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PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS COLLEGE of AUSTRALASIA

Professional Investigators College of Australasia (PICA) is an Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO) 40789. We’ve been around (originally as the Private Investigators College of Australia) since 2013 and have been registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) since that time. As an RTO, we’re regulated by ASQA and audited according to our standards, practices and student outcomes. Our reach extends throughout Australia and through Asia.

As an RTO, you can be not only assured of the quality standard of all accredited training packages, but also of the many corporate offerings we deliver. As the only dedicated training college for investigation professionals, we are the specialists. We focus on the needs of investigation, compliance and integrity personnel.

We’re not simply a training organisation, we’re a group of specialist investigators who mentor and train. That’s the difference.

With a team of subject matter experts and industry professionals at the ready, we are the best college for investigation, compliance and related training in the country (and beyond) with the most engaging, skilled and experienced trainers.

What else makes PICA different from other training organisations? The answer is simple - our people. Not only do we have expert knowledge, but we “walk the talk.” And we’re passionate about guiding and mentoring students to reach their goals and helping organisations build their capability.

The investigation industry spans across multiple platforms; private, government and corporate. The fundamentals are the same. Investigation is a set of skills that, in company with the right mindset, are essential to all organisations. Whether that’s investigating fraud, safety incidents, misconduct, HR related matters, culture, criminal acts or other non-compliance. To develop yourself or your people, you’ve come to the right place.

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Company Mission Statement

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OUR MISSION

Our vision for Professional Investigators College of Australasia is to be leaders in Investigative training in Australia and throughout Asia. Our driving force is to provide the best training for individuals to reach their goals, and build the investigative capability of corporate and government agencies.

Professional Investigators College of Australasia’s mission is to create pathways for your career by utilising straightforward technology with support and guidance from our industry experts.

Professional Investigators College of Australasia stands by its values of commitment, respect, excellence, accountability and diversity.

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Meet our team

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Gregory Lamey

CEO/Director

Greg is a former detective inspector with the NSW Police Force, having worked in both metropolitan and rural/remote areas of the state. Working mainly in criminal investigations, he led large and small teams of investigators in routine environments as well as strike forces.

  • Criminal/civil investigations
  • Workplace investigations
  • Sexual harassment, bullying & misconduct
  • Performance and conduct management
  • Training & development
  • Communication & de-escalation
  • Masters of Business Administration (current)
  • Graduate Diploma in Investigations Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Criminology
  • Bachelor of Investigations
  • Bachelor of Business (HRM)
  • Diploma of Government Investigations
  • Cert IV Training & Assessment
  • Former Police Negotiator
  • Current accredited Mediator
  • Aust Association of Workplace Investigators (AAWI)
  • Aust Institute of Professional Investigators (AAWI)
  • Aust Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
  • Aust Institute of Training & Development (AITD)
  • Association of Corporate Investigators (ACI)
  • World Association of detectives (WAD)
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Greg is a former detective inspector with the NSW Police Force, having worked in both metropolitan and rural/remote areas of the state. Working mainly in criminal investigations, he led large and small teams of investigators in routine environments as well as strike forces targeting major crime and criminal incidents. Additionally, he held executive level roles at a Command level where he gained skills and experience in professional standards, human resource management, operations and strategy, financial management and auditing. Greg was also a police negotiator and developed high level skills in communication, negotiation, and de-escalation.

Since leaving the police force, Greg has been undertaking sensitive and complex workplace investigations for government and corporate clients in the areas of bullying and sexual harassment, misconduct, fraud, code of conduct and related matters. He is also the CEO/Director of the Professional Investigators College of Australasia (PICA), a training college he founded to meet the individual needs of those wishing to be investigators (private, corporate and government), improve their skills and commence a career, as well as the needs of organisations wishing to improve their staff capability in investigations, compliance, and related areas. Greg has taught thousands of students across the country and is driven to improve the industry standard generally and develop the skills of those in the industry.

Greg is a licensed investigator in both Queensland and New South Wales. He is also a Justice of the Peace (Qual) and nationally accredited mediator. He holds many vocational qualifications in Training and Assessment, Investigation Services and Government (Investigations). He is a member the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), the World Association of Detectives (WAD), the Australian Association of Workplace Investigators (AAWI), the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD), and the Australian Institute of Professional Investigators (AIPI).

In 2018, Greg released the first of his published novels, titled ‘Bordertown’ which came runner-up in the Harper Collins Banjo Prize from over 300 entries. He has three children and thinks he can play golf but can’t.

