SETTING THE SCENE

David Irvine AO

AIPIO Patron

David Irvine v2A long-serving diplomat, David Irvine was Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea from 1996-1999 and Australian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China between 2000-2003, also concurrently Australian Ambassador to Mongolia and to the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea. He subsequently became the only person to have served as the head of both Australia’s foreign intelligence collection agency and its domestic security agency – positions he held for almost twelve years.

He is currently the Chairman of the Foreign Investment Review Board. He is an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University and also assists at the National Security College within the Australian National University. He chairs the Cyber Security Research Centre, a not-for-profit company promoting industry investment into Australia’s cyber research capabilities in conjunction with the Government’s Cooperative Research Centre programme.

Irvine has published two books on Indonesian culture. He has honorary doctorates from the University of Western Australia (Letters) and Edith Cowan University (Science). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs and was a member of the Advisory Council of the National Archives of Australia for nine years.

Irvine was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2005 for services to the promotion of Australia’s international relations.

 

Dr Phil Kowalick MAIPIO

President
AIPIO

Dr Phil Kowalick MAIPIOPhil is one of Australia’s preeminent thought leaders in law enforcement, intelligence and national security.

For over 34 years in the Australian Federal Police, he played a key role in many of Australia’s most important law enforcement programs and initiatives. He established multiagency intelligence capabilities in Australia’s major airports; designed arrangements to set and manage Australia’s counter terrorism priorities in the Counter Terrorism Control Centre; was instrumental in developing the Australian Criminal Intelligence Model; the strategic organisational design of the Australian Border Force; the Australian Federal Police, International Engagement 2020 and beyond; and the National Plan to Combat Cybercrime.

Phil is the President of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers and a member of the School of Justice Advisory Committee at the Queensland University of Technology.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dr John Moss

Deputy CEO
AUSTRAC

Dr John Moss to be checkedAs the Deputy CEO leading the Corporate Operations Division, John has senior leadership of the people and integrity, innovation, capability, technology, finance, property, security, governance and risk, and audit functions of the agency.

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Richardson AC

Former Secretary of the Department of Defence

Dennis Richardson AOFollowing two years as the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dennis Richardson AC commenced as Secretary of the Department of Defence in 2012, a position he held until his retirement in 2017. He was Ambassador of Australia to the United States from 2005 to 2009 and has been a career public servant since 1969, when he joined Australia's foreign service.

From October 1996 until his appointment to Washington, DC, Richardson served as Director-General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. Prior to this, he was Deputy Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (1993-1996).

Richardson has served in various senior public service roles in the Departments of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Foreign Affairs and Trade and Immigration. He was Head of the Review of the Intelligence Community post-Cold War in 1992 and Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister from 1990 to 1991.

 

Paul Symon AO

Major General (Retd)
Director-General, Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS)

Paul Symon AO to be checkedPaul Symon was raised in Melbourne and moved to Canberra in 1979 in order to attend the Royal Military College Duntroon. He graduated as senior cadet and the Sword of Honour winner in his final year. A 35 year military career followed, culminating in the rank of Major General. His final appointments in Defence were as Deputy Chief of the Army and as Director of the Defence Intelligence Organisation. He was also military adviser to the 'First Principles Review'.

Paul has had four periods of operational service. As a Brigadier he was appointed Australian Commander Middle East which gave him command responsibility for Defence personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to that he was the senior military adviser for the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Paul was also the Australian senior military officer in East Timor in 1999 in the months preceding the ballot for East Timor's independence. His team of officers found themselves negotiating with militia and Falantil leaders, as well as the United Nations (UN) and Indonesian military, during a period of high tension and duress. Prior to that, he served with the United Nations in Southern Lebanon and on the Golan Heights.

Paul was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service in East Timor. He subsequently became a recipient of the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

Academically, he holds two Master's degrees: from the University of New South Wales and from Deakin University. In mid-2015, Paul left the military and joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was subsequently appointed as Director-General Australian Secret Intelligence Service from 18th December 2017. Paul is married to Kate and has two adult children.

 

Chantal Velasque

Head of Data Science, Group Customer Remediation
Westpac

Chantal VelasqueChantal is the Head of Data Science for the Group Customer Remediation at Westpac. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the Data & Analytics industry across France and Australia, covering a broad range of areas including products, channels, customers, payments, financial crime, and remediation. As a consultant with BT Global Services, SAP BusinessObjects, eVolition and Oakton Consulting, Chantal has always been most comfortable straddling the line between the Business function and Technology, and she speaks both languages fluently.

Her skillset broadened with her roles at Suncorp and CBA, and she has managed everything from projects & programs, IT strategies, data governance initiatives to Analytics implementations. Chantal is passionate about implementing the right solutions through Agile practices and has an unshakeable belief in the awesome things we can achieve by promoting an inclusive culture where colleagues are engaged and highly effective.

In her diverse career Chantal has often offered coaching and mentorship and has a passion for self-development. She has been part of the Females in IT & Telecommunications (FitT) mentoring program, has spoken at the Girl Geek Dinners and the inaugural FemeTech Revolution event in Sydney, was a mentor in CBA’s Women in Entreprise Services mentoring program and she is now an abiding host for the Customer Remediation Shadowing program at Westpac.

When she is not delivering great outcomes for the Westpac Group, inspiring high performing & diverse teams or offering coaching & mentorship, you can find her down the beach with her husband and sons, watching every single Rugby Union match possible, or recounting scuba diving stories from around the world for the bajillionth time.

 

GUEST Speakers

The Honourable Karen Andrews MP

Minister for Home Affairs

Karen EdwardsAfter a career as an engineer and running her own industrial relations business, Karen Andrews was elected to parliament in 2010 as the Federal Member for McPherson on the Gold Coast. Following the 2013 election, she took on a leadership position as Chair of the House of Representatives Joint Standing Committee on Public Works – one of the oldest investigatory Committees of the Parliament, and a “watchdog” on Government building and works programs.

She’s also served as the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Assistant Minister for Science. In this role, Minister Andrews was one of the architects of the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda. It’s this experience which saw her sworn in as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in the Morrison Government Cabinet in August 2018. In doing so, she became the first ever female cabinet minister from Queensland.

Since then, Minister Andrews led significant work to help Australian industry to flourish, including designing the Government’s $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy. She was a key driver of Women in STEM initiatives and guided the Australian Space Agency on its mission towards a goal of tripling the size of the sector to $12 billion and creating 20,000 new jobs by 2030. Minister Andrews was sworn in as the first female Home Affairs Minister on 30 March 2021.

 

Andrew Baker

Director Investigations
ICAC SA

Andrew BakerAndrew Baker has worked in law enforcement for 30 years. He commenced his career as a South Australia Police officer in general uniform policing before being promoted to Detective. He has worked in various criminal investigation units including major fraud and internal investigations. Andrew also spent two years working in the United Kingdom as an Anti-Piracy Senior Investigator.

Andrew commenced with the South Australian Independent Commissioner Against Corruption in 2013 as a senior investigator before being appointed Manager Investigations in 2014. Andrew was appointed Director Investigations on 1 July 2016.

In his current role he leads the Commissioner’s investigative capability including its intelligence function and provides critical advice and recommendations on operational matters to the Commissioner.

Andrew has a Post Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management and is toward the back end of completing his Masters of Public Administration (Management).

 

Stephen Beaumont AM

Security Programs Consultant

Stephen BeaumontStephen Beaumont has recently retired from full time military service after 35 years as a professional intelligence officer.  He has served in a wide range of intelligence appointments, including S2 of the Ist Brigade, Commanding Officer of the 1st Intelligence Battalion, J2 of the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters, and J25 of HQ Joint Operations Command.

Stephen served as Defence Attache Seoul, and was involved in Armistice Commission investigations of the North Korean sinking of ROK Ship Cheonan and the shelling of Yeongpyong Do. Stephen travelled to Pyongyang several times during this appointment in efforts to negotiate with the Korean People's Army the repatriation of remains of missing Australian Korean War servicemen. Stephen has deployed as an intelligence officer to operations in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stephen's most recent appointments as Director General Weapons and Technical Intelligence, DIO, Director General ISREW and Cyber and Head of Corps Australian Intelligence Corps, placed him at the heart of contemporary intelligence workforce and capability issues for Defence, making him an ideal contributor to the conference.

 

Dr Shelagh Dorn

President, 
International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA)

Shelagh DornCurrently, Shelagh is serving her third term as the President of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) where she is working to provide analytic resources and training opportunities to IALEIA members and partner organizations. She is also a Research Fellow with the John F. Finn Institute for Public Safety. Shelagh received her Master’s Degree and PhD in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany-SUNY and is an IALEIA Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA).

Shelagh Dorn is an Assistant Professor with the School of Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the School as part of the Master’s Program in Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis, Shelagh worked for several agencies and organizations including the Brunswick Police Department, the University at Albany Hindelang Criminal Justice Center, the New York State Police at the New York State Intelligence Center, and Clemson University.

 

Dr Matteo Farina

Adjunct Lecturer
The University of Adelaide and Flinders University

Matteo FarinaMatteo Farina is an Adjunct Lecturer at The University of Adelaide and Flinders University. His research expertise is in applied linguistics; conversation analysis; and computer-mediated communication, especially the way in which people communicate in social media.

 

 

 

Michael Hickey MAIPIO

Director, Compliance & Enforcement
Victorian Building Authority (VBA)

Michael HickeyMichael is Director, Compliance & Enforcement at the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), Victoria’s regulator of the building and plumbing industry, where he has held various compliance and enforcement related roles over a period of more than 13 years.

Michael is responsible for leading the Practitioner Intelligence Team, Complaints Team, Investigations Team, Practitioner Discipline Team and the collection and audit of Victoria’s statutory building activity data and building permit levies. In 2014, he was tasked with establishing the organisation's new Practitioner Intelligence Team. Today, it is central to the industry regulator's compliance activities, with a growing reliance on data, analysis and generation of actionable insights to address regulatory risk and inform enforcement activities, organisational decision making and support the achievement of strategic outcomes.

Before relocating to Australia, Michael had a varied past in the UK, primarily as an Analyst in the private sector and Data Manager in national projects at the Department of Health (UK), along with a stint in the dot com boom in London, during the late 1990s and website development in the not-for-profit sector.

Michael has completed the ANACAPA Criminal Intelligence Analysis course, in addition to possessing a master’s degree in Intelligence Analysis (Charles Sturt University, Australia), master’s degree in Computer Science (Newcastle University, UK) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Internal Auditing (Institute of Internal Auditors, Australia).

 

Lesley Honeyman 

Director, Cyber Security Operations
Department of Finance, Service and Innovation

lesley honeyman to be checkedLesley Honeyman joins the Department of Finance Services and Innovation from NSW Police Force where she held the position of Director, Strategic Intelligence and Capability in State Intelligence Command. Ms Honeyman was responsible for a number of functions that delivered strategic intelligence, policy, vetting, professional and capability development and operational support.

She has over 25 years of experience in the intelligence and security field, both at the state and federal level. Ms Honeyman has previously held several critical roles in NSW Police Force. Her experience includes providing leadership and direction to special events and operations managed by NSW Police Force (Lindt Café, World Youth Day and the 2000 Sydney Olympics). She received a Deputy Commissioner’s Commendation and an award of meritorious service for her commitment and dedication to NSW Police Force.

Ms Honeyman is a leader in the Australian intelligence community and has represented on many national intelligence and security forums. She continues to develop and maintain positive working relationships with key agencies at a state, national and international level. She has championed cross-collaboration between agencies that have resulted in effective operational outcomes.

Ms Honeyman has contributed to the steering of significant national developments such as the National Criminal Intelligence System and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Model and has been instrumental in the national push towards the professionalisation of intelligence. Ms Honeyman has lead the profession of intelligence in NSW Police Force and Australian Customs Service during periods of organisational change through her ability to influence, communicate, build networks and empower those around her.

 

Digby Howis

Manager, Crime Stoppers Section
State Intelligence Branch, South Australia Police

Digby HowisI joined South Australia Police in November 2002, serving frontline patrols in the Metropolitan Adelaide area.
I was offered a short term secondment in 2005 to a local intelligence section where I received my first exposure to intelligence processes, practices and procedures. I had an excellent Intelligence Manager in Adelaide who mentored me and cultivated a passion for the intelligence discipline. This was a formative time for me within the intelligence discipline.

I have worked as a Field Intelligence Officer (FIO) at the State Intelligence Branch (SIB) focusing on organised criminal activity and also worked as an FIO in SAPOL’s Security Intelligence Section, working in partnership with State and Commonwealth agencies with the responsibility for matters pertaining to terrorism, intercommunal violence, politically motivated violence, dignitary protection and critical infrastructure.  

I have spent multiple years working within SAPOL intelligence projects, first in 2008 reviewing and implementing SAPOL’s Intelligence Business Process, which ultimately launched a revised intelligence framework across the whole organisation in 2009. After implementation, I joined the intelligence training team responsible for training police and civilians in these new intelligence concepts, principles and practices. I have developed training and curriculum documents as an Intelligence Trainer and delivered training on intelligence techniques, analytical methods, critical and lateral thinking and structured analytical techniques. I have taught on ANZCTC courses as well as participated as exercise control for table top exercises.

In 2014, I served in the Joint Intelligence Group in Brisbane for the G20, and in 2015, published an AIPIO Journal paper titled ‘A systems thinking approach to threat assessment’.
From 2016-2019, I worked in SAPOL Performance and Governance area, and returned to Intelligence Training in 2019. Since returning to Intelligence Training, I have assisted with the development and implementation of another intelligence review, launching the new South Australia Police intelligence Framework. I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Intelligence Analysis from CSU and in June 2021, I became the Manager of Crime Stoppers Section with the State Intelligence Branch.

 

Angela Lewis

PhD Candidate, Global Leadership
Pepperdine UniversityAngela Lewis

Angela Lewis is a PhD student studying Global Leadership at Pepperdine University; her focus is on the building and leveraging of intelligence teams in the private sector and the importance of leadership development within the private sector intelligence community. Ms. Lewis earned her Master’s degree in International Relations with a focus in Foreign Policy from American University and double majored as an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati, graduating with bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Political Science.

She currently serves as the Manager for the Global Intelligence and Threat Analysis Team at the Walt Disney Company. Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Lewis served as a Senior Counterterrorism Targeting Officer in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, including serving two tours abroad in Central Europe and in the Middle East.

 

David Lockley

Senior Intelligence & Wagering Analyst
National Rugby League Ltd

David LockleyDavid's background is in criminal intelligence as an operational analyst for about a decade at the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) targeting serious organised crime with a focus on illicit drug supply and money laundering. The latter part of the ACIC employment focused on sports wagering related corruption and illegal offshore wagering platforms.

In 2016, David commenced employment at the NRL for the purpose of building an intelligence capability to assist in the identification of instances and events where illegal and unethical elements connect with NRL and to support integrity investigations across a variety of issues.

 

Brett Peppler

Managing Director
Intelligent Futures Pty Ltd

Brett Peppler Nov 2019Brett Peppler is the Managing Director of Intelligent Futures Pty Ltd – a specialist management consulting practice providing intelligence-led approaches for managing uncertainty in strategic planning.  He specialises in the creative application of strategic foresight to frame and navigate complex business challenges. Brett is a Fellow, Past President and Life Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO), a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a Member of the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE), and an Adjunct Fellow at Macquarie University. 

 

Neil Quarmby

CEO and Founder
Intelligence Rising

Neil QuarmbyNeil’s career extends across 21 years in military intelligence, five years in law enforcement and over thirteen years leading three government regulators in the sectors of: health services, human/social services, and workplace safety.  Neil was most recently the NSW Registrar of Community Housing which is a statutory appointment reporting to government on the suitability and performance of companies to manage risks associated with the provision of shelter to our most disadvantaged. Neil is the Chief Executive of Intelligence Rising – a consulting and online training company for intelligence and compliance professionals.

Neil has lived experience in building better-practice regulatory outcomes, has independently reviewed regulators’ performance, and has provided international consulting services for many government organisations seeking to improve their intelligence and decision-making capability. He has also published two authoritative texts on intelligence and regulation. His company provides skills based and introductory courses for intelligence, regulation, compliance, and enforcement officers and managers.

 

Peter Ritchie

Regional Anti-Corruption Adviser
ABA Rule of Law Initiative

Peter Ritchie TO BE CHECKEDPeter Ritchie is a Regional Anti-Corruption Adviser for the ABA Rule of Law Initiative. He has led and supported many capacity building projects focusing on international cooperation against corruption, money laundering, and transnational crime. In this role, he also co-designed and hosted major APEC programs on transnational crime and corruption, in partnership with the Philippines (2015), Peru (2016) and Vietnam (2017), and implemented anti-corruption projects throughout South-East Asia. 

Previously he worked in the Australian Attorney-General's Department. His responsibilities included anti-corruption policy and program development, and representing Australia in G20, UN, and APEC anti-corruption fora. In Melanesia and the Pacific Islands, he was an anti-money laundering adviser supporting the implementation of FATF and UNCAC provisions . Earlier in his career, Peter was a Senior Analyst in the Office of Strategic Crime Assessments.

 

Samantha Rush

Principal Consultant
Legion Consulting

Sam RushSamantha Rush is an experienced Corporate Executive, Company Director, and Advisor who believes in the importance of making a positive impact. Her experience, knowledge and skills are unique and multifaceted, spanning business intelligence, risk, governance, strategy, sales, finance transformation, project management, change management, and operational efficiency.

She holds an MBA, as well as tertiary qualifications in Psychology, Industrial Relations and HR, International Business, and is currently undertaking a PhD focused on team decision making.

 

Joshua Sprlyan

Director
Green Door Intelligence and Security

Joshua SprlyanJosh spent over 15 years in the Australian Defence Force, serving in infantry and intelligence units. He has deployed to multiple locations globally, and served in the Army’s Special Operations Command. Upon leaving the ADF, Josh worked in the Home Affairs Intelligence Division, supporting the Australian Border Force and assisting in the establishment of the Australian Border Operations Centre, the 24/7 watch floor for ABF operations. Josh then entered the private sector to work in veterans recruitment, before establishing Green Door Intelligence and Security, a Canberra based consulting and professional services recruiting company. He has also written several books, including a fictional action series about a former military intelligence soldier.

 

Senior Sergeant Glenn Tait

State Intelligence Group
Queensland Police Service

Glenn TaitGlenn Tait is a Senior Sergeant with the Queensland Police Service, working in the State Intelligence Group. He has over 23 years' experience working in the intelligence field from station to state level.  Part of his career has been working at the Police Academy delivering the Intelligence Training Program sculpting young minds of future generations of practitioners. Glenn has a strong commitment to the discipline which is demonstrated by his membership with International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) and the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO).   

 

Brett Turner

Charles Sturt University

Brett TurnerBrett is currently employed as an Intelligence Officer within a NSW government regulator and is responsible for establishing a bespoke intelligence capability for a targeted, state-wide compliance operation. Brett has over 10 years experience working in both intelligence and investigation roles in both the private and public sectors and has recently completed a Master of Intelligence Analysis at Charles Sturt University. Brett's research includes a review of several structured analytic techniques with an aim of identifying ways that traditional intelligence analysis processes can be applied to large scale government investigations. 

 

Associate Professor Patrick F. Walsh, PhD

Associate Professor, Intelligence and Security Studies
Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University

PatrickWalsh003Patrick F. Walsh, PhD, is a former intelligence analyst who has worked in Australian national security and law enforcement agencies. He is an associate professor, intelligence and security studies at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University, Australia. He consults to government and his research focuses on a range of intelligence capability issues including governance, leadership, intelligence and ethics, biosecurity, health security and cyber. He is the author of Intelligence and Intelligence Analysis, Routledge, UK 2011; Intelligence, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Palgrave Macmillan, UK, 2018; and Intelligence Leadership and Governance. Building Effective Intelligence Communities in the 21st Century, Routledge, 2020

 

 

 

Evan Whitelaw

Head of Global Investigations, Global Security & Resilience Services
Google

Evan WhitelawEvan is the Head of Google's Global Investigations team. Joining the company as Google's first Global Investigator in the Asia Pacific region five years ago, Evan went on to build Global Investigation's APAC team before stepping up to lead the global team. Throughout all of this Evan has somehow managed to fend off demands and entreaties to relocate to Singapore and the United States, a strategy he has come to question since enduring Melbourne's extensive COVID lockdowns. The Global Investigations team is responsible for conducting a diverse range of security related investigations and for advising the business on hardening processes and workflows against fraud and remediating identified security vulnerabilities. 

Prior to his roles at Google, Evan spent 16 years with Victoria Police, much of that time as a Detective, serving in both the Major Drug Investigation Division and a suburban Crime Investigation Unit before taking promotion to Sergeant in which role he was part of a team administering the Interpose intelligence database. In 2013 Evan left Victoria Police to join the newly conceived Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) as a Principal Investigator where he served for 3 years leading a number of investigations involving public sector corruption. 

Whilst he has pursued a career as an investigator, Evan has always felt as if he is an Intelligence Analyst trapped in a Detective's body and he finds significant satisfaction in wasting many hours tinkering with a good Analyst's Notebook chart when he really has more pressing work to attend to.

 

Mariana Zafeirakopoulos

University of Technology Sydney

Mariana ZafeirakopoulosA former federal law enforcement public servant, Mariana made the move to private industry to explore transdisciplinary and participatory co-design practice in strategic, emergent and complex contexts. Mariana is undertaking a PhD exploring knowledge co-production across disciplines in national security. She creates new law enforcement strategic intelligence practices that better grapple with emerging, evolving and complex problems. Mariana is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Strategic Intelligence at Charles Sturt University; and a Senior Social Innovation Designer, researcher and facilitator at the University of Technology’s School of Design’s Design Innovation Research Centre (DIRC). She has led projects including preventing sexual assault and harassment on campus, strategic participatory research with people with disability; bribery prevention and rethinking innovation cultures and risk in the Air Force. She is particularly passionate about designing the future we want - not just designing for the future - using game-based approaches to explore alternate futures with diverse stakeholder groups.

 

More speakers to be announced soon.