Staff of the College

College CEO, Samantha Burchell
College CEO, Samantha Burchell

Chief Executive Officer: Samantha Burchell BA, LLB, M.App.Sci.(Organisation Dynamics)
Samantha became Chief Executive Officer in March 2015, having worked at the College since November 2007 as Director Education. She leads a multi-disciplinary team that supports the Victorian judiciary to meet the unique challenges of their roles through judicial education, research and knowledge creation and dissemination.

Samantha has varied professional experience in the Victorian justice system. Her previous roles include judge’s associate, solicitor in private practice, barrister at the Victorian Bar and Executive Director of the Public Interest Law Clearing House (now Justice Connect). She has worked in law reform, the community legal sector and has completed post-graduate study in organisation dynamics. Samantha's professional path has led to her belief in the powerful combination of the law, education and creativity, and its ability to bring about positive systemic change.

Education 

Director Education: Annabel Mornement BA (Hons), MA
Annabel joined the College in June 2014 and provides oversight of the Programs Team. Previously Annabel worked at Message, an urban planning and communication consultancy and was formerly Head of Communications at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), in London.

Judicial Education Advisor: Maria Lusby PSM,  BA, LLB
With a background in the criminal law, Maria joined the College in 2004, and worked for 10 years as Director, Project Development. Maria's role at the College involves providing advice on curriculum development, with emphasis on skills and innovation.

Judicial Wellbeing Project Advisor: Carly Schrever BSci, LLB, PGDipPsych, MPsych / PhD Candidate
Carly originally joined the College in 2007, working for 6 years within the Education Team designing and implementing numerous judicial education programs, particularly relating to social context, judicial skills development and wellbeing. After a brief absence to undertake post-graduate studies in psychology, Carly she returned in 2015 in her current role, developing programs and resources to support judicial wellbeing, and advising and assisting the jurisdictions in other wellbeing initiatives.

Judicial Education Manager: Larissa Halonkin BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), MPPM
Larissa is part of the team responsible for developing and delivering education programs. Larissa joined the College in November 2016, having previously worked as a Researcher and Legal Consultant in the College of Law at the Australian National University. Larissa was previously a solicitor in the area of Industrial Relations and Employment law, an Associate in the Supreme Court and has legal and courts policy experience with the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Justice and Regulation.

Judicial Education Manager: Sophie MacKinnon BA/LLB (Hons)
Sophie works predominantly with the County Court in developing conference and education programs for judges. Sophie came to judicial education via a career as a lawyer and then as a radio producer with the ABC.  She joined to Judicial College in 2016.

Education Officer: Briley Miller, Dip in Community Development, Cert IV in Government (Court Services) Briley joined the education team in May 2017 and is responsible for the administration and implementation of Judicial Education programs. Briley comes to the College on a 12 month secondment from Courts Victoria, where she has worked for more than seven years as registrar in a multitude of jurisdictions. Briley's experience includes assisting to manage court responses to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.  

Justice Innovation

Director, Justice Innovation: Elisa Buggy BSW, MBA
Elisa joined the College in 2016 and leads the Justice Innovation team in the development and delivery of education for innovative, court-based programs. Elisa has extensive experience in the design and development of court-based programs, particularly those drawing on principles of therapeutic jurisprudence.

Curriculum Development Manager, Family Violence: Dr Yasmine Fauzee, PhD, BA (Hons), BSW (Hons)
Yasmine joined the College in September 2017 and is developing a new family violence curriculum to be launched in 2018. Yasmine was previously located at Court Services Victoria and was the Secretariat for the Judicial Advisory Group on Family Violence. Yasmine has a diverse background in the public sector with 10 years’ experience specialising in the courts and the justice context; broad tertiary sector experience and community sector experience. Yasmine’s PhD in political and legal philosophy examined liberalism and the collective rights of Indigenous communities.

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.

Research and Publications Team

Director, Judicial Information Services: 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.  

Manager, Research and Publications: Jane Mevel BA, LLB (Hons), Grad Dip Legal Practice
After working in government policy roles, Jane originally joined the College in 2010 and worked in the publications team, primarily in relation to sentencing, evidence and family violence. After a two year absence to help establish a human rights research centre at a Cambodian university (a position supported by the Australian Government's volunteer program), Jane returned in 2017 in her current role, where she continues to assist the Director of the Judicial Information Services team to manage the publications program, as well as providing managerial support to the rest of the team.

