Director and Chief Executive
Karen Chang joined the Serious Fraud Office as Director and Chief Executive in April 2022. Prior to this Ms Chang was Head of Enforcement at the Financial Markets Authority, a role she had held since 2017. She was also Acting General Counsel from November 2021, leading the policy, governance, corporate legal, investigations and enforcement functions.
Prior to joining FMA, Ms Chang was a senior Crown prosecutor, conducting a range of trials involving serious criminal offending. Earlier in her career, Ms Chang was a commercial and regulatory litigation lawyer in private practice in Auckland, Sydney and most recently, in New York.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Accounting & Finance, from the University of Auckland.
Deputy Chief Executive Operations and General Counsel
Paul O'Neil was appointed to the role of Deputy Chief Executive Operations and General Counsel in July 2020. Paul joined the SFO as General Counsel in December 2016. Prior to joining the agency, Paul was the Head of Enforcement at the Financial Markets Authority responsible for overseeing conduct of the FMA's civil and criminal proceedings. As part of this role, he also represented the FMA on the International Organisation of Securities Commission's Cooperation and Enforcement and Screening Group Committees.
Paul has worked in private practice as a litigator at law firms in both New Zealand and London across a wide range of practice areas, including regulatory investigations and proceedings, energy, construction and telecommunications. Paul holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland.
Deputy Chief Executive Corporate and Strategy
Graham Gill was appointed to the role of Deputy Chief Executive Corporate and Strategy in July 2020. Prior to this Graham was the General Manager Evaluation and Intelligence and Business Services. He joined the SFO in March 2012 from the Commerce Commission where he was a Manager in the Competition Branch. Before this, he was a Detective Sergeant in the NZ Police. He has also spent time working across Asia as a human resources manager for a Sydney-based technology company. Graham has a BBS from Massey University and a post-graduate qualification from the University of Auckland.
Manager Prosecutions and Deputy General Counsel
Kylie Cooper joined the SFO in 2017. Kylie has worked as a lawyer with Crown Law in their Criminal Group. She has 10 years of experience at New Zealand Police, primarily with the Criminal Investigation Branch. Kylie holds an LLM, LLB (Hons) and BSc from the University of Auckland.
John Woolford joined the SFO in March 2007 as an investigator. Prior to this John was a Detective for New Zealand Police, where he had spent 11 years. During his SFO career, John has been involved in a wide range of fraud and corruption investigations, including those associated with the finance company collapses of the late 2000s, corruption cases involving public officials and large-scale fraud committed by senior members of private companies.
Rose Rehm joined the SFO in January 2015 as Principal Investigating Lawyer and was appointed to the role of Manager Investigations in September 2020. Prior to joining the SFO, Rose worked in private practice in both Auckland and London, where she acted on a variety of commercial, criminal and regulatory matters. Her practice included the conduct of complex civil fraud proceedings in the English Commercial Court and the conduct of corporate corruption investigations for clients with international operations. Rose holds a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland.
Forensic Services Manager
Shane Mannix is a former NZ Police Detective who worked in the Counties Manukau Police District. In June 2011, as part of the SFO’s response to the Global Financial Crisis, Shane was seconded to work as an investigator at the SFO. In March 2013 Shane accepted a permanent position at the SFO working in the dual role of investigator and electronic forensic investigator. In 2015 Shane completed his Forensic Computer Examiner certification which is offered by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists. He was promoted to the Manager of Forensic Services in 2020.
Manager Business Services
Mark Mitchell joined the SFO as Manager Business Services in September 2020. He also holds the Chief Security Officer designation for the SFO. Prior to joining the agency, Mark worked in the legal field, both as in-house counsel and in private practice. For the last six years Mark has undertaken various management and leadership roles within Air New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Management) from the University of Otago.
Manager Counter Fraud and Strategy
Tim Townsend joined the SFO in August 2021. Prior to this, Tim’s work background has consisted of a combination of public and private sector roles, focused on negotiations and management. He has held positions as an Operational Manager in MBIE, Chief Crown Negotiator in Canada, and Rio Tinto Rough Diamond Executive in Belgium. Tim has a BA in Economics from the University of Calgary and is a member of the First Nations Sahtu Mountain Dene in the Canadian Arctic.