Community Members

Rev. Dr Arthur Ernest Bridge

Commencing as an assistant priest in Birmingham UK before migrating to Australia in 1981, the Reverend devoted his services to the Catholic Church for almost 40 years before retiring in 2017.  He was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for services to music and the arts and a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to youth and the community. 


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


Rosemary Caruana 
A former Assistance Commissioner, Community Corrections, Ms Caruana has an extensive career in criminal justice and human services, holding several senior executive roles including Acting Commissioner NSW Corrective Services. She has driven major government reforms across the justice and human services portfolios and holds a Masters Business Administration and 
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Hons.


David Clarke 
A former solicitor, Mr Clarke was elected to the NSW Parliament in 2003, serving until 2019 with roles including NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Justice (2011 – 2019) and as Chair and Deputy Chair of the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice. Throughout his career he has been extensively involved with numerous ethnic, religious, social and youth community organisations.


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.


Graeme Hanger

An elected councillor on the Bathurst Regional Council since 2008, Mr Hanger also served as the city's Deputy Mayor and then appointed Mayor until 2019. A retired high school teacher and leading advocate for his community he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2016 for services to education and the community of Bathurst.


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.


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.  


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.


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. 


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.


Megan Miller 
An award-winning broadcast journalist, Ms Miller is a highly experienced media expert, public relations executive and reputation management consultant. Her career includes several senior management appointments across a wide range of public and private sector employers including Network Seven, the NSW Police Force, NSW Corrective Services, NSW Ambulance and Sydney Water.  


Peter Severin

The former Commissioner of Corrective Services NSW, Mr Severin retired last year after nine years at the helm and a career spanning almost four decades. He has extensive experience in correctional jurisdictions having held several senior executive positions across Australia, after first commencing his career as a prisons officer in Germany. He is President of the International Corrections and Prisons Association and a member of the NSW Sentencing Council.  


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. 


Alanah Tassone
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


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.