Meet our team 

Magistrate David Fanning

Magistrate Fanning is a staunch advocate of therapeutic and restorative justice practices.  Magistrate Fanning has presided over the Neighbourhood Justice Centre's multi-jurisdictional court since  2007.  His Honour has extensive experience as a lawyer and a social worker. Before becoming Tasmania’s Commissioner for Children in 2004, he spent 15 years as a barrister in Melbourne, specialising in family law, child protection, juvenile justice and mediation.

General Manager- Rachel Powning

Rachel Powning is a strong advocate for justice that fits the needs of the community it serves, and the power of engaged communities to generate change. With a career that spans the NGO, community, and local government sectors, Rachel brings expertise in partnership building, advocacy, and business development to NJC. 

Louise Bassett -  Strategy & Innovation Manager

As strategy and innovation manager, Louise explores and develops new ideas and initiatives to identify their potential to benefit the local community and the justice system overall. Louise oversees strategic planning and managers the Program Innovations Team. Her 'can-do' attitude is behind the many Australian firsts the NJC has brought to life. Louise has been with the NCJ for nearly a decade.

Dr. Cameron Wallace - Client Services Manager

Cameron manages NJC's social service providers. He and his team provide our clients with wrap-around treatment and support. Cameron works closely with our Magistrate, Community Correctional Services, court administrators, Victoria Police, the legal profession, and agencies across justice. Cameron has been with the NJC since day one and is a passionate advocate for restorative, therapeutic and problem-solving justice.


Brooke Alford - Senior Registrar

Brooke manages the Centre's team of four registrars and the Neighbourhood Justice Officer. Brooke and her team provide the administrative support to the court. In addition, she performs statutory roles that include performing quasi-judicial functions, such as issuing warrants and summons. Brooke is also the longest serving volunteer in the Collingwood All Star program, the soccer program for local children and teenagers run in partnership with Victoria Police.  

Diane Arsic - Office Manager

Diane Arsic - Office Manager

Diane manages our Information Team, and juggles a range of administrative and office support functions, including reception services, office support/ administrative services, facility management, HR, finance and budget, purchasing and contract management, records, fleet management and general project management of administrative related matters. Diane has been with the Centre for over seven years.


Beth King - Senior Community Lawyer - Fitzroy Legal Service

Senior Community Lawyer, Beth King, has been with the NJC since 2019. Prior to joining the NJC she worked as a community lawyer for nearly six years across a number of Victorian community legal centres. Beth has a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne.