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Street Address:  Level 1/116 Hardware Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 
  Postal Address: P.O Box 14093, Melbourne 8001, Vic.
Phone: 03 9605 1900
  Fax: 03 9602 2355
  Freecall: 1800 049 871
Email: info@vacro.org.au  accounts@vacro.org.au
  Web: www.vacro.org.au

INFORMATION ON BOARD MEMBERS

At the Board level, we have the following talent. Our members remain focused on our core mission.

The Honourable David Harper (Patron) - President/Patron (resigned as President 17/11/2011)

Qualifications -  BA Hons. LLB (Melb) (AM)
Experience - Judge Supreme Court of Victoria

Justice Harper is a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria.  He was appointed in March 1992.  Since 2009 he has been a member of the Court of Appeal, which with the Trial Division forms the Supreme Court.  Between 1992 and 2009 he sat in each of the three (sub) Divisions of the Trial Division (Common Law, Criminal and Commercial & Equity ).He graduated BA (Hons) LLB (Melbourne). His practice at the Victorian Bar generally related to commercial matters.  He became a QC in 1986. He was Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council from 1990 to 1991 and served on the Executive of the Law Council of Australia and the Australian Bar Association.Between 1992 and 1999 he was president of the International Commission of Jurists (Victorian branch). He has been the President of the Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders since 1995 and became their Patron in 2011. He was also President of the Graduate Union of the University of Melbourne from 1997 to 1999.  He is Chair of the Australian Red Cross (Victorian Division) International Humanitarian Law Advisory Committee (since 2000) and was a part time Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission between 2001 and 2008. He has also served as Vice President (2008-2010) and President (2010-2012) of the Judicial Conference of Australia, a body which draws its membership from judicial officers of every level in every Australian jurisdiction and seeks to maintain an independent judiciary and the rule of law.  In the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2008 he was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to the judiciary and to law reform and for his work with offenders and for the advancement of international humanitarian law.

Judy Lazarus AM - Patron

Judy started working with prisoners almost by chance.

“A friend of mine worked with Victorian Association Care and Resettlement of Offenders (VACRO). She rang me after the Ash Wednesday fires and asked if I wanted to come over and have a look. I started working with prisoners in Pentridge in 1983, which I only planned to do for a couple of months, but the work was so rewarding that I stayed for 20 years, with the last 12 months in 2003 as CEO (Chief Executive Officer).” In her time as CEO, Judy built a strong positive working relationship with Corrections Victoria and in 2007, as a sign of esteem she has within the correctional community, the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre was named after her.

A move to Beechworth saw Judy take on the role of Prison Visitor and Prison Volunteer at the Beechworth Correctional Centre and she established a successful community-based bookshop during her time as Manager of the Beechworth Neighbourhood Centre. The volunteer run bookshop sells donated books and runs vocational training programs for both the local unemployed people, as well as prisoners at Beechworth Correctional Centre.

 In 2011, Judy became a Board Member with VACRO and was made a Life Member in 2016. She is currently a Patron of VACRO.  Judy was named in the Australia Day Honours List in 2017 for her contribution to the community through social welfare groups and most notably for custodial rehabilitation and resettlement initiatives to help prisoners when released from custody.

2017 Ms Judith Lazarus was given an AM in the General Division of the Order of Australia, for significant service to the community through social welfare groups, notably through custodial rehabilitation and resettlement initiatives.

Bill Angelidis - Treasurer (appointed 17/11/2016)

Qualifications - BSc Computer Science, MBA, Member AICD

Bill Angelidis is a successful entrepreneur with strong business development skills in high tech start-up businesses having started up successful IT services company ASTA Solutions has he still manages. Bill's specialist skills and interests are around assisting start-ups and not for profit organisations to develop and meet strategic objectives so that they can meet their long term stakeholder goals. Bill enjoys nothing more than bringing people and opportunities together.

Andrew Crockett - Board member  (appointed 17/11/2016)

Qualification - LLB (Melb) LLM (Mon) GradCertHIgherEd (Mon)

Following a period in private practice Andrew Crockett pursued a career in legal aid and academia. He is a former Director of the Legal Aid Commission of Victoria (now Victoria Legal Aid), a former CEO of the Legal Aid Commission of the ACT, and he served a term as Chairperson of National Legal Aid.

