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Classification Review Board

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The Classification Review Board is made up of a Convenor, a Deputy Convenor and other Review Board members. The Convenor is responsible for managing the Review Board and its decision making processes.

The Classification Review Board meets when an application for review of a decision by the Classification Board has been lodged. It operates on a majority-based, decision-making process. After each review, the Review Board makes a fresh decision, which is reported on in Review decisions.

Members

Susan Knowles

Classification Review Board member - Susan Knowles

Convenor
Appointed: 3 January 2019
Appointment expires: 30 June 2022

Ms Susan (Sue) Knowles lives in Perth, Western Australia. Ms Knowles retired as a Senator for Western Australia in the Australian Federal Parliament after 21 years of public service. During her career in the Parliament, she held a variety of positions including Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate. She served on many Senate committees and inquiries including as chairman of the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee dealing with health care, aged care, Aboriginal heath, welfare and other related matters, and was also a member of the Senate inquiries into British Child Migrants in Institutional Care and Australian Children in Institutional Care.

Ms Knowles is currently a member of the Advertising Standards Community Panel and chair of the Council of Owners for Seashells Resorts in Broome and Mandurah. She is actively involved in the local community by way of volunteer work with the St John of God Hospital and is a member and patron of several local sporting clubs.

Peter Price AM

Peter Price AM

Deputy Convenor
Appointed: 7 December 2014
Appointment expires: 6 December 2021

Mr Peter Price AM lives in Sydney, NSW, He is an advertising and communications professional with over 25 years' experience in multi-national agencies in Johannesburg, London and Sydney. He is currently the Managing Director of First Light, an advertising agency he founded in 1994 as well as part-time CEO of Crime Stoppers in NSW and Director of Corporate Communications for Crime Stoppers Australia.

Mr Price's experiences as a victim of multiple crimes in South Africa helped steer him in the direction of violence prevention and law enforcement advocacy. Mr Price has been closely involved with the development of Crime Stoppers. Mr Price has been a Director of Crime Stoppers since 1999 and has served as Chairman for five years and as Deputy Chairman for six years. He has also served as Vice President of Crime Stoppers International from 2012 to 2017.

In 2009, Mr Price was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to community safety through executive roles with Crime Stoppers. In 2017, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to community safety as an advocate for law enforcement and crime prevention programs.

Mr Price was also a Board Director of the Internet Industry Association from 2011 to 2014. He holds a diploma in marketing management and is a graduate and fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rechelle Leahy

Classification Review Board Member - Rechelle Leahy

Appointed: 6 December 2018
Appointment expires: 5 December 2022

Ms Rechelle Leahy lives in Armidale, NSW. She is an Independent Director and Vice President of the National Rural Women's Coalition, a Board Member with the Northern Tablelands Local Land Service, and a Statutory Appointee as a Youth Justice Conference Convenor in restorative justice for the Department of Justice NSW (Northern Inland Region). She was also appointed by the Australian Government as an Employment Facilitator with the Department of Education, Skills and Employment for the Northern Inland region of NSW for the Regional Employment Trial.

She is a principal sector specialist in governance, contract management, procurement and social policy issues. Her passion lies with gender equality, equity and improving policy through advocacy, specifically related to the specialised issues of rural, regional and remote (RRR) women and girls in Australia. Her passion for this work is the driving force behind her consultancy business RegionalCollab.

She has actively built a profile advocating for rural women and girls nationally and internationally. In 2018 and 2019 Rechelle represented civil society in New York, at the United Nations—Commission for the Status of Women as a representative of the National Rural Women's Coalition. In 2018 and 2019, she was nominated for a Pro Bono Australia IMPACT25 Award recognising her work creating a positive impact for women and girls in rural, regional and remote Australia and is a 2019 Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Alumni for the Local and Regional category.

Her qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Migration Law and a Certificate in Mediation Practice. She was also awarded the Commonwealth Bank Regional Scholarship to attend the Women on Boards Program.

Susan Bush

Classification Review Board member - Susan Bush

Appointed: 6 December 2018
Appointment expires: 5 December 2022

Ms Susan Bush lives in Albany Creek, Queensland. She is an investigator, transcriber, actor and writer with a background in the television/broadcast industry in both Australia and the UK. She has experience as a broadcast operator and a presentation coordinator, and is now engaged in writing, acting and the provision of freelance transcribing services. Ms Bush holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Griffith University and a Master of Arts from the University of Queensland. She was awarded Certificate of Highest Achievement (Best Actress) at the 2014 Australian Screen Industry Network Awards.

Ms Bush has also spent her time volunteering in the local filmmaking community, including judging the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) awards since 2015, and is a parent of three children.

Margaret Clancy

Classification Review Board member - Margaret Clancy

Appointed: 6 December 2018
Appointment expires: 5 December 2022

Ms Margaret Clancy lives in Castlemaine, Victoria. She has extensive experience in film classification, having served as a Classification Board member for a total of seven years at the Office of Film and Literature Classification. She has been a television classifier at the Seven Network and the Classification Manager at National Indigenous Television (NITV). She has been involved with indigenous communities through her work at NITV, including training of indigenous staff. Through her career, a diversity of roles has included teaching (ESL, Voice and Drama), also journalism, script writing and acting. She holds an Associate Diploma in Speech and Drama from the London College of Music and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Adam Davy

Classification Review Board member - Adam Davy

Appointed: 6 December 2018
Appointment expires: 5 December 2022

Mr Adam Davy lives in Kelvin Grove, Queensland. He is the Head of the English Department at Kelvin Grove State College, a metropolitan state school. He also performs an expert advisory role with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA). In these roles, he services the Arts and Education communities through the development and facilitation of creative writing, poetry and education programs.

He has been awarded a double degree (Arts and Education) from Griffith University and a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from the University of New England. He is the father of two children and a regular gamer.

Christopher Allen

Classification Review Board member - Christopher Allen

Appointed: 6 December 2018
Appointment expires: 5 December 2022

Mr Christopher Allen lives in Berry, NSW. He is currently the Director, Sector Performance and Intervention, at the NSW Department of Local Government. His recent public sector executive roles include Chief Operating Officer, Venues NSW in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and, in 2014–15, Acting Assistant Secretary and Director of Operations at the Classification Branch (both non-ongoing positions). From 2008 to 2012 he was Sheriff of NSW in the NSW Department of Attorney General & Justice, delivering support to the NSW Justice system.

Mr Allen's early career featured service as a commissioned officer in the Australian Defence Force (Army). His qualifications include a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership, Advanced Diploma in Public Safety, Associate Diploma in Personnel Administration, Diploma of Security & Risk Management and Diploma of Public Safety (Policing).

Mr Allen has published several novels and is the father of two young children.