Chris Brookes

Assistant Inspector-General – Agency Oversight

Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

Chris BrookesChris Brookes is the Assistant Inspector-General Intelligence Oversight at the Office of the Inspector-General Intelligence and Security where he leads the branch responsible for undertaking inspections and inquiries into the activities of the agencies in the National Intelligence Community (NIC) to provide assurance to the Parliament and public that the NIC is operating legally, with propriety and consistent with Australia’s human rights obligations.

Prior to his current role, Chris has worked in senior leadership roles across the NIC, most recently as the Coordinator of NIC Innovation, Science and Research at the Office of National Intelligence and prior to that in operational cyber security and security roles at the Australian Signals Directorate, Australian Cyber Security Centre and the Department of Defence.
Chris has completed a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies) at the Australian Defence College, and a double bachelor’s degree in Economics and Information Technology at the Australian National University.

Chris is married and has two daughters (12 and 9 years old) and in his (limited) spare time enjoys working on, and driving, his modified historic Holden, playing golf, fishing and keeping fit and active.


Dr Phil Kowalick MAIPIO



Phil KowalickPhil is one of Australia’s preeminent thought leaders in law enforcement, intelligence and national security. For over 34 years in the Australian Federal Police, he played a key role in many of Australia’s most important law enforcement programs and initiatives. He established multiagency intelligence capabilities in Australia’s major airports; designed arrangements to set and manage Australia’s counter terrorism priorities in the Counter Terrorism Control Centre; was instrumental in developing the Australian Criminal Intelligence Model; the strategic organisational design of the Australian Border Force; the Australian Federal Police, International Engagement 2020 and beyond; and the National Plan to Combat Cybercrime. Phil is the President of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers and a member of the School of Justice Advisory Committee at the Queensland University of Technology.


Senior Sergeant First Class Digby Howis

Manager, Crime Stoppers Section
State Intelligence Branch, South Australia Police

Digby HowisDigby served frontline patrols in the Metropolitan Adelaide area before a short term secondment to a local intelligence section introduced him to intelligence processes, practices and procedures. Mentoring from his excellent Intelligence Manager cultivated his passion for the intelligence discipline. He worked as a Field Intelligence Officer (FIO) at the State Intelligence Branch (SIB) focusing on organised criminal activity, and also worked as an FIO in SAPOL’s Security Intelligence Section, working in partnership with State and Commonwealth agencies with the responsibility for matters pertaining to terrorism, intercommunal violence, politically motivated violence, dignitary protection and critical infrastructure.  

Digby has worked within several SAPOL intelligence projects including reviewing and implementing SAPOL’s Intelligence Business Process, which ultimately launched a revised intelligence framework across the whole organisation in 2009. After implementation, he joined the intelligence training team responsible for training police and civilians in these new intelligence concepts, principles and practices. He has taught on ANZCTC courses and delivered training on intelligence techniques, analytical methods, critical and lateral thinking and structured analytical techniques.

In 2014, he served in the Joint Intelligence Group in Brisbane for the G20, and in 2015, published an AIPIO Journal paper titled ‘A systems thinking approach to threat assessment’. From 2016-2019, he worked in SAPOL Performance and Governance area. Since returning to Intelligence Training in 2019, he has assisted with another intelligence review, launching the new South Australia Police Intelligence Framework. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Intelligence Analysis from CSU and in June 2021 became the Manager of Crime Stoppers Section with the State Intelligence Branch.


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