Senior Research Officer: Cassie Carter BSc, LLB(Hons), LLM, Grad Dip Legal Practice
Cassie originally joined the College in 2011 as a member of the team responsible for developing judicial education programs. She now works as a Senior Research Officer in the Judicial Information Services Team, researching and preparing content for College publications, including the Charter of Human Rights Bench Book. Before joining the College, Cassie practised as a solicitor in regional Victoria.

Senior Research Officer, Victims of Crime: Melissa Griffiths BA, LLB
Melissa joined the College in August 2017 and is working on a project to develop a Guide on best practice approaches for responding to the needs of victims of crime during the criminal trial process. She has extensive experience working in the legal, social policy and advocacy roles, most recently working in victims’ policy and supporting the work of the Witness Assistance Service, Office of Public Prosecutions.

Koori Research and Education Manager: Tarina Fanning BAppHSC(IH) 
Tarina joined the college in October 2017 and is responsible for ensuring Victoria's judicial officers are culturally aware and well informed of the particular issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples who appear before the State's courts and tribunals. Tarina is a  proud Larrakia / Tiwi Island woman who is passionate about education, training and sharing her extensive knowledge and expertise as an Aboriginal woman. With over 31 years working in local and state government organisations across Australia, Tarina has dedicated her career to supporting and building Aboriginal cultural awareness and capability within workplaces and communities.

Research Officer: Lena Sokolic LLB (Hons), LLM
Since June 2016 Lena has been compiling summaries of County Court sentencing decisions at the College. Lena previously practised as a criminal lawyer in Melbourne and worked for various international bodies abroad, including the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague and the International Labour Organization in Jakarta.

Research Officer: Andrix Lim, LLB (Hons); Grad Dip Legal Practice; Dip European Studies
Andrix is responsible for updating the College's County Court Sentencing Summaries, and undertakes legal research and analysis in the areas of sentencing and criminal law. Admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria, he has also had stints at QPILCH (now LawRight) and in the Subordinate Courts of Singapore (now the State Courts of Singapore). Andrix was previously an Education Officer at the College where he was responsible for the administration and implementation of Continuing Professional Development programs. 

Communications Team

Digital Innovation Manager: Salvatore Bagnato BA Arts, AdvDip, Master of Digital Media
Salvatore joined the College in April 2017 and manages ‘the digital project’, a strategic initiative to improve the College’s digital presence. Sam has a background in strategic communication projects, business transformation initiatives and digital communications.

Communications and Marketing Coordinator: Aimee Foo BBus (Hons), AdvDip Advtg ,Grad Cert Media
Aimee joined the College in December 2011 and manages the events and marketing collateral for the College. She has previously worked at the Department of Education.

Project Manager, Communications: Damian Siracusa BA, LLB, Grad Dip Leg Practice
Damian is responsible for 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.

Events and Marketing Officer: Terryn Wood BPsySc (Hons)
Joining the College in January 2016, Terryn performs the role of Events and Marketing Officer providing support in the delivery of educational programs to Victorian Judicial Officers.

Operations Team

Director College Development and Corporate Services: Shannon Dellamarta BA, LLB 
Shannon joined the College in October 2017 and provides oversight in College operations and development. Shannon was previously at Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) in a number of senior leadership roles, including Associate Director - VLA Chambers. She has policy experience, has worked as a solicitor in private practice and as a Deputy Registrar in various Magistrates' Courts. She is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist.   

Finance and Compliance Officer: Vicki Christou BA, Diploma of Education
Vicki Christou joined the Operations Team as Finance and Compliance Officer in May 2017. Vicki comes to the College on a 12 month secondment from the Victorian Law Reform Commission, where she has worked for more than 12 years as the Assistant Operations Manager and more recently as Assistant Finance and Office Manager. Vicki has a strong background in operations, office management and finance in a small statutory entity.

PA to Chief Executive Officer and Program Support: Maria Di Napoli BA
Maria is responsible for providing high-level PA support to the CEO as well as support for the delivery of College programs.

Administration Officer: Eden Marano, Diploma of Justice
Eden started at the College in January 2017, and provides a wide range of administrative, secretarial and support services to the office of the CEO and to the College Directors. She works collaboratively with all College staff to assist with the smooth running of the College office. 

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