Industry Director for Global Security Solutions, UNISYS
Jack is a 25-year Cyberspace Operations / Cyber Warfare Officer whose globally-spanning operational assignments include service within the Intelligence, Special Operations and Cyber communities. Jack is also a founding member of the emergent Department of Defense cyberspace effort.
PROFESSOR RORY MEDCALF
Head of College, National Security College
Professor Rory Medcalf has been Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University since January 2015. His professional background involves almost three decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence, think tanks and journalism, including as inaugural Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute.
In government, Professor Medcalf worked as a senior strategic analyst with the Office of National Assessments, Canberra's peak intelligence analysis agency. He was also an Australian diplomat, with wide experience including a posting to New Delhi, a secondment to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, truce monitoring after the civil conflict in Bougainville and policy development on Asian security institutions. He has contributed to three landmark reports on nuclear arms control: the 1996 Canberra Commission, 1999 Tokyo Forum and 2009 International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.
Professor Medcalf has been prominent in developing Australia's ties with India. He has been Associate Director of the Australia-India Institute and Senior Research Fellow in Indian Strategic Affairs at the University of New South Wales. He is the founding convener and co-chair of the Australia-India Policy Forum, an influential informal dialogue. He was also founding Australian convener of the Australia-France Strategic Dialogue and the Australia-UK Asia Dialogue.Professor Medcalf was a member of the expert panel providing independent advice on the Australian Government's 2016 Defence White Paper. He was an early proponent of the Indo-Pacific concept of the Asian strategic environment. He also researches Australia’s security challenges, Indian security, China-India relations, and maritime and nuclear stability in the Indo-Pacific, on which he has secured major grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the Nuclear Threat Initiative. In 2017, he was appointed by the Australian Government to the ASEAN Regional Forum register of expert and eminent persons.
DEPUTY Commissioner Grant Nicholls
Northern Territory Police, Capability and Specialist Services
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Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson
Victoria Police, Intelligence and Covert Support Command
Neil has had a diverse career with Victoria Police spanning almost thirty years where he has gained broad operational policing skills, identifying early on in his career that he enjoyed undertaking complex investigations.
Transferring to the Homicide Squad in 1988, Neil was the lead investigator in a number of complex homicide investigations which relied upon surveillance devices and telephone intercepts to gather evidence.
In 2003 Neil was promoted to Detective Sergeant at the Arson Squad and subsequently to Senior Sergeant at the Commonwealth Games Planning Office in 2004. In this role Neil had responsibility for security planning for the Athlete’s Village and also took on operational responsibility during the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
In 2010 he commenced as the Detective Superintendent at the State Intelligence Division (SID). During this time Neil oversaw a successful bid to Government to fund the Sex Offender Registry, delivered enhanced capability through the development of the Security & Organised Crime Intelligence Unit, created the Sporting Integrity Intelligence and the Prisons Intelligence Unit’s and delivered the new Victoria Police Intelligence Doctrine.
After 3 years at SID Neil became the Divisional Commander of the Frankston Division encompassing the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Councils. He reformed their tasking & coordination model and built a joint-agency case management system. For the financial year 2014/15, Neil delivered the largest decrease in total crime of any Division in the State.
In July 2015 Neil commenced as the Chief of Staff to new Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton before taking promotion to his current role in November 2015.
Neil currently holds a Juris Doctor (Master of Laws), a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management, a Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management and a Diploma in Frontline Management.