Nick Kaldas held two of the most senior roles in the NSW Police Force executive for well over a decade, serving as Deputy Commissioner and prior to that, Assistant Commissioner. He relieved as Commissioner extensively. His career as a NSW Police Officer spanned almost 35 years. NSW Police is the largest in Australasia, and one of the biggest in the English-speaking world, with over 20 thousand staff, and a budget of over $3 billion.
His career has primarily been in major crime investigations and operations, including counter terrorism, protection operations, armed robbery, major drug investigations, covert operations, emergency management, community policing and over a decade in homicide investigations. He was a member of the Australian National Counter Terrorism Committee for eight years, the peak policy body dealing with Counter Terrorism in Australia.
Internationally, Nick held many senior posts including the positions of Chief of Investigations in the UN/OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism, (2016) leading the investigation into the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, Chief of Investigations, U.N. Special Tribunal for Lebanon, (2009-2010) leading the investigations into the assassinations of P.M. Hariri and 21 other assassinations, and Deputy Chief Police Adviser with Coalition Forces in Iraq (2004-5) rebuilding the Iraqi National Police. Recently, 2016-2018, he was the Director of Internal Oversight Services in the United Nations Relief Works Agency, (UNRWA) based in Amman, Jordan, leading investigations, audits, evaluation programs and an Ethics Division. He directed all oversight activities and a reporting regime for a staff of more than 30 thousand, and a budget of over US$2 billion, in five fields: Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, West Bank, and Jordan. He led operations in all five fields.
Nick was Deputy Commissioner, NSW police Force from 2007 to 2016. He commanded up to 14K staff, and a budget of more than $2 billion. He has held responsibility for prevention, preparedness, and response to all acts of terrorism and politically motivated violence. His portfolio included Counter Terrorism & Special Tactics, Crime Command (all organised major crime squads), Major Events and Incidents Group, Forensic Services, Public Order and Riot Squads and he held the statutory position of State Emergency Operations Controller. He played a key leadership role in protection and other operations in significant national events such as the Sydney Olympics, APEC 2007, World Youth Day, Sydney 2008.
He holds Adjunct Professorships with Western Sydney University and Charles Sturt University in Australia, as well as lecturing on the National Security College of the Australian National University.
He is a member of Operation Kenova’s Independent Steering Committee, the Scotland Yard investigation of numerous murders allegedly committed by the IRA during the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland.
Nick holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration, and is a graduate of the FBI’s Hostage Negotiation Program, their Leadership in Counter Terrorism Program, and the FBI National Executive Institute, the peak program for law enforcement executives. He has completed the Australian Institute of Police Management Police Executive Leadership program, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors Program. He has received numerous awards, including the Australian Police Medal, the National medal, the Overseas Humanitarian Service medal, and numerous commendations for outstanding performance of duty here and overseas.
Steve has worked in the Australian security industry for more than 15 years, gaining a valuable, in-depth knowledge of operational experience with the ability to build highly-trained and effective security teams.
Steve has a vast wealth of security knowledge and a strong commitment to client relationships, front-end operations and contract management. He has a passion for identifying and introducing new technologies to improve service capabilities for the benefits of clients, their employees and guests.
Steve currently works closely with some of Australia’s largest real estate and development corporations including Investa, Mirvac, the financial services group Bloomberg, and government departments, to deliver national security services within high-traffic public environments, including retail precincts, prominent A-grade commercial assets and educational facilities. Steve understands the security needs of large organisations and adopts a customer centric approach to service delivery.
He also has extensive experience in the development and implementation of detailed compliance frameworks for complex public assets.
Steve has managed large security teams overseeing the implementation of best practice processes and procedures across national contracts.
Steve holds a Bachelor‘s Degree in Business and Commerce Management.
Louis J. Freeh, the fifth director of the FBI, was credited with transforming the bureau into a global crime-fighting agency.
When he stepped down from his role after eight years, Louis was lauded by President George Bush and key members of the US Congress for his “legacy of uncompromising integrity” and as a man who served his country and the FBI “with honour and distinction”.
Louis graduated as a lawyer in the US before he joined the FBI as a special agent.
He served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps,
as Assistant United States Attorney, later as Associate and Deputy United States Attorney and as a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York.
Since his retirement from the FBI he founded the law firm Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan and set up the investigative consulting firm, Freeh Group International Solutions.
Louis and the Freeh Group have led international investigations such as bribery allegations against Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) officials, the investigation into the handling of assaults by an assistant football coach on students at Pennsylvania State University and as an investigator and independent monitor for car manufacturer DaimlerChrysler in the wake of corruption allegations.
Louis is on the board of directors of including the Audit and Governance Committee of the Global Biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squib Company (BMS), he is the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Trustee for the brokerage firm MF Global and the Special Master in the $18.5 billion BP settlement for the 2010 Gulf Oil spill.
He is also the author of the book My FBI: Bringing down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War of Terror.
Sir Paul Stephenson Advisory Board Member
Sir Paul has had a highly distinguished 35-year career as a police officer in Britain culminating in his appointment to the UK’s most senior position – Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.
During his time as Commissioner, he received international recognition as the head of the prestigious New Scotland Yard commanding more than 53,000 staff responsible for diplomatic protection, the security of the British Royal Family and liaising with the national intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6.
