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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.

2020 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.

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.

Vili Nase - Treasurer e:

Vili is a Lawyer at the Office of the Independent Assessor (OIA), Queensland. Her practice at the OIA focuses on complex conflict of interest and material personal interest matters, ethical and legal standards for councillors, and investigations. Vili is an Australian Lawyer on the Roll of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and is also qualified as a European Lawyer
in a civil law jurisdiction. Vili has prior international experience as an in-house Lawyer in a major European IT & Telecommunications service provider where she advised on public procurement, intellectual property and contracts. Vili joined CPNQ in 2019.

Patricia Morris Deputy Convenor e:

Patricia Morris has over 15 years of practical experience in complaints management and investigation specialising in workplace misconduct and corrupt conduct within the public sector including Queensland and Federal Government. Patricia is an Australian Lawyer on the roll of the Supreme Court of Queensland and is employed by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General as an Ethics Consultant for the Ethical Standards Unit. She has previously worked for the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) assessing complaints of corrupt conduct for the Integrity Service branch and in regulatory roles including experience within the Misconduct and Breach Reporting unit of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Patricia also has experience in alternate dispute resolution through her work as a Senior Analyst for the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal in Victoria. Patricia’s special professional interests include, procedural fairness, misconduct prevention, alternate dispute resolution and ethical culture in the workplace.

Wendi Watkins 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 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 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 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
Patricia Morris

Vili Nase

Jacqui Wootton

Coordinator of Membership
Wendi Watkins

Coordinator of Events
David Lavell

Assistant Secretary
Howard Whitton

Webmaster & Newsletters
Adrian Galea