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Coroners Court Appointments.

The Victorian Government has announced the appointment of Katherine Lorenz and Kate Despot to the Coroners Court – who together, bring extensive public health and workplace safety expertise to the Court.

Ms Lorenz was admitted to practise law in 2003 and has specialised in commercial and public health law, as part of her executive management roles with Monash Health and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Ms Lorenz held the position of Chief Executive Officer at the Victorian Bar since 2018, where she introduced a range of initiatives to ensure the Victorian Bar continued to operate safely and effectively through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Despot was admitted to practice in 2003 and most recently held the position as Executive Director of Legal and Governance and General Counsel at WorkSafe Victoria.

Ms Despot previously held a senior leadership role with the Victorian Building Authority and has worked with the Office of Public Prosecutions.