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Paul Grech

Associate

Paul is a former detective senior sergeant with the NSW Police Force, having 30 years’ experience as an operational detective at Command level and with specialist major crime squads such as Child Protection, Organised Crime, Homicide, Robbery Squad, South-East Asian Organised crime.

  • Criminal/civil investigations
  • Workplace investigations
  • Sexual harassment, bullying & misconduct
  • Performance and conduct management
  • Training & development
  • Communication & de-escalation
  • Master of Commerce (Organisational change)
  • Bachelor of Investigations
  • Advanced Diploma of Management
  • Cert IV in Training & Assessment
  • Aust Institute of Professional Investigators (AAWI)
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Paul is a former detective senior sergeant with the NSW Police Force, having 30 years’ experience as an operational detective at Command level and with specialist major crime squads such as Child Protection, Organised Crime, Homicide, Robbery Squad, South-East Asian Organised crime. As an Investigation Manager, he led and managed various strike forces which included both sworn and unsworn staff. These included complex and extensive investigations into multiple homicides, gang related violence, serial sex crimes, drug importation and high profile matters like abduction/murder cases. During his extensive police career, Paul became a subject matter expert in covert evidence gathering techniques, human source management and interviewing, having utilized these skills when leading high- risk criminal investigations in organised crime.

Paul’s extensive career also included a significant role in the training and development of investigators, from Command-level investigators to senior detectives. He was the Co-Ordinator and Senior Principal tutor at the Detective Training Unit (DTU) of the NSW Police Force where his skills and expertise were utilized in training and developing thousands of detectives across the state (and from other jurisdictions). During this time he was responsible for researching, developing, and delivering a variety of generalist and specialist investigative courses, including the Investigators Course, Detectives Course, Senior Detectives Course,, Human Source Management Course, Child Protection Course. He also undertook tutoring duties at various universities in the field of criminal investigation.

Paul received a number of commendations during his career such as a Commissioner’s Unit Citation, Commissioners Certificate of Merit and various other awards.

Since exiting the police force, Paul spends as much time as he can with his three children in between catching up with mates and former colleagues to discuss the “good ol’ days.”

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Mark Woods

Associate

Mark's career started as a soldier in the Australian Defence Force where he was involved primarily as a specialist in communications and operations planning. Leaving the Army after 21 years of service (12 months with the United Nations as a contractor) he joined the Australian Public Service. Mark’s career saw him undertake a number of significant and complex roles.

  • Private & civil investigations
  • Open-Source intelligence (OSINT)
  • Protective security
  • WHS investigation & management
  • Surveillance
  • Security operations
  • Emergency management
  • Digital investigations
  • Project Management
  • Licence Investigation Agent & Security Trainer (SA)
  • Certificate III in Investigative Services
  • Certificate IV in Government (Investigation)
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management
  • Diploma in Security and Risk Management
  • Advance Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Diploma in Quality Auditing
  • TapRoot Advance Root Cause Analysis Team Leader
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Certificate IV in Government (Statutory Compliance)
  • Diploma in Front Line Management
  • Certificate in Information Security Management Principles
  • Aust Institute of Professional Investigators (SA Chapter President)
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Mark's career started as a soldier in the Australian Defence Force where he was involved primarily as a specialist in communications and operations planning. Leaving the Army after 21 years of service (12 months with the United Nations as a contractor) he joined the Australian Public Service. Mark’s career saw him undertake a number of significant and complex roles, including Operator, Instructor, Team Leader, Manager, Auditor, Security Advisor and IT Security Manager.

Notably, he was deployed overseas to Yugoslavia, Somalia, Bougainville, Afghanistan, and Iraq in various specialist roles including as Spectrum Manager. Mark was also heavily involved in planning and organising of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games where he was responsible for managing risks, threat assessments, management of finite resources, stakeholder engagement and strategic planning.

As a Security Adviser, Mark has provided hundreds of travel assessments to people in Defence, shipbuilding and science and technology programs, with the objective to keep people and business from harm. His specialist project management skills saw him working with defence as an operations officer for the $8 billion dollar ship building program. During his career Mark has also been responsible for the management of classified assets and in corporate life he has continued to utilise his skills in investigation and digital investigations, including high level skills in open-source intelligence. His current work sees him training, developing and mentoring investigation students across the country.

Mark is a licenced Investigation and Security Agent in South Australia and is a member of Australian Institute of Professional Investigators, ASIS International, National Safety Council Australia and Australian Information Security Association. He enjoys being able to bring together his knowledge, experience and skills that result in a positive outcome for people and business.

