, music, website credits and awards to his name and is an integral member of Pop Up Radio Australia.
Spencer Howson has over 14,000 hours of live daily talk radio under his belt. He spent 24 years at the ABC, including 15 years hosting the top-rating ABC Brisbane breakfast show. In 2005, Spencer was named ABC Local Radio Broadcaster of the Year. Prior to joining the ABC, he was Vice President of Queensland Radio for the Print Handicapped. For three years, Spencer wrote a column in the fortnightly glossy magazine “Bmag”, distributed to over 400,000 homes. He presented the ABC TV show “Snapshot”, guest-hosted Channel Nine’s weekday magazine show “Extra”, and has been a regular commentator on Channel Seven’s “The Morning Show”. Spencer now writes the weekday morning email newsletter “The Gateway” for Brisbane Times and teaches the radio stars of the future at USQ Springfield campus. Spencer is a tirelessly curious storyteller with an energetic, friendly style. He thinks on his feet and knows the right questions to ask to tease the best out of anyone he is interviewing. Spencer has extensive outside broadcast experience, having anchored live radio shows from all over Queensland – Thursday Island to Stanthorpe, Cairns to Cunnamulla, Birdsville to the Gold Coast – and beyond. Spencer Howson is a husband, father, broadcaster, journalist, writer, educator and the perfect addition to your conference or event.
Jelenko Dragisic is a collaboration strategist and CSR broker. As founder of ROADMENDER, Australia's first of its kind initiative solely dedicated to the promotion and development of collaboration as a discipline in its own right, Jelenko advocates a view that future enterprises will be critically dependent on their collaborative strategy. Jelenko has extensive experience across the private, public and not for profit sectors. He has worked in a variety of management roles in organisations such as Australian Red Cross, Griffith University and Volunteering Queensland. While in the role of Volunteering Queensland, Jelenko designed and implemented Step Up, one of the largest disaster resilience programs in Australia. This award winning program is based on large-scale collaboration, bringing together various levels of government, community organisations, universities and the corporate sector. A significant part of the program was dedicated to Australia's first resilience building initiative for the business sector. Jelenko is an active public speaker and presenter, and devotes much of his time voluntarily advising various organisations on matters of collaboration, CSR and resilience. He currently serves as a member of the Inclusive Brisbane Board and is a member of the Advisory Panel of Green Cross Australia. Jelenko is also an active street photographer and collector of photography books.
Lexy Hamilton-Smith is one of Queensland's most respected and experienced news presenters with a career in television spanning over 30 years. She has worked for all five television networks including SBS in news and current affairs. An award winning journalist Lexy is currently at the ABC in Brisbane working in television news; radio and online. From hosting nightly current affairs for a major network, to presenting the Australia Television News into Asia, Lexy has had an extensive career. Lexy is also an experienced Master of Ceremonies, host and facilitator working for charities including The Heart Foundation, the Australian Lung Foundation and Blue Care, which she was a patron of for four years. She is also a moving public speaker having endured her own journey of love and loss through the passing of her husband Dave, also a well-respected journalist. Lexy started in journalism after graduating from Flinders University in Adelaide with a Bachelor of Arts. Lexy moved to Brisbane to work on Ten’s expanded one-hour news format as police reporter and then to SBS Television in Sydney. She then became one of the Seven Network’s leading news journalists in Sydney. Her work on the Nyngan floods led the bulletin which won a Penguin Award in 1990. Lexy transferred to the Brisbane Seven news room eventually reading news and hosting Today Tonight, where she took on ACA’s Ray Martin in a worthy ratings battle. It was her success in that role that led to the prestigious appointment as the face of Australia Television, a nightly news beamed into Asia and watched by over 40 million viewers. During that time she hosted the Australia/Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce Business Awards in Hong Kong and the Business Asia News Magazine Awards in Sydney. In addition to her work as a Master of Ceremonies and Facilitator Lexy also runs regular media training workshops and forums, one on one TV media interview training, crisis management training, radio training for news and current affairs and strategic planning to help expand company profiles by networking in media.
Clare Blake is a broadcast media specialist with over 25 years' experience in both radio and television. She has hosted programs on key radio stations in every city on the east coast including 3MMM, FOX FM, 104.7 Canberra, 2Day FM, B105FM and 4MMM. Clare is also an expert in media training for medical researchers. As a weather presenter for Network Ten Queensland, Clare fell in love with the outback and takes every opportunity to highlight the creative brilliance of farmers under pressure. Her work as talkback radio host on Macquarie’s Radio 4BC led Clare to an advocacy role for outback Queensland. As a qualified teacher with a Sport Science major, Clare's love of science put her in the medical industry for several years, and currently holds accreditation with Medicines Australia from The University of Queensland.