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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: 31 December 2015

Before taking up the position of Director of the Classification Board, Ms Lesley O'Brien, 46, 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 at university and a 15-year-old step-son.

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Margaret Anderson

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Deputy Director

Appointed: 25 July 2013

Appointment Expires: 24 July 2016

Ms Margaret Anderson, 47, is Deputy Director of the Classification Board, a position she was appointed to in July 2013.

Before her appointment as Deputy Director, she completed a two-year engagement with the Department of Correctional Services in the Northern Territory working as Deputy Director, Strategic and Executive Services; and then as the Executive Director, Youth Justice. Ms Anderson worked with Indigenous people, government agencies and non-government organisations to enhance services and personal development opportunities for disenfranchised youth and adult prisoners. While in the Territory, Ms Anderson was a member of a number of committees including the Youth Justice Advisory Committee—comprising government, non-government and community representatives. The committee monitored and evaluated the administration and operation of the Youth Justice Act and provided advice to the minister on issues relevant to the administration of youth justice. This included the planning, development, integration and implementation of government policies and programs concerning youth.

From 1995 to 2011, Ms Anderson 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.

Ms Anderson has held various positions with the Legal Aid Commission of NSW, The Cabinet Office and the NSW Legislature. Ms Anderson has also been 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. She has also been a supporter of SHINE for Kids—a registered charity supporting children with a parent in the NSW criminal justice system.

Ms Anderson 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 aquaerobics.

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Amanda Apel

Amanda Apel 

Board member

Appointed: 3 April 2009

Reappointed: 3 April 2012

Appointment Expires: 2 April 2015

Amanda Apel, 50, was raised in Sydney and has since lived and worked in a number of Australian states and territories as well as abroad. Her working life has encompassed the fields of advertising, photography, business and sports administration, tourism and primary industry. Amanda's diverse professional experience, study and extensive travel have allowed her insight into a variety of cultures and social issues.

Prior to taking up her appointment to the Classification Board in 2009, Amanda held the position of executive officer for Swimming Northern Territory in Darwin, a position that relied on close ties to youth sports and the community at large.

Amanda now lives in Sydney where her time away from the office is dedicated to the activities of her teenage children. She maintains an interest in art, photography, writing and film.

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Moya Glasson

Moya Glasson 

Board member

Appointed: 6 April 2009

Reappointed: 6 April 2012

Appointment Expires: 5 April 2015

Moya Glasson, 57, holds a Bachelor of Education degree and relocated from Western Australia to take up her position with the board. Moya taught in a number of metropolitan-area, regional and remote public schools across Western Australia. After teaching for more than three years on the Cocos Islands, Moya received a scholarship from the Department of Education and Training in Western Australia to complete a semester of language and cultural studies at the Gajah Mada University, Yogyakarta, as part of a Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies.

Moya has taught migrant and refugee students in Intensive English Centres in Perth as well as in schools, colleges and universities in Indonesia, Vietnam and South Korea.
Moya has worked in programs to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and migrant students as well as inter-department initiatives to support refugees and ethnic communities.

Moya, whose main interests are travel and languages, comes from a large extended family and has connections to a range of educational institutions, sporting clubs and other interest groups across Western Australia in areas as diverse as dance, Aus-Kick and volunteer radio.

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Alison Bickerstaff

 

Board member

Appointed: 21 August 2014

Appointment Expires: 20 August 2017

Alison Bickerstaff, 34, grew up in Sydney and prior to her appointment to the Classification Board in 2014 was the proprietor of several successful 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.

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Ron Delezio

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Board member

Appointed: 21 August 2014

Appointment Expires: 20 August 2017

Ron Delezio, 60, was self-employed. He has worked as a public speaker and was the founder of the charity, Day of Difference Foundation. 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 charity has delivered millions of dollars of urgently needed medical equipment, research, medical 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. 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

 

Board member

Appointed: 21 August 2014

Appointment Expires: 20 August 2017

Jarrah Rushton, 38, 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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Samantha Arnull

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Temporary Board member

Samantha has a background in visual art and works with found objects, photography and installation. Samantha completed a Master of Fine Art at the University of Newcastle, which incorporated study at the Bauhaus University, Germany. Samantha has worked as a collaborator in production design for theatre, dance and performance. She has worked in museums and galleries as an artist's assistant and installer for Australian and international artists both in Australia and overseas. Samantha has experience in teaching and writing creative programs for both primary and secondary schools in visual arts. Since 2010 Samantha has been teaching visual arts education at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.

Always maintaining her practice as an artist, Samantha has travelled to India making documentary films and exploring the immense artistic talents and culture of people living in rural southern India.

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Emma Ashton

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Temporary Board member

Emma Ashton is a 43-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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Wayne Garrett

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Temporary Board member

Wayne, 58, 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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Geoff Geraghty

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Temporary Board member

Geoff Geraghty, 60, has had an extensive and wide ranging career with the Australian Military. He has been active within the community through various school associations and local community initiatives. He recently served as a community member with the NSW Bar Association. He is currently involved with the Young Endeavour Youth Sail Training Scheme and the Australian Navy Cadets. Geoff is married with three adult children and one grandchild.

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Serena Jakob

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Temporary Board member

Serena Jakob is 40 and, before joining the Classification Board, lived in Adelaide in South Australia. She grew up in small community on the Eyre Peninsula and has a background in cultural anthropology and education. Serena has worked in metropolitan, rural and remote communities throughout Australia. Serena has specialised in program development and ethnographic research for education projects based throughout remote indigenous communities. From 2000, she has worked for the Department of Education and Children's Services as part of Wiltja-a program that offers Aboriginal adolescents from the remote communities within the Pitjantjatjara Lands the opportunity to access mainstream secondary education in an urban setting. Serena has been a volunteer and committee member with the Southern Districts Junior Soccer Association since 2002, where she was involved in organising soccer carnivals and coaching clinics for primary aged children. She has been a volunteer with the Adelaide Film Festival and has participated in numerous community arts events particularly indigenous art and cultural festivals.

Serena has also worked with the UK-based interactive digital artists, Blast Theory. Serena enjoys learning about other cultures and has travelled extensively throughout Australia, North and Central America, Indonesia and Eastern Europe. Her interests include tennis, electronic music, technology, cycling, culture, travel and adventure.

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Benjamin May

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Temporary Board member

Benjamin May, 33, began his career as a film projectionist at several multi-screen cinema complexes. He then joined Foxtel where he worked in broadcast operations before being appointed as Programming Manager for various subscription television channels and new media services. During this time he gained strong knowledge of the classification process and broad community standards. His interests include film, music and live comedy.

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Vijay Narisetty

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Temporary Board member

Vijay Narisetty, 45, was born in Hyderabad, India and migrated to Australia in 1996. He is a former NSW police officer and has extensive experience working within our community. He is married with two young children and loves travelling, cooking and films.

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Greg Randall

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Temporary Board member

Greg Randall, 52, 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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Nathan Whitta

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Temporary Board member

Nathan Whitta, 35, worked as a combat systems operator in the navy for eight years, serving in two sea postings before discharging. He then studied a Bachelor of Science, majoring in geology, at Macquarie University before working as a coal exploration geologist.

Nathan has volunteered as a primary ethics teacher at the school his children attend and is currently studying at Macquarie University with the intention of becoming a high school teacher. He lives with his spouse and two young children.

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Leanne Wilson-O'Connor

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Temporary Board member

Leanne Wilson-O'Connor, 39, is currently employed as a television classifier. She previously worked for over eleven 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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