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David Van Homrigh

David is one of Australia’s most experienced forensic accountants working as part of the KordaMentha Forensic Practice, and based in Brisbane. A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, David formed the business, KPMG Forensic, in 1998 and for a period of 8 years he was a member of the Global KPMG Forensic Steering Group leading the development of the global Forensic business within KPMG International.

His experience in litigation and fraud has included numerous major matters across Asia Pacific and in a number of different sectors including government, mining and resources, telecommunications, ship building and motor vehicle manufacturing, amongst others. Major engagements have included asset tracing, fraud investigations, anti-bribery and corruption investigations and due diligence reviews, expert evidence in major litigation and arbitration disputes, and post-acquisition disputes.

Case Study for Symposium featuring:

  • The Barrister(s) involved in arguing the case before the Queensland Supreme Court: Sandy (Gavin) Thompson QC and Simon Gerber
  • The forensic accounting expert witness from the trial (David Van Homrigh).
  • The case involved a listed foreign entity, fraudulent representations and breaches of the Trade Practices Act that ultimately resulted in the Queensland Supreme Court undoing the sale of Queensland property with an initial asking price of $25 million.

Mark A Irving

Mark Irving was called to the Bar in 1997. He practices principally in the fields of employment and industrial law. Mark has appeared for and advised directors, employees and unions in a broad range of commercial, employment and industrial matters before superior courts and tribunals. He has extensive experience appearing in litigation involving complex legal and factual issues.

Mark appeared for the Health Services Union in proceedings against Kathy Jackson in which the Federal Court ordered she pay $2.4 million in compensation, interest and costs, and in proceedings against Craig Thomson in which the Federal Court ordered he repay over $500,000 to the Union. Mark also appeared for the Union in the Heydon Royal Commission. He is the author of The Contract of Employment and is the co-author, with Professors Stewart, Forsyth, McCrystal and Johnstone, of the 6th edition of Labour Law.

Nikki Scott-Smith

Nikki is a Partner in Deloitte’s Brisbane office and has over 19 years forensic experience having spent six years in audit prior to that with another ‘Big 4 firm’. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and with her accounting, investigative and commercial background has been able to assist clients in a range of forensic engagements including fraud and misconduct investigations, bribery and corruption cases, forensic contract disputes, fraud awareness training and fraud risk assessments.

Where fraud is involved her main tasks are to help identify the impropriety, the methodology employed by the perpetrator(s), the magnitude of the fraud and to assist with the recovery of funds. In order to do this she is experienced in document analysis, unravelling complex accounting transactions and corporate structures, analysing accounting records and identifying irregular transactions as well as securing and collating evidence in support of legal action.

Specialising in the public sector and serving the higher education sector, Nikki has assisted many in both a response and proactive capacity.. 

Professor Ellie (Larelle) Chapple

Ellie holds the position of Professor of Accounting at QUT Business School, where she is the research leader in Forensic Accounting and the chief investigator in the research program Accounting For Social Change. Ellie is a member of AFAANZ, member of the Corporate Law Teachers Association and Legal practitioner admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland. She holds a professional doctorate in Juridical Science from QUT. Ellie is the editor of the Accounting Research Journal.

Ellie’s teaching and research interests are primarily corporate law, corporate governance and capital market transactions. She has published the results of her research, including corporate disclosure issues in fundraising and takeovers and corporate governance, in journals such as Accounting and Finance, Company and Securities Law Journal, Australian Business Law Review, Australian Journal of Management and Australian Journal of Corporate Law. Ellie also maintains an interest in Insolvency Law and Trade Practices Law. More specifically, her published research and research interests cover topics such as mergers and acquisitions, board diversity, securities class action litigation, corporate governance, capital raising, environmental reporting, continuous disclosure and  corporate fraud.

Len Scanlan

Len Scanlan has extensive experience in auditing, particularly in the public sector. He was Auditor-General of Queensland from 1997 to 2004 and in this role was responsible for the audits of all local governments and State public sector entities. His extensive experience has included fostering fraud prevention, investigation of cases of allegations of misuse of public funds and corporate misconduct in the public sector.

A former Queensland President of CPA Australia, he is a Fellow of  the Institute of Internal Auditors (Australia), the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Public Administration Australia. Currently, he sits on boards and operates a private consultancy focusing on audit committees and governance.

Professor Keitha Dunstan

Keitha is a former Commissioner of the New Zealand Securities Commission 2003-2011 and was Chair of their Audit Committee 2005-2011. She is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at Bond University where she is also the Chair of Academic Senate and Chair of the Bond University Women's Network. Prior to her initial appointment at Bond as Head of the School of Business in 2009, Keitha held several positions at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. She was the Head of the School of Accounting and Commercial Law and Professor of Accounting 2006-2009, Research Professor 2000-2006 and the founding Director of the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research 2001-2007.

Keitha is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Chartered Accountant. Her research interests include the areas of corporate governance, corporate ethics and earnings quality. Keitha is a founding trustee of the Governance Education Trust which promotes capacity building for governance in developing countries, including Mongolia and Nigeria. Keitha is a past New Zealand President of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand 2005-2007 and a past co-editor of the Pacific Accounting Review 2002-2006 and a member of the editorial board of Accounting and Finance.

Professor Tom Smith

Tom is an internationally renowned researcher in the fields of finance theory and econometrics. He is ranked the number one Finance Academic in Australia and New Zealand and in the top 100 worldwide in the last fifty years in terms of tier 1 publications. He is particularly proud of all of his PhD students and the fact that they have more than 50 tier 1 publications.