Andrew has also taught professional skills and ethics in the law faculties of Monash University and the Australian National University.  He currently teaches legal ethics in Monash University’s postgraduate program.

Andrew has served on the Family Law Council, the Southern Health Human Research Ethics Committee B, the ACT Law Reform Committee, and he is currently a member of the editorial committee of the Lawyers Practice Manual Victoria. 

Apart from Andrew’s commitment to improving access to justice and ethical standards in the legal profession, he is interestedin the development and promotion of programs that address social, economic and educational disadvantage as a cause of crime.

Barbara Rozenes - Board Member (appointed 30/6/2011)

Barbara Rozenes has extensive experience volunteering and in board positions over the last 30 years. Barbara has been the inaugural convenor of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation for 10 years. She has made significant contributions to the Court Network as a volunteer for 20 years and as a board member for 11 years where she has held positions of President, Vice President and Chair of the Marketing, Fundraising and Advocacy Committee during that tenure. In the past she has been a board member of Fare Share. Barbara is now ambassador for Court Network and Windana Drugs and Alcohol Inc. and Patron for the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria. Barbara’s other experience includes involvement with the Jewish Crisis Centre, fundraising for the Jewish museum, and Epworth Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. She is also a member of the Sentencing Advisory Committee since its inception in 2004 and is presently a member of the Lady Mayoress of Melbourne Executive Committee.

Bronwyn Naylor - Board member (appointed 05/08/2013)

Qualifications  - B.A (Hons),LLB (Hons), LLM, MPhil (Crim), PhD in Criminology

Bronwyn Naylor is a Professor of Law at RMIT University in the Graduate School of Business and Law. She teaches Criminal Law in the RMIT Postgraduate Law JD program.  Bronwyn has degrees in Law and in Criminology, and was awarded a PhD from Cambridge University in 1999. She teaches and researches in criminal law, criminal justice, prisons and punishment, criminal records and other consequences of conviction, law and gender, and regulation.

 

Lisa Ward - Board member (appointed 27/4/2015)

Qualification - BSW (Hons) MBA, Juris Doctor

Lisa has extensive experience in a range of human services including adult corrections, youth justice, child protection and family support. She has operated a niche human services consultancy business for over two decades. Lisa has been instrumental in developing transitional support services for people exiting prison and has been a strong advocate of gender responsive approaches to women in the criminal justice system. A key focus of her work has been forging stronger connections between the human service and justice service systems.

Lisa has served on the Adult Parole Board of Victoria, the Women’s Correctional Advisory Council of Victoria and the Child Death Review committee of Victoria.  She is currently the Deputy Chair of the Sentencing Advisory Council of Victoria and an independent advisor to the Community Corrections Reform and Expansion Project.


David Stanley - Board member (appointed 26/4/2017)

Qualification – Grad Diploma Youth Health, Post Grad Adolescent Health

David is a public health communications practitioner with program design, strategic planning, implementation and evaluation experience. He is published in policy, program and educational texts relating to public health information and education programs. In 1984, he founded Convenience Advertising which is now a leader in developing preventative health programs, communications, health screening and eHealth solutions.

He is currently a Director for Convenience Group, preventionXpress and Utility Creative.


Astrid Birgden - Board member (appointed 21/8/2017)


Qualification – BA, Dip.App.Psych, MPsych (Forensic), PHD. Masters in Advanced Mental Disability Law

Astrid is a Consultant Forensic Psychologist with thirty years experience in offender rehabilitation – in corrections and disability services. She established seven services and programs in Victoria and New South Wales in corrections, courts and disability services, including the provision of staff training. She is published in the areas of offender rehabilitation, therapeutic jurisprudence and human rights and has a strong background in the Good Lives Model.

Astrid is currently a Clinical Associate Professor (Adjunct), in the School of Psychology, Deakin University, an assessor for the Australian Research Council and a member of the editorial team for ActaCriminologica.




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