Lived Experience Advisory Committee
The Lived Experience Advisory Committee provides our board and management with perspectives from personal experience of gambling harm, including harm from someone else’s gambling. Members of the committee represent diverse gambling experiences and backgrounds.
Committee members are:
Anna is a retired businesswoman, former pokies addict and ‘accidental’ advocate. She is committed to changing the conversation about gambling harm in Australia by elevating the voices of people with lived experience. Anna is a contributor to the book From ruin to recovery: gamblers share their stories, a participant in the Three Sides of the Coin project, which uses theatre as a conduit for change, and a community educator with ReSPIN.
A writer, performer, singer and speaker, Anna is skilled in coaching, entrepreneurship, strategic planning, proofreading and marketing strategy, with a strong background in media and communication. Read Anna's personal story of gambling harm: The accidental advocate
Paul started gambling as a child, spicing up mahjong and card games with family and friends with 10 or 20 cent bets. This escalated to more than 20 years of gambling and severe harm, including the loss of his brother's house. Paul eventually reclaimed his life and has explored different models of therapy to discover his true self. Today, he is actively engaged in giving back to the community. Paul shares his story publicly to help others, as well as to enhance his personal recovery.
Lynda migrated to Australia from Canada more than 50 years ago and made a life for herself running her own business as a chef for 30 years, before taking on the executive director role at a charitable organisation. Now retired, Lynda volunteers in her local opportunity shop and enjoys spending time with her children and seven grandchildren. Read Lynda's personal story of gambling harm: In search of a fresh start
Brendan believes past mistakes should not define a person’s life or future. He is an accountant by profession, though he is passionate about creating opportunities for people who have criminal convictions. For example, he developed and trialled a website to assist people with criminal records to gain employment. Read Brendan's personal story of gambling harm: Breaking free
Jaime is an established business leader with more than 15 years’ experience leading teams in the healthcare sector in Asia, Europe and Australia. She leads the Australian office of Eisai, a Japanese pharmaceutical company that serves the needs of oncology and neurology patients throughout the world.
Peter has a passion for sport, particularly AFL and soccer. He has a background in teaching, and has worked in the training departments of large public sector organisations, in the TAFE sector and in administrative roles with sporting organisations. Peter is now working in the disability support sector. Read Peter’s personal story of gambling harm: It’s time to stand up to gambling harm.
After migrating to Australia 10 years ago, Chandana decided to shift her career path from IT to community health and has not looked back. Chandana has volunteered and worked in gambling harm prevention for seven years, and has experience in the migrant, family violence, mental health and aged care sectors. Read Chandana's personal story of gambling harm: A new start in Australia quickly turned into a nightmare when gambling became involved
Shayne is a fully qualified and registered mechanical plumber with 16 years’ experience in the plumbing and air-conditioning industry. He has worked in a range of settings, from multi-million-dollar projects to a remote mining camp installation. Shayne developed and hosted the podcast series Not a Dollar More to shine a light on people’s experiences of gambling harm through storytelling. He also volunteers with the Peer Connection program, providing advice and support to people experiencing gambling harm. Read Shayne’s personal story of gambling harm: Streaming gambling recovery
Fred Rubinstein is a dedicated childhood educator and soccer coach, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Primary and Secondary Inclusive Education at Monash University. He is passionate about building understanding in the community about gambling addiction to try and prevent people from experiencing harm.