Meet Our Team Members

CAROL BENNETT

CAROL BENNETT

CEO

Over the last two decades, Carol has worked at senior executive levels in national health and aged care organisations and has served on national and international boards and advisory groups.

KATHERINE COPSEY

KATHERINE COPSEY

Head of Network Building and Relationships

Katherine loves working with our Victorian Leadership Councils who are leading the charge to protect communities from gambling harm at the local government level. As the area of government closest to the community, councils see first-hand the damage done by pokies and the gambling industry.

ROSE O'LEARY

ROSE O'LEARY

Advocacy and Policy Lead

Rose joined the Alliance in 2021 as the Victorian Campaigner after three years at the Victorian Local Governance Association working on gambling harm prevention in local communities.

JOCELYN EDGE

JOCELYN EDGE

Finance Officer

With an Associate Diploma in Business (Accounting), BAS Agent qualifications, and Diploma of Business (Governance).

REV TIM COSTELLO

REV TIM COSTELLO

Chief Advocate

Tim is one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics.

ANNA BARDSLEY

ANNA BARDSLEY

Voices for Gambling Reform Coordinator

Anna describes herself as an 'accidental advocate', having come to work with the Alliance through her own experience of gambling harm.

REBECCA PATERSON

REBECCA PATERSON

Councils and Supporters Coordinator

Rebecca has a deep understanding of local government and the impacts of gambling harm at a local level.

TARA COFFIN_HARROLD

TARA COFFIN_HARROLD

Office Manager

Running an administration business since 2014, Tara brings a wealth of office management and administration experience in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

CLAIRE CONNELL

Network and Funding Developer

Joining us in the role of Network and Funding Developer in May 2022, and with lived experience of gambling harm as an affected other, Claire is working collaboratively with the AGR Team, trusts, foundations and government to enhance our reach across Australia.

MARTIN THOMAS

Head of Communications

Martin has extensive experience in the media and in the for purpose sector. He has held senior media, advocacy and policy roles with World Vision Australia/International, Mission Australia and UNICEF Australia. Martin was also CEO of Habitat for Humanity Australia.

MADDY THORPE

Social Media and Content Co-ordinator

Maddy graduated as an Osteopath with Distinction from RMIT University in 2016. Maddy is kind, caring and passionate.

NICK NGUYEN

Technical and Website Support

Nick has been working in creative fields for over 14 years, engaging with many groups including not-for-profit organisations, private companies and government departments both in Canberra and nationally.