Gráinne Moss
Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children

Gráinne Moss’ career spans over 25 years in the public and private sectors across three countries, the UK, Switzerland and New Zealand.

Gráinne is the Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, where she is leading a fundamental system change, putting children front and centre so that New Zealand children can flourish.

Gráinne is overseeing the upcoming changes to give effect to the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989. Part of this includes, raising the age to include 17 year olds in youth justice services and to provide more alternatives and therapeutic responses addressing their offending behaviour than is currently available. This will come into force by 1 July 2019.

Before this Gráinne spent nine years with Bupa Care Services NZ as Managing Director, and previously as General Manager Rehabilitation and Care Services.

Gráinne was awarded an MBA (Hons) in 2003 from IMD Switzerland where she was recognised as one of the top five students and presented with the prestigious Gillian Welshe Award for the outstanding female graduate.

Prior to studying for her MBA she worked at Carter Holt Harvey Forests as the Human Resources Manager and then moved to the Central North Island as the Regional Operations Manager for Forests.

Gráinne holds a BSc (Hons) in Human Anatomy and Biology from the University of Liverpool and spent the early years of her career in the UK National Health Service prior to emigrating to New Zealand at the end of the 90s.

Originally from Ireland, Gráinne is an accomplished long-distance swimmer. She is the first Irish woman to swim the English Channel and Cook Strait. She is married to Ivan and they have four children.

Francis (“Frankie”) V. Guzman
Juvenile Justice Attorney, National Center for Youth Law

Raised in a poor, mostly immigrant community plagued by drugs and crime, Frankie experienced his parents’ divorce and his family’s subsequent homelessness at age 3, the life-imprisonment of his 16-year-old brother at age 5 and lost numerous friends to violence. At age 15, he was arrested for armed robbery and, on his first offense, was sentenced to serve 15 years in the California Youth Authority. Released on parole after six years, Frankie attended law school and became an expert in juvenile law and policy.

Through partnerships with community organizations and advocacy groups, Guzman has helped lead California’s effort to reduce the number of youth prosecuted as adults and serving time in adult prisons by passing legislation that established Youth Offender Parole Hearings, reformed Juvenile Transfer Hearings, and eliminated prosecutor’s direct file authority. In 2018, Frankie worked successfully to eliminate California’s practice of prosecuting 14 and 15 year-olds as adults, prohibit California from arresting and incarcerating children under age 12 in the juvenile justice system, and secure more than $40 million dollars to expand pre-arrest diversion programs and deliver developmentally-appropriate, culturally-relevant and trauma-informed services for youth in under-served communities in California.

Julie Edwards
Chief Executive Officer, Jesuit Social Services

Julie Edwards joined Jesuit Social Services in 2001. She was the Program Director prior to her appointment as CEO in June 2004. Julie has over 35 years experience engaging with marginalised people and families experiencing breakdown and trauma. She is a social worker, family therapist and a grief and loss counsellor. Julie has a Masters in Social Work and is currently completing her doctorate in this discipline. In January 2010 Julie became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julie has served on a number of government and philanthropic committees that work to promote a more just society and contribute to the health and wellbeing of members of our community. She is also a member of the International Working Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement.

Julie is a member of a number of national and international Jesuit commissions and working groups across areas of justice, education, social ministry, ecology and is the leader of the global Ignatian Justice in Mining network.

Julie is passionate about finding ways to give practical expression to her social justice values, about exploring the most effective means to build a more just society and promoting a values-based model of leadership.

Peta Lowe
Director Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Juvenile Justice, NSW

Peta Lowe is the Director Countering Violent Extremism for Juvenile Justice in the NSW Department of Justice. Peta has over 13 years experience working with young people who display violent and anti-social offending behaviours in both custodial and community contexts. She has worked with individuals, families and communities to address offending behaviours and criminogenic risks. Peta graduated from Newcastle University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours Class I), from Charles Sturt University in 2010 with a Masters of Social Work (Advanced Practice/Couples and Family Therapy Specialisation), from Queensland University of Technology in 2016 with a Graduate Certificate in Business (Public Sector Management) and most recently in 2018 from Charles Sturt University with a Masters in Terrorism and Security Studies (Postgraduate University Medal). Peta currently leads Juvenile Justice NSW responses to countering violent extremism and counter terrorism including; assessment, intervention and management of young people charged with terrorism related offences in both community and custody and agency responses to manage the risk of radicalisation to violent extremism within custodial settings. Peta is trained and experienced in the use of a number of violent extremist risk assessment tools and has conducted and directed assessments of juvenile terrorism related offenders. She is also an accredited trainer to train users in the VERA-2R risk assessment tool within Australia. Peta has presented on ‘Managing the emerging risk of juvenile terrorist offenders and radicalisation in juvenile justice centres’ at the Conference on the Rehabilitation of Terrorist and Radicalised Offenders in Sydney, November 2017. Peta has been invited to participate as an international expert in the Juvenile Justice Expert Workshop being hosted by The International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) in March 2019 in Malta. Peta is currently focused on developing Juvenile Justice NSW responses and interventions to; improve social cohesion, divert vulnerable young people from violent extremism, disengage and rehabilitate juvenile terrorism related offenders and reduce the risk violent extremism poses to individuals and community safety.

Australasian Youth Justice Conference

The Australasian Youth Justice Administrators (AYJA) hosts a bi-annual Australasian Youth Justice Conference (AYJC) for academics, practitioners, and government and non-government agencies to drive and showcase youth justice initiatives and innovations nationally and internationally.  Learnings from these conferences contribute to evidence-based responses for youth justice and provide new ideas for youth justice at both a jurisdictional, national and international level.  EMAIL: secretariat@ayja.org.au

AYJA is working in collaboration with Juvenile Justice New South Wales (JJ NSW) and the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) to deliver the third AYJC in 2019.

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