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REVIEWERS' PROFILES

CPM Reviews personnel have all occupied demanding management and human resource positions across a wide number of organisations and employment areas within the public sector.  This enables us to provide a wide range of personnel and employment-related services.

Management Team

 

Trevor Van Dam – Principal Reviewer and Executive Director – Brisbane and Canberra

Trevor joined CPM Reviews in 2008 as a Principal Reviewer and commenced as Executive Director of CPM Reviews in June 2016. Trevor is a highly experienced and able Reviewer who can undertake complex workplace and code of conduct investigations and workplace and environment reviews and culture scans. As a principal Reviewer with CPM Reviews, Trevor has completed many complex investigations and reviews for a significant number of government and non‐government agencies. He has also advised and mentored a number of senior staff on leadership, strategy, change management, culture reform and general tactical management in the public sector environment. MORE...

 

Jeff Lamond, Principal Adviser – Canberra

Jeff Lamond joined CPM as Principal Consultant and General Manager of CPM Reviews in June 2008 following a 33 year career in the
APS, with the last 14 years at the SES level, including 5 years as the Merit Protection Commissioner to the APS from 2001 to 2007. Jeff’s
expertise centres on public sector ethics, accountability the APS Values, APS Code of Conduct and reviews of employment action. MORE...

 

John Baker, Principal Adviser - Canberra

John established CPM Reviews in association with Jeff Lamond in 2008, as an offshoot of the Centre for Public Management (CPM).
That business has since been sold to the Australian Institute of Management (AIM). John advises on CPM Reviews’ finances; reviewer
appointments, contractual matters and other back-of-office services.

 

Sue Balnaves, Business Adviser and Senior Reviewer – Canberra

Sue has 28 years of experience in the APS and ACT Government Service, in the areas of HR, service delivery and program management. She spent many years as a senior HR Director in Defence and the Programs area of the Public Service Commission dealing with the more complex and challenging people matters. Sue is the Business Manager for CPM Reviews as well as being a Senior Reviewer. MORE...

Executive Reviewers

Jeff Lamond, Executive Reviewer – Canberra

Jeff Lamond joined CPM as Principal Consultant and General Manager of CPM Reviews in June 2008 following a 33 year career in the APS, with the last 14 years at the SES level, including 5 years as the Merit Protection Commissioner to the APS from 2001 to 2007. Jeff’s expertise centres on public sector ethics, accountability the APS Values, APS Code of Conduct and reviews of employment action. MORE...

Dr Vivienne Thom, Executive Reviewer - Canberra

Vivienne Thom is a consultant in the field of public administration with a focus on integrity and governance. She specialises in highly sensitive and complex inquiries into code of conduct matters concerning senior executives including agency heads. In her public service career, Vivienne conducted a number of formal inquiries and complex reviews directed at identifying improvements to be made within organisations. In June 2016 she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to public administration through a range of senior roles, and as a mentor to women in executive positions. MORE...

Principal Reviewers

Joanne Blackburn, Principal Reviewer - Canberra

Joanne has a legal background and had a 30 year career in the APS, with 20 years’ at the SES level, most recently in the Attorney- General’s Department where she was a Division Head. Joanne has specialised in public administrative law and has broad international and national policy and legal experience in criminal justice. She has had extensive involvement in staffing, recruitment, performance appraisal and grievance processes. Joanne conducts workplace investigations and reviews of complex matters and quality assures the reports of other reviewers. MORE...

Boris Budak, Principal Reviewer - Sydney

Boris has a legal and accountancy background and over 40 years’ experience in the APS, including 12 years in the APS Commission as Group Manager and, occasionally, Acting Merit Protection Commissioner. Before then, Boris worked in several other APS agencies, including the Department of Social Security, Australian National Audit Office and Attorney-General’s Department. Boris has extensive
experience with APS Code of Conduct matters. He conducts workplace investigations and reviews and quality assures reports of other reviewers. MORE...

Mary Brennan, Principal Reviewer - Canberra

Mary has a legal background and prior to joining CPM Reviews was the managing partner of the Canberra office of national law firm Sparke Helmore. Mary has extensive experience advising and representing a range of clients on varied and highly complex issues. In her work with CPM Reviews over the last five years Mary has personally handled more than 40 cases, including complex Code of Conduct reviews and PID matters for agencies like the ATO, Agriculture, Finance and PM&C and chaired Appeal Tribunals for the ACT Government. Mary has reviewed many sexual harassment and bullying complaints for a number of agencies. She has also quality assured many other reviewers’ matters. MORE...

Paul Casimir, Principal Reviewer - Canberra

Over more than thirty years working in the Australian Public Service, Paul Casimir has built a wealth of experience dealing with review matters at both a strategic policy and operational level.
In his last role in the APS, Paul spent a decade as the Director, Integrity at the Australian Public Service Commission and was also the founding Director of the Ethics Advisory Service. MORE...

 

Senior Reviewers

Karen Alexander, Senior Reviewer - Canberra

Karen is a highly capable HR professional with experience across the full range of people management solutions. She has undertaken reviews of action and investigations into a broad range of employment related matters, including unacceptable behaviour in the workplace, conflict of interest, misuse of organisational resources and breaches of the Code of Conduct. MORE...

Jane Bateson, Senior Reviewer - Canberra

Jane Bateson is an experienced human resources management consultant with 19 years public sector experience across central agencies, human resource
management and program areas. She has worked as Personnel Manager and Employee Relations Manager and been involved in workplace conditions and workplace reform. MORE...

Jennifer Beard, Senior Reviewer - Melbourne

Jennifer has had an extensive legal career which underpins her deep understanding of public administration, ethics, codes of conduct and administrative investigations in the public and other sectors. Jennifer has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne Law School. MORE...

Alf Bock, Senior Reviewer – Perth

Alf has 20 years’ experience in the public sector and most recently worked at the APSC on code of conduct and merit protection investigations. With CPM Reviews he has undertaken investigations across a range of issues, including bullying and harassment and professional misconduct. He is currently, also, Ombudsman for the City of Perth, for whom he undertakes reviews of administrative actions. MORE...

Dermot Casey – Senior Reviewer – Canberra

Dermot’s 40 year career has spanned a range of senior policy and operational positions in the areas of child protection, mental health and suicide prevention and immigration detention health. The last 15 years were at the SES level the Commonwealth Health and Immigration. He holds professional qualifications with degrees in Social Sciences and Law. MORE...

Steve Dreezer – Senior Reviewer – Canberra

Steve has over 20 years’ experience as a senior Australian public servant responsible for major organisational change, public policy formulation, program management and regulatory compliance functions. He has extensive experience in risk management, fraud prevention and internal investigations. MORE...

Jennifer Colwill, Senior Reviewer - Melbourne

Jenni has managed workplace relations and personnel functions in Commonwealth departments for over 15 years, with 11 years at the SES level. She has extensive public sector experience in human resource management, employment policy, ethics and codes of conduct and has undertaken a wide range of investigations and reviews, including while acting as Commissioner of the Merit Protection and Review Agency. MORE...

Warwick Finn PSM, Senior Reviewer - Canberra

Warwick is a consultant in the field of public administration with a focus on integrity, governance and organisational matters of high sensitivity. He can undertake complex inquiries into code of conduct allegations involving senior executives, including agency heads, and has extensive experience reviewing systemic, process and organisation wide issues. MORE...

Jann Gardner, Senior Reviewer - New South Wales

Jann’s 30 year career has mainly been as a partner at Sparke Helmore, a national law firm, preparing complex litigated matters including reviewing documents, interviewing witnesses and preparing reports to clients following an analysis of evidence. Many of these cases have included conduct in the workplace and fraud and challenges to administrative decisions. MORE...

Clive Haggar, Senior Reviewer - Canberra

Since joining CPM Reviews Clive has conducted a wide range of workplace investigations, code-of-conduct reviews, environmental scans and mediations. He has delivered nearly 100 workshops for managers on workplace bullying and organisational change. As former chief officer of the Australian Education Union’s ACT branch, he is expert in negotiating industrial and professional agreements. MORE...

Graeme Henderson, Senior Reviewer – Canberra

Graeme has extensive experience in the provision of confidential advice to senior executives of agencies and has a great deal of experience in managing significant organisational change from both a HR and employee relations perspective and has successfully brokered resolutions to many complex and at times protracted industrial issues. MORE...

Mike Lawless, Senior Reviewer – Canberra

Mike has degrees in economics and law. He has 30 years APS experience with over half at SES level. At SES level he was responsible for HR, personnel, legal, policy and service delivery areas. Outside government he has worked as a solicitor and as a consultant doing reviews and investigations.MORE...

Peter Long, Senior Reviewer - Canberra

Peter Long has 34 years public sector experience, including 15 years as a Police officer with the NSW Police, primarily as a detective working on criminal investigations. Peter moved from the NSW Police to the APS where he conducted investigations into various forms of staff misconduct across a range of agencies. MORE...

Sara Lynch, Senior Reviewer - Canberra

Sara has 28 years’ experience working in management, policy and service delivery for State, Territory and the Australian governments. Sara has worked in both remote and urban regions. Sara has undertaken a range of complex investigations that include allegations against senior staff members, incidents resulting in injury or death, decision making around complex case management and workplace issues. Sara is experienced at sensitively undertaking investigations and coming up with appropriate findings and recommendations. MORE...

David Macgill, Senior Reviewer – Canberra

David has had 30 years in the APS, with 12 years at the SES level in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where he provided advice on the Public Service Act, the APS Values and Code of Conduct, ministerial standards of ethics and the Code of Conduct for ministerial staff. Being Director of Legal Services in Comcare involved him in administrative law. MORE...

Peter McLenaghan, Senior Reviewer – Sydney

Peter has over 40 years APS experience, primarily working with Defence and specialising in the APS HR and workplace relations fields. During his time as a HR Director, Peter had responsibility for both national and regional HR and workplace relations functions and for a wide spectrum of activities. MORE...

Diane Merryfull, Senior Reviewer – Canberra

Diane has had a highly successful and diverse public service career over more than 30 years. Diane served most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of the Tasmanian Integrity Commission, an independent agency responsible for undertaking misconduct and own motion investigations and providing anti-corruption education and prevention services for the Tasmanian public sector. MORE...

Jeff Moyle, Senior Reviewer – Canberra

Jeff has had a highly successful Commonwealth APS career spanning 37 years – 17 of which were at the SES Band 1 and 2 level leading Branches and Divisions in Canberra and Sydney. Jeff has led corporate HR functions, a large state office and had national responsibility for Divisions undertaking national security-related investigations, operations and analysis. MORE...

Sandy Nix, Senior Reviewer – Brisbane

Sandy has over 30 years’ experience in HR Management in various Commonwealth agencies, specialising in the areas of misconduct investigations, grievance reviews of employment related matters and management of employee underperformance and workplace disputes. She is highly skilled in ethics training and leadership development. MORE...

Carolyn Page, Senior Trainer – Canberra

Carolyn has 30 years’ experience as a trainer and facilitator, particularly on workplace bullying, organisational change, equity and diversity policy, and policy and program evaluation. She specialises in developing tailored training packages to meet specific organisational needs. She also contributes to the design and delivery of workplace environmental scans, surveys and focus groups. MORE...

Steve Ramsey, Senior Reviewer – Canberra

Investigations and reviews have been a fundamental part of Steve’s 30 year working life, almost all of it concerning the public sector.

Steve was previously the Assistant Commissioner (SES 1) for Fraud Prevention and Internal Investigations at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) where he led teams preventing, detecting and investigating internal fraud. MORE...

Tim Scully, Senior Reviewer - Canberra

Tim Scully is a leading intelligence analyst with over 30 years’ experience in the national and international intelligence & security communities, latterly as head of the Defence Security Authority. He led the development of the Australian Government’s Cyber Security Operations Centre. He is able to conduct workplace investigations in highsecurity environments, and particularly in IT areas. MORE...

Glenn Simpson OAM, Senior Reviewer – Brisbane

Glenn is a solicitor with over 20 years Australian Public Service experience – specialising in administrative and employment law. Glenn spent 8 years as an Executive Lawyer (at the SES level) – including time at both the then Department of Industrial Relations and Public Service Board where he was deputy head of the Advocacy Branch. MORE...

Mike Stone, Senior Reviewer – Canberra

Mike Stone has 26 years’ experience in both central and service delivery Commonwealth agencies focusing particularly on employee relations and review of action investigations. He has had extensive experience in a diverse range of workplaces – industrial, clerical, technical, professional and scientific. MORE...

Stuart Thorn PSM, Senior Reviewer - Canberra

Stuart has 31 years’ experience in the APS, with 16 years at the SES level, latterly at the SES Band 3 Level managing four divisions. His career includes experience in law enforcement, human resources and extensive work on national security issues in AG’s. He has a TS PV clearance and is able to conduct investigations in high-security environments. MORE...

Phil Thurbon, Senior Reviewer - Canberra

Phil Thurbon had a highly successful Commonwealth APS career spanning thirty-nine years. He is originally qualified in both criminal investigations and criminal intelligence analysis, with a considerable portion of his career spent ensuring the integrity of agency programs, and the conduct of staff both domestically and internationally. Phil has conducted numerous criminal and APS disciplinary investigations in various domestic and international jurisdictions. MORE...

Craig Trevallion, Senior Reviewer - Canberra

Craig has had a 20 years career in the NSW police service. His principal experience was in investigation work, especially in drug investigations working with the Crime Commission and Australian Customs Service. He is a trained negotiator and has extensive experience in community liaison work. MORE...

Chris Whyte, Senior Reviewer - Canberra

Chris has recently undertaken investigations and process reviews for various Departments and ACT Directorates. He has a background in law and 20 years SES experience in the APS. He has worked in fraud control; as an investigator for the Commonwealth Ombudsman and in various senior management and policy roles. MORE...