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Classification Board Members

Classification Board members

The members of the Classification Board are chosen to be broadly representative of the Australian community. This means that they are drawn from diverse areas, age groups and backgrounds. Board members are not required to hold any specific qualifications, but they must meet certain selection criteria which reflects the experience and qualities needed to effectively carry out their role.

All members of the Classification Board are based in Sydney, with some members moving from interstate to take up their role.

Under the Classification Act, there is the power for a person to be appointed as a temporary member of the Classification Board. A register of people suitable for temporary appointments is maintained and drawn on from time-to-time to provide short-term assistance in handling the workload of the Classification Board. Terms of appointment may be as short as one day and may extend to three months.

Who are the current Classification Board members?

The board is currently made up of a director, a deputy director, other board members and temporary board members.

 

Lesley O'Brien

Lesley O'Brien 

Director

Appointed as Deputy Director: 31 January 2011

Appointed as Director: 1 January 2013

Appointment Expires: 30 June 2016

Before taking up the position of Director of the Classification Board, Ms Lesley O'Brien, 49, was Deputy Director of the Classification Board for two years. She has over twenty-five years' experience as a journalist and publishing manager, most recently as a Senior Executive at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as General Manager of ABC Publishing (Books, Magazines and Audio), and previously, as editor of a leading Australian magazine food title. Ms O'Brien, who holds a Bachelor of Economics, has also worked in communications roles in the NSW public service, in radio news, and is a published book author.

Ms O'Brien is an active participant at her local tennis club, is a member of a local resident committee, and has a daughter and a teenage step-son.

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Margaret Anderson

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Deputy Director

Appointed: 25 July 2013

Appointment Expires: 24 July 2016

Margaret Anderson, 49, is Deputy Director of the Classification Board.

Before her appointment as Deputy Director, she completed a two-year engagement with the Department of Correctional Services in the Northern Territory. Margaret worked with Indigenous people, government agencies and non-government organisations to enhance services and personal development opportunities for disenfranchised youth and adult prisoners.

From 1995 to 2011, Margaret held several positions with the New South Wales Department of Corrective Services—including Director, Corporate Legislation and Parliamentary Support; and Executive Officer and Registrar of the Serious Offenders' Review Council. As Director, she led the development and implementation of numerous legislative reforms and as the Executive Officer and Registrar, she oversighted the case management plans of the state's most serious adult criminals.

Margaret has held various positions with the Legal Aid Commission of NSW, The Cabinet Office and the NSW Legislature. Margaret is also member of the Executive Board of the Prisoners' Aid Association of NSW—a community organisation which offers support to prisoners and their families during and after imprisonment.

Margaret has degrees in Arts and Law and holds a number of graduate certificates and diplomas in legal and management studies. Her interests include Indigenous performing arts, craft and painting, live theatre, films (especially Italian), photography, bush walking, travelling and aquarobics.

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Alison Bickerstaff

Alison Bickerstaff 

Board member

Appointed: 21 August 2014

Appointment Expires: 20 August 2017

Alison Bickerstaff, 35, grew up in Sydney and prior to her appointment to the Classification Board in 2014 was the proprietor of several hairdressing salons.

Alison is a hairdresser by trade, and has vast experience as both an employee and proprietor of successful salons. She has developed excellent multi-tasking and problem-solving skills that come from high-pressure work environments.

Alison has a young family and has been involved in her local community through her children's school and sporting commitments. Alison has also managed her son's junior rugby league team.

Alison is passionate about the environment and wildlife conservation. Her interests include rugby league, horse riding and spending time with her family. She also enjoys listening to a variety of music genres.

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Ron Delezio

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Board member

Appointed: 21 August 2014

Appointment Expires: 20 August 2017

Ron Delezio, 62, previously self-employed, has worked as a public speaker and was the founder of the charity, Day of Difference Foundation, and the regional chair for the charity Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC). Prior to this, Ron worked in the manufacturing industry for a number of years both as an employee and as a proprietor of a small business providing capital equipment and service to the plastics industry in Australia and New Zealand.

The Day of Difference Foundation delivers funding to children’s hospitals for medical equipment, research and training and therapists to children's hospitals all over Australia. The foundation works with the University of Sydney in conducting crucial research into improving the way hospitals work with families. ROMAC charity brings children from the south pacific region to Australia or New Zealand for life saving operations. Ron was awarded the 2006 Australian Father of the Year, NSW Citizen of the Year, Swans Ambassador, World Youth Day Ambassador and Australia Day Ambassador.

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Jarrah Rushton

Jarrah Rushton 

Board member

Appointed: 21 August 2014

Appointment Expires: 20 August 2017

Jarrah Rushton, 39, holds a Bachelor of Psychology and relocated from Western Australia to take up his position with the board.

Jarrah has been involved in skateboarding for over 27 years as a participant, and as a volunteer for state and then federal skate associations for almost 20 years. He has concurrently worked in the skate industry, first in retail, then as a coach, event organiser and portfolio manager at a youth facility, then finally co-founding a skate brand and managing various aspects of a wholesale and representative agency business.

His other interests include music, art, video games, snowboarding, reading and supporting the perennial underdogs—the Fremantle Dockers AFL team.

 

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Emma Ashton

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Temporary Board member

Emma Ashton is a 45-year-old mother of two young children who currently lives in Sydney. She grew up in the country and she studied nursing at university. After working as a nurse, both in Australia and overseas, she started working in politics and later in policy in the public service. She is currently a blogger. Emma is involved in her local community through her children's school and childcare centre, as well as being involved in other community groups. She is also involved in online communities and is in continual contact with a variety people discussing a wide range of issues from all over Australia.

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Jenny Burke

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Temporary Board member

Jenny Burke, 34, resides in the inner western suburbs of Sydney, and has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Organisational Behaviour. She works as a freelance market research contractor, and has worked as a research consultant for numerous social research firms and the Australia Council for the Arts. Jenny is a mother of a three year old and is actively involved in the local community as a volunteer for a variety of youth groups.

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Damien Carr

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Temporary Board member

Damien Carr, 27, resides in the inner western suburbs of Sydney. He has a Bachelor of Arts, and also holds a Diploma of Screen and Media He is continuing his studies towards a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing. He has an interest in community theatre in which he was involved while studying in Adelaide. Damien currently works in retail.

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Penny Colvin

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Temporary Board member

Ms Penny Colvin is 55 years old and lives in the southern suburbs of Sydney. She has a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources and a Human Resources Management Certificate. Penny is an accomplished HR professional with more than 20 years’ experience shared across the financial, government and not-for-profit sector, including disability services. Her community work involves working and volunteering in a variety of areas assisting the disabled, including aged care and support programs that increase awareness, opportunities and access to facilities for disabled adults and children. Penny also has a passion for hiking.

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Sophie Fletcher

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Temporary Board member

Sophie Fletcher, 28, resides in inner Sydney. She holds an Advanced Diploma of Design for Live Production, Theatre and Events and is a freelance production designer. She has worked in costume design for several film and theatre productions. Sophie previously worked in media as a retail manager for a news, opinion and lifestyle magazine, and as a child carer.

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Jenny Fowler

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Temporary Board member

Jenny Fowler, 50, resides in the southern suburbs of Sydney. She has a Bachelor of Education, Primary. Jenny currently works as a Youth Justice Conference Convenor, and has also worked as a primary school teacher. Jenny has a 20-year-old son and a 17-year-old daughter. She has maintained a high level of community involvement through her children’s school and sport and in her local surf lifesaving club.

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Wayne Garrett

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Temporary Board member

Wayne, 60, holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Science and a Ph D in Radiation Chemistry. He was a principal research scientist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and represented the Australian Government as Counsellor (Nuclear) based at the Australian High Commission in London. He was also involved in international programs to secure radioactive material from illicit uses, as well as to transfer peaceful uses of nuclear technology to developing countries in South East Asia.

Wayne lives with his wife and daughter in Sydney, but grew up in Queensland. He is actively involved in his daughter's school community and sporting programs. Wayne has also lived and worked in Sweden, Japan and the United Kingdom and has wide experience with people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds.

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Adam Hennessy

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Temporary Board member

Mr Adam Hennessy is 41 years old and lives in the western suburbs of Sydney. He has a Bachelor of Arts (History) and a Master of Policy and Applied Social Research. Adam also holds an Advanced Diploma of Police Management and a Diploma of Policing from NSW Police where he served for 13 years. He has had further community involvement through his roles as a child protection caseworker for NSW Family and Community Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice. He also undertook the production of a monthly publication of local issues, events and social topics of interest within his community in western Sydney. Adam is a father of three children.

