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Peter Lyons – President

Mr Lyons is an admitted solicitor and barrister with more than 30 years’ experience holding senior positions involving the investigation and prosecution of serious criminal and misconduct matters. Mr Lyons has been the Deputy Secretary, the Manager of Legal Investigations and Deputy Senior Counsel at the Queensland Law Society, Director of the Prisoners Legal Service and an Executive Legal Officer and Acting Director of Misconduct Investigations at the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

Mr Lyons holds the current role of Public Interest Monitor, tasked with monitoring applications by law enforcement agencies for surveillance and covert search warrants.

Members

June Anstee

Ms Anstee has 29 years experience as a practicing lawyer with extensive knowledge of court practice and procedure having worked in both the public and private sectors. She has significant experience in workplace and discrimination matters and public sector health inquiries and investigations. Ms Anstee has previously served as a member of the Brisbane City Councillor Conduct Review Panel, the Local Government Regional Conduct Review Panels and the Mental Health Review Tribunal. She has significant experience as an advisor to boards, executive committees, Local Government, and to the Medical & Behavioural Sciences Human Research and Ethics Committees of Macquarie University. Ms Anstee holds a Bachelor of Education a Bachelor of Laws, a Graduate Diploma in Health and Medical Law and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

Gail Hartridge

Mrs Hartridge is a barrister-at-law in private practice, as a member of Wilberforce Chambers, and principally practices in administrative law, tax, commercial and occupational regulation. She is also a Deputy Public Interest Monitor.

Prior to establishing a private practice in 2014, Mrs Hartridge held senior legal roles in the Queensland Government (most recently Assistant Counsel, Queensland Treasury and Trade). Between 1992 and 1999, Mrs Hartridge was General Counsel of the Queensland Office of Financial Supervision, a statutory body that regulated non-bank financial institutions.

Mrs Hartridge has previously served as a member of the Brisbane City Council, Councillor Conduct and Review Committee (2016–2018), as a community member of the Queensland Board of the Psychology Board of Australia (2014–2017) and as a non-executive director of AHM, a public company limited by guarantee which operated as a health insurance fund (2005–2009). Other voluntary positions formerly held include National and State President of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, and member of the Government Lawyers Committee, Queensland Law Society.

Avelina Tarrago

Ms Tarrago is a Wangkamadla woman from central-west Queensland and is a barrister-at-law in private practice, as a member of North Quarter Lane Chambers, who has a general practice with a focus on regulatory and administrative law. Prior to being called to establishing private practice in 2019, Ms Tarrago worked across State and Federal government for 17 years in various legal roles including as a Federal Prosecutor, Senior Legal Officer for the Office of the Health Ombudsman and most recently as Counsel Assisting the Coroner. Ms Tarrago is actively involved in a number of legal policy committees relating to issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including the Law Council of Australia, Bush Heritage Australia and the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland.

David Gill

Mr Gill has a background in Human Resources and has performed roles at the Director and Executive Director level in this field. These positions included experience in undertaking investigations of a complex and sensitive nature. He has held roles on the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal as an Assessor, the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency Performance and Professional Standards Panel and as a Director of the Appeals and Advocacy Branch, Legal Division of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Most relevantly, Mr Gill has also been a Member of the Brisbane City Council Councillor Conduct Review Panel since 2014. Mr Gill has extensive experience in public sector administration and ethics, having been a senior public servant for the Commonwealth, in New South Wales and in Queensland and has post-graduate qualifications in administrative law.