On the boards of corporate Australia, the same names seem to come up often. CEOs, lawyers and investment bankers are frequent go-tos for headhunters after a name that will fit comfortably and respectably on the boards they’re filling. The ABC’s board, with a few exceptions largely fits this model. But the two women named to join it yesterday, to differing degrees, break the mould.

Both women have active social media presences, which is unusual in corporate board land, and neither is based in Melbourne or Sydney.