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Andrew Patterson

Associate

Andrew has had an extensive career in workplace investigations, change management and law enforcement spanning nearly 30 years. Since his early career as a detective with the Western Australia Police, Andrew has honed his expertise in codes of conduct, investigations and management and has developed superior training skills. Andrew has had high-level roles with government investigative agencies including the NSW Ombudsman and the NSW ICAC, where he was the chief investigator.

  • Criminal & civil investigations
  • Child protection investigation
  • Code of conduct
  • Fraud and corruption
  • Bullying, sexual harassment & misconduct
  • Evidence, procedural fairness and investigative interviewing
  • Public Interest Disclosures (PID) and whistleblowing
  • Master of Arts (English)
  • Master of ethics and legal studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Child Protection Investigation
  • Bachelor of Business (HRM)
  • Cert IV Training & Assessment
  • Aust Institute of Professional Investigators (National President)
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Andrew has had an extensive career in workplace investigations, change management and law enforcement spanning nearly 30 years. Since his early career as a detective with the Western Australia Police, Andrew has honed his expertise in codes of conduct, investigations and management and has developed superior training skills. Andrew has had high-level roles with government investigative agencies including the NSW Ombudsman and the NSW ICAC, where he was the chief investigator. He has also held high level investigative and management roles with the NSW Department of Community Services, RailCorp and a number of local government entities.

Throughout his career Andrew has designed and conducted training programs particularly in relation to Codes of Conduct. Andrew has managed highly trained and professional multi-disciplinary

teams, including staff, contractors and consultants. He is skilled in managing relationships with key stakeholders, including oversight agencies and providing strategic advice to executive management.

He has also initiated and implemented the roll out of specialist software to assist with investigations and their management. Andrew has considerable experience in fraud and corruption and code

of conduct issues such as misuse of email and internet and workplace

bullying and regularly presents at national conferences and congresses on these matters. Andrew has specialist experience in child protection matters, has convened national forums and initiated, conducted and contributed to training programs for investigations in this area. He has successfully combined his practical knowledge of contemporary workplace investigation principles and laws with his specialist investigative skills, to provide training services aimed at helping clients train all levels of staff on Code of Conduct matters and workplace investigations.

Andrew is also an accomplished author, having published three fiction novels he describes as “hard boiled” crime noir.

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Glenn Sheppard

Associate

Glenn has had an extensive career in human resources spanning 30+ years, in corporate and government environments. He is a specialist in performance and conduct management, code of conduct investigations, organisational culture and the provision of specialist HR advice to clients.

  • Workplace and HR investigations
  • Industrial relations
  • Code of conduct
  • Performance and conduct
  • Organisational culture
  • Training and development
  • Leadership and teams
  • Bachelor of Business (HRM)
  • DiSC accredited trainer
  • Five behaviours of a cohesive team accredited trainer
  • Aust Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
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Glenn has had an extensive career in human resources spanning 30+ years, in corporate and government environments. He is a specialist in performance and conduct management, code of conduct investigations, organisational culture and the provision of specialist HR advice to clients.

Glenn commenced his career in TAFE Queensland, where he managed the HR function for a large team. He moved to another state government organisation where he was responsible for a significant role as a change manager. He implemented a large change agenda across a large geographical area. Following a successful government contract, he commenced his own consultancy practice where he worked with small to medium sized businesses to build their capability and compliance in line with the national HR framework.

Over the past ten years Glenn has worked as a Principal HR Consultancy role with a large state government department. During this time he has provided specialist and expert HR, IR and training and capability advice to senior internal management. Throughout his career, Glenn has been sought out as an expert trainer across various disciplines. He has a unique and engaging training style and also incorporates a high level of experiential learning that impacts participant engagement and learning retention.

Glenn is a master of teamwork and HR leadership, through his experience in the government and corporate sector, and through his involvement in football where he played as a national level and coached at a state level. Glenn’s hobbies including trying to play golf and strapping a large fan to his back and seeing the sights from a thousand feet high.

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Dave Northcott

Associate

Dave is a highly skilled and experienced work health and safety, project management, security, risk management and investigations professional who brings extensive experience working in the resources sector and other emergency management roles.

  • Project management
  • Work health and safety (OHS)
  • Risk management
  • Security management
  • Training and development 
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Dave is a highly skilled and experienced work health and safety, project management, security, risk management and investigations professional who brings extensive experience working in the resources sector and other emergency management roles. He holds a large array of relevant qualifications in business, security, WHS, paramedical science, leadership and management and training and assessing.

