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Liam O'Brien
Subject Matter Expert

Liam is a highly experienced risk and compliance expert, a company director, and problem solver.

He brings a practical approach to client matters formed from years of experience both in house and in an advisory capacity. His pragmatic view is formed around a principle that regulatory activities should be designed to enhance the chance of realising commercial aspirations. His measure of success for risk and compliance programs is the way they influence how people within organisations go about their work. Liam is a professional trainer and often speaks at conferences and networking events for industry associations such RMIA, GRC Institute, Governance Institute,Institute of Internal Auditors and the IAPP.

Key Skills
◽ Risk and compliance for growth
◽ AFSL and ACL problem solving
◽ AML/CTF programs and training
◽ Consultation, interviews, investigation
◽ Practical solutions development
◽ Dealing with unique organisations
◽ Corporate governance

Qualifications & Certifications
Graduate Certificate - Applied Finance
Master - Applied Finance
Graduate - AICD
Graduate – ACAMS (In progress)

Michael Funston
Consultant, Legal Compliance

Michael has thirty years post-admission experience as a lawyer. Prior to working for GRC Solutions, he managed the Legal & Compliance team at the Customer Owned Banking Association for ten years.

Michael has also held positions of Senior Lawyer at ASIC, and Coordinator of the Financial Rights Legal Centre (previously Consumer Credit NSW Inc). His areas of expertise-include retail banking and finance regulation, privacy law, financial services industry codes, and general consumer protection law.

Key Skills
◽ High level research and analysis skills
◽ Deep understanding of banking and finance policy issues
◽ Ability to explain complex regulatory issues simply
◽ Lively and engaged public speaker

Qualifications & Certifications
◽ BA (Hons), University of Melbourne
◽ MA, University of Sydney
◽ LLB, University of Sydney
◽ LLM, UNSW Australia

Leonie Chapman
Principal Lawyer and Director | LAWyal Solicitors

Leonie Chapman’s experience extends to banking and finance, consumer credit and mortgage lending, contract negotiation, commercial and corporate law, trade practices and fair-trading legislation, intellectual property and financial services.

Her previous experience as an in-house lawyer for Bluestone Group Pty Ltd and Macquarie Bank Limited supporting the Banking and Financial Services Division, has given her a deep understanding of the banking and finance industry and has also ensured that her legal and compliance advice is delivered with the highest degree of quality and commerciality.

Adrian Phoon
Consultant Head of Content

Since joining GRC Solutions in 2012, he has helped expand our award-winning Salt Compliance courses into the Asia Pacific; continuously improved our products to reflect legal reforms and instructional design principles; and delivered many customised projects for our clients.

From providing thought leadership for the Commonwealth Bank Foundation‘s financial literacy programs to presenting at iDesignX, he has researched, taught and developed content. His writing has been published widely, moving from Shakespeare to modern Chinese art to food sustainability. A University of Sydney graduate with First Class Honours in English Literature, he’s a lifelong learner.

Adrian is a former Co-Chair of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and a current board member of Sydney WorldPride, an international LGBTQI+ event that will take place in 2023, celebrating diversity while shining a light on human rights issues across the Asia Pacific and the world.

Kimberly Randle
Executive Director and Principal Lawyer,
Fairsupply.com.au Pty Ltd  

Kimberly is an experienced, and innovative human rights advocate specialising in modern slavery. Having begun her legal career in commercial litigation at top tier law firms in both Australia and the United States, Kimberly holds a strong and diverse professional network. Kimberly most recently held the role as Senior Director of Corporate and Legal for International Justice Mission Australia, a global office of the world’s largest international anti - slavery NGO.

Kimberly is a sought-after expert and speaker in the field of modern slavery having provided evidence at both the Commonwealth and New South Wales Parliamentary Inquiries into Modern Slavery. In 2017, Kimberly appeared on an expert panel at the UNODC Conference on Child Exploitation.

Deidre Grover
Senior Compliance Advisor

Deidre was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW over 30 years ago and has worked at GRC Solutions since late 2018. Deidre has spent many years working in financial services in both education and policy roles. She has also spent many years working as a Senior Legal Writer and Editor and was formerly the Assistant Editor of the authorised NSW Law Reports. 

Over the past decade, Deidre has worked as a Program Developer and Policy Analyst at the College of Law, as the Anti-Money Laundering Graduate Program Manager at the Australian Financial Markets Association, and as a Senior Policy Adviser at Finsia.

