Graham Ashton AM
Chief Commissioner, Victoria Police
Secretary, Department of Education and Training
Gill Callister has dedicated her career to improving public policy and service delivery.
Gill Callister is the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Education and Training (2015-present). As Secretary, Gill manages a $12 billion budget and leads 2,300 corporate staff to deliver and improve early childhood, school education, and vocational and higher education services across Victoria. She employs a further 55,000 staff in government schools.
Prior to joining the Department, Gill was the Secretary of the Victorian Department of Human Services (2009 -2014), where she led policy, legislative and service delivery reform. She was responsible for the delivery of child protection, disability, youth, housing and family violence services.View More
This followed a range of senior roles in the Victorian Public Service and a ten-year stint in the community sector working with children, young people and families.
Gill is the President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) (Victoria). Her leadership in public policy was recognised in 2013 when she was named in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence, and received a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship to attend Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In October 2014, Gill was awarded the IPAA National Fellowship award and a Monash University Fellowship.
Gill holds Bachelor degrees in Social Work (with Honours) and Arts.
The Hon. Stephen Charles AO QC
The Honourable Stephen Charles AO is a retired Australian judge who served on the Supreme Court of Victoria and Court of Appeal between 1995 and 2006.
Whilst a barrister, he played a significant role in the leadership of the legal profession and legal education in Australia. His career includes lecturing posts at Melbourne and Monash Universities and the Council of Legal Education Law Course as well as terms as Chairman of the Victorian Bar and as President of the Australian Bar Association. Other significant posts include Chair of the Civil Justice Review Committee, Chair of the Steering Committee for Equality of Opportunity for Women at the Victorian Bar, Member of the Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal and Director of Macquarie Bank.
In 2017 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the law and to the judiciary, particularly in the areas of commercial arbitration and mediation, to judicial administration, and to legal professional organisations.
Deputy Commissioner Australian Federal Police
Leanne Close holds the position of Deputy Commissioner Operations in the Australian Federal Police. This role encompasses management of more than 2600 staff, including Organised Crime and Cyber, Crime Operations and International Operations.
Leanne joined the Australian Federal Police in 1986, working in the Sydney Office from 1986 to 1996 investigating a range of Commonwealth offences including major and general frauds and serious drug importations and attained her Detective Designation.View More
In 1996 she was promoted to Sergeant. Soon after, Leanne transferred to the AFP College in Canberra for six years. In 2002, Leanne moved to ACT Policing performing several leadership roles. In early 2009, Leanne moved to the role of National Manager Protection and was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner in July 2009. In 2012, Leanne was transferred to the role of National Manager Human Resources, which she held for two and a half years. In 2014, she held the position of National Manager Aviation, prior to her promotion to her current role.
In 2005, Leanne was awarded the Australian Police Medal. She was conferred with a Masters of Educational Leadership in 2001. She also has two Graduate Certificates in Professional Development Education and Applied Management, and a Certificate IV in Training: Workplace Trainer (Category 2).
Deborah Glass OBE
Deborah Glass was appointed Victorian Ombudsman in March 2014 for a term of 10 years.
Deborah was raised in Melbourne where she studied law at Monash University.
Deborah practised law briefly in Melbourne, before joining a US investment bank in Switzerland in 1985. She was appointed to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission at its inception in 1989, where she became Senior Director, instrumental in raising standards in the investment management industry.
Deborah moved to London in 1998 where she became the Chief Executive of the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation. In 2001, she joined the UK Police Complaints Authority, and in 2004 became a Commissioner with the new Independent Police Complaints Commission of England and Wales (IPCC).View More
She was the Commissioner responsible for London, and for many high profile criminal and misconduct investigations into police conduct. Deborah was appointed IPCC Deputy Chair in 2008, carrying operational responsibility for the IPCC’s regional Commissioners, and was awarded an OBE for her service in the New Year Honours List in 2012.
Deborah is committed to ensuring fair and reasonable decision making in the Victorian public sector, and to improving public administration. She holds a firm belief in public sector integrity and the protection of human rights.
