Current Board



The AIPIO Board is a volunteer body of members elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to manage the affairs of the Institute, and to advance the interests of its members.  The AIPIO Board comprises Executive members - President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer – and a range of non-Executive members, as determined by the Executive.

All Board appointments are for an initial period of 12 months, and will not exceed seven consecutive years, except Executive board appointments, where a person shall not hold the same appointment for longer than five consecutive years.

Prior to each AGM, we call for nominations for those who wish to be a part of the Board. Please consider assisting us in the important work we do for the profession. 



PRESIDENT:  Dr Philip Kowalick

Dr Philip Kowalick, a former senior executive officer with the Australian Federal Police, led the law enforcement contribution to the Counter Terrorism Control Centre and  played a central role in the development of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Model and Strategy. An expert in law enforcement, intelligence and security and is highly  skilled in organisational approaches, Phil also managed the AFP's strategice and operational intelligence functions. 

Phil has a PhD in Law from the University of New England. He is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Justice at the Queensland University of Technology also serving  as a member of the School of Justice Advisory Board. He is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of New England. Phil teaches in intelligence, law enforcement and national security at UNE and QUT and is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences. 


VICE PRESIDENT:  Samantha Rush

Samantha Rush is currently an Executive Manager for a large Insurance company. For the last 8 years, she has focused on using business intelligence to achieve optimum financial and regulatory outcomes. 

Samantha hold tertiary qualifications in international business, industrial relations, psychology (hons.) and an MBA.                                                                                                                                                                                          


TREASURER:  Gill Savage

Gill is a former senior executive in the Australian Public Service whose diverse career spans the national security, border protection, defence and wider government environments developing strategy and policy. Through her public sector roles she developed and implemented biometrics for border control, enhanced air passenger analysis, and drove digital transformation and secure ICT infrastructure.

Her extensive experience in business and people strategy, organisational capability and digital transformation has improved services, and enhanced leadership and people capability across government. Gill’s many years of experience in management consulting has transformed public sector organisations, lifted workforce capability and established-future ready ICT and cyber strategy. In her current role as Deputy Director of Professional Development at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Gill is focused on strategy, governance and innovation. Gill is an experienced board member having held board positions in the government, not for profit and private sectors. She was an independent member of the National Archives of Australia Executive Board and until recently she was an appointed non-executive director (and Chair Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee) for a national sporting organisation.

Gill holds a Bachelor of Science, an MBA in international business and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


SECRETARY:  Elaine Ogden

Elaine is currently employed by the National Measurement Institute, a division of the Department of Industry Innovation and Science, as a Section Manager responsible for; Compliance and Enforcement, Program Governance and Projects, Trade Measurement Licensing, plus Stakeholder Relations. Her current work includes managing change projects and initiatives, financial management, risk management, governance and stakeholder engagement. 

Previously Elaine worked with the Attorney General's Department in a number of roles progressing her experience through; IT project management and governance, stakeholder engagement, audit, policy, operational task force management (serious organsied crime), business process and systems improvement, including working with academic and industry partners on capability development projects. Prior to this, Elaine worked with Australian Customs as an officer, trainer, Intelligence systems manager, international and domestic liaison manager and Investigator.

Elaine is an advocate for professional development and for collaborative approaches being used to address the challenges face by government agencies. Her professional interests include coaching and professional development, promoting good governane and using professional expertise, tools and technology to enhance capabilities.



Beulah is an accredited Consultant in Extended DISC Behavioural Profiling, professionally trained Human Behaviour & Performance Coach and Certified Practitioner of Meta Dynamics™ She is also a Practitioner of NLP and has a Degree in Criminology (majoring in Human Behaviour)


GOVERNANCE: John Schmidt

John is the founder of CANSYNTH, and pracitices and promotes the discipline of synthesis in intelligence and other fields. He also consults and teaches on foresight, strategic intelligence, strategic planning, organisational development, risk analysis and management and counter terrorist resourcing. 

John 'retired' in 2015 from FINTRAC (Canada's financial intelligence unit (FIU)), where he had been since its beginning in 2000. During that time, he filled several roles from Manager, Planning, to Team Leader, Strategic Research and Analysis. Between 2006 and 2011, John was seconded to Canada's Integrated Threat (now Terrorism), Assessment Centre (ITAC).

Prior to joining FINTRAC, John worked for the Alberta Attorney General's Department, the University of Canberra, the Australian Attorney Generals Department and AUSTRAC. 

John has several publications in area related to foresight, terrorist resourcing, strategic intelligence and human brain function. 





ENGAGEMENTS:  Jacinta Carroll

Jacinta Carroll joined the National Security College in 2017 and works across its professional development, policy and academic programs.

