Board of Directors

The ACCM Board contains one representative of each state of Australia and two representatives from its corporate membership. There are ten Board members in all, plus an appointed Secretary and Treasurer.

The officers of the Board are:

Position Member
President Prof. Elizabeth Handsley
Vice President Assoc. Prof Wayne Warburton
Secretary Ms Kate Martin

ACCM Board members September 2021 to September 2022:


State Member Background information
South Australia Prof Elizabeth Handsley FAAL BA, LLB, LLM, Professor of Law, Western Sydney University, a specialist in media law as it applies to children.
New South Wales Dr Wayne Warburton PhD, MAPS, GAICD Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology, Macquarie University; Consumer Director, Governing Council, Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (6 years); Consumer Director, Board, Energy and Water Ombudsman of NSW (6 years)
Western Australia Linda Savage  BA(Hons), LLB, MA, Lawyer, Ambassador for Children and Young People in WA
Queensland Kevan Goodworth OAM BA, M.Phil (Notts), MACEL; Education consultant; past Director ACSSO [Australian Council of State School Organisations]; past CEO P&Cs Qld; former Assistant Director General, Education Queensland
Victoria Dr Anthea Rhodes MBBS (Hons), FRACP, MHPE, Paediatrician, The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne; Director, RCH National Child Health Poll; Lecturer, Dept of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne



Australian Capital Territory Dr Catherine Page Jeffery PhD, BA (Hons). Lecturer in Media and Communications, University of Sydney; research specialises in digital media use and families.
Northern Territory Dr Donna Odegaard AM PhD, CEO of First Nations Broadcasting, Australia’s largest fully Indigenous-owned radio, television and production network.


Corporate representative Member Background information
Association of Heads of Independent Schools Australia (AHISA)
Beth Blackwood
Dip Ed, BA  
[Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia]  2016 –  current;
Past Principal, Presbyterian Ladies' College, Perth WA 1997 - 2015
Richard Kwan
Founder and CEO, Kiratech


Honorary CEO, Australian Council on Children and the Media: Barbara Biggins, OAM