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We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Mindy Sotiri as our inaugural Executive Director.

Dr Sotiri is uniquely placed to help the Justice Reform Initiative drive the case for criminal justice reform across Australia, in collaboration with the many people and organisations similarly committed to evidence-based public policy.

Dr Sotiri has worked in criminal justice system settings as an advocate, community sector practitioner, academic, researcher, and policy and service delivery reform specialist for more than twenty years. Her most recent role was the Program Director of Advocacy, Research and Policy at the Community Restorative Centre in Sydney.


The Justice Reform Initiative has an interim board which will evolve in line with our national footprint and diversity. 

The current board members are:

  • Robert Tickner AO (Chair) - former CEO of the Australian Red Cross and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

  • John Feneley - former Mental Health Commissioner NSW

  • Olga Havnen - Former Chief Executive Officer, Danila Dilba Health Service in Darwin and former Executive Officer of the National Indigenous Working Group.

  • Bob Debus AM - former NSW Attorney General and former Federal Minister for Home Affairs

  • Nicholas Cowdery AO QC - former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions

  • Lorana Bartels - Professor of Criminology, Australian National University; Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Canberra and University of Tasmania

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