By Vanessa Cavasinni, editor of Australian Hotelier

New South Wales’ Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA), has appointed solicitor Phillip Crawford as its Chair.

Crawford  was admitted as a lawyer in 1978, and has had a stellar career in the legal field. He is also a director of Bravehearts, a child protection advocacy group, and the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation, which promotes behavioural changes in young people to create a responsible drinking culture.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant said that Crawford’s background made him the right choice for the job.

“People appointed to the ILGA board must be of the highest integrity and promote fair, transparent and efficient decision-making and Mr Crawford fits that bill.”

Crawford has a three-year tenure that begins today. Four new members have also been made to the ILGA board since March. They are:

•      Craig Sahlin, a former NSW Government senior executive with extensive experience in regulatory reform, policy development and implementation;

•      Stephen Parbery, Chairman of PPB Advisory and a registered liquidator who has acted on a number of matters for the Commonwealth;

•      Nicky McWilliam, a lawyer and director of a dispute resolution firm that has been engaged in workplace, commercial and corrections matters; and

•      Murray Smith, a restructuring and insolvency specialist who provides financial advice to company boards and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Crawford will have his role supported by Deputy Chair David Armati.

The Shout Team

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