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Meet Our Team Members

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.

CHERYL GRATION

Executive Assistant

Cheryl is the Executive Assistant to the CEO and is responsible for providing high level administrative support to the CEO and Board of Directors.

MELISSA FERRIS

Councils and Supporters Coordinator

Melissa has a background in community development and advocacy, within Local Government Social Policy and Recreation;

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.

REBECCA PATERSON

Director - Policy, Advocacy and Engagement

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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