11 Sep Head of Department Profile – Steve Speziale
Meet Steve Speziale, National Head of Media
You are the national head of media. What does this mean?
This means that The Salvation Army will be able to focus specifically on media as a freestanding department within the wider portfolio of Communications, resulting in a whole of Salvation Army approach. This approach will enable positive stories to be captured and then reported, from a broader perspective.
What media roles have you worked in previously?
My background is originally in journalism. I grew up in Sydney, and was drawn to news and broadcast news on radio in particular. Over time and many states later, I moved into more managerial roles including within Southern Cross Austereo. Austereo gave me experience from a national perspective which translates so well to this role now.
How would you describe yourself in three words? Caring, hopeful and thoughtful (lots of head time).
What do you do for fun? I am a self-confessed news geek. This translates to lots of reading, listening and viewing. I have a deep need to hear the BBC and America’s NPR. Cooking is also a pastime that I enjoy, which includes cooking for my son. My cooking tends to favour Mediterranean vegetarian dishes.
What do you like about working for the Salvos? It gives me the opportunity to work where people are valued. The Salvation Army works to ease difficulties for those who struggle. It’s very rewarding to be a part of something that sees the people who so often fall through the gaps. All of this aligns with my personal values.
What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on at the moment? Creating a team! I am in the process of creating a team that will be an enabling media department, one that can communicate the good news stories, both at the local and national levels.
Is there anything that you would like to say to Salvos around the country at this time? I am struck by the sense that amongst all this change, there is a presence of commitment and hope. I would like people to know that what’s going on will positively impact missional delivery in the tangible sense. It is incredibly important to acknowledge and respect our past, so that it can inform our future.