Keynote Speakers

Graham Ashton AM

Chief Commissioner, Victoria Police

Graham Ashton imageGraham Ashton AM commenced his appointment as the 22nd Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police on 1 July 2015. His policing career spans 34 years across Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police, and a range of other public sector agencies. CCP Ashton was tasked with the operational command of the successful Australian Law Enforcement response to the Bali bombings, known as Operation Alliance, for which he received the Order of Australia.

Gill Callister

Secretary, Department of Education and Training

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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.

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The Hon. Stephen Charles AO QC

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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.

Leanne Close

Deputy Commissioner Australian Federal Police

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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.

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Deborah Glass OBE

Victorian Ombudsman

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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).

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Andrew Greaves

Victorian Auditor-General

Andrew Greaves imageAndrew Greaves has over 30 years’ experience in public sector external and internal audit at the federal, state and local government levels.

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

Gavin Jennings has been a Member of Parliament in Victoria (Australia) since September 1999.

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.

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The Hon. Murray Kellam AO

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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

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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.

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The Hon. John Lloyd PSM

Public Service Commissioner

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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

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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.

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The Hon. John Roderick McKechnie QC

Commissioner, Corruption and Crime Commission, Western Australia

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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

Stephen O’Bryan QC was appointed as IBAC’s foundation Commissioner on 1 January 2013, and is an independent officer of Parliament. He brings over 30 years of legal experience to IBAC.

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.

John Silvester

Crime Reporter, The Age

John Silvester has been a crime reporter based in Melbourne from the late 1970s. He has written, edited and published crime books that have sold more than 1 million copies in Australia. His work was adapted into the top rating Underbelly television series and he has acted as presenter in a series of award winning television crime documentaries.

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.

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The Hon. Kim Wells MP

Chair, Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Committee of Parliament

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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.

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David Wolf

Chief Municipal Inspector, Local Government Investigation and Compliance Inspectorate

David Wolf is the Chief Municipal Inspector and head of the Local Government Investigations and Compliance Inspectorate, the dedicated integrity agency for all local councils in Victoria. David returned to this role in June 2016, having established and led the Inspectorate from 2009 to 2013.

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.