Staff of the College
Chief Executive Officer: Lyn Slade BA, LLB, M Bus
Lyn Slade, as the inaugural CEO, established the operations of the College in November 2002. Previously Lyn was the Director of Legal Professional Development at Leo Cussen Institute for seven years, during which she completed her Master of Business in Leadership and Organisation Dynamics.
Director Education: Samantha Burchell BA, LLB, M.App.Sci.(Organisation Dynamics)
Samantha join the College in November 2007. At the College, Samantha's role includes oversight of the Programs Team and the development and implementation of the programs that comprise the Continuing Professional Development Scheme. Prior to her commencement at the College, Samantha has worked at the Victorian Law Reform Commission and as Co-Executive Director of the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH).
Program Manager: Fiona Dea BA, LLB(Hons), LLM, Cert IV TAA
Fiona joined the College in March 2013 and is part of the team responsible for organising Continuing Professional Development programs. Previously, Fiona worked in legal education as a Senior Program Manager at the Leo Cussen Centre for Law.
Program Manager: Melinda Shiell BA, LLM (Juris Doctor), Grad Dip Legal Practice
Melinda joined the College in April 2013 to assist with organising Continuing Professional Development programs. Prior to her commencement at the College, Melinda worked at the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation at Melbourne Law School.
Program Manager: Cassie Carter BSc, LLB(Hons), Grad Dip Legal Practice
Cassie is part of the team responsible for organising Continuing Professional Development programs. She joined the College in July 2011 and is currently completing a Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne.
Events and Marketing Officer: Aimee Foo BBus (Hons), AdvDip Advtg, Grad Cert Media
Aimee works with the College’s program managers to assist with the provision of Continuing Professional Development programs. Her role includes oversight of the College’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) website. Before commencing at the College in December 2011, Aimee worked at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
Publications Officer: Stephanie Siriwardene BA
Stephanie provides editorial support for the College's Annual Report and Program Prospectus, as well as the maintenance of JOIN, the College's social media platforms, and online publications. She joined the College in July 2011 and is currently completing a Master of Publishing and Editing at Monash University.
Director Research & Publications: Matt Weatherson BSc (Hons), LLB (Hons)
Matt joined the College in January 2007 and provides oversight of the Publications Team and ensuring that the College’s bench books remain up to date and relevant to judicial officers. In 2012, he worked with Justice Weinberg on the Simplification of Jury Directions Report.
Senior Legal Research Officer: Jane Mevel BA, LLB (Hons), Grad Dip Legal Practice
Jane conducts high level research to support a range of College publications, including the Victorian Sentencing Manual and the Uniform Evidence Manual. Prior to commencing at the College in June 2010, Jane worked as a legal policy officer in the Civil and Criminal Law Policy Units of the Department of Justice and as a researcher at the County Court.
Online Coordinator: Damian Siracusa BA, LLB, Grad Dip Leg Practice
Damian is responsible for coordinating and managing the day-to-day content of JOIN (our judicial intranet), the JCV website and the College’s social media platforms. Before commencing at the College in November 2008, Damian was employed as a lawyer at a large city firm.
Operations Manager: Alex Blake
Alex joined the College in February 2013. Alex provides a high level of support to the CEO on all financial matters and ensures the operations of the College run efficiently in order to support the delivery of College programs. Before commencing at the College, Alex worked as the Operations Manager for the Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner (OVPC).
PA to Chief Executive Officer and Program Support: Kylie Pearse
Kylie is responsible for providing high-level PA support to the CEO as well as support for the delivery of College programs.