Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation Chair Tass Mousaferiadis this week welcomed the Victorian Government’s appointment of Alison Roberts and Lee Crockford to the Foundation’s board.

A senior executive for more than 20 years, Dr Roberts is the director of South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network and chief executive of Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ), a public policy advocacy organisation.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Roberts jointly established the Australian Aviation Recovery Coalition and led the development of COVID-Safe protocols for domestic flying, endorsed by National Cabinet.

She has a PhD in change management and extensive experience in leading teams focused on innovation and reform in complex environments.

“Alison brings valuable skills and expertise to the Foundation, including an ability to navigate public policy challenges, synthesise evidence and work with stakeholders to achieve practical and effective solutions,” Mr Mousaferiadis said.

“The insights Alison gained working with governments to develop sector-specific support during the pandemic will be useful as restrictions are lifted on gaming venues in Victoria, and we work to assist industry to support returning customers who may be at risk of gambling harm.”

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“Lee’s unique talent and perspective, and his long-running interest and involvement in a range of important social issues align well with the Foundation’s focus on the prevention of gambling harm,” Mr Mousaferiadis said.

“I look forward to working closely with both new board colleagues over the next four years to make further progress towards achieving the Foundation’s vision of a Victoria free from gambling-related harm.”

The Victorian Government has committed $153 million over four years to the Foundation, a statutory authority set up specifically to address the challenge of gambling harm in the community.