Auditor-General for New South Wales | Host of IMPACT 2018

Margaret has over 20 years of experience as a senior executive across complex public sector organisations at local, state and federal levels - including the Victorian Department of Human Services, the Australian Taxation Office, the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority and Australia's largest local government, Brisbane City Council. Prior to her role as the Auditor-General for New South Wales, she held the position of Deputy Secretary at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.


Author, creative and political campaign expert | MC of IMPACT 2018

Dee Madigan is an award winning Creative Director with over 20 years experience in the advertising industry working with some of the world’s biggest brands including HSBC, Diet Coke, J&J and Rexona and Nestle.

Dee runs her own advertising agency, Campaign Edge, with offices in Sydney and Brisbane, helping clients with both their internal and external marketing. With extensive social marketing and political campaigning experience - she has worked on 11 election campaigns, including the 2015 and 2017 Queensland election campaigns.

She is a panellist on Gruen, political commentator on Sky, author of The Hard Sell (MUP 2014) as well as a contributing author on Mothermorphosis (MUP 2015), Perspectives on Change (ANU 2015) and Unbreakable (MUP 2017) .


Chancellor, Western Sydney University and National President for the Institute of Public Administration Australia

An Australian academic, company director, and former public servant, Peter has been the Chancellor of the Western Sydney University since 2011 and was recently appointed National President, Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) in November 2017. Peter also served for five years as the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - the most senior official in the Australian Public Service. His report Learning from Failure, examined how major public service projects can be delivered to meet citizens expectations.



Publisher and media and communications expert

Tom is publisher of The Mandarin based in Melbourne. He has served in various public administration roles, specialising in the media and communications sector. Tom has held a number of key roles with flagship media organisations including The Sydney Morning Herald, where he won a Walkley Award and held the position of managing editor of, and Australian Financial Review, working as Canberra bureau chief.  He most recently worked at the Australian Communications and Media Authority.



Former Partner, Deloitte Australia. Former Secretary, Departments of Health, Human Services & Innovation, Industry & Regional Development, Victoria

Fran is a Partner with Deloitte Australia, and until recently lead the Public Sector & Healthcare Industry team for Deloitte Australia.  Deloitte’s public sector and healthcare practice has become a valued and leading adviser to government agencies across Australia, with a particular focus on health & human services, transport, civil government, education and defence.

Prior to joining Deloitte she had significant experience in State Government health, human services and whole of government policy and planning, including roles as Secretary of the Departments of Health, Human Services & Innovation, Industry & Regional Development.

Fran is a recognised leader in the design and delivery of large scale service systems in Government with extensive contemporary experience of health, human service and education policy, planning, funding, cost recovery and performance issues.  During her career she has had leadership roles in the negotiation and management of Commonwealth/State relations in health, vocational education and training and human services on behalf of the State of Victoria.  She has been involved in the design and implementation of new organisational and governance structures across many portfolio areas of government, including advising the NSW Public Sector Commissioner on reform of the NSW public service and WA Government on health governance.  She has advised governments in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, WA and the Commonwealth on accountability, design and delivery of shared areas of responsibility in the federation.



Independent consultant specialising in government, technology and innovation

Drawing on senior leadership experience across the public sector and global technology giant Cisco, Martin Stewart-Weeks is an independent advisor and facilitator working at the intersection of policy, public sector management, technology and innovation. Martin was one of the three members of an independent panel, chaired by former NSW Premier Nick Greiner, appointed to advise the NSW Government on future directions for regulatory policy reform and in 2014 partnered with former Federal Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner to co-author the book, Changing Shape: Institutions for the Digital Age.



Expert on social business, social enterprise and social procurement

As Leader of the Australian Democrats (1993-1997) and Member for Dickson (1998-2001) with political portfolios including Indigenous Affairs, Treasury, Employment and Women and influenced, Cheryl's policy legacy includes her key influence in the introduction of compulsory superannuation and Native Title.  Today she continues her work in social justice as the elected Chair of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and NZ and the Social Business Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact.



Auditor General for the Province of British Columbia, Canada

Carol Bellringer is the Auditor General for the Province of British Columbia in Canada and former Auditor General for the Province of Manitoba. Carol has previously held management positions with KPMG in Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg, and with Media One International in Warsaw, Poland. She is also a former Director of Private Funding at the University of Manitoba.

