Australian Public Sector
Anti-Corruption Conference
Independent Commission Against Corruption, New South Wales Crime and Corruption Commission, Queensland


  • Ms Tina Baker


    Chief Internal Auditor
    Central Coast Council, NSW

    With over 25 years in internal audit, in both the private and public sector, Tina Baker has seen how the effectiveness of the internal audit function, risk management and organisational governance can generally be enhanced or diminished according to the tone from the top. Drawing on her extensive experience, Ms Baker is able to vividly illustrate examples of the positive and negative effects of corporate culture and the impact this can have on staff, customers and even the existence of the organisation itself.

  • Mr Linton Besser


    Member, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and investigative reporter

    Linton Besser is a multi-award-winning investigative reporter whose work has exposed corruption in the public service, the police and at the highest levels of Australia's business community. His journalism has appeared in print in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Bulletin, and he has also worked at Channel Nine, a national commercial television station. In 2013, he took a position as an investigative reporter for Australia's public broadcaster, the ABC. His stories have prompted public inquiries and the removal of officials, including a government minister, and have prompted sweeping reforms. His work with his colleague Kate McClymont revealed a vast corrupt network run by one of Australia's most powerful political figures, Eddie Obeid. Mr Besser has twice been awarded a Walkley Award, Australia's highest journalism honour, for investigative reporting. He is a recipient of a Kennedy Award for excellence in journalism, and a George Munster Award for independent reporting.

  • Mr Paxton Booth

    Director, Office of the Executive Director, Corruption
    Crime and Corruption Commission, Queensland

    Mr Paxton Booth is currently the Director, Office of the Executive Director, Corruption at the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC). During his time with the CCC since 2010 he has worked in various management and legal roles advising on strategic initiatives for the CCC and the direction of corruption investigations. Prior to that Mr Booth worked for 10 years as a lawyer for the Queensland Police Service, including six years as Manager of the Legal Unit providing advice to police on major and complex police investigations. He has extensive experience oversighting covert investigations and the exercise of covert powers in criminal and corruption investigations. Mr Booth’s professional experience includes five years with the Office of the Director of Prosecutions conducting committals, sentences, trials and appeals on behalf of the Crown.

  • Professor AJ Brown


    Public Integrity & Anti-Corruption Centre for Governance & Public Policy
    Griffith University

    A J Brown is Professor of Public Policy and Law, and program leader, public integrity and anti-corruption in the Centre for Governance & Public Policy at Griffith University. He is also a board member of Transparency International Australia, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and member of the International Whistleblowing Research Network. Formerly a senior investigation officer with the Commonwealth Ombudsman, judicial associate and state ministerial policy advisor, he researches, consults and teaches widely in public policy and public law. He has been project leader on six Australian Research Council projects, including View more.

    the Linkage Projects ‘Whistling While They Work’ (2005-2009) and 'Whistling While They Work 2' (2016-2018). His books and edited books include Whistleblowing in the Australian Public Sector (Australian National University Press, 2008), Promoting Integrity: Evaluating and Improving Public Institutions (Ashgate, 2008), Michael Kirby: Paradoxes & Principles (Federation Press, 2011), Whistling While They Work: A Good Practice Guide (ANU Press, 2011) and the International Handbook on Whistleblowing Research (Edward Elgar, 2014).

  • Ms Heather Brown


    Executive Director, KordaMentha

    Heather Brown has held leadership roles in governance in major corporates and has a proven record of accomplishment for delivering outcomes that drive sustainable business change and improvement. Prior to joining KordaMentha in October 2016, she was Chief Compliance Officer for GE Capital A&NZ. However, from 2015, she worked primarily on the sale and exit of the GE Capital business from Australia and New Zealand, including executive oversight of program management and governance for the separation of the businesses sold. Ms Brown has held a number of internal audit leadership roles at the National Australia Bank, and has deep experience in risk assessments, methodologies, including risk culture, reporting and capability development. She commenced her career at Deloitte and has spent 10 years living and working in France, Japan and Hong Kong.

