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Patron & Committee

CPNQ Patron

Mr Alan MacSporran QC — Crime & Corruption Commission Chairperson

Alan 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 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. From 2004 to 2009 Alan 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.

2019 Committee

CPNQ is managed by an elected body with office bearers acting on a voluntary basis on a 12 month term.

Jim Meyers Convenor e:

Jim is the Directory Ethics and Governance at the Dept. State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. 15 year’s experience in State Government Integrity and Ethical Standards Units and 34 plus yeas in Queensland Government including 6 years working at Queensland Ombudsman’s Office.

Andrew Howard Deputy Convenor e:

Andrew Howard is a Partner in the Forensic Services division of BDO and has over 15 years’ experience working both in Australia and the United Kingdom. Andrew employs a pragmatic approach to help clients navigate through difficult complex fraud and litigation matters by offering practical solutions which minimize operational disruption and reduce the risks of further disputers and prolonged claims. Recent matters include:
- Major investigations on behalf of ASIC, CCC and QLD State Government
- Investigation of a collusion matter leading to recovery of $1 million for client
- Fraud investigations ranging from $50k to $10m (for civil and criminal purposes)
- Acting for parties in relation to a £500 million contract dispute in the United Kingdom
- Acting for the defendant’s in a $20 million class action
- Acting for various Insurers in relation to personal injury and business interruption claims
- Valuation of a large scale aviation business for court purposes
- Wide range of business valuations for matrimonial purposes.

Michael Mahabeer Treasurer e:

Michael leads the Risk, Internal Audit and Ethics services for the Prosperity Group. He consults to clients on Risk, Internal Audit and on Ethics related services e.g. setting up effective Whistle-blower Programs. Michael was also Head of Audit and Fraud at SunWater, a QLD Government Owned Corporation where he was responsible for fraud management and managing SunWater’s Whistle-blower program before joining Prosperity. He has also worked as Head of Audit for Suncorp Bank, and PwC and ANZ Bank. Michael is a Professional Fellow member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and a Graduate Company Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Transparency International. He takes an active interest in all matters relating fraud and corruption matters and regularly posts articles and comments on these topics.

Jacqui Wootton Secretary e:

Jacqui Wootton is a lawyer with a strong professional and personal interest in the work of the CPNQ. Jacqui advises corporate clients on commercial disputes, investigations and corporate crime, with particular expertise in anti-bribery and compliance issues. In the anti-bribery area, this includes assisting clients develop compliance policies, training and programs. Jacqui is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Committee, and is a Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills. She has been a member of CPNQ since relocating to Brisbane at the start of 2017, and was on the CPNQ Management Committee in 2018.

Wendi Watkins Committee Member - Membership e:

Wendi is a qualified, experienced risk and assurance manager having worked in the industry over 22 years across Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Islands. She is experienced with building and leading internal audit, co-source and outsource teams. She has been a volunteer for Zonta NZ and supported the membership committee, events management and was Treasurer for two years for Zonta NZ.

Wendi was the Regional Coordinator for the Sensible Sentencing Trust NZ Supporting victims of crime.

Wendi has strong organisational, coordination communication, facilitation, presenting and relationship building skills and presented in a number of forums including key note speaker at the IIA Fiji Conference two years running and more recently she presented at a Local Government Conference on conflict of interest legislative changes arising from the Operation Belcarra Report and impacts on local government including internal audit.

Wendi is passionate about integrity and crime prevention.

David Lavell Committee Member - Events e:

David Lavell is the Associate Director of the Integrity and Investigations Unit at the University of Queensland. He and his team are responsible for assessing, investigating and managing complaints or matters raised about the conduct of staff. This may includecomplaints of behaviour that qualifies as ‘Corrupt Conduct’ and or a ‘Public Interest Disclosure (i.e. ‘whistle-blowing’). David and his team also plays a preventive role to minimise the incidence of misconduct at the University and this is achieved through the maintenance of an ethical framework and by promoting and developing working environments across the University that promote ethical awareness, decision-making and behaviour.

David has 28 years of working in the public sector. His previous roles include: a Detective Sergeant with the Queensland Police Service, an 18 month secondment to the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) Strategic Compliance and Enforcement Unit as a Detective Senior Sergeant, Assistant Director of the Ethical Standards Unit at the Department of Education and Training, and Director of the Ethical Standards Unit at the Department of Community Safety (Qld Govt).

Howard Whitton Committee Member - Assistant Secretary e:

Howard is a Visiting Fellow in the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance, and a Research Associate in the Trans-national Research Institute on Corruption at the ANU. Howard is also an invited Subject Matter Expert (in collaboration with UNSW-ADFA) for the new ‘Building Integrity’ Program for NATO Peacekeepers, based in Brussels.

Howard has been working as a Subject Matter Expert in the fields of Public Sector Ethics, Corruption Prevention, and Integrity Systems in Australia since 1986 and internationally since 1999.

In Queensland, Howard joined EARC in 1991 and was co-author of the Goss government’s Whistleblower Protection Act 1994, and principal author of the Public Sector Ethics Act 1994 and the legislation for the Integrity Commissioner. Howard founded and chaired QPSEN and APSEN from 1995 to 1998 in various roles for the Public Sector Management Commission/OPSC from 1992-2003.

From 2002 Howard has worked as a consultant to the OECD (2002-5), UN Ethics Office (2006-7), Transparency International, AusAID, GTZ, OSCE, UNDP and UNESCO. He was the principal author of the OECD’s ‘Guidelines on Managing Conflict of Interests’, which were adapted for Australian use by the Qld CMC and NSW ICAC in 1995. The Guidelines are still in publication.

Howard was the principal author of the ‘Standards on Ministerial Ethics’ adopted by the Rudd Government in 2007 (originally developed for Senator Faulkner). The Standards are still in force, having been re-adopted by all incoming Prime Ministers since 2007.

Howard is Director and co-founder of the Ethicos Group, a specialist consultancy which has 24 Subject Matter Experts as its members. The Ethicos Group Pty Ltd has no commercial or other contractual relationships with the Queensland Government or any of its agencies.

Adrian Galea Committee Member - Webmaster e.

Adrian has been an active CPNQ member for a decade and has held positions including the Network's Convenor (2008 to 2010). He is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner. He holds the position of Senior Manager Ethics & Integrity at Queensland Rail which includes management of public interest disclosure process and liaison with the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Members of the committee:

Jim Meyers

Deputy Convenor
Andrew Howard

Michael Mahabeer

Jacqui Wootton

Coordinator or Membership
Wendi Watkins

Coordinator of Events
David Lavell

Assistant Secretary
Howard Whitton

Webmaster & Newsletters
Adrian Galea