In addition to her professional roles, Carol serves on the board of the International Federation of Accountants and is a member of the Canadian Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council.  She is a past board member for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Hydro, the Canadian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, and the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation.



Chairman of the Commission on Audit of the Philippines

Michael G. Aguinaldo was appointed Chairperson of the Commission on Audit of the Philippines in 2015, following a distinguished legal career.  Prior thereto, as Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs, Mr Aguinaldo handled the legal affairs for the Office of the President and headed the Investigation and Adjudication Office and the Integrity Management Program.  He was also representative to the Presidential United Nations Convention Against Corruption Inter-Agency Committee.

Prior to joining the public service in 2011, Mr Aguinaldo was a partner at the Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc and De Los Angeles law firm.   As Chairperson of the Commission on Audit, he also sits as External Auditor of the International Labour Organization, the World Health Organization, the Food & Agriculture Organization, and by the middle of this year, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.



Associate Director, People Experience, KPMG Australia

Emma is an HR executive with extensive experience leading HR strategy and delivering HR services in Professional Services, Insurance and Banking.  She is passionate about the advancement of woman in senior leadership roles and educating young women on the diversity of careers available to them today and in the future.

In her current role as Associate Director for People Experience with KPMG, she leads the strategy and supports the deployment of human centric people solutions throughout all stages of the employee journey in the Australian firm.

She is a member of the firm’s Global People Experience working group which is dedicated to delivering a World Class People Experience that differentiates KPMG as an employeer.

She is a mother of three children and is committed to raising compassionate, globally astute citizens who have a sense of humour and strong sense of self.

She has a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology degree from University of Sydney, and a Master of Human Resources degree from Deakin University.



The Auditor-General for Australia

Grant Hehir commenced his term as Auditor-General for Australia on 11 June 2015.

Before his appointment as Auditor-General for Australia, Grant served as the Auditor-General of New South Wales (NSW) between November 2013 and June 2015. He worked for the State Government of Victoria between 1998 and 2013 in a number of senior roles including as Secretary of both the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Department of Education and Training.

Grant has also worked in senior executive roles within the Commonwealth Department of Finance. He is a fellow of CPA Australia and the Institute of Public Administration Australia.



Auditor-General for the Australian Capital Territory

Dr Maxine Cooper is the Auditor-General for the Australian Capital Territory and has significant experience and expertise in public sector management.

She has been the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment (ACT) and Chair of the Water Security Taskforce (ACT). Dr Cooper held a Commonwealth Scholarship for studies in Canada and a professional Fulbright Fellow for studies in the USA.

She is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. She holds a Masters of Environmental Design from the University of Calgary, Canada and a PhD in Environmental Planning from Melbourne University.

Dr Cooper chairs the Auditing Standards sub-committee of the Australasian Council of Auditors-General.



Victorian Auditor-General, Victorian Auditor-General's Office

Andrew was appointed as the Victorian Auditor-General in September 2016, after five years as Queensland’s Auditor-General.

He has worked as external and internal auditor in the Commonwealth, state and local government sectors for most of his 35 year career, both in Australia and overseas.

Andrew is a Fellow of the CPA Australia and of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. He holds an Economic Degree from the ANU.


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Fraser McKinlay

Director of Performance Audit and Best Value, Audit Scotland

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 Fraser McKinlay has been Audit Scotland’s Director of Performance Audit and Best Value since April 2010. As Controller of Audit, he also has statutory responsibility for reporting to the Accounts Commission on matters of public interest in all local authorities in Scotland. Prior to joining Audit Scotland, Fraser’s career was in the private sector as a consultant specialising in change management.

Fraser is passionate about accountability, leadership and improving public services. His responsibilities including overseeing national performance audits across public services in Scotland; reporting on best value audits in councils; working with scrutiny partners to ensure that audit and inspection activity in local government is joined up, proportionate and risk based; and responding to issues of concern about public bodies that are raised by members of the public and their elected representatives.

