27 September 2023

Senior Appointments

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McWilliam to Supreme Court

Verity McWilliam has been appointed Resident Judge of the ACT Supreme Court.

Justice McWilliam (pictured) has served as Associate Justice in the ACT Supreme Court since 2017.

She fills the vacancy left by Geoffrey Ross Kennett who was appointed to the Federal Court in February.

Minty to Correctional Services

Rebecca Minty has been appointed Inspector of Correctional Services.

Ms Minty (pictured) has served as Deputy Inspector of Correctional Services since 2018 and previously worked as Human Rights Officer for the United Nation’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

She replaces outgoing inaugural Inspector, Neil McAllister who served in the role for five years.

Sofronoff to Inquiry Board

Walter Sofronoff has been appointed Chair of the Board of Inquiry into the conduct of Criminal Justice Agencies involved in the trial R V Lehrmann.

Mr Sofronoff (pictured) was called to the Bar in 1977 and served as the Solicitor-General of Queensland from 2005 to 2014.

He served as President of the Queensland Court of Appeal from 2017 to 2022 and the Board of Inquiry will report to the Chief Minister by 30 June 2023.

Yates stays at HR Commission

Heidi Yates has been reappointed as ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner with the ACT Human Rights Commission.

Ms Yates (pictured) was first appointed to the role in 2018 and will continue for another five-year term commencing from 19 March.

Her significant contributions to the community were recognised with her nomination for 2023 ACT Australian of the Year.

New board members for DVPC

Eight new members have been appointed to the Domestic Violence Prevention Council (DVPC) for three-year terms.

The Domestic Violence Prevention Council provides advice to Government to improve responses to domestic and family violence.

The new members are Kat Reed (pictured), Zakia Patel, Lauren Anthes, Robyn Martin, Papunya Connors, Tanya Keed, Agata Pukiewicz and Amanda Alford.

Temby to Magistrates Court

Lawyer Ian Temby has been appointed Magistrate of the ACT Magistrates Court, along with the appointments of three Special Magistrates.

Mr Temby (pictured) has over 20 years’ experience as a litigation lawyer working across courts and tribunals in various jurisdictions, including the ACT, Commonwealth, NSW and Victoria.

Joining the Court as Special Magistrates are Rebecca Christensen, Sean Richter and Gregor Urbas.

Mr Temby commences in the role on 30 January.

Brown to Booris Committee

Natalie Brown has been appointed Chair of the Our Booris, Our Way Implementation Oversight Committee.

The Committee has been created to monitor implementation and provide a cultural lens to guide the systemic reform necessary to meet the expectations set out in a review.

Ms Brown, a Gamilaraay woman, previously served as Deputy Chair of the Committee and as an Advisory Group Member on the National Voice for our Children, the ACT Legislative Review Project.

Causon for Interim Advocate

Barbara Causon has been appointed Interim Advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People as work continues to establish the role of Commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People.

Ms Causon (pictured), a Wiradjuri woman, has previously served as Chair of the Our Booris Our Way Steering Committee and Implementation Oversight Committee.

Cantwell to stay in Election seat

Damian Cantwell has been reappointed ACT Electoral Commissioner for another five-year term.

Prior to taking up the position five years ago, Mr Cantwell (pictured) served as a Senior Officer in the Australian Defence Force.

Killesteyn to Electoral Commission

Ed Killesteyn has been appointed a part-time Member of the ACT Electoral Commission

Mr Killesteyn (pictured) previously served as Electoral Commissioner with the Australian Electoral Commission between 2009 and 2014.

He commenced his five-year term on Monday (5 September), replacing Phillip Moss, whose term ended on 6 June.

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