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The Commissioner—Dr Nikola Stepanov

Dr Nikola Stepanov has spent much of her career in dedicated service to the public sector and community. Her background is in dispute resolution and mediation, and corporate governance. She has particular expertise in resolving complex and contentious conflicts, for example, where there are grave risks to the community, agencies, boards, or individuals.

She holds several degrees including a Juris Doctor (JD), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Melbourne (School of Global and Population Health and Melbourne Medical School). Her PhD was completed in the fields of paediatrics medicine, professional ethics, and human rights/ humanitarian law.

Professional accreditation and memberships include as a Fellow member of the Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA), accreditation as a Mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System, accreditation by the Federal Attorney General’s Department as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, as a Professional member with the Resolution Institute (PRI) and Professor (adjunct) in the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University.

Community service roles include:

  • President and Board Chair of the Brisbane Youth Service
  • Committee member of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law
  • Steering committee member on the Health Ethics and Law Network
  • Member of the Queensland Children’s Hospital Ethics Committee, and
  • Member of the Townsville Hospital and Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee in the law category.

In her spare time Dr Stepanov is a devoted chocolate connoisseur, snow skier, long-distance hiker, and enjoys belting out ‘80s song on her tarnished saxophone (‘Walter’). Although a seasoned camper and back-packer, Dr Stepanov is keen to try ‘glamping’ and ‘gliking’ as age sets in, and creature comforts become more enticing.

Our Staff

Director—Mr Michael Vickers

Michael Vickers was appointed Director with the office of the Queensland Integrity Commissioner in July 2018. He started with the Commission on secondment from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in February 2018 when the Commission’s workloads were increasing substantially.

He was admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and has over 25 years’ experience dealing mainly with legal issues across government and the private sector.

He pays for triathlon club membership every year, but rarely trains enough to compete.

Senior Legal Officer—Ms Susan Gray

Susan Gray commenced with the office of the Queensland Integrity Commissioner in February 2018 after seven years in various roles with the office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman. She was admitted to the Bar in 1999 and worked overseas as a legal advisor in the communications sector before returning to Australia to start a family.

Susan trains for ultra-marathons and competes, but is very slow.

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Last updated
4 March, 2019

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