Our people are key to achieving our vision of better public services. 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. We are proud to celebrate our diverse backgrounds.
QAO’s Executive Management Group has shared responsibility for audit excellence, innovation and operational performance. Our operating model enables us to deliver our services as one team, with our Assistant Auditors-General overseeing our client services, quality and people. Our client and audit engagement is led by our Senior Directors.
Executive Management Group
Brendan 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.
Karen has extensive experience in private and public sector auditing, governance and risk. She leads QAO's audit practice areas including methodologies and toolkits, our quality framework, audit technical support, accounting and reporting, information technology, finance, and human resources. Karen is QAO's Deputy Auditor-General when required.
Pat's broad experience includes QAO client services for local government, audit policy and quality, and a range of senior financial accounting and treasury positions with multinational organisations. Pat leads QAO's parliamentary services including engagement, reporting, audit program planning, communications, and requests for audits.
Damon's experience spans audits across the public sector. He has held key roles in quality assurance and developing audit software for QAO. He is QAO's professional lead for our local government clients and the regions; responsible for service delivery and the quality of engagement. He also leads our engagement with our audit service providers.
Michelle's broad experience across public sector auditing includes leading university and department audits, coordinating the delivery of our reports to parliament, and providing expertise for clients on improving internal controls. She is QAO’s professional lead for our government owned corporations and statutory body clients; responsible for service delivery and the quality of engagement.
Darren has extensive experience in assurance auditing, management, and investigations. He is QAO’s professional lead for our departmental clients and whole of government; responsible for service delivery, the quality of engagement, and related assurance audits. He is our subject matter lead for performance audit.
Bhavik has over 16 years of experience in the delivery of quality audit and assurance services in the private and public sectors. He has delivered external audits, financial reporting, and compliance and advisory services across a range of industries, with expertise in education, mining, infrastructure and not-for-profit entities. At QAO, Bhavik leads our education and ports audits.
Brydie has over 11 years of experience across public and private sector audit and consulting, including for the financial services, education, and resources industries. Her experience includes financial audit, compliance engagements, internal audit, and other assurance services. She has also worked on internal and client-focused change projects, including developing methodology and new audit toolkits. At QAO, Brydie leads our financial services, university, justice, and community services clients.
Charles has almost 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors at the Commonwealth and state levels. His experience includes auditing, policy, finance, and governance. While at QAO, Charles has led audits across a range of entities, most recently in the departmental, local government and health sectors. He has also provided guidance to international audit offices. In his current role, Charles leads the development of QAO’s audit methodology and quality programs.
David has over 30 years of experience in audit across a range of public sector entities including throughout regional Queensland. David has led major engagements in the transport and health portfolios and most recently managed QAO’s methodologies and audit quality program; delivering a range of new products and practices that have improved the quality and effectiveness of QAO’s audit work. David’s current role includes leading engagements for general government clients.
David has 18 years of experience in auditing the public sector across a range of industries, including across the health portfolio, and delivering insights on ICT project management and security. David was also program director for the implementation of QAO’s new audit toolset and other major change initiatives. He currently leads our audits across the health portfolio.
Irshaad has over 20 years of experience in auditing organisations in the private and public sectors. He has delivered financial and regulatory audits across a range of industries, including energy, infrastructure, mining, professional services and technology. At QAO, Irshaad leads our energy audits, and is involved in our audit methodologies, the use of data analytics, and developing staff.
Joel has over 16 years of experience in delivering a range of audit and advisory services in the public and private sectors. This work, spanning both federal and state government entities, includes performance audit, internal audit, business advisory services, and external audit.
At QAO, Joel currently leads the delivery of our portfolio of performance and assurance audits.
Melissa has over 19 years’ experience across all state and local government portfolios, including justice, environment, health and infrastructure. Melissa audited in the UK, and was a governance expert for Queensland’s 2018 inquiry into NGR Trains. Melissa’s skills include financial and assurance audit, investigations, methodology, and quality assurance. She shaped QAO’s audit focus for its work plan, and has developed client toolsets and self-assessment guides in risk, fraud, and audit committee governance. Melissa is a member of CPA’s Public Sector committee.
Paul has over 25 years of experience in public sector auditing including QAO’s audits of central agencies and financial services entities, and he has managed QAO’s audit methodology and quality programs. Paul provides deep knowledge of whole-of-government operations, risk and policy, and leads QAO’s audit of the consolidated financial statements for the Queensland government. Paul also provides expertise on matters involving the role and mandate of the Auditor-General.
Rob has over 23 years of experience in delivering professional services in the private and public sectors. At QAO, he is leveraging this experience as the lead of our data and analytics team. His work focuses on designing new analytics that increase audit efficiency and effectiveness, streamlining data supply through collaboration with data specialists across the public sector, and enhancing staff data literacy. Rob shares QAO's advice widely across industry.
Sri has over 20 years of audit experience in the private and public sectors. His work has included external and internal audit, risk management reviews and accounting advisory.
While at QAO, Sri has led audits across a range of entities, most recently in the financial services and local government sectors. He has also provided guidance to international audit offices. In his current role, he leads our audits and our local government clients.
Sumi has over 20 years of experience in delivering audits and professional services in the private and public sectors. She has delivered reviews of Australian and overseas organisations' IT practices, covering governance, business processes, internal controls, and IT application/automated controls.
At QAO, Sumi leads our IS Risk team, which delivers a range of IT security-related reviews across our clients.
Vaughan has over 23 years of experience with Australian and overseas companies, multinationals, government owned corporations, the private sector and not-for-profits. He assisted companies with financial analysis, strategic planning, financial reporting, external auditing and reviews of internal control policies and procedures. He has significant expertise in the mining, resources and infrastructure industry. Vaughan currently leads QAO's water and infrastructure audits.