Our People


Phil Lewis

Director -  Environment and Humanitarian

A leader, senior executive, project manager and strategic consultant with forty two years experience in conflict, post-conflict and development environments. Phil has military, UN, NGO and private sector experience at field and headquarter levels in over twenty countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Palestine, Eritrea, Jordan, Yemen and Bahrain.

He has directly collaborated with government leaders, senior Ministers, Ambassadors, senior UN officials and major donor organisations to initiate and execute major emergency and development programs and projects. His main focus areas are program and project development and management at senior level. 

Phil has extensive, demonstrated experience and skills in strategic business development with an impressive consultancy portfolio in both the private and government sectors. He was the United Nations Regional Director and Program Manager for twelve years and a NGO project manager and consultant for four years. Phil served as a logistics officer in the Australian Army for twenty two years. he is a highly experienced logistician, mine action program manager and regional level project director/manager.


Our Senior Consultants


Paul Hartley

Director, Special Operations and Organisational Development

Paul brings over thirty five years of covert operations and leadership experience to the organisation. His portfolio includes world-wide operational deployment in a number of diverse roles and hostile environments.

He began his intelligence career as a member of the British Army in 1974, followed by Her Majesty's Security Service (MI5) 1983, and Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service (1989 – 1991, secondment). In 1995, he departed MI5 and joined the UK Regional Crime Squad as a trainer/coordinator where he gained his qualifications in adult education.

In 1998, he was recruited by NSW Police Service to help the reformation and development of the covert area of policing. During this period of service he was responsible for the professional development of eight diverse Branches of the covert arm of NSW Police in addition to delivering training and/or providing operational guidance to other Australian Police and Anti-Corruption Agencies, the Australian Secret Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) The Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), the Independent Commission against Corruption Hong Kong and the New Zealand Secret Intelligence Service.

In 1998, he was instrumental in writing the nationally endorsed competencies for surveillance and technical surveillance. 

Paul holds the following qualifications:

  • Masters Degree in Educational Leadership

  • Masters Degree in Business and Organisational Development

  • Diploma of Business (Frontline Management)

  • Diploma of Project Management

  • Diploma of Training and Assessment

  • TAE40110 Cerificate IV in Training and Assessment



Phillip Pitham


Phil has extensive experience in the both the academic and vocational training environments. Having spent most of his career as police officer, in 1995 he formed the UK Regional Crime Squad National Training Centre, the predecessor of CENTREX. He was responsible for authoring the competency framework for specialist police training, endorsed by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and, National Police Training. His work is widely acknowledged as international best practice and has been adopted by a number of international organisations in building their own training and development capability. Phil holds the following qualifications:

  • Masters Degree – Masters Degree with Distinction in Education and Evaluation

  • Advance Diploma in Training and Education.

  • BPS Level A and B Psychometric Test competency

  • UK NVQ Level 5

  • Training and Development (Strategy)

  • Honours Degree - BA (Hons)

  • UK Professional Certificate in Management

  • MBA Course - The Capable Manager

  • UK NVQ Level 4 - Training and Development

  • UK City and Guilds 7307 Further and Adult Education Teacher’s Certificate


Dr Guy Duczynski 


Guy is an experienced strategic and operational planner, trainer, security professional, risk manager, capability developer and training systems design specialist. He has 30 year’s service with Special Operations and has completed two tours of operational service with the Tactical Response Group of the Special Air Service Regiment. He is a qualified trainer in a wide range of military subjects and has also occupied training development roles to improve the sequencing and content of all Special Operations training given to successful candidates on the SAS selection course. Guy holds the following qualifications:

  • PhD in strategic planning (Special Operations), risk management, organisational design, scenario planning, systems thinking and knowledge management
  • Master of Education

  • Master of Business Administration

  • Diploma in Project Management

  • Black Belt Six Sigma and Lean

  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment

  • Diploma of Survival and Rescue Management


Bob Faber 


Bob is an experienced management consultant with broad international experience in the manufacturing, steel, construction and agricultural sectors. He is also a skilled mechanical engineer with extensive project management experience.

Key skills include market research and analysis, strategic sourcing, category management, procurement and supply chain management, Lean manufacturing, production planning, project management, business plan development as well as business and production process improvement.

He is also experienced in leading high level negotiations, developing world class teams, implementing best practice initiatives and has a good working knowledge of ERP systems. Bob holds the following qualifications:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • BSc. Engineering (Mechanical) (cum laude)
  • Management Diploma


Dr Anne (Azza) Aly


Dr Anne Aly was born in Egypt and raised in Australia. She is a research fellow at Curtin University with a focus on radicalization, counter terrorism and countering violent extremism. Anne is currently the recipient of an ARC grant to explore how community engagement and uses of terrorist attack sites can function as part of a broader counter terrorism and security approach. She has written over 40 publications on topics ranging from Islamic identity to counter narratives and the policy response to violent extremism. Anne is the author of four books including Terrorism and Global Security: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan).  She was appointed to the board of the Council for Australian Arab Relations in 2009 and is currently serving a second term on the board. Also in 2009, she received the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers publications award for her theoretical model of internet radicalization.  In 2011, Anne was inducted into the inaugural WA Women’s Hall of Fame for her contributions to national security and counter terrorism. In 2013 she was named one of WA’s 50 most successful women by SCOOP magazine. Anne is also the Founding Chair of People Against Violent Extremism (PAVE) a not for profit organization focused on empowering communities to challenge violent extremism. 


Prof John McFarlane


Professor John McFarlane is an Associate Investigator on the Australian Research Council - Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security  (CEPS) project "Intelliegnce Methods" (headed by Professor Mark Kebbell) and also provides intellectual and academic input to the "Illicit Organisations and Investigative Practices" projects (headed by Professor Roderic Broadhurst).

He is an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University, and has Visiting Fellowships in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at The Australian National University and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of New South Wales (at the Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW@ADFA)). He also lectures at the Victoria University of Weelington.

He is an Associate Investigator with CEPS at The Australian National University and provides consultative input to various CEPS projects. Professor McFarlane's research interests include transnational crime, links between crime and terrorism, corruption and governance, police peace operations, military support for law Enforcement, and maritime security.

Prof McFarlane retired from the Australian Federal Police in December 1999, having previously served as the AFP's Director of Intelligence. He also has a background in the Australian Intelligence Community, and from 2000 to 2004 was the Executive Director of the Australian Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia- Pacific. 


Jason-Leigh Striegher


Jason-Leigh Striegher is currently a doctoral candidate at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security at Charles Sturt University in Sydney. His research is focused on the prevention of home grown violent extremism.  Prior to commencing his doctorate, Jason-Leigh completed a Master of Arts in Terrorism Safety and Security in 2010.
  With over 25 years of experience in the Australian Defence Force and various Policing Agencies, Jason-Leigh has also operated in numerous international locations in roles which include but are not limited to “Anti-Terrorism Instructor” for the Iraqi Police at the Jordan International Police Training Centre; Operational Safety Instructor in East Timor and Bougainville; Senior Military Police Investigator in Malaysia; and Force Military Police Liaison Officer in Cyprus – which included involvement in the major evacuation of Australians from Lebanon in 2006.

Jason-Leigh has resided in the Middle East for over 12 months and has travelled extensively throughout that region.