[Note: the official global list of SMPTE Section Officers is here.]
Paul joined the Broadcasting industry in 1981 as a Broadcast Engineering Trainee with the ABC. He has also worked at Molinair in London, TCN Nine, VTS/Edit Point and Seven Network where he became Engineering Manager of Seven Sydney’s facilities in Epping. At Seven he contributed to the upgrade of the facility to digital, then HD, the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and Seven’s News facility in Martin Place.
In 2004 Paul joined SBS Sydney as Chief Engineer TV and was subsequently promoted to Director Technology and Distribution. Whilst at SBS Paul over saw the development of a five-year technology plan to move SBS from its aging videotape environment to a fully file based facility. Paul also oversaw major events such as the Tour de France, and World Cup (Soccer) including the world’s first terrestrial 3D broadcast.
Paul is IPTV Design and Integration Manager with Telstra Australia. He joined the SMPTE Australia Section Board in 2013.
Ian Fellows (Immediate Past Chair)
Ian Joined the SMPTE Board of Managers in 2011. His career in Television Broadcasting spanning 3 decades began as a member of the Engineering team at Network Ten in Sydney in the early 80’s as a Supervising Technician. He has held successful leadership roles with NDS and Sony. His role as Director of Sales for Tandberg Television saw the company dominate the digital video compression market in Australasia for nearly a decade.
After his departure from General Dynamics Mediaware as Director of Business Development in Jan 2011, he joined Gencom Technology, his current role heading up sales in the Sydney office. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Management and a Television Operations Certificate in Broadcasting. As well as being an active member of SMPTE he is also a member of TV Pioneers and The Historical Radio Society of Australia.
Ian is Director of Marketing at Magna Systems and Engineering in Sydney.
Michael Day (Secretary/Treasurer 2016-2017)
Michael Day has been employed in the television industry since 1986, with a focus on the design and implementation of technical facilities for television production and broadcast.
At the Seven Network he contributed to the national rollout of digital terrestrial broadcasting and significant television events such as The Olympic Games (both summer and winter), and The Manchester Commonwealth games.
Whilst Chief Engineer of subscription television provider Premier Media Group (also known as Fox Sports) he oversaw the facility expansion from two analogue television channels to five standard definition channels, one high definition channel and two streaming services.
While at Network Ten, Michael managed the Network Projects Group and was a significant contributor to the national rollout of a centralised file base media asset management and workflow system.
Previously he was Regional Sales Manager – Strategic Accounts, APAC at Imagine Communications.
Michael is now Senior Product Specialist – Media at Telstra.
In 2012 Michael was recipient of a SMPTE Outstanding Service Award for his service to the Australia Section and the Society.
Ward Hansford (Regional Governor)
Ward Hansford is a veteran of the broadcast industry with some 30+ years. Having held several senior positions in the region, he is now General Manager – Oceania for Grass Valley, a Belden Brand. Ward has been past Chair of SMPTE Australia Section and has spent the past few year with Ericsson in Hong Kong. Prior to that, Ward was General Manager of Sony Australia where he worked for several years.
Ward brings a world of experience and business accumen to SMPTE and will lead the region well.
John Walsh (2015-2018)
A Qualified BOCP Broadcast Engineer, John Walsh has 45 years’ experience within the Australian and International Broadcasting industry; including design and installation of Studios, Post Production and RF Transmission systems. Advancing to Sales and Management roles from 1975, representing many major overseas suppliers, John is also responsible for the Development and installation of Systems for Defence, Health, Government and Enterprise markets.
As a SMPTE Board member and Manager, John is responsible for Section Meetings and advancing the society membership, in close co-operation with personnel from all levels of the Australian Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Production Industries.
John’s current role is Business Development for AVW Broadcast Pty Ltd
Andrew King (2015-2018)
Andrew has 40 years’ experience working in the telecommunications and broadcasting industries in various roles, from manufacturing, engineering design, operations, sales, planning and working with governments and regulators. His career has spanned many different technologies, from audio to cable transmission, satellite systems, cellular mobile services, video encoding and finally broadcasting.
During a 13 year period at Network Ten, he was responsible for implementing digital broadcasting, the transition from analogue broadcasting, including network planning of in-fill translators, planning analogue switch off in conjunction with government and finally the restack of digital transmissions.
Andrew is currently the chairman of Australian Radiocommunications Study Group 6, a consultative group to government formulating Australian inputs to, and monitoring the work of, ITU-R Study Group 6 (Broadcasting). He has monitored DVB Project Group work and represented Australian inputs to DVB. He is involved in many television standards groups, including SMPTE and Standards Australia groups for television.
Andrew is a Director of BroadSpectrum Consultants Pty Ltd, a consultancy business providing services in broadcast and RF spectrum areas.
Andrew’s goal the Australia Section is to be a promoter of the value of engineers in society, something that can be achieved as part of the celebration of SMPTE’s Centenary Year, and to develop the skills of young engineers.
Paul Maroni (2016-2018)
Paul is a 30+ year veteran in the Australian Broadcasting industry, starting at Channel 7 in Sydney in the early 80s and with a career in Engineering spanning 15 years. He left to expand his personal development and pursued a career in Sales and Marketing.
Over a 16 year period Paul moved through the ranks at Sony to head up production marketing for Sony Broadcast Asia Pacific. In this role he represented Sony Broadcast throughout the Asia Pacific region, including as representative to the Asian Broadcasting Union (ABU). He conducted numerous seminars to Asian broadcasters on the challenges of migrating to High Definition as well as introducing 3D and 3D techniques to the region’s production industry.
Paul has now decided to harness the skills acquired throughout his 30+ years and contribute by providing Project Management services to the industry.
John Lock (2016-2018)
John Lock is a consulting Media Technology Engineer, currently working on projects using the latest SMPTE IP standards. He has a broad experience base, having operated in Radio and Television before joining engineering ranks.
John developed DSP systems for one of the first multi-user digital audio editing systems (this system won the Bradfield award for Engineering). John wrote software for sports graphics systems, trained technical staff in broadcast concepts and managed data and timing for Sydney 2000 (the best Games ever).
More recently, John has been engaged in strategic infrastructure development with a focus on playout systems and live to air studio systems. In Free TV Committees, he has contributed to some of the Operational Practices that the television industry uses every day. John’s focus in SMPTE is to encourage development of relevant, interesting and informative training initiatives, conferences and events that showcase technology.
Anna Lockwood (2016-2018)
Anna Lockwood is an experienced media industry executive who specialises in digital media and broadcast consulting. She started her career as a journalist and documentary film producer with a focus on environment and wildlife programming. After ten years working in the wild, she moved from India to London to join the media business as a consultant.
Anna has since had global leadership roles in London, Singapore and Boston. She is currently based in Sydney and works at the convergence of the traditional broadcast industry and leading edge telecommunications and digital platforms. She’s delighted to become a SMPTE Australia Board member and looks forward to leading initiatives around women in technology, education and training, and media industry consulting and thought leadership.
Anna is Head of Market Development for Telstra Broadcast Services.
Andrew Seale (2018 – Present)
Andrew is a veteran of the Australian Broadcast Industry with over 30 years with Network Nine Engineering. Andrew brings with him a wealth of knowledge and industry contacts. He is currently employed by Studiotech Australia heading up their Media technology support.
Andrew is committed to ensure the industry continues to nurture and train young individuals who wish to add value to the Media Enetertaiment industry.
Catherine Turner (2017 – Present)
Johnny Tran (2018 – Present)