Investigating a sustainable future for public interest journalism


Board Members

Allan Fels AO


Professor Allan Fels AO is a Professor of Law and of Economics and a former Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Virginia Haussegger AM

Deputy Chair

Virginia Haussegger AM is an award-winning journalist and gender equity advocate.

Eric Beecher

Eric Beecher is Chair of two influential media groups – Private Media, which publishes Crikey, The Mandarin and Smart Company, and Solstice Media, which publishes The New Daily and InDaily.
Richard Eccles sits smiling at the camera. he is wearing glasses and has greying hair. He wears a black suit, white shirt and bright yellow tie.

Richard Eccles

Richard Eccles is a consultant and company director and former Australian Public Servant.
Leslie Falkiner-Rose, an older woman with chin length dark to golden blonde hair. She wears black rimmed glasses and a green scarf and grey top. She is smiling at the camera and standing in a garden.

Leslie Falkiner-Rose

Leslie is an experienced print, radio and television journalist who now focuses on strategic communications and collaborative educational, social and cultural change initiatives.
Anita Jacoby smiles at the camera. She is a middle-aged woman, with close cropped hair in an orange-blonde tone and wearing a white v-neck shirt. We only see her from the shoulders up.

Anita Jacoby AM

Anita is an award-winning television producer/journalist, media executive, company director and a leading advocate for women in media and leadership.

Mette Schepers

Mette is an internationally-experienced financial and professional services executive and non-executive director. She is Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee.

Professor Simon Wilkie

Professor Simon Wilkie’s career spans a remarkable array of roles that extend beyond the higher education sphere and include appointments as Chief Economic Policy Strategist at Microsoft Corporation and Chief Economist with the US Federal Communications Commission.

Our thanks

PIJI extends our gratitude to all of our former Directors, for their roles in founding, guiding, and supporting PIJI to achieve our vision: