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    Chief Executive Officer

    David Sharpe APM OAM

    David Sharpe

    David brings with him 30 years of experience in various national and international law enforcement roles, holding senior positions in a professional sporting code and headed up Australia’s national anti-doping organisation until its move over to Sport Integrity Australia.

    David served as a member of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) rising to the rank of Assistant Commissioner. He worked in a number of national and international policing roles including leading the AFP’s National Protection Operations, Serious and Organised Crime Group, Counter Terrorism Unit and Close Operations Support Group.

    In 2006, David was seconded to private industry as the Manager for the National Rugby League’s Canberra Raiders, where he was responsible for management of football operations, as well as the design and implementation of education, development, and welfare programs for the National Rugby League.

    David returned to the AFP in 2008 and completed number of managing roles. In 2015 he was promoted to Assistant Commissioner and accepted a role leading the Protection portfolio. As National Manager he was responsible for Uniform Protection of Commonwealth interests and establishments, Dignitary Protection and planning for major events with Australian involvement.

    Prior to his policing career, David played rugby league with the Canberra Raiders in the National Rugby League and later transitioned from rugby league to his career with the AFP. David was on the Canberra Raiders coaching staff in 2001 and 2002 and in 2007 moved to the private sector for two years as the Manager for the Canberra Raiders.

    Deputy CEO – Safety in Sport

    Dr Sarah Benson PSM

    Sarah Benson

    Sarah holds responsibility for driving a nationally coordinated response to sport integrity issues in Australia, with a focus on anti-doping as the National Anti-Doping Organisation responsible for implementing anti-doping arrangements in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code; the National Integrity Framework; Safeguarding in Sport Continuous Improvement Program with a focus on discrimination, child abuse and mistreatment across all levels of Australian sport; targeted education to deter activities that may threaten sports integrity; and Capability Development to position the agency with sound foundations and an ability to stay ahead of the increasing volume and complexity of threats facing sport integrity in Australia.

    Prior to joining Sport Integrity Australia in 2023, Sarah was the Chief Forensic Scientist for the Australian Federal Police (AFP). In this role, Sarah was responsible for executive leadership and management of the AFP Forensics Command providing operational and capability leadership across the AFP’s domestic and international policing responsibilities and providing high-level strategic advice to the AFP Executive, Australian Government and external committees, including the Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee, Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency and INTERPOL.

    Sarah coordinated Australia’s law enforcement support following the 2019 volcanic eruption on White Island in New Zealand. Sarah was also instrumental in the forensic and disaster victim identification support offered to the Netherlands and Ukraine following the 2014 MH17 disaster.

    Sarah studied at the University of Technology, Sydney and holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Science) – Forensic Analysis of Explosives using Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (2009) and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Chemistry – Forensic Science (2000).

    In addition, Sarah is a committed mentor to women in law enforcement and forensic sciences. In 2021, Sarah was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List; the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Alumni Award for Excellence (Faculty of Science); and the UTS Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

    Culture and Safety Advisor

    Patrick Johnson

    Patrick Johnson

    Patrick is a Kaanju man from Far North Queensland. He is the current Oceanian and Australian record holder in the 100 metres, with a time of 9.93 seconds. With that time he became the first person not of African ancestry to break the 10-second barrier. He competed at two Olympic Games (2000 and 2004), three Commonwealth Games (2002, 2006 and 2010) and four World Championships (1997, 2003, 2005 and 2007). He won a bronze medal in the 4x100 metres relay at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

    Patrick has had an extensive career that includes 10 years in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and more than 20 years of advocacy work for equal rights for all Australia’s through health, education and wellbeing. He has worked for the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) as the Indigenous Leadership project officer, supporting, developing and nurturing leaders in the 25 community controlled health services across the NT.

    Patrick is a board member for the Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee, Chair of Australian Olympic Committee Indigenous Advisory Council, a member of the Australian Sports Commission Executive Leadership Committee for the High Performance Strategy and Indigenous Advisory Committee for the High Performance Strategy and Deadly Choices Olympic Partnerships Manager.

