Financial crime expert who co-leads the McGrathNicol Financial Crime Exchange.

Dean is a forensic specialist with more than 30 years of investigative and consulting experience. He is a former Partner of McGrathNicol and was appointed a consultant to the national forensic practice following his retirement from the partnership. He gained significant investigations experience as a member of the Victoria Police for ten years, including service with the CIB Fraud Squad where he was involved in a large number of fraud-related investigations and prosecutions.

His forensic experience includes investigations into major corporate collapses and workplace fraud and misconduct in business, quantification of loss in commercial disputes, complex funds tracing and fraud and misconduct control. A particular focus in recent years has been the provision of assistance to the police in various states in the investigation and prosecution of workplace fraud.

Dean was Chair of the working party formed by Standards Australia that produced Australia’s Fraud and Corruption Control Standard (AS 8001) and Whistleblower Protection Standard (AS 8004). He was principle author of both standards. In 2017 he was appointed to the Standards Australia Organisational Governance Committee and to an equivalent committee for International Organization for Standardization (ISO). He is active on both committees and takes a particular interest in developing standards dealing with whistleblower protection.

Dean co-leads the McGrathNicol Financial Crime Exchange and shares his knowledge with future generations by lecturing at the University of Melbourne.

Qualifications & memberships

  • Certified Practising Accountant

  • Foundation Member, Australian Institute of Professional Investigators

  • Certificate IV in Government (Investigation and Fraud Control)

  • Licensed private investigator in Victoria

  • Master of Corporate Law, RMIT University

  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne