Gambling Community Benefit Committee members

The Gambling Community Benefit Committee provides advice about distributing Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) grants to community organisations. This independent committee includes representatives with relevant experience, knowledge and skills, and also reflects the diversity of the Queensland community.

Chairperson

Alan Sparks AM, BEM

Alan Sparks served in the defence force for 27 years before becoming Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of East Coast Apprenticeships, one of Queensland’s largest group training organisations for the last 20 years.

Alan has extensive experience in project management, human resources and training analysis and delivery. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his leadership and contribution to training in defence. As a voluntary member of St John Ambulance, he was awarded the British Empire Medal for gallantry during rescue operations at the Westgate Bridge disaster in Victoria.

Alan has developed and implemented a range of program initiatives to help the disadvantaged, disabled and distressed. His efforts with the National Apprenticeships Program and the Defence Trade Program involve a unique Advanced Entry Adult Apprenticeship Scheme to upskill Australians and support the transition of veterans into a trade career.

In 2016, Alan became an inaugural member of the Jobs Queensland Board.

Committee members

Phillip Bell

Phillip Bell is the President of the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Senior Manager—Branch Banking with Bendigo Bank. Phillip has previously held senior and executive leadership roles in various sectors including:

  • education (Executive Director—Finance and Corporate Services, TAFE Queensland South West)
  • transport (Director—Financial Operations and Compliance, TransLink)
  • health (CEO, Ipswich Hospital Foundation)
  • financial and corporate regulation (senior executive roles with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Taxation Office)
  • law enforcement (serving with the Queensland Police Service in the Fraud Squad, Drug Squad and Proceeds-of-Crime Taskforce).

Phillip is a proud Ipswich local and he and his wife are directors of a family-owned company with pastoral and agribusiness advisory interests in the Rosewood area. He also has interests in the harness racing industry as an owner and trainer and has previously served as treasurer of the Marburg Pacing Association.

Tony Condon

Tony Condon is the owner of the Currumbin Creek Tavern. He has worked with various community organisations and has 40 years’ experience in the hotel industry.

Tony is currently a member of the Australian Hotels Association Board and sits on the Independent Brands Australia National Board. He is also Chair of the Queensland Hotels Association (QHA) Gold Coast Division, Secretary/Treasurer of QHA's Queensland Board, and is a member of the Australian Liquor Marketers Board.

John Corry

John Corry is currently a director of the 50-50 Foundation, which partners with organisations to raise funds for not-for-profits, including charities and sporting clubs.

John was formerly the General Manager—Charitable Games at Tabcorp and Chief Operational Officer (COO) of Tatts Group Charitable Games. He was also on the executive team prior to the 2017 merger of Tabcorp Holdings Limited and Tatts Group Limited.

John’s experience ranges from start-ups to large corporates in sectors that include hospitality, banking, technology, gambling, not-for-profit, sport and social enterprise.

John’s qualifications include a Certificate of Disruptive Strategy from Harvard Business School (2020), completion of the Company Directors course at the Graduate Australian Institute (2015), and a Masters of Business from QUT (2009). In 2015, John was jointly awarded the winner of the Brisbane Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Social Entrepreneur category.

Andrew Costello

Andrew Costello is the Executive Manager—Human Resources for Casinos Austria International / Accor Asia Pacific. He has 27 years’ experience in the human resources sector, which includes hospitality, retail and not-for-profit organisations. Andrew is also an active member of the Reef Hotel Casino's executive leadership team and was a committee member of the Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund.

Tony McGreevy

Tony McGreevy has been the Investigations Manager for Star Entertainment Group in Queensland for the past 15 years, with responsibility for both the Star Gold Coast and Brisbane’s Treasury Casino and Hotel.

Tony has a combined 37 years’ experience in law enforcement and corporate investigations, and for the past 25 years has worked in the Queensland gaming and hospitality sector. His career started at age 18 with the New Zealand Police, progressing to work as a detective in the Criminal Investigation Branch.

Tony is a Gold Coast hinterland local who recently joined the Lower Beechmont Branch of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services as a volunteer firefighter. He is the proud father of 2 teenage sons and has held the distinguished title of ‘waterboy’ for his eldest son’s football team for the past 5 years. His family also fosters Labrador puppies for socialising and basic obedience training before they go to returned service veterans under the Defence Community Dogs Program.

Ann Roebuck

Ann Roebuck has 36 years’ experience as a journalist across a range of regional Queensland newspapers.