    Deputy CEO Corporate

    Luke McCann

    Deputy CEO Corporate, Luke McCann

    Luke brings over 25 years’ experience spanning the public and private sector, with 15 years in Sporting and Law Enforcement Agencies.  

    Luke is the Deputy CEO of the Corporate Division at Sport Integrity Australia. Luke’s role is to lead the corporate teams to produce quality outcomes to both internal and external stakeholders. Luke brings to the agency a commitment to athlete and child safety, Redress and responses to historical practices, having been instrumental in designing the AIS Restorative Program. 

    Prior, Luke was the Chief Operating Officer at the Australian Sports Commission where he managed the internal operations including Finance, People and Culture, ICT, Governance, Property and Security.  Luke also led the Child and Athlete Safety function and the ASC’s engagement with the redress scheme and response to historical abuse matter. 

    His extensive experience includes his role as Chief Financial Officer at the AFP managing finances, external budgets and logistics, enterprise transformation, coordinating functional and efficiency reviews.  

    Luke has various educational and professional qualifications, including Associate Member at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Global Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) Certificate at Monash University and a Digital Transformation Strategy Certificate at NYU Stern school of Business and Global Business Strategy, INSEAD, Fontainebleau France.  

    General Manager - Operations

    Dr Naomi Speers

    Dr Naomi Speers

    Naomi holds responsibility for leading the Operations Branch. This branch has a focus on delivering components of Australia’s Anti-Doping program, as well was broader intelligence and information coordination.

    Naomi joined the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority in 2015 leading the Science function. Naomi is recognised as an expert in Anti-Doping Science including being a member of the World Anti-Doping Agency Laboratory Expert Group. Prior to working in anti-doping, Naomi worked for 15 years in Forensic Science with the Australian Federal Police including Major Operations domestically and international. Naomi holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Science) and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Chemistry – Forensic Science from the University of Technology.

    Head of International Relationships & Strategy

    Darren Mullaly

    Darren Mullaly

    Darren has worked in the anti-doping area for 16 years and is a recognised international expert in that field. He has responsibility for Sport Integrity Australia’s international engagement and strategy.

    Darren has regularly provided advice to other Anti-Doping Organisations including New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth Games Federation including acting as the agency liaison during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. He was appointed to the International Weightlifting Federation’s Independent Monitoring Group that assessed the eligibility of suspended countries to return to international competition.

    Darren is the Australian Minister for Sport’s Registered Deputy at WADA Foundation Board and Executive Committee meetings. He also attends the UNESCO Conference of Parties to represent Australia’s views in relation to the UNESCO Anti-Doping Convention and is an observer on the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organisation’s Board. Darren was the Chair of the Council of Europe’s Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Ensuring Whistleblowers Protection, is a member of the Council of Europe’s One Voice public authorities’ platform and supervises input into a variety of Council of Europe working groups on anti-doping and competition manipulation, including sitting on the bureau for the Group of Copenhagen.

    Head of Sport Engagement

    Dr Paul Oliver 

    Executive banner - Paul Oliver

    Paul is a senior executive with 25+ years’ experience in public and private sectors (in Australia and overseas). He founded and managed his own sports publication business, and a sports consultancy that has assisted federal and state governments and NSOs/SSOs and clubs over the past 10 years to address challenging contemporary issues in sport. Paul has worked across all levels of the sports industry (including with Paralympics Australia as the Director for Government & Stakeholder Engagement) and with social justice organisations (including the Australian Human Rights Commission as Director of Communications & Education). He is passionate about promoting and addressing issues impacting sport such as inclusion, safeguarding, good governance and integrity, and has a deep understanding of these issues and how they affect sport and society. 

    Paul has a BA in Communications, a Masters in International and Community Development, and a PhD on the power of sport to break down cultural barriers and build social bridges for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds. He is currently a member of the International Safeguarding Children in Sport Advisory Board, Centre for Multicultural Sport Advisory Board and Australian Institute of Company Directors.