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.

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.

Education Co-ordinator: 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 previously worked for more than seven years as registrar at several Victorian Courts. Briley's experience includes assisting to manage court responses to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.  

Education Officer: Bianca Stajcic, B.Ec
Bianca joined the College in December 2017 and is responsible for administration and implementation of Judicial Education programs. Bianca comes from the Victorian Bar where she was the Continuing Professional Development Coordinator for the past 2 years. She brings 15 years of experience working in different industries: legal, banking, government and education.

Program Support Officer: Claire Pieters LLB (Hons), M.Crim
Claire joined the College in September 2018 and provides support to the Education Team in the administration and implementation of Judicial Education programs. Claire has completed a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Adelaide and a Master of Criminology at the University of Melbourne. 

Justice Innovation

Education Program Manager, Therapeutic Justice: Elanor Peatie, BScLLB (Hons) LLM (HumanRights)
Elanor joined the College in June 2018 and is part of the team responsible for developing and delivering education programs. Elanor has extensive experience as a legal practitioner working at Victoria Legal Aid, particularly in the area of therapeutic justice, having spent three years working at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre. Elanor also previously worked at the Law Institute of Victoria, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Office of Public Prosecutions in Western Australia.

Judicial Education 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.

Education Program Manager, Therapeutic Justice: Julia McGrath LLB, Grad Dip Legal Practice, Cert IV in Training and Assessment
Julia is part of the Therapeutic Justice education team at the College. Prior to commencing at the College Julia was a criminal lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid with the occasional stint in the Northern Territory and in Palestine. Prior to VLA Julia was with Australian Red Cross.

Education Program Manager, Therapeutic Jutsice: Melissa Griffiths BA, LLB
Melissa is part of the Therapeutic Justice education team at the College. 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.

Judicial Information Services

Director, Judicial Information Services: Matt Weatherson BSc (Hons), LLB (Hons)
Matt joined the College in January 2007 and provides oversight of the Judicial Information Services 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 Research Manager: David Tedhams BA, JD (Hons)
David joined the college in 2018 from the Supreme Court where most recently he was the Senior Legal Registrar in the Criminal Division. David’s focus is on editing, updating and refreshing the Victorian Sentencing Manual to meet the needs of the judiciary and to ensure currency and ease of use. David’s work on the manual is part of preparing publications for migrating content to the College's new website and JOIN.    

Research Officer: Mary Kozlovski, BA (Media and Communications), JD, GradDip Legal Practice 
Mary joined the College in February 2018, after working as a researcher and administrator at the Asian Law Centre and Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at The University of Melbourne. Mary is admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Prior to entering the legal profession, Mary worked as a journalist and editor based in Asia.

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 and Digital

Director, Strategic Communications: Chris Parkes LLB (Hons), MSc
Chris joined the College in October 2018 and is responsible for leading the strategic communications function. Chris brings extensive experience from the education and private sectors over the past ten years, specialising in integrated marketing communications strategy and operations. Most recently, Chris held the position of Director, Marketing and Communications at the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne.

Communications and Content Manager: Warren Barker
Warren brings a strategic and content focussed approach to the College’s voice. Warren has a keen interest in story-based communications, and connecting with every audience.

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.

Digital Content Writer: Ashleigh Fitzgerald
Ashleigh Fitzgerald joined the College in August 2018 and is responsible for developing the College’s online voice, drafting content for publication on the College website, JOIN, and social media. She comes to us from a Digital Communications background, having written for a variety of industries including automotive, lifestyle, DIY, and professional development. She is looking forward to completing her JD in 2019.

Corporate Services 

Manager, Corporate Services: Jo von Seht-Nater, BBusCom (Law, Management)
Jo joined the College in September 2018, and provides oversight of the College’s corporate services functions. Jo has broad management and leadership experience in legal contexts, including in briefing and practice management at Victoria Legal Aid Chambers, and in managing an out-of-home care provider’s response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Business Compliance Manager: Tina Nguyen, Bachelor of Information Systems, Cert IV in Project Management
Tina joined the College in May 2018, and is responsible for increasing the College's capability around planning and monitoring budgets, contract management, compliance and governance. Tina brings to the role over 25 years' experience across Government and the private sector, most recently working at Victoria Police.

Finance and Compliance Officer: Vicki Christou BA, Diploma of Education
Vicki joined the College 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.

Events 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

PA to Chief Executive Officer and Program Support: Robyn King
Robyn 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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