  • Mr Michael Callan


    Director, Black Mouse Consulting

    Michael Callan has 35 years’ experience in the Australian Commonwealth public sector. His roles have spanned strategic human resource management, public health policy, business management, major capability projects, integrity, governance and human services provision. His last role was Inspector General of Defence leading a small team in managing fraud control and anti-corruption measures, and the department’s statutory whistleblowing scheme. This team undertook complex criminal investigations, interfacing with military and civilian police investigation teams, as well as counterparts internationally. He has been a member of the Australian Federal Police Fraud and Anti-Corruption Centre’s joint management committee, and serious financial crime task force committee. Mr Callan also led the development of a fraud and anti-corruption network with his US, UK, New Zealand and Canadian counterparts. Mr Callan holds a Masters of Arts (Anti-Corruption Studies) from the International Anti-Corruption Academy, a United Nations initiative. He also holds a Masters of Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Social Science.

  • Dr Elizabeth Coombs


    Acting NSW Privacy Commissioner
    Office of the NSW Privacy Commissioner

    Dr Elizabeth Coombs has had an extensive public service career, holding both CEO and senior executive positions and statutory roles (Commissioner, Fair Trading; Commissioner, Local Government Grants Commission) and, currently, is Acting NSW Privacy Commissioner. The Privacy Commissioner has prescribed statutory functions for promoting privacy compliance, recommending legislative, administrative or other action and conducting inquiries and investigations into privacy-related matters.

  • Mr Paul Cullen


    Principal Manager Anti-Fraud and Corruption
    Sydney Trains

    Paul Cullen’s responsibilities in his current role include the development and deployment of Sydney Trains Fraud & Corruption Strategy including policy and prevention and risk management and detection activities. The role, although positioned within Internal Audit, conducts both advisory and assurance activities on anti-fraud & corruption risk management. Paul reports through on a day to day basis to the Chief Audit Executive (CAE) with outcomes of matters reported both to the Executive and the Board.

    Mr Cullen is a seasoned anti-fraud & corruption practitioner with more than 25 years’ experience. A former Police Officer from the UK, since arriving in Australia in 1999 he has worked predominately in the Financial Services and Professional Forensic Services sector , where he provided guidance on strategy and capability development to the big four banks of Australia and New Zealand. Since joining Sydney Trains, Paul Cullen has significantly enhanced the anti-fraud and corruption capability and has contributed to a substantial improvement in the organisation’s relationship with ICAC.

  • Mr Barry Davidow


    Director, Fraud Prevention and Governance

    Barry Davidow has over 20 years’ experience in corruption control in organisations in both the private and public sectors and has contributed to books published internationally on fraud, computer fraud, communications and sociology. He has presented papers at numerous conferences and contributed to a number of professional publications.

  • Dr Madonna Devaney


    Principal Research Officer
    Crime and Corruption Commission, Queensland

    Dr Madonna Devaney has over 15 years’ experience as a social science researcher. She has acquired extensive social policy and research experience in senior research positions held in not-for-profit, university and research institutes in both Victoria and Queensland. In 2015, she joined the Crime and Corruption Commission. She currently leads an innovative program of work aiming to improve the measurement of high corruption risk areas in Queensland in order to inform and guide corruption prevention responses.

  • Mr Adam Fairhurst


    Director, Integrity and Investigations
    Metro South Hospital and Health Service, Queensland

    Adam Fairhurst is the Director, Integrity and Investigations for the largest health service in Queensland, encompassing more than 16,000 diverse public officials. His role involves organisational management of official misconduct and corrupt conduct investigations, including public interest disclosures and fraud control risk mitigation strategies. Prior to that, he was a Detective Sergeant in the Queensland Police Service, managing major and sensitive criminal investigations including child exploitation, major fraud, homicides and corrupt conduct investigations and critical incidents within the Queensland Police Ethical Standards Command, Internal Investigations Branch.

  • Dr Geisa Cunha Franco


    Professor at the Federal University of Goias, Brazil
    Visiting researcher at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom

    Geisa Cunha Franco is a professor of International Relations at the Social Sciences Faculty, at the Federal University of Goias, Brazil. She has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Brasilia, and a Master of Social History from the University of São Paulo. As a member of the Center of Global Studies, Ms Franco is currently head of a research project on the creation of an international regime to curb corruption and its impact on Brazil. She is currently working as a visiting researcher at the University of Surrey, England.

