Chairperson & CAO

Adult Parole Board Chairperson – His Honour Peter Couzens

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 – Stuart Ward

Stuart Ward commenced as Chief Administrative Officer of the Adult Parole Board in September 2014. He has an extensive background in criminal law, legal management, and statutory decision making.

Prior to joining the Board, Mr Ward was the Legal Practice Manager at the Office of Public Prosecutions from 2007 to 2014, acting as Solicitor for Public Prosecutions for a year.

Mr Ward has held statutory appointments with the Business Licencing Authority (Deputy Chairperson, 1999-2007) and Motor Car Traders’ Guarantee Fund Claims Committee (Chairperson, 2001-2007), and executive management positions at Consumer Affairs Victoria (1998-1999) and the Office of Public Prosecutions.