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Responsible Gambling Fund Chair and trustees

Meet the members of the Responsible Gambling Fund's Trust: the expert advisers who set the direction for GambleAware and recommend programs and initiatives for funding.

How the Responsible Gambling Fund Trust works

The purpose of the Responsible Gambling Fund is to provide expert advice and funding recommendations to the NSW Government about addressing gambling harm in the community. At least 6 times a year, the trustees meet to explore and make recommendations on:

  • research
  • community awareness and education
  • early intervention, support and counselling services
  • supporting departmental policy makers and regulators.

Meet the trustees

The Trust currently has nine trustees. They all bring their own expertise from diverse fields including public health, law, government, gambling industry, academia, business and social research.

John Dalzell (Chair)

John Dalzell is regarded as one of Australia's leading dispute resolution lawyers. In 2016, he was voted by his peers as one of Australia's best litigation lawyers, and has previously advised the NSW Government on liquor and gaming legislation.

Mr Dalzell has significant experience in conducting all forms of dispute resolution, which includes successful mediations, arbitrations, conciliations and commercial settlement negotiations. In addition to chairing the Trust, he is the chair of Dentons, a global litigation and dispute resolution group. He also represents clients in Royal Commissions, Special Commissions of Inquiry, the Supreme Court, the Federal Court and all appeal courts, including the High Court of Australia.

Before migrating to Australia, Mr Dalzell was a barrister in London, specialising in trials before juries and commercial disputes. Prior to taking up law, he was a Royal Marines Commando.

Dr Clive Allcock

Clive Allcock is an experienced psychiatrist who has done significant work in the field of treatment of problem gamblers. Although he retired from full-time clinical employment in 2006, he continues to work part time for the Mental Health Review Tribunal. He also takes on consultancy work, including acting as an expert witness in legal cases involving gamblers and gambling issues.

Dr Allcock was a founding member of the National Association of Gambling Studies, and has held senior academic positions including Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Sydney.

Professor Paul Delfabbro

Paul Delfabbro is an internationally renowned gambling researcher, and a lecturer in Psychology at the University of Adelaide.

His PhD thesis covered the demographic, behavioural and cognitive factors underlying gambling in South Australia. He has also authored or co-authored numerous journal articles and reports covering issues including gambling among adolescents, analysis of the structural characteristics of gaming machines, population prevalence studies, responsible gambling measures, gender differences and the behavioural profiling of problem gamblers in venue environments.

Among Professor Delfabbro’s awards and prizes are the 2015 Thomson Reuters Citation Award in Social Sciences and the Pro Humanitate Literary Award for his book Children in Foster Care.

Professor Joel Negin

Joel Negin is head of the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. He is an experienced manager, project coordinator and researcher with a focus on health issues affecting vulnerable populations. His research work at the University of Sydney has included health policy and financing, health-worker migration, and serving remote populations with health services.

Professor Negin also has extensive experience in fieldwork, project management and research with academic institutions, government, United Nations agencies and strategy consulting firms.

In addition, he has held positions with the Monitor Group strategic consultancy and the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Sara Pantzer

Sara is an experienced board director with more than 30 years of senior executive experience across a diverse range of industries, from global pharmaceutical and biotech companies; to national standards regulation, telecommunications and finance, and Ministerial advisory roles.

Ms Pantzer’s specialist skills are in public policy, strategic communications, government relations, stakeholder management and market access.

Ms Pantzer’s contribution to the pharmaceutical sector has been recognised through numerous awards.

Kylie Holdford

Kylie is an accredited financial counsellor and is currently employed in a not-for-profit industry training provider. Ms Holford has been a counsellor in Central West NSW for almost eight years where she has provided counselling, advocacy and options to her clients.

Ms Holford is passionate advocate for the promotion of responsible and sustainable gambling practices and has a deep understanding of the issues problem gamblers face along with knowledge and experience relating to the construction and implementation of legislation.

Ms Holford has been appointed to the Financial Counsellor of NSW Board (FCAN) in 2017 and remains a director at this time. Ms Holford is also a director on the Financial Counsellor of Australia Board (FCA) and holds a position within the nominations committee.

Elizabeth Lyne

Elizabeth is a qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience. She has provided taxation, business advisory and audit services in the agriculture, government, health, construction, property, retail, hospitality, travel and not-for-profit sectors, and has held senior finance roles in energy and meat processing enterprises.

Ms Lyne is a sitting member of the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal (Guardianship Division) and conducts hearings throughout regional NSW. She has extensive board experience. She is a director of NSW Crown Holiday Park Land Manager and NSW Rural Assistance Authority and a past director of Riverina Division of General Practice and Primary Health, Murrumbidgee Medicare Local and Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network.

Ms Lyne is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is a Certified Practising Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney. She lives on the family farm in the South-West Slopes region.

Anne Fitzgerald

Anne Fitzgerald is an accomplished senior executive and board director across a number of industries including registered clubs, government, the performing arts, community sector and health insurance. She has worked in the not-for-profit, commercial and government sectors and has considerable experience in developing strategy and leading multi-disciplinary teams.

Anne is currently the Chair of charity, Youth of the Streets and the CEO of the Talent Development Project. Prior to these roles Anne led the ClubSAFE Responsible Gambling Program for the registered clubs industry as part of her executive management position at ClubsNSW from 2001- 2020 and has seen significant change in the responsible gambling space in that time for the better.

Anne holds her MBA, a Graduate Diploma of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a qualified mediator.

Robert Lagaida

Robert Lagaida has had a 30-year career in the NSW public health sector, which included senior executive roles. He has experience on a range of boards including the government, health and community sectors, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He also received a Public Service Medal in recognition of his contributions to the NSW public hospital system.

Mr Lagaida holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Graduate Diploma in Information Services and a Master of Commerce.

Interested in funding or a grant for a project of your own? 

Contact us to find out about current funding opportunities. Email info@responsiblegambling.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9995 0992.

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