The ClearAds team come from diverse backgrounds and industries including media, education and fine arts.

United by a love of communication and desire to make advertising approvals simple and transparent, the ClearAds team work hard to provide a consistently high level of service.

Alison Lee

Director of Commercial Operations

Alison has been the Director of Commercials Advice (now ClearAds) since 2016. Prior to that, she held the positions of Head of Legal and Legal Counsel since joining Free TV in 2009.

Alison holds degrees in both commerce and law and her previous experience includes working in private practice and over 8 years working in the finance industry for a global investment manager, funds management company and a top 4 Australian bank where she held legal and compliance positions. In these roles, Alison worked extensively with marketing, business development and funds management teams providing compliance, commercial and corporate legal advice.

Alison enjoys a good karaoke battle and spends most weekends cheering (yelling) at her kids' sporting events.

Sarah Spies

Legal Counsel

Sarah has been the Legal Counsel at ClearAds since August 2016. Sarah has been practicing as an in-house lawyer for 10 years, starting her legal career within the fitness industry and then moving into the telecommunications industry. Sarah’s keen interest in consumer law led her to the exciting world of broadcast media.
Sarah has recently taken on the exciting role of new mum and, in addition to spending time with her family, she loves relaxing with a good book and keeping fit. Her keen interest in fitness led her to achieve her black belt in Taekwondo.

Clare Heath

Classification Supervisor

Clare has worked in the television industry since 2008, mostly in network traffic departments. After so many years placing TVCs, Clare moved into TVC compliance and has been with ClearAds since February 2017.

Clare's main interests are history and travel and she tries to combine the two as much as possible!

Maddie Grabon

Classification Supervisor

Maddie originates from Poland and moved to Australia in 2013. Initially working within the hospitality industry when she arrived in Australia, Maddie's interest in media from her Drama and Theatre studies eventually led her to ClearAds.

Maddie commenced her career at ClearAds in Administration and was promoted to the role of Classifier, then Senior Classifier and is now a Supervisor. Maddie speaks two languages and loves anything to do with performing arts.

Sam Woods

Senior Classifier

Sam has been with ClearAds since September 2016 and holds a degree in Fine Arts and Web Development, with an IT background in compliance.

Interestingly, Sam was the youngest chairperson of a community radio station in Australia back in the early 2000's!

Michael Rees

Classifier

Michael has been classifying your TVCs since February 2018 and made the pilgrimage from the wilderlands of New Zealand Radio Promotions after initially journeying to New Zealand from the concreted lands of Australian Radio Promotions and Traffic. Michael's avid interest in all things media led him to ClearAds and away from the reverberating crackle of the on-air microphone.

Michael has broken 8 bones in his body to date so a desk job to him seems like an ideal (and safe) place to be!

Melanie Tweddell

Classifier

Melanie enjoys long walks on the beach.

Ellyn Barclay

Classifier

Ellyn is from the small beach town of Yamba and has had a variety of jobs prior to FreeTV. She previously worked with YouTube, Sydney Aquarium and Crossover Dance Studio.

She is a Dancer at heart and has been helping stage manage shows for a local studio, Crossover Dance since 2010. Ellyn was also on the Australian National Taido team for the 2017 World Championships.

Upendra DeSilva

Classifier

One of the newer members of the ClearAds team, Upendra joins us with previous experience working as a Customer Service Representative and a Legal Assistant. His interest in the role as a Classifier comes from his studies in a Bachelor of Communications and Laws.
Upendra has a passion for film and television and enjoys taking photos on his 35mm camera.

Amy Park

Classifier

Born in South Korea and having spent some years of her childhood in the US and growing up in New Zealand before relocating to Sydney, Amy joins ClearAds with a keen interest to return to her background in the media industry, which started in 2012 working in closed captioning.

Amy is bilingual and a keen traveller, and also keeps up to date with various sports throughout the year, including the Grand Slams and the baseball season in different countries.

Nicole Manning

Reception/Administrator

Nicole has worked in the Media and TV industry in Sydney since 2016 specialising in Administration, Data and Marketing.
Growing up in countryside Australia and having worked as a teacher in Hong Kong, Nicole has a passion for people, culture and languages, including Australia’s diversity and free TV.
Nicole is bilingual in Cantonese and enjoys playing Erhu in her spare time.