Lisa Rauter

Group Executive Director, Performance Services Group, Australian National Audit Office

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Lisa Rauter joined the Australian National Audit Office as Group Executive Director of the Performance Audit Services Group in July 2017, and is responsible for the overall planning, management and delivery of performance audits, as well as a range of corporate management activities in her role as Member of the ANAO Board of Management.

Prior to this Lisa had various roles across AusAID and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, joining AusAID in 2007 as the Chief Financial Officer, and transitioning to roles in the aid program including leading the Africa and Middle East aid programs, DFAT’s Governance and Fragile States team, and most recently establishing the DFAT innovationXchange.

Lisa holds a Certified Practising Accountant certification, a Masters in Applied Finance and a Bachelor in Commerce (Banking and Finance) majoring in commercial law.

Prior to working on the Australian Aid program, Lisa worked in public private partnerships, working across departments such as Human Services, Finance, Defence, Customs and Transport to negotiate and analyse value for money when partnering with the private sector.

Associate Professor Catherine Hardy

Associate Professor in Business Information Systems, The University of Sydney Business School

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Catherine Hardy is an Associate Professor in Business Information Systems at The University of Sydney Business School. Her research focuses on the relation between technological innovation, organisational change and governance, risk and compliance systems, with special attention to processes of accountability, control, technology foresight and policy.

She is an interdisciplinary researcher and takes a socio-technical change view in pursuing research in various empirical domains including: eProcurement, cybersecurity, social business, Internet of Things and public and private sectors.

Catherine’s current work examines the governability of the Internet of Things (IoT), business and professional risks of social media, the impact of digital transformation on board dynamics and composition, and the use of analytics and continuous assurance, including the impact on work practices and identities of risk and assurance professionals.

Mark Sercombe

Principal Consultant, Technology Risk

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Mark Sercombe leads a specialist risk advisory firm. Prior to that, Mark was a partner with Deloitte for 17 years where, for periods, he was the firm’s Lead Client Service Partner for the NSW Government and then the Commonwealth Government.

As well as being a Fellow Chartered Accountant, he is a Professional Fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors, is appointed to Audit & Risk Committees and is the lead author of three globally authoritative publications on Information Systems & Business Process. He also teaches at the University of Sydney’s Business School and is frequently requested to address professional bodies and conferences.

Dr Khimji Vaghjiani

Consultant, NSW Data Analytics Centre

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Nominated Australian Innovator of the year 2010, Dr. Khimji Vaghjiani is currently a Consultant at the NSW - Data Analytics Centre, managing a range of projects and also looking at commercialisation of data. He has 27 years of experience in project, programme and portfolio management.  His leadership experience includes enabling ICT/technology/R&D/innovation in large corporates, SMEs, universities, government and three start-ups.

Khimji acts as entrepreneurial mentor and business advisor to emerging SMEs and NICTA.  Khimji directed the CRC for Smart Technology during 2000-2008, working with university researchers and commercial organisations.  He has been a business advisor for state government innovation funding ranging from $15K-$100K, managing a deal flow of over 300 funded companies.  He has experience working with the research and commercialisation arms of the Sydney-based universities, CRCs, SMEs, start-ups and government, working across transport and logistics, e-heath, e-learning, web semantics, big data, advanced manufacturing and renewable energies.

Khimji has also taught innovation and entrepreneurship courses at most of the Sydney-based universities. 

Martin Hoffman

Secretary, NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

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Martin has held his current role since 2015.  He was previously Deputy Secretary at the Commonwealth Department of Industry & Science (and its predecessors) from July 2010 where he worked particularly on resources and energy matters, including significant international engagement bilaterally and with the International Energy Agency and the G20.

Before joining the public sector, Martin had a lengthy private sector career primarily in digital media and technology. After an early career in consulting and banking in Australia and Hong Kong, he held senior roles at Optus, the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Fairfax Media.  He was CEO of NineMSN from 2003 to 2006, led Moko Social Media Ltd (ASX:MKB) to an IPO in July 2007 as CEO, and founded the digital media advisory and investment business Ulysses Ventures.

