The Pathways Victoria team is led by Chair, Janet Cribbes with support from professionals with a range of expertise from the safeguarding, ethics, legal, social work, psychological and victimology community. 

Importantly, the project team will over time include victims and survivors with lived experiences, victim advocates and other community members impacted by abuse. Those voices will shape and inform the Pathways Victoria model and the way in which the Catholic Church in Victoria responds to complaints of abuse. 

We look forward to welcoming more names on board as the project develops. 

Janet Cribbes

Pathways Victoria Operational Chair

Janet Cribbes has a career spanning three decades, working in State government, community services, the private sector and more recently Not for Profit. Janet specialises in governance, ethical and authentic leadership coaching and mentoring in the non for profit and Local government agencies.

Janet has a private practice coaching executive, CEO and leaders to provide the tools to find their authentic voices, balancing work/life issues, and live their best lives.


Actively involved in her community in voluntary roles, the engagement has been long and varied, working very much at the grassroots; being involved and chairing a variety of school and community groups.


Her community engagement saw her elected to Port Phillip Council in 2004 to 2008 with one term as mayor in 2008. Public life has many rewards and challenges, having a sense of humor is great life skill.


Following Council, Janet went to establish and manage the Community Bushfire Recovery Service after the Black Saturday 2009 Bushfires, on behalf of the Archdiocese of Melbourne delivered through CatholicCare.  Janet is currently a Director and co chair on a not for profit Board and Chairs 2 other not for profit Board.


Gradating from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Social Work, much of her history has been in initiating and operationalising creative responses to challenging social problems.  

Janet has spent three decades on her own journey of developing personally and healing her own childhood wounds. She brings a blend of personal and professional experience to all situations and has a values driven framework for the work she undertakes.