Our leadership team

Julie Read

Julie Read - Director and Chief Executive

Julie Read has led the Serious Fraud Office since October 2013.

Julie is a lawyer with nearly 30 years of experience in senior executive and chief executive roles in both the Australian and New Zealand public sector. She is an expert in the fields of corporate and financial law and corruption and integrity law including criminal, regulatory and administrative litigation and public international law.

She was Regional Commissioner for Tasmania with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for 11 years. She concurrently held other national roles with ASIC at the senior executive level. Julie studied law at the University of Tasmania and was a prosecutor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in Australia for 13 years before joining ASIC in 2002.

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 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.

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 this, Graham was a Detective Sergeant at 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 postgraduate qualification from the University of Auckland.

Kylie Cooper

Kylie Cooper - Acting GM Investigations

Kylie Cooper joined the SFO in 2017 and currently leads the Investigations team, which deals with all matters of serious or complex financial crime that the Director has decided to investigate. 

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 LLB (Hons) and BSc from the University of Auckland.