Don Spencer is well known throughout Australia. His career in entertainment has spanned film, television and radio for decades. Don is best recognised as the face of ABC’s ‘Play School’ and as a singer and as a singer and songwriter Don has published over 600 songs and released over 30 albums.
Don is a crusader for Australian music and through his work he has taught countless children much about Australia and their heritage. Don has performed throughout Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK and Canada and the appeal of his music continues to create demand for his work. With material released both nationally and internationally, he has received numerous awards for his musical works. He has received Gold and Platinum awards and multiple awards worldwide.
His passion and commitment to disadvantaged children is the very reason he founded the ACMF. He has been awarded:
- The Order of Australia Medal for his service to children’s music and television as a songwriter and performer and through the establishment of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, 2007.
- Don was made a ‘Paul Howell Fellow’ by the combined Rotary clubs of Taree, 2013. This is Rotary International’s highest recognised award.
- The Heart of Variety Award for services to charity, 2005.
- Excellence in Community Support presented by Support Act Limited, 2008.
Don passionately believes in the power of music to inspire Australian children and enrich their lives.
Mikael is a founding shareholder of Beyond International in 1984. During an outstanding career in the film and television industry Mikael has executive produced a number of Australian award winning feature films and hundreds of hours of television produced by Beyond for broadcasters around the globe. His credits include a host of internationally successful shows. A highly regarded member of the Australian film and television industry, Mikael was elected to the council of the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) in 1994, and appointed to the Board of the Australian Film Institute in 1997 – 2005.
Blainey North is the Managing Director of Blainey North and Associates, and Blainey North Collection, an international award-winning architecture and interior design practice. Blainey’s practice is recognized worldwide, specializing in luxury hotels, residences, commercial and retail projects around the world. A member of the ACMF Fundraising Sub-committee, Blainey is passionate about the importance of music in developing children’s creativity.
Shelly Rafferty is the founder and Managing Director of ExecRep, specialising in outsourced business representation and recruitment. Shelly has more than 15 years’ experience developing and driving distribution campaigns across the telecommunications, consumer goods and manufacturing sectors. As a mother of three, Shelly is passionate about children, their development and wellbeing and is committed to supporting the ACMF’s community involvement initiatives.
Danielle Spencer is an Australian singer-songwriter and film and television actor. Danielle released her critically acclaimed debut album ‘White Monkey’ through EMI Music Australia in 2001 and in 2010, released her second album, ‘Calling All Magicians’, in the UK and Australia. Danielle has recently appeared on Dancing with the Stars on the Seven Network representing the ACMF. The daughter of ACMF founder and CEO Don Spencer, Danielle is passionately committed to the value and development of children’s music education.
Brian Wexham is the Chief Executive of SkillsOne, formally a Federal Government initiative with the mission to promote and advance learning, teaching and training in trades education. Brian is Chair of WorldSkills Australia. Brian’s background is extensive in media, advertising and publishing and he has held executive roles with The Times and Sunday Times, The Observer and Today Newspaper in London. He was also the CEO of Lonrho Media PLC in East Africa and is the author of several successful books and an international cartoon strip. Brian is a passionate proponent of music and committed to the ideals and mission of the ACMF.
Geoff Wilson is the founder and Chairman of the Wilson Asset Management Group and has more than 30 years’ experience in the Australian and international securities industry. Wilson Asset Management manages a number of listed investment funds including WAM Capital Ltd, WAM Active Ltd and WAM Research Ltd. In September 2014, the WAM Group listed the Future Generation Investment Fund, a ground-breaking listed investment fund with charitable purposes focused on supporting fourteen organisations working with children at risk, including the ACMF.
Toni Jones is a commercial media executive with News Corp Australia. Toni has almost 30 years’ experience in driving revenue streams and delivering results for clients spanning diverse business categories within the newspaper and publishing industries. Toni is deeply passionate about the wonderful opportunities and significant privilege that music provides not only for our young people, but to all sectors of our society and community.
Michael is a former Research Analyst at Merrill Lynch Equities and currently works in equity sales for Morgan Stanley Australia. He is passionate about the role of music in the lives of children.