Women in Gaming Australasia (WGA) recently announced a partnership with Women Ahead, a social enterprise founded with the belief that parity between men and women will benefit individuals, organisations and society. As part of this partnership, WGA members were offered the opportunity to participate in a cross-company, cross-sector mentoring scheme.

Today, the WGA Board are pleased to announce the recipients of Women Ahead Mentoring Program.

WGA CEO Helen Galloway said the partnership with Women Ahead supports the development and success of women in our industry through education, mentorship, and networking opportunities.

“Mentoring is one of the best ways to build sustainable female leadership and we are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to our members.” Galloway said.

A 2017 study conducted by Moving Ahead, in collaboration with Deloitte, encompassed more than 6,000 people across 40 major UK organisations and showed that when mentoring was done well, it created 11 key benefits.

These included empowering and developing confidence, creating empathetic leadership, developing core transferable skills, and accelerating culture change.

“It was wonderful to receive almost 50 expressions of interest to participate in the program. We used a blind process to identify the final applicants and we are happy to announce the three recipients.” Galloway said.


  • Anne-Maree Hain, Group Marketing and Business Development Manager, Licensed Club Management
  • Jackie Conn, Gaming Operations Manager, The Star Gold Coast
  • Meg Leahy, Casino Manager, Crown Melbourne

These three mentee positions were made possible due to the generosity of WGA Corporate Partners in providing financing and mentors for the program. The selected mentors are advocates for female advancement in the workplace and will be paired according to cross-company key criteria.


  • Alan McGregor, Chief Financial Officer, Crown Australian Resorts
  • Rohan Dyster, General Manager – Organisational Development & Learning, The Star Entertainment Group
  • Xavier Walsh, Chief Operating Officer, Crown Melbourne

WGA was established in 2017 and is the only industry body in Australasia dedicated to empowering women working in, or looking to work in, the fast-paced gaming and hospitality industries.

For more information:

Helen Galloway, CEO, Women in Gaming Australasia
+61 476 458 776 / helen@wgha.org.au