Our people are key to our service delivery. They are dedicated, engaged and highly skilled. 

Our workforce is a mix of around 190 active employees who are audit professionals, specialists and support team members. We also engage audit service providers to conduct some of our work, and they are an integral part of our business.

Our office has a simple accountability structure. We run some of our operations by division, but our services are aligned and integrated. 

Our executive management group has shared responsibility for audit excellence and operational performance. They lead change, set the tone for integrity, and model good governance within QAO. 

Executive team
Brendan Worall

Brendan Worrall

Auditor-General

Brendan Worrall has extensive experience in senior executive roles in both public practice and the Queensland public sector. Prior to joining QAO, Brendan was the Crowe Horwath Managing Partner for Audit and Assurance across Australia and New Zealand. Brendan’s previous roles in government include Assistant Auditor-General at the Queensland Audit Office and Chief Financial Officer for Queensland Treasury. He is the chief executive and accountable officer for the Queensland Audit Office. Brendan is the 23rd Auditor-General.

Danielle Bird

Daniele Bird

Deputy Auditor-General

Daniele has extensive professional services experience in Australia and overseas with a focus on improving public and private sector financial sustainability and performance. She is responsible for the delivery of the performance audit program and development of the three-year strategic audit plan.

Poopalasingam Brahman

Poopalasingam Brahman

Assistant Auditor-General

Brahman has extensive experience in public sector auditing. He is responsible for the delivery of the annual program of financial audits and related sector reports to parliament. 

Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson

Assistant Auditor-General

Karen has extensive experience in private sector auditing and governance. She is responsible for the delivery of specialist audit services, financial services sector audits and reports to parliament across multiple sectors.

Sector Directors
Paul Christensen

Paul Christensen

Sector Director, Central Agencies and Financial Services

Paul is the Sector Director for Central Agencies . Major agencies in his portfolio are the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Queensland Treasury, , Queensland Treasury Corporation, the Public Service Commission, the Legislative Assembly of Queensland and the Office of the Governor. He is also responsible for auditing the consolidated Queensland state government financial statements.

John Welsh

John Welsh

Sector Director, Community Services

John is the Sector Director for Community Services. Major agencies in his portfolio include the Public Safety Business Agency, the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland Corrective Services, the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, the Department of Youth Justice and the Public Trustee of Qld. 

Michelle Reardon

Michelle Reardon

Sector Director, Education and Housing

Michelle Reardon is the Sector Director for Education and Housing. Major agencies in her portfolio are the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Public Works, the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation and the seven public universities across Queensland. 

Damon Olive

Damon Olive

Sector Director, Energy and Natural Resources

Damon is the Sector Director for Energy and Natural Resources. Major agencies in his portfolio include the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries; Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy; Department of Environment and Science; and energy government-owned corporations.

Charles Strickland

Charles Strickland

Sector Director, Health

Charles is the Sector Director for Health. He is responsible for audits of all Health-related agencies in Queensland, including the Department of Health, the 16 Hospital and Health Services Boards and their related Hospital Foundations.

Patrick Flemming

Patrick Flemming

Sector Director, Local Government

Pat Flemming is the Sector Director for Local Government, working with all councils in Queensland. 

Vaughan Stemmett

Vaughan Stemmett

Sector Director, Water and Infrastructure

Vaughan Stemmett is the Sector Director for Water and Infrastructure. Major agencies in his portfolio are Seqwater, Queensland Urban Utilities, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the Department of State Development, Queensland Rail, and all four government owned ports corporations.