Chairperson & CAO

Adult Parole Board Chairperson

His Honour David Fanning was appointed by Governor in Council as Chairperson of the Adult Parole Board (the Board) from 31 October 2022.

His Honour David Fanning was appointed as a Magistrate in 2006 and, between 2007 and 2021, sat at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre where he presided over its multijurisdictional court, hearing criminal and civil matters across the Magistrates’ and Children’s Court, as well as the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) and Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). More recently, His Honour sat at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court. He retired from the bench in 2022.

He was also a divisional chairperson of the Board and sat regularly in all its Divisions from 2013 to 2020.

Prior to his judicial appointment:

  • he was Tasmania’s Commissioner for Children from 2004 to 2006
  • he was a member of the Victorian Bar for 16 years, having signed the Victorian Bar Roll in 1989, where he worked in family law, child welfare law, criminal law and administrative law
  • he began his legal career as a solicitor.

Prior to entering the law, he had an eight-year career as a social worker in family support, mental health and child protection, working directly with children and vulnerable individuals.

His Honour also served as a member of the Faculty Board of the Law School, Monash University for almost 10 years. 

Adult Parole Board Chief Administrative Officer

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

Rachael is an experienced leader who has worked in a variety of leadership roles within State and Commonwealth government departments. She 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 in August 2021, Rachael was General Manager of the Department of Justice and Community Safety’s Offender Management Development Branch and prior to that, she was a Manager within the Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion division at the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Between 2006 and 2016, Rachael held several leadership positions at the Department of Home Affairs where she worked extensively on issues in the Refugee and Humanitarian portfolio.

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