Key Skills
◽ Corporate governance
◽ Modern Slavery
◽ Anti-money laundering (AML)
◽ Whistleblowing
◽ Privacy

Qualifications & Certifications
◽ Diploma in Law (LPAB) (University of Sydney Law Extension Committee)
◽ Practical Legal Training (College of Law)
◽ Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (Australian National University)
◽ Certificate in Not for Profit Governance (Governance Institute of Australia)
◽ Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (BSZ40198) (Learning Dimensions Australia)

Geeta Castle
Regulatory Compliance Advisor

Geeta is managing director and compliance advisor at TealBlu, a boutique regulatory compliance consultancy firm based in Sydney providing expertise and tailored services to organisations doing business in Australia, Singapore and the Asia Pacific region.

Geeta has over 20 years of regulatory compliance, risk management and governance experience working with top tier Asia Pacific, US and European based organisations, holding senior positions such as Chief Compliance Officer and Compliance Director.

She has hands-on experience advising and supporting banks, financial services, securities/cryptocurrency/digital asset exchanges, brokers, payment service providers and other market participants to meet their regulatory obligations and maintain market integrity.

Key Skills
◽ Regulatory compliance
◽ Compliance and internal controls frameworks
◽ Risk management
◽ Governance
◽ Compliance and ethics culture

Qualifications & Certifications
◽ MBA ( Business Law, International Business) -University of New England
◽ BAppSC - University of Sydney

Stephanie Wong

Stephanie has wide-ranging experience in developing content for the legal sector, having drafted and edited many of our off-the-shelf and custom courses. She writes with a sensitivity towards the industries and sectors our clients work in, and an acute understanding of the human dimensions of the challenges that our learners may encounter, in both the context of their workplaces and the process of learning.

Key Skills
◽ Knowledge of key regulatory and compliance frameworks, including AML/CTF, privacy law, workplace bullying, discrimination and harassment, and competition and consumer law
◽ Ethics and regulatory training
◽ Australian and international tax law
◽ Creative problem solving and practical solutions development
◽ Legal research
◽ Editing and proofreading

Qualifications & Certifications
◽ Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – The College of Law
◽ Juris Doctor – University of Sydney
◽ Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)/Bachelor of Arts (Screen Arts) – Curtin University

Peter Hughes
Senior Compliance Advisor

Peter was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW more than 25 years ago. Prior to working for GRC Solutions, he spent many years working for the Customer Owned Banking Association. His chief role there was to resource and equip mutual banking institutions to reach the highest standards of compliance.

His areas of expertise include consumer credit, financial services regulation, retail banking laws, privacy, financial services industry codes, and AML/CTF laws.

Key Skills
◽  Research and analysis of complex regulatory systems
◽ Implementing compliance solutions in a commercially appropriate way
◽ Making complex legal concepts accessible to non-legal audiences
◽ Tailoring computer-based compliance training to maximise learning     and engagement

Qualifications & Certifications
◽ BEc/LLB,University of Sydney
◽ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, UTS
◽ Diploma of Business (Frontline Management), UTS
◽ Diploma of Training and Assessment, UTS

Bill Tarrant
Training Specialist

Bill is an accomplished trainer with broad-ranging leadership experience

In creating and delivering online and facilitated training,Bill leverages skills developed in public administration, university teaching,contact centre and sales team management, and most recently seven years involvement with financial services compliance training in Australia. He has deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with delivering compliance training to customer contact staff.

Key Skills
◽ Applied ethics
◽ Critical reasoning
◽ Change management
◽ Public speaking/presenting
◽ People management
◽ Staff development

Qualifications & Certifications
◽ BA (Hons I Philosophy)
◽ Cert III front line management
◽Prosci Change Management Certification
◽Cert IV in TESOL
Lyndon Lovell
Senior Consultant

Lyndon has over16 years’ experience in Governance, Risk and Compliance publishing and training solutions.  

In 2012, Lyndon completed a Master of Learning Science and Technology at the University of Sydney, focusing on eLearning and mobile devices, directly applied to compliance and ethics training programmes. 

He is a skilled instructional designer, consultant and project manager who excels in engaging clients and internal stakeholders to achieve project outcomes. He builds strong relationships both internally and externally. 

Lyndon has extensive experience in instructional design for elearning, managing and implementing training solutions and GRC software projects, creating blended learning solutions, facilitating training, and coaching and mentoring.

Key Skills
◽ Instructional Design
◽ Graphic Design
◽ Creating engaging and effective elearning 
◽ Project Management

Qualifications & Certifications
◽ Master of Learning Science and Technology (High Distinction) (University of Sydney)
◽ Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training (CAE)
◽ Graduate Diploma in Information Management (RMIT)
◽ Associate Diploma of Arts (Computer Aided Art & Design) (RMIT)
◽ BA (Graphic Design), LaTrobe University

We can help you with:

  • AML/CTF independent review
  • Training needs and curriculum development
  • AFSL & ACL compliance
  • Modern Slavery compliance

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