Chris McNally

Managing Director & Delivery Lead, Government, Education & Health, Accenture Australia and New Zealand

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Chris leads Accenture’s Public Service Technology Consulting business across Australia and New Zealand. Chris has worked for more than 20 years in the IT Consulting industry, in Australia and New Zealand, Asia and North America.  Chris has advised state and federal agencies here and overseas on IT strategy, and IT delivery in industries including Defence, Education, Human Services, Health and Transport.  Chris lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.

John Reed

President and CEO, Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation

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Mr. Reed has worked closely with the Foundation's community over the past four years as its Vice-President responsible for performance audit and oversight. During this time, he has led the development of new innovative products, including our practice guides, discussion papers and other methodology tools, and has also led the renewal of our performance audit training. He has also worked extensively internationally in support of our International Legislative Oversight Program.

Mr. Reed has been at the Foundation on interchange from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG). He joined the OAG in 1996 and, as a Principal, has extensive experience in leading performance audits in a number of federal departments and agencies including National Defence, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, CIDA, Environment Canada, and Health Canada. Mr. Reed spent many years leading audits of environmental programs and sustainable development strategies for the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development. Mr. Reed also led the OAG's international environmental auditing-related work, including heading the Working Group on Environmental Auditing of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions.

Prior to joining the OAG, Mr. Reed spent more than a decade in environmental positions in the petroleum industry, with wide ranging responsibilities related to regulatory and public policy development, strategic environmental planning, risk communication, issues management, and environmental auditing. He was a co-founder of the Canadian Environmental Auditing Association and served as its President and Past-President. Mr. Reed also spent three years with Environment Canada as the lead negotiator for the United Nations' Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances.

John Reed holds an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies (1982) from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Environmental Studies from York University (1984).

Mike Scott

Assistant Auditor General, Performance Audit Group, Office of the Auditor-General New Zealand

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Mike joined the Office of the Auditor-General in December 2004. He leads our Performance Audit Group and manages the Group's work auditing the performance of all public entities across central and local government.

Before joining the Office of the Auditor-General, Mike was an Audit Manager in the National Audit Office in the United Kingdom. During his 17 years with the National Audit Office, Mike worked on and managed performance audits across several different sectors of the public service and worked in the Office’s policy unit.

Mike is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and currently chairs the Australasian Council of Auditors-General Heads of Performance Audit forum.

Sally Gaven

Director, Sally Gaven Consulting

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Sally Gaven runs an independent social policy and evaluation consultancy. She works with large public and non-government organisations to clarify, assess and improve social programs and outcomes – and to align and focus the efforts of the multiple partners involved.

A former policy advisor in a NSW central agency and to two NSW Government Ministers and guest lecturer in ethics and critical thinking at the University of Sydney, she is now a keen meditator.

David Hodges

Managing Director, NSW & ACT, Aginic

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David leads the Aginic business in NSW and ACT and Risk Intelligence services nationally.  Aginic is a young specialist business intelligence, analytics and development consulting business that works extensively with the public sector in Australia.

David has over 22 years experience in the fields of risk management, governance and business consulting.

Prior to joining Aginic, David was a Partner for over nine years in a Big 4 consulting firm and serves on public sector audit and risk committees. 

Robert Kilbride

Director, Audit Analytics, Queensland Audit Office

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Robert is a Director at the Queensland Audit Office and specialises in utilising data analytics to support the delivery of insight based financial and performance audits. Robert has over 19 years’ experience in data analysis, audit, investigation and risk management services within government, O2 UK, Suncorp, Deloitte and EY.

With formal qualifications in accounting and information technology, he specialises in finding ways to use analytics to enhance audit insights.

John Hanwright

Manager, Performance Audit, Queensland Audit Office

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John has 15 years of experience in the public sector in performance monitoring, reporting and evaluation. He has experience in the Queensland public service in the Department of Education and Training and in Queensland Treasury. John has managed performance management systems audits in Education, local government and in regulatory reform.

Peter Bouhlas

Senior Director, Information Systems and Performance Audit, Office of the Auditor General, Western Australia

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Peter is the Senior Director, Information Systems and Performance Audit, for the Office of the Auditor General in Western Australia, and board member of the Security Research Institute at Edith Cowan University.

Peter has spent many years developing policies, plans and strategies for auditing Information Systems across the WA public sector with a large focus on cyber security, risk management, BCP/DRP, ICT strategy and governance.