Our leadership team

Julie Read

Julie Read - Director and Chief Executive

Julie Read is the Director and Chief Executive of the SFO. She was appointed in October 2013.

Julie is a lawyer who was a prosecutor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in Australia for 13 years. In 2002, she accepted a statutory appointment as Regional Commissioner for Tasmania with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), and concurrently held a number of other national roles with ASIC at the Senior Executive level, including Special Counsel, Litigation, responsible for the conduct of major litigation for ASIC and prior to that Senior Executive, Major Fraud and International. Julie studied Law at the University of Tasmania.

Paul O'Neil

Paul O'Neil - General Counsel

Paul O'Neil joined the SFO as General Counsel in December 2016. Prior to this appointment, he 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, Paul also represented the FMA on the International Organisation of Securities Commission's Cooperation and Enforcement and Screening Group Committees. Paul had previously 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.

Graham Gill

Graham Gill - GM Evaluation and Intelligence, and Business Services

Graham Gill leads the Evaluation and Intelligence team which is responsible for evaluating all complaints and referrals and determining whether a matter should be investigated. He has held this position since March 2012.

Graham also leads Business Services which manages the agency's finance, communications, IT systems and human resources. 

Before joining the SFO, Graham worked for the Commerce Commission where he was a Manager in the Competition Branch. Prior to that Graham was a Detective Sergeant at the New Zealand Police in both Wellington and Auckland. He has also spent time working across Asia as a Human Resources Manager for a Sydney-based technology company. Graham has a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University and a post graduate qualification from the University of Auckland.

John Woolford

John Woolford - Acting GM Investigations