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 nearly 20 years. Elena’s expertise includes therapeutic justice, equal opportunity and human rights, as well as the prevention and elimination of violence against women.

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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 working on the CIJ’s Supporting Justice Project as an adviser and peer support worker.

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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 Mental Health Legal Centre.

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Michael Bell

Michael Bell

Rethinking Criminal Record Checks Project - Aboriginal Community Engagement Worker

RMIT CIJ Aboriginal Community Engagement Worker and former CEO Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation; Elder Portland, Hamilton and Warrnambool Court; Michael was the Convenor of the CRDP Advisory Committee.

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Tallace Bissett

Tallace Bissett

Senior Adviser, Research and Advocacy

Tallace is primarily involved with the CIJ’s stream of work concerned with family violence and perpetrator interventions.

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Catherine Caruana

Catherine Caruana

Senior Adviser, Research and Advocacy

Catherine’s work at the CIJ is supporting the centre's review of victims support services.

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Mi-Lin Chen Yi Mei

Mi-Lin Chen Yi Mei

Student Program Manager

Mi-Lin studied law and was admitted to legal practice in 2014.

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Leah Deery

Leah Deery

Project Officer

Leah is the CIJ’s Project Officer on the Children’s Court of Victoria Service Delivery Reform Project.

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Riley Ellard

Riley Ellard

Senior Adviser, Research and Advocacy

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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Michael Haralambous

Michael Haralambous

Senior Adviser, Research and Advocacy

Michael is a criminal solicitor who has worked with Victoria Legal Aid and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.

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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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Anna Howard

Anna Howard

Restorative Justice Manager/Convener

Anna is an experienced lawyer who has practised as a social justice lawyer in community legal centres and native title representation bodies for more than a decade.

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Jarrod Hughes

Jarrod Hughes

Senior Adviser, Research and Advocacy

Jarrod is a social researcher with experience in social policy and criminal justice policy and has worked extensively within the Victorian Aboriginal community.

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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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Karen Martin

Karen Martin

Administrative Officer

Karen has worked in areas of political administration and office management, community projects and cultural development in local and state governments, NGOs and tertiary institutions.

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Christa Momot

Christa Momot

Rethinking Criminal Record Checks Project - Stakeholder Engagement Co-ordinator

Christa is the Rethinking Criminal Record Checks Project - Stakeholder Engagement Co-ordinator.

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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

Administrative Officer

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

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Asia Swida

Asia Swida

Restorative Justice Convener

Asia is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Family Therapist with over sixteen years of experience as counsellor and facilitator in community and private sectors.

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