Jacinta was the inaugural Head of ASPI’s Counter-Terrorism Policy Centre from 2015 to 2017. She previously held Senior Executive appointments the Australian Government, and worked in the Defence and Attorney-General’s Departments. Her career experience includes working on national security, counter-terrorism, strategic policy, border security, military operations, campaign planning and scenario development, information management, and international policy with a particular focus on the Middle East and Afghanistan. She is a regular media commentator and public speaker on international relations and security issues. Jacinta is a Graduate member of The Australian Institute of Company Directors, and serves on a number of boards.





Dorothy Seidel Hooke

Dorothy has been working in Intelligence within law enforcement for the past 6 years. 

After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice) and the George Washington University, she spent 2 years teaching English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan. Dorothy then moved to Australia, where she completed her Master of Criminology at the University of Melbourne. She is currently completing a Master of Arts (Intelligence Analysis) at Charles Sturt University. 

In her role on the AIPIO board, Dorothy looks forward to supporting the development of intelligence professionals. 


David Ellis

Dave Ellis is a Senior Sergeant in Victoria Police and manages investigation, intelligence and tasking operations in Western Region Division 4 in Western Victoria. He has been working in the intelligence and investigation fields since 1998.  Dave has a Masters in Terrorism and Security Studies (Charles Sturt University), Bachelor of Policing (Investigations) and is currently studying as a post grad student at Griffith University.  Dave has been a member of AIPIO since 2015.


Travis Cunningham 

Travis has worked in intelligence roles for over 20 years, working across defence, border protection and national security, law enforcement, regulation and more recently human services.

Travis started his intelligence career working at the Department of Defence, working as an analyst then manager at the Defence Intelligence Organisation. Seconded to the New Zealand Defence Force Directorate of Defence Intelligence and Security in 2002, he returned to take up a position at the Australian Customs Service. While there he led the intelligence unit responsible for what was at the time the world’s largest MDMA seizure, 1.2 tonnes of the drug detected at the Port of Melbourne.

In 2010, Travis was recruited by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to build an intelligence capability supporting the agency's product safety activities. Travis then spent built the intelligence capability at Consumer Affairs Victoria, which resulted in the agency winning the AIPIO Organisational Award, and established the Victorian Regulators Intelligence Community of Practice. Travis has now moved to Health and Human Services, where he has been responsible for developing an intelligence framework and a number of other strategic projects.


Isabel Schmidt

Isabel is currently employed in the intelligence field in law enforcement and has experience in operational and strategic intelligence environments, with a particular focus on covert intelligence collection methods. Isabel is passionate about supporting the development of intelligence professionals and is an advocate for increasing collaborations in the industry.

Isabel holds a number of tertiary qualifications including a Master of Intelligence, Graduate Certificate in Cyber-Security, Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Justice. 


Gill Wilson

Gill has been a member of AIPIO since 2004 and has held executive positions on the AIPIO Board throughout her membership. She is currently the Victoria Regional Representative and Convenor for International Conference Intelligence 2021. Recently retired as an Inspector from Victoria Police Gill started her journey in the intelligence field in 1994 – this continued until her retirement. She was a key team member in the review of intelligence in Victoria Police which included a study visit to England and concluded with implementation of the first statewide Victoria Police Intelligence Model.  

Gill was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2017; AIPIO Life Membership in 2018 and in August 2011 was named by the Australasian Council of Women and Policing as “The Most Outstanding Female Leader”.


Darlene Grech

Darlene is currently employed within the Human Intelligence Field of law enforcement. Darlene is experienced in tactical, operational and strategic intelligence fields of operation and currently provides training in covert human intelligences methodologies. Darlene has a passion and focus for human behaviour profiling and as it relates to criminal and human intelligence collection.  Darlene holds a number of tertiary qualifications in Criminal Intelligence and Psychology and a Master of Leadership and Management.


Shalini Nataraj-Hansen

Shalini currently works in law enforcement policy, focusing on the criminal justice system, online crime and organised crime. She is also a PhD student researching online fraud and the justice response to it. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Policing, intelligence and Counter Terrorism from Macquarie University in 2014. Shalini has worked as an intel analyst for the Commonwealth within Immigration detention. 

Shalini is the Regional Rep Coordinator and oversees regional events. 


Taylor Devlin



Robert Harrison



Ari Kruger

Ari is currently a post-doctoral researcher at The Hunt Laboratory for Intelligence Research located at The University of Melbourne. Ari’s research looks at collaborative reasoning and analytic rigor in an intelligence context. He helped to develop a crowdsourcing platform and methodology for intelligence analysis, and has conducted large scale experiments with the intelligence community in Australia. 

In his role on the AIPIO board, Ari will curate and develop the Resources Hub to support established and aspiring intelligence professionals in Australia.  



Ernie Roughley

Ernie is an Australian Principal Consultant and client advisor for Intelligence, Investigations, and Biometrics to the Public Safety & Justice sectors.

Based in Canberra, ACT, Ernie brings experience gleaned from over 20 years’ experience with the AFP as a sworn member and 15 years in business consulting.