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

 

Margaret Anderson

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Director

Appointed: 12 June 2018

Appointment Expires: 24 July 2020

Acting Director

Appointed: 1 July 2017

Deputy Director

Appointed: 25 July 2013

Reappointed: 25 July 2016

Margaret Anderson, 52, was appointed Director of the Classification Board in June 2018. Prior to this, she was the Acting Director of the Classification Board for a year and the Deputy Director for four years.

Before her appointment to the Board, Margaret completed an engagement in the Northern Territory working 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 NSW Department of Corrective Services including Director, Corporate Legislation and Parliamentary Support, as well as 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 oversaw 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.

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Alison Bickerstaff

Alison Bickerstaff 

Board member (acting Deputy Director)

Appointed: 21 August 2014

Appointment Expires: 20 August 2019

Alison Bickerstaff, 38, grew up in Sydney and prior to her appointment to the Classification Board in 2014 was the proprietor of several busy hairdressing salons.

Alison is a hairdresser by trade, and has vast experience as both an employee and proprietor.

Alison has a young family and has been involved in her local community through her children's school and sporting commitments. She has managed her son's junior rugby league team and has been a Board member on the club's committee. She is also involved in a local group that gather regularly to help control the spread of noxious weeds and help with bush and creek re-generation in her local area.

Alison is passionate about the environment and wildlife conservation. Her interests include sustainable living, rugby league, horse riding, gardening, film and the arts and spending time with her family. She also enjoys listening to a variety of music genres and is also involved in her local community's social media site, which covers issues such as neighbourhood watch, hazard/weather watch and cultural issues, boosting community morale.

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Jarrah Rushton

Jarrah Rushton 

Board member

Appointed: 21 August 2014

Appointment Expires: 20 August 2020

Jarrah Rushton, 41, 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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Ellenor Nixon

Ellenor Nixon 

Board member

Appointed: 1 June 2016

Appointment Expires: 31 May 2019

Ms Ellenor Nixon, 27, holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science and relocated from Merriwa, NSW to take up her position with the board.

Prior to her appointment, Ellenor was the assistant manager on her family's mixed farming property. She has been actively involved in the community through her work with the local rural fire brigade, landcare events, agricultural shows and charities as well as competing in local sporting competitions. Ellenor is currently studying for a Graduate Certificate in Agriculture.

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Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann 

Board member

Appointed: 1 June 2016

Appointment Expires: 31 May 2019

Mr Thomas Mann, 36, is a trained teacher and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Literature, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Editing and Communications. Ms Mann relocated from Footscray, Victoria to take up his position with the board.

Thomas has a background in editing for a variety of business media, and was an editor for an online music website immediately prior to his appointment. Through his work and personal interests, Thomas had an extensive involvement with the online community.

Thomas’ local community involvement included support to the migrant community in Footscray as a volunteer English tutor and work with Melbourne's student community as a volunteer with the youth focussed radio station SYN FM. Thomas has three children.

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Emma Ashton

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Temporary Board member

Emma Ashton is a 48-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.

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, 36, 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 two young boys and is actively involved in the local community. She particularly enjoys volunteering in a leadership role at a local playgroup.

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Damien Carr

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Temporary Board member

Damien Carr, 30, 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 an Advanced Diploma of Perfroming Arts (Acting) at Actors Centre Australia.

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Jenny Fowler

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Temporary Board member

Jenny Fowler, 53, 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 and as an ‘extra’ in film and television. Jenny has a 23-year-old son and a 20-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. Her other interests include travel, sport and keeping fit.

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Wayne Garrett

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Temporary Board member

Wayne, 64, holds a BSc (Hons) and a PhD in Radiation Chemistry. He was a principal research scientist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), was Head of the Nuclear Branch representing the interest of both ANSTO and the Australian Government as Counsellor (Nuclear) based at the Australian High Commission in London and was Australia’s representative on the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency steering committee in Paris. He was also involved in international programs with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the US Department of Energy 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 has also lived and worked in Sweden, Japan and the United Kingdom as well as Paris and a variety of South East Asian countries 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 43 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 26 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 at an independent cinema and has previously worked for an online film journal as a sub-editor and writer.

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Andrew Humphreys

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Temporary Board member

Andrew Humphreys is 48 and lives in Sydney with his family. He is a writer and novelist with a background in publishing, having 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.

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Michael Leske

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Temporary Board member

Michael Leske, 46, resides in northern Sydney. He has an Associate Diploma in Advertising and Graphic Design.

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 young 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 37 years old and lives in the inner west of Sydney.

He has undertaken a course of study in Screen Writing and Directing at NIDA, is a music critic/blogger and works for a multinational advertising agency in Ultimo.

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Lora Pechovska

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Temporary Board member

Ms Lora Pechovska is 30 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, 57, has thirty-five years' experience in policing and criminal investigation within the NSW 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 being selected to participate 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, 42, resides in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies) and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary & Secondary). He has worked in the travel publishing industry and education sector for over a decade and had previously served as a board member for the Smartraveller program run by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Raphael is actively involved in his child’s school community and sports programs.

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