Our People

MediaWorks is New Zealand's largest independent broadcaster, and reaches more than 4 million Kiwis through its Radio, Outdoor and Digital platforms. The company is owned by Oaktree Capital and governed by a Board of Directors; Jack Matthews (Chairman) and Jonas Mitzschke. MediaWorks is led by Michael Anderson, CEO.

Senior Management

Michael Anderson - Chief Executive

Michael joined MediaWorks in August 2016 from Australia, where he was Chairman of Oztam and oOH! Media and a non-Executive Director of Fairfax Australia.

Prior to his tenure on Boards, Michael spent seven years as CEO of one of Australia's largest commercial radio groups Austereo (now Southern Cross Austereo) and before that as their Group Director, Sales.  Under Michael's leadership, Austereo's EBITDA performance grew by improvements in increasing revenue and audience share, and at the same time making a successful transition into market leadership in digital.

Barry Sadlier - Finance Director

Barry is MediaWorks' Chief Financial Officer having joined the company in November 2017. He has over 20 years experience in media in New Zealand having held senior finance and change management roles at both Stuff and NZME. Barry has worked on a number of big projects within the NZ Media industry including the launch of stuff.co.nz, the sale of INL to Fairfax and the launch of the Herald on Sunday. Barry is also currently a Director of Bravo TV New Zealand Limited.

Leon Wratt - Director of Content - Radio

Leon has extensive radio knowledge from 25 years in the business. As Group Content Director for radio at MediaWorks, Leon oversees all Radio music brands, content & people as well as relationships with other parts of the business. Prior to this Leon spent 20 years as Content Director for The Edge, taking it from a small station in Hamilton to become the biggest station in NZ.

Gareth Codd  - Acting Commercial Director

Gareth joined MediaWorks in May 2019 following a two-year stint running his own consultancy business working with organisations in the media, automotive, construction, real estate and recruitment sectors to develop their sales and marketing capability, organisation design, behavioural change programmes, data utilisation and technology.

Prior to this Gareth spent 25 years in the Media Industry in executive and senior management roles both here and the UK. The most recent of these was Commercial Director, Fairfax Media where he was responsible for leading the largest sales transformation in the company’s history

Alex Nicholson - HR & Legal Director

Alex graduated with a BA/LLB from Auckland University in 1999, and commenced her legal career at Bell Gully in Auckland. Alex joined MediaWorks in December 2014 after spending eleven years in the United Kingdom (from 2003 to 2014), nine years of which was with the BSkyB legal team (Principal Legal Advisor, Sky Media). In MediaWorks, Alex leads the legal team and standards committee, and is responsible for Board-related matters and corporate governance. 

Mike Porter - Outdoor Media Director

Mike leads MediaWorks Outdoor Media division, with over 12 years’ experience, he has previously held positions as COO and CFO. He has spearheaded MediaWorks Outdoor Media innovation suite, encompassing Datalab 2.0 and automated trading initiatives. Mike has been a key executive helping drive transformational growth and change and is a thought leader in the outdoor media sector.

Ilyas Bardak - Technology & Product Director

Ilyas brings over 20 years of technology leadership in strategy, transformation, and operations. Prior to his appointment at MediaWorks in 2018, Ilyas has worked across global corporates in the Media, Finance, Government and Military Aerospace sectors. In these complex and diverse environments, he has consistently overseen business growth through technology deployment at scale.

Ilyas is a leader who firmly believes culture is a competitive advantage in any business and is the first step to sustainable results.