Community Members


Kharen Brookes                                                                    A Personal Assistant to Managing Director of a Sydney signage company she has an extensive career in administration for several national retailers. Currently also completing a degree in Counselling with counsellor educator, AIPC

APPOINTED: 2020

Robert Cosman
A former Director and Secretary of the SPA, Mr Cosman enjoyed a career with Corrective Services spanning more than two decades. His experience also included working with juvenile offenders at NSW Youth and Community Services.

APPOINTED: 2016 

Peta Drake 
Qualified with an LLB from the University of WA and LLM from the University of Sydney, Ms Drake spent 20 years as a solicitor in private practice and in-house at energy companies in Sydney and London. A member of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal, she is also a volunteer with the Australian Red Cross Immigration Detention Monitoring Program.

APPOINTED: 2015 

Wayne Gleeson
Having retired from the Department of Education after a distinguished 36 year teaching career, he held a number of senior teaching positions at various high schools and was instrumental in the implementation of Legal Studies as a part of the HSC.

APPOINTED: 2018

Rod Harvey  
His career with the NSW Police Force spanned 35 years, largely devoted to major crime and the management of major investigations before retiring at the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent. He was awarded the Australian Police Medal, National Police Service Medal and NSW Police Medal.

APPOINTED: 2012

Stuart Hemmings FACE, GAICD, JP 
Commencing as a secondary school teacher of agriculture and science Mr Hemmings held numerous senior positions in the NSW Department of Education and is a member of the Australian College of Educators, NSW Association of Agriculture Teachers and the Royal Agricultural Society.

APPOINTED: 2015

Martha Jabour
The Executive Director, Homicide Victims Support Group (Aust.) Inc since 1993 she continues to represent the community and family members of homicide on a range of committees and boards.  

APPOINTED: 2006

Karen Lindley
The Managing Director of a boutique company, marketing Australian opals internationally she holds a Fellowship in the Gemmological Association of Australia. She is also the founder of the Purple Angel Society seeking justice for victims of historical sexual assaults.

REAPPOINTED: 2020

Peter Lucas 
A chartered accountant, chartered secretary and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors he has previously held senior financial roles in private sector merchant banks and financial institutions and within the NSW public sector. 

APPOINTED: 2018 

Catriona McComish 
A former Senior Assistant Commissioner Community Offender Services in NSW Corrective Services, she is the Director of a consultancy providing clinical, forensic and organisational psychology services to public sector agencies, training groups and NGOs. 

APPOINTED: 2013 

Frank Mennilli APM
A former NSW Police Assistant Commissioner who retired after 41 years of service devoted largely to criminal investigation and senior management. He is a recipient of the Australian Police Medal, National Police Service Medal and NSW Police Medal.

REAPPOINTED: 2020

Donald Sword
On behalf of the NSW Ombudsman he delivers training services to government agencies and NGO’s and is a member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Guardianship Division), the NSW Legal Aid Review Committee and the Justice Disability Advisory Council. 

APPOINTED: 2018

Alanah Tassone B.Soc.Sc.
A graduate of Macquarie University, Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology) who has interned with Community Legal Centres  NSW and Homicide Victims Support Group (Aust) Inc. Her interest is in criminological research and advocacy to prevent and reduce crime

APPOINTED: 2020

Lloyd Walker
A former Wallaby and Acting Co-ordinator for the Aboriginal Corporation for Homeless and Rehabilitation Community Services he is currently also a panel member for the Serious Young Offenders Review Panel. He is the SPA’s longest serving member. 

APPOINTED: 2000