In March 2021, the Post Sentence Authority announced the appointment of two new members – Meghan Butterfield and Katherine Byrne
Meghan was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1997. Since becoming a lawyer, Meghan’s primary area of practice has been in acting for survivors of sexual assault. She has also practiced in several other areas, including criminal law, general personal injuries and asbestos litigation.
In 2000, she joined the Springvale-Monash Legal Service (SMLS) where she managed the SMLS/ South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) Joint Legal Service – a specialist sexual assault clinic. Meghan was also an adjunct lecturer at Monash University Law Faculty, where she trained and supervised law students and junior lawyers in clinical practice. With a strong commitment to the education of law students and representing victims, Meghan authored the chapter on victims’ rights in the ‘Lawyers Practice Manual’ for 14 years.
In 2018, Meghan was appointed as a legal member on the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal where she has gained significant experience as a member of the Tribunal that is required to navigate difficult questions under a complex legal framework. Meghan has recently undertaken her Master of Laws, focusing on human rights and health law.
Kate began her diverse career in administrative Court roles before being admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2001. Kate initially practiced family law and child protection with Victoria Legal Aid, and then moved into a Legal Officer role within Child Protection in the then Department of Human Services.
In 2011, Kate joined the Department of Justice and Community Safety as General Manager of Community Services in the Loddon Mallee region where she had responsibility for leading crime prevention, victim services, consumer affairs and sheriff operations. Thereafter Kate led a team of clinicians delivering offending behaviour programs to clients in prisons and the community.
In 2016, Kate joined the Department of Justice in NSW as the Director of Community Corrections (Sydney South West) where she managed a large number of community corrections staff in six offices as well as oversighting the supervision of offenders subject to Extended Supervision Orders accommodated in residential facilities in her District.
Kate is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Access Australia Group, a not-for-profit organisation and NDIS service provider, leading a team of staff and volunteers working to enhance training and employment opportunities for people with disability, or experiencing disadvantage.
Meghan Butterfield and Katherine Byrne have both been appointed as sessional members of the Post Sentence Authority.
In October 2020, the Post Sentence Authority announced the appointment of two new members – Dr David Curnow and Dr Angela Williams.
Dr Curnow is a forensic psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in the criminal justice system. Dr Curnow practiced as a psychologist in Victorian correctional facilities for 13 years, and practiced privately where he provided training and supervision to psychologists, and developed specialist training programs on violence treatment, white collar crime, and forensic interviewing. He is also a Clinical associate with Swinburne University.
In 2014, Dr Curnow joined the Adult Parole Board as a full-time member where he sat regularly on the Detention and Supervision Order Division until its functions were absorbed by the Post Sentence Authority. Whilst a member of the Adult Parole Board, Dr Curnow built a detailed understanding of the post sentence scheme and he contributed to the Harper Review, which made the recommendations that led to the establishment of the Post Sentence Authority.
Dr Angela Williams has 20 years’ experience in clinical forensic medicine as a Senior Forensic Physician with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine where she provides comprehensive forensic examinations and medicolegal reports that inform investigations and contribute to the criminal justice system.
Dr Williams has designed international teaching programs on the prevention and response to violence and the medical assessment of child abuse, and she has appeared as an expert witness in criminal trials and provided evidence in the Magistrates' Court, County Court, Supreme Court, Children’s Court and the Coroners Court. Dr Williams is also a Senior Lecturer at Monash University in the Department of Forensic Medicine.
Dr Williams has been appointed as a sessional member and Dr Curnow has been appointed as a full-time member of the Post Sentence Authority. Both Dr Curnow and Dr Williams bring significant forensic skills and experience in the criminal justice system to the Authority.