Farewell to Board Treasurer Luchi Santer

January 17, 2024

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With immense gratitude, we say farewell to our retiring Board Treasurer, Luchi Santer.

Luchi joined the CBF Board in 2016 as Board Treasurer.  Prior to her appointment to the Board she served on our former Ethnic Grants Advisory Committee for over six years.

Luchi has been an active leader and advisor across a number of significant projects, including the achievement of the CBF’s Deductible Gift Recipient status, serving as a member of the Community Broadcasting Development Fund Management Committee since 2017.

As Treasurer, Luchi has been integral to the organisation’s financial management and risk management. Luchi was appointed Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee in 2021, assisting the Committee to consider and mitigate organisational and strategic risks.  As Committee Chair she provided guidance to our Finance Manager and Administration team and assisted with a transition from our previous auditor, and with onboarding to our current auditors. Her greatest passion was making sure the CBF was operating within budget and maximising the funds available for distribution to the sector.

Luchi also oversaw the implementation of recommendations from the CBF Structure & Governance review – an important chapter for the organisation which has significantly refined and improved its governance and grant-making processes.  Luchi also contributed to the development of two Strategic Plans (2017-21 and 2021).  She also helped the Board consider the Supporting Station Resilience review recommendations, and oversight of $4 million in additional funding from the 2017 Australian Government Media Reform Package.

In 2023, Luchi also contributed to the development of Roadmap 2033 – a landmark moment in community broadcasting which has created a shared vision of a vibrant future for our sector.

As a passionate supporter of ethnic and multicultural community broadcasting, her commitment to championing the community broadcasting sector has been an inspirational force.  Beyond her role at the CBF, she has over 25 years of experience in ethnic community broadcasting in the Northern Territory.  Through her participation on a number of local and national committees, she has been involved in disaster relief and support efforts following the Bali bombings, the 2004 Asian Tsunami and other international events in East Timor and the Philippines.

We recognise Luchi’s incredible leadership and tireless devotion to the community broadcasting sector, which has had unforgettable impact during her time at the CBF.  We wish her all the best on her next chapter.

Thank you, Luchi!