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We currently employ around 200 staff in Brisbane and also use external specialists and audit service providers throughout Queensland to deliver our services. 

Internally, we organise our audit specialists into sector-based teams to improve engagement with our clients and our understanding of their organisations.

The executive team leads the implementation of our strategy and the delivery of quality services to our clients. 

We invest in our people so that they can be the best in their field.

 

 

 

 

 

Executive team

Brendan Worrall

Position:
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.

Daniele Bird

Daniele Bird

Position:
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

Position:
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

Position:
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

Damon Olive

Damon Olive

Position:
Sector Director
Health

Damon is the Sector Director for Health. He has extensive experience in the delivery of financial and performance audits for the Queensland public sector across a range of industries. He has also played key roles in quality assurance and the development and implementation of audit methodology software solutions. 

Pat Flemming

Patrick Flemming

Position:
Sector Director
Local Government

Pat Flemming is the Sector Director for Local Government. He has over 20 years’ experience in professional employment, including 14 years in the Queensland Public Sector. Prior roles include senior accounting and corporate treasury positions in multinational organisations.

Nick George

Nick George

Position:
Sector Director
Justice and Communities

Nick George is the Sector Director for Justice and Community Services. Major agencies in his portfolio include the Public Safety Business Agency, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, the Queensland Police Service and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.  

John Welsh

John Welsh

Position:
Sector Director
Education

John Welsh is the Sector Director for Education and Innovation. Major agencies in his portfolio are the Department of Education and Training, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation and the seven public universities across Queensland. 

Paul Christensen

Paul Christensen

Position:
Sector Director, Central Agencies and Financial Services
Financial services

Paul Christensen is the Sector Director for Central Agencies and Financial Services. Major agencies in his portfolio are the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Queensland Treasury, QIC Limited, Queensland Treasury Corporation, QSuper and the Public Trustee of Queensland.

David Adams

David Adams

Position:
Sector Director
Infrastructure

David Adams is the Director of Infrastructure for the Queensland Audit Office (QAO). Major agencies in his portfolio are the Department of Housing and Public Works, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Rail, and all four government owned Ports corporations.   

Vaughan Stemmett

Position:
Sector Director
Resources

Vaughan Stemmett is the Acting Sector Director for Natural Resources. Major agencies in his portfolio include the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Energy and Water Supply.