Our board members:

  • contribute to our oversight of the post sentence scheme 

  • drive improvement of the quality and consistency of decision making 

  • support our work by engaging with criminal justice system agencies.

Full time members

Carmel Arthur

Appointed February 2018

Ms Arthur is an innovative senior leader and highly respected member of the community. Following the murder of her husband, a serving Victoria Police Officer, in 1998, Ms Arthur has built relationships and networks across the criminal justice system and has been a strong voice for integrating victims of crime into the criminal justice system.

Formerly Manager, Strategic Planning and Projects – Infrastructure at Victoria Police, She was a founding member of the Victoria Police Capability Team – a project designed to substantially reshape the way Victoria Police operates into the future. In 2015, Ms Arthur was awarded the Most Outstanding Female Practitioner within Australasia at the Australian Women in Policing Conference – Excellence in Policing Awards.

In August 2004, Ms Arthur was appointed a Director of the Sentencing Advisory Council and in 2008, Ms Arthur was appointed a community member of the Adult Parole Board. She was reappointed three times, in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

Jeremy Cass

Appointed April 2018

Jeremy has strong experience in criminal law and was admitted practice as a Barrister and Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2003. He became and LIV Accredited Criminal Law Specialist in 2008 and LIV Accredited Specialist in Children's Law in 2012.

Since commencing his legal career, Jeremy has worked at Victoria Legal Aid and held various senior leadership roles including Deputy Managing Lawyer, Managing Lawyer Youth Crime, Program Manager, Appeals and Strategic Litigation and Senior Advocate Higher Court Appeals. At Victoria Legal Aid, Mr Cass led a team of appellate specialists who conducted case work and merits assessments for appeal files and where he was regularly briefed to appear as counsel in the Supreme Court of Victoria - Court of Appeal. Finally he had programmatic responsibility for the state-wide  delivery of quality appellate criminal law services. He is also a sessional lecturer in law at La Trobe University Law School.


Sessional members

Peter Martin OAM

Appointed February 2018

Mr Martin is a retired school teacher and principal with extensive experience on community advisory committees, reference groups, and boards of management, particularly in his local area (Stawell). Appointments have included President of the Stawell Regional Health Board, Bail Justice, member of the Country Fire Authority – incident control centre, community member of the Dental Practice Board of Victoria, Police Minister’s Nominee to the Firearms Appeals Committee, Member Consumer Advisory Committee, Dental Health Services Victoria, Board Member Australasian College for infection prevention and control and member, ethics committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.  

Peter Rose QC

Appointed February 2018

Mr Rose is a Barrister with extensive experience in criminal law. Until recently, Mr Rose was a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the State of Victoria. In this role, among other things Mr Rose was responsible for matters under the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009, including the prosecution of detention order applications and appearances in relation to breaches of supervision orders referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions. Mr Rose has also acted in numerous cases relating to trials and sentencing of violent offenders.



Paula Davey

Appointed March 2018

Paula has extensive experience as a Councillor and community worker, receiving the Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal for outstanding service in 2001.

Paula shares her time between professional and volunteer roles across a broad range of industry and community organisations. These include serving on the Mental Health Tribunal, Victorian Board of the Medical Board of Australia, Victorian Law Foundation and the Bendigo Community® Bank Board. Paula has also served as Chairman of the Country Women’s Association Advisory Board, and Chair of the Kew High School Council.


John Griffin

Appointed March 2018


John has been a member of the Victorian Health Tribunal since 2011 and the Director of the Board of the Sentencing Advisory Council since February 2012.

John has vast experience in the Justice sector and has worked as the Executive Director - Courts and Tribunals, Chief Executive Officer of CORE - the Public Correctional Enterprise and Victorian Director of Prisons.  Prior to his move to Victoria in 1988, John held the position of Deputy Director, Probation and Parole in the Department of Corrective Services in New South Wales.

John has worked across a diverse range of portfolios.  He has been a community member of both the Mental Health Tribunal and the Sentencing Advisory Council since February 2011, and has also had extensive involvement in community, educational and government advisory Boards and Committees. This has included being a Board Member of Children’s Rights International and Chairman of the Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (VACRO).