Mr Forbes Smith — Chief Executive Officer
(appointed 11 January 2016)
Mr Smith has significant experience in executive leadership and management in Queensland’s accountability agencies.
Before coming to the CCC as Chief Executive Officer, Mr Smith was Queensland’s Energy and Water Ombudsman from 2011 to 2015, and prior to that he was the state’s Deputy Parliamentary Ombudsman. In those roles he led executive teams and was responsible for organisational strategy and direction, and for monitoring the financial and non-financial performance of those agencies.
Mr Smith has an extensive background in the investigation of corruption and organised crime. He worked as an investigator/lawyer with the Fitzgerald Inquiry (1987-89), and this role was followed by senior investigative and executive positions with the Criminal Justice Commission and the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CJC/CMC) and the National Crime Authority in Melbourne.
As Queensland’s first Chief Inspector of Prisons (2005-6), he led investigations into serious incidents such as deaths in custody, and reported on the treatment of prisoners and compliance by officials with their statutory and procedural obligations.
Mr Smith has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland and was admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1981.