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About Dr Vivienne Thom

Vivienne Thom is an independent consultant who conducts inquiries and reviews and advises agencies about governance and integrity matters. In June 2016, Vivienne was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to public administration.

Vivienne’s thirty-year public service career included seventeen years leading in senior executive, statutory officer and agency head positions. In July 2015 she completed a five-year term as the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security—an independent statutory officer agency head in the Prime Minister’s portfolio responsible for the oversight of Australia’s intelligence agencies. Prior to this, she was Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman with responsibility for the oversight of law enforcement, immigration, taxation and defence agencies. Vivienne was the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint from 2002 to 2006 and Commissioner of Patents at IP Australia from 1999 to 2002.

Vivienne’s academic background is in chemistry. After post-doctoral research and teaching, she joined the Australian Public Service in 1987 as a patent examiner. Vivienne also has a qualification in government investigations.

Vivienne is a fellow of the Centre for Strategy and Governance, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

In 2016 Vivienne was appointed by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science as a member of the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board; she is a member of the ACT Selection Committee for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust; a member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia ACT Council; and an ACT Division Councillor for the Australian Institute of Company Directors.