2019 Panellists

Stefanie Bradley

KPMG (Panel Chair)

Stefanie is the Partner in Charge for KPMG’s People and Change practice and has national and international experience as a management consultant. Stefanie has over 20 years’ experience in organisational transformation, change management, strategic human resource consulting, finance and human resources business process re-engineering and systems implementation projects in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. She has covered a broad number of senior roles including the change manager for several complex system implementation projects in the US and Australia, project manager for human resources organisational and strategy reviews, and project director for process improvement initiatives.

Warwick Jones

Australian Institute of Police Management

Warwick Jones was appointed Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Police Management in 2012. During his time as Executive Director he has focused on furthering the AIPM’s reputation for quality leadership development for police and public safety executives. A notable achievement during this time is the development and delivery of the Australia and New Zealand Police Leadership Strategy. He is involved in a range of activities and committees that foster the development of police leaders such as the ANZPAA Professionalisation Network, previously the Interpol Advisory Group for Police Training and the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Board of Governors. He has also facilitated a number of senior leadership team workshops and speaks regularly at conferences on leadership related issues.

Prior to his current role he was the Director, Programs at the Australian Institute of Police Management from 2007 to 2011. In this role he was responsible for the design and delivery of a number of police and public safety industry leadership programs both domestically and internationally, across the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, Vanuatu, New Zealand, East Timor and Indonesia. He has also worked with the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Program. Warwick is a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute program.

Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz


Prior to joining the Australian Federal Police, Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz enjoyed a 30 year career with the Queensland Police Service, commencing when she was sworn in on 27 September 1985.

As a First Year Constable she was transferred to Cairns Police Station.  Following a wide range of duties in Cairns and then in  Brisbane City,  Assistant Commissioner Platz was transferred in 1990 to the North Coast Region where she successfully gained her Detective Appointment and for many years was involved in the investigation of child protection issues, criminal investigations and juvenile related crimes.

Assistant Commissioner Platz has had a broad range of operational and managerial roles. She was promoted to Sergeant in Police Prosecutions where she prosecuted many trials, including committal proceedings for murder, rape and sexual offences against children.

As a Senior Sergeant she was involved in the Legal Services Branch, where she managed the Training Unit which was responsible for the training of Queensland’s prosecutors and brief managers.

In 1997 she was selected as a member of a Rotary Group Study exchange program where she travelled to Canada and studied proactive, community based, problem solving policing initiatives.  In 1999 she was one of 15 people from within Australian to be given a 2 year scholarship on ethics and leadership.  This scholarship challenged her across a wide range of areas and took her to Vietnam to seek initiatives to combat domestic violence and to the Northern Territory to experience policing in Indigenous communities.  This scholarship culminated in receipt of the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Award.

Assistant Commissioner Platz was promoted to Inspector in the North Coast Region in 2000 where she worked as the staff officer to the Commissioner, the Ministerial Liaison Officer and the District Officer of the North Coast Region.

She has been heavily involved in review processes having  managed the internal review of Information Communications and Technology; was seconded to the Service Delivery and Performance Commission which conducted a review of the Queensland Police Service; and the 2011 Flood Crisis Review Group.

In January 2014 Assistant Commissioner Platz was in charge of the People Capability Command. This Command is responsible for all training and development of police, two police academies, a leadership centre, recruiting, workplace safety and wellbeing

Assistant Commissioner Platz has a Masters of Business (University of the Sunshine Coast), a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary/VET) (University of the Sunshine Coast) and a Masters of Studies (Applied Criminology) on a Wakefield scholarship from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Deputy Commissioner Tracy Linford

Queensland Police Service

Deputy Commissioner Tracy Linford APM was sworn in to the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in November 2015.  In December 2017, she was promoted to Deputy Commissioner and currently holds executive responsibility for the Crime, Counter Terrorism and Specialist Operations portfolio.  The Deputy Commissioner is responsible for expert specialist, investigative, technical and logistical support, advice and direction in all areas of the crime, counter-terrorism and specialist operations.

Deputy Commissioner Linford has over 34 years’ experience in both the Victorian Police and the Queensland Police Service.  During her 31 years in Victoria Police, she worked on a number of state-wide projects that have impacted significantly on the way Victoria Police operates today.  Highlights include – the introduction of a Victoria Police Intelligence Model, and the formation and implementation of the Major Crime Management Model, which was brought about following a series of gangland murders.

The Deputy Commissioner performs key governance roles on Boards and Committees including the QPS Board of Management, Demand and Resource Committee and the Atlas Program Board. She chairs the Senior Women’s Collective and is the Queensland representative on the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee, Australia and New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing, Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation, Australian Transnational, Serious and Organised Crime Committee, National Crime Intelligence System Steering Committee and the Major Events Executive Committee. Deputy Commissioner Linford also represents the QPS on several intergovernmental committees.

Deputy Commissioner Linford holds a Bachelor of Business Management Degree and an Executive Masters in Public Administration.  She is a graduate of the Leadership Victoria Program, the international Leadership in Counter Terrorism Program, ANZSOG Executive Fellows Program, and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course. In 2009 she won an outstanding leadership award from ACWAP for driving cultural change.  She was awarded an APM in the Australia Day Honours in 2014.

Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb APM

NSW Police Force

Karen joined the NSW Police Force in May 1987 and has performed general duties and criminal investigations both in the metropolitan area of Sydney and Regional NSW .She has also performed duties at the Child Mistreatment Unit, Drug Enforcement Agency, Detectives Training Unit and command roles at Forensic Services Group, Local Area Commands; Operations Manager, North West Metropolitan Region and Commander, State Surveillance Branch.

Karen has led a number of high-level projects including a joint National Institute of Forensic Science/Prime Minister & Cabinet research project, National Accreditation of NSW Police Forensic Services laboratories, 90 Years and in 2015 100 Years of Women in Policing celebrations (Expo in Darling Harbour, 6- month state-wide baton relay, Government House Reception, Street Parade, Gala Dinner and Centenary Conference) whilst maintaining her substantive role.

Karen has also commanded several operations including Invictus Games 2018, Australia Day 2018 & 2019, sporting events, crime reduction and public safety strategies and was a member of the World Youth Day command team. Karen was a Local Area Commander for the Merrylands High School riot, bias-crimes such as the Sri-Lankan acid burn attack and multiple drive-by shootings. These events received national and international media attention requiring high-level discussions and stakeholder engagement.

Karen has undertaken numerous internal and external courses. Career highlights include the Detectives Education Program, Bachelor of Professional Studies, Executive Masters of Public Administration, overseas study tours of the UK (2007) and USA (2015). She recently completed the International Action Learning Group (IALG) Pearls in Policing program 2018-19.

Karen was appointed the Corporate Sponsor, LGBTI (2006-2007), the Corporate Sponsor for Women in Policing (2013-2017), the Corporate Sponsor for Victims of Crime & Customer Service in 2018 and recently appointed the Corporate Sponsor for Modern Day Slavery.

Karen was promoted in August 2017 to the rank of Assistant Commissioner at the Police Transport and Public Safety Command. In this role she leads the overall strategic direction, management and operations of a number of frontline and specialist commands including the Police Transport Command, Aviation Command, Dog Command, Major Events & Emergency Management Command, Marine Area Command, Mounted Unit and State Planning Unit.

In July 2018 Karen was appointed to the NSW Police Legacy Board and in October 2018 she was appointed to the State Rescue Board. In July 2019 she was appointed the Deputy State Emergency Operations Controller.