  • Mr David Franks


    Director, Fraud Prevention
    Australian Taxation Office

    David Franks is the Director, Fraud Prevention, within the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). In his role, Mr Franks is responsible for managing a range of fraud and corruption prevention activities across the ATO, including education and awareness, risk assessment, control assurance and management of the agency’s Fraud and Corruption Control Plan. Mr Franks has held a number of fraud and corruption management positions across the Commonwealth over the past nine years.

  • Dr Adam Graycar


    Professor of Public Policy
    Flinders University, South Australia

    Adam Graycar is Professor of Public Policy at Flinders University, Adelaide. Before that, he was Professor at the Australian National University where he established the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption. He has extensive experience in government, both Commonwealth and state, and has worked globally. He is continuing his current work on anti-corruption matters with the United Nations, and he teaches at the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Vienna.

  • Dr Andrew Howe


    Senior Corruption Prevention Officer
    NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption

    Andrew Howe has been with the Corruption Prevention Division of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) since January 2013. During this time, he has led corruption prevention analysis on a number of ICAC investigations and been leader or contributing author on project publications concerning international university students and organisational change. Prior to joining the ICAC, he worked as a researcher in the university sector, and holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sydney.

  • Mr John Hyde


    Chair, Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) Oceania, Indonesia

    John Hyde is an anti-corruption consultant with the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project working with most of the Pacific Parliaments. He has been chair of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) Oceania and executive member since 2013. Mr Hyde was Member for Perth in the Parliament of Western Australia (WA) for 12 years, concluding in 2013. He also served as the Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Attorney-General and chaired the WA Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission.

  • Mr Gavin Joseph


    Senior Strategic Assessment and Research Officer
    Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission

    Gavin Joseph is a Senior Strategic Assessment & Research Officer at the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) in Victoria. He has spent the past 10 years working in a variety of tactical, operational and strategic intelligence roles.

  • Mr Manolo A Kagahastian


    Managing Consultant
    Strategic Tools Consultancy Services, Philippines

    Manolo Kagahastian has 19 years’ managerial experience on internal control systems and six years in management information system functions acquired from a Philippine government corporation from which he retired in 2012. As internal audit head, he was involved in the review of the effectiveness of business processes, safeguarding of company assets, and compliance of transactions with relevant laws and regulations. He is now engaged in freelance consulting.

  • Mr Tom King


    Head of Partnerships, Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

    Tom King is Head of Partnerships at the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). He is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the OCCRP’s network of key supporters and colleagues, including donors, the wider investigative journalism community, and the global anti-corruption movement. Before joining the OCCRP, Mr King advised some of the world's largest investment firms as a specialist political due diligence consultant. He also worked in the UK Parliament as a researcher, speechwriter and adviser.

  • Mr Shane Kirne


    Deputy Director, Commercial, Financial & Corruption
    Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

    Shane Kirne has been a key member of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) since 1985. Mr Kirne has personally handled and/or managed a diverse range of matters, including large and complex drug matters, complex commercial fraud and market manipulation matters, and prosecution of frauds committed against the Commonwealth or by Commonwealth employees, including fraud committed by a member of federal parliament. Mr. Kirne’s knowledge and experience is highly regarded. He is regularly invited to share his knowledge of commercial crimes and their prosecution at legal forums. Mr Kirne holds degrees in Law (Hons) and Arts from the University of Melbourne.

  • Ms Anne Koch


    Transparency International Director, Grand Corruption

    Anne Koch is a Director at Transparency International’s Secretariat in Berlin, focusing on grand corruption. She joined the Transparency International Secretariat in 2011 as Regional Director for the Europe and Central Asia Department. She previously worked as Deputy Director of the BBC English World Service.

  • Mr Jeffrey Lawrence


    Chief Investigator
    NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption

    Jeffrey Lawrence is a Chief Investigator in the Investigation Division of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). Prior to joining the ICAC in May 2012, he was a Senior Investigator at the Police Integrity Commission (PIC) for seven years from 2005 to 2012. Mr Lawrence joined the PIC after having served for over 18 years with the Queensland Police Service. During his time in the police, he served in both uniform and plain-clothes positions. Mr Lawrence left the Queensland Police Service as Detective Sergeant in 2005. As a detective, he served in various units including the Major Fraud Investigation Group, Casino Crime Unit and the State Drug Investigation Group.

