Chairperson & CAO

Adult Parole Board Chairperson

His Honour Peter Couzens was appointed as Chairperson and a member of the Adult Parole Board in June 2015.

Prior to his appointment, His Honour served as a Judge of the County Court of Victoria and President of the Children’s Court of Victoria since 2013.

His Honour served as a Magistrate for approximately 23 years holding various roles. He was co-ordinating Magistrate at the Prahran Magistrates’ Court between 1995 and 1998, resident Magistrate at Wangaratta in North-East Victoria in 2003 and 2005, and Regional Co-ordinating Magistrate of the Grampians Region of Victoria from 2010 to 2013.

Prior to his appointment as a Magistrate, he was a member of the Victorian Bar between 1976 and 1990 and practised as a barrister in the areas of family law and personal injuries.

Prior to joining the Victorian Bar, His Honour practised as a solicitor for six years. 

Adult Parole Board Chief Administrative Officer

Rachael Bolton is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Adult Parole Board.

Ms Bolton is an experienced leader who has worked in a variety of leadership roles within State and Commonwealth government departments. Ms Bolton has extensive experience in building and strengthening teams, stakeholder engagement and proactively developing stakeholder relationships, and driving continuous improvement through innovation.

Before joining the Board’s Secretariat in August 2021, Ms Bolton was General Manager of the Department of Justice and Community Safety’s Offender Management Development Branch for over three and a half years.

Prior to that, Ms Bolton was Manager of Multicultural Community Grants at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, a 12-month secondment from the Department of Home Affairs.

Between 2006 and 2016, Ms Bolton held several managerial and Assistant Director positions at the Department of Home Affairs (formerly the Department of Immigration and Border Protection) where she worked extensively on issues in the Refugee and Humanitarian portfolio.

Ms Bolton holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Canberra, a double degree in Arts and Economics from the Australian National University, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law from The University of Melbourne.