Her career highlights include:

  • editing the Gladstone Observer newspaper at age 34
  • being appointed Deputy Editor of the Townsville Bulletin in 2004 and then Managing Editor in 2010
  • becoming Managing Editor of the Townsville Bulletin in 2004 and 2010 respectively
  • from 2013, managing the editorial operations of News Corporation’s 2 North Queensland papers—the Townsville Bulletin and the Cairns Post—as well as a stable of 10 regional non-dailies between Port Douglas and Bowen.

She has also worked in Mackay.

Ann retired from journalism in late 2016.

Ann has served as Chair of the Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts Board for the past 4 years and is Secretary of the Townsville Multicultural Support Group (TMSG) management committee. She is also Secretary of the Good Shepherd Home’s Board of Benefactors.

Georgia Stafford

Georgia Stafford has the lead intergovernmental relations role at the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), advocating on behalf of—and supporting—local government and councils in Queensland. Georgia's role focuses on rural and remote areas in Queensland. Before this, she worked as an associate solicitor in South East Queensland.

Georgia is an active member of the local community and is currently the secretary of such diverse organisations as the Downs and South Western Queensland Law Association, South Toowoomba Apex Club, and Toowoomba Community Care Transport Inc. She is also the co-founder of Toowoomba Young Professionals and a foster carer for the RSPCA. Georgia has a rural background, having grown up on a property in Millmerran.

Throughout her studies and career, Georgia has dedicated much of her free time to local volunteer organisations, and in 2016 was awarded the Toowoomba Young Citizen of the Year Award.

Julie Strudwick

Julie Strudwick has more than 25 years’ experience in the clubs industry. She also has more than 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry.

Julie has held many positions during this time, including:

  • General Manager, Moreton Bay Boat Club
  • Manager, Keppel Bay Sailing Club
  • Manager, Yeppoon Bowling Club
  • Board Member, Clubs Queensland
  • Chair, Clubs Queensland (Sunshine Coast zone).

Julie’s years of involvement with sporting groups, clubs, community groups and charities have been very rewarding and given her insight into the needs of these organisations. She is currently General Manager of the Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

Gail Ker OAM

Over the past 20 years, Gail Ker (OAM, DUni) has developed unrivalled expertise in the Australian multicultural, humanitarian and community sectors, managing significant budgets, running complex social policy programs, and developing national advocacy platforms. Gail has a background in client-focused customer service, cross-sector partnerships and economic development.

An award-winning visionary, Gail recently retired as CEO of Access Community Services Limited where—with humility, compassion and a tireless work ethic—she led a team of 150 staff in pursuit of their organisational vision: to create social, cultural, and economic experiences and opportunities that transform the lives of individuals and communities globally.

Renowned for her expertise in innovative service solutions for newly arrived migrants and humanitarian entrants, Gail is a recognised leader in needs-based community planning, innovative business models, social cohesion, strategic partnerships, employment pathways, funding opportunities and strategic direction. Under her tutelage and leadership, Access Community Services Limited grew from a 1-room youth employment service in Logan City into one of Australia’s leading organisations in the provision of settlement, employment, training, youth support, housing and social enterprise services for migrants, refugees, and Australian-born clients.

Informed and working at the cutting edge of policy and sector engagement, Gail’s knowledge is actively sought by politicians, industry leaders and research bodies alike, both nationally and internationally. From 2007 to 2014, she attended the UNHCR’s annual consultations with NGOs in Geneva. Gail is also appointed to several boards, including the Migration Council Australia Women’s Alliance and Commonwealth Bank of Australia External Cultural Advisory Council.

Petina Tieman

Petina Tieman is a multiple award-winning Indigenous business leader. She is widely recognised for her specialist work in building skills, capability and capacity in remote communities and regional Indigenous start-ups and corporations, as well as empowering women in leadership and driving small business growth for clients.

With a diverse career history and a lifetime of adversity, Petina lives through her passion to support marginalised groups and small business owners with limited access to resources. She has personally mentored and provided business support across all areas to more than 300 businesses a year. Key strengths include funding, marketing, conceptualisation, resourcing, project management, disaster management and recovery.

Petina also volunteers 10 to 15 hours a week, providing pro-bono mentoring and directorship services across the nation.

Petina currently owns and operates Complete Business Solutions (QLD) Pty Ltd, iiHub Ltd, Entrepreneurs and Small Business Indigenous Corporation, and Holiday Letting Cairns Pty Ltd.

Embedded in all of Petina’s businesses is her core focus to build skills, capability and capacity in others through education, empowerment, connectivity and collaboration.