Heriot Media and Governance



ABN: 92 134 691 455

ACN: 134 691 455


NAME: Geoffrey Wilson Heriot (Geoff Heriot)






Born 14 January 1951
Australian national

PO Box 2156
Lower Sandy Bay
Tasmania 7005

Telephone - +61 (0)419 382739 (mobile); +61 (0)3 62253454
Fax - +61 (0)3 62253454
Email: gh@heriotmedia.com



Master of Commercial Law - Deakin University, Geelong, conferred 2006.
Master of Arts in History (Asian) - The University of NSW, Sydney, conferred 1983.
Graduate Diploma of Business Administration - Swinburne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, conferred 1988.
Company Directors Diploma - Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2002.
Bachelor of Arts (Vocational Writing) - Gordon Institute of Technology (subsumed by Deakin University), Geelong, conferred 1976.
Associate Diploma of Journalism - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, conferred 1985.


Project Research Design & Impact Evaluation - workshop by Dr Gerry Power, Managing Director of Intermedia UK, 1-2 December 2010, Melbourne.                 Project Cycle and Project Approach - IDSS Professional Development Program (overview of the design and management cycle for development assistance activities), Certificate number 1784, Melbourne, 24-25 June 2008.
Monitoring and Evaluation - IDSS Professional Development Program, Certificate number 1852, Melbourne, 9-10 September 2008.
Personal Security Awareness Training - ZeroRisk High Risk Advisers (Tony Loughran), NSW, October 2006.



Australia, Papua New Guinea, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Qatar.

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Thailand, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga.



Geoff Heriot is Director of Heriot Media & Governance Pty Ltd. He draws on extensive, high-level experience as a writer and consultant, media executive, strategist and corporate governance specialist. His experience encompasses the highest levels of public broadcasting in Australia and internationally. Geoff has held senior positions in corporate strategy and governance, leadership roles at divisional level, news and current affairs management and in the delivery of cross-media education services. Previously he served as a foreign correspondent, an international affairs specialist and a radio producer/journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Geoff led the development of the ABC's International Projects group. It provided specialist services to assist capacity building and the viability of media organisations internationally. He has also undertaken international roles including Technical Adviser (short and long-term), consultant and Project Director.



Adviser to Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Suva - assisting the senior management group, including Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor, with issues relating to the strategic re-alignment of Forum operations in relation to a newly-introduced policy process known as the Framework for Pacific Regionalism (July-August 2015).

Chair of Island Magazine Inc - a respected Australian literary magazine published quarterly in Tasmania and distributed nationally (from March 2015).

Essays, commentaries and feature articles - various contributions on maritime and media/governance themes for publications including Island, Inside Story, Crikey, Great Ocean Quarterly, The Marine Quarterly (UK) Tasmania 40° South and Public Administration Today.

In the South: Tales of Sail and Yearning - a nonfiction published in December 2012 in paperback and ebook editions. Cruising Helmsman magazine described this evocation of sail and the sea as 'a classic of Australian sailing literature'.

Chair of Screen Tasmania - appointed by the Tasmanian Premier and Minister for the Arts to chair the board of the state government's screen development and funding agency (from April 2012).

Strategic Management Specialist - a review of development issues and needs of Indonesia's national television service, Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI), January-February 2011. Funded by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Strategic Management and Corporate Governance Adviser - to assist the Board and senior management of the National Broadcasting Corporation of Papua New Guinea (NBC), over six in-country assignments between May 2009 and Novermber 2010. Funded by AusAID through the Media for Development Initiative (Component 2).

Independent Program Assessment Team, Solomon Islands Media Assistance Scheme (SOLMAS) - a performance review and planning recommendations for Phases 1 and 2 of SOLMAS, in July-August 2009 and September 2010 respectively. Funded under the auspices of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

Corporate Governance and Media Expert, Pacific Governance Support Program - to design and co-facilitate two seminars with Board directors and senior officers of Pacific public broadcasting organisations. The first seminar took place in Tonga (August 2010) and the second in Vanuatu (2011). Funded by AusAID.

Strategic Planning Adviser, Screen Tasmania - facilitation and development of a five-year strategic vision and plan for Screen Tasmania, a state film, television and multi-media funding agency. Funded by Screen Tasmania in July-August 2010.

Strategic Management Specialist - three assignments between October 2008 and January 2010 to consult with Vietnam Television (VTV) on its development as a contemporay national broadcaster and to support VTV's relationship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Funded by the ABC.

Media Development Consultant - to undertake an analysis of the management effectiveness of the Mongolian National Radio and Television Corporation (MNB); and to develop a preliminary design for a potential international capacity development program. Funded by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in October 2009.

Corporate Governance Consultant - to assist the Australian Broadcasting Corporation restructure and draft its new non-financial performance accountability statements for submission to government.


Geoff left the ABC in January 2009 following a long career in public broadcasting. The ABC Managing Director Mark Scott wrote a farewell letter in which he said Geoff had been:

" ... instrumental in contributing some remarkable outcomes for the Corporation covering a range of major strategic and governance reform initiatives".

Major roles and achievements are summarised below.

CHIEF OF CORPORATE PLANNING & GOVERNANCE, ABC (2001-08) - appointed to "support corporate leadership through the positioning, planning, communication and coordination of corporate governance and performance processes".

Key achievements:

  • Reform and re-design of ABC corporate planning and performance reporting processes. The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) reported this to be a "significant improvement" and the relevant Government Minister acknowledged the "greater consistency" and improved "transparency" of governance processes.
  • Five successive ABC Annual Reports from 2002-03 received gold citations at the Australasian Reporting Awards.
  • Leadership of the successful ABC bid for an initial five-year contract to establish and operate an international satellite television and online service (Australia Network) (AUD$90.4 million).
  • Coordination and project management of additional "National Interest" government funding for the ABC ($71.2 million); and key roles in successive triennial funding submissions to government.
  • High-level advice and support for successive Managing Directors and Boards - eg Board governance processes, industry analysis, organisation re-structures, external and internal communication strategies.

HEAD OF ABC INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS (2006-08) - a role performed in simultaneously with the Corporate Planning and Governance function to develop and improve the ABC's effectiveness and governance of its role in international media development and consultancy.

Key achievements:

  • Development and growth of ABC International Projects which, by 2008-09, was managing and delivering capacity-building media projects in Cambodia, Vietnam (soon to start), Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, in addition to smaller activities elsewhere.
  • Ratification of a formal Strategic Partnership between the ABC and AusAID as a means of improving the effectiveness of media for development interventions.
  • Successful response and management of risk incidents involving project personnel overseas.
  • A strategic performance review of the Al Jazeera Children's Channel over six months in 2007 involving four field trips to Arabian Gulf countries and Egypt (with a British and a Lebanese consultant).
  • Project Director of the Media for Development Initiative (Component 2) - 2007-08 (AusAID) during a period of strengthening and re-focusing project management.
  • Short-term advice - government review of public broadcasting in Hong Kong,


HEAD OF ABC EDUCATION SERVICES (1999-2000) - responsibility for the development and delivery of radio, television and online services for schools and adult learners, in the emerging digital media environment.

Key achievements:

  • Development of online courseware and learning resources for undergraduate, professional and lifelong learning applications, with academic partners.
  • Innovative cross-media projects and award-winning TV documentaries for lifelong learning.


GENERAL MANAGER OF ABC CORPORATE STRATEGY (1996-1998) - to support the Board and Managing Director in positioning and preparing the ABC for the transition to digital television and interactive media.

Key achievements:

  • Leadership of the project team working with external consultants KPMG to re-design the top management and organisation structure of the Corporation
  • Co-ordination and development of the Corporation's digital content strategy in anticipation of the introduction of digital terrestrial television broadcasting (DTTB) from January 2000
  • Co-ordination and authorship of the Corporation's digital technology funding strategy, including a four-month period of defending the strategy against the scrutiny of external consultants appointed by the Government.


SENIOR STRATEGIC ADVISER TO THE CHAIRPERSON & GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE, SOUTH AFRICAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION (1994-1996) - several in-country assignments, totalling about 1 year, in addition to Australia-based activity in an AusAID-funded program to assist the SABC adapt to a new civic, regulatory and commercial environment.

Key achievements:

  • Strategic facilitation of Board and management processes leading to major corporate reforms to assist transition from the Apartheid era - policy, structures, resources, content and affirmative action targets
  • Confidential advice and assistance to the Chairperson and Group Chief Executive on a range of leadership, broadcasting, succession planning, structural, resource and general management issues
  • Advice to the SABC and negotiation with AusAID and the South African Government to help re-establish education broadcasting as a key public broadcasting role in national transformation.


OTHER ROLES - from 1993, Geoff Heriot undertook various ABC roles in business development and policy analysis, including a major future search project to help inform long-term strategic planning.

Between 1985 and 1992, he held divisional and editorial management positions. Geoff acted as Director of Radio Australia during a period of organisational restructuring and re-positioning.

He served as Controller of News and Programs at Radio Australia, responsible for all program output, including news and current affairs in English and eight other languages. He was responsible for 180 staff and for ABC news bureaux in Singapore, Beijing, Bangkok, New Delhi, Jakarta and Port Moresby.

Prior to that, he was Controller of News and Current Affairs at Radio Australia, Executive Producer of Specialist Talks with ABC Radio National (the specialist talk network for domestic audiences), especially international affairs.

Geoff twice served as an ABC foreign correspondent, covering South and Southwest Asia from New Delhi (1979-81) and PNG/Pacific from Port Moresby (1978-79). Other assignments included that of Radio Australia's senior reporter in Canberra, radio producer, and journalist with the (defunct) Herald newspaper of Melbourne. He contributed freelance material to a range of international broadcast and print media (Australia, UK, Ireland and the USA).