Former AFP boss and bushfire recovery leader joins Deloitte forensic team in Canberra

Katrina Condie 30 July 2021
Former AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin will bring his expertise across conduct, financial crime and cyber risk to Deloitte Canberra's team

Former AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin will bring his expertise to Deloitte Canberra’s team. Photo: Deloitte.

Former Australian Federal Police Commissioner and the inaugural leader of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency, Andrew Colvin will bring his expertise across conduct, financial crime and cyber risk to Deloitte Canberra’s professional services firm.

With extensive experience as a leading executive running complex organisations and responding to complex justice, national security and natural disaster response challenges, Mr Colvin has joined Deloitte as a Financial Advisory partner in the Forensic practice.

In October 2019 he retired as the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) after five years in the role and 30 years in the service.

In January 2020, Prime Minister Scott Morrison appointed Mr Colvin to lead the National Bushfire Recovery Agency as National Coordinator, a role he held until recently, when the body became the National Recovery and Resilience Agency.

Mr Colvin said entering the next stage of his career he looked forward to delivering equally positive outcomes for the company’s clients across critical areas such as organisational transformation, conduct, regulatory and financial crime risk, both here in Australia and into the region.

“My public sector experience was an amazing journey that allowed me to lead diverse teams to address incredibly complex issues across both law enforcement and disaster relief and deliver the best possible outcomes for Australia and our communities,” he said.

“With its commitment to impactful work, a great culture and strong advocacy for diversity and inclusion, I know Deloitte is the place for me to continue to add value and make a difference.”

Deloitte Financial Advisory Managing Partner David McCarthy says the company is excited to welcome a person with Mr Colvin’s depth of expertise and proven impact.

“He is an invaluable addition to our forensic investigation and advisory team,” he said.


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Having spent his career to-date in public service, Deloitte National Leader Public Sector and Public Policy Ursula Brennan said Mr Colvin would continue to make a “significant impact in Australia” by helping clients, including those across the public sector, address some of their biggest challenges.

“He is eminent in a wide range of major national and global law enforcement and forensic issues including financial crime, counter terrorism, anti-money laundering, human trafficking and law enforcement strategy,” she said.

“(He is) highly skilled in public policy, international relations and stakeholder engagement.”

Ms Brennan said Mr Colvin was well known for his AFP career, but perhaps not as much for the incredible work he had done in leading the national response to the devastating 2019/20 bushfire emergency, including amid the limitations imposed on the country by COVID-19.


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