Environmental Protection Authority, Victoria
Eliot has delivered an extensive range of policy and regulatory reforms across the Victorian Government. With prior experience in small business and local government, Eliot has been with EPA Victoria for ten years, during which time he has also led projects for the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission, the Commissioner for Better Regulation, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Recent achievements include designing a performance measurement framework for Victorian regulators, rewriting the Victorian Guide to Regulation, and leading EPA’s contribution to the overhaul of the Environment Protection Act. Eliot’s role is Senior Program Manager Legislative Reform, to drive EPA’s transformation under a new preventative duties legal framework.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Scott is the Executive General Manager of the ACCC’s Enforcement Division comprising teams across the country investigating and taking action under competition and consumer protection provisions.
He has worked at the ACCC for over 20 years with investigation postings from Perth to Townsville before taking up management positions in Canberra.
While having experienced different areas of the ACCC, Scott has gravitated towards enforcement roles and remains close to the day to day work of investigations and actions
Better Regulation Victoria
Anna Cronin is Victoria’s first Commissioner for Better Regulation, appointed by the Victorian Government in 2015. She has worked in executive and leadership roles in Federal and State governments.
Anna graduated from the Australian National University, majoring in economics and econometrics. She has worked as an economist in the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, the Industries Assistance Commission and the Economic Planning Advisory Council. She has been closely involved in policy development for 25 years from diverse perspectives, including as Chief of Staff to the Premier of Victoria and as CEO at the National Farmers’ Federation for five years.
Anna has considerable experience in regulatory issues across many policy areas, including having co-ordinated State government approvals for significant mining and oil and gas projects in Western Australia. She has also held a number of board positions in the government and not for profit sectors. She has recently been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne.
Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
Sue McCarrey was appointed Australia’s second National Rail Safety Regulator in December 2014.
In addition to guiding the ONRSR through a critical phase in its evolution, Sue oversees the nation’s standalone Rail Safety National Law and works with industry to ensure a safe rail system for the community
and to deliver the social and economic benefits flagged by the national transport reforms.
Prior to joining the ONRSR, Sue enjoyed a distinguished career in the Western Australian public sector where she led a review of port authority governance, metropolitan transport planning and the regional
freight transport plan in her role as Deputy Director General – Policy Planning and Investment, with the Western Australian Department of Transport.
Sue established a framework for a State-wide transport investment program in order to provide the Government with a whole of transport view of investment priorities based on planning needs. Sue was also a member of the WA Public Transport Authority Executive for eight years, where she held the position of Executive Director Safety and Strategic Development.
Under her leadership, the ONRSR is maturing into a fully-fledged national operation that is continuing with its vision for a safe, efficient and prosperous Australian rail industry.
NSW Data Analytics Centre
Kim is a demographer with over 20 years’ experience in public, non-government and academic sectors using evidence to inform policy and service delivery.
Kim is currently Manager of Research and Strategy with the NSW Data Analytics Centre, established in 2015 to lead the use of data and data analytics across government. Her current role includes working to ensure data are deployed to ensure compliance with government regulations, and using data available from current regulatory data systems in new ways.
Kim has a PhD from the Australian National University and is completing an MBA from the University of Sydney.
Environment Protection Authority Victoria
Chris Webb is the Executive Director of Practice and Assurance for EPA Victoria. Chris leads programs to maximise EPA’s regulatory performance, oversees complex state-wide campaigns, and develops industry guidance to support compliance with environmental obligations.
With a strong practical industry grounding, and experience across regulators, Chris holds a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from Monash University and has significant private and public sector experience in regulatory
management. Chris’ knowledge of regulatory practice extends across Australian and international frameworks. Chris has held senior roles in risk, safety and environmental management in the oil industry and major events including the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Chris has extensive executive management experience. He joined EPA in 2010 from WorkSafe Victoria where he led the regulation of the Construction and Utilities Industries. Chris was previously EPA’s Director Environmental Regulation, running field operations for three years.
Behavioural Insights Team
Rory is responsible for the Behavioural Insights Team’s operations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. He has been with BIT since it was set up by the Prime Minister in 2010 and has led several of the
team’s most impactful trials. In November 2012 he was seconded to New South Wales to help the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) become the first agency in Australia to set up a dedicated unit to apply behavioural insights to public policy.
The DPC Behavioural Insights Unit has since run a number of successful trials and interventions across a range of policy areas, and was awarded the Behavioural Exchange Global Practitioner’s Award in 2015. These interventions have provided a significant return on investment, saving millions of dollars for the NSW government, as well as achieving significant social impact.
These results provided early evidence that behavioural techniques pioneered in the UK could be replicated and adapted in other cultural, organisational and political contexts, and inspired other units to be set up across the region.
Before heading overseas, Rory led the team’s work on countering fraud, empowering consumers and helping people find work, including through the development of large scale randomised controlled trials. Prior to joining BIT, Rory was in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and the UK Department of Education. Rory has a doctorate in behaviour change and health from Cambridge University.
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection QLD
Omar is the Director Regulatory Performance with the Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Omar’s unit is responsible for supporting the implementation of the department’s regulatory strategy and finding innovative solutions to regulatory challenges, as well as a range of other regulatory and customer service functions. Before joining the then-Environmental Protection Agency as an investigator in 2007, Omar had practised for 10 years as a litigation lawyer.
Eric Henderson was appointed as VicRoads Director of Heavy Vehicle Services in 2014 and was previously in executive in human resource and workplace relations roles. Eric is applying his behaviour management background to play a leading role in shifting the focus of regulating heavy vehicles toward influencing future compliance. VicRoads is engaging with Heavy Vehicle operators and drivers using compliance data and focussing enforcement actions on the most frequent or extreme offenders.
New Zealand Transport Agency
Debbie Despard is currently the Senior Manager for The New Zealand Transport Agency’s regulatory compliance road corridor group. She has held Senior Regulatory roles for more than 15 years in a variety of regulators, including National Manager Rail Safety and Director for Gambling Compliance.
Debbie is passionate about developing professional and effective regulatory functions. She has been an integral part of New Zealand’s Government Regulatory Practice Initiative(G-Reg) as a member of the steering group. G-Reg is a national initiative which is focussed on developing the capability and professionalism of New Zealand’s regulatory workforce, comprised of some 14,000 workers. In its 3 years of existence it has developed and implemented national qualifications, delivered conferences and workshops and enhanced the networks and knowledge of New Zealand’s regulatory workforce.
Rachel is driving AUSTRAC efforts to enable, support and monitor compliance by industry with their obligations under the Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) Act. Industry is critical to reducing Australia’s vulnerability to money laundering and terrorism financing.
She is also leading the work to transform AUSTRAC’s Supervisory model to deliver improved resilience of the financial sector to money laundering and terrorism financing and improve the quality and timeliness of the financial intelligence produced under Australia & AML/CTF regime. This transformation is critical – timely and high quality intelligence and a resilient financial sector is in everyone’s interest, it offers industry a more stable and efficient regulatory environment and all Australian’s benefit if industry and government can work collaboratively to reduce the risks of crime and terrorism.
Rachel joined AUSTRAC’s in 2010 after a long career in the Australian Intelligence Community holding various positions. At AUSTRAC’s she has had roles in compliance and policy. In a previous life she was a physicist and has a PHD in high energy physics that took her around the world to the Large Hadron Collider.
Craig is a Director in the ACT Government with a history of working in policy and regulatory environments. He is currently responsible for building the level of compliance across a wide range of regulated activities which include areas as diverse as gambling and racing, public transport, parking operations and construction licensing.
Behavioural Insights Team
Ravi has extensive experience in applying behavioural insights to regulation and compliance, as well as building capability across a wide range of organisations. He has worked with a number of regulators including the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and has supported other agencies to apply behavioural insights to compliance. These include the South Australian Fines and Enforcement Recovery Unit, and the Yarra Ranges Council. More broadly, he has developed the behavioural insights capabilities of a range of organisations – he has now trained hundreds of local, state, federal and international public servants, across a wide range of policy areas, and has been invited to speak on a number of panels.
Prior to joining the team, Ravi worked for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), where he was primarily involved in compliance of banks and insurers. He also worked for the Busara Centre for Behavioural Economics as a research fellow, assisting the organisation develop its consulting capability and conducting research on the applications of behavioural economics in a development context.
Australian Financial Security Authority
Tim Cole is a Director in AFSA’s Regulation and Enforcement division. AFSA provide improved and equitable financial outcomes for consumers, business and the community through application of bankruptcy and personal property securities laws, regulation of personal insolvency practitioners, and trustee services.
Tim is responsible for the carrying out of the strategic direction for the regulation of personal insolvency practitioners. Tim has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining AFSA in 2001, Tim worked in London and Papua New Guinea as well as 6 years in a major chartered accounting firm. Tim has over 25 years experience in the insolvency industry from a banking, private practice and government perspective.
NSW Fair Trading
Valerie Griswold is the Executive Director for Compliance and Enforcement for NSW Fair Trading, which is an agency within the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation’s
cluster. She brings an extensive background in government regulation both in Australia and the United States. She served as Acting Commissioner for Fair Trading in early 2017, and
has vast experience in consumer protection.
In 1989, Valerie joined the Orange County California District Attorney’s Office, where she was a deputy DA. During her 8 years with the office, she prosecuted hundreds of cases, including almost 60 jury trials which involve serious felonies such as attempted murder, stalking, gross vehicular manslaughter, drive-by shootings and more. She was promoted to Senior Deputy District Attorney and served as the head of the Environmental Crimes Unit, chairing the multi-jurisdictional Hazardous Materials Environmental Investigations, and lecturing nationally on the subject.
After moving to Sydney with her family, Valerie requalified to practice law in Australia in 2003. She became the Solicitor Advocate for Fair Trading in 2004, and was later appointed Director of Fair Trading Legal Services. In addition, she served as Acting Director for Home Building Services and also in the department’s Policy area. After a brief stint at the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian as the Director of Policy and
Legal, Valerie returned to Fair Trading as Executive Director Compliance & Enforcement. Her division includes Fair Trading’s intelligence branch, its Sentinel Project, national projects, investigations, consumer protection unit, just to name a few. She leads over 100 staff in delivering high-quality and responsive compliance and enforcement results for the people of New South Wales.
Paul has over 15 years prosecution and defence experience in criminal and occupational health and safety law in Victoria and interstate. Paul has practised in many areas of OHS law at both state and federal levels involving varying duty holders, industries and regulators. A former LIV accredited specialist in criminal law, Paul gained his prosecutorial experience at the Office of Public Prosecutions and WorkSafe Victoria. He then focussed on OHS defence work at international and independent Australian law firms. During this time, Paul also undertook a brief sabbatical from the law to establish a successful business (wine bar). In August 2015, Paul returned to WorkSafe Victoria as Director of the Enforcement Group where he leads a team of over 75 lawyers, investigators and analysts who administer and enforce both health and safety and compensation matters.
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Andrew Trainer has had over 20 years’ public sector experience in regulatory, compliance, audit and intelligence functions, specialising in areas of national security. His relevant appointments include in the Department of Defence, Department of Industry, Office of Transport Security, and currently the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, where he is Director of a section concerned with regulatory (border biosecurity) data analysis and intelligence.
He has a Masters degree in political science from the University of NSW and is a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers.
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
Mr Neil Ellis is currently acting Assistant Secretary of the Regulatory Practice and Compliance Branch and his role includes responsibility for coordinating OGTR’s enforcement and compliance activities. He has had over 20 years of experience in the APS and has held several positions in the Departments of Environment, Agriculture and Health, and also the United Nations Environment Program, delivering functions such as risk assessment, regulatory policy, advisory committee secretariat, communications, and monitoring and compliance activities.