He is a former National Chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers Crime Committee overseeing the roll out of initiatives such as the National Intelligence Model which continues to guide the collection and handling of intelligence across the UK.
Sir Paul has advised governments on issues ranging from counter terrorism, national security, critical infrastructure protection, organised crime, national police improvements, and major international events including the London Olympics.
Sir Paul is a trustee for the charity Crimestoppers UK and he is a Non-Executive Director on the board of the British Horseracing Authority.
He received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of June 2008. He has also been awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal for services to policing.
Peter Dein Advisory Board Member
Peter has had an extensive 41-year career at the highest levels of law enforcement as Assistant Commissioner for the NSW Police Force and Assistant Commissioner of the NSW Crime Commission.
Peter had 20 years of experience in executive command and control with six years as the senior officer in NSW responsible for counter terrorism.
He played a significant role in developing policy, formulating training and facilitating workshops for Australia’s National Counter Terrorism Committee, also leading specialist committees and working groups helping to build national security capability.
While Peter held the position as statutory Assistant Commissioner at the NSW Crime Commission, he continued as a member of the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) in partnership with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), NSW Police Force and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.
He has also worked as a threat and risk management consultant and as a facilitator of training and scenario exercise management for law enforcement and national security agencies.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree and is a graduate of the FBI’s Global Leadership in Counter Terrorism (LinCT) program and remains a member of its Executive Advisory Board.
He was awarded the Australian Police Medal for distinguished service to major criminal investigations in NSW.
Tim Flynn Advisory Board Member
Tim has led and coordinated international networks of security experts and investigators for numerous FBI Taskforces. He has directed crisis management response operations and led cyber and criminal investigations and hostage negotiations.
He has been the Legal Attaché for the FBI in northern Europe and was the FBI counter terrorism representative to the Australian Government.
Currently with the Freeh Group, he has been responsible for reviewing security operations at MGM resorts after the mass shooting at the Las Vegas Mandalay Hotel in 2017. Tim also led numerous international inquiries, including the investigation into alleged corruption of FIFA officials in the World Cup negotiations.
Tim has overseen the implementation of security protocols, policies and procedures for security personnel at One World Trade Centre, and other iconic New York buildings. He has participated in the security planning and implementation of four Olympic Games, and has developed and implemented the security apparatus for two FIFA World Cups in Africa.
Tim has also led executive protection security teams for Fortune 500 company board members in the US, Asia, Africa and South America.
Kathleen McChesney, Ph.D Advisory Board Member
Dr. Kathleen McChesney has more than three decades of law enforcement experience and 13 years of experience in private and non-profit sector compliance, security, and investigations of employee misconduct.
Early in her career as a young detective with the King County Police in Seattle, Washington, Kathleen specialized in the investigation of homicide and sex abuse cases and was a member of a three-person team that successfully hunted the serial killer, Theodore “Ted” Bundy.
She was an FBI Special Agent for 24 years, and after September 11, 2001, she was appointed to the FBI’s third highest position – Executive Assistant Director under then FBI director Robert Mueller.
She led the FBI’s Office of International Operations, Critical Incident Response Group, Training, Laboratory, Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), and Technical Services branches.
Kathleen has since been appointed by the United States Catholic Bishops’ Conference as its first Executive Director for Child Protection where she established national programs for the prevention of sexual abuse and for compliance in reporting abuse and ensuring that offending clerics were held accountable for their crimes.
Kathleen was also appointed Walt Disney Company’s President for Global Threat Assessment and Crisis Management and developed and implemented programs and procedures to ensure the safety of Disney guests and employees.
She currently consults with national and international organizations on ethics and conduct matters and identifying and mitigating risks of member and employee misconduct.
She has served on the Executive Board of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and received US President’s Award for Distinguished Public Service and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Centre for Women in Policing.
She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Public Administration and a B.S. in Police Science and Administration. She is also co-author/co-editor of two books: Pick Up Your Own Brass: Leadership the FBI Way and Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: A Decade of Crisis
Don Codling Advisory Board Member
Don has more than two decades of experience with the FBI as a Special Agent in areas ranging from foreign counter intelligence to the position of Unit Chief of the FBI Cyber Division.
During his career, Don has led and supervised international cyber-crime investigations, cyber corporate espionage investigations, as well as developed the FBI’s interface network to coordinate the US national response to all state sponsored cyber threats originating in Europe, Russia and the former Soviet bloc states.
He has collaborated with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security, to develop Go-teams to assist compromised companies with mitigation and remediation after a successful cyber-attack.
He coordinated the US government response in 2011 to hackers infiltrating the company that runs the NASDAQ Stock Market and served as chairman of an international cybercrime working group (Strategic Alliance Cyber Crime Working Group-SACCWG) consisting of the heads of Cyber Investigative Departments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States
Since joining the private sector Don has advised multiple clients, both Fortune 500 companies and governments including the US, UK, Australia and UAE, on cyber threat intelligence, best practice in cyber security, data privacy and protection of critical intellectual property.
Don is also an advisor on the impact of digital currencies like Bitcoin on ECommerce and cyber security, and the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on businesses.