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.
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.
Michael is employed at Morgan Stanley and has more than 20 years’ experience working in the Australian equities market. During his professional career he has worked in numerous roles within Investment Banking. Michael has been actively involved within the not for profit sector including as a past board member of the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (now a division of RIDBC). He is passionate about the making a contribution to the community and is committed to delivering the benefits of an integrated music program for disadvantaged children.
Louise Pocock is the Deputy Executive Director of the AICD Governance Leadership Centre, Australia’s leading think-tank on corporate governance. She is a Director of the Future Business Council Ltd, which represents the next generation of business in Australia. Louise has 15 years’ experience in corporate law, governance and policy, including as a lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills specialising in dispute resolution. Louise writes children’s poetry and is a former music teacher. She is passionate about the benefits of music and creativity for children’s well-being.
Peter Northcote is arguably the most recorded guitarist in Australian history, Peter started doing session work in 1985. Still one of the busiest session musicians in Australia today, Pete has moved onto a solo career with four solo albums that have won critical acclaim. Being the first call for jingles, Pete has played on just about every ad since the mid-80’s. Having twelve library/production albums under his wing, his compositions have had regular spot on Oprah, Dr. Phil, and sports programs globally.
Peter has recorded and performed with a myriad of amazing musicians including Daryl Braithwaite, Guy Sebastian, Dragon, Human Nature, Jenny Morris, Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Yothu Yindi, Elton John, Cher, Shania Twain and the ACMF’s CEO and founder, Don Spencer, to name a few.
Peter Lectures at the major music universities and understands the connection, compassion, and creativity that can only be gained by the teaching of music at an early age.