Council Directors

Sentencing Advisory Council Directors come from a broad spectrum of professional and community backgrounds and represent a range of perspectives. Under section 108F of the Sentencing Act 1991, between eleven and fourteen Council members must be appointed under eight profile areas.

Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg AM (Chair)

Profile - Senior member of an academic institution

Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg is an authority on sentencing issues and the criminal justice system, having undertaken extensive research on sentencing theory, policy and practice. He was Dean of Law at Monash University from 2004 to 2012 and has served as a consultant to the federal, Victorian, South Australian and Western Australian governments on sentencing matters, as well as to the Australian Law Reform Commission and the South African Law Reform Commission. Professor Freiberg was appointed as Chair of the Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Council in 2013. 

Lisa Ward (Deputy-Chair)

Profile - Operation of the criminal justice system

Lisa Ward has extensive experience in a range of human services, including juvenile justice, child protection and adult corrections. For the last decade, she has operated a human services consulting business, providing research, program evaluation and policy review services to government and community organisations.

Carmel Arthur

Profile - Operation of the criminal justice system

Carmel Arthur has great personal insight into, and a unique comprehension of, the operation of the criminal justice system. She is not only a victim of crime but has also worked with many victims of crime. She advocates better treatment of victims and their families through the criminal justice process and is particularly conscious of the need to keep the community engaged and informed about the justice system. Carmel is a founding member of the Sentencing Advisory Council and a long-term community member of the Adult Parole Board. She has vast experience in the criminal justice system, particularly with courts, Corrections and Victoria Police.

Hugh de Kretser

Profile - Community issues affecting courts

Hugh de Kretser is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre. He has extensive legal practice and policy experience in the criminal justice system, working on both offender and victim issues. He previously worked for six years as the Executive Officer of the Federation of Community Legal Centres and was a commissioner on the Victorian Law Reform Commission from 2008 to 2012.

Fiona Dowsley

Profile - Operation of the criminal justice system

Fiona Dowsley has over a decade of experience in building the evidence base in crime and justice to support improved research and decision-making. She spent two years as Director of the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics at the Australian Bureau of Statistics and has collaborated in the international sphere, such as with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Task Force, to develop an international classification of crime. In January 2014, she was appointed as the founding Chief Statistician of the Crime Statistics Agency in Victoria.

Helen Fatouros

Profile - Operation of the criminal justice system

Helen Fatouros, Executive Director of Criminal Law Services, Victoria Legal Aid, has an extensive criminal law background. Her previous roles include Legal Prosecution Specialist and Directorate Manager of the Specialist Sex Offences Unit for the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions.  In 2012, Helen led the Sexual Offences Interactive Legal Education Program, earning her the Law Institute of Victoria’s 2013 President’s Award for Government Lawyer of the Year.  Helen was appointed a Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission in 2014.

David Grace QC

Profile - Highly experienced defence lawyer

David Grace has nearly 40 years' experience as a legal practitioner, having appeared in numerous court jurisdictions in a number of leading sentencing cases. He regularly appears in the High Court and the Court of Appeal and is a former Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria.

John Griffin PSM

Profile - Operation of the criminal justice system

John Griffin has over 40 years’ experience in the operation of criminal justice systems, including senior executive roles in both the Victorian correctional system and the Victorian court system. He is currently a member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

Sherril Handley

Profile - Member of the police force of the rank of senior sergeant or below who is actively engaged in criminal law enforcement duties

Senior Sergeant Sherril Handley joined Victoria Police in 2003 and worked in various operational policing roles prior to joining the Prosecutions Division where she currently manages the Prosecutor Training Course. She has represented Victoria Police interstate and overseas in relation to family violence reforms and has received several internal commendations.

Brendan Kissane QC

Profile - Highly experienced prosecution lawyer

Brendan Kissane has been a barrister for 30 years, commencing his career in law as a solicitor with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. He has practised principally in criminal law with over 20 years’ experience in that area. He was appointed a Crown Prosecutor in 2007 and a Senior Crown Prosecutor in 2015. As a Crown Prosecutor he has been allocated to the Specialist Sexual Offences Unit. He was the first Crown Prosecutor in the Geelong Office of Public Prosecutions, and for the last six years he has been appearing regularly in the Court of Appeal.

Shane Patton

Profile - Operation of the criminal justice system

Deputy Commissioner, Special Operations, Shane Patton joined Victoria Police in 1978 and has held a wide range of diverse policing roles including operational uniform policing, criminal investigations and public transport safety. He led the ‘Schools of Practice’ project within the Victoria Police training environment and has received several internal commendations. He is a Williamson Fellow (WCLP – Leadership Victoria 2007) and an ANZSOG Alumni.

Barbara Rozenes

Profile - Member of a victim of crime support or advocacy group

Barbara Rozenes is a past president and an inaugural ambassador of Court Network, where she has had over 25 years' experience with victims of crime as a weekly Court Network volunteer in the County Court. She is a board member of the Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, an ambassador for Windana Drug and Alcohol Recovery, an associate member of the Australian Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators and a patron of the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria. She is also a member of the Critical Care Clinical Network (Department of Health and Human Services).

Geoff Wilkinson OAM

Profile - Operation of the criminal justice system

Geoff Wilkinson specialised in crime and justice issues during 43 years as a journalist. He was founding Media Director of Victoria Police and in 1987, as the result of a Churchill Fellowship, established Australia’s first Crime Stoppers program. In 2008 he was awarded an OAM for community service, and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Melbourne Press Club in 2011. He was appointed as a community member of the Adult Parole Board in 2014.