Speakers

Sal Perna 

Racing Integrity Commissioner

Sal Perna 2

Sal’s professional career spans 45 years of fighting crime and corruption in one capacity or another. He was appointed as Victoria’s inaugural Racing Integrity Commissioner on March 1st 2010. Reporting to Parliament, he is responsible for providing independent oversight of integrity in the State’s multi-billion dollar racing industry and had his appointed extended by both political parties a total of three times .

Prior to this appointment, Sal was the founder and Managing Director of Calibre International Pty Ltd, established July 2007 providing corporate consultancy service in areas such as leadership training, coaching, mentoring, staff selection, business planning, issue and incident analysis and specialising in security risk, anti-corruption, development of professional standards and the conduct of major and complex investigation/reviews.

His corporate background includes senior executive roles heading two of Australia’s largest corporate security and investigation groups, firstly at Australia Post and then at Telstra, making him responsible for the national operations of teams whose role was to provide strategic and tactical corporate security/risk management and protecting the brand, business, staff and infrastructure of the country’s largest postal and telecommunication companies.

Prior to his corporate appointments, Sal was a Commissioned Officer of the Victoria Police, achieving the rank of Detective Inspector, and holding the position of Officer In Charge, Crime Courses Unit. His 20-year police career included everything from undercover duties to the extradition of the ‘Nuclear Warrior’ from Los Angeles. He was commended on four occasions, awarded the National Medal in 1990, the Police Service Medal in 2014 and twice served as a member of the Homicide Squad.

Frank Scammel
Frank Scammell

Frank Scammell worked for 42 years with Victoria Police, 26 of those years as an intelligence Practitioner, Intelligence Trainer and Intelligence Manager. Frank has worked in many units in Victoria Police including the Bureau of Criminal Intelligence, Organised Crime Squad, Homicide Squad, Task Force Lorimer, State Intelligence Division, Commonwealth Games Intelligence Office and the Security and Organised Crime Intelligence Unit. Most of his work as an Intelligence Practitioner and Manager was focused on organised crime. 

Frank has lectured on intelligence practice extensively in Victoria Police and interstate and was also afforded the opportunity to examine intelligence structures for major events overseas. He has presented at forums and training courses internationally, in China, Indonesia, Singapore and Bangladesh. 

Frank left Victoria Police in November 2015 and since then continued his passion for intelligence work as the Principal Intelligence Officer for the Victorian Fisheries Authority. Frank's qualifications include Graduate Certificate in Applied Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Diploma of Workplace Coaching and Mentoring.

He was awarded the Australian Police Medal (APM) in the 2008 Australia Day Honours.