Board of Directors

Deanne Weir

Non-Executive Director and Chair BA(Hons) LLB(Hons) LLM

Deanne has served as a director of Ai-Media since 2010, and became Chair in August 2013. An entrepreneur, company director and philanthropist, Deanne previously spent 10 years at ASX listed company Austar United Communications as a senior executive, including as General Counsel and Company Secretary. Deanne is also Chair of Seer Data and Analytics, an Australian technology start-up. Deanne is passionate about community engagement and the power of story-telling to help influence social change. Deanne was a long-term Board member and Deputy Chair at Screen Australia and in 2017 was appointed Chair of the Sydney Film Festival. Deanne is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Tony Abrahams

Co-Founder, Director and CEO
BCom (Hons). LLB (UNSW), MPhil. MBA (Oxford)

Tony co-founded Ai-Media in 2003. Tony served as a Director of Northcott Disability Services from 2010 to 2018, and was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2013. In previous roles, Tony worked to establish the Oxford Internet Institute in 2001, while attending the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Tony has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2006.

John Martin

Non-Executive Director
BA LLB (Hons)

John joined the board in 2010 and served as the company’s first Chairman until 2013. He is an experienced company director and business executive having served as CEO and director of ASX-listed Babcock & Brown Communities, Primelife and Regeneus. John is a former corporate and executive partner of the law firm Allens where he specialised in M&A, fundraising and corporate advisory. He is a Non-Executive Director of ASX-listed investment company, Concentrated Leaders Fund; national law firm, Sparke Helmore; biotech company, Biopoint; and wireless technology company, Lokket.  John is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Jonathan Pearce

Non-Executive Director
B Fin.; Graduate Diploma of App. Fin

Jonathan was appointed to the Board in January 2020 as a nominee of CVC.  He has significant experience in the finance industry and has held senior roles in a number of boutique investment houses. He is a portfolio manager of the CVC Emerging Companies Fund and focuses on primarily on corporate finance and advisory for small and mid-cap companies listed on the ASX.

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Alison Loat

Non-Executive Director
BAH, Queen’s University, Kington Canada; MPP, Harvard Kennedy School

Alison joined the Board in 2018 is the Chair of Ai-Media’s Canadian entity. Alison is the Managing Director, Sustainable Investing and Innovation at OPTrust, a Canadian public pension plan, where she is responsible for environmental, social and governance-related aspects of $22 billion in globally diversified investments and for developing a new investment portfolio that deploys capital at the intersection of sustainability and innovation. She is also a Director of The Logic, a Canadian media company.   Alison is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, where she serves on the program’s Advisory Board, an Advisory Board member at the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University and a governor of Ridley College. She received both the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals for her service to Canada and was named one of the WXN 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. She holds a BA (Honours) from Queen’s University and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Sue Sanossian

Company Secretary
MAICD, CertGovPrac (GIA)

Sue joined Ai-Media in 2011 and is responsible for assisting the Board and company in meeting its fiduciary, compliance and corporate governance obligations. Sue has led AIM’s People and Culture team and previously was part of the corporate development and legal affairs team at Austar United Communications Limited (an ASX listed company), and has prior experience in administrative roles with two ASX listed companies – Lake Technology Limited and Excel Coal Limited. Sue is a pivotal point of contact for the Board, investors, senior executives, staff and industry peers. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Certificate in Governance Practice from the Governance Institute of Australia.  Sue served as a Director on the inaugural Board of the Global Alliance of Speech to Text Captioning, a US-based non-profit corporation which is dedicated to universal accessibility to the spoken word via all forms of captioning.