  • Mr Alan MacSporran QC


    Crime and Corruption Commission, Queensland

    Mr Alan MacSporran QC was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law in 1978 and worked as a Crown Prosecutor until 1984 when he went to the private bar. He has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland. Mr MacSporran was appointed Senior Counsel in 2005 and Queens Counsel in 2013. He has developed a broad practice in criminal law with specific reference to fraud and like offences. He has prosecuted a range of matters on behalf of the Commonwealth Director of Prosecutions including large-scale tax frauds, insider trading and corporate crimes.

    Mr MacSporran also has extensive experience in inquests and commissions of inquiry. Between 2000 and 2006 he appeared for witnesses at the Shepherdson Inquiry into electoral fraud, was Counsel Assisting at the inquest into the Childers backpacker fire, and was Counsel Assisting at the inquest into a number of police shootings of mentally ill patients View more

    Mr MacSporran represented the State of Queensland at the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry and the Queensland Health Payroll System Commission of Inquiry. In 2015 he was appointed to review the Queensland greyhound racing industry. As well as prosecuting matters for the State and Commonwealth, he has provided legal advice to those bodies on a range of matters over many years.

    From 2004 to 2009 Mr MacSporran served as the part-time Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Commissioner. He has also regularly provided legal advice to, and represented, the Criminal Justice Commission, the Crime and Misconduct Commission and the Crime and Corruption Commission.

  • Mr Conor McGarrity


    Director, Risks Insights Pty Ltd

    Conor McGarrity has more than 15 years’ Australian experience in public sector governance and integrity management, fraud and corruption control, and in conducting legislative reviews and efficiency and effectiveness audits. He has led large teams on high profile, wide-ranging and sensitive inquiries into matters affecting the public interest. Mr McGarrity is experienced in working with numerous state, territory and Commonwealth agencies. He also spent several years in the private sector undertaking forensic risk engagements and is experienced in navigating sensitive complex public sector governance issues.

  • Dr Benjamin Marx


    Senior Corruption Prevention Officer
    NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption

    Ben Marx has been with the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) for 10 years. During this time, he has managed or led several ICAC projects such those on human services NGOs, the payment of invoices and the corruption risk profile of the NSW public sector. He has also conducted corruption prevention analysis on more than a dozen ICAC investigations. Prior to joining the ICAC, he worked in the university sector. He holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sydney.

  • Mr Yusuf Moolla


    Director, Risks Insights Pty Ltd

    Yusuf Moolla is passionate about using data, analytics and emerging technology to provide performance and risk focused insights. He uses a data driven approach to help organisations understand their risk exposures, improve their risk posture and solve complex business problems. Mr Moolla has over 15 years’ experience, primarily with Deloitte and KPMG in Australia, Europe, Asia and Africa. He previously led the Queensland risk analytics practice of a professional services organisation, and has worked locally and abroad on many high profile forensic investigations and proactive anti-corruption assignments. His current work involves interrogating large, disparate datasets to uncover new insights for clients.

  • Dr Cameron Murray


    Economist. consultant. blogger. author. Specialist in property, planning, environment, natural resource management, and corruption

    Cameron is an economist and consultant who specialises in property markets, environmental economics, and corruption. He teaches at the University of Queensland, blogs at and tweets as DrCameronMurray.

  • Ms Carolyn Nixon


    Director Corruption Prevention and Intelligence Assessments
    Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

    Carolyn Nixon leads the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) corruption prevention practice. She convenes ACLEI’s Community of Practice for Corruption Prevention, a standing forum of integrity framework designers and anti-corruption practitioners from Australian Government law enforcement agencies. Ms Nixon holds a Bachelor of Education and Master of Strategic Human Resources, and has public sector, integrity and law enforcement agency experience. She is a graduate of the International Anti-Corruption Academy summer program (Vienna 2013) and represented the Australian Government as a delegate to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption held in St Petersburg in 2015.

  • Ms Kate Seiffert

    Team Leader, Investigations
    Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission

    Kate Seiffert is a Team Leader in Investigations at the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC), leading a multi-disciplinary team in conducting complex corruption investigations. She was the case officer for Operation Dunham. Kate commenced her career in Victoria Police and worked in several criminal investigation roles, before joining the Australia Federal Police where she was an investigator in Child Protection Operations and the Fraud and Anti-corruption team. Kate holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters in Criminology.