Andrew commenced his role as Victorian Auditor-General in September 2016. He was the Auditor-General of Queensland from 2011 to 2016.
Prior to that, from 2003 to 2011, Andrew held various roles at VAGO, including Assistant Auditor-General, Performance Audit; and Assistant Auditor-General, Financial Audit.
Andrew is a Fellow of CPA Australia, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He also holds a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University.
The Hon. Gavin Jennings MLC
Special Minister of State
He is the Special Minister of State with responsibility for the public sector, government transparency, integrity and accountability and governance for long-term infrastructure planning. He is also the Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council, Victoria’s upper house of Parliament.
In previous governments he has held a range of ministerial portfolios including Innovation, Environment and Climate Change, Community Services, Aboriginal Affairs and Aged Care, and served as Cabinet Secretary. Prior to entering Parliament Gavin had a wide and varied career, including as a ministerial adviser, a union representative, factory worker, actuarial clerk, actor, policy analyst and as a social worker within the Aboriginal Health Service.View More
Gavin has a strong interest in innovation and design, and finding ways to efficiently improve government services, especially for people who are vulnerable, through evidence, research and smart use of new technology.
Restoring citizens’ confidence in government through continued high standards of integrity and performance, valuing and building the capacity of the public service, and partnering with innovative organisations are key drivers for him as Special Minister of State.
The Hon. Murray Kellam AO
The Hon. Murray Kellam practised as a Barrister and was appointed Queens Counsel in 1991 before being appointed as a judge of County Court of Victoria in 1993 and then to Supreme Court in 1997. Murray Kellam was the inaugural President of VCAT from 1998 to 2003 and was appointed to Court of Appeal in 2006. Mr Kellam resigned from the Supreme Court in 2009 and was appointed Chief Commissioner of Integrity Commission Tasmania 2010- 2015. He is Acting Justice of Supreme Court of the ACT.
Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005, the citation read ‘for service to the law through a range of judicial and legal training roles in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, and to the community, particularly through support for the activities of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Thailand and for disadvantaged people in Melbourne’.
The Hon. Bruce Lander QC
Commissioner, Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, South Australia
On 19 February 2013, it was announced that the Honourable Justice Lander would be South Australia’s first Independent Commissioner Against Corruption. The Hon. Bruce Lander QC was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia in March 1969. He practised as a solicitor until 1981 when he signed the Bar Roll. In 1986 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel.View More
In November 1994 he was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia. He remained a Judge of that Court until he was appointed a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia on 14 July 2003.
In January 2004 he was appointed an additional Judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory. In December 2008 he was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of Norfolk Island.
In November 2005 he was appointed a Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for a term of five years and was reappointed in 2010 for a further term.In April 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law by Flinders University for his contribution to the law and the university.
Bruce Lander resigned all his judicial appointments to take up his current appointment on 2 September 2013. His tenure as the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption is for a period of seven years.
On 11 August 2016 the Commissioner was appointed the state’s first Judicial Conduct Commissioner. The Commissioner will carry out the role concurrently with his role as the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption.
The Hon. John Lloyd PSM
Public Service Commissioner
John Lloyd was appointed Australian Public Service Commissioner in December 2014.
Other senior positions that Mr Lloyd has held include the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner, Senior Deputy President, Australian Industrial Relations Commission, Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, Chief Executive, Department of Productivity and Labour Relations, Western Australia, Director, Workplace Relations and Productivity, Institute of Public Affairs and Red Tape Commissioner, Victoria. Most of Mr Lloyd’s work has been in the field of workplace relations.
Mr Lloyd has also served on the board of three organisations dedicated to supporting people with cerebral palsy.
Alan MacSporran QC
Chairperson, Crime and Corruption Commission, Queensland
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. Alan was appointed Senior Counsel in 2005 and Queens Counsel in 2013.
Alan 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.View More
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.
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.
The Hon. John Roderick McKechnie QC
Commissioner, Corruption and Crime Commission, Western Australia
Mr John McKechnie, QC, was appointed Commissioner of the Corruption and Crime Commission on 1 April 2015 with effect from 28 April 2015.
