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Meet the council

The Sentencing Advisory Council of SA is an advisory body with a broad membership.

It includes people with experience in the criminal justice system such as representatives from the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Parole Board, the Legal Services Commission, the South Australian Bar Association, the Commissioner for Victims’ Rights, the Law Society of South Australia and South Australian Police. 

Council membership also includes community members from a diverse range of backgrounds, which ensures that the views of the community are taken into account during the consideration of sentencing issues and recommendations to the Attorney-General.

Council members

The Hon John Sulan QC - Chair

Former Justice of the Supreme Court

The Hon John Sulan QC is a former Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia, serving on the bench from 2003 to 2016.  Prior to his time as a Justice, Mr Sulan was a Judge of the District Court of South Australia from 1997 to 2003.  Mr Sulan has had a stellar career in the law, starting out as an Associate to Justice Walters and later practising in roles such as Commercial Crown Prosecutor, Commissioner of Corporate Affairs and Partner at Thomson, Simmons and Co.  Mr Sulan also practised as a Commercial Crown Prosecutor in Hong Kong from 1982 to 1988.  

Peter Alexander 

Community representative  

Mr Alexander is a former President of the South Australian Police Association.  He served with South Australia Police for many years as Patrolman and Detective, and held the rank of Detective Sergeant at the Major Crime Squad. During his service he was seconded to the Police Association and assumed the office of President.  He then became the inaugural  President of the Police Federation of Australia.  Mr Alexander has a law degree and has been recognised with the highest police honour available to police officers in this country, being the Australian Police Medal. 

Liesl Chapman SC  

Bar Association of South Australia Representative

Ms Chapman SC has extensive experience as a result of working in the Crown Solicitor’s Office and as a Prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.  In 2006 she was commissioned by the State Government to carry out a review of the South Australian rape and sexual assault legislation and was later appointed Counsel Assisting the Mullighan Inquiry.  Ms Chapman was appointed Counsel Assisting on the Eastman Inquiry in the ACT from 2012 to 2014 and currently works as a Barrister at Len King Chambers.

Deputy Commissioner Ms Linda Williams  

South Australia Police Representative 

Deputy Commissioner Linda Williams is a police officer with over 35 years of experience with South Australia Police.  She is responsible for managing all state wide police activities and operations to satisfy existing and emerging community needs.  Deputy Commissioner Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and Graduate Certificates in Management, Applied Criminology and Police Management. 

Stacey Carter 

Law Society of South Australia Representative

Ms Carter is currently the principal at Carter & Co Lawyers (Solicitors & Barristers).   Ms Carter has previously worked in Canberra for the Federal Government in the area of immigration, and she was an award winning student in her Masters of Law program for her work in International Criminal Law and Human Rights.  Ms Carter is a member of a number of reputable bodies including the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of South Australia, the Women’s Lawyers Association, the Refugee Council of Australia and the Australian Refugee Association.

Jonathon Rice  

Community representative

Mr Rice has a diverse background including more than 30 years of experience as a music educator and musician, having taught in government, independent and Catholic schools, including seven years’ experience in special education.  In addition, Mr Rice has been the General Manager of three hospitality SME businesses as well as been a lecturer at the prestigious International College of Hotel Management.  Jonathon is now the Director of Performing Arts at Pulteney Grammar School. Jonathon is passionate about South Australia and is enthusiastic about the future of the State.

Roseanne Healy  

Community representative

Ms Healy is a non-executive Director of a number of organisations including CUFA Limited, Grains Research and Development Corporation, GP Partners Australia, HomeStart Finance and Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd.  She is Chair of the Dairy Authority of South Australia and Peninsula Leisure Pty Ltd.  She is also a Director of VineHealth Australia and Country Health South Australia, Local Health Network Governing Council. 

Commissioner Mr Michael O’Connell APM  

Commissioner for Victims’ Rights South Australia Representative

Mr O’Connell is South Australia's first Commissioner for Victims' Rights.  Previously, he was the State's Victims of Crime Co-ordinator and, while serving as a police officer, he was appointed the inaugural Victim Impact Statement Co-ordinator.  He lectures and writes on Victimology, victims' rights and victim assistance.  Mr O'Connell also co-chairs the National Victims of Crime Working Group and is a life member and current Secretary-General for the World Society of Victimology. For his contributions to victims’ rights and justice administration, he was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 1995, was a finalist in the SA selection for Australian of the Year in 2003 and was presented the Victim Support Australasia's national award in recognition of his leadership in advancing victims' rights in Australia and internationally in 2010.

Caroline Mealor  

Attorney-General’s Department Representative

Ms Mealor is currently the Deputy Chief Executive of the Attorney-General’s Department of South Australia.  Ms Mealor was admitted to practice law in 1993 and began her career as an Associate to Justice Cox and Justice Lander of the Supreme Court.  For 16 years,  Ms Mealor worked as a Prosecutor in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and was a Senior Solicitor in the Snowtown murder trials.  

Sandi McDonald  

Director of Public Prosecutions Representative

Ms McDonald SC was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1996 and since that time has worked in the ODPP as a trial counsel.  In 2012, shortly prior to her appointment as Deputy Director, Ms McDonald was appointed Senior Counsel.  Ms McDonald has conducted a large number of jury trials in the Supreme and District Courts, including some of the most complex and high profile cases in the State.  As Deputy Director - Counsel, she continues to conduct complex criminal trials and is directly responsible for the ODPP’s trial counsel section.  

Frances Nelson QC 

Expert member

Ms Nelson QC was admitted to the South Australian Bar Association in 1967 and is also a member of the Northern Territory and Western Australian Bar Associations.  She is currently the Chair of the Parole Board.  Ms Nelson practices in administrative law, contract law, building disputes, criminal law, personal injury, medical negligence and civil remedies and has conducted over 1000 mediations in South Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory.  She has previously been a member of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, the Commercial and Private Agents Tribunal, the Board of Sport, Arts & Recreation, the Council for People with a Disability and the Legal Services Commission. 

Greg Mead SC  

Legal Services Commission of South Australia Representative

Mr Mead, admitted in 1980, commenced practising law at an Adelaide law firm and primarily worked in the areas of personal injury litigation and criminal matters.  He then moved to the Legal Services Commission in 1986 where he was appointed Managing Solicitor of the Commission’s criminal practice.  In 2005 he took up his current position of Chief Counsel of the Legal Services Commission.  Mr Mead was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010.  He is a member of the Law Society of SA and the SA Bar Association.               

Ian Leader-Elliott  

Expert member

Prior to retirement, Ian was a reader in law at Adelaide University School of Law.  Earlier appointments and positions include consultancies with the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department (Model Criminal Code); ACT Attorney General’s Department, UK Law Commission (Homicide); Victorian Law Reform Commission (Mental Malfunction and Criminal Responsibility) and Chair of the South Australian Correctional Services Advisory Council.  He is currently a member of the Editorial Board, New Criminal Law Review (University of California).  Ian has extensive publications on criminal law and sentencing, and is currently an Emeritus Fellow at Adelaide University School of Law and an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia Law School.