First Nations Media taps Think HQ leader for CEO role

First Nations Media, the national body for First Nations not-for-profit broadcasting, media and communications, has appointed Think HQ’s Professor Shane Hearn as CEO.

He was appointed head of first nations engagement and communication in 2021 at Think HQ.

His remit included providing insights into First Nations audiences, connecting them to the agency’s work “to ensure experiences are centred and the Indigenous audience is included in campaigns”.

He will start his new role in January 2023.

Jen Sharpe, founder and managing director at Think HQ said: “Shane’s time at Think HQ has been hugely impactful in advancing our vision of inclusive communications to all Australians.

“Our work with Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) and the Federal Government’s Strengthening Telecommunications Against Natural Disasters (STAND) has shown just how far we have come as an agency in terms of working with a community of experts to drive First-Nations-led creative and community engagement.

“I’m thankful to Shane for his role in that.”

Sharpe said a replacement would be onboarded in the new year.

“Our commitment to First Nations engagement is long-standing and will continue,” she said.

“Moreso, we remain committed to growing our ecosystem of talented creatives and community engagement experts to lead impactful social change in our community.”


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