Prior to his appointment as Commissioner Mr McKechnie was the Senior Judge General Division of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, having joined the Court on 4 March 1999.
The Commissioner is ultimately responsible for all the activities and operations undertaken on his behalf by officers of the CCC.
The Commissioner holds office on a full-time basis for a period of five years.
Stephen O’Bryan QC
Commissioner Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, Victoria
Mr O’Bryan joined the Victorian Bar in 1983 and has extensive experience in the fields of administrative, commercial and regulatory law. He appeared in Royal Commissions, boards of inquiry and coronial inquests as well as various investigations and proceedings commenced by the ACCC and ASIC. His experience as a lawyer includes matters involving the Victorian and Federal Police, the Office of Public Prosecutions and many Victorian government agencies, including local government.
Mr O’Bryan’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters of Laws from the University of Melbourne.
Dr Anna Sergi
Deputy Director, Centre for Criminology, University of Essex
Anna Sergi holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Essex, UK, an LLM in Criminal Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice from King’s College, London and a specialist law degree from the University of Bologna, Italy.
As a lecturer in Criminology at the University of Essex, she specialises in organised crime and mafia studies, from different perspectives, privileging comparative research approaches in policing and criminal justice methods. She has been a visiting fellow in different institutions, including New York University, Flinders University, University of Melbourne, the Australian Institute of Criminology and the University of Montreal.
Dr Sergi has published articles in international peer-reviewed journals and two books, one about the ‘ndrangheta and the glocal dimensions of Calabrian mafia clans, and another on the policing of organised crime and mafias in Italy, UK, USA and Australia. Currently, she is working on project on mafia mobility across Europe, Canada and Australia, funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust in the UK.
Crime Reporter, The Age
John won the 2007 Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year and was highly commended in the same award in 1998 and 2014. In 2008 he was judged the Victoria Law Foundation Legal Reporter of the Year. He has won seven Melbourne Press Club Quill awards, nine Victorian Law Foundation Awards, three Walkley Awards, a Ned Kelly Award for true crime writing and a Ned Kelly lifetime achievement award.
John presented ABC documentaries Trigger Point, an in depth examination of police shootings in Victoria and Conviction, a study of the police investigation into the murder of Jill Meagher. Conviction won the 2017 Logie for Outstanding Factual Program.View More
John is the senior crime reporter for The Age and appears on 3AW as crime commentator Sly of the Underworld. He has given evidence in Royal Commissions on crime and corruption.
His latest book, written with co-author Andrew Rule, is titled Underbelly: Shot At Close Range.
The Hon. Kim Wells MP
Chair, Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Committee of Parliament
Kim Wells was first elected to parliament in 1992 during the Kennett Government. He represents the Rowville electorate in the Victorian Legislative Assembly.
Kim is Chair of the Victorian Parliament’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) Committee. The IBAC Committee is a joint investigatory committee, which monitors, reviews and reports on the performance of IBAC and the Victorian Inspectorate.
Kim was Victorian Treasurer in the Baillieu Coalition Government and Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for Bushfire Response in the Napthine Coalition Government.
Kim has a keen interest in the community and is Honorary Patron of the Victorian Homeless Fund and a member of the Council for Scouts Australia and was himself a Queen Scout.View More
Kim grew up in Bairnsdale and has a Master of Accounting from Victoria University and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.
Kim is married with three children. His interests include tennis, mountaineering, hiking and sports. He is a life member of Wesley Uniting Tennis Club and holds memberships for St Kilda Football Club, Footscray Football Club Past Players’ Association and is the No. 1 ticket holder of the Scoresby Football Club.
Chief Municipal Inspector, Local Government Investigation and Compliance Inspectorate
David has an extensive regulatory and communications background with previous management and executive roles in media, corporate communications and more recently as a Director with the state’s building and plumbing regulator, the Victorian Building Authority.
In addition to his professional roles, David holds executive positions with incorporated community organisations and is an Executive Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.