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.
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.