  • Mr David Sordello

    Team Leader, Investigations
    Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission

    David Sordello is a Team Leader in Investigations at the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) in Victoria, leading a multi-disciplinary team in conducting complex corruption investigations. Prior to that he was a Detective Sergeant in Victoria Police, where for 15 years he largely worked in complex crime and corruption investigations, intelligence and covert support.

  • Mr Bruce Turner AM


    Principal, Bruce Turner and Associates

    Bruce Turner AM established a strong record of accomplishment as one of Australia’s leading chief audit executives (CAE) and is recognised for creating “world class” internal audit units. He retired as CAE of the Australian Taxation Office in 2012. He is now an independent chair or member of six audit and risk committees and is a company director on two boards. As CAE at government-owned rail and energy entities, Mr Turner's responsibilities have included major investigations, entity-wide investigation coordination, and corruption prevention.

  • Mr John Watt


    Managing Director, Fraud Prevention Experts

    John Watt is a consultant with over 20 years’ experience who has supported a wide range of organisations in improving their management of fraud and corruption, including the NSW Police Force, the Australian Taxation Office, the Audit Office of NSW, RailCorp, the Ministry for Health, the Cancer Institute, Hawkesbury and Parramatta Councils. Mr Watt has run more than 250 fraud and corruption prevention workshops across the NSW public sector to considerable acclaim, and is now Managing Director of the Fraud Prevention Experts.

  • Mr Mal Wauchope


    Public Sector Commission, Western Australia

    Commissioner Mal Wauchope is responsible for leading the future direction of the Western Australian public sector in his role as Public Sector Commissioner. In November 2008, he was appointed Commissioner after 11 years as Director General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Commissioner Wauchope holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and Master of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. He also represented Western Australia on the Council for the Order of Australia for 18 years.

  • Sergeant Stephen Webb


    Misconduct Prevention Unit
    New South Wales Police Force

    A former golf professional, Sergeant Webb joined the NSW Police Force in 2002 and served several years in general duties before moving into a training and education role in 2007. After eight years in various teaching positions he was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2015 where he works within a small professional standards team focused on misconduct prevention initiatives. Sergeant Webb holds several internal training and leadership qualifications as well as a degree in vocational education and training.

  • Mr Chris Wheeler


    Deputy NSW Ombudsman

    Chris Wheeler has over 30 years’ experience in complaint handling and investigations, as well as extensive experience in management and public administration. Among other things, he is responsible for the work of the Public Administration Division of the NSW Ombudsman and direct oversight of the responsibilities conferred on the NSW Ombudsman under the Public Interest Disclosures Act. He also has responsibility to lead and coordinate the preparation of publications issued by the NSW Ombudsman to guide and improve the performance by public officials of their duties. Mr Wheeler is a qualified town planner and lawyer who has previously worked in a variety of positions in State and local government in NSW and Victoria. He also worked for some years as a solicitor in the private sector.

  • Mr David Wolf


    Chief Municipal Inspector
    Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate, Victoria

    David Wolf returned to the role of Chief Municipal Inspector, Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate, Victoria, in June 2016, having established and led the Inspectorate from 2009 to 2013. Mr Wolf has an extensive regulatory and communications background with previous management experience and executive roles in media, corporate communications and more recently as a director with the Victorian Building Authority. In addition to his professional roles, Mr Wolf holds executive positions with incorporated community organisations and is an Executive Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.

  • Mr Allan Yates


    Internal Ombudsman
    Burwood Council NSW

    Allan has nearly two decades of experience within investigative roles in the UK and Australia. The outcomes of this work is to assist organisations in their development of integrity-based frameworks, ethical workplace practices and their resilience to corrupt conduct. He is an accredited counter fraud specialist, a certified fraud examiner and he holds degrees in business studies and counter fraud and counter corruption studies. Mr Yates is currently undertaking a PhD that seeks to understand how corruption is perceived, interpreted and addressed in local government.

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Key Dates

  • Registration opensMonday 29 May 2017
  • Early bird registration closesTuesday 15 August 2017
  • Pre-conference workshops Tuesday 14 November 2017
  • Conference Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November 2017