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School of Criminology and Criminal Justice alumni work across a diverse range of fields that all make impactful change on the criminal justice system. Our alumni work within both government and non-government agencies to tackle crime and related issues at each stage.
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Griffith University’s Outstanding Alumnus Award winner 2018
Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM
“…I think wherever you go you should make sure that you leave a legacy that you have made the organisation a better place…” she said.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM wanted to be a community police officer when she started her policing career, but instead, she rose through the ranks becoming a trailblazer for women in the police and fire services. Commissioner Carroll is the first woman to lead the state’s police service in its 155-year history and in 2018 was named Griffith University’s Outstanding Alumnus Award winner. In her early career as a police officer, Commissioner Carroll was a detective in high-profile units like the drug squad, criminal investigation unit and organised crime taskforce. Later, she would become the first mother to be appointed Assistant Commissioner in the Queensland Police Service and the fourth woman. Her distinguished policing career saw Commissioner Carroll lead Queensland’s security efforts at the 2014 Brisbane G20 summit and serve her community as the Commissioner for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services for 4 years.
Inspector Corey Allen’s own lived-experience of homelessness helped spark his innovative approach to policing, which has seen unheralded crime reductions in inner-city Brisbane. On Australia Day 2020, Inspector Allen was awarded an Australian Police Medal (APM) for his exceptional service influencing a police culture that respects and supports vulnerable persons.
Mary Beriman has worked her way up through Queensland Corrective Services, starting as a Case Manager and now working as Principal Advisor in the Strategic Policy Group. Mary has been involved in significant bodies of work in support of reforms of the criminal justice system – to reduce demand on the system, keep communities safe, enhance anti-corruption mechanisms and to transfer Queensland’s privately operated prisons to public operation.
Working in Probation and Parole was Tom Richardson's stepping stone for gaining insight into understanding criminal behaviour. He later transferred to the immigration sector working in security. Tom was then afforded the opportunity to work as a Child Safety Officer, now working to reunite children with their families to ensure ongoing safety and security for young children in his community.
Tygh was the Criminology Young Alumnus of the Year for 2016 and is the Director of Operations, Probation and Parole for the Queensland Corrective Services Commission. Tygh’s service was recognised in 2010 when he was awarded an Australia Day Achievement Medallion for his contribution to corrections and public safety. Most recently he has been working with other Government agencies on the implementation of the new Queensland Drug and Alcohol Court.
Growing up in Zimbabwe as a Rwandan refugee was a lesson in hardship that has inspired Amiel to become an advocate for displaced people. Amiel has spent most of his young life outside his country of birth, and his tenacious quest to fight for human rights led him to study a double degree in Laws and Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University.
Ria Wong holds qualifications in criminology and criminal justice, and human services. During her 13-year career she has worked with Corrective Services in various roles. Her key achievements include being appointed a non-executive director of the non-for-profit Micah Projects board and successfully managing the complex design of the Domestic and Family Violence Brisbane High Risk Team.
CCJ Industry Advisory Board members
Tygh Field (Chair) - Superintendent, Queensland Corrective Services
Corey Allen APM - Inspector, Queensland Police Service
Sarah Hyde - Assistant Commissioner, Queensland Corrective Services
Jason Boldeman - Principal, Incident and Security Management, SEQ Water
Ray Brownhill - State Co-ordinator Queensland Water Police
Debbie Jones - Program Manager, Child Abuse and Sexual Crime Group, Queensland Police Service
Jason Saunders - Detective Inspector, Director Operations Support, Crime and Corruption Commission
Rick Draper - Managing Director, AMTAC
Trevor Turnbull - Director & Chief Software Architect, Imagatec
Robert Grimshaw - Principal Policy and Evaluation Officer, Social Policy, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Scott Jones - Cyber Security Lead, Digital Platforms & Services, Energy Queensland
Sharon Kelly - Principal Practice Advisor, Youth Justice Practice, Department of Youth Justice
Elke Perdacher - Program Coordinator (Postgraduate Training) Queensland Forensic Mental Health Service, Queensland Health
Sandra Smith - Manager, Research and Evaluation, Organisational Capability Command, Queensland Police Service
Helen Watkins - Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council
Samantha Sanderson - Inspector, Queensland Police Service