People

Centre Staff

Rob Hulls

Rob Hulls

Director

Rob first attended RMIT as a law student, where he graduated in 1982. 30 years later, in October 2012, Rob returned to the University to set up the Centre for Innovative Justice as a place to develop, drive, and expand the capacity of the justice system to meet and adapt to the needs of its diverse users.

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Elena Campbell

Elena Campbell

Associate Director of Research, Advocacy & Policy

Elena is a lawyer, speechwriter and former political staffer who has worked in legal and social policy for over 20 years. Elena’s expertise includes therapeutic justice, women’s decarceration, equal opportunity and human rights, as well as the prevention and elimination of violence against women and children.

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Stan Winford

Stan Winford

Associate Director of Research, Innovation & Reform

Stan is a legal and justice system expert with experience in innovation and reform, including user centred design and applications for restorative and therapeutic justice in criminal and civil law.

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Dorothy Armstrong

Dorothy Armstrong

Adviser & Peer Support Worker

Dorothy Armstrong is an advisor, lived experience expert and peer mentor. She works extensively across the disability and criminal justice sectors and provides advice on a range of issues relating to people with acquired brain injury involved in the criminal justice system.

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Bernice Beaucaine

Bernice Beaucaine

Social Worker

Bernice is a social worker who works across the Centre for Innovative Justice and partner agency the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women.

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Jen Black

Jen Black

Innovation and Impact Manager

Jen is a lawyer who has held a number of senior roles in the legal assistance sector, assisting individuals navigate the justice system and advocating for meaningful, systemic change.

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Catherine Caruana

Catherine Caruana

Senior Adviser, Research and Advocacy

Catherine’s work at the CIJ supports the centre's priority research stream into women in the justice system and the need to develop alternatives to imprisoning women.

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Katie Christensen

Katie Christensen

Restorative Justice Convener

Katie Christensen (She/Her) is a Wurundjeri Woman who has extensive experience working in the Domestic Violence sector – supporting Women who have experienced violence in crisis and long term case management and facilitating healing groups for women.

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Riley Ellard

Riley Ellard

Manager, Service Design, Evaluation & System Reform

Riley has worked in social policy across a range of sectors including disability, child protection, mental health and family violence.

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Renee Handsaker

Renee Handsaker

Principal Restorative Justice Convener

Renee is a highly skilled facilitator specialising in restorative conferencing, conflict transformation and debriefing following traumatic incidents.

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Eliza Hew

Eliza Hew

Project Support Officer

Eliza is a Juris Doctor and Master of Social Work graduate from RMIT University. Eliza provides project support across multiple projects, including across the CIJ’s family violence research agenda.

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Helen Forster

Helen Forster

Senior Adviser, Research and Advocacy

Helen has experience in complex research and policy analysis, she supports identifying and monitoring emerging trends and developments in innovative justice.  

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Mina Hilson

Mina Hilson

Centre Manager

Mina is an accomplished administrator and coordinator with experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

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Megan Hughes

Megan Hughes

Senior Adviser, Research and Advocacy

Megan Hughes is a lawyer, writer and policy adviser with experience working in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

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Melanie Joosten

Melanie Joosten

Senior Adviser, Research & Advocacy (Open Circle)

Melanie is a social worker, writer and researcher who has worked in the areas of family violence, elder abuse and ageing. She supports the CIJ’s work in the area of restorative justice.

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Nareeda Lewers

Nareeda Lewers

Restorative Justice Manager/Convener

Nareeda is an experienced lawyer who has represented highly vulnerable and marginalised people.

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Jacinth Pathmanathan

Jacinth Pathmanathan

Manager, Service Design, Evaluation & System Reform

Jacinth is a policy adviser and lawyer with over 10 years’ experience in law and justice system reform. Her experience spans federal and state governments in the areas of sexual assault, Indigenous incarceration, family violence, courts, criminal procedure and national security.

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Katherine Ogilvie

Katherine Ogilvie

Social Worker & Integrated Practice Manager

Katherine (Kat) Ogilvie is a social worker who works across the Centre for Innovative Justice and partner agency the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women.

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Heidi Philips

Heidi Philips

Administration and Communications Officer

Heidi is currently studying the Juris Doctor at RMIT after finishing a Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies in 2017.

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Emily Piggott

Emily Piggott

Senior Adviser, Research and Advocacy

Emily is a social worker with extensive direct practice experience working with people with disability involved in the criminal justice system.

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Matilda Simpson

Matilda Simpson

Project Support Officer

Matilda provides project support across a range of projects at the CIJ, with a focus on the CIJ's family violence research agenda. 

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Samara Young

Samara Young

Project Co-ordinator

Samara has worked across a range of sectors, including Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations, NGOs and the education sector in roles involving communications, social policy, project management and service delivery. 

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