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Jason Lawrence

Associate

Jason is an expert in tactical communication, workplace aggression and violence, investigations and compliance and training. He has an extensive career in dealing with difficult clients, both in the military as a RAAF Police and Security member and with a variety of State Government, investigation, compliance, training and management roles.

  • Investigations and compliance
  • Tactical communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Training and development 
  • Leadership and teams

Jason is an expert in tactical communication, workplace aggression and violence, investigations and compliance and training. He has an extensive career in dealing with difficult clients, both in the military as a RAAF Police and Security member and with a variety of State Government, investigation, compliance, training and management roles.

Jason is a Sergeant with the RAAF Reserves with over 18 years’ experience. He now delivers operational safety tactical communications skills training to existing and new RAAF members in the Security Squadrons.

Jason has 10 years training and instructing experience in Krav Maga Self Defence Tactical Systems, specializing in women’s safety training.

For over five years, Jason managed one of the busiest Client Complaint Intake Teams in the Department of Justice and Attorney General – handling approximately 16000 complaints and 2000 investigation per year. During this time, he implemented vast improvements in his team to improve building rapport with clients to reduce front line conflict.

In 2019 Jason started to deliver communication skills to frontline staff, as well as de-escalation and resilience training in a private capacity.

Jason brings over 20 years of experience dealing with situational awareness, tactical communications and workplace aggression and violence. His easy-going teaching style allows the delivery of a difficult subject in a positive and supportive learning environment.

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Associate

Education/Qualifications section:
PhD, MSc, BA (Hons) MAIPI

Allan has extensive experience across a variety of investigative environments in the public and private sectors of the UK and Australia.This includes local government, health, legal services, higher education, insurance, and banking. His experience conducting or managing investigations spans a range of matters, from code of conduct and policy breaches, workplace bullying and harassment, to fraud, corruption and maladministration.

Allan is a subject-matter-expert on corporate fraud and corruption and has presented at a range of industry forums on the findings of his doctoral thesis, which explored perceptions and experiences of corruption in NSW local government.

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Rodney Smith

Leadership Development Facilitator/Coach

Rod is a former Superintendent with over 38 years of experience serving with the New South Wales Police Force in various strategic and operational leadership roles across metropolitan Sydney. He also served as an Executive Level 2 officer with the Australian Federal Police, responsible for directing international leadership development and coaching programs. Currently, Rod leverages this extensive policing expertise in his role with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime developing law enforcement leadership capacity globally.

Leveraging over 30 years of policing leadership experience, Rod deepened his expertise during a two-year secondment as a Visiting Fellow at the prestigious Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) commencing in January 2016. Eager to further enhance his professional acumen, in May 2017 he completed Harvard University’s acclaimed Art and Practice of Leadership Development program under the tutelage of Dr. Ronald Heifetz.

  •  Leadership Development facilitation
  • Leadership Development program design
  • Executive Coaching
  • Team Coaching
  • Instructional Practices
  • Community Engagement
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Project management
  • Professional Relationships
  • Classroom Management Techniques
  • Executive Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Management)
  • Diploma of Project Management
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Executive Coaching Level 1 & Level 2 Accreditation
  • Team Coaching Accreditation
  • The Art and Practice of Leadership Development Accreditation
  • Team Management Systems Accreditation
  • The Leadership Circle Accreditation
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Dedicating himself to lifelong learning, Rod has also completed rigorous executive coaching certifications with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership. As a result, he adeptly employs evidence-based techniques to empower law enforcement leaders across Australia, the Pacific Region, North America and beyond. Rod's commitment to refining his expertise continues today through ongoing professional development.

Rod has a number of academic and non-academic qualifications including:
Bachelor of Commerce; Master of Business Administration; Executive Master of Public Administration; Diploma of Project Management; Graduate Diploma of Management and Leadership; Organisational Coaching Level 1 and Level 2; The Art and Practice of Leadership Development; Certificate IV in Assessment and Training.

Rod is a dynamic Director/Facilitator/Coach who oversees every facet of leadership development and coaching programcreation and implementation with strong relationship development skills. Highly skilled at working with organisations and individuals to maximise their potential and strengthen the exercise of ethical leadership.

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Anne Marie Salazar

Operations & Finance Manager

Anne Marie has been with PICA since 2021 and is responsible for operations, including finance; invoices and billing, marketing, assessor management and social media. Anne is also the heart of operations for PICA.

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Glenn Santos

Training Co-ordinator

Glenn has been with PICA since 2022 and is responsible for student engagement, social media, incoming enquiries and PICA’s Learning Management System. He also conducts business development.

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