Meet the Team

We’re led by a dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate Managing Committee. The committee lend their brains, extensive knowledge and time to help steer and support the Foundation's Manager in carrying out the day-to-day running of the MediaWorks Foundation.

 

PAULA WILLIAMS, CHAIR
Paula [she/her] joined MediaWorks in November 2021 as Head of People & Culture, bringing more than 20 years of experience to the role. She joined from software company Plexure where she was People & Culture Director, a role she also held at one of New Zealand’s leading law firms Simpson Grierson. Paula has experience working across industries such as banking, insurance and aviation.

MOLLY CALLANAN, SECRETARY
Molly [she/they] joined Mediaworks in 2018, after getting their start in local and community radio.
After working on the Project Team for Child Cancer Foundation in 2021, Molly jumped at the chance to join the MWF Committee. As our Central Creative Strategist and Co-Chair of Mediaworks' Rainbow Network, they're passionate about telling diverse stories that make a real difference. 

MIKE ASBRIDGE, TREASURER                                                                                                                                                   
Mike joined the MediaWorks Foundation Team as Treasurer earlier this year. He has extensive commercial finance experience across Banking, Telco and Media industries in NZ, UK and Singapore. Mike held the role of Chairman for ANZ’s MoneyMided financial literacy program in Singapore for 2 years (incl establishment and launch of program in country). He is also the founding member of Project 3E, a joint community initiative between ANZ, Saigonchildren and Hau Giang Province’s Department of Education and Training aimed at providing access to quality schooling in a sustainable way for children in Vietnam.

SOPHIE LAWSON, MEDIAWORKS FOUNDATION MANAGER                                                                                            
 Sophie [she/her] MediaWorks in 2017 as Executive Assistant to the Director of Content - TV and Head of Corporate Communications. In 2020 she took on a new role sharing her time between Executive Assistant to the Commercial Director, now Liz Fraser and Managing the MediaWorks Foundation. Sophie is responsible for the day to day running of the charity. Previously Sophie has worked for the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ and Comic Relief in the UK.

SCHROEDER EVANS, MEMBER                                                                                                                             
Schroeder has worked in radio since 1991 including radio stations in Invercargill, Timaru, Nelson, Palmerston North, Dubai and Auckland. Schroeder believes in contributing to the community, and assisted in launching Gulf for Good, a charity in Dubai. He has been a MediaWorks Foundation committee member since its inception in 2015.

TIM LOCKHART, MEMBER   
Tim has been with MediaWorks more years than we can count, and is one of the founding members of the MediaWorks Foundation Committee. He was the project lead for one of the first charity campaigns that we rolled out for Sir Peter Blake Trust in 2015. He is super passionate about leveraging MediaWorks assets to support national and local charitable organisations. Day to day he leads and manages the broad portfolio of business functions within our 22 local markets, across all MediaWorks advertising platforms.

WILL MAISEY, MEMBER
Since 2000, Will has been part of the NZ and Australian radio industry. He started his career at 2Day FM in Sydney before relocating to NZ to join Mediaworks in 2003. Will was part of The Edge team for 8 years before returning to Australia for a short stint as an Executive Breakfast Producer. He rejoined MediaWorks in 2013, holding a number of roles before settling into his current one as Content Director, The Breeze Network for the last 6 years. Will has raised more than two million dollars for charity and community radio campaigns both in NZ and Australia.

BELINDA FRANCIS, MEMBER
Belinda has worked for MediaWorks for 18 years. She began her career as an Account Manager in the gorgeous bay of Plenty where she developed a passion for Media and our customers. Belinda took on the General Manager of Tauranga in 2012 and 4 years later, is now the Northern Regional Manager. Belinda has been involved in some capacity with the foundation since its inception.

KATIE GALLAGHER, MEMBER
Katie joined Mediaworks through the QMS integration in 2019 and has over 19 years experience in bus and billboard advertising. She has previously worked closely with Kidscan and believes the power of radio and outdoor advertising plays an important role in helping our charities make a difference. Katie currently heads up the Outdoor Operations team.

LANTANA FRANCIS, MEMBER
Lantana Francis joined MediaWorks in December 2019 as part of the integration with Outdoor. With a background in Marketing & Advertising, Lantana has over 15yrs experience in the media industry having worked across Newspapers, media agencies and Outdoor both in NZ and in the UK. At MediaWorks, Lantana is part of the Trade Marketing team responsible for Marketing predominantly across the Outdoor platform.

The MediaWorks Foundation Incorporated is a Registered Charity. Charities Commission Registration No. CC5189