Robert Paterson MA


A highly experienced investigations and governance reform professional with over 27 years experience in specialised law enforcement and regulation. His career in law enforcement as Senior Detective, South Australia Police and Senior Investigator, Police Integrity Commission NSW, spanned policing, public sector governance, management of misconduct, criminal and anti-corruption investigations, fraud and corruption control, risk and security management, ethics, compliance and governance reform.


Robert has been a leader in cross functional joint ventures and strategic alliances for State and Federal multi-agency initiatives. As a qualified Operational Safety and Tactics instructor Robert also established a joint training initiative with the AFP, delivering tailored training in operational procedures and security protocols for high risk operational assets.

Robert’s recent key engagements provided specialist investigation, risk, security and governance consultancy services to government departments and corporate clients. He has been responsible for factual investigations and reviews of breaches of code of conduct, procurement guidelines, tender processes, conflicts of interest, breaches of confidentiality, misuse of confidential information, fraud, corrupt conduct, mismanagement and misappropriation of resources, and failures of safety, risk and security protocols that had resulted in serious injury and death.

Robert is experienced in strategic management review. The research focus of his Masters’ Degree was the executive strategic management of the investigations environment, with emphasis on management of organisational and personnel related risk. He received a distinction for his research on the management of Joint Ventures.

Robert has been actively involved in strategic management reviews of policies and procedures for State government bodies, requiring conduct of investigation, assessment of outcomes and preparation for reporting to Parliament. He has conducted highly sensitive maturity assessments and strategic management reviews for government and corporate clients involving independent investigation, review and consultancy in governance and regulatory frameworks, business processes, risk and security management, strategic planning, internal governance structure, resource allocation, IT systems support, performance monitoring and improvement, policies, management structure and culture, anti-corruption, fraud control, ethics, compliance and codes of conduct. Robert has also provided specialist investigation and consultancy services to the legal sector.

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