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Felix Hubble

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Temporary Board member

Felix Hubble is 23 years old and lives in the inner west of Sydney. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Film Studies) (Digital Cultures) (Hons.). Felix currently works as head projectionist/duty manager and he has previously worked for a film review website as a sub-editor/writer.

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Andrew Humphreys

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Temporary Board member

Andrew Humphreys is 45 and lives in Sydney with his family. He is a writer and novelist with a background in consumer magazines. He has written for, edited and published a range of consumer magazines.

Andrew has degrees in arts and law and has also taught undergraduate and postgraduate media courses at Sydney universities.

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Michael Leske

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Temporary Board member

Michael Leske, 44, resides in northern Sydney. He has an Associate Diploma in Advertising and Graphic Design, and is also currently accredited as an Authorised Television Series Assessor. Michael has worked in a variety of roles with media and entertainment related organisations including program classification, television design and production. Michael is the parent of two infant children and has been involved in local community activities associated with their care. Michael’s interests include computer gaming, table tennis and bushwalking.

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Matt MacMaster

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Temporary Board member

Mr Matt MacMaster is 35 years old and lives in the inner west of Sydney. He has undertaken a course of study in Screen Writing and Directing, is a music critic/blogger and a floor manager for a major book retailer.

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Alan Miller

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Temporary Board member

Alan Miller is 55 years old and lives in the inner west of Sydney with his wife and teenage daughter. He is a self-employed sole trader in a business with an emphasis on stock and commodity trading, communications, education and training, transport, and tourism. Alan has also worked as a lecturer in Television Production and Broadcast Operations at the Institute of Indigenous Studies in the Northern Territory and various other roles as an adult educator in indigenous communities with the Northern Territory Department of Education.

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Lora Pechovska

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Temporary Board member

Ms Lora Pechovska is 27 years old and lives in the north western suburbs of Sydney. She has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities) (Hons.), a Bachelor of Arts (English Hons.) and a Diploma in Digital and Interactive Games (Art). Her community involvement includes working in educational environments such as teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), tutoring refugees and teaching English overseas. Lora currently works as a private English tutor and a retail assistant for a fashion retailer.

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Greg Randall

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Temporary Board member

Greg Randall, 53, has thirty-five years' experience in policing and criminal investigation within the New South Wales Police Force and other law enforcement agencies. He gained expertise in targeting, leading and commanding covert, complex and sensitive investigations into organised crime, as well as corruption in state, national and international jurisdictions. He attained the commissioned rank of detective inspector and received numerous awards and commendations, including the selection of participating in an international exchange program with the London Metropolitan Police.

Greg is married with two teenage children. His interests include overseas travel, water and snow sports, politics and world affairs.

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Raphael Richards

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Temporary Board member

Mr Raphael Richards is 39 years old and lives in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. He recently relocated to Sydney having worked as a primary school teacher in Melbourne. Raphael has a Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies),a Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary) and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary). He previously worked as an analyst for Lonely Planet Publications and a consultant for the Smartraveller program run by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Raphael is married and has one child at primary school. He enjoys participating in his local school community, camping and cooking for his family.

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Sharon Stockwell

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Temporary Board member

Sharon Stockwell, 55, resides  in inner Sydney. She has a Bachelor of Science (Honours in Psychology) and a Post Graduate Diploma of Applied Hypnosis. She is a registered psychologist currently presenting psychology-based workshops for an Employee Assistance Programme provider, and as a consultant leadership development facilitator, executive coach and organisational psychologist. Sharon has provided psychology-related services to government tribunals, health services providers and large corporations. 

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Gabrielle Tenison

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Temporary Board member

Gabrielle Tenison, 25, has several years of experience in the retail and hospitality industries, and is undertaking a business degree in Human Resources at university. Gabrielle is an active member of the community, and is engaged in numerous not-for-profit organisations, with whom she travelled to India in order to participate in aid work for a remote disadvantaged school, and an organisation that provides care and assistance to wheelchair-restricted adults. Gabrielle is an avid traveller, and has traversed many parts of the globe, including South-East Asia, Europe,  and South America.

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Leanne Wilson-O'Connor

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Temporary Board member

Leanne Wilson-O'Connor, 41, is currently employed as a television classifier. She previously worked for over 11 years as an Aboriginal education officer at a charitable institution providing respite care for children in need. Leanne has travelled extensively around Australia and has spent time living and working in remote Aboriginal communities. She has been a member of the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and is a member of her local Aboriginal Land Council.

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