Tom’s research interests are in the areas of Environmental Finance, Asset Pricing Theory and Tests; Design of Markets - Market Microstructure; and Derivatives. His articles have appeared in leading journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Business, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Futures Markets, Journal of Fixed Income and Journal of Portfolio Management.

Dr Martina Linnenluecke

A recent winner of the 2015 AFAANZ/Wiley Accounting & Finance Peter Brownell Manuscript Award, Martina is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability at UQ Business School and the Program Director of the School's Bachelor of Business Management Program. She also leads the pioneering UQBS Environmental Finance Group which is at the forefront of developing financial and market applications to help tackle some of the world's most pressing environmental and social problems.

Martina's research explores the strategic adaptation and resilience of businesses and industries to climate change and the expected increase in the number and severity of weather extremes. Her expertise in the field has been demonstrated through a number of prestigious awards, such as the Carolyn Dexter Best International Paper Award at the Academy of Management Conference, the leading conference in the field. Martina has also been the recipient of a Smart State Grant from the Queensland State Government, Department of the Premier and Cabinet. She is the author of the book “The Climate Resilient Organization”.

Dr Katarina Fritzon

Katarina a practicing Forensic Psychologist, and Associate Professor at Bond University, on the Gold Coast, Australia. Dr Fritzon’s research interests include the psychology of firesetting, internet sexual offending, the links between early trauma and offending behaviour, and the manifestation of psychopathic personality characteristics in corporate and other non-criminal settings. Her initial interest in problematic personality characteristics in the workplace started around 2005 when she published one of the first empirical research papers on this topic with Belinda Board. The paper has been widely cited, appearing in almost every subsequent publication on corporate psychopathy. She is now collaborating with a Professor of Business Administration from University of San Diego, and together they have created an assessment tool to identify personality disorder amongst business professionals. There has been widespread interest in this tool, from both the corporate and public sector.

Bryan Howieson

Bryan is Associate Professor in the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Adelaide. He has held prior positions at the Adelaide Graduate School of Business and the Universities of South Australia and Western Australia. His teaching and research interests relate primarily to financial reporting and accounting standard setting, but he also has strong interests in accounting education, professional ethics and corporate governance. He has published extensively including a monograph on accounting for investment property for the Australian Accounting Research Foundation and papers in academic and professional journals. Bryan has had a long association with accounting standards setting in Australia including acting as an alternate member of Australia's Urgent Issues Group and the Consultative Group and has assisted the Australian Accounting Standards Boards in research projects. He was recently appointed to the AASB’s Academic Advisory Panel.  He has undertaken a number of consultancies in the private and public sectors in the areas of financial reporting and codes of conduct.

Bryan has served as a director of several not-for-profit entities including as President (Australia) of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand and as Vice-President on the Executive Committee of the International Association for Accounting Education and Research. Bryan was a member of CPA Australia's 'Member of the Future' committee, is immediate Past-President of the South Australian Division of CPA Australia, and now serves on CPA Australia’s Representative Council and Professional Qualifications Advisory Committee.

Sharlene Anderson

Sharlene is the founding director of Veritas Corp and Veritas Forensics. With over 15 years of specialised professional practice, Sharlene has considerable knowledge across various areas of forensic accounting and audit. During her career Sharlene has been involved in numerous cases ranging from high profile multi-million dollar fraud investigations to the preparing of business valuations, including assessment of damages. Many of these cases comprised preparing expert witness reports and giving oral evidence in both criminal and civil litigation matters. Sharlene is highly regarded in her field of expertise and is known for her practical approach.

In addition to being a Chartered Accountant and Fellow CPA, Sharlene is a Registered Company Auditor and member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Dr Adrian Gepp

Adrian is an Assistant Professor in Statistics at the Bond Business School. Through his research in the Centre for Actuarial and Financial Big Data Analytics, he uses cutting edge statistical analysis to reveal insights about problems of economic and social importance, such as fraud detection and business failure prediction.

Adrian is a strong advocate in the fight against fraud and a proud recent recipient of the American Accounting Association Best Dissertation Award in the Forensic Accounting Section. He has been an active member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners since 2012, recently becoming Vice-President of the Brisbane Chapter. Sharing insights gained from his research, he has spoken at both international academic conferences and industry conferences about fraud detection. He has also presented at numerous corporate education events, many of which he organised.

Dr Sally Ernst

Dr Sally Ernst has an MBA, Doctorate, and over 15 years specialised experience in corporate digital innovation in a multi-national context. Sally has held several local and international Board and Advisory roles, a number of internet and security-related technology investments and consultancies, and authored a highly rated cyber security publication for executives – Gotcha!.

Sally has further variously led and collaborated on a number of global and local innovation, entrepreneurship and cyber security research initiatives and speaking engagements. 

Passionate about cyber security, Sally has applied her considerable experience and diverse, interdisciplinary network to developing new strategies, under programs that have been described as ground breaking in the way they approach the complex issue of cyber security, and act as a catalyst for management to understand the threat and implement strategies to reduce the potential to be victimised. In this process Sally underscores the innovation opportunity available to us of growing our digital economy while making it safer.

Sally is currently co-founder of the UK and Australian Cyber Security Network (‘CSNs’), author of highly-rated cyber security book for business Gotcha!, investor in CloudStaff which she also co-founded, and sits on the Boards of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Brisbane Chapter) and the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (Queensland Chapter).