Andrew Buchanan

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 Andrew Buchanan has more than 25 years experience in broadcast programming, operations and management, including leadership of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s 58 station radio network as General Manager Local Radio and administration of the ABC’s International Development department with training consultants in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and South Africa. He has special expertise in staff motivation and facilitating corporate change.

1992-97 Management of the output and operation of the ABC’s 58 local radio stations throughout Australia, including nine metropolitan and 49 regional stations, Rural specialist broadcasting and ‘Australia All Over’.

Leadership of 500 decentralised staff around Australia and a budget of $40 million.

Initiated joint venture with Charles Sturt University providing indigenous undergraduates with specialist broadcasting training as part of a cultural heritage studies course. Also:

  • Australian Rural Woman of the Year Award
  • The Royal Flying Doctor Service Appeal
  • Australian Open Garden Scheme
  • Open Farm Scheme
  • Multi-Cultural Fairs
  • Regional Development Awards
  • National Shine on Disability Awards.

Represented the ABC as an official spokesperson at functions, conferences and in the media. This included opening high profile agricultural events, presenting papers on behalf of the ABC Chair and Managing Director, representing the ABC at the Senate Estimates Committee and speaking annually at the National Press Club.



Member of

Australian Institute of Company Directors
Australian Institute of Management
International Institute of Communications

Board Directorships (Past and present)

Chair of NSW Disability Council
NSW Health Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel
NSW Health Priority Taskforce (Centre for Mental Health)
NSW Attorney General’s Department Disability Advisory Council
NSW Office of the Protective Commissioner & Office of the Public Guardian
Chair of Sydney Committee Australian Open Garden Scheme
National Board Member of Australian Open Garden Scheme
Chair of Best Buddies Australia


Public Service Medalin the 1995 Australian Day Honours for services to communication, regional and rural communities.

Andrew is married to Kate, a passionate Queenslander and physiotherapist. They have two daughters, Georgia & Meg, both of whom are university graduates in the fields of physiotherapy and commerce respectively.

Clients include: Qantas, Lend lease, The Australia Council, Eraring Energy,

Delta Electricity, Ambulance Service of NSW, Musica Viva, ACMA, AFTRS, Centerlink , Great Southern Pacific Express, Cosway, Group Training Australia, McCarthy Management, Citibank, House with No Steps, NSW Disability Council, Spastic Centre of NSW,, NSW Lands Dept, NSW DADHC, WA Sport and Recreation Dept, NSW Health Department, Australian Sports Commission.


My involvement in public speaking began the day was launched and progressed with the normal hiccups for a year or two before I gained confidence and became effective in speaking at conferences and large meetings. TV and live radio were quite a problem for me which I struggled with until I received training from Andrew Buchanan. 

Andrew’s tips made all the difference and my confidence levels grew to the point where I now enjoy TV and radio interviews as much as I enjoy presenting to a live audience. I would thoroughly recommend Andrew’s advice to anyone who fears the microphone pointed in their direction. 

Graeme Wood – CEO –

Andrew is brilliant, and especially at presiding and chairing. It is really nice that he thought of us, and if an opportunity occurs with this or any other event we are organising, I shall pursue him.

Mark Armstrong – Director – Network Insight Institute

“It has been so tremendously helpful to work with Andrew.  I feel a million times more prepared for doing presentations than I would have otherwise.  

The man has the patience of a saint and delivers negative feedback like it’s no big deal.”

Staff, Musica Viva Australia

Thanks again for yesterday….you were firm but unobtrusive….perfect performance.

Chris Chapman – Chairman – ACMA

Andrew was extremely easy to work with in the lead up to the event and engaged all of the attendees with his practical examples and expert knowledge. The sessions exceeded expectations and I would recommend him to anyone as a Mentoring professional.

Lisa Evans, Regional Event Coordinator – Australian Institute of Management

I am very happy to provide a testimonial for Andrew Buchanan. Next year I will be the President of the Law Society of NSW and, as a consequence, I have engaged Andrew to provide me with media training. I have had three lengthy sessions with him.

One of the sessions involved conducting practice radio and television interviews.

I have found Andrew’s tuition and advice of immense value and benefit. He is extremely clever and observant with a knack for providing intuitive insights. I have found his advice on how to conduct oneself during an interview to be of significant practical assistance. I am more than happy to recommend him to others.

Stuart Westgarth – Partner – HWL Ebsworth 

I found Andrew to be generous with his time, totally engaged during our sessions, and constructive and supportive in his observations and suggestions.   

He is clearly an expert in his field and, more importantly, has the skill, intuition and patience to convey that expertise to those who work with him.  I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone wishing to develop in the area of media training.

Hersh Gandhi – Director – Man Investments

I think your part in bringing the theme to life and weaving the narrative over the two days cannot be underestimated – your hosting skills are great! I also felt you captured the key insights from each speaker which really helped in capturing the key learnings. It was a pleasure working with you.

Aasha Murthy – Chief Executive Officer – ACEL

I would like to express my profound gratitude to you for your great contribution to the 1st Congress of Global Children Healthcare Collaboration & Cerebral Palsy Alliance held in Changsha in 2018. Your wonderful lectures have been quite informative and inspiring. It is without doubt that your presence was one important factor in making our congress succeed.  We look forward to having extensive collaboration with you and inviting you again for the future academic activities.

Dr. TAN Lihong – President of Hunan Children’s Hospital

Thank you so much for you time and valuable insights yesterday. Your presence was truly engaging and inspiring for our young ‘pioneers’ and many of them commented on your warmth and fabulous delivery.

Kay Richardson – Accessible Arts


To contact Andrew Buchanan for corporate or presentation engagements and media and presentation training, contact Peter Wall at Wall Media  or on 0408 489 057.