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.

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QAO’s Executive Management Group, June 2021. 

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Executive team
Brendan Worrall


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.


Assistant Auditor-General Audit Practice

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.


Assistant Auditor-General Parliamentary Services

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.


Assistant Auditor-General Client Services

Brahman has substantial experience in public sector auditing across a wide range of entities and portfolios. He is QAO's professional lead for our departmental clients and whole of government; responsible for service delivery and the quality of engagement.


Assistant Auditor-General Client Services

Rachel has worked extensively across QAO's client services including leading our technical advice and treasury products areas. She is QAO's professional lead for our government owned corporations and statutory bodies; responsible for service delivery and the quality of engagement.


Assistant Auditor-General Client Services

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.

Senior directors

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.


Darren has over 30 years' of experience in the public sector, including management and investigative roles in policing, education, and health. He is particularly experienced in evaluating justice, social and environmental portfolios and assessing regulatory processes and performance. Darren has also led a range of QAO projects and strategic planning, including its forward work plan. Darren leads QAO’s assurance and performance audits and resultant reporting to parliament.


David has 18 years’ 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’ 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.


Michelle has over 20 years’ of experience in public sector auditing across several portfolios. Her current role includes leading university and department audits, and coordinating the delivery and professionalism of our reports to parliament. She provides expertise for our clients on improving internal controls, in particular for government departments. Michelle also led our audits for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.


Paul has over 25 years’ 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' 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


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. 

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David has over 30